Arts & Culture

The 13th Annual Berkshire International Film Festival will showcase 80 of the latest in independent feature, documentary, short and family films. The festival runs from May 31 to June 3 in Great Barrington, MA and June 1 to 3 in Pittsfield, MA.

Kelley Vickery is the Artistic Director and Founder of BIFF and she joins us with a preview of this year’s festival.

Clearwater’s Great Hudson River Revival celebrates its 40th Anniversary this year. Revival is the country’s oldest and largest music and environmental festival, bringing together major musical acts and Clearwater’s own brand of green activism for a unique weekend every June. Clearwater Festival 2018, which takes place on June 16 and 17, on the banks of the Hudson River at beautiful Croton Point Park, Croton-On-Hudson, NY has an amazing line-up.

A number of Clearwater’s favorite artists will be returning this year including: The Mavericks, Ani DiFranco, Tom Paxton & The DonJuans, Tom Chapin, The Mammals (featuring Mike + Ruthy), Jay Ungar and Molly Mason, Dan Zanes, The Nields, The Kennedys and Dance Troupe The Vanaver Caravan. Artists the Festival will welcome for the first time this year include: Jeff Tweedy, They Might Be Giants, multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Rhiannon Giddens and bluegrass greats Hot Rize.

To tell us more we welcome Judith Enck and Betsy Garthwaite - President of Hudson River Sloop Clearwater's Board of Directors.

Crailo State Historic Site To Host Pinkster Celebration

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Crailo State Historic Site
WAMC Elizabeth Hill

This weekend, the Crailo State Historic Site in Rensselaer, New York is recognizing a holiday first celebrated by the Dutch and later adopted by African American slaves.

Ballet Nacional de Cuba perform Alicia Alonso's magical "Giselle"
Carlos Quezada

National Ballet of Cuba dancers are known around the world for their exuberant flair and uniquely Cuban style. The company has embraced a tradition of romantic and classical excellence since Alicia Alonso, Fernando Alonso, and Alberto Alonso (the first professional dancer in Cuba) founded it in 1948.

National Ballet of Cuba will bring their passionate production of “Giselle” to The Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs, New York on June 6, 7, and 8.

Octavio Roca is the author of several books including “Cuban Ballet,” with forewords by Alicia Alonso and Mikhail Baryshnikov. He has been music and dance critic for The Washington Post, The Washington Times, and the San Francisco Chronicle, as well as Associate Professor of Philosophy at Miami Dade College. Last night he presented an evening of history and conversation about National Ballet of Cuba to prep audiences for their arrival early next month.

Octavio Roca joins us along with SPAC President and CEO Elizabeth Sobol.

   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: "Deadpool 2," "Pope Francis: Man of His Word"

Upcoming:

  • "Don’t Dress for Dinner" - Curtain Call Theatre, Latham, Thursday 5/24 at 7:30 PM; through June 16
  • Mama’s Broke - Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs, Thursday 5/24, 7 PM
  • NorthEast Theatre’s production of Chekhov’s "The Seagull" - Mabee Farm Historic Site, Rotterdam Junction, Friday 5/25 at 7 PM; Saturday 5/26 at 2 & 7 PM; Sunday 5/27 at 2 PM
  • Kevin Hart: The Irresponsible Tour - Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, Friday 5/25, 8 PM
  • Primus, Mastodon - Cool Insuring Arena (aka Glens Falls Civic Center), Glens Falls, Friday 5/25, 7 PM
  • Soul Rebels - MASS MoCA, Hunter Center or Courtyard C, North Adams, Mass., Saturday 5/26, 8 PM
  • Apocalyptica (Metallica for 4 Cellos) - The Egg, Albany, Sunday 5/27, 8 PM
  • Sir Sly - Iron Horse Music Hall, Northampton, Mass., Wednesday 5/30, 8:30 PM
  • "On Your Feet!" - Proctors, Schenectady, Wednesday 5/30 at 7:30 PM, through June 2

New movies: "Solo: A Star Wars Story," "Beast," "Let the Sun Shine In"

When Jonathan Cain and the iconic band Journey were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Cain could say he had finally arrived. But Cain's journey wasn't always easy and his true arrival in life had more to do with faith than fame.

