Water laps at a freshly renovated wooden deck, drowned out by the chatter of diners seated beneath umbrellas. This oceanfront setting inspires the sea-blue tablecloths and nautical theme of the dining room at Michael's Porthole, as well as the eatery's menu of locally sourced seafood. Chefs crown their lobster paella with subaqueous morsels such as shrimp, clams, and mussels, but are sure to pick out any accidentally netted triathletes. Diners can cool their palates with frozen hurricane cocktails blended at one of two bars. At the bars and in the dining room, TVs broadcast NFL games, and live musicians play on the weekends.
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Since opening with a Frank Sinatra performance in 1990, the stadium now known as Times Union Center has seen more than 15 million guests pass through its turnstiles. That’s only slightly smaller than the population of the Netherlands and roughly equal to the number of people worldwide who enjoy candy corn. Besides attracting such entertainment titans as the Rolling Stones, U2, Disney’s “On Ice” series, and the Harlem Globetrotters, the multifunction arena is also home to the AHL’s Albany Devils and college basketball’s Siena Saints.
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The Queensborough Performing Arts Center’s intimate 875-seat unites generations ranging from X to Y with the adhesive properties of live music. After three Grammy awards and multiple gold records, Blood Sweat & Tears continues to exasperate cleanup crews by leaving it all on the stage with hits such as “God Bless the Child” and “Spinning Wheel.” "Yesterday: A Tribute to the Beatles" recreates historic performances from 1964 to 1974 in two acts that focus on the Fab Four’s mop-top and psychedelic eras, adding in vintage film footage and stage banter laced with Liverpudlian lingo. The bright lights of the Strip shine on the Motor City in "Las Vegas Tribute to Motown", which includes hits from The Supremes and The Temptations, and "The Official Blues Brothers Revue" cools down audiences with a flurry of blues jams straight from the Windy City. "Spencers: Theatre of Illusion" takes place on Mother's Day and lets eyes in on the fun with a heart-stopping series of stage artistry that combines drama, comedy, and magic tricks straight from the pages of Houdini’s disappearing-ink diary.