Arts & Culture

Rogovoy Report 3/17/17

Mar 17, 2017

The cultural highlights in our region this weekend include Japanese classical fusion; a farm-related film fest; tributes to Beethoven, Glen Campbell, and Florence Foster Jenkins; and a whole lot more.

An Iliad At TheRep

Mar 17, 2017

Running now through April 2nd, Cap Rep’s production of An Iliad is a sprawling yarn based on Homer’s epic poem. This Obie Award-winning adaptation spins the familiar tale of gods and goddesses, undying love and battles of The Trojan War told through an original and immediate narrator -- whose knowledge cuts across time -- to bring the past and present together.

We are joined by actor David Barlow, cellist Kathleen Bowman, and director Margaret E. Hall.

In this week’s Classical Music According to Yehuda, Alan Chartock and Yehuda Hanani continue their series of discussions about women who influenced classical composers. This week we learn about Felix Mendelssohn and "The Swedish Nightingale," Jenny Lind.

Mark Ruffalo and Jessica Hecht in The Roundabout Theatre Company revival of 'The Price'
Joan Marcus

  Last night in New York City, the Roundabout Theatre Company revival of Arthur Miller’s The Price opened on Broadway at the American Airlines Theatre. It will run through May 14 (it was scheduled to run through May 7 and was extended).

 

The Price deals with familial resentment, lies, misunderstandings and the lasting generational repercussions of The Great Depression through Miller’s signature and definitive playwriting.

Terry Kinney directs the four actor cast -- Mark Ruffalo, Tony Shaloub, Danny Davito (making his Broadway debut), and friend of WAMC, Jessica Hecht.

(Airs 3/16/17 @ 1p.m. – On this program, WAMC's Alan Chartock and Lou Cannon, Reagan biographer, columnist, and award-winning reporter set the scene and provide context and analysis of President Ronald Reagan's Inaugural Address. In addition, listeners will have an opportunity to actually hear the speech as it was delivered on January 20th, 1981.

This Friday and Saturday, The Theatre Institute at Sage will present a staged reading of the rarely-produced play Greenwood: An American Dream Destroyed by Celeste Bedford Walker. The reading is directed by Lynnie Godfrey, the inaugural artist of the Scrimshaw Distinguished Visiting Artist Fund. Godfrey, an actress, singer, director and producer based in New York City, is at Sage for a week-long residency thanks to the generous support of the fund established by The Sage Colleges President Susan Scrimshaw.

Greenwood: An American Dream Destroyed is a drama that tells the story of events surrounding the 1921 race disaster in Greenwood, Oklahoma. Greenwood, the premier Black Boomtown of its era, was referred to as the “Negro Wall Street”, and had successfully achieved complete economic independence from its neighbor Tulsa, Oklahoma. That all ended when 14 blocks of the town were burned down in one night. Follow the progress, success, joy and prosperity of the township of Greenwood and eventually the story of its demise.

Here to tell us more are aforementioned director Lynnie Godfrey and Theare Institute at Sage Artistic Director, Leigh Strimbeck. 

  Shawn Stone, Digital Editor of The Alt joins us to talk about what he's seen lately and what cultural events are coming up this week in our region.

Seen: Garth Brooks at the TUC (Sunday)

Upcoming:

·         Blue Velvet - Madison Theater, Albany, Thursday 3/16-Sunday 3/19, various times

·         Photography Regional Select - Albany Center Gallery, opening reception Friday 3/17, 5-9 PM, through April 21

·         David Lindley, Chris Smither - The Egg, Albany, Friday 3/17, 7:30 PM

·         Brian Regan - Palace Theatre, Albany, Friday 3/17, 8 PM

·         Shawn Wayans - The Funny Bone, Albany, Friday 3/17, 7:30 & 10 PM; Sat 3/18, 7 & 9:45 PM

·         Lunasa - Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Saturday 3/18, 8 PM

·         Jimmy Webb: The Glen Campbell Years - Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield, Mass., Saturday 3/18, 8 PM

·         Barbara Nissman (pianist; Ginastera, Prokofiev, Liszt, Bartok) - Troy Chromatic Concerts/Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Sunday 3/19, 3 PM

·         Albany Symphony Orchestra: Captain American, Musical Avenger - Palace Theatre, Albany, Sunday 3/19, 3 PM

·         The Red Shoes - GE Theatre at Proctors, Monday 3/20, 1:30, 4:15 and 7 PM

New movies: Beauty and the Beast, The Sense of an Ending

Music, comedy and great drama are on the schedule for the newly announced Summer season at the Berkshire Theatre Group's Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield and Fitzpatrick Main Stage and Unicorn Theatre in Stockbridge.

Here are some of the highlights: Arsenic and Old Lace, The Music Man, Million Dollar Quartet, a drama by an iconic American playwright, Edward Albee and Lost Lake, a new play by David Auburn.

