Arts & Culture

Dorset Theatre Festival opens its 40th Anniversary Season with the World Premiere of Theresa Rebeck’s Downstairsstarring brother and sister Tim Daly and Tyne Daly, who will be appearing together on stage for the first time. Downstairs, runs for 16 performances between this Thursday and July 8th.

Tim Daly is an Emmy-nominated actor. Since 2014, he has starred in the hit CBS series Madam Secretary. He is also known for his past roles as Joe Hackett on the NBC sitcom Wings. Tyne Daly is an accomplished stage and screen actress best known for her roles in Cagney & Lacey and Judging Amy. Rounding out the cast is John Procaccino who last joined Dorset Theatre Festival for their production of Out of the City

Nancy and Beth - Megan Mullally and Stephanie Hunt
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  The Solid Sound Festival - Wilco’s music and art festival, invades MASS MoCA’s newly expanded campus in North Adams, MA this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. At 6:30 p.m. on Friday, the first act will take the stage in Courtyard C -- and that act is Nancy And Beth.

 

You may know them better as Megan Mullally and Stephanie Hunt. The former of Will and Grace and Parks and Recreation fame with a number of Broadway shows on her CV and the latter an Austin-based musician with the band Ghost Songs and cast member on the much loved TV series Friday Night Lights.

 

Mullally and Hunt as Nancy And Beth released their self-titled debut in April.

 


  Barrington Stage Company’s first Boyd-Quinson Mainstage musical this season is Ragtime -- which opens in Pittsfield, MA on June 21st and runs through July 15th.

 

Ragtime features a book by Terrence McNally, lyrics by Lynn Ahrens and music by Stephen Flaherty. It is based on a novel by E. L. Doctorow and is directed at Barrington Stage by Joe Calarco. The original Broadway production of Ragtime won Tony Awards for Best Book of a Musical and Best Original Musical Score.

 

Members of Barrington Stage’s cast join us at The Linda to discuss the show and perform a few songs.

We welcome Elizabeth Stanley (“Mother”); J. Anthony Crane (“Tateh”); Darnell Abraham (“Coalhouse”); Zurin Villanueva ("Sarah”); and musical director - providing piano accompaniment - Darren Cohen.

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are back with a quiz about literary homes.

Audrey Kupferberg: Zaza

Jun 16, 2017

Looking over the current crop of films available in theaters or on home screens, it is worth noting that a number of screen veterans are back in the spotlight, adding a strong late act to their respective careers.   Richard Gere is receiving very positive reviews as the complex and quirky title character in NORMAN.  Shirley MacLaine has scored points in WILD OATS and THE LAST WORD. Susan Sarandon,  Jessica Lange, and Christopher Plummer are among the veteran actors who also continue to have active careers. 

Rogovoy Report 6/16/17

Jun 16, 2017

The cultural highlights in our region this weekend include Grammy Award winning roots music; four folk music legends playing on the same stage; a swing-jazz guitar legend; performance poetry; modern dance; and a whole lot more.


  Mark Mulcahy was the singer for the New Haven, Connecticut-based band Miracle Legion, active in the 1980s to mid-1990s. The band split up awhile ago but reunited last year to play some shows -- including a gig at The Linda - WAMC’s Performing Arts Studio.

 

Mark’s band Polaris was the house band for the mid-1990s Nickelodeon series The Adventures of Pete & Pete. Following the cancelation of Pete & Pete, Mulcahy found himself playing solo and releasing albums on the Mezzotint label -- the most recent of which came out in April and is entitled The Possum in the Driveway.

 

He’s assembled a band to play the album in its entirety at The Parlor Room in Northampton, MA on 6/21; Lyric Hall Theater in New Haven, CT on 6/22; and Joe’s Pub in New York City on 6/27.

Bob Goepfert: Julius Caesar

Jun 15, 2017

I recently attended the Public Theatre’s production of William Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar”.  Perhaps I’m naïve, or it’s the times in which we live, but when I left the Delacorte Theatre in New York’s Central Park, I never expected the production to be so controversial.  I certainly never expected Shakespeare’s political drama to be criticized for being political.

The Suitcase Junket
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Clearwater's Great Hudson River Revival is taking place this coming weekend at Croton Point Park in Croton-on-Hudson, New York. This year’s festival will include performances by Nick Lowe, Arlo Guthrie, Los Lobos, Toshi Reagon & Big Lovely, Josh Ritter, Joan Osborne and many other great acts -- including our guest, The Suitcase Junket.

Western-Massachusetts based one-man-band Matt Lorenz creates music on restored, salvaged, and fully invented instruments created from old instruments and found objects. His latest album, Pile Driver, came out in April on Signature Sounds. 

Acclaimed pianist Simone Dinnerstein and the young, virtuosic Havana Lyceum Orchestra led by José Antonio Méndez Padrón will bring their remarkable cross-cultural Mozart in Havana tour to Skidmore’s Arthur Zankel Music Center on June 20 at 7 p.m., in a concert co-presented by Saratoga Performing Arts Center and Skidmore College. 

