The 9th Annual Berkshire International Film Festival will spotlight 75 features, documentaries and short films, as well as parties, filmmaker Q&As, workshops and awards, from May 29th to June 1st in Great Barrington and Pittsfield, Mass.
There will be dazzling art, live Bhangra funk dance music with house favorite Red Baraat (who will be featured on our show tomorrow), fresh jams from legendary DJ Rekha, pop-up performers you know and love, fun food truck fare, beer and creative cocktails, and a champagne toast.
Here to tell us more are our pals– MASS MoCA’s Director, Joe Thompson and their Director of Communications, Jodi Joseph.
In February 2006, Proctors hosted a month-long visit of The Phantom of the Opera.
That historic run was made possible by a $42 million construction project that included a massive expansion of the stagehouse at Proctors, allowing the venue to host the very biggest touring shows. In addition, specific adaptations, inventions and rigging points created for the original Phantom are used by many of the other touring shows that reach Proctors each season.
Just before the expansion, Proctors was a single theatre, hosting approximately 60 to 70 performances a year. By 2009, it was offering over 600 events a year in three theatres and drawing over 500,000 people to downtown Schenectady. Now, Proctors is also the only theatre in the country to have its own district energy plant, Marquee Power, which helps to heat and cool much of the surrounding area.
The Phantom of the Opera returns to the Proctors Mainstage May 28 thru June 8 and Philip Morris, the CEO of Proctors, joins us now to tell us more about what helps HIM make the music of the night at Proctors and in Schenectady.
The Ghent Playhouse will present John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath, the classic saga of displaced heartland Americans during the Dust Bowl Depression. Performances dates are May 23-25, May 30-June 1 and June 6-8. The novel was adapted for the stage by Frank Galati and the Steppenwolff Theater Company. This production is being directed by Joe Phillips.
Renowned first as a novel, and then as a prize-winning motion picture, the story of the Joad family and their flight from the dust bowl of Oklahoma is familiar to most. The American classic celebrates its 75th Anniversary this year.
Here to tell us about the Ghent Playhouse production are the director, Joe Phillips, actor Kevin Barhydt who plays Tom Joad, and Judy Staber, Board member and PR handler for The Ghent Playhouse.
As of the second week in May, the top four moneymaking films released theatrically in the U.S. in 2014 were THE LEGO MOVIE, CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER, THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2, and DIVERGENT. All are big-budget extravaganzas that are fashioned to attract a desired demographic: young people, from grade schoolers to twenty-and-thirtysomethings.
The Dutchess County Arts Council celebrates its 50th anniversary and its new name, Arts Mid-Hudson, with a 50-week tour that includes visits to 50 locations across Dutchess, Ulster and Orange counties. The yearlong celebration was announced on March 18 at the first stop on the tour, the Locust Grove Estate in the Town of Poughkeepsie.
The Dutchess County Arts Council was incorporated by the American Association of University Women and the Junior League of Poughkeepsie on March 18, 1964. In 1985 the council began providing services to artists and cultural organizations in Ulster County through New York State Council on the Arts’ decentralization program funding for grants, and beginning this year will provide service to Orange County.
Some of the locations on the tour include Beacon, Rhinebeck, Millbrook, Pawling, Newburgh, Walden, Kingston, New Paltz, Saugerties and Rosendale.
Executive Director of Arts Mid-Hudson, Linda Marston-Reid and poet Gold Wilkerson join us to tell us more.
Randy Graff won the 1990 Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical for her work in City of Angels. Graff’s other Broadway credits include roles in Falsettos, Moon Over Buffalo, High Society, and A Class Act. She was the origal Fantine in Les Miserables on Broadway and starred opposite Alfred Molina in the 2004 revival of Fiddler on the Roof.
She is bringing her cabaret show “Made in Brooklyn” to Club Helsinki in Hudson, NY this Sunday, May 25th, at 8pm and she joins us now.