Arts & Culture

Any Questions #269

Oct 21, 2016

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are "back" again.

Audrey Kupferberg: Death Fantasies In The Movies

Oct 21, 2016

Throughout the history of the movies, there have been realistic portrayals of death.  But there also have been many instances where death is handled as eerie fantasy.  As we move towards Halloween, stories featuring death and its supernatural elements are dominating home screens.

Rogovoy Report For 10/21/16

Oct 21, 2016

The weekend’s cultural highlights in the region include a film festival, a modern pop-cabaret legend, a groundbreaking performance artist, a reading by a former Village Voice critic, and a whole lot more.

Rob Edelman: Hot-Off-The-Presses Holocaust Films

Oct 17, 2016

It’s been said before and it is well-worth repeating: As time passes, the world is becoming increasingly separated from World War II and the Holocaust. The youngest concentration camp survivors now are senior citizens and Elie Wiesel, one of the most justifiably celebrated survivors, recently passed away. His death at age 87 serves as a sobering reminder of the passage of time and the fear that the Holocaust just may fade into history.

Any Questions #268

Oct 14, 2016

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel switch spots for the last show before WAMC's Fall Fund Drive.

Rogovoy Report For 10/14/16

Oct 14, 2016

The weekend’s cultural highlights in the region include the opening of a huge new art installation, a concert by a Mercury prize winner, an old country-folk legend, a new country-folk star, and a whole lot more.

  To Keep the Light is written and directed by Erica Fae, who also stars as Abbie -- the wife of a lighthouse keeper in Northern Maine in the late 1800s. Inspired by true stories of women lighthouse keepers, working in isolation and under extreme conditions, women who inherited their jobs from infirm or deceased husbands or fathers and were trailblazers, embodying feminism long before the word existed.

The film will screen twice at the Woodstock Film Festival - today at 1:30 at Upstate Films in Rhinebeck, NY and Sunday at 2:15 at Upstate Films in Woodstock.

Caroline Shaw wrote the score for To Keep The Light. Shaw is a Grammy-winning singer in Roomful of Teeth and a violinist in ACME (American Contemporary Music Ensemble). In 2013 she became the youngest ever winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Music, for her composition Partita for 8 Voices. Recent and current projects include commissions for the the Cincinnati Symphony, the Guggenheim Museum Works & Process Series, and the Folger Library, as well as collaborations with Kanye West.   

Amber Tamblyn’s directorial debut, Paint it Black, will screen twice at the Woodstock Film Festival - tonight at 6:30 at the Woodstock Playhouse in Woodstock and Sunday at the Orpheum Theatre in Saugerties at 5:30 p.m. She will also participate in the festival’s "Women in Film and Media" panel on Saturday October 15 at the Kleinert James Art Center in Woodstock. Other participants in the panel are Bette Gordon, Catherine Hardwicke, and Mary Stewart Masterson. The panel is moderated by Thelma Adams.

Based on the novel of the same name by Janet Fitch, Paint it Black explores and explodes the confusion of grief when Josie’s boyfriend, Michael, commits suicide and his death brings her into the orbit of his powerful and powerfully cold and heartbroken mother, Meredith. Their strained relationship circling around who knew Michael better, who loved him more, and what can they get from - and do to - each other now that he is gone.

Tamblyn co-wrote the adaptation with Ed Dougherty. It stars Alia Shawkat as Josie and Janet McTeer as Meredith.

Savion Glover In Albany

Oct 14, 2016
Savion Glover
Lois Greenfield

Savion Glover is a Tony award-winning choreographer and “the greatest tap dancer to ever lace up a pair of tap shoes” (Gregory Hines). At the age of 10 he starred in the Broadway musical The Tap Dance Kid, which earned seven Tony Award nominations including Best Musical. At the age of 15, he received a Tony nomination for his role in Black and Blue and, three years later, a Drama Desk Award nomination for his role in Jelly’s Last Jam.  He both starred in and choreographed the musical Bring in ’da Noise, Bring in ’da Funk, for which he received the Tony for choreography. In 2016, he earned another Tony nomination for choreography for Shuffle Along, or, the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed.

Glover will premiere his latest work New Soundz, at The Egg on October 15 at 8:00 p.m. and earlier that day, he will be in conversation with Joe Donahue at Page Hall on UAlbany's Downtown Campus as a The Creative Life event -- an exciting new initiative presented by the New York State Writers Institute, UAlbany Performing Arts Center, and University Art Museum.

As a founding member of The Beach Boys, Mike Love has spent an extraordinary fifty-five years, and counting, as the group's lead singer and one of its principal lyricists.