Simone Dinnerstein joins us to tell us more.

The Sembrich Museum, the former teaching studio of Metropolitan Opera prima donna Marcella Sembrich. Situated on a wooded peninsula in Lake George, the studio contains memorabilia of a distinguished international operatic career spanning more than 50 years.

Throughout the summer, The Sembrich presents a series of concerts, lectures, films and recitals featuring some of today's finest performing artists. The Sembrich’s Artistic Director Richard Wargo, joins us.

Quality is timeless. Just ask The Hot Sardines. In the talented hands of the New York-based ensemble, music first made famous decades ago comes alive through their brassy horn arrangements, rollicking piano melodies, and vocals from a chanteuse who transports listeners to a different era with the mere lilt of her voice.

The Hot Sardines are performing in Ozawa Hall at Tanglewood on Friday, June 16. Evan Palazzo joins us -- he's a stride pianist and bandleader for The Hot Sardines, and was a busboy at Tanglewood when he was a kid!

This summer, The Adirondack Theatre Festival’s presents an entire season of major new works. 

After a record-breaking season of sold-out performances last year, nearly doubling attendance and subscribership in just the past two years, the 2017 season promises to be even larger.  Performances will run June 21 – August 12 at the Charles R. Wood Theater in Downtown Glens Falls, NY.

The Adirondack Theatre Festival 23rd season – the third for Producing Artistic Director, Chad Rabinovitz – includes Nikola Tesla Drops the Beat, Knights of the Sales Office, The Boy in the Bathroom, and Glitches in Reality – along with special events and readings.  

Rob Edelman: Hitchcock On A Lifeboat

Jun 12, 2017

For years, I’ve been keeping up with the newest films for reasons that are as much work-related as for the thrill of discovery. However, if I choose a film to see and savor just for pleasure, my choice likely would be one that is older than I am. Often, it will be much older... and this brings me to Alfred Hitchcock.

The Williamstown Theatre Festival’s 2017 Season, the 63rd Season for the Tony Award-winning theatre company gets underway June 27th - including four world premieres, a new musical, the first production of a WTF commissioned artist, and much more.

The season, running through August 20, 2017, begins on the Main Stage with a production of a new play by Jen Silverman, The Roommate, featuring Golden Globe and Emmy Award nominee Jane Kaczmarek; continues with Sarah Ruhl’s 2005 Pulitzer Prize finalist comedy The Clean House starring Tony Award nominee Jessica Hecht; and closes with a new musical - A Legendary Romance.

The Nikos Stage season kicks off June 28 with the world premiere of Jason Kim’s play The Model American and also includes the world premiere of Where Storms Are by Harrison David Rivers; the world premiere play Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow directed by Obie Award winner and Drama Desk nominee Trip Cullman; and closes out the summer with Actually, a co-world premiere with Geffen Playhouse.

Before coming to Williamstown, Mandy Greenfield was the artistic producer of Manhattan Theatre Club and now this is her third season at WTF.

Steel Magnolias at Curtain Call Theatre b- L to R Allison Tebbano, Laura Graer, Cristin Loffredo, Pat Hoffman
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LATHAM - It’s hard to knock a play about friendship.   It’s especially difficult when the friends are a group of diverse and decent women living in a small Louisiana town.  They are sweet yet tough, and so local you can almost smell the magnolias outside.

Following the June Fund Drive, WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel switch seats for a show all about gratitude.

Rogovoy Report 6/9/17

Jun 9, 2017

The cultural highlights in our region this weekend include Picasso; Andy Warhol; Norman Rockwell; William Kunstler; 17th-century Dutch painting; a classical music trio playing David Bowie and Prince; and a whole lot more.

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  Ne’imah Jewish Community Chorus will perform their 25th Anniversary Concert this Sunday June 11 at 7 p.m. at The Massry Center for the Arts at the College of Saint Rose.

 

This year’s concert is entitled Sterling Sounds and the special guest will be Cantor Meir Finkelstein. Born in Israel, the son of the late Cantor Zvi Finkelstein, Meir showed outstanding musical abilities, and at an early age began accompanying his father and older brother at services. In 1982 Meir became Cantor of Sinai Temple in Los Angeles, California, which he served for 18 years.

 

He has composed over 150 settings for the liturgy and has written music for film, television, and concerts. He also produces and arranges music for recordings and live performance. He is currently the cantor at Congregation Beth Yeshurun in Houston, TX.

TROY  - Sometimes a question is not a question.  Take this conversation for an instance:  “I’m going to take the two granddaughters to “Freckleface Strawberry” at Russell Sage College.  Do you want to come with us?   You might enjoy it.”

These days, the majority of theatrical films that come out of Hollywood are fashioned for children, teens, or twenty and perhaps thirty-somethings. The reason for this is obvious. They are the core consumers who abandon their TV sets and computers and willingly pay to watch a new movie at the local mall. But how do film producers lure the older viewer, the aging Baby Boomer, to the movie theater? Should this segment of the population simply be ignored? Will it be assumed that they are content merely to couch-potato it at home, gaze at the endless drug ads that overpopulate their TV screens, and spend all their savings on the latest medical miracles? Or are filmmakers willing to produce product that just may be of special interest to older viewers?