BTG CEO and artistic director Kate Maguire joins us by phone this morning with a preview. 

Rob Edelman: Biography And Truth

Mar 13, 2017

This past year, as in just about every recent year, a spate of films have been released which purport to chart the lives of real people. A list of biopics from 2016 only begins with FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS and JACKIE, HACKSAW RIDGE and HANDS OF STONE and HIDDEN FIGURES, LOVING and LION, SOUTHSIDE WITH YOU and SULLY and SNOWDEN, DENIAL and GENIUS, RULES DON’T APPLY and THE BIRTH OF A NATION and so many others. Plus, the new year has started off with THE FOUNDER.

The Hudson Opera House in Hudson, NY has completed the final phase of a major restoration project begun in April of 2016. The re-opening of the historic theater is accompanied by a name change: the Hudson Opera House will be renamed Henry Hudson Hall.

In honoring the city’s historic namesake, Henry Hudson, the new name marks a significant evolution for the iconic venue, which, from its founding in 1855 until the building was abandoned in 1962, has witnessed some of the most exciting cultural, social and political events of the day.

The 2017 season at Henry Hudson Hall Center for the Arts opens with The Proprietors Ball on Saturday, April 22, followed by a Community Day on Sunday, May 21 with free performances and workshops by Hudson’s own Bindlestiff Family Cirkus

Here to tell us more about the restoration and upcoming exciting events are Gary Schiro, Executive Director of the Hudson Opera House, and Megan Kent, founder of the Megan Kent Branding Group.

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are back for the show of the century. Maybe.

Rogovoy Report 3/10/17

Mar 10, 2017

The cultural highlights in our region this weekend include Bubu funk from Sierra Leone; Beethoven string quartets; a recital of works written expressly for trombone; literary readings; a circus featuring a burlesque queen; and a whole lot more.

  In this week’s Classical Music According to Yehuda, Alan Chartock and Yehuda Hanani continue their series of discussions about women who influenced classical composers. Today’s composer is Felix Mendelssohn.


  Off-Broadway at The Laura Pels Theatre, Roundabout Theatre Company is currently presenting Steven Levenson’s If I Forget. The play is the latest in Roundabout’s ongoing devotion to producing new plays by young playwrights with bold creative voices. Levenson is the acclaimed writer of Dear Evan Hansen and Roundabout’s The Language of Trees.

 

The show is directed by Daniel Sullivan and co-stars Kate Walsh. Walsh is best known for her television role as Dr. Addison Montgomery first on the Shonda Rhimes helmed hits, Grey’s Anatomy and then its spin-off, Private Practice.Walsh began her acting career in Chicago where she studied at the renowned Piven Theatre Workshop. She went on to star in multiple theater productions at the Shakespeare Repertory. She’s worked primarily in film in television in recent years and joins us now to discuss If I Forget and what about it made her want to get back on stage.

If I Forget runs through April 30th. 13 Reasons Why premiers on Netflix on March 31st.

Creative License was founded by Capital Region theater artists Aaron Holbritter and Casey Polomaine in March of 2014.

Their current production – opening tomorrow at The Albany Barn – is The Picture of Dorian Gray, a theatrical adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s famous novel by Roberto Aquirre-Sacasa.

We are joined by the production’s director, Aaron Holbritter, producer Casey Polomaine, and actor Ian LaChance who plays the title character.

The show runs March 10-April 1.

  Shawn Stone, Digital Editor of The Alt joins us to talk about what he's seen lately and what cultural events are coming up this week in our region.

Seen: Logan, Wampum World: An Art Installation by Renée Ridgway at AIHA

Upcoming:

  • 8 Borders, 8 Days with filmmaker Amanda Bailly - Madison Theater, Albany, Thursday 3/9, 7 PM
  • Riverdance - Stanley Theatre, Utica, Thursday 3/9, 7:30 PM
  • Ladysmith Black Mambazo - Zankel Music Center/Skidmore College, Thursday 3/9, 7:30 PM
  • Into The Woods - Schenectady Light Opera Company, opens Friday 3/10, 8 PM, through 3/19
  • Garth Brooks & Trisha Yearwood - Times Union Center, Albany, Fri-Sun, 3/10-11-12, 7 PM
  • Red Baraat - The Egg, Albany, Saturday 3/11, 7:30 PM
  • Cosy Sheridan & Sloan Wainwright - The Eighth Step at Underground at Proctors, Saturday 3/11, 7:30 PM
  • Marc Maron - Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Saturday, 3/11, 8 PM
  • The Sting - Palace Theatre, Albany, Monday, 3/13, 7 PM
  • The High Kings - The Egg, Albany, Tuesday, 3/14, 7:30 PM

New movies: Kong: Skull Island, Kedi (aka Nine Lives: Cats in Istanbul)

South Africa’s Ladysmith Black Mambazo was launched into international spotlight when they sang with Paul Simon on his 1986 Graceland album. The group has been nominated 17 times, won five Grammy Awards, and has warmed the hearts of audiences worldwide with uplifting vocal harmonies, signature dance moves and charming stage presence. 

