Arts & Culture

The 38th annual Old Songs Folk Festival­ of Traditional Music and Dance will be held on June 22, 23 and 24 at the Altamont Fairgrounds in Altamont, New York. Old Songs celebrates folk, Celtic, and roots music; from Ireland, Quebec, the Caribbean, New England, and more.  Attendees can sing, dance, jam, and listen at this participatory event for the whole family. In addition to three concerts there are over 100 daytime workshops, dances or performances, a juried craft show, food and instrument vendors, and a children’s activity area.

We are joined by Old Songs programming committee members, Roger Mock and Debra Burger.

Rob Edelman: Ivana Trump’s Movie

Jun 11, 2018

Literally thousands of older films waste away in the dustbins of history. They barely were noticed when they were new and, for good reason, they have not improved with age. But for reasons that are obvious, one such film is worth citing. It dates from 1996, and its complete title is IVANA TRUMP’S FOR LOVE ALONE. Here is her brief biography, courtesy of the Internet Movie Database: “Ivana Trump was born on February 20, 1949 in Gottwaldov, Czechoslovakia as Ivana Marie Zelnícková. She is an actress, known for THE FIRST WIVES CLUB (released in 1996), IVANA YOUNG MAN (from 2006), and PAN TAU (from 1970). She was previously married to Rossano Rubicondi, Riccardo Mazzucchelli, Donald Trump, and Alfred Winklmayr.” Curiously, IVANA TRUMP’S FOR LOVE ALONE is not cited on this IMDB list, even though she makes a cameo appearance playing a character named “Ivana.” But the bottom line here is: How much does any of this really matter?

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel mark the end of the Fund Drive with a show about various misters.

Rogovoy Report 6/8/18

Jun 8, 2018

The cultural highlights in our region this weekend include chamber music, art openings, literary readings, theater, and a whole lot more.

The Royal Family of Broadway” is a new musical with a book by Rachel Sheinkin and music and lyrics by William Finn - the award winning team behind “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.” Based on the original play by George S. Kaufman and Edna Ferber and an original adaptation by Richard Greenberg, “The Royal Family of Broadway” is set in the 1920’s and centers around the Cavendish family - who are loosely based on the legendary acting dynasty - The Barrymores.

Barrington Stage Company’s Musical Theatre Lab presents “The Royal Family of Broadway” on BSC’s mainstage through July 7. The production is directed by John Rando and choreographed by Joshua Bergasse.

Sarah LaDuke was joined at The Linda - WAMC’s Performing Arts Studio - by composer and lyricist William Finn, Musical Director Vadim Feichtner, and cast members Harriet Harris, Laura Michelle Kelly, Hayley Podschun, and AJ Shively.

Ink bottles - one part of Kazumi Tanaka's "INK: The Color of Manitoga"
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Manitoga is the house, studio, and 75-acre woodland garden of American industrial designer Russel Wright. Its Artist Residency program began in 2014. This summer’s residency project is entitled “INK: The Color of Manitoga” by artist Kazumi Tanaka. Tanaka is creating natural inks from plant specimens she collects in Manitoga’s woodland garden. Her lab and art space is in the main house at Manitoga.

Tanaka was born in Osaka, Japan and graduated from Osaka University before relocating to New York. She lives and works in Beacon, NY and her art has been shown all around the world. Manitoga’s Executive Director Allison Cross and Kazumia Tanaka join us.

Manitoga’s Member Opening Celebration and the official Artist Residency launch will take place tomorrow from 5 to 7 p.m. Information about that event and ongoing hikes and tours and other special events is available here.

The Mostly Modern Festival (MMF) is a new summer music festival that flips the traditional programming model by devoting most of its attention to the music of our time which will present eight concerts featuring an illustrious array of guest artists and ensembles, an orchestra largely made up of Mostly Modern Festival Institute (MMFI) participants, music by esteemed resident composers, and more than 30 brand-new works in world premiere performances by more than 30 MMFI participating composers.

Founded by the husband and wife team of composer Robert Paterson and violinist Victoria Paterson, the inaugural festival’s concerts take place June 8-17th at the Arthur Zankel Music Center on the campus of Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York. Robert Paterson joins us.

The Adirondack Theatre Festival is about to begin its 24th season – the fourth for Producing Artistic Director, Chad Rabinovitz. He again brings an entire season of major new works to ATF with a team of top-level professional artists.

After a record-breaking season of sold-out performances last year, doubling attendance and subscribership in just the past three years, the 2018 season promises to be even larger. Performances will run June 14 – August 9 at the Charles R. Wood Theater in Downtown Glens Falls, NY.

The season begins June 14th with the musical, "Some Lovers," which follows the story of a couple caught between their present and their past. With an original story by Steven Sater ("Spring Awakening") and all new music from the legendary, Burt Bacharach.

ATF Producing Artistic Director, Chad Rabinovitz joins us.

Daniel Stepner
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As Aston Magna’s Artistic Director, Daniel Stepner has programmed and led vocal and instrumental music dating from 1589 through the 1850s, featuring period instruments and vocal styles. The Festival’s repertoire has ranged from music for solo violin to baroque and early classical opera.

Aston Magna begins its 46th Season of Music next Thursday, June 14th and runs Saturday, July 21 at venues throughout the region.

