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  Actor, comedian, writer and producer, Paul Reiser, will headline this year's Fairview Hospital Gala on Saturday, September 24 at 8 p.m.

A seasoned actor, writer, and producer, Paul Reiser continues to add to his list of accomplishments. Having co-created and starred in the critically acclaimed NBC series Mad About You which garnered him multiple Emmy, Golden Globe, American Comedy Award and Screen Actors Guild nominations, Reiser returned to television last year in the FX series Married.

While developing several television projects which he will write and produce, Reiser is currently starring in the Amazon coming-of-age series Red Oaks for producer Steven Soderbergh. It's been a busy time in film for Reiser as well. Following his role in Academy Award winning film Whiplash, and in last year's Concussion, Reiser has a full slate of films coming up. He will be seen in The Darkness with Kevin Bacon, Devil in the Deep Blue Sea with Jason Sudeikis and Maisie Williams, Miles with Molly Shannon, and also in John McDonagh's War on Everyone with Alexander Skarsgard and Michael Pena.

Not one to abandon his roots in stand-up, in between projects Reiser tours the country performing to sold out venues and was recently voted one of Comedy Central's “Top 100 Comedians of All Time."

Government aid doesn’t always go where it’s supposed to. Foster care agencies team up with companies to take disability and survivor benefits from abused and neglected children. States and their revenue consultants use illusory schemes to siphon Medicaid funds intended for children and the poor into general state coffers. Child support payments for foster children and families on public assistance are converted into government revenue. And the poverty industry keeps expanding, leaving us with nursing homes and juvenile detention centers that sedate residents to reduce costs and maximize profit, local governments buying nursing homes to take the facilities’ federal aid while the elderly languish with poor care, and counties hiring companies to mine the poor for additional funds in modern day debtor’s prisons.

In The Poverty Industry, Daniel L. Hatcher shows us how state governments and their private industry partners are profiting from the social safety net, turning America’s most vulnerable populations into sources of revenue.

  This Sunday, November 15th, The Paul Green Rock Academy will play a benefit concert for Maddie’s Mark at Bearsville Theater in Woodstock, NY. Doors are at 6 and the show is at 7.

Maddie’s Mark Foundation was established in early 2012 to honor Madeline Musto - a vibrant 5 year old who died after developing an inoperable brain stem tumor. The foundation's mission is to spread Madeline's spirit by providing opportunities, creating environments, and enabling children and families live a life of 'best days ever'. The foundations organizes a ‘best day ever’ -- a family's opportunity to see something, visit someone or go somewhere with their child that may not be possible without the organization’s help.

The Paul Green Rock Academy benefit this weekend will feature Gibby Haynes, Kate Pierson, the Paul Green Rock Academy Showband, and musician and actor, Fred Armisen. Ana Dooley is a girl from Kingston, NY -- and a fan of the IFC series, Portlandia. Through Maddie’s Mark Foundation, she had a “best day ever” experience meeting Armisen last year.

Fred Armisen was a stalwart and side-splitting cast member on Saturday Night Live from from 2002 until 2013 with more than 20 recurring characters including original characters and impressions of Prince, Barack Obama, Ira Glass, and David Paterson. He is the co-creator, with Carrie Brownstein, of the Peabody Award winning, Portlandia, and is the bandleader on Late Night with Seth Meyers.

Annie Leibovitz

    Sally-Jane Heit’s 2nd Annual Vaudeville Extravagana – A Benefit for The Guthrie Center will take place tomorrow - Saturday Sept 27th - at 7pm. She joins us to tell us all about it.

    

  There is a special benefit for the Palace Performing Arts Center & Albany's Park Playhouse taking place on Thursday, May 29th.

Side By Side By Sondheim honors the genius of one of Broadway's foremost composer-lyricists. The showcase is an array of songs from Sondheim's hit shows includes: Company, Follies and A Little Night Music to name a few, plus collaborations with Leonard Bernstein (West Side Story), Jule Styne (Gypsy) and Richard Rodgers (Do I Hear a Waltz?).

Simple staging, a small cast and two pianos allow the songs to shine. To tell us more, we welcome Sean Allen, Director of Marketing for the Palace Theatre in Albany and Owen Smith is the producing Artistic Director of the Park Playhouse.

  Associate Head of the Albany Academy for Girls, Wendy Muhlfelder, and Kim Taylor, Albany Academy Alum, speak with Alan Chartock.

Kim Taylor will back up her husband, James, at a benefit concert for the school’s 200th anniversary this Saturday, May 17th.

   Berkshire Grown supports and promotes local agriculture as a vital part of the Berkshire community, economy, and landscape. They are the “go to” network linking farmers and the Berkshire community; through events, workshops, promotions, advocacy, and education highlighting locally grown and produced food.