They will perform at Skidmore College's Zankel Music Center in Saratoga Springs, NY on March 9th at 7:30 p.m.

Albert Mazibuko has been a member of Ladysmith Black Mambazo since 1969 and he joins us to discuss the music, Paul Simon, and the late Nelson Mandela.

LATHAM  –  It’s difficult to define “Skin Deep,” a play that runs at Curtain Call Theatre in Latham through March 25.    It’s a sweet and tender play about two people who need to be loved but it’s hard to determine if it’s a play with a lot of humor or a comedy with a lot of heart.

Rob Edelman: Tom Hanks, 2016

Mar 6, 2017

Among actors who are decades past their twentysomething years, Tom Hanks remains a popular and even iconic movie star. Last year, Hanks toplined three mainstream films, each directed by a name filmmaker. None were outstanding. None were Academy Award-worthy. Two were at best nicely done and one was hugely disappointing but, taken together, all three offer thoughtful reflections of our world and our culture in 2016 and the new year.

Bob Goepfert Reviews "Wicked" At Proctors

Mar 5, 2017

SCHENECTADY –“Wicked” is one of those Broadway musicals that lives up to its hype.  It’s a big, flashy show that tells an intriguing and clever story.  It’s doesn’t have a score filled with commercial hits, but there are several individuals numbers – like “Popular” and “Defying Gravity” that bore worm holes in your brain and will stay there for days.

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel switch seats for the first show of March.

Rogovoy Report 3/3/17

Mar 3, 2017

The cultural highlights in our region this weekend include Golden Age Dutch painting; new ceramics; several orchestral concerts; Grammy Award-winning Americana; and a whole lot more.

  In this week’s Classical Music According to Yehuda, Alan Chartock and Yehuda Hanani continue their series of discussions about women who influenced classical composers. Today we hear their final conversation about Beethoven.

Wicked, the smash-hit musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz and book by Winnie Holzman is at Proctors in Schenectady through March 12th.

Based on the 1995 novel Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Albany’s own Gregory Maguire, Wicked brings the audience to Oz and asks “What made the Wicked Witch wicked?” Wicked opened on Broadway in 2003 and since then has dazzled audiences in New York and all over the world.

We are joined today by Isabel Keating who plays Madame Morrible. Morrible begins as Head Mistress at Shiz University and becomes Press Secretary to The Wizerd of Oz.

Keating garnered a Tony Award nomination and won the Drama Desk award for The Boy from Oz. Other Broadway credits include Hairspray, Enchanted April, Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, and It’s Only A Play.

Shawn Stone, Digital Editor of The Alt joins us to talk about what he's seen lately and what cultural events are coming up this week in our region.

Photograph of a portion of Tanja Hollander's "Are You Really My Friend?" at MASS MoCA
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  How often do you get a friend request on Facebook from someone whose name you don’t recognize? You have mutual friends. You check those names -- and then you aren’t sure exactly who some of those people are either - or how you know them. Imagine telling someone 15 years ago that you have friends you don’t know -- and not in that “a stranger is a just a friend you haven’t met yet” optimistic way.

Tanja Hollander’s new exhibition Are You Really My Friend? is currently on view at MASS MoCA in North Adams, MA. The show explores, through portraits and paraphernalia, what friendship means to Tanja and what friendship means today - in the age of social media and easy surface relationships. She set out to connect with and photograph her 626 Facebook friends.

I spoke with Tanja and curator Denise Markonish at the museum recently and began by asking Tanja when and where she had the idea for the project.

Rob Edelman: Robert De Niro, Comedian

Feb 27, 2017

I was initially intrigued by the idea of seeing and hopefully enjoying THE COMEDIAN, the latest Robert De Niro film, in which he plays an aging, foul-mouthed insult comic. Other bonuses surely would be its attractive supporting cast, from Danny De Vito to Cloris Leachman, Charles Grodin to Edie Falco to Patti LuPone. Not to mention Harvey Keitel, who appeared with De Niro an eternity ago in MEAN STREETS and TAXI DRIVER. And then there are the famous faces and names-- the most prominent is Billy Crystal-- who show up as themselves.

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are back with a miraculous show.

Rogovoy Report 2/24/17

Feb 24, 2017

The cultural highlights in our region this weekend include psychedelic pop, Electric Latin soul; jazz; dance for social justice; Americana; and a whole lot more.

  In this week’s Classical Music According to Yehuda, Alan Chartock and Yehuda Hanani continue their series of discussions about women who influenced classical composers. This week’s composer is Ludwig van Beethoven.

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