Arts & Culture

Jacqueline Schwab
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On Thursday, September 20 the Guilderland Public Library in Guilderland, New York will present the concert “I Lift My Lamp: Vintage Songs and Dances of Immigrant America” performed by Ken Burns’ pianist Jacqueline Schwab. The concert begins at 7 p.m. Calling ahead for reservations is advised - (518) 456-2400.

Jacqueline Schwab is noted for her evocative playing on the soundtracks of documentary filmmaker Ken Burns’ “Civil War,” “Baseball,” “Mark Twain,” “Frank Lloyd Wright,” “The War” and others. She has long played for English country dancing with the Bare Necessities quartet; has released four solo recordings; and has performed concerts of vintage American music in almost every state of the Union.

StudioFest, taking place this weekend in Phoenicia, New York, is a first-of-its-kind film festival, offering the festival’s winning short film creator a chance to shoot their debut feature film, backed and supported by experienced industry professionals.

The filmmakers had a submission deadline of August 3. Five finalists have been selected and the public is invited to attend a celebration screening of their works September 22nd at the Phoenicia Playhouse between 2:30 p.m. and 5 p.m.

We are joined by StudioFest founders – and filmmakers - Jess Jacklin and Charles Beale.

Audrey Kupferberg: Crazy Rich Asians

Sep 18, 2018

I can’t stop thinking about the recent theatrical release CRAZY RICH ASIANS.  In its first two weeks, this film grossed more than ninety million dollars.  Why do people so enjoy this movie, and why do they recommend it to their cinema-going friends?

Rob Edelman: The New Season

Sep 17, 2018

The summer is over. September is here. And with each fall comes the arrival of high-profile, name-brand Academy Award contenders which first will play at film festivals. Such is the case each year at Toronto, Venice, and Telluride.

Shakespeare & Company is currently presenting Obie Award-winning playwright Taylor Mac's dark comedy “HIR,” directed by Alice Reagan through October 7.

The play begins with Isaac, who has returned from the war in Afghanistan, only to discover a household in revolt.

The insurgent: his mom.

Liberated from an oppressive marriage with a now ailing husband, and with Isaac’s newly out transgender sibling as her ally, she’s on a crusade to dismantle the patriarchy. But in Taylor Mac’s sly, subversive comedy, we learn that annihilating the past doesn’t always free you from it.

Mac has said “Hir” was inspired and influenced by Sam Shephard’s “Buried Child” and by his own miserable hometown experience in Stockton, California.

We are joined by actors Elizabeth Aspenlieder, John Hadden, and Jack Doyle.

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Paul Simon

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel switch seats for a quiz that has them both feelin' groovy.

Rogovoy Report 9/14/18

Sep 14, 2018

The cultural highlights in our region this weekend include roots music, blues, cutting-edge rock, contemporary classical, and a whole lot more.

SculptureNow’s 2018 outdoor exhibition of large-scale sculpture at The Mount in Lenox, MA is on view through October 31. SculptureNow offers free guided tours to the general public, students, and vision-impaired visitors and their exhibitions provide opportunities for sculptors to develop their careers.

This year SculptureNow celebrates its 20th year as a non-profit arts and education organization. There are 30 works on display in and around Edith Wharton’s historic home and gardens. There are two more artist guided tours of the exhibition before it ends at the end of October – this Sunday, September 16 and Sunday, October 14.

Ann Jon and Michael Thomas join us. Ann is the Executive Director or SculptureNow; Michael Thomas has work in the show.

Rob Edelman: Catchers, Spies, And Moe Berg

Sep 10, 2018

This year, six legends were inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. None was Moe Berg. For the record, they were Chipper Jones, Vladimir Guerrero, Jack Morris, Alan Trammell, Jim Thome, and Trevor Hoffman. However, during Induction Weekend, I could not help but think of Moe Berg. One reason was that the Hall continuously-- and justifiably, I might add-- celebrates the military careers and wartime service of its members, from Grover Alexander to Ted Williams. But to my knowledge, none of the new inductees-- or for that matter any baseball Hall of Famer-- accomplished what Berg did once upon a time. It was a remarkable achievement; it has nothing to do with singles, doubles, and triples; and his story is told in a new screen biography, titled THE CATCHER WAS A SPY, with Paul Rudd starring as Moe Berg.

