Arts & Culture

Arts & Culture
10:10 am
Thu June 26, 2014

"The Babylon Line" At Powerhouse

Leslie Bibb and Josh Radnor
Credit © Vassar & New York Stage and Film / Buck Lewis

    It's 1967 and a 38-year-old writer from bohemian Greenwich Village commutes to Levittown, on Long Island in New York, to teach an adult-education creative writing class. He finds anything but the cookie-cutter lives he expected in this straight-laced community, as his students come to discover the power of storytelling to transform their lives. And one special student – a kindred spirit? or something more? – reawakens him to his own artistic impulses.

The Babylon Line is a new play by Richard Greenberg, directed by Terry Kinney for New York Stage and Film and Vassar College's Powerhouse Theatre season. The production runs tonight through July 12th and stars Josh Radnor and Leslie Bibb who join us to tell us more.

Arts & Culture
11:35 am
Wed June 25, 2014

The Sandisfield Players Present Dylan Thomas’ "Under Milk Wood"

    

  The Sandisfield Players are presenting a production of Dylan Thomas’ Under Milk Wood. It features a cameo performance by Simon Winchester and narration by Benjamin Luxon.

This is a rare opportunity to hear the poetry and humor of Thomas’ wonderful creation, Under Milk Wood. The play spans one entire day and a dreaming night in the life of a small Welsh seaside town through a series of lyric adventures, each with its own cast of eccentric and sometimes bawdy characters.

Commissioned in 1953 by the BBC it was finished only a month before Dylan Thomas’ death at age 39.

Benjamin Luxon is the narrator and director. In the 1970’s and 80’s, Luxon was one of the most versatile and gifted operatic Baritones singing all over the world, and in almost every genre of music. But Luxon’s career was cut short by acute hearing loss. Now instead of Opera, it’s the spoken word.

Arts & Culture
10:35 am
Wed June 25, 2014

Ashokan Center Summer 2014

  Located in Olivebridge, New York on 374-acres of Catskill forests, streams and farmland, Ashokan Center is a special blend of geologic, natural and human history. Our mission is to teach, inspire and build community through shared experiences in nature, history, and the arts.

And this Summer they’ll be busy! They’re having a Swing Dance and BBQ this Saturday, hosting a Western and Swing week, a guitar camp, and a Seeger Tribute Dance & Sing – all of that now and into the first half of July! Their Summer Hoot is August 22nd-24th.

Gina Gould is the Executive Director of Ashokan Center and she joins us now along with our friend Jay Ungar and Molly Mason.

Arts & Culture
12:44 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

Rob Edelman: New Iranian Cinema, Part 1

I recently attended the Festival Cinema Invisible, now in its third year, which features an array of new Iranian films, all of varying length. What struck me was the generally high quality of many-- but not all-- of the films, not to mention the universality of their subjects.

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Arts & Culture
10:35 am
Mon June 23, 2014

Sam Lloyd Is "Fully Committed" At ATF

    

  Adirondack Theatre Festival kicks off its 20th Anniversary Season with Becky Mode’s comedy Fully Committed, starring Sam Lloyd of TV’s Scrubs. The show opens tonight and runs through June 28th.

Sam Lloyd stars as Sam Peliczowski, an aspiring actor working as the reservationist at a posh Manhattan restaurant. In a tour de force performance, he also plays close to 40 callers, including a wealthy socialite, a gangster, a Japanese tourist, and a supermodel’s frenzied assistant.

In addition to his time as Ted Buckwald on Scrubs, Sam Lloyd’s numerous TV credits include recurring roles on Desperate Housewives, West Wing, and Seinfeld. He has also performed Fully Committed at the Weston Playhouse in Weston, VT and most recently at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, where his performance was called “a masterclass of comic character acting.”

Arts & Culture
12:50 pm
Sun June 22, 2014

Bob Goepfert Reviews "The Magic Flute"

“The Magic Flute,” which is being presented by Opera Saratoga in repertory through June 28, is a remarkable opera in all ways.

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Arts & Culture
6:25 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Any Questions #147

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel spend this week at the movies.

Last week's challenge
Start with a key two-word phrase heard in many television recitations of the Miranda rights. Rearrange the letters in these two words and you can name a six-letter member of the military and a six-letter action that person has taken. What are the words?
Answer: REMAIN SILENT, MARINE ENLIST

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Arts & Culture
3:50 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Audrey Kupferberg: "Alan Partridge" And Max Linder Comedies

Rainy afternoons and summer nights when darkness has fallen are fitting times to sit indoors and see film comedies.

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Arts & Culture
12:50 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Rogovoy Report for June 20, 2014

It’s a big weekend in the greater Berkshire region for the performing arts, with a panoply of chamber music, folk-rock, dance and musical theater, just for starters.

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Arts & Culture
12:35 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Ester Rada at The Linda

Ester Rada, the new soul of the Middle East, is coming to The Linda on Thursday, Jun 26, 2014 at 8:00 p.m.

Ester Rada's cross-cultural sound is a deep reflection of the Israeli born Ethiopian's heritage. Growing up in a highly religious Jewish family in more than modest conditions in Israel, gave Rada the drive to change her way of life and fulfill her dream of creating music Critics describe her genre mixing sound as "gracefully combining Ethio-Jazz, funk, soul and r&b, with mixed undertones of black grooves"

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