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel get cracking on their next 300 shows.

Rogovoy Report 6/2/17

Jun 2, 2017

The cultural highlights in our region this weekend include a Picasso exhibit; a film festival; choral music; two virtuosos playing music by Russian composers; and a whole lot more.

Bobby Sweet at The Linda
Sarah LaDuke

Bobby Sweet is a sixth-generation musician. He began performing at age 7 in his father’s band and has shared the bill with many top country and folk artists, including Martin Sexton, Arlo Guthrie, and Pete Seeger.

Bobby’s new album, All These Changes, will be released on June 11th.  The Colonial Theater in Pittsfield, MA will host the CD Release concert that night at 7 p.m.  And Bobby will be appearing with the BSweet Band.

Bobby Sweet joins us at The Linda to share some new songs and talk a little. 

The new film Lucky is the closing night film at this year's Berkshire International Film Festival. Lucky - a hit at SXSW, stars Harry Dean Stanton as a 90-year-old atheist on a spiritual quest, with David Lynch and Tom Skerritt.

It's directed by actor-turned-director John Carroll Lynch.

Lynch first gained notice for his role as Norm Gunderson in Fargo. He is also known for his television work on the ABC sitcom The Drew Carey Show and American Horror Story: Freak Show. His films include Face/Off, Gran Torino, Shutter Island, and Zodiac.

Bob Goepfert Reviews "Kunstler"

Jun 1, 2017

PITTSFIELD, Mass.   During the 1960s and 70s, whenever there was a trial involving political controversy you could be sure the defense attorney for the headline-making cases was William Kunstler. Today, unless you are of a certain age, Kunstler’s contributions to the cause of social justice are almost forgotten.


  The new documentary STEP shares the story of three young women in the first graduating class at Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women and their experiences with school, their families, boyfriends, friends, and their Step team.

 

Pushed to succeed by devoted teachers, teammates, counselors, coaches and themselves, they chase their dreams: to win a step championship and to be accepted into college.

 

STEP which won the U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award for Inspirational Filmmaking at Sundance this year, will have its Massachusetts premiere as the opening night film at the Berkshire International Film Festival -- screening tonight at 6pm at The Mahaiwe in Great Barrington.

 

The film is directed by Amanda Lipitz who joins us.

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

Seen: The Lovers

Upcoming:
Caitlin Canty, Lyle Brewer - Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs, Thursday 6/1, 7 PM
Kill Bill Vol. 1 - Madison Theater, Albany, Thursday 6/1 through Sunday 6/4, various times
The Avett Brothers - Brewery Ommegang, Cooperstown, Friday 6/2, 7 PM
Albany Symphony Orchestra’s American Music Festival - EMPAC, Troy, Thursday 6/1-Saturday 6/3
1st Friday Albany: New exhibits/receptions at Albany Public Library, Esther Massry Gallery, Albany Barn, Albany Institute of History & Art, many more - Downtown Albany, various locations, Friday 6/2, 5-8 PM
FLY 92.3 Summer Jam featuring Flo Rida, Sabrina Carpenter, Bebe Rexha - SPAC, Saratoga Springs, Saturday 6/3, 3 PM
Duke Robillard Band - Van Dyck Lounge, Schenectady, Saturday 6/3, 6:30 & 8:30 PM
Sinbad - Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy, Sunday 6/4, 8 PM
John Mayall - Cohoes Music Hall, Cohoes, Tuesday 6/6, 8 PM
Made in the Shade of the Egg: New Breed Brass Band - The Egg (outdoors), Albany, Wednesday 6/7, noon


  The new film, The Lovers, stars Debra Winger as Mary and Tracy Letts as Michael -- a married couple with a son in college who are just about to leave each other after engaging in long-term affairs; she with a writer played by Aidan Gillen (of Game of Thrones) and he with a ballet dancer and instructor played by Melora Walters (memorably from Paul Thomas Anderson’s Magnolia). As their extracurricular partners pressure Mary and Michael to leave the marriage and commit to them, a spark is rekindled and they are reverse cheating with each other. So how does that work out? Well, that’s the movie.

 

The Lovers is screening in theaters all around our region and was written and directed by Azazel Jacobs who joins us now. Jacobs co-wrote and directed the 2011 film, Terri starring John C. Reilly and the HBO series, Doll & Em with Emily Mortimer and Dolly Wells.

The Albany Symphony Orchestra’s American Music Festival will take place at EMPAC in Troy, NY today through Sunday.

The festival concludes David Alan Miller’s 25th anniversary season with the ASO. It will include more than 40 new works presented in more than 15 concerts and events – including “This Land Sings,” a song-cycle by Michael Daugherty inspired by the life and times of Woody Guthrie.

Grammy Award-winning conductor David Alan Miller joins us. 

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