Sarah LaDuke

Producer

Sarah grew up in Saranac Lake, NY where she worked part time at Pendragon Theatre all through high school and college, primarily backstage as she is a truly superficial [read: bad] actress. She graduated from SUNY Albany in 2006 with a BA in English and started at WAMC a few weeks later as a part-time board-op in the control room. Through a series of offered and seized opportunities she is now the producer ofThe Roundtable

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The Roundtable
11:35 am
Wed September 18, 2013

John Trigonis of IndieGoGo

    IndieGoGo is the largest global crowdfunding platform, campaigns have launched around the world with millions of dollars being distributed every week due to contributions made by the Indiegogo community. The company was launched in 2008 and is headquartered in San Francisco, with offices in Los Angeles and New York.

  If "IndieGoGo" and "crowdfunding" sound like so much gobbledygook to you - Film, Web & Video Manager at Indiegogo John Trigonis, joins us now to explain what crowdfunding is all about. John is the author of Crowdfunding for Filmmakers and he will be moderating the IndieGoGo panel at this year’s Woodstock Film Festival.

The Roundtable
10:35 am
Wed September 18, 2013

Woodstock Film Festival – Mira Nair

Credit Dan Callister


Acclaimed filmmaker and activist Mira Nair is this year's honorary recipient of the Woodstock Film Festival’s 3rd annual Meera Gandhi Giving Back Award. The award honors a director, producer or actor who best delivers a message of social change and exhibits a strong compassion for philanthropy.


In addition to accepting the award, Nair will participate in the annual BMI-sponsored Music For Film chat at the festival along with Mychael Danna, the Academy-Award winning film composer who recently won Best Original Score for his work on Life of Pi.


After several years of making documentary films, Mira Nair made a stunning entry on the world stage with her first feature, Salaam Bombay! in 1988, the first Indian film to win the Camera D'Or at the Cannes Film Festival. Nair used the profits from the film's debut to create the Salaam Baalak Trust for India's street children. Her other films include Monsoon Wedding, Vanity Fair, The Namesake, and most recently The Reluctant Fundamentalist.


Arts & Culture
11:35 am
Wed September 11, 2013

Pauline Black - The Selecter

The Selecter
Credit Yad Jaura

  Formed in the late 1970s in Coventry, England - The Selecter was one of the early acts to sign to 2 Tone Records, home to Madness, The Beat and The Specials. They became an integral part of the emerging ska scene, setting themselves apart from the pack by being one of the only female fronted ska bands. Led by the fashionable and talented Pauline Black, The Selecter released a number of seminal singles on 2 Tone including “On My Radio,” “Three Minute Hero,” and “Missing Words.” A couple of these songs made it on their 1980 debut LP, Too Much Pressure, which charted in the Top 5 in the UK.

On Halloween in 2010, Pauline Black and Arthur “Gaps” Hendrickson celebrated the 30th anniversary of Too Much Pressure with The Selecter performing the album live at the Sinners Day Festival in Belgium. This event kicked off the current revitalized incarnation of the legendary band who has continued to write and release new music. Their latest record, String Theory, came out earlier this year.

Pauline Black was born to an Anglo-Jewish teenage mother and Nigerian father and was adopted and raised by a white middle-aged couple. She wrote about her life and experience discovering her roots in Black By Design: A 2-Tone Memoir.

Arts & Culture
11:12 am
Fri August 30, 2013

"Late Summer Magic" With Charles Busch At Club Helsinki

This Sunday at 7pm, Helsinki on Broadway - in association with Showstoppers New York -presents Charles Busch in a cabaret evening entitled Late Summer Magic. He performed at Club Helsinki in Hudson, NY last fall and returns by popular demand. He will be joined by musical director and accompanist, Tom Judson.

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The Roundtable
10:10 am
Mon August 19, 2013

"Carrie and Me: A Mother-Daughter Love Story" by Carol Burnett

  This segment begins with audio from an episode of the 1980s television series, Fame. In the clip, Carol Burnett performs with the eldest of her three daughters, Carrie.  Carrie was a series regular and Carol joined the program as a guest star.

In 2002 - at the age of 38 - Carrie died of cancer. 

The new book, Carrie and Me: A Mother-Daughter Love Story is Carol Burnett’s poignant tribute to her late daughter and a funny and moving memoir about mothering an extraordinary young woman through the struggles and triumphs of her life. Sharing her personal diary entries, photographs, and correspondence, Carol traces the journey she and Carrie took through some of life’s toughest challenges.