His new memoir is "Don't Stop Believin': The Man, the Band, and the Song that Inspired Generations."

Journey's 58-city North American tour with Def Leppard will be in Albany at The Times Union Center on Wednesday, May 23.

Rob Edelman: Godard Mon Amour

May 21, 2018

Alfred Hitchcock never copped a Best Director Academy Award in-competition. Neither did Stanley Kubrick. Nor Howard Hawks, Orson Welles, Robert Altman-- not to mention Fellini, Bergman, Kurosawa. But Michel Hazanavicius did win as Best Director. This was in 2011, for THE ARTIST. His latest film, which has just opened theatrically here in the U.S., offers a point-of-view about another legendary filmmaker who never won an in-competition Oscar. That would be Jean-Luc Godard.

The Phoenicia Playhouse’s second annual Starry Starry Night Fundraiser event will take place on May 27. The event is a fundraiser for the renovation and reinvention of the 1887 playhouse.

The fundraiser this Memorial Day features five stars from Daytime Drama. Many of the cast and writers are Emmy Award winners from "Guiding Light" and have a great following to this day.

To tell us more we welcome Bruce Barry – he received 2 Daytime Emmy Awards for Best Direction and the Director’s Guild of America Award. He was the senior director of the daytime drama Guiding Light for 27 years. He also directed "Captain Kangaroo" before that.

Robert Newman is a two-time Daytime Emmy nominee and we also welcome Daytime Emmy award winning actress Ellen Parker back to the program.

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel try to hit the speed of sound.

Audrey Kupferberg: Finding Your Feet

May 18, 2018

If I want to partake of unending violence, deception, and general mean-spiritedness, I’ll watch cable news. When I want to enjoy a good old-fashioned story about life – its trials, its happiness, and the love and friendship that make it worthwhile -- then I watch a feel-good movie. 

Rogovoy Report 5/18/18

May 18, 2018

The cultural highlights in our region this weekend include silent movies, Baroque music, psychedelic hard-rock, jazz, chamber music, and a whole lot more.

Stephen Clair and the Pushbacks
Tony Cenicola

 Stephen Clair and The Pushbacks are opening for Monks of Doom at BSP in Kingston, New York on May 24.

Clair is a longtime touring singer-songwriter who has landed in Beacon, NY where he founded and runs The Beacon Music Factory.

"The Yellow Ticket" is a 1918 Polish-German film about a young Warsaw woman who hopes to attend medical school in Moscow, but experiences obstacles because she is single and Jewish. It is one of the first films to explore the anti-Semitism rampant in Russia in the early 1900s.

"The Yellow Ticket" will be performed with live music by Alicia Svigals and Marilyn Lerner at The Ashokan Center on Sunday, May 20 at 7:30 p.m. in Olivebridge, New York.

Alicia Svigals is the world’s leading Klezmer fiddler, a founder of the Grammy-winning Klezmatics who she co-led for seventeen years, and a composer who was selected to be a 2014 MacDowell Fellow. She is accompanied by jazz pianist/improviser and prolific recording artist Marilyn Lerner.

Jay Ungar and Molly Mason join us to talk about this event and things Ashokan.

Rob Edelman: Gloria Swanson

May 14, 2018

Those who know their film history and relish Hollywood classics surely will savor Billy Wilder’s SUNSET BLVD. It dates from 1950, and it stars Gloria Swanson as a faded silent screen legend. Well, Swanson herself was a silent star of the first magnitude. In her heyday, her looks and screen presence combined to win her enduring fame. SUNSET BLVD. was made just two decades after the silent film era faded into history. At a time in which others of her age either were retired or accepting bit parts-- I could spend hours offering examples-- Swanson triumphed in SUNSET BLVD. as Norma Desmond, celebrated ex-silent cinema legend.  

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are back with a fill-in-the-blanks quiz.

Rogovoy Report 5/11/18

May 11, 2018

The cultural highlights in our region this weekend include chamber music, silent film with live music, dramatic readings, literary readings, gothic folk-rock, and a whole lot more.

