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  The 16th annual Saratoga Choral Festival takes place at the Spa Little Theater in Spa State Park - this Sunday, July 31st, at 3:00 PM. The festival will present a concert of music for children featuring a semi-staged production of the popular Magic Tree House: The Musical. 

The Magic Tree House: The Musical is based on the popular series of children’s books by Mary Pope Osborne. This show has seen sold out performances for its national tour. Several musical selections have been adapted for chorus, and special guest performers from the Saratoga Children’s Theater will provide extra speaking roles and also sing with the choir.

Also included on the program - Never-Ending Song, a Young Person’s Guide to the Choir. Originally premiered by the Vancouver Chamber Choir in 2001, the Never-Ending Song takes children through a brief history of choral singing through music.

The Saratoga Choral Festival began in the summer of 2001 and we are joined by Festival Director, Andrea Goodman, and by chorus members Mira DeGregory and Jackson Cherry. 

  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.

The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College invites the public to its annual Frances Day, a community open house from noon to 6:00 pm Saturday, July 9, full of art, art-making, food, music, and more in honor of the museum's namesake.

Visitors can get an up-close view of what goes on behind the scenes in the Museum's Collections areas, and get a guided look at the exhibitions on view: A More Perfect Union, featuring Mel Ziegler's Flag Exchange, with flags collected from all 50 states; the photography exhibition Borrowed Light: Selections from the Jack Shear CollectionLiz Collins — Energy Field, a community lounge installation featuring a new work by artist E.V. Day; Elevator Music 30: Critter & Guitari, in which visitors can make their own music; and the student-curated exhibition According to What, which explores fact and fiction in contemporary art.

Ian Berry, is the Dayton Director of the Tang.

  Shawn Stone joins us to talk about what he's seen lately and what cultural events are coming up this week in our region.

Seen: A Bigger Splash, X-Men: Apocalypse, The Nice Guys

  The Music Haven Concert Series presents world-class concerts in Schenectady, NY. All their shows are scheduled to take place in Schenectady's Central Park on the Agnes MacDonald Music Haven Stage – with a rain-site at Proctors in case of inclement weather.

Mona Golub is the Music Haven Concert Series producing artistic director and she joins us to tell us what is left on their schedule for this summer.

 

   The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College will hold their annual Frances Day, a community open house from noon to 5 - Saturday, July 11th - full of art, art-making, food, music, and fun in honor of the museum's namesake.

Frances Young Tang was a wife, mother, and 1961 Skidmore College graduate who died in 1992. In her memory, the Tang family made a substantial donation that led to the Tang Teaching Museum becoming a reality. The museum opened in 2000. Frances Day honors Frances Young Tang's legacy of creativity and philanthropy with a day of free activities for art-lovers of all ages.

To tell us more about Frances Day, we welcome - Ian Berry, Dayton Director of the Tang Teaching Museum; Ginger Ertz, Museum Educator for K-12 and Community Programs; and the Museum Educator for College and Public Programs, Megan Hyde.

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Jun 11, 2015

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

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May 7, 2015

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

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Apr 30, 2015

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

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Apr 16, 2015

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

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Mar 19, 2015

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

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Mar 12, 2015

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

  The Woodstock Writers Festival is a collection of writers and their readers who meet for the weekend in Woodstock, NY from March 19th - 22nd.

It is the 6th annual event and there are plenty of events and panels. There will be panels on fiction, biography, journalism and a look at the writing of memoir. Among the writers who will be on hand are Abigail Thomas, Jane Smiley, Tom Folsom, Stephen Dobyns, Ann Hood, Gail Godwin and James Howard Kunstler.

To tell us more we welcome Festival Organizer Martha Frankel and festival headliner Abigail Thomas.

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Mar 5, 2015

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

  International Women's Day is a holiday with millions of people participating in thousands of events around the world for 104 years - and celebrated annually by the United Nations. Four years ago two Saratoga residents set out to honor the day and its history with the first NY Celebrates Women statewide event.

One Woman. One World. will be held in Saratoga Springs on International Women’s Day, March 8th.

Ruth Fein and Joanne Yepsen are partners in Critical Needs Now, who work primarily with not-for-profits and together produce this event. Joanne is also, of course, the Mayor of Saratoga Springs.

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Feb 12, 2015

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

  Founded in 2009 by Brad Wells, Roomful of Teeth is a vocal ensemble committed to exploring the full potential of the human voice through study with masters from non-classical traditions all over the world. They won a Grammy Award last year for their self-titled album.

They are having a busy week! Roomful of Teeth will be performing at Proctors in Schenectady, followed by the last leg of an extended residency at Williams College and a visit to the The Long Trail School in Dorset, VT. They will perform at Proctors on 2/11 and at Williams College on 2/13.

Their concert at Proctors will contain the first Capital Region performance of “Partita” – the Pulitzer prize winning piece by composer and Roomful of Teeth member, Caroline Shaw. At Williams they will be premiering a work that was written for them and the Williams Concert Choir.

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Jan 29, 2015

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

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Jan 8, 2015

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

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Dec 18, 2014

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

Peter Larson

    This Friday, the Brooklyn based band, Lucius, will be at The Hollow in Albany, NY. The last time we welcomed them to The Roundtable, they were hours away from a breakout performance at the Wilco’s Solid Sound Festival at MASS MoCA in North Adams, MA. Since then, they’ve released an album, a deluxe version of that album and toured the US and Europe - a lot.

  The Diary of a Wimpy Kid series has become a phenomena among children and parents. There are 150 million of the books in print in 45 different languages. On a recent Thursday at Northshire Bookstore in Saratoga Springs, NY, author Jeff Kinney was working a crowd of hundreds of kids - and their parents - signing books and making small talk.

In the latest Diary of a Wimpy Kid book, The Long Haul Greg Heffley and his family hit the road for a vacation - and Kinney has been taking a road trip of his own to support the book.

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Nov 20, 2014

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

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Nov 13, 2014

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

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Nov 6, 2014

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

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Oct 2, 2014

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

Matt Charland

    Basilica SoundScape is a three-day festival of sound, sight and taste in Hudson, NY this weekend. It is a curated program featuring a wide range of music, visual art, and literature that aims for specific connections and overlaps.

The musical menu includes Michael Chapman, Julia Holter, Endless Boogie, Deafheaven, White Lung, Majical Cloudz, solo sets from Richard Reed Parry of Arcade Fire playing material from his upcoming solo album, and the Swans doing a planned two-hour set.

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Aug 7, 2014

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

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Apr 10, 2014

    

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

**Audio to come**

A John Waters Christmas

Nov 26, 2012

Like a wayward Santa for the Christmas-obsessed, John Waters will cruise into town with his sleigh full of sticks and stones, spreading yuletide cheer and lunacy in his critically acclaimed one-man show.

A John Waters Christmas will be at The Bardavon in Poughkeepsie on Saturday, December 1st and at The Egg in Albany on Sunday, December 2nd. 

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