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Person Place Thing Featuring David Lang

15 hours ago
Peter Sterling

Tonight at 10:30 on Person Place Thing, Randy Cohen speaks with Pulitzer-winning composer David Lang. At age 9 Lang saw a Leonard Bernstein young people’s concert featuring Shostakovich and something happened, in a good way. Tune in to hear more about Lang’s person, place and thing.

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WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel take a turn at trivia's most famous lectern.

Rogovoy Report 4/16/21

Apr 16, 2021

The cultural highlights for our region this weekend include chamber music, orchestral music, jazz, swing, folk … plus a whole lot more.

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Each Wednesday and Sunday evening at 8 p.m. Live At The Linda brings you some of the best musical acts to grace the stage at The Linda - WAMC's Performing Arts Studio. This week features Dust Bowl Faeries from February 2021 and VickiKristinaBarcelona from June 2018.

Paul Raci in "The Sound of Metal"
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Over the past several decades, Paul Raci grew frustrated with his screen career. He was convinced he had more to offer as an actor than the bit parts and one-off roles that make up his IMDB credits. So Raci largely channeled those creative efforts into stage productions at the Deaf West Theater and his heavy metal bands. Now, the rest of us are getting to know Raci and his work.

Summer Is Starting To Bloom

Apr 11, 2021
Outside on Main
'62 Center For Theatre and Dance

I know how gardeners feel when the seed catalogs arrive in the middle of winter.  It’s a signal that no matter how dismal the weather, there is hope for the future.

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WAMC Listening Party playlist as aired on Saturday, April 10th, 2021:

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WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel switch seats for a show about another public media titan.

Rogovoy Report 4/9/21

Apr 9, 2021

The cultural highlights for our region this weekend include chamber music, orchestral music, Latin music, Irish music, jazz, theater … plus a whole lot more.

Person Place Thing Featuring Ben Zimmer

Apr 9, 2021
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Tonight at 10:30 on Person Place Thing, The Wall Street Journal's language columnist Ben Zimmer, discusses his person - William of Orange - his place - South Orange, New Jersey - and his thing - oranges.

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Each Wednesday and Sunday evening at 8 p.m. Live At The Linda brings you some of the best musical acts to grace the stage at The Linda - WAMC's Performing Arts Studio. This week features instrumental surf band The Jagaloons from December 2020 and Y La Bamba from May 2018.

Personally, I have preferred the Williamstown Theatre Festival Audio series of plays over Zoom productions.  Likely, it is because audio encourages imagination, while Zoom shows only the faces of actors in boxes.

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WAMC Listening Party playlist as aired on Saturday, April 3rd, 2021: 

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WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are all mixed up.

Rogovoy Report 4/2/21

Apr 2, 2021

The cultural highlights for our region this weekend include Baroque, gospel, and Latin music, poetry, Irish music, a new sound installation… plus a whole lot more.

Person Place Thing Featuring Bill McKibben

Apr 2, 2021
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Tonight at 10:30 p.m. on Person Place Thing, Bill McKibben a fine writer and an ardent environmentalist, counts himself lucky to have worked with William Shawn at The New Yorker who says Shawn was “the greatest editor of the 20th century.” Also listen in on McKibben’s place, Crane Mountain, and his cross-country skis.

Audrey Kupferberg: Beanpole

Apr 1, 2021
Audrey Kupferberg
WAMC

Beanpole or Dylda is a Russian feature film shot in St. Petersburg. It was theatrically released a little more than a year ago.  It is available for home-viewing on DVD and Blu-ray, as well as on MUBI on Prime Video and Prime Video itself.  It is the second feature directed by Kantemir Balagov, and he was still in his twenties when he co-wrote and helmed the production.  Beanpole takes place in Leningrad in 1945 at the tail-end and end of World War II. 

