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Chonburi International Hotel & Butterfly Club
Williamstown Theatre Festival

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. – It must be some sort of reviewer’s jinx that the play in a season you are most looking forward to experiencing is often the most disappointing.

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Playlist for WAMC Listening Party as aired on Saturday, January 16th, 2021:

This week, WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel CC each other.

Audrey Kupferberg: Mank

Jan 15, 2021
Audrey Kupferberg
WAMC

When it comes to films about Hollywood history, the more cynical the presentation, the more audiences relish them.  That concept has influenced the creation of Mank, a recent black-and-white arty release, written and directed by David Fincher and being streamed on Netflix.

Rogovoy Report 1/15/2021

Jan 15, 2021

This is the last weekend to view an important, provocative, and beautiful exhibition of photography by four emerging Black artists whose work deals with current cultural narratives and the fight for civil rights. Called “Solidarity,” the show at Sohn Fine Art Gallery in Lenox, Mass., includes works by Jacob Borden, Yannis Davy Guibinga, Pops Peterson, and Shawn Theodore.

Rehearsal shot from Williamstown Theatre Festival's “Animals”
Williamstown Theatre Festival

“Animals” is the third play of the Williamstown Theatre Festival’s season recorded as an audio book.  It is actually the first that make me realize how much I missed live theater at Williamstown this summer.

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Playlist for WAMC Listening Party as aired on Saturday, January 9th, 2021.

Rogovoy Report 1/8/21

Jan 8, 2021

The cultural highlights in our region this weekend include a cutting-edge sound installation, a jazz piano genius, a new look at Elvis Presley … plus a whole lot more…

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WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel recycle the wrapping paper for the first show of 2021.

Audrey Kupferberg
WAMC

Remember the old ad for chocolate bars:  Sometimes you feel like a nut; sometimes you don’t.  Well, that adage applies to films as well as candy.  Two recent quality films available for home viewing may well satisfy your craving, whichever that craving may be.

Cast and creatives of "Photograph 51" at WTF
Williamstown Theatre Festival

It’s impossible to know if the Williamstown Theatre Festival’s gamble to do their 2020 season as a series of audible books will pay off financially.   However, with the release of the first two plays of the seven-play series it has become clear it is an artistic success.

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Playlist for WAMC Listening Party as aired on Saturday, January 2nd, 2021.

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Unnamed photographer for US Army / Public Domain/Wikimedia Commons

 

(12/31/20) An encore edition of The Power of Words, WAMC's Alan Chartock and Author and Historian James Ledbetter discuss President Dwight D. Eisenhower's Farewell Address. In addition, listeners will have an opportunity to actually hear the speech as it was delivered to a joint session of Congress on January 17th, 1961.

Best known for directing such successes as "Addams Family Values," "Get Shorty," and the first three "Men in Black" movies, Barry Sonnenfeld's importance to modern cinema expands considerably when his cinematographer credits are added to the list: The Coen Brothers' first three films: "Blood Simple," "Raising Arizona," and "Miller's Crossing." He also was the Director of Photography on "Throw Momma from the Train," "Big," "When Harry Met Sally," and "Misery," plus, of course, his television hits: "Pushing Daisies" and "A Series of Unfortunate Events."

Album artwork for "Row"; Dawn Landes; Row key art for WTF
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Tori Murden McClure was the first woman - and the first American - to successfully row across the Atlantic Ocean. She succeeded in 1998 after an attempt in 1998 was foiled by a hurricane. Her vessel? A 23 foot rowboat she had built and named the “American Pearl.”  The story of her accomplishment has inspired the new musical “Row” - with a book by Daniel Goldstein and music and lyrics by singer-songwriter, Dawn Landes.

“Row” was scheduled to have its world premiere production at The Williamstown Theatre Festival this past summer. WTF and Artistic Director, Mandy Greenfield have partnered with Audible to release audio versions of the shows intended to play on their stages last season. A release date for “Row” hasn’t been finalized, but Dawn Landes’ album of songs from the show - recorded with musician friends - is available now.

Give The Gift Of Survival 12 Months A Year

Dec 27, 2020

It’s never too late to be generous.

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Playlist for Saturday, December 26th, 2020. 