An 8 ball

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are back with the first show of the eighth season.

Rogovoy Report 9/7/18

Sep 7, 2018

The cultural highlights in our region this weekend include roots music, early music, literary readings, experimental jazz, and a whole lot more.

Now in its seventh year, Basilica SoundScape is a weekend of music and art, taking place this year from Friday, September 14 to Sunday, September 16 at Basilica Hudson in Hudson, New York.

The festival is curated by Brandon Stosuy and Basilica Hudson co-founders Melissa Auf der Maur and Tony Stone. Chicago creative studio Varyer joins the event as co-presenters to provide creative direction. Headed by long-time visual and design director of SoundScape, and former Pitchfork Creative Director Mike Renaud, Varyer creates work inspired by and built around collaboration. SoundScape 2018 also features the talents of two guest collaborators, author Jenn Pelly and head of Sacred Bones Records Caleb Braaten.

Basilica SoundScape will feature a performance by Grouper, a reading by poet Hanif Abdurraqib , an orchestral piece composed by Sunn O)))'s [sun’s] Stephen O'Malley and performed by Bard College's 76-piece orchestra The Orchestra Now; performances by Lightning Bolt , a one-time collaboration between The Haxan Cloak and Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ Nick Zinner, and will feature a multidisciplinary bill of visual artists who will present immersive, large-scale, site-specific installations.

Melissa Auf der Maur joins us.

Sharon Bates’ has a new show at the Opalka Gallery – Exhibit B. Bates repurposes the detritus of material culture to create inventive, site-specific installations, mixed-media assemblages and drawings.

We welcome Sharon Bates and Opalka Gallery Director Judie Gilmore.

Rob Edelman: U.S. Outside The U.S.

Sep 3, 2018

Here in the U.S., a host of films take on a host of viewpoints regarding the state of the American union in 2018. And over the summer, while traveling abroad-- in England, but it easily could be anywhere outside the U.S.-- I could not stop asking myself a series of questions. They only begin with: How are non-Americans viewing America? Even more specifically: How is the U.S. being presented in the arts? Are there any points-of-view here? This was answered in two very different but equally disturbing new works. One is a film. The other is a stage play.

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are back with a "before and after" quiz.

Berkshire Mountain Distillers was established in 2007 and has created a line of award-winning artisanal spirits including Greylock Gin, Ethereal Gins, Ragged Mountain Rum, Ice Glen Vodka, Berkshire Bourbon and New England Corn Whiskey. All products are handcrafted in small batches in Great Barrington, Massachusetts at the Berkshire’s first legal distillery since prohibition.

BMD is one of the founding members of the craft distiller movement and is embraced by several of the nation’s leading mixologists.

As we head into the holiday weekend and begin to catch a glimpse of summer in the rearview mirror, BMD Founder, Owner and Distiller Chris Weld joins us to talk about Berkshire Mountain Distillers, and fall cocktails and botanicals.

The 12th Annual Washington County Cheese Tour with Wine and Beer is taking place September 8th and 9th.

From freshly made Chèvre to ripened Camembert-style cheeses and aged Cheddar, the annual Washington County Cheese, Wine and Beer Tour will delight palates and enthrall cheese lovers.

Over next weekend, several creative farmstead cheese makers, brewers and vineyards in Washington County will open their farms and businesses to the public.

At each farm, guests will sample specially selected cheeses, wine and beer while experiencing first hand the region’s long-standing cheese making traditions reaching back to the nineteenth century.

We are joined by Angela Miller from Consider Bardwell Farm, Kelley Taylor from R. S. Taylor & Sons Brewing, and Gerry Barnhart from Victory View Vineyard.

