Arts & Culture

Rogovoy Report For 3/25/16

Mar 25, 2016

The cultural highlights in our region this weekend include a tribute to the spirituality inherent in John Coltrane’s “A Love Supreme”; a fusion of cutting-edge spoken work and cutting-edge new music; the debut album of a novelist who is best known as a singer-songwriter and therefore who wrote a soundtrack to go along his novel; a one-woman show; and a rare intimate gig with one of the avatars of indie-rock.

  In this week’s Classical Music According to Yehuda - Alan Chartock and Yehuda Hanani begin a series of conversations asking the question: What is Jewish Music?

Yehuda’s Close Encounters with Music series in Great Barrington, MA will feature a program of Jewish Music entitled Fiddler OFF The Roof on April 17th at 3pm.

Your enjoyment of “The Blue-Sky Boys,” playing at Capital Repertory Theatre through April 3, will depend on your ability to suspend disbelief.  

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 Bronze, Only Yesterday

Upcoming: 

Youth FX: New Films- Spectrum 8 Theatres, Albany , Thu 3/24 6:30 PM

Abraham Ferraro: Every Which Way- Arts Center of the Capital Region, 3/25 (-4/24) Reception 5-9 PM as part of . . .

Troy Night Out- Troy, Fri 3/25 5-9 PM

Saturday Morning All You Can Eat Cartoon & Cereal Show- GE Theatre at Proctors, Sat 3/26 10 AM (3 Hours)

Comedy Pet Theatre- Egg, Albany, 3/26 3 PM

Enter the Haggis- Egg, Albany, 3/26 8 PM

Parmalee- Upstate Concert Hall, Saturday 3/26

Yo La Tengo- Helsinki Hudson, Saturday 3/26

The African Queen- Palace, 3/28 Mon

Straight No Chaser- Palace, Wed 3/30

 

New Movies: Batman vs. Superman, My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2

*Master Control room is being refurbished and today is the first day we were in the temporary control room. As a result - as of now we are not be able to access the audio for today's segment with Shawn Stone. We apologize. 

Coming Up At The Linda

Mar 24, 2016

Graeme McKenna joins us each week with a preview of what is coming up at The Linda: WAMC's Performing Arts Studio

*Master Control room is being refurbished and today is the first day we were in the temporary control room. As a result - as of now we are not be able to access the audio for today's conversation with Graeme McKenna. We apologize. 

    This Friday night the new Broadway musical, Waitress, will begin previews at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre in New York City.

Based on the 2007 movie of the same name written and directed by the late Adrienne Shelly, Waitress is the first Broadway musical in history where the traditional four person creative team of book writer, composer, choreographer and director have all been women. Diane Paulus directs, Lorin Latarro choreographs, the music and lyrics are by five-time Grammy Award-nominated singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles, and the book is by our guest, Jessie Nelson.

Tony Award winner Jessie Mueller plays Jenna, a pregnant waitress in an abusive marriage. She takes (and makes) comfort by baking inventive pies and pursuing a romance with an unlikely newcomer to her town.

Bookwriter, Jessie Nelson, is the screenwriter of Stepmom, and I am Sam. She wrote, directed, and produced Corinna Corinna starring Whoopi Goldberg and Ray Liotta.

Rob Edelman: Hail Joel And Ethan Coen

Mar 21, 2016

In HAIL, CAESAR!, which came to movie theaters last month, Joel and Ethan Coen offer a knowing parody of Hollywood and movie industry types as they existed 60-plus years ago. You have pretty faces, both male and female, who are superstar personalities. But once the cameras stop rolling, they are crass, pushy, or laughably thickheaded. Is this any different from some of those in the current celebrity set? Well, your guess is as good as mine.

Any Questions #238

Mar 18, 2016

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel go back to the Wells.

Audrey Kupferberg: Downton Abbey Actors In Other Roles

Mar 18, 2016

Now that the final episode of DOWNTON ABBEY has aired and been discussed over tea, on social media, and at the dinner table, it is time for fans to move on.  However, for many avid followers, separation anxiety has set in.  For those people, here are a few suggestions which may not bring you to the satisfaction of a Sunday with the Crawley clan, but could result in some fine entertainment.

Rogovoy Report For March 18, 2016

Mar 18, 2016

The cultural highlights in our region this weekend include three pianists improvising on the classics; an orchestra performing romantic, modern, and contemporary works; a chamber group celebrating the first family of Baroque music; a pop/avant garde all-star collective reviving forgotten masterpieces of countercultural cinema; an original commercial illustrator from the “Mad Men” era; the return of a hometown jazz-soul-world music ensemble, and a whole lot more…

  In this week’s Classical Music According to Yehuda, Alan Chartock and Yehuda Hanani continue their conversation about J. S. Bach, hearing Glenn Gould perform Goldberg Variation 30 Quodlibet and Aria da capo - recorded in 1955.

Yehuda’s Close Encounters with Music series in Great Barrington, MA will present a program entitled “J.S. BACH & SONS Legitimate and Otherwise" on Saturday, March 19.

