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CULTURE / ARTS

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. Earlier this year, the Saratoga staple for classic New York-Italian cuisine and entertainment debuted a brand-new, custom piano bar that’s already struck quite a chord with customers. “The response has been overwhelmingly positive—a full bar every night so far,” says Panza,...

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 a full-time Saratogian or here for the racing season and need a vacation from your vacation, The Sembrich in Bolton Landing is a stop you definitely need to add to your summer itinerary. Formerly owned by internationally renowned Polish soprano Marcella...
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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...