Alan Chartock

President and CEO

Dr. Alan Chartock is professor emeritus at the University at Albany. He hosts the weekly Capitol Connection series, heard on public radio stations around New York. The program for almost twelve years, higlighted interviews with Governor Mario Cuomo and now continues with conversations with state political leaders. Dr. Chartock also appears each week on The Media Project and the Roundtable and offers commentary on Morning Edition, weekdays at 7:37 am.

During his long tenure at WAMC/Northeast Public Radio, Alan Chartock has interviewed interesting people of every stripe. From Governors, Senators and top lawmakers, to newsmakers including World War II heroes and former UN weapons inspectors. Dr. Chartock has also had the chance for in-depth chats with artists, musicians, actors and directors...authors...you name it! 

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The Roundtable
9:35 am
Mon June 24, 2013

The Hyde Collection - Lake George Regional Chamber of Commerce

    For over a decade and a half, artist Georgia O’Keeffe would return to Lake George for the summer. She referred to it as “My Summer Place.”

For many families throughout the country, Lake George is their family place. It is a spot where families come year after year and others will discover it for the first time – this year.

Michael Consuelo is the executive director at Lake George Regional Chamber of Commerce joins us this morning to discuss the impact this exhibition will have on tourism, what impact tourism will have on this exhibit as well as the overall role the chamber plays in the lure of the “Queen of American Lakes” and the surrounding region.

Arts & Culture
9:10 am
Mon June 24, 2013

The Hyde Collection - Erin Coe, Chief Curator

Georgia O’Keeffe, American (1887-1986), Petunias, 1925, oil on board, 18 x 30 in., Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, California, Museum purchase, gift of the M. H. de Young Family, 1990.55. © Georgia O'Keeffe Museum

    Erin Coe has established a reputation as one of the leading museum curators in the country. Coe is the Hyde’s Chief Curator and current curator of the Modern Nature – O’Keeffe exhibit. She has also curated more than thirty other exhibitions at The Hyde Collection.

In association with the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, the Hyde has organized a first-of-its-kind exhibition that closely examines the extraordinary body of work created by O’Keeffe of and at Lake George. From 1918 until the mid 1930s, O’Keeffe spent part of the year at Alfred Stieglitz’s family estate, a thirty-six acre property situated just north of Lake George village in the southern basin of the lake. The exhibition presents a selection of fifty-eight paintings from both public and private collections.

Arts & Culture
12:23 pm
Sat June 22, 2013

Folk Legend Joan Baez Back At Tanglewood

Joan Baez
Credit Joan Baez

Folk music legend Joan Baez, along with the Indigo Girls, will take to the stage Sunday at 2:30 at Tanglewood’s Koussevitzky Music Shed in Lenox, Mass.

Baez has spent more than 50 years as a singer, songwriter, musician and activist, and has played for millions of fans around the world.  

Baez, who grew up singing with her sisters and was an early standout in the Boston folk scene, is touring with the Indigo Girls, the latest tour in a musical partnership that dates back two decades.

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Arts & Culture
11:40 am
Fri June 21, 2013

2013 Solid Sound Festival - Lucius

  Our time as an official presence here at Solid Sound is nearly at an end. But before we go - we’re going to really get you revved up for the festivities by letting you get to know Lucius.

They are a fabulous band with a catchy indie-pop sound and we are very excited that they are joining us this morning.

The members of the band are Jess Wolfe, Holly Laessig, Danny Molad and Peter Lalish, and Andrew Burri and they join us to talk and to perform live.

The Roundtable
11:25 am
Fri June 21, 2013

2013 Solid Sound Festival - Culinary Events

    Food is a major part of any successful weekend long festival. Solid Sound will have amazing food (and drink) all weekend long. We’re going to learn now about a couple of individual super-special curated culinary events - the proceeds from which will benefit the education programs here at MASS MoCA.

We are joined by Jodi Joseph, MASS MoCA’s Director of Communications; Nancy Thomas, Owner of Mezze Inc. restaurant group and co-producer of MASS MoCA Culinary Events; and Chris Weld, owner of Berkshire Mountain Distillers.

The Roundtable
11:12 am
Fri June 21, 2013

2013 Solid Sound Festival - Urban Birding

Credit Greg Saulmon

  Greg Saulmon is an online editor at The Republican and MASS Live and is a respected local naturalist and photographer. He has lived and worked in the Pioneer Valley of Massachusetts for more than 30 years.

He is running several Urban Birding walks during the Solid Sound Festival with information on how to see and identify birds in cities. Urban Birding guided walks will depart from Courtyard A at MASS MoCA on Saturday and Sunday and Sunday at 10 am.

The Roundtable
10:50 am
Fri June 21, 2013

2013 Solid Sound Festival - MASS MoCA Events

Solid Sound is without a doubt a very busy time here at MASS MoCA - but the people who work at this contemporary art museum and presenting arts venue aren't ones to rest on their laurels. MASS MoCA hosts concerts, comedy shows, dance - and more - all year long. They present the Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival in July and August and the FreshGrass Bluegrass Festival in September.

They present more than their fair share of one-off events, too - as well as providing space for residencies and workshops. Here now to tell us more are Performing Arts Curator, Rachel Chanoff and Performing Arts Director, Sue Killam. 

The Roundtable
10:35 am
Fri June 21, 2013

2013 Solid Sound Festival - Storey Publishing

 Storey Publishing has been helping readers practice creative self-reliance for 30 years. They are a longtime creative tenant on campus at MASS MoCA and will be hosting a variety of other lifestyle workshops, activities and demonstrations throughout the Solid Sound Festival.

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Arts & Culture
10:10 am
Fri June 21, 2013

2013 Solid Sound Festival - Jeff and Spencer Tweedy

Jeff Tweedy playing Solid Sound in 2011
Credit Rich Orris

The Solid Sound Festival is curated by the rock band Wilco. So it stands to reason we’d have a member of the band on our show today - and we do! Jeff Tweedy joins us to talk about Solid Sound and other Wilco goings-on.

Then, after a quick break, his son Spencer joins us, too! Spencer is the drummer for The Blisters - the band is playing this Sunday at the festival. They’ve been together for 10 years and put out an album on their website earlier this month. The album is called “Finally, Bored” - but we have a sneaking suspicion that Spencer is anything but. (The kid is busy is what we're saying.)

Arts & Culture
9:35 am
Fri June 21, 2013

2013 Solid Sound Festival - Jason Middlebrook and Susan Cross

Jason Middlebrook I’ve Been Drawing Cliffs My Whole Life, 2013 Acrylic and spray paint on maple 93.625 x 41 x 1.375 Courtesy the artist and DODGEgallery, New York
Credit Karen Pearson/Mass MoCA

    One of the MASS MoCA's current exhibitions is Jason Middlebrook: My Landscape. The pieces contained include new works from Jason’s series of painted hardwood planks begun in 2008 and will debut an awe-inspiring, hanging mobile that functions like a fountain within the gallery.

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