On Saturday, March 19, 2016 at 7:30 PM, the Albany Symphony will perform a concert featuring masterpieces by Vivaldi and Samuel Barber, as well as new and recent works by six innovative young composers.

Curated by the Sleeping Giant Composer Collective, To Walk With Giants features three re-workings of Mozart’s piano concerto movements and Vivaldi’s Violin Concerto in C Major, performed by Concert Master Jill Levy and encapsulated within Robert Honstein’s orchestral suite, Night Scenes from the Ospedale.

In addition, the orchestra will perform a modern masterpiece, Ingram Marshall’s Kingdom Come. It is an innovative program to be presented at the historic Palace Theatre in downtown Albany.

To tell us more we welcome Albany Symphony Orchestra maestro, David Alan Miller along with composer and pianist Timo Andres.

 

  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: 10 Cloverfield Lane starring John Goodman, Mary Elizabeth Winstead

 

Upcoming:

Aaron Neville- Helsinki Hudson, 3/17 Thu

St. Patrick’s Day Punk Celebration featuring Hudson Falcons, New Red Scare- The Low Beat, 3/17 Thu

Paul Lewis, piano (Brahms, Schubert, Liszt)- Union College Concert Series, 3/18 Fri

Pretty Much the Best Comedy Show w/Adrienne Iapalucci- Underground at Proctors, 3/19 Sat

Moved in Noir, an audiovisual/movement performance hosted by Senem Pirler- EMPAC, 3/19 Sat

Albany Symphony Orchestra w/Sleeping Giant- Palace, 3/19 Sat

(Barber, Vivaldi, Mozart, Andrew Norman, more) Sunday Symphony for Families: The Superhero Show- Palace, 3/20 Sun 3 PM

The Decho Saxophone Quartet (Bach, Glass, more) deBlasiis Chamber Music Series- Hyde Collection, 3/20 Sun 2 PM

David Cross- Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, 3/20 Sun

Carly Rae Jepsen- Upstate Concert Hall, 3/22 Tue

Disney’s The Lion King- Proctors Mainstage, 3/22 Tue (through April 17)

 

New movies: Hello My Name Is Doris, The Bronze, Only Yesterday, Allegiant, Miracles From Heaven

Coming Up At The Linda

Mar 17, 2016

 Graeme McKenna joins us each week with a preview of what is coming up at The Linda: WAMC's Performing Arts Studio

  The current major exhibition at Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, MA is An Eye for Excellence: Twenty Years of Collecting.

Sterling and Francine Clark began collecting art strictly for pleasure, but their discernment met with international recognition when they opened the Clark Art Institute in 1955. Sixty years later, the exhibition An Eye for Excellence: Twenty Years of Collecting reveals the remarkable story of how the Clark’s collection has grown and become stronger over the past two decades through the museum’s vision and the support of its generous donors. An Eye for Excellence is on view October 25, 2015 through April 10, 2016.

We visited the museum recently and took a tour of the exhibition with Kathleen Morris, Director of Collections and Exhibitions at The Clark.

Any Questions #237

Mar 11, 2016
Haight Ashbury
Haight Ashbury

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel take a Friday stroll.

Last week's challenge
Start with the phrase SOUTH POLE. Change one letter to an R and you can rearrange the result to spell a word that names things explorers might look through. What are they?
Answer: Change the U to and R and you can spell PORTHOLES.

Rogovoy Report For March 11, 2016

Mar 11, 2016

The cultural highlights in our region this weekend include a two-day comedy festival, dueling lectures by New Yorker writers, an environmental film festival, a roots-rock trio, a recital of trombone music, a fusion of Mexican-American folk-rock and folk dance, and a whole lot more…

  In this week’s Classical Music According to Yehuda, Alan Chartock and Yehuda Hanani discuss other the musical gene in terms of Johann Sebastian Bach’s family, hearing a selection from Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach’s Concerto in D Minor.

Yehuda’s Close Encounters with Music series in Great Barrington, MA will present a program entitled “J.S. BACH & SONS Legitimate and Otherwise" on Saturday, March 19.

  The Blue-Sky Boys dramatizes the unorthodox creative process used by a group of maverick engineers at NASA to land men on the moon.  It’s a wild comedy about the beginnings of the Apollo space mission and about the crossroads of science and art.

Capital Repertory Theater in Albany, NY will launch (pun intended) a production of the play directed by Gordon Greenberg. Previews begin tonight and the show opens on Tuesday.

The show is written by Deborah Brevoort who joins us to tell us more. 

  March 18th through the 20th, Rachel Siegel and WAM Theatre will present a workshop production of SPECIAL – a play in development created and performed by Rachel Siegel – at Berkshire Theatre Group’s Unicorn Theatre in Stockbridge, MA.

Based on personal experience and inspired by interviews with mothers of children with special needs, SPECIAL follows one woman's journey after she discovers she is pregnant with a child with Down syndrome.

Rachel Siegel joins us now along with Jayne Atkinson who is acting as co-director for the workshop.

