Experimental performance artist, composer and musician, Laurie Anderson’s new film, Heart of a Dog, will screen twice as part of FilmColumbia this weekend and will begin a run at Time and Space Limited in Hudson on November 6th.

The film is a meditation on life, perception, and stories. It talks about the loss of a much beloved pet and a less beloved parent. 

  The 5th annual Made in the Berkshires Festival will take place at Berkshire Theatre Group venues this weekend – October 23rd through the 25th.

The festival features cutting-edge theatrical works (performed as staged readings), live music, film, short stories, and dance.

The co-curators of Made in the Berkshires are Hilary Deely and Barbara Sims.

  This morning we will learn about a first-of-its-kind event to benefit female residents of the YWCA of the Greater Capital Region, based in Troy. The Arts Center will be hosting “Brava!” a fundraiser seeking to provide new bras to women at the YWCA.

  The Williamstown Film Festival is now in its 17th year, but this year’s festival will reflect some major changes. The festival is complete with new faces, a new name, and new programming focus.

The festival runs from October 15-18. Now called: WFF presents: Wind-Up Fest. It is a nonfiction festival with documentary film as its core. Other forms of nonfiction will be in conversation with documentaries, including long-form journalism, radio podcasts, photography, and social practice art.

The festival’s new artistic director Paul Sturtz, new managing director Sandra Thomas (the former executive director of Images Cinema) and board Member Joe Finnegan join us.

  Today in our Ideas Matter segment, we check in with the Pennsylvania Humanities Council and learn about the Chester Made Project.

The project uses the humanities to inform community dialogue and revitalization in the city of Chester, Pennsylvania.

We are joined by Laurie Zierer, Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Humanities Council, and a Chester Made project leader.

David Bazemore

  Ira Glass, host of public radio's This American Life, will be joined by Monica Bill Barnes and Anna Bass in a lively production that combines two unique art forms--dance and radio. They present a mix of movement and storytelling that is authentic, funny, and emotional.

Here we speak with Glass about Three Acts, Two Dancers, One Radio Host, The Pillow, storytelling, Serial, and more.

  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.

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On Saturday, nationally known storyteller Matthew Dicks will present a workshop at The Mount in Lenox. On top of being an author, elementary school teacher and wedding DJ, Dicks is the co-founder of the Hartford-based storytelling group Speak Up.

  We are very happy to continue our regular feature – Ideas Matter: Checking in with the Public Humanities. It is our chance to check in with the Humanities Councils throughout our 7-State area to discuss important ideas and why they do indeed matter.

Today we check in with the Pennsylvania Humanities Council and their Commonwealth Speaker series where they present experts from a variety of backgrounds—arts and museum educators, folk artists, dancers, musicians, scholars—who offer presentations on a wide range of popular topics.

Kelly Armor brings 20 years experience as a professional folk musician and storyteller to her Commonwealth Speaker presentation entitled: All Stories Are True and Some Have Actually Happened – an interactive presentation on storytelling and traditional music.

  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.