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CULTURE / ARTS

MVP: RJ Burtt Is Saratoga’s Late-Shift Hero

If you’ve ever been hungry in Saratoga at 1am on a Saturday night (technically Sunday morning), you’ve likely found your way into Esperanto, which has been a late-night mecca for Caroline Street patrons for more than a quarter century. And while owner Will Pouch is surely deserving of our collective gratitude for opening a grab-and-go restaurant in the middle of the city’s drunkest street,...

#tbt: Local Legend Hattie Moseley Austin

You can’t talk about Saratoga’s food scene without talking about Hattie Moseley Austin, a Louisiana native who found her way to the Spa City and opened up a chicken shack on Federal Street in 1938. “Saratoga was fast, man; it was fast,” Miss Hattie once said of the era. “It was up all night long.” Through the years, Hattie’s Chicken Shack became known not only...
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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...

The Write Stuff: Saratoga Book Festival Returns

Bookmark this one, bibliophiles: The second annual Saratoga Book Festival is hitting downtown October 21 and 22, with engaging keynotes, panel discussions, readings, interviews,...

Saratoga’s Books of the Month

Nonfiction New York’s Greatest Thoroughbreds: A Contemporary History  By Allan Carter In addition to being home to some of horse racing’s most historic and important tracks, New...

How Terry Decorah Became a Rising Star in the World of Lego Photography

It’s hard not to smile when you look at Terry Decorah’s Lego minifigure photography. There’s just something inexplicably endearing about a ceaselessly smiley, tiny...