Aretha Franklin
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Detroit will celebrate the life of Aretha Franklin on Friday, August 31st at 10 a.m. EST. Over two dozen people -- including heads of state, a record mogul, and music legends of nearly every description -- will take the stage of the Greater Grace Temple to speak, sing and pray in honor of the gift that Franklin so readily shared with the world.

courtesy of the Billy Name Estate

Bibbe Hansen, pop cultural icon, performance artist, musician, and actress known for her work with Andy Warhol will visit the University at Albany for as part of “The Creative Life: Conversation Series” at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, September 5 at the University Art Museum on UAlbany’s Uptown campus.

The Creative Life series is a major arts initiative of the University Art Museum, New York State Writers Institute and UAlbany Performing Arts Center in conjunction with us here at WAMC and with major support from the University at Albany Foundation.

Bibbe Hansen first achieved prominence as a protégé of American pop artist Andy Warhol. She collaborated on several films with Warhol, including “PRISON,” which she starred in alongside Marie Mencken and Edie Sedgwick. From 1990–1995 she operated Troy Café, which became the center of a multicultural renaissance in downtown Los Angeles and was home to a generation of musicians, comedians, artists, and filmmakers. Today Bibbe creates artwork and is represented by Gracie Mansion Gallery in New York City. She recently completed the first draft of her memoirs, and lectures frequently on art and the creative process.

Rob Edelman: Remakes And Reworkings

Aug 27, 2018

What is the connection between older film titles that are as diverse as DEATH WISH, SHE’S GOTTA HAVE IT, and GET SHORTY, FAHRENHEIT 451, PAPILLON, and SUPERFLY? Well, all are present-day remakes or reworkings and all have been redone either as feature films, made-for-TV movies, TV series, or whatever. Some even are about as high-profile as one can imagine. The third remake of A STAR IS BORN momentarily will open the Venice Film Festival, prior to an October theatrical release. Two name personalities topline the latest STAR IS BORN. They are Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga. The original stars were A-listers of their time. These versions date from 1937, 1954, and 1976, and they feature Fredric March, James Mason, and Kris Kristofferson, Janet Gaynor, Judy Garland, and Barbra Streisand.

Steve Martin and Martin Short
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Comedy legends Steve Martin and Martin Short have joined forces for their hit show "An Evening You Will Forget For The Rest Of Your Life" and they will bring it to Tanglewood in Lenox, Massachusetts on September 2. They'll be joined by the Grammy Award winning bluegrass band Steep Canyon Rangers and Jeff Babko.

Audiences can expect an evening of nonstop laughs as the duo recall their iconic careers, creative influences and most memorable encounters, uniquely presented though a blend of stand-up, musical numbers and conversations about their lives in show business.

Fire
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WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel switch spots for a show about famous fires.

Rogovoy Report 8/24/18

Aug 24, 2018

The cultural highlights in our region this weekend include modern dance, opera, jazz, roots music, and a whole lot more.

The play, “Ann,” is an intimate, brash, and feisty portrait of Ann Richards, legendary Governor of Texas. 

Written by award-winning actress and writer Holland Taylor, “Ann” is an inspiring and hilarious play that brings us face to face with the complex, colorful, and captivating character bigger than the state from which she hailed. The Dorset Theatre Festival production is performed by two-time Tony nominee Jayne Atkinson (“House of Cards,” "Madam Secretary”) and directed by Kristen van Ginhoven. 

On August 11 the Fenimore Art Museum in Cooperstown, New York opened the exhibit "Seen & Unseen: Photographs by Imogen Cunningham." It is on view through October 14.

The photographs of Imogen Cunningham (1883-1976) reflect vital developments in 20th century art and photography. She is recognized for helping to establish photography as an art form. Never tied to one style of photography or subject, Cunningham had a signature view in what she created. Working for over seventy years, her photographs are seductive and dynamic and inspired by a multitude of sources.

Chris Rossi is Director of Exhibitions for The Fenimore Art Museum.

Bob Goepfert Reviews "Pretty Woman - The Musical"

Aug 23, 2018
Pretty Woman: The Musical, Pictured: Samantha Barks, Andy Karl and company
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NEW YORK, NY -  “Pretty Woman-the Musical,” which just opened on Broadway is a charming, well-performed musical in the traditional sense of the word.   It takes the familiar story of a well-to-do important man who falls under the charms of a beguiling female.  He falls in love, changes his ways to become a softer more human person and she becomes the dominant figure in the relationship.