The Beach Boys, from their California roots to their international fame, are a unique American story -- one of overnight success and age-defying longevity; of musical genius and reckless self-destruction; of spirituality, betrayal, and forgiveness -- and Love is the only band member to be part of it each and every step.

Love’s story has never been fully told, of how a sheet-metal apprentice became the quintessential front man for America's most successful rock band, singing in more than 5,600 concerts in 26 countries. He writes about it all in his new memoir: Good Vibrations: My Life as a Beach Boy. 

One of William Kennedy's acclaimed novels has been transformed into an amazing opera. Roscoe: An American Grand Opera is tragic, comic, and poignant and it will be performed with the Albany Symphony Orchestra at the Palace Theatre in Albany on Saturday Night at 7:30PM. Evan Mack is the composer, Josh McGuire the librettist, Maestro David Alan Miller conducts the symphony with special guests Deborah Voigt (Soprano) and Jeffrey Williams (Baritone).

Roscoe Conway, after years as the motor of Albany's political machine, longs to retire. But just when he thought he was out, things pull him back in. The opera features the radiant voice of opera superstar Deborah Voigt.

Deborah Voigt joins us along with the composer of Roscoe, Evan Mack.

The Department of Theatre Arts at SUNY New Paltz presents Belfast Blues, a one-woman play written and performed by Geraldine Hughes and directed by Carol Kane, with performances on Oct. 14th and 15th at 8:00 p.m. in McKenna Theatre on the New Paltz campus.

Belfast Blues is a tapestry of stories told from Hughes’ perspective as a little girl coming of age in the war-torn Belfast of the 1980s. Passionate, riveting, often humorous, these stories bear insightful witness to the many faces of “trying to live a normal life” amidst the violence born of the longstanding grudge between Catholics and Protestants.

Nick Barr is the host of WAMC’s Bluegrass Time. He celebrates 50 years in bluegrass music this Saturday at a special show at The Linda in Albany called, appropriately enough, Nick Barr 50 Years In The Making.

It’s a night of great music and grand reunions! Featuring members from Nick’s first band the "Foggy Mountain Still-Lickers" The show will see the Reuniting Bluegrass Samurai/Blue Moon. Also appearing, the WAMC's Saturday night radio line-up: Wanda Fischer, Nick Barr & Tim Coakley.

The show will also feature local favorites: Al & Kathy Bain, Marty Wendell & more and a special appearance of the Barr Brothers. 

The award-winning, dance-filled Gershwin musical An American in Paris ended its critically acclaimed Broadway run on Sunday at the Palace Theatre - having played 623 performances.

The musical's national tour will open at Proctor’s Theatre in Schenectady on Friday, starring Garen Scribner and Sara Esty.

The new stage incarnation of the classic Gershwin film arrived on Broadway after a Paris world premiere. The new musical, inspired by the Oscar-winning film of the same name, features a score by George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin and a book by Craig Lucas.


An American in Paris received 12 Tony nominations, winning awards for Best Choreography, Best Orchestrations, Best Set Design and Best Lighting Design.


We are thrilled to have Stuart Oken with us this morning. He leads Elephant Eye Theatrical whose projects have included The Addams Family, Saved and Venice. As Executive VP at Disney Theatrical, he produced The Lion King and Aida. He produced the motion pictures About Last Night, Impromptu, and Queens Logic.

Rob Edelman: Controversy: The Birth Of A Nation

Oct 10, 2016

The title of a new film, THE BIRTH OF A NATION, is a purposefully biting take on the D.W. Griffith film of the same name, released over a century ago, in which the heroes are members of the Ku Klux Klan. And it is one of the season’s most anticipated and justifiably hyped new releases. This latest BIRTH OF A NATION also is extremely controversial. In fact, it just may be the most debated American film since THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST in 2004.

Adirondack Theatre Festival is having a major new event on October 21st and 22nd, The Adirondack Film Festival. Featuring over 30 of the best new national and international films, the inaugural event will take place on five movie screens in four locations in downtown Glens Falls, allowing ATF to expand community programming outside of the regular summer theatre schedule.

The Adirondack Film Festival will show feature films, short films, webseries, children's films, and documentaries. In addition to film screenings, the festival will include panel discussions, meet and greet events, parties, and Q&A's with the filmmakers and casts.

The Festival will also feature a contest where local actors, directors, and writers (of all skill-levels) will be invited to create a film in 48hrs. They will provide the equipment - you make the movie! Audiences will vote on their favorites and awards will be presented to the winners. 

Festival Director, Chad Rabinowitz joins us to tell us more. 

Any Questions #267

Oct 7, 2016

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel return for this week's edition of Any Questions?

FilmColumbia celebrates seventeen years of “Small town, big movies” in Hudson and Chatham, NY this October 22-30 with a week of world-class independent and international films presented by The Chatham Film Club.

