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CULTURE / ARTS

Opera Saratoga’s Summer Season Promises High-Stakes Fun

If you’ve never been to Opera Saratoga, this is the year to start. And if you’ve attended various one-offs over the years, it’s time to go all in. After all, there’s the excitement of the Belmont (watch out for the opera’s performance at the track on Friday between races three and four), the razzle-dazzle of Guys and Dolls (the only full-fledged musical in town),...

Don’t Miss SPAC’s Delicious Expansion of the Arts

Ahead of a busy winter events schedule, the producers of CulinaryArts@SPAC—Kim Klopstock an Pam Abrams—sit down with SPAC President Elizabeth Sobol. Saratoga Living: SPAC’s CulinaryArts has become a regular series in record time, with tickets to every event selling out fast. When did this happen—and why?  Elizabeth Sobol: We started CulinaryArts@SPAC at our 2019 Wine and Food Festival. It was a chance to work with Kim...
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#TBT: Bob Dylan’s Shaky Start

He is undoubtedly the biggest star with a bona fide Saratoga footnote in his origin story, but the audience members at Bob Dylan’s first...

Musical Chairs: Panza’s Introduces New Piano Bar

It’s not a true piano bar unless people can lounge on it. Those are the rules according to Michael Panza, owner of Panza’s Restaurant....

Why You Need to Visit The Sembrich This Summer

Saratoga is the summer place to be, but let’s be honest: You might need a break from all the hustle and bustle. Whether you’re...

Saratoga Artist Nick Martinez Unveils 2023 Painting ‘The Wilson Chute’

While it may look like Nick Martinez’s yearly paintings of Saratoga Race Course are “just” a collection of eye-catching scenes from the track, there’s...

Meet Mary Birnbaum, Opera Saratoga’s New General and Artistic Director

Photography by Dori Fitzpatrick Mary Birnbaum has been busy. Opera Saratoga’s new general and artistic director could have coasted for a bit after starting her...

Opera Saratoga Presents Free, Family-friendly Productions of ‘The Selfish Giant’

In a world of too much screen time and dwindling fine and performing arts programs within schools, children will have access to an enchanting...

SPAC’s 2023 Classical Season Packs a Punch

Photography by Erin Baiano It’s not summer in Saratoga until the strains of classical music start pouring out of Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC). Ballet...

Exclusive: Behind the Scenes With Owen Wilson

Late-April 2021, and the setting in Saratoga was all about perspective. If you were part of a certain film crew working with Hollywood heavyweight...

In Conversation: Carly and Cate Tell It Straight

Saratoga still has a bit of a reputation for having a certain resistance and reluctance to change, although two years of forced pivots during...

Meet the Man Behind Saratoga’s New Year’s Fest

When Saratoga First Night was canceled in 2020, it was a blow to Saratoga’s morale but, given the pandemic, was to be expected. When...

Your 2022 Holiday Book List

Picture Book: That’s Not Dasher, That’s My Dog! By Adalyn & McKenna Vidoni Need a funny Christmas story to tell around the tree? Grab a copy of...

Fall Into Six New Stories by Authors With Local Ties

MYSTERY  Witch Window: A Murder on Skis Mystery  By Phil Bayly Phil Bayly’s fourth novel in his Murder on Skis mystery series follows a television reporter’s inexplicable...