Frelinghuysen Morris House And Studio - Stairway
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George L. K. Morris and Suzy Frelinghuysen, prolific abstract artists since the late 1930s, were a remarkable couple at the leading edge of the national and international art scene. Collectors and intellectuals, they created a Berkshire home that reflected their aesthetic worlds.

Upon her death in 1988, Suzy Frelinghuysen left instructions that the House & Studio and art collection be used for an educational purpose. The House & Studio opened for visitation in 1998.

Visitors can walk through the House with all of its original furnishings and view not only the works of Morris and Frelinghuysen on the walls, but walk right up to the works of some of their more famous colleagues and contemporaries including Picasso, Braque, Leger and Gris.

Kinney Frelinghuysen is the Director of the Frelinghuysen Morris House & Studio in Lenox, Mass.

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: "The Spy Who Dumped Me"

Upcoming:

  • "Annie" - Mac-Haydn Theatre, Chatham, opens Thursday 8/23 at 2 and 8 PM; through Sept. 2
  • Blue Öyster Cult - Empire State Plaza, Albany, Thursday 8/23, 5:30-8:30 PM
  • Dick Dale - Iron Horse Music Hall, Northampton, Thursday 8/23, 7 PM
  • The Blasters - Hangar On the Hudson, Troy, Friday 8/24, 8 PM
  • The Wailin’ Jennys - Calvin Theatre, Northampton, Saturday 8/25, 8 PM - The Egg, Albany, Sunday 8/26, 7:30 PM
  • Crystal Clear Acoustic Concert Series: House Sparrow - Thomas Schutte installation at Stone Hill, Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Sunday 8/26, noon-2 PM
  • Borromeo String Quartet; music of Mozart, Bach, Mendelssohn, Ned Rorem - Maverick Concerts, Woodstock, Sunday 8/26, 4 PM
  • "Guardians of the Galaxy" - Outside the Times Union Center, Albany, Monday 8/27, 6:30 preshow/7:30 movie
  • "Sharon Bates: Exhibit B" - Opalka Gallery, Sage Colleges, Albany, opens Tuesday 8/28 through Oct. 13; opening reception Sept. 7

New movies: "Operation Finale," "Papillon," "Skate Kitchen," "The Happytime Murders"

The Clark Art Institute’s summer 2018 exhibition, “Women Artists in Paris, 1850–1900,” celebrates an international group of artists who overcame gender-based restrictions to make extraordinary creative strides, taking important steps in the fight for a more egalitarian art world. It is on view in Williamstown through September 3.

In addition to “Women Artists in Paris,” The Clark is the exclusive venue for the exhibition “The Art of Iron: Objects from the Musée Le Secq des Tournelles, Rouen, Normandy.” The exhibition presents thirty-six historic objects in an installation celebrating the craft and beauty of wrought iron. That exhibition is on view through September 16th.

(Left) Grille, Italian, 18th century. Wrought iron, polychromed, 33 7/8 x 25 5/8 x 1 5/8 in. Réunion des Musées Métropolitains, Rouen, Normandy, LS.4513 (Right) Circular Grille, French (Amiens), c. 1700. Wrought iron and rolled iron, cut and embossed, 39 3/8 diameter x 2 3/4 in. Réunion des Musées Métropolitains, Rouen, Normandy, LS.4231 Edit | Remove

Audrey Kupferberg: TULLY and I FEEL PRETTY

Aug 21, 2018

Looking through lists of mainstream films from the past year or so, there are examples of gutsy women, such as WONDER WOMAN and THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI.  Then there is a film such as LADY BIRD, Greta Gerwig’s triumphant debut as a writer/director, which shows women at their most vulnerable.  I think LADY BIRD has had a positive influence on popular American filmmaking. That’s because a few recent films that focus on women’s difficulties are not dealing with stale melodramatic plots such as battles with fatal diseases or painful romantic break-ups that cause depression; instead, they are dealing with the personality quirks that the pressures of our society may cause and the psychological damage that can result from even the so-called ordinary or conventional events in women’s lives. 

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