  

  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: Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, London Has Fallen

Upcoming:
Ebene Quartet (Haydn, Debussy, Beethoven) - Union College Memorial Chapel, 3/10 Thu
ICFS presents Godzilla double feature - Proctors, 3/11 Fri
Jeff Foxworthy & Larry the Cable Guy - Times Union Center, 3/11 Fri
The Phantom Carriage - NYSWI Page Hall/UAlbany, 3/11 Fri
Lucy Kaplansky - Caffe Lena, 3/11 Fri
Antoine Roney Quartet - Madison Theater, 3/12 Sat
Tarbox Ramblers - Helsinki Hudson, 3/12 Sat
An Afternoon w/Sophia Loren - Proctors, 3/13 Sun 3 PM
Jerusalem Symphony Orch. (Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, Saint-Saens) - Troy Chromatic Concerts/TSBMH, 3/14 Mon

New movies: Embrace of the Serpent, 10 Cloverfield Lane, Brothers Grimsby, The Perfect Match

Coming Up At The Linda

Mar 10, 2016

  Graeme McKenna joins us each week with a preview of what is coming up at The Linda: WAMC's Performing Arts Studio

Comedian Dave Hill
Mindy Tucker

  This Friday and Saturday the inaugural High Mud Comedy Festival comes to MASS MoCA in North Adams, MA and will feature acclaimed national comedians and local stand-up heroes.

Tig Notaro headlines the festival which will also feature Ophira Eisenberg, Sean Patton, and the MASS MoCA return of our guest, comedian, writer, musician, actor, radio host, and man-about-town -- Dave Hill.

Dave Hill fast facts: he hosts The Goddamn Dave Hill Show on WFMU and contributes to This American Life. His band, Valley Lodge, tours globally and performs the theme song for HBO’s Last Week Tonight. He often competes - if that’s the word for it - on @midnight on Comedy Central. His first book is entitled Tasteful Nudes (St. Martin's Griffin) and his upcoming book is Dave Hill Doesn’t Live Here Anymore (Blue Rider Press). His first comedy album came out last June on aspecialthing records and is called Let Me Turn You On.

  The Empire State Youth Orchestras’ mission is to challenge and inspire young people to achieve excellence in music through intensive instruction and high level performance opportunities.

Each season, more than 320 talented musicians, ages 9-18, from the greater Capital Region of New York and western New England, enjoy outstanding educational and performance opportunities as members in one or more of ESYO’s two full orchestras, wind orchestra, string ensemble, two jazz ensembles, and three percussion ensembles.

The month of March has been officially designated Music In Our Schools Month, the time of year when music education becomes the focus of schools across the nation.

This morning we find out what the Empire State Youth Orchestra is up to to commemorate. Helen Cha-Pyo is Music Director for ESYO and joins us along with John Connolly – CHIME (Creating Harmony, Invigorating Music Education) Program Director.

Rob Edelman: Terrorism

Mar 7, 2016

In LONDON HAS FALLEN, a high-tech action thriller which has just been released theatrically, the leaders of the Western nations come to the title city to attend the funeral of the British Prime Minister. What follows is a scenario involving a deadly plan to assassinate them all, despite the tight security protecting them. Cinematically-speaking, there is nothing fresh and new about this doomsday scenario. Indeed, LONDON HAS FALLEN is a sequel to 2013’s OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN. Both feature the same action hero, played by Gerard Butler. In the original, the North Koreans hatch a plot to take over the White House and kidnap the U.S. President.

Any Questions #236

Mar 4, 2016

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel try to stay perfect this week.

Rogovoy Report For March 4, 2016

Mar 4, 2016

The cultural highlights in our region this weekend include psychedelic cinema, gothic chamber-folk, a former poet laureate, a classic opera, a modern opera, a string trio, and a whole lot more…

LATHAM – When David Mamet’s play “Glengarry Glen Ross” opened in 1984 it was a controversial work.  Its language which is loaded with f-bombs seemed profane and the central characters in the play were deemed unworthy tragic figures because they were con-artists who were bilking average people by selling them worthless Florida properties with exotic names like Glengarry Highlands and Glen Ross Farms.

  Joe Donahue will interview legendary actress and Academy Award-winner Sophia Loren on stage at Proctors in Schenectady, NY on Sunday, March 13 at 3pm.

Sophia Loren became known for her striking beauty and dramatic roles with famed costars Cary Grant, Frank Sinatra, Marlon Brando, Gregory Peck, Jack Lemmon, and Paul Newman. The luminous Italian movie star has earned a remarkable array of notable accolades, including the first Academy Award presented for a foreign-language role with Two Women.

She has earned a record six David Di Donatello Awards for Best Actress, a GRAMMY Award and five special Golden Globe Awards, as well as the Honorary Academy Award in 1991 in acknowledgement of her indelible contributions to world cinema. In 1995, she received the Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement.

Rob Edelman: Gena Rowlands

Feb 29, 2016

Amid all the Academy Award hoopla, one would be lax if one did not cite the trio of film folk whom the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences honored with special Oscars. In a ceremony this past fall, Debbie Reynolds was given the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award while Honorary Oscars went to Spike Lee and Gena Rowlands.

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