Arts & Culture

Arts & Culture
11:35 am
Fri July 11, 2014

"The Whale" At Adirondack Theatre Festival

    Samuel D. Hunter’s award-winning and critically acclaimed new play, The Whale, opens tonight at The Charles R. Wood Theater in Glens Fall, NY last night as part of The Adirondack Theatre Festival’s 2014 season. The production is directed by Kristen Van Ginhoven.

Charlie, a 600-lb man is slowly eating himself to an early grave. His caretaker and friend, Liz, has been trying to get Charlie to see a doctor for years, to no avail. Charlie teaches online writing courses from his Idaho apartment; his weight keeps him isolated from the physical world outside. His daughter, Ellie, a teenager who’s pushing against the adults in her life, suddenly shows up at his door. So does Elder Thomas, a young Mormon on his two-year mission. Charlie deals with more than weight issues; issues from his past have brought him to a crisis in the present.

We are joined now by two actors from the production, Timothy Carter who plays Charlie and Brenny Rabine who plays Liz.

Arts & Culture
11:12 am
Fri July 11, 2014

Big History, Small Museums - Zadock Pratt Museum

  Michelle Delaney is the Director of the Smithsonian’s Consortium for Understanding the American Experience and is the author of the observation that the Catskill Region is not only the Birthplace of American Art, but she says growing research shows that it’s also the Cradle of American Art. Delaney will be speaking tomorrow at 1PM at the Pratt Museum in Prattsville.

Delaney will be giving the Keynote Address for the Pratt Museum’s 2014 Season which is titled: “Big History, Small Museums: Understanding the American Experience through Collaboration.”

The Paintings, Watercolors and Drawings of D. F. Hasbrouck American Impressionist is the new exhibition at The Pratt Museum. Carolyn Bennett, Museum Director is here to tell us about that and big history of THIS small museum.

Arts & Culture
10:12 am
Fri July 11, 2014

"In Your Arms" At Powerhouse

  In Your Arms is a new play with love-themed vignettes written by Douglas Carter Bean, Nilo Cruz, Christopher Durang, Carrie Fisher, David Henry Hwang, Rajiv Joseph, Terrence McNally, Marsha Norman, Lynn Nottage and Alfred Urhy.

Christopher Gattelli, the Tony Award-winning choreographer of Newsies and South Pacific, and composer Stephen Flaherty (Ragtime, Once on This Island) bring the vignettes to life through music and dance - using the stories penned by the playwrights but not their words.

In Your Arms is the second Mainstage show of this summer’s New York Stage and Film Powerhouse Theatre season at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, NY.

Christopher Gattelli joins us.

Arts & Culture
3:52 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Herbert Wolff Reviews "June Moon"

The play, June Moon…now on the main stage at Williamstown Theatre Festival…is the result of collaboration by George S. Kaufman and Ring Lardner.  Kaufman was one of the most prolific playwrights in American theater history.  For a period of more than 35 years, from 1921 to 1958, at least one Kaufman production – he as the author or the stage director – was being performed on Broadway.  Even today, his play, The Man Who Came to Dinner, is a staple of virtually every American community theater.

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Arts & Culture
11:48 am
Thu July 10, 2014

"The Measure Of All Things" Live Doc Presentation At MASS MoCA

    Sam Green is an Academy Award nominated documentary filmmaker.

For his most recent film, The Measure of All Things, he was inspired by our collective fascination with The Guinness Book of World Records and traveled across the world to gather footage of record-holding (and nearly record-holding) people and places. The result is a fascinating “live documentary” film and performance featuring video, Green’s live narration and an original live score composed and performed by indie-classical chamber ensemble yMusic.

This special live-documentary experience will be presented at MASS MoCA in North Adams, MA this Saturday at 8:30pm.

Arts & Culture
11:35 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Dafnis Prieto Si O Si Quartet At PS21 in Chatham

  Cuban-American drummer, composer, and bandleader Dafnis Prieto and his globally inspired Si o Si Quartet will perform their mix of Afro-Cuban jazz at PS21: Performance Spaces for the 21st Century on Saturday at 8pm.

Prieto will give an one-hour talk/demonstration on Saturday from 1 to 2pm at the Tracy Memorial Village Hall in Chatham as part of the village’s Summerfest event.

Classically trained in Cuba, his revolutionary drumming techniques has had a powerful impact on the Latin and jazz music scene, locally and internationally. He is a recipient of various awards, including the 2011 MacArthur Fellowship Award.

Arts & Culture
11:12 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Saratoga Shakespeare Company Presents "Macbeth" 7/15-27

  Shakespeare’s Macbeth is considered one of the greatest tragedies ever written, overflowing with murder, madness and evil spirits, as it explores the dark side of ambition, greed, and guilt. Macbeth is the play most requested by summer audiences at Saratoga Shakespeare Company.

Saratoga Shakespeare’s production of Macbeth will run in Congress Park July 15th-27th. Joining to tell us more – actors Tim Dugan (Macbeth), Amy Prothro (Lady Macbeth) and Artistic Director of Saratoga Shakespeare Company, Lary Opitz.

Arts & Culture
10:40 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Metroland 7/10/14

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

Arts & Culture
10:10 am
Thu July 10, 2014

The Clark: Re-Thought And Re-Opened

  The Sterling and Francine Clark Institute in Williamstown re-opened on the Fourth of July after being closed since March for a major construction project over a decade in the making.

The Clark houses a noted collection of 18th and 19th century artwork. The $145 million project includes a new building, another building rebuilt and a complete rethinking of the Clark’s 140-acre campus, with three new reflecting pools, 2 miles of hiking paths and more than 1,000 new trees.

And then there is the amazing art. To tell us more we welcome Clark Director Michael Conforti and senior curator Richard Rand.

Arts & Culture
11:12 am
Wed July 9, 2014

Art Omi Weekend 2014

  Omi International Arts Center in Ghent, NY is a not-for-profit arts organization with residency programs for international visual artists, writers, translators, musicians, and dancers. Omi seeks to foster an environment of creative exploration and exchange, professional opportunity and exposure, and a stylistically and culturally diverse community for creative artists from around the world.

30 artists from 24 countries have been at Art Omi for the past 4 weeks and their visual arts residency culminates with Art Omi Weekend on July 12-13 (that’s this coming weekend).

Here to tell us more about the work they’re doing at Art Omi and about Art Omi weekend are Ruth Adams, Director of Omi, and artists Taro Hattori, Ira Eduardovna, and Lara Baladi.

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