Audrey Kupferberg: Christmas Movies

Dec 23, 2020
Audrey Kupferberg
WAMC

Who doesn’t like a good Christmas movie?  If you look among the classics, you will find stories of romance, sprightly musicals, dramas of human error and redemption, fantastic tales of Santa and his elves, and family movies with happy resolutions.

Christmas In The Movies

Dec 22, 2020

Nothing brings the spirit of the season into our hearts quite like a great holiday movie. "Christmas films" come in many shapes and sizes and exist across many genres. Some, like "It's a Wonderful Life" and "A Christmas Story," are perennials, while others, such as "Die Hard," have only gradually become yuletide favorites. But they all have one thing in common: they use themes evoked by the holiday period - nostalgia, joy, togetherness, dysfunction, commercialism, or cynicism - as a force in their storytelling.

Film historian Jeremy Arnold’s new book, "Christmas in the Movies: 30 Classics to Celebrate the Season," showcases the very best among this uniquely spirited strain of cinema. Each film is profiled on what makes it a "Christmas movie," along with behind-the-scenes stories of its production, reception, and legacy.

Jeremy Arnold is a film historian, commentator, and author of "Turner Classic Movies: The Essentials and Lawrence of Arabia: The Fiftieth Anniversary."

Bob Goepfert: Christmas Carols From Over The World

Dec 20, 2020
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For decades, “A Christmas Carol” has been amongst the most produced plays in the United States. Obviously, the popularity of the show meant significant revenues for the producing companies, which have disappeared along with live audience members. Talk about a Humbug situation.

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Playlist for WAMC Listening Party, aired December 19th, 2020. 

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WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel clear out the trivia cupboard.

Rogovoy Report 12/18/20

Dec 18, 2020

The cultural highlights in our region this weekend include performances of works by Tchaikovsky, Bach, Handel, and Nathaniel Dett … plus a whole lot more…

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Winslow Townson / Boston Symphony Orchestra

The annual Boston Pops Holiday season at Symphony Hall in Boston, Massachusetts is one of the greatest Christmastime traditions in New England. In a “normal” year – The Pops would perform 40 or so performances at Symphony Hall to sold out crowds.   

Like many arts organizations during the Covid-19 Pandemic,  The Boston Symphony has created new ways to experience their music.

BSO Now presents newly recorded hour-long video performances by the Boston Symphony, Boston Pops, and BSO musicians in chamber music settings -- along with behind-the-scenes storytelling with conductors, composers, and musicians, plus much more.

Keith Lockhart has been the conductor of the Boston Pops since 1995 and he joins us now to tell us about the Pops 2020 Holiday Celebration.

Audrey Kupferberg: Jewish Soul BluRay

Dec 15, 2020
Audrey Kupferberg
WAMC

Kino Classics has just released a ten- film BluRay set of Yiddish language feature films.  The titles come from the heyday of Yiddish film production, the late 1930s.  When I first heard of the release, I assumed it featured the restorations of The National Center for Jewish Film at Brandeis University, but I was mistaken.  These are restorations completed by Serge Bromberg at Lobster Films, along with the Museum of Modern Art, the Deutsche Kinemathek, and the Fillmoteka Narodowa in Warsaw.

Cast, producers and creatives of "A Streetcar Named Desire"
Williamstown Theatre Festival

In March, when it became apparent that live theater would be almost impossible to produce during the Covid-19 pandemic, many theaters either shut down or experimented with streaming platforms.

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Playlist for WAMC Listening Party on December 12th, 2020. 

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WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel trade cards.

Rogovoy Report 12/11/20

Dec 11, 2020

The cultural highlights in our region this weekend include a site-specific sound installation, chamber music, Celtic music, folk-pop, Beethoven … plus a whole lot more…

Audrey Kupferberg: "A Kid Like Jake" And "Freak Show"

Dec 9, 2020
Audrey Kupferberg
WAMC

Films and TV series about LGBTQ+ adults are not uncommon. Most are distributed with a mainstream audience in mind and are quite popular. The recently released feature film version of the Broadway revival of Mart Crowley’s play The Boys in the Band on Netflix is one example of a lively, evocative production centering around a small group of gay men in 1968. Crowley’s play was quite controversial when it opened off-Broadway pre-Stonewall riots when gays were closeted for the most part and shunned by many.

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