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Each Wednesday and Sunday evening at 8 p.m. Live At The Linda brings you some of the best musical acts to grace the stage at The Linda - WAMC's Performing Arts Studio. This week features Willie Nile from his May 2018 concert and a set from Andrew Mirabile from November 2019 concert.

Audrey Kupferberg: Tenet

Mar 30, 2021
Audrey Kupferberg
WAMC

Tenet is the most recent film produced, written, and directed by Christopher Nolan.  It’s up for two Oscars, one for Best Achievement in Visual Effects and one for Best Achievement in Production Design.  At the age of fifty, Nolan has earned a slew of award nominations for his gifted, cerebral, sometimes nonlinear approach to filmmaking. 

“Paradise Blue” On Audio Lacks Heat

Mar 28, 2021
Dominique Morisseau
Williamstown Theatre Festival

The Williamstown Theatre Festival is resuming its Audio presentation of its 2020 summer season with a production of “Paradise Blue.”

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Playlist as aired on Saturday, March 27th, 2021:

Person Place Thing Featuring Moshe Safdie

Mar 26, 2021
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This week on Person Place Thing, Architect Moshe Safdie created buildings from Montreal (Habitat 67) to Singapore (Jewel Changi Airport), but Jerusalem -- the center of three Abrahamic religions, where people have lived for 6,000 years – is different: “It takes an act of real arrogance to build in a city like that. It was quite emotionally wrenching,” Safdie says.

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WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are on the "lam" this week.

Audrey Kupferberg: Christopher Plummer

Mar 26, 2021
Audrey Kupferberg
WAMC

Canadian actor Christopher Plummer died earlier this year at age 91.  He was celebrated in many parts of the world for his work on stage and in films.  Most performers would have hung up their acting shoes by their tenth decade.  Not Plummer.  According to my friend Lois Farber, a longtime Plummer enthusast, the actor was in discussion with Stratford Festival stage director Des McAnuff to film King Lear in Newfoundland.

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Each Wednesday and Sunday evening at 8 p.m. Live At The Linda brings you some of the best musical acts to grace the stage at The Linda - WAMC's Performing Arts Studio. This week features The Skatalites with special guests Taj Weekes and Adowa from their September 2018 concert.

Audrey Kupferberg: Bacurau

Mar 23, 2021
Audrey Kupferberg
WAMC

At the end of each year, former President Barack Obama shares a list of his favorite movies and TV shows.  On the 2020 film list are such popular titles as Mank, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Nomadland, and Let Him Go.  His list also included a few less touted films, such as the Brazilian feature Bacurau, written and directed by Kleber Mendonca Filho and Juliano Dornelles.  Being that this man of taste liked Bacurau, and being that it has been highly rated and awarded, I decided to give it a try.

Saratoga And Troy Companies Create Theater As Radio

Mar 21, 2021

Throughout the pandemic, theater organizations have been struggling to find a delivery system that might replicate the live theater experience. Few would have assumed that radio shows would have found itself part of the solution.

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WAMC Listening Party playlist as aired on Saturday, March 20th, 2021:

Person Place Thing Featuring Herb Alpert

Mar 19, 2021
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Tonight at 10:30 p.m. on Person Place Thing, we break format with trumpeter-composer Herb Alpert. We devote the entire episode to his conversation about one person, songwriter Burt Bacharach. A million-selling musician talks about a billion-selling musician.

Audrey Kupferberg: Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Mar 19, 2021
Audrey Kupferberg
WAMC

One of Netflix’s popular films is Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, an abbreviated version of August Wilson’s 1982 play.  It stars Viola Davis as famous early 20th Century African-American blues singer Ma Rainey, and the late Chadwick Boseman as Levee Green, a young and ambitious member of her band.  Denzel Washington produced.  This is Boseman’s final role, and even though he was quietly going through cancer treatment during the production, he is an absolute powerhouse. The year of the action is 1927.  The circumstance is a recording session by Ma Rainey and her band, all men of color, in a Chicago studio run by white producers.

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