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Arts & Culture
12:52 pm
Sat January 17, 2015

Bob Goepfert Reviews "Jersey Boys" At Proctors Theatre

 SCHENECTADY – For those of you who are like me and tend to dismiss musicals in favor of dramas, the musical “Jersey Boys” playing at Proctors Theatre in Schenectady through Sunday is for you.

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Arts & Culture
6:25 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

Any Questions #177

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel go to MIT the only way they can: vicariously.

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Arts & Culture
3:52 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

Audrey Kupferberg: A Coffee In Berlin

Every once in a while, a film comes along that dares to withhold facts, to keep its intentions as a guessing game, even as the final credits are being displayed.  Such a film is Jan Ole Gerster’s award-winning German feature A COFFEE IN BERLIN, also known as OH BOY!  Since this is Gerster’s first feature film, it is no wonder that it has taken some bit of time for it to catch on in the United States.  With an original German theatrical release in late 2012, A COFFEE IN BERLIN didn’t arrive in U.S. cinemas until June 2014. At its widest release here, it only played in twelve theaters and brought in only $150,000.  Even in Europe, the film played mainly at festivals, where it has won a good number of prestige awards, and theatrically it only grossed $2,600,000.

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Arts & Culture
12:50 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

Rogovoy Report for January 16, 2015

Readings, lectures, film screenings, chamber concerts, art openings, and hippie-soul dance music – we’ve got it all for you this weekend in our region.

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Arts & Culture
11:40 am
Fri January 16, 2015

Albany Symphony's All Scottish Program At The Palace 1/17

Credit Linda Nylind

  This Saturday at 7:30pm at The Palace in Albany, The Albany Symphony will present all-Scottish program featuring Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 3, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies’ An Orkney Wedding, With Sunrise, and the US premiere of Julia Wolfe’s rISE and fLY concerto written specially for percussionist Colin Currie.

  We are joined this morning by Albany Symphony’s Maestro David Alan Miller, afore mentioned composer and co-founder of Bang on a Can, Julia Wolfe, and solo and chamber percussionist, Colin Currie.

Arts & Culture
9:34 am
Thu January 15, 2015

At The Oscar Nominations, It's A Good Year To Be An Idiosyncratic Man

In Birdman, Michael Keaton (a real-life former Batman) plays a former movie superhero who's trying to get a grasp on his career.
Atsushi Nishijima/ Fox Searchlight

Originally published on Thu January 15, 2015 1:26 pm

[At the top of this post, you'll find a discussion I had with Stephen Thompson, my Pop Culture Happy Hour co-panelist, about the Oscar nominations. Tomorrow's full PCHH episode more fully covers the film Selma.]

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Arts & Culture
11:12 am
Tue January 13, 2015

National Tour Of 'Jersey Boys' At Proctors This Week

  Jersey Boys, is the Tony, Grammy and Olivier Award-winning Best Musical about Rock and Roll Hall of Famers The Four Seasons: Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi. It tells the story of how four blue-collar kids became one of the greatest successes in pop music history. They wrote their own songs, invented their own sounds and sold 175 million records worldwide – all before they were 30!

Jersey Boys features their hit songs “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Rag Doll,” “Oh What a Night” and “ Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” – and many others.

The National Tour of the show is at Proctors in Schenectady tonight through Sunday as part of the Key Private Bank Broadway Series at Proctors and we are joined by Hayden Milanes who plays Frankie Valli and Drew Seeley who plays Bob Gaudio.

Arts & Culture
12:52 pm
Mon January 12, 2015

Rob Edelman: Oldies But Goodies

One of the pleasures of DVDs, Blu-rays, and other sources for home entertainment is the opportunity to discover older films that, not too long ago, only would be screened at museums or in specialized movie houses. This was never more apparent when, a few years ago, I was screening DVDs of a number of 1930s features directed by the Japanese master Yasujiro Ozu for inclusion in the Leonard Maltin Classic Guide. While doing so, it hit me: Once upon a time, in order to see these films, I would have had to travel into New York City-- if they were being shown, for example, at the Museum of Modern Art. Or perhaps they might be found in a small theater in Paris’s Left Bank. Plus, I would have had to adjust my schedule to the dates and times in which the individual films were screening. Happily, this is no more-- and I've recently been discovering some excellent (but little-known) French films that are well-worth seeing and enjoying.

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Arts & Culture
6:25 pm
Fri January 9, 2015

Any Questions #176

Hold the phone. WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are back.

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Arts & Culture
12:50 pm
Fri January 9, 2015

Rogovoy Report For January 9, 2015

Talea Ensemble’s performance of “Happy End” by Greek composer Georges Aperghis will be the centerpiece of the sixth annual I/O Festival of New Music, which takes place in the '62 Center at Williams College today through Saturday. The festival will also feature a rendition of Philip Glass's classic “Music in Similar Motion,” as well as new works by student and alumni composers. An evening length work, “Happy End” is a retelling of the Charles Perrault fairy tale “Le Petit Poucet” featuring live music, electronics, and an animated film by Hans Op de Beeck. 

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