Executive and co-artistic director of the festival Peter Biskind and Managing Director Calliope Nicholas join us now with a preview of this year’s FilmColumbia offerings.

  In this week’s Classical Music According to Yehuda, Alan Chartock and Yehuda Hanani continue their conversation about female composers - focusing on Maria Agata Szymanowska.

Yehuda’s Close Encounter with Music series begins their new season on October 15th with the Chamber Orchestra Kremlin in a program of Haydn, Tchaikovsky, and Shostakovich.

  Tomorrow at 8pm, film composer and singer-songwriter Peter Salett and illustrator Michael Arthur will be at MASS MoCA in North Adams to perform Suite for the Summer Rain and Dance of the Yellow Leaf --two related song-cycles that will be accentuated and elevated through a collaboration of the artists that melds the live music performance with live illustration projected behind the band.

Bette Gordon is a director and independent filmmaker best known for her film Variety (1984), Luminous Motion (2000), and Handsome Harry (2010) Toronto. She has been the subject of retrospectives at IFC Cinema, Anthology Film Archives and The Walker Art Center.

Josh Charles is an actor best known for his work in Dead Poets Society, Sports Night, and The Good Wife.

They join us to discuss their new film The Drowning, directed by Gordon and starring Charles along with Julia Styles, and Avan Jogia. The thriller will screen twice at this year's Woodstock Film Festival

Bob Goepfert Reviews "Disenchanted" At Proctors

Oct 6, 2016

SCHENECTADY -  I’m not sure very many people ever left one of Walt Disney’s animated films thinking that the princess in the piece – you know, the one who marries her Prince Charming and lived happily ever after -knew they weren’t portrayed accurately.  Few cared.  They went to the films for entertainment.

ALBANY - It is difficult to conceive of anyone not enjoying the romantic comedy “Outside Mullingar” that is playing at Capital Repertory Theatre in Albany through October 16.

The O+ Festival is a celebration of art and music that creates a bridge to access health care for artists. O+ fosters complete physical, mental and social well-being by connecting artists directly with a coalition of health care providers and health resources, in a shared vision to nurture the individual and the community.

O+ was founded in 2010 in Kingston, NY – the idea has caught on and festivals have now taken place in cities all across the country. This year’s festival in Kingston takes place October 7th, 8th, and 9th.

To tell us about this year's highlights – we are joined by: Nurse-in-charge Shannon Light, pop-up clinic director; Rocket Scientist Micah Blumenthal, creative director and co-curator of music; and Art Witch Denise Orzo, art director.

Rob Edelman: One More New Documentary

Oct 3, 2016

For quite a while now, a wide range of superior documentaries have examined a wide range of issues. Among the latest is THE RUINS OF LIFTA, a thoughtful, multi-layered depiction of contemporary Israeli-Palestinian relations that has just opened theatrically in Manhattan and will be doing so momentarily in Los Angeles.

Any Questions #266

Sep 30, 2016

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel head back to the farm.

The play “Southern Comforts” confirms that the cliché “opposites attract” pertains to all people who fall in love - no matter your age.  

Rogovoy Report For 9/30/16

Sep 30, 2016

The weekend’s cultural highlights in the region include comedy, a legend of glam-rock, Chinese dance, a theatrical premiere, Jewish-jazz fusion, and a whole lot more.

Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox presents contemporary Top 40 hits slipped through a time machine – rearranged and performed in styles like swing, do-wop, ragtime, Motown, jazz, torch ballads, bluegrass, and more.

From Bradlee’s living-room via YouTube videos to world tours and (soon) Radio City Music Hall in just a few years – the rotating collective of musicians and vocalists present a very fun show.

Postmodern Jukebox is playing at The Palace Theatre in Albany, NY tonight and Scott Bradlee joins us.

The Teaching Gallery at Hudson Valley Community College presents Floating World, an exhibition of paintings by New Lebanon artist Maggie Mailer, on view through October 22nd.

The paintings in Mailer’s Floating World are richly layered, ambiguous landscapes that bravely embody the artist’s willingness to trust her viewers. Mailer says the title refers to the “floating world” of 18th century Japanese Ukiyo-e prints, a worldview based on hedonism, pleasure and escapism. It was a world envisioned to be safe from danger, sadness or disasters, both real and imagined.

Mailer’s painting process is an intentionally unscientific combination of instinct, skill, accident and trust. Upon close inspection, any particular moment of a painting might contain layers of sheer, luscious color, references to classical masterworks, day-glow colors seemingly thrown down or scumbled, or thin layers that barely cover the canvas.

Maggie Mailer and Founding director of the Teaching Gallery Tara Fracalossi  join us.