This year’s Berkshire Grown March Maple Dinner will take place on March 24 at Cranwell Resort in Lenox, MA. Area chefs will celebrate the first harvest of the season with a five-course dinner created using maple products from regional maple producers.

Here to tell us more about Barbara Zheutlin, the Executive Director of Berkshire Grown and Melissa Leab from Ioka Valley Farm.

    Rosanne Cash will play a benefit concert for the Capital Region Coalition to End Homelessness at The Troy Savings Bank Music Hall on Wednesday, March 5th.

Cash is one of America's pre-eminent singer-songwriters: Rosanne Cash, country royalty. At her Music Hall debut, she will perform with her husband, Grammy-winning producer and guitarist John Leventhal.

    Edna St. Vincent Millay was the most celebrated poet of her time and a significant figure in the 20th century American literature. Throughout her career, Millay led a life unfettered by conventions. Nowhere could she enjoy personal freedom and her own boundless imagination more than when she retreated to Steepletop, her beloved country estate, in Austerlitz.

The Edna St. Vincent Millay Society at Steepletop will debut a new exhibition of rare photos and personal treasures. The show opens with a fundraising reception on Millay’s birthday – that’s this Saturday, February 22 from 5:30-9:30 pm at McDaris Fine Art in Hudson, NY.

 

 On December 13th, 14th, and 15th The Rosendale Theatre will present the holiday classic It’s a Wonderful Life as a Live 1940’s Radio Play.

Frank Capra, the film’s director, wanted It’s a Wonderful Life to be a celebration of the lives and dreams of America's ordinary citizens, who tried the best they could to do the right thing by themselves and their neighbors. This is an enduring and beloved story.

The show will be performed with live sound effects and music and features 5 actors playing 50 roles. This special benefit presentation at and for The Rosendale Theatre is directed by Ann Citron - Managing Director for the Rosendale Theatre - who joins us to tell us more.

    Summer is wrapping up, and the season is inching toward fall and harvest time. Which means - it is also time for the annual benefit for Berkshire Grown on Monday September 16th at 6:30 pm at Ski Butternut in Great Barrington, MA.

The Berkshire Grown Harvest Supper features delicious dishes prepared by local Berkshire Grown member chefs using fresh ingredients from local farms. The evening also includes a silent auction and a drawing for shopping sprees and gift certificates to Berkshire Grown member stores and restaurants.

To tell us more – we welcome: Daire Rooney, Chef at Allium Restaurant + Bar; Ted Dobson, farmer at Equinox Farm; Laura Meister, farmer at Farm Girl Farm; and Barbara Zheutlin, Executive Director of Berkshire Grown.

  Home Bass: 4 Strings, 4 Hearts for Habitat is a benefit concert for Columbia County Habitat for Humanity taking place this Sunday at Helsinki Hudson in Hudson, NY.

The concert will be hosted by Melissa Auf der Maur and will feature with multi-Grammy nominee, Meshell Ndegeocello, Tommy Stinson from The Replacements and Guns ‘N’ Roses, and cellist Melora Creager from Rasputina.

Internationally acclaimed singer/actor/performer Maureen O’Flynn – a native of the Berkshires – will perform her brilliantly reviewed cabaret show on Saturday afternoon, September 22, to benefit Riverbrook’s Education and Training Programs.

“At the Crossroads”, according to O’Flynn, is a semi-autobiographical collection from the American songbook, highlighting composers including Sondheim, Porter, Strouse and Weil. She is accompanied by pianist, music director and arranger Don Rebic.

Central Berkshire Habitat for Humanity has been serving families in Berkshire County for 20 years. In addition to their new-home construction and rehab housing, they also are a launch affiliate for Habitat’s International Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative.

The band BeauSoleil is playing a benefit show for Central Berkshire Habitat for Humanity on September 18th.

We are joined by Executive Director, Carolyn Valli.

Philip Glass

Jul 18, 2012
from philipglass.com

Iconic contemporary composer, Philip Glass, joins us to share his thoughts on his 75th birthday year and the benefit concert he's playing tomorrow night at the Garrison Institute.

The Garrison Institute is a non-profit, non-sectarian organization whose mission is to apply the power of contemplation to social and environmental change. Glass previously performed there at their founding in 2003.

On a 360 acre working organic farm just outside Hudson, NY - Triform Camphill Community offers a therapeutic community environment to young adults with autism, downs syndrome and a variety of developmental disabilities and physical disabilities for over 30 years. On Sunday, May 20th, Triform Camphill Community Hosts their 10th Annual Benefit Concert Featuring The Triform Student Bell Choir and The Hudson Valley Philharmonic Woodwind Quintet Performing “Peter and the Wolf”.