Arts & Culture

Arts & Culture
3:52 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Audrey Kupferberg: Happy Valley

Filmmaker Steven Soderbergh possibly has forsaken a very successful career in feature film production in favor of the mini-series format for cable, video, and streaming.  He has made several strong comments about the advantages of creating dramas that are not chained to a two to three hour format.  With his ten-hour Cinemax series, THE KNICK, he shows the advantages of the longer running time.

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Arts & Culture
12:53 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Rogovoy Report for September 19, 2014

There’s no question about it – the big cultural event of the weekend in our region in Freshgrass, a three-day festival of roots and bluegrass music at MASS MoCA in North Adams. The lineup is stunning, really a who’s who of traditional and progressive bluegrass as well as country and roots music. At the top of the list is the unparalleled Emmylou Harris, who was born to sing bluegrass and country music, given her voice’s innate high lonesome sound. Also on the bill are the Carolina Chocolate Drops, Railroad Earth, David Grisman Sextet, Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn, Valerie June, Rodney Crowell, Aoife O’Donovan, Sam Amidon, and the Infamous Stringdusters. Other performers include Sam Bush, the Gibson Brothers, Alison Brown, Valerie June, Michael Cleveland, Claire Lynch, Darol Anger, and Martha Redbone Roots Project. All told, the event promises to be a kind of all-star festival of American country and roots music. That’s Freshgrass at MASS MoCA – today through Sunday.

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Arts & Culture
11:35 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Classical Music According To Yehuda #134

Bella Bartok

  

  In this week’s Classical Music According to Yehuda, Alan Chartock and Yehuda Hanani discuss the relationship between language and music.

Arts & Culture
11:12 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Alex Cox And BasilicaScope

  

  BasilicaScope at Basilica Hudson running today and tomorrow and in its second year, dedicates its entire run to the legendary film director Alex Cox with his cult classics Repo Man, Straight to Hell Returns, and Walker.

  A visionary filmmaker who made the 1980s even cooler than they already were, Cox masterfully used satire and a rambunctious stable of actors to illuminate the sleazy politics of the era. Alex Cox will be in Hudson for the Festival.

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Arts & Culture
11:35 am
Thu September 18, 2014

Sam Amidon - Lily-O And FreshGrass

Sam Amidon
Credit the artist's Facebook page

  Vermont-native Sam Amidon has won critical acclaim and an energetic following in the indie world for his ability to re-invent songs on guitar, banjo, and fiddle.

Sam will perform this Sunday at MASS MoCA’s weekend-long FreshGrass Festival and Lily-O, a new album of re-imagined folk songs will be released on Nonesuch on September 30th.

Arts & Culture
11:40 am
Wed September 17, 2014

FreshGrass 2014

  FreshGrass is a three day festival rich in both traditional and cutting-edge bluegrass, presented in a wide array of venues tucked into MASS MoCA’s 19th-century factory turned 21st-century museum.

More than 40 bands will play on MASS MoCA’s four stages this coming weekend, Friday through Sunday. Elsewhere on campus, instrument-specific workshops and industry seminars will be offered in conjunction with Berklee College of Music and its American Roots Program, often featuring guest musicians from the festival.

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Arts & Culture
12:52 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Bob Goepfert Reviews Curtain Call Theatre's Production Of "Family Furniture"

LATHAM   - A.R. Gurney is as much a historian as he is a playwright.  His newest play, “Family Furniture,” being offered at Curtain Call Theatre in Latham through October 11, is a detailed portrait of life as it was lived in the 1950s.

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Arts & Culture
10:35 am
Tue September 16, 2014

Yaddo Open Tours

Credit yaddo.org

  Yaddo – the National Historic Landmark and privates artists’ colony in Saratoga Springs - will open this weekend for guided public tours for the first time in 3 years and only the 6th time in their history. Artists who have worked at Yaddo have won 71 Pulitzer Prizes, 29 MacArthur Fellowships, 68 National Book Awards, 42 National Book Critics Circle Awards and even a Nobel Prize to Saul Bellow.

This weekend you can see the very walls they stared at while waiting to create and the spaces that surrounded them while they ultimately did write, compose, choreograph, paint, print, sculpt and film.

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Arts & Culture
12:52 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Rob Edelman: The Power Of Public Relations

These days, one of the purposes of high-profile fall film festivals is to hype the latest high-priority releases and place them front-and-center in the upcoming Academy Awards competition. Each September, I attend the Toronto Film Festival and, each year, the talk at the fest inevitably centers on the hot new films being screened and the up-and-coming and name-brand performers in attendance.

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Arts & Culture
12:52 pm
Sat September 13, 2014

Bob Goepfert Reviews Theater Barn's Production Of "Half And Half"

New Lebanon - If all it took to write an enjoyable play was a good premise “Half and Half” would be a terrific piece of theater.

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