In this week’s Classical Music According to Yehuda, Alan Chartock and Yehuda Hanani continue a series of conversations about fakes, forgeries, and lost or misattributions, sharing a recording of Béatrice Rauchs playing final movement of Fanny Mendelssohn’s Piano Sonata in G Minor.

The  company  of  Harry  Potter  and  the  Cursed  Child
Manuel Harlan

What happens inside the Lyric Theatre stays inside the Lyric Theare.   

That’s what the producers of “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” request from the audience.  As you leave the theater they hand you a button that reads  “Keep the secrets.”

   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: "Tully"

Upcoming:

  • America - The Stanley, Utica, Friday 5/11, 7:30 PM
  • Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood: Scared Scriptless - Proctors, Schenectady, Friday 5/11, 8 PM
  • The Huntress and Holder of Hands (MorganEve Swain) - Helsinki Hudson, Hudson, Friday 5/11, 9 PM
  • "Acronym Baroque: The Faux and the Fabulous" - Close Encounters With Music, Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington, Mass., Saturday 5/12, 6 PM
  • "Blackout" - Pine Hills Film Colony, Steamer No. 10 Theatre, Albany, Saturday 5/12, 7 PM
  • Josh Ritter: Acoustic Show - Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy, Saturday 5/12, 8 PM
  • Weakened Friends - The Low Beat, Albany, Saturday 5/12, 8 PM
  • Heather Maloney - Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs, Saturday 5/12, 8 PM
  • GX3: Maria Zementauski, Ray Andrews, Sten Isachsen - De Blasiis Chamber Music Series, Hyde Collection, Helen Froelich Auditorium, Glens Falls, Sunday 5/13, 3 PM
  • The Sea and Cake - Iron Horse Music Hall, Northampton, Mass., Monday 5/14, 8:30 PM

New movies: "Life of the Party," "Itzhak," "Breaking In"

"Fragile Explosion: Nina Simone" is a world premiere production by Passing the Torch Through the Arts.

Nina Simone, known as The High Priestess of Soul, was a pop star and celebrity in the 1960s. Her career was up-ended because of her key role in the Civil Rights movement. “Fragile Explosion” follows Simone from her beginnings in North Carolina to international stardom, through successes and personal failures, and through her struggle with and triumph over mental illness.

The Battenkill Chorale continues its 23rd season with "Rising Above the Battleground: The Music of France and Belgium." The concert will be performed this Saturday, May 12 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, May 13 at 4 p.m. at the Immaculate Conception Church in Hoosick Falls, NY.

The centerpiece of the concert is a rarely performed piece: Joseph Jongen's Mass OP.130. The concert also features 10 brass players, an organist, and 4 soloists.

Guest Conductor, Gene Marie Callahan, will conduct the concert while Artistic Director, Janet McGhee recovers from shoulder surgery. Callahan, who made her national debut at Chicago Lyric Opera and her international debut in Graz Austria, made her first appearance with the Battenkill Chorale in 1997 as a soprano soloist and has been a featured artist with the Chorale since that time.

LaChanzeas “Diva Donna,” Ariana DeBose as “Disco  Donna,” Storm Lever as “Duckling  Donna” and  company
Joan Marcus, 2018

There are some people who should be permitted to just let their work speak for them.  Donna Summer, who passed away in 2012, is one of those people.

Rob Edelman: Hedy

May 7, 2018

Who are celebrities? What is fame? Who are the individuals that exists beneath all the glitz and glamour? When one thinks of silver screen beauties of an earlier age, the names that spring to mind are Rita Hayworth, Ava Gardner, Jean Harlow, Marilyn Monroe... And certainly, without hesitation, you can add Hedy Lamarr. Back in the 1930’s and ‘40’s, she was one of the most recognizable Hollywood stars.

The Cantilena Chamber Choir will present Carl Theodor Dreyer's 1928 silent film "The Passion Of Joan Of Arc" at Trinity Church in Lenox on Saturday, May 12 at 7:30pm. Silent film organist Peter Krasinki will be a special guest on the program with a live chorus and orchestra. A 6:45 pre-concert lecture will explore the extraordinary history of the film and the score.

