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  Singer songwriter Josh Ritter performs along with The Royal City Band tonight at The Egg in Albany in support of his new album Sermon on the Rocks.

Two years after Beast in its Tracks, an emotional breakup album, the singer-songwriter is back with his eighth full-length album. Sermon on the Rocks 12 songs were recorded over two weeks at New Orleans’ The Parlor Recording Studio.

As its title suggests, the album is Ritter's foray into what he calls "messianic oracular honky-tonk." We were thrilled to have Josh Ritter join us at The Linda. 

  In our Ideas Matter segment we take time just about every week to check in with the state humanities councils in our 7-state region.

Today we're checking in with the New York Council about the topic of one of their Democracy in Dialogue Town Halls. This event will be held this Tuesday at The Linda, WAMC's Performing Arts Studio, and will address issues related to gender-based workplace discrimination - including questions of unconscious bias, the history of workplace inequality, and how the skills of the humanities can address these issues.

We are joined by Sara Ogger, executive director of the New York Council for the Humanities, Barbara Smith, one of our frequent guests and a panelist at the event.

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  The Lavender Blues is a showcase of queer music before World War II. It is music history. It is queer history. It is women's history. It is great entertainment.

With The Lavender Blues, modern cabaret performer Sarah Kilborne brings to light for the first time the quiet, yet powerful emergence between the world wars of songs that spoke about what it was like to be gay or "in the life."

From such legends as Ma Rainey, Bessie Smith, Gladys Bentley and Josephine Baker, Kilborne performs songs - written almost a century ago - that describe what it is like to be non-binary. The themes in the music are as emblematic of yesterday as they are relevant today, addressing issues of masculinity, femininity, same-sex love, cross-dressing, the desire for freedom from prejudice and more.

Sarah Kilborne is bringing the show to The Linda in Albany, NY on Friday night.

Coming Up At The Linda

May 19, 2016

  Graeme McKenna joins us each week with a preview of what is coming up at The Linda: WAMC's Performing Arts Studio

  The Ne’imah Jewish Community Chorus’ 24th annual concert will take place at The Linda in Albany, NY this Sunday, May 22nd, at 7:30 p.m. This year’s program is entitled “Jewish Musical Gems: Old, New and Different” and their special guests will be Cantor Elias Rosemberg and his accompanist, David Sparr.

The Cantor at Temple Emmanuel of Newton, Massachusets, Rosemberg personifies the theme of the concert, singing from a varied and unique repertoire that includes Opera, Israeli, Cantorial, Yiddish, Ladino and Broadway selections, including a Yiddish Tango – an homage to his Argentinian roots.

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May 12, 2016

  Graeme McKenna joins us each week with a preview of what is coming up at The Linda: WAMC's Performing Arts Studio

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May 5, 2016
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Graeme McKenna joins us each week with a preview of what is coming up at The Linda: WAMC's Performing Arts Studio

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Apr 28, 2016
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Graeme McKenna joins us each week with a preview of what is coming up at The Linda: WAMC's Performing Arts Studio

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Apr 7, 2016
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Graeme McKenna joins us each week with a preview of what is coming up at The Linda: WAMC's Performing Arts Studio

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Mar 31, 2016
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Graeme McKenna joins us each week with a preview of what is coming up at The Linda: WAMC's Performing Arts Studio

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Mar 24, 2016

Graeme McKenna joins us each week with a preview of what is coming up at The Linda: WAMC's Performing Arts Studio

*Master Control room is being refurbished and today is the first day we were in the temporary control room. As a result - as of now we are not be able to access the audio for today's conversation with Graeme McKenna. We apologize. 

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Mar 17, 2016

 Graeme McKenna joins us each week with a preview of what is coming up at The Linda: WAMC's Performing Arts Studio

  Upstate New York Women In Film & Television (UPWIFT) and The Linda WAMC’s Performing Arts Studio, will present a screening of the film, Racing Daylight on Friday, March 18th, at 8:00 p.m. The event will feature a conversation with director Nicole Quinn afterward. The movie is part of the Reel Women in Film series sponsored by UPWIFT and The Linda.

Racing Daylight was filmed in the Hudson Valley and features Oscar award-winning Ulster County resident Melissa Leo as well as Oscar nominated actor David Straithairn. It is a ghost story, a murder mystery and a love story which crosses time.

Nicole Quinn joins us.

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Mar 10, 2016

  Graeme McKenna joins us each week with a preview of what is coming up at The Linda: WAMC's Performing Arts Studio

U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara and WAMC's Alan Chartock speaking Monday at The Linda in Albany.
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The federal prosecutor behind the convictions of several of New York's most powerful lawmakers made several stops in Albany Monday. Preet Bharara spent an hour at WAMC’s performing arts studio. 

Connie Shulman, left, with Laury Sacks.
Looks Like Laury, Sounds Like Laury

Looks Like Laury, Sounds Like Laury is one of the scariest films of the year, but it’s not a horror movie. It’s a loving documentary — a true story of a devastating decline. The subject is Laury Sacks, a lively actor and mother who in her mid-40s started struggling to speak. Her quick deterioration from a form of dementia affects everyone around her: family, caretakers, and a large group of friends who stand by her during the worst.

11/13/15 Panel

Nov 13, 2015

The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's we have a special presentation of The Panel - Live from The Linda with an audience of WAMC members. 

Panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock; University at Albany Journalism Professor and Investigative Reporter Rosemary Armao; and essayist, author, editor and activist - Barbara Smith; Times Union Associate Editor Mike Spain; Corporate Attorney Rich Honen; and WAMC’s Ray Graf.  

  TvFILM is an independent film showcase from WMHT that celebrates the talents of independent filmmakers from upstate New York with a special focus on the Capital District.

This week, TvFILM presents a “Night of Frights" featuring numerous short horror and thriller films, from chilling to comedic. The program first airs October 29th at 10:00pm on WMHT and then will screen at The Linda on Friday, October 30th.

Here to tell us more are Daniel Swinton, the executive producer of the series and Zeke Kubish, TvFilms co-producer and editor.

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Albany residents have a chance tonight to weigh in on a manual being drafted to make city streets safer.

The City of Albany and the Capital District Transportation Committee (CDTC) are presenting the first of two public meetings to gather input into a policy and design manual that will lay down guidelines for the creation and installation of sidewalks, cycling infrastructure, crosswalks, road diets, traffic calming measures, bus pullouts and more.

  The Ne'imah Jewish Community Chorus 23rd annual concert will take place at The Linda on Sunday, June 7th at 7:30pm.

The title of this year’s concert is “Modern Traditions – A Salute to Contemporary Jewish Music” - and along that theme, contemporary Jewish composer, Noah Aronson will be on hand to perform solo and with the chorus. Noah’s music is now sung in progressive communities worldwide and has been included as part of the cantorial curriculum at the Hebrew Union College Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music.

  This Friday at 8pm, Michael Eck will be at The Linda – WAMC’s Performing Arts Studio – performing a personal Woody Guthrie tribute to celebrate the 75th Anniverary of Guthrie’s iconic song – “This Land is Your Land.”

Roots scholar and multi-instrumentalist Michael Eck (host and curator of The Linda's American Roots Series) will play "This Land is Your Land" and other Woody Guthrie favorites, with an emphasis on material from his New York period.

Michael joins us with a preview.

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Convening communities across the country, NPR Presents Family Matters: Your Financial Lifetime in an effort to move the conversation beyond just talk for audiences at different phases in their economic journey. NPR’s Morning Edition host David Greene and NPR Planet Money correspondent Robert Smith take multi-generational audiences through an educational, interactive, lively and—believe it or not—fun conversation about personal finance.

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Twelve years is an eternity in music — and once-inseparable band members often go their separate ways, start families, and find that day jobs have become job-jobs.

    Asbury Shorts New York's 33rd Short Film Concert comes to The Linda in Albany, NY this coming Saturday, September 13th.

The Short Film Concert is a touring exhibition of award-winning short films specially selected from major US & International film festivals.

Co-founder of Asbury Shorts NY, Doug LeClaire, joins us now to tell us more.

    For twenty-two years, under Founding Conductor and Artistic Director Anna Dubrova, Ne'imah Jewish Community Chorus has served as the voice of Jewish choral music in the Capital District, exploring a rich musical heritage ranging from original works written by contemporary American and Israeli composers to choral arrangements of existing Jewish folk and liturgical music.

For the last few years their annual concert has taken place at The Linda in Albany, NY. This year’s concert is entitled "Songs of Freedom" and will feature guest artist, Peri Smilow. Peri has been touring the world for over twenty years, emphasizing music that promotes social progress and breaks down social barriers. She joins us now to tell us more about her music and her career.

  This Thursday, March 27th the International Center of the Capital Region presents Tastes of the World at The Linda in Albany, NY.

There will be sample-sized portions of global food from providers including the Century House, the Chocolate Gecko, Flavors of India, Empanada Llama, Normanside Country Club, R&G Cheesemakers, Terra International Cuisine, the Turkish Cultural Center and Yono's.

        The Room is a 2003 independent romantic drama film starring Tommy Wiseau, who also wrote, directed, and produced the feature - using his own money.

The Room is also completely ridiculous - with characters who show up and disappear without any conventional attention to their development, ludicrously unnatural dialogue, and footage reused - obviously - in more than one scene.

    Food For Thought is a monthly evening of food, film and discussion with a focus on films of social, political, environmental and community interest. Held on the third Thursday of each month at The Linda in Albany, NY the series is co-presented by the Honest Weight Food Co-op.

This month’s film is Nothing Like Chocolate – a documentary about anarchist chocolate-maker Mott Green who operated an unusual chocolate factory in Grenada that turns out delicious creations unknown to a world saturated with industrially produced cocoa.

Joe Angello was a close friend of Mott Green. Joe is the owner and founder of Angello’s Distributing, Inc., local, organic food distribution company based in Clermont, NY. He joins us to tell us about The Grenada Chocolate Company and the film Nothing like Chocolate.

  There is no better way to connect with someone than through sharing stories.

Since February 2011, a community of storytellers has gravitated to the monthly Front Parlor Series events in Troy and Albany. From the hilarious to the heartbreaking, the Front Parlor has provided a stage for some of the most engaging and talked about stories in the capital region. On February 8th at The Linda in Albany, NY - Front Parlor will celebrate its third year, showcasing eight of these storytellers, with special guest, Jeff Simmermon, who has told his awe-inspiring stories on The Moth and This American Life.

Front Parlor hosts are Abby Lublin and Gregor Wynnyczuk and they join us to tell us more.

Musician, composer, actor, director, writer, and bluesman, Guy Davis, will perform at The Linda in Albany, NY on Friday, January 17th.

Alan Chartock recently sat down with Guy to talk about his life's work.

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