Arts & Culture

  Martha Frankel is the executive director of the Woodstock Writers Festival, and host of the weekly show, Woodstock Writers Radio, on Radio Woodstock 100.1.

For over thirty years, Kristin Garnier has been writing and performing her stories and songs live on stages, public radio stations, and in the echoing hallways of the Parisian Metro.

Together, Martha and Kristin present StorySlams and this Saturday they’re staging one of their events at The Bearsville Theatre in Woodstock, NY. The StorySlam will feature 9 storytellers in competition, speaking on the theme “I Believe in the Power Of…” – there will be music and merriment.

Martha Frankel and Kristin Garnier join us.

Metroland 5/7/15

May 7, 2015

  Shawn Stone, the Arts Editor of Metroland, lets us know what is coming to area stages and screens this week.

  

    An American in Paris is a new stage musical based on the 1951 film of the same name -- the film, directed by Vincente Minnelli and starring Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron, was itself inspired by a 1928 orchestral composition by George Gershwin.

The new musical, set in the City of Lights just after World War II, features classic songs by George and Ira Gershwin including “I Got Rhythm,” “‘S Wonderful,” “But Not for Me,” and “They Can’t Take That Away,” and orchestral music from George Gershwin including “Concerto in F,” and “An American in Paris.” The show is currently running at The Palace Theatre on Broadway and is nominated for 12 Tony Awards including Best Musical.

  Doctor Zhivago, a Broadway musical based on the novel by Boris Pasternak will close on Sunday after 26 previews and 23 regular performances.

Before the closure was announced, we spoke with Tam Mutu who plays the title character. After starring on London stages, the handsome leading man was making his Broadway debut.

The tone of the interview is celebratory, light, and hopeful. We can’t imagine that’s how Mutu is feeling today - especially since he’s been aimed at Broadway before - cast in the in the infamously falsely financed production of Rebecca.

Still, we wanted to share some of the interview - which we hope you’ll agree is an interesting conversation with a very charming man.

ESYO 360

May 5, 2015

  ESYO 360 is a celebration at Proctors in Schenectady on May 17th of the past, present, and future of Empire State Youth Orchestras (ESYO).

The concert will feature all nine of ESYO's performing groups - playing a wide variety of music - jazz, band, classical, percussion. The grand finale will have 350 musicians - current ESYO musicians and ESYO alumni - all on the stage performing at the same time!

Helen Cha-Pyo is the Music Director and Conductor of ESYO and she joins us now along with Hannah Dick, principal timpanist and a percussionist in ESYO’s Youth Orchestra.

Ellie Ga At EMPAC

May 5, 2015
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  Ellie Ga is closing out the Spring EMPAC season on May 7 and 8. Ellie Ga's multimedia essays are part field dispatch, part artist’s notebook, part home-movie, part poem.

On Thursday, May 7, at 8PM, Ga will perform The Fortunetellers, a narrative performance inspired by her six-month residency on the Tara, a research boat drifting near the North Pole to gather scientific data.

On Friday, May 8, at 8PM, she will perform Eureka, a lighthouse play - Commissioned by EMPAC, Eureka centers on the Great Lighthouse of Alexandria and recounts Ga’s journey, beginning in 2012 when she joined a marine archaeology program at Alexandria University in pursuit of the lighthouse.

Ellie Ga joins us now along with Victoria Brooks, a Curator at EMPAC.

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  Virtuoso American cellist, Zuill Bailey and guests will perform works by Bach, Brahms, Chopin and Mendelssohn at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall on Friday night at 8pm as a benefit for the Bach Cello Suites Workshop to be held this summer at Russell Sage College in Troy.

For this concert, a celebration of cherished works for the cello, Zuill Bailey will be accompanied by concert pianist, Navah Perlman, daughter of Ithzak Perlman and frequent collaborator with Bailey.

The Bach Cello Suites Workshop’s primary focus is to hold an annual one-week residential workshop on the Bach Cello Suites for adult amateur cellists. The inaugural Workshop will take place August 2-8 at Russell Sage College in Troy.

  

  Based in Glens Falls, NY, the Adirondack Theatre Festival strives to challenge, entertain, and nourish its audience through the development and production of new and contemporary musicals and plays -- since its first season in 1995, ATF has produced 19 world premieres.

This summer productions include Kalamazoo, The Uncivil War, Spun: A Brother/Sister Rock Musical, a Backstage Series reading of The Banana Tree by Dan Castellaneta & Deb Lacusta – and more!

Here to tell us all about it is ATF’s new Producing Artistic Director – Chad Rabinovitz.

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  Stand-up comedian, Cameron Esposito, will perform at MASS MoCA in North Adams, MA at 8pm this coming Saturday.

Esposito has been named a "Comic to Watch" by LA Weekly, Time Out Los Angeles, Jezebel, Los Angeles Magazine and Cosmopolitan Magazine. She hosts Put Your Hands Together - a weekly stand-up showcase and podcast out of UCB in Los Angeles, and co-hosts Wham Bam Pow an action and scifi moviecast. Her recent album is entitled Same Sex Symbol.

Her bi-weekly column for The Onion’s AV Club is Who In The World Is Cameron Esposito?

Any Questions #192

May 1, 2015

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are in a New York state of mind.

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