Arts & Culture

Arts & Culture
11:35 am
Thu August 28, 2014

'Vanya And Sonia And Masha And Spike' At Shakespeare And Company

Angel Moore, Mat Leonard and Ellizabeth Aspenlieder
Credit Kevin Sprague Photography

  OBIE Award-winning playwright Christopher Durang sets his newest comedy in a Pennsylvanian farmhouse, where Vanya and his adopted sister Sonia find their lives turned upside down when their narcissistic movie star sister, Masha, shows up with her prized and much younger boyfriend Spike. This Tony-award winning homage to Chekhov unleashes a healthy dose of mayhem and hilarity over the course of a weekend when sibling rivalries, regrets, hopes and dreams are revealed.

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike is currently running in the Elayne P. Bernstein Theatre at Shakespeare and Company in Lenox, MA. The production is directed by Matthew Penn who joins us along with Elizabeth Aspenlieder who plays Masha.

Arts & Culture
11:12 am
Thu August 28, 2014

Albany Symphony's 2014-15 Season Opening Night With Joshua Bell

  The Albany Symphony Orchestra opens its 85th Anniversary Season on Saturday, September 6th.

Joshua Bell’s breathtaking virtuosity makes its return to Albany that night with a performance of Bruch’s Violin Concerto, arguably the most famous concerto in the repertoire.

Plus, there will be the twists and turns of the theme in Elgar’s Enigma Variations and the award-winning, riveting and rich composition from the orchestra’s Andrew W. Mellon Composer Educator, Clint Needham. Grammy Award winner and ASO Music Director David Alan Miller joins us this morning for a preview.

Arts & Culture
10:35 am
Thu August 28, 2014

Metroland 8/28/14

  Shawn Stone, the Arts Editor of Metroland, lets us know what is coming to area stages and screens this week.

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Arts & Culture
10:35 am
Wed August 27, 2014

'Tomorrow in the Battle' At Stageworks/Hudson

  Stageworks/Hudson is presenting a return engagement of the play, Tomorrow in the Battle by Kieron Barry through August 31 at Stageworks’ Max and Lillian Katzman Theater, in Hudson, New York.

Starring Danielle Skraastad, Christopher Kelly and Olivia Gilliatt, under the direction of Laura Margolis, Tomorrow in the Battle received its world premiere at Stageworks in August 2012. Brought back by popular demand, the production played to enthusiastic houses and critical acclaim. Tomorrow in the Battle finds Simon, a heart surgeon, in a heated affair with Jennifer who is a successful young investor that he met at an opera. Though oblivious to her husband’s betrayal, Simon’s wife Anna has contrived a romantic seduction of her own.

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Arts & Culture
10:05 am
Wed August 27, 2014

Tony Bennett Is It (At Least According To Fred Astaire)

    With his unique, pitch-perfect voice still going strong after more than seven decades in the business, Tony Bennett is in a class by himself. He's the winner of 17 Grammy Awards, the Grammy Lifetime Award and 7 Emmy Awards for his 2007 prime-time special, Tony Bennett: An American Classic.

Bennett delights his fans, both young and old, around the globe with timeless classics such as "Because of You," "Rags to Riches," and his signature song, "I Left My Heart in San Francisco."

He'll be performing at Tanglewood in Lenox, MA on Sunday, August 31st at 2:30pm.

Arts & Culture
12:51 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

Bob Goepfert Reviews Stageworks' Production of "Tomorrow In The Battle"

With the play “Tomorrow in the Battle,” Stageworks in Hudson, NY has coined a new term - “World Premiere Revival.”

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Arts & Culture
11:12 am
Tue August 26, 2014

Art Along The Hudson

  The Hudson Valley is known as an arts destination and the art communities along the Hudson River are known for their Art Days, Events and Studio Tours. The groups that represent the art towns and the art celebrations joined together 11 years ago to form a marketing collaborative effort to bring focus and awareness of their art activities.

Art Along the Hudson represents over 1000 artists, 400 studio tour participants, 250 art venues, 150 art festivals and community events – plus art receptions, performances, exhibits, and more. Joanna Hess, co-chair of Art Along the Hudson and Albert Shahinian, owner of Albert Shahinian Fine Art in Rhinebeck and co-founder of Art Along the Hudson join us to tell us more.

Arts & Culture
12:51 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

Rob Edelman: The Value Of History

During the early years of the last century, a number of itinerant film companies traversed the United States and produced movies set in small and not-so-small towns. Their casts were comprised of local, non-professional actors and, while featuring nominal plotlines, they primarily existed as travelogues of a sort in that they served to promote the town's amenities.

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Arts & Culture
10:10 am
Mon August 25, 2014

Original Supreme, Humanitarian And Legend, Mary Wilson

    This past June was the 50th Anniversary of the Supremes' first number one hit single "Where Did Our Love Go," which catapulted their career, transforming them from "no-hit Supremes" to the world's greatest female group of all time.

Along with this celebration, they are featuring their 3-CD box set which includes every A & B side including the group's 14 No. 1 Pop & R&B hits, as well as their early, though beloved, flops, like "Buttered Popcorn" & "Your Heart Belongs To Me."

Since her time with the Supremes, Mary Wilson has become a best-selling author, motivational speaker, former U.S. Cultural Ambassador, and Humanitarian.

Arts & Culture
4:43 am
Mon August 25, 2014

Mystery Writer Finds Istanbul's Byzantine Past Hiding In Plain Sight

The Hagia Sophia is one of the city's most well-known Byzantine monuments, but it's also home to a lesser-known memorial: a plaque for the man who encouraged the Fourth Crusade's plundering of the city.
Bulent Kilic AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon August 25, 2014 3:20 pm

Istanbul makes an exotic first impression: Boat traffic on the Bosporus sends waves brushing up against the shores of both Europe and Asia as enormous mosques and monuments from previous empires stand guard.

The city wears its history more openly than many, but that doesn't mean it's always easy to find. So writer Selcuk Altun spins mysteries that take his heroes into forgotten corners of the city, where once-majestic monuments go unnoticed amid the bustle of modern life.

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