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Arts & Culture
10:35 am
Fri August 16, 2013

A Summer Night with Terri White at Club Helsinki

Credit Astrid Riecken

    This Sunday, Terri White will take the stage at Club Helsinki in Hudson, NY as part of the Showstoppers New York Cabaret Series Helsinki on Broadway. The Broadway baritone chanteuse whose life brought her to the stages of Broadway, to living on the streets of New York City, and back!

For one performance, Terri will bring her special brand of charm, humor and powerhouse vocals to Hudson for a night of magical musical entertainment. In addition to her highly acclaimed work in cabaret, the Great White Way has embraced Terri in roles ranging from Barnum, Ain't Misbehavin', Welcome to the Club, Chicago, Finian's Rainbow, and the recent Broadway revival of Follies.

Arts & Culture
11:45 am
Tue August 13, 2013

"Blood Play" at Williamstown Theatre Festival

    

    Blood Play is the final show on the Nikos Stage at The Williamstown Theatre Festival this season. The show is created by The Debate Society - a Brooklyn based company that creates new plays through the collaboration of Hannah Bos, Paul Thureen, and Oliver Butler.

The Debate Society was awarded a “Village Voice Best of Award” for “Best Argument for Devised Theater - 2010” and the trio of theatre artists are 2011 Sundance Institute Fellows.

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Arts & Culture
11:12 am
Mon August 12, 2013

Wendy Whelan "Restless Creature" World Premiere at Jacob's Pillow

Credit Christopher Duggan

    Wendy Whelan is arguably the finest ballet dancer of our time. She has danced with New York City Ballet for more than 25 years, and has mastered classics such as Swan Lake, Balanchine's masterful neo-classical repertory, and contemporary works by some of the world's greatest choreographers.

On August 14, she will premiere her brand new dance adventure, Restless Creature, at Jacob’s Pillow in Beckett, MA. She will perform four duets created by four different male choreographers - Kyle Abraham, Joshua Beamish, Brian Brooks, and Alejandro Cerrudo.

Restless Creature will be performed at The Pillow through the 18th and Wendy joins us to discuss this new and exciting work.

Arts & Culture
10:47 am
Fri August 9, 2013

Maya Beiser: Cello, Tango, and more with Donal Fox in The Spiegeltent at Bard SummerScape

    Dubbed a “cello goddess” by the New Yorker, Maya Beiser has captivated audiences worldwide with her virtuosity, eclectic repertoire, and relentless quest to redefine her instrument’s boundaries.

Tonight at 8:30pm, Maya will perform with special guest pianist, Donal Fox in the Spiegeltent at Bard College as part of their SummerScape season. Tonight’s program is entitled The Music of Astor Piazolla and Beyond. Beiser and Fox will perform their unique take on the music of Astor Piazzolla and the early style of tango. The evening will also include original works and arrangements by Fox, and new works developed by Beiser during her residency at the Spiegeltent over the last few days.

Arts & Culture
10:10 am
Wed August 7, 2013

Benh Zeitlin's "Beasts of the Southern Wild" with Live Score at MASS MoCA

    The film, Beasts of the Southern Wild, released last year, stars Quvenzhané Wallis as Hushpuppy, a young girl living in a southern Louisiana bayou with her father and with the weight of the universe on her small determined shoulders. The film was directed by Benh Zeitlin and adapted by Zeitlin and Lucy Alibar from Alibar's one-act play Juicy and Delicious. The score is by Zeitlin and Dan Romer.

This gorgeous and fantastical film was distributed by Fox Searchlight Pictures and was nominated for 4 Academy Awards. The film’s aforementioned star, Quvenzhané Wallis, is the youngest person ever to be nominated for Best Actress in a motion picture. Zeitlin was nominated for Best Director - for this, his first full-length feature film; and he and Alibar were nominated for best adapted screenplay. The film was also nominated for Best Picture.

This Saturday, August 10th, MASS MoCA in North Adams, MA will present a screening of Beasts of the Southern Wild with live score performed by Dan Romer, Benh Zeitlin, and the Wordless Music Orchestra. This is one of only two scheduled live-score presentations of the film - the first occurring on the 8th at Celebrate Brooklyn in Prospect Park.

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