Daniel Stepner was a founding member of the Boston Museum Trio at the Museum of Fine Arts. He has held concertmasterships with the Handel and Haydn Society, the Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra and Boston Baroque. For six years he was assistant concertmaster and frequent soloist of the Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century, based in Holland.

Chocolate espresso cake
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WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel celebrate a very special day.

Rogovoy Report 6/1/18

Jun 1, 2018

The cultural highlights in our region this weekend include film, honkytonk, cabaret, jazz, dance, photography, theater, and a whole lot more.

The 13th Annual Berkshire International Film Festival will showcase 80 of the latest independent feature, documentary, short and family films from 28 countries from May 31 to June 3 in Great Barrington, Massachusetts and from June 1 to 3 in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.

The festival features screenings and various special events including three “Tea Talks”. One of this year’s Tea Talks features Berkshire based Academy Award winning filmmaker, Cynthia Wade, and a screening of her new documentary, “Grit.”

"Grit" is co-directed and co-produced by Wade and Sasha Friedlander and follows the lives of Indonesian citizens in East Jakarta displaced from their villages when an underground mudflow, struck by a natural gas drill, bubbles up and buries their homes and everything they own beneath 60 feet of mud.

Cynthia Wade joins us.

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: "Solo: A Star Wars Story"

Upcoming:

  • Birthday Celebration for Walt Whitman: Readings from “Song of Myself” - Robert Burns Statue, Washington Park, Albany, Thursday 5/31, 6 PM
  • Marcia Ball - The Upper Room, Albany, Friday 6/1, 7 PM
  • "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" - Capitol Theatre, Rome, Friday 6/1 at 7 PM and Saturday 6/2 at 2:30 PM
  • "The Importance of Being Ernest" - Circle Theatre Players, Sand Lake Center for the Arts, Averill Park, opens Friday 6/1 at 8 PM; through June 10
  • "Places Please" with Larry Keigwin & Nicole Wolcott - PS 21, Chatham, Saturday 6/2, 7 PM
  • Albany Symphony Orchestra’s American Music Festival from Wednesday 5/31 through Sunday 6/3
  •      Dogs of Desire, EMPAC Theater, Friday 6/1, 7:30 PM
  •      ASO 2018 Festival Concert, EMPAC Concert Hall, Saturday 6/2, 7:30 PM
  •      Fanfare to Joan Tower, Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy, Sunday 6/3, 1 PM
  •      The River Sings, Troy’s Riverfront Park, Sunday 6/3, 7:30 PM (Free)
  • The Suitcase Junket - Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs, Sunday 6/3, 7 PM
  • Next Act New Play Summit #7:
  •      “Showpony” at the GE Theatre at Proctors, Schenectady, Sunday 6/3, 5 PM
  •      “The Way North” Capital Repertory Theatre, Albany, Monday 6/4, 7:30 PM
  • National Ballet of Cuba: Giselle - SPAC, Saratoga Springs, Wednesday 6/6, 8 PM; also 6/7 at 2 PM & 6/8 at 8 PM

New movies: "Adrift," "Upgrade"

"Typhoid Mary" - a new play by Mark St. Germain - is playing at Barrington Stage Company's St. Germain Stage in Pittsfield, MA through June 16.

The play tells the true story of Mary Mallon, one of the most infamous women in America, she was incredibly stubborn, ambitious, and in fierce denial of any wrongdoing. Master storyteller Mark St. Germain ("Freud’s Last Session" and "Dancing Lessons") has captured the woman behind the myths while exploring the battle between science and religion.

St. Germain has another play running in our region. "Relativity" is running at Penguin Rep Theatre in Stony Point, NY through June 10.

From Academy Award-winning filmmaker Morgan Neville ("20 Feet from Stardom"), "Won’t You Be My Neighbor?" takes an intimate look at America’s favorite neighbor: Mister Fred Rogers.

A portrait of a man whom we all think we know, this emotional and moving film takes us beyond the zip-up cardigans and the land of make-believe, and into the heart of a creative genius who inspired generations of children with compassion and limitless imagination.

The highly anticipated and already much lauded film will be the closing night presentation of this year's Berkshire International Film Festival. BIFF takes place May 31-June 3. Nicholas Ma is a producer on "Won't You Be My Neighbor?" and he joined us to talk about the movie and his relationship with Fred Rogers.

Rob Edelman: Oldies And Goodies

May 28, 2018

RAY MEETS HELEN, which has just opened theatrically, is the first feature directed and written by Alan Rudolph in a decade-and-a-half. Its scenario, and its mood, are in line with Rudolph’s best earlier films. For instance, in some of its sharpest moments, RAY MEETS HELEN features secondary characters who pop into the story, speak clever and ironic lines, and then disappear. But at its core are its title characters. Ray and Helen are solitary lost souls who are floating through their lives and dealing with their issues. They meet, and at the center of the story is their evolving relationship. Is there an attraction here? Will it be mutual? Will it somehow last, or is it simply too late for any sort of meaningful connection? 

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are back with a show about squares.

Rogovoy Report 5/25/18

May 25, 2018

The cultural highlights in our region this weekend include chamber music, New Orleans dance music, Jamaican dance music, theater, and a whole lot more.

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
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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"
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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.

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