Arts & Culture

Bob Goepfert Reviews "The Common’s Of Pensacola"

Sep 22, 2015

LATHAM - There are certain plays that read much better than they play on stage. My guess is that is why “The Common’s of Pensacola,” a first play by actress Amanda Peet, was produced by the prestigious Manhattan Theater Club in 2013 and was selected to be the fall production at Curtain Call Theatre in Latham.

  Joe Albany was a critically acclaimed but little known jazz pianist - one of the few white musicians to play bebop with Charlie Parker. His story is told in the film, Low Down - based on a memoir by Amy-Jo Albany, his daughter.

The film tells the story of a man torn between his musical ambition, his devotion to his teenage daughter, and his suffocating heroin addiction.

On Monday, September 28th at 7pm Amherst Cinema will present a screening of the film as part of their Jazz a la Mode film series.

Rob Edelman: Toronto Overview, Part 1

Sep 21, 2015

After months of mostly dismal movie-going, the fall film season is upon us and, as is the case every year, so many new films are invading the film festivals. Some are heavy hitters with Oscar dreams. Others are less-high-profile titles that are jockeying for attention. And this year, happily, so many of them are outstanding. In fact, for every disappointing film I saw at this year’s Toronto Film Festival, there were quite a few that were exceptional.

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  The Springfield Museums, located in the heart of downtown Springfield, Massachusetts, is comprised of five world-class museums; the Michele & Donald D'Amour Museum of Fine Arts, the George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum, the Springfield Science Museum, and the Lyman & Merrie Wood Museum of Springfield History.

The Museums Association is proud to be home to the Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden, a series of full–scale bronze sculptures of Dr. Seuss's whimsical creations, honoring the birthplace of Theodor Geisel, a.k.a. Dr. Seuss.

Heather Haskell - Director of the Springfield Art Museums and Collections joins us this morning to discuss highlights from two of those those museums – The George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum and D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts.

Any Questions #212

Sep 18, 2015

Pucker up! Resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel is back.

Audrey Kupferberg: The Epic Of Everest

Sep 18, 2015

The early 20th century was a time when exploration reflected feelings of nationalist pride and the concept of man versus nature. So much of this activity coincided with the development of motion pictures. As North American, British, and European men—and a few women-- took to remote areas of the world on foot and in land and air vehicles , they brought with them moving picture cameras and still photographic equipment in order to record remote lands and peoples never seen by what they considered to be the civilized world.

Rogovoy Report For September 18, 2015

Sep 18, 2015

This weekend our region boasts a huge festival of American roots music, a reading by a major American poet, a comedy festival headlined by a living legend, and a conversation with one of our best essayists and observers of the ways and mores of contemporary American life.

In “God of Carnage,” the play starts with parents discussing the “uncivilized” behavior of their two 11-year old boys who get into a fight at the school playground. The “civilized” parents are meeting to see what lessons the children can gain from the experience.

The Arts Center of the Capital Region has appointed Elizabeth Reiss as its new CEO. Elizabeth has an extensive career in the arts, focusing on museum education, teaching classes and camps, and developing curricula for museums and schools. She also brings administrative and development experience from her most recent role at the Albany Institute of History & Art.  In an interview with WAMC's Ray Graf, Reiss began by talking about how the skills she used in her job at the Albany Institute transfers to her new job.

    Everybody knows and loves the American Songbook. But it’s a bit less widely understood that in about 1950, this stream of great songs more or less dried up. All of a sudden, what came over the radio wasn’t Gershwin, Porter, and Berlin, but “Come on-a My House” and “How Much Is That Doggie in the Window?” Elvis and rock and roll arrived a few years later, and at that point the game was truly up.

What happened, and why?

In The B Side: The Death of Tin Pan Alley and the Rebirth of the Great American Song, acclaimed cultural historian Ben Yagoda answers those questions in a fascinating piece of detective work.