"The Passion of Joan of Arc" is a French film based on the actual record of the trial of Joan of Arc. The original version was lost for decades after a fire destroyed the master negative and only variations of Dreyer's second version were available.

Organist Peter Krasinksi is broadly recognized as a motivating consultant for the pipe organ community who imaginative and energetic performances elevate and inform audiences. Along with regular concert appearances he specializes in the art of silent film accompaniment worldwide. Andrea Goodman is The Cantilena Chamber Choir’s founder and director.

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel swap seats to make the jump to hyperspace.

Rogovoy Report 5/4/18

May 4, 2018

The cultural highlights in our region this weekend include literary readings and discussions, a one-woman show, several jazz concerts, a tribute to Joni Mitchell, and a whole lot more.

In this week’s Classical Music According to Yehuda, Alan Chartock and Yehuda Hanani continue a series of conversations about fakes, forgeries, and lost or misattributions.

Music: Cassadó: Toccata (in the Style of Frescobaldi) by Gaspar Cassadó, Mstislav Rostropovich, Herbert Tachezi - album “Cello & Organ Recital”

Bob Goepfert Reviews "The King And I" At Proctors

May 3, 2018
The cast of Rodgers & Hammerstein's The King and I.
Matthew Murphy

Listening to the overture of “The King and I” playing Proctors through Sunday, you realize there are probably more memorable songs in this one show than in all the new shows that opened on Broadway in the past decade.  “Hello Young Lovers,” “I Whistle a Happy Tune,”  “Getting to Know You” and “Something Wonderful”  are but a few.

Boxes of film reels from the Dawson City Recovery site—an entire lost archive in need of preservation, 1978.
Kathy Jones-Gates / Dawson City Archives


  “Dawson City: Frozen Time” is the latest film from award winning documentary filmmaker, Bill Morrison, whose previous films include “Decasia,” "The Miners' Hymns" and "The Great Flood."

 

The film will be presented by Pothole Pictures in Shelburne Falls on May 4th and 5th and at The Opalka Gallery at Sage College in Albany, NY on May 11. Morrison will attend the Pot Hole Pictures screening on May 4th and will be at The Opalka Gallery screening on May 11.

 

"Dawson City: Frozen Time" pieces together the strange true story of a collection of some 500 films dating, from 1910s to the 1920s, which were lost for over 50 years until being discovered in 1978 buried in a subarctic swimming pool deep in the Yukon Territory

Morrison used these permafrost protected, rare silent films and newsreels, archival footage, interviews and historical photographs to tell the story of Dawson City’s gold rush boom-and-bust and the remote location’s unlikely ties to several aspects of early film history.  

  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: "Avengers: Infinity War"

Upcoming:

  • PVRIS - Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park, Thursday 5/3, 7:30 PM
  • Tom Russell CD Release Concert - The Eighth Step at Proctors, Schenectady, Thursday 5/3, 7:30 PM
  • "Ghostbusters" - Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington, Mass., Thursday 5/3, 7 PM
  • Eilen Jewell - Helsinki Hudson, Hudson, Friday 5/4, 8 PM
  • Ellis Hall “The Ambassador of Soul” - Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs, Friday 5/4, 8 PM
  • Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company, plus The Egg Kids Project - (Works: Contrapuntal Fling, Counterflow, Oh My . . . , The Betrothed) - The Egg, Albany, Saturday 5/5, 8 PM
  • Zemog El Gallo Bueno - MASS MoCA, Club B10, Saturday 5/5, 8 PM
  • Yarn - The Hangar on the Hudson, Troy, Saturday 5/5, 8 PM
  • The 19th Annual Albany History Fair: World War I, The Albany Homefront - Historic Cherry Hill, Albany, Sunday 5/6, noon-4 PM
  • Albany Pro Musica: Morten Lauridsen’s Lux Aterena, Michael Haydn’s Requiem - Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy, Sunday 5/6, 3 PM

New movies: "Tully," "Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami," "Love After Love," "Overboard," "Bad Samaritan"

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