Arts & Culture

Rob Edelman: Hot Docs

May 18, 2015

These days, I scan the titles and subjects of newly-released films and either shrug my shoulders out of disinterest or shake my head in frustration. Too many of the films I’ve been seeing are, well, disappointing-- and these are the better ones. Way too often, they are mind-numbingly awful. In some cases, they are intellectually vapid. More often than not, however, they simply are not at all entertaining.

Joan Marcus

  Airline Highway, by Lisa D’Amour, is an ode to the outcasts that make life a little more interesting. In the parking lot of The Hummingbird, a once-glamorous motel on New Orleans’ infamous Airline Highway, a group of friends gather. A rag-tag collection of strippers, hustlers and philosophers have come together to celebrate the life of Miss Ruby, an iconic burlesque performer who has requested a funeral before she dies.

Directed by Joe Mantello, Manhattan Theatre Club’s presentation of the Steppenwolf Theatre Company’s production of Airline Highway is running at the Samuel J. Friedman theatre in New York City through June 7th.

The play co-stars K. Todd Freeman as Sissy Nana. Freeman has been a member of the Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago since 1993. The Obie Award winning theatre, television, and film actor has earned a Tony Award nomination - his second - for Best Performance for an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play for his performance.

  

  Figures In Flight is a professional modern dance company of 14-18 year olds in The Hudson Valley who have been dancing together for over 12 years.

Next month, Figures in Flight Dance Company is going to be performing its last concert ever. After decades of service to the community, director, Susan Slotnick, is retiring. Her choreography has helped thousands of children in the region learn the importance of attention and movement.

Any Questions #194

May 15, 2015

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are taking a tandem ride.

Audrey Kupferberg: Grace And Frankie

May 15, 2015

In the opening episode of GRACE AND FRANKIE, one of Netflix’s most touted new series, one of the characters talks about “a very exciting chapter we’re opening in the book of life.”  From this and other lines of dialog, one would never think to attribute the life change to seventy year olds.  But seventy-somethings they are!  GRACE AND FRANKIE is a story that focuses on two women who have been living an affluent California lifestyle for forty years-- forty years of unremarkable married life. 

Rogovoy Report for May 15, 2015

May 15, 2015

The cultural highlights in the greater region this weekend include a scion of American roots music, a cultural memoirist, a folk-rock supergroup, a string quartet, an African sculptor, and a literary festival.

  The BIFF is back! The Berkshire International Film Festival is celebrating 10 years at the end of this month. The BIFF is a world-class festival that is an integral part of the cultural fabric of the Berkshires.

The festival runs Thursday, May 28th through Sunday, May 31st in Great Barrington and Pittsfield, Massachusetts with screenings at The Triplex, The Mahaiwe, and The Beacon.

Kelley Vickery is the Founder and Director of BIFF and she joins us with a preview of this year's offerings.

  This Saturday, May 16th, Greene County Council on the Arts (GCCA) will present a fundraiser at Catskill Mill in Catskill, NY.

The fundraiser, entitled ‘between the lines,’ will be presented in three parts: an auction, a dance performance, and a dance party.

Here to tell us more are Nancey Rosensweig, GCCA board-member, midwife, and dancer and Kay Stamer, Executive Director of GCCA.

  Signature Sounds' first CD came out in 1995 and the lable has seen over 150 releases since then, moving into show promoting, opening a venue in Northampton, MA, overseeing frequent collaborations between its artists, and taking over the long-running music and hot air ballooning gathering of the Green River Festival.

Earlier this Spring they released “Signature Sounds 20th Anniversary Collection: Rarities from The Second Decade” - an album of previously unreleased songs from Signature Sounds artists - a mix-tape lovingly prepared for you by the label. Jim Olsen is the President of Signature Sounds and he joins us to talk about the label's history and future.

Andrew Eccles

  Last week, God finally came to Studio 54 in New York City as the new comedy An Act of God began previews. For the play, God has take the form or four-time Emmy and Golden Globe Award winning actor, Jim Parsons.

Based on the critically acclaimed book The Last Testament: A Memoir by God, this new play was written by David Javerbaum (who also wrote the book and runs @TheTweetofGod Twitter account) and directed by two-time Tony Award winner Joe Mantello. It features God and two of his angels (Michael and Gabriel - in the forms of Christopher Fitzgerald and Tim Kazurinsky).

David Javerbaum is a 13-time Emmy-winning former head writer and executive producer of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. He is also a Tony-nominated lyricist whose collaborations with songwriter Adam Schlesinger include the Broadway musical Cry-Baby and the Grammy-winning songs for Stephen Colbert's Christmas special The Greatest Gift of All. He created the talk show No, You Shut Up! with Henson Studios, hosted by Paul F. Tompkins for Fusion and he is currently a producer for CBS’ The Late Late Show with James Corden.

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