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Something Special, Very Special

It’s time for the annual Housatonic Child Care Center House Tour, giving us all a chance to see how other people live while supporting a vital community resource in Salisbury.
The center cares for children, ages 12 weeks to 6 years for 50 weeks a year, while their parents work, says Marcie Boutin, the center director. Fifty-four youngsters are attending now. This is the center’s major fundraiser, helping to cover salaries and benefits for 13 teachers, other operating expenses at the facility on Salmon Kill Road and scholarships as well.

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Try It, You’ll Like It, Maybe

TV Watch

Let’s get the simple description out of the way right now. Shows about makeup and costumes are coming to the Syfy channel on Tuesday, Aug. 13.

Still with me? OK, time to get to the fun stuff. The artists featured on “Face Off” and “Heroes of Cosplay” use tools such as paint, fabric and prosthetic pieces to transform people into superheroes, monsters, aliens, robots, cartoon characters, science-fiction icons and more.

Something Else

TV Watch II: Darryl Gangloff, our industrious and
youthful associate editor, suggests even more ways
to ignore summer.
After reading last week’s installment on wasting your summer watching Netflix, you may be saying, “Darryl, I don’t like sci-fi. Give me something else.” Well, how about a comedy?

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Now’s the Time To Catch Up

TV Watch: Darryl Gangloff, our under 40, much under,
associate editor, suggests ways to do nothing between now and the first snowfall.
Summer is the perfect time to catch up on full seasons of the shows you may have missed, and a great way to do that is through Netflix. For $8 a month, you can get access to some high-quality entertainment — as well as a whole lot of terrible movies and shows that should never be seen by anyone. Ever.

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The Accidental Stylist

Style & TV

Almost everything I’ve learned about how to dress I owe to the long-running cable TV reality series “What Not To Wear” and its adorable hosts, Stacy London and Clinton Kelly. 
Every week, a woman is called onto the carpet by London and Kelly for her fashion transgressions, given $5,000 for a new wardrobe and a thorough makeover, and, voila, she emerges as a glamorous professional and social butterfly. 
Only a few men have ever appeared on the show, but enough for me still to pick up some valuable pointers, such as always match your belt to your shoes.

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It’s Here: Zombies, Fantasy And Sci-fi

On TV
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If you’re interested in time-traveling aliens, an epic fantasy battle for a throne, or hordes of zombies wandering the world, then your DVR will be busy this weekend.

He’s Got Everything, That Sedaris

People: David Sedaris

 
He is the world’s most interesting man! No, not the beer guy, David Sedaris, the delightful storyteller, who will be touring through our region early next month.

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A Funny Man With New Ideas

Comedy Scene

Louis C.K., the creative mastermind behind FX Networks’ “Louis,” will perform at the Mid-Hudson Civic Center in Poughkeepsie, NY, on Wednesday, March 27.
If you’re not familiar with the comedian’s business model, it’s quite interesting. C.K. sells tickets to all of his performances through his website, www.louisck.com. His tickets cannot be purchased at the Civic Center’s box office. Each ticket costs $45 for every show on his tour, which includes all fees and taxes.

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Immersed in British Suds? You’re Not Alone

Viewers of the hit PBS costume drama “Downton Abbey” received a rude shock last weekend when Sybil, youngest daughter of Lord and Lady Grantham, met an untimely demise to eclampsia after delivering a healthy baby girl.
There could not have been a dry eye among the legions of “Downton” fans. Sybil was the acknowledged “kindest and sweetest” of the three Crawley sisters; had ministered to the sick and wounded during WWI and identified with working-class struggles, rather too much for her traditionalist father when she married the household’s chauffeur.

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Dodge Ball, Murder and, Worse, Being Left Out

Cabaret with Joe Iconis
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While he says he is influenced by Robert Altman, Dolly Parton The Rolling Stones and whiskey, Joe Iconis, the hugely talented composer, songwriter and performer, is his own artist: edgy, energetic, contemporary. He writes about the angst and irony of life and living it in clear lyrics that are fresh and surprising.

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