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MASS MoCA - clock tower with a border of "Cosmic Latte" by Spencer Finch
Sarah LaDuke

MASS MoCA has finally reopened its doors to the public with new art ready for visitors to enjoy. The museum features more than 40,000 square feet of brand new exhibitions. Due to the pandemic, there are slight changes when visiting. 

Visitors are asked to arrive with timed tickets that are purchased in advance. Sections in the museum that are under reservation only include James Turrell: Into the Light and Wendy Red Star’s Apsaalooke: Children of the large-Beaked Bird – which is in the KidSpace gallery. 

The museum will also be hosting its first public concert on Saturday, July 18 with returning performer Treya Lam. To tell us more, we welcome MASS MoCA director Joe Thompson.

From Miss Marple and Nancy Drew to Jessica Fletcher and Agatha Raisin, female sleuths have been solving crimes in the most entertaining ways.  Two recent comedy-drama detective series to feature women detectives are Frankie Drake Mysteries and Queens of Mystery. 

ALBANY -   Over the past several weeks the nation and the world have been having intense discussions on the topic of “systemic racism”;  or put another way, “systemic oppression”.

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WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel reprise an old favorite.

Rogovoy Report 7/10/20

Jul 9, 2020

Slowly but surely, things are loosening up, and there are indeed some openings and live cultural events beginning to take form in and around the region. A lot of thought has gone into most of these in terms of staying safe and enforcing social distancing requirements, so be sure to check details on the appropriate websites and, for my sake as well as yours, keep your masks on.

Audrey Kupferberg: Killing Eve

Jul 8, 2020

Now that the third season of the award-winning BBC One television series Killing Eve has finished airing, I am wondering if season three was warranted?  In order to give proper consideration to this point at issue, it was necessary to revisit the 16 episodes making up seasons one and two and then consider the content of the most recent season.  To summarize the plot of Killing Eve in a sentence, when a trained assassin is hunted by an unconventional and inexperienced intelligence officer, the two women click.

On Friday, July 3, Tanglewood will present violinist Gil Shaham performing a new program for unaccompanied violin for the "Great Performers in Recital from Tanglewood" Series. Shaham will play works by three living American composers (including two works written for him) and works by Bach and Prokofiev.

Gil Shaham made his Tanglewood debut 27 years ago. He is is one of the foremost violinists of our time and is sought after throughout the world for concerto appearances with leading orchestras and conductors, and regularly gives recitals and appears with ensembles on the world’s great concert stages and at the most prestigious festivals.

Jamie Bernstein
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Jamie Bernstein is an author, narrator, and filmmaker. Her memoir, "Famous Father Girl," details her youth growing up with her father, composer-conductor Leonard Bernstein, and her mother, pianist and actress Felicia Montealegre.

This summer, Jamie Bernstein will introduce online airings of special Boston Symphony Orchestra Encore Performances from Tanglewood. The concerts will feature the BSO and Tanglewood Festival Chorus and will be available online on Sundays at 2:30 p.m. July 5 through August 23.

Sarah LaDuke

The Boston Symphony Orchestra’s Tanglewood 2020 Online Festival will soon be underway.

The venerable Lenox, Massachusetts concert grounds are shuttered for live music due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Boston Symphony Orchestra Artistic Administrator Tony Fogg says the virtual summer season will mirror a normal schedule beginning this week.

The schedule includes new content from Yo-Yo Ma and Emanuel Ax, as well as programming from the Tanglewood Learning Institute. To tell us more, we welcome Tony Fogg and Tanglewood Learning Institute Director Sue Elliott.

Emanuel Ax
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Pianist and Tanglewood mainstay Emanuel Ax made his Boston Symphony Orchestra debut at Tanglewood in 1978. In this modified online season, Ax will perform a Great Performers Recital online on Saturday, July 11 at 8 p.m. The event will be hosted by Nicole Cabell.

Ax will perform music in which he is an acknowledged master - an all-Beethoven program featuring two of the composer’s earlier sonatas. He will also perform in August with friend and collaborator, cellist Yo-Yo Ma. 

Sarah LaDuke

It sounds impossible to believe, but hundreds of thousands of music lovers will not be taking in concerts from the rolling green grass at Tanglewood this summer because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. But, the Boston Symphony Orchestra is taking its acclaimed, months-long music festival into the digital realm.

BSO musicians — along with a wide range of guest artists including cellist Yo-Yo Ma, pianist Emanuel Ax and violinist Joshua Bell — are helping to produce original, pre-recorded performances for the new Tanglewood 2020 Online Festival.

Encore and archival performances are also part of the lineup, in addition to informal conversations with artists and master classes.

According to BSO president and CEO Mark Volpe, more than eight million people have engaged virtually with the organization's output over the past two months and they hope for much more this summer.

TROY – “8:46” is the title of seven short pieces of theater that will be digitally available at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 30.

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WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel make it a "long" weekend.

Two feature films, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood and Emma., have some real entertainment value but suffer from a number of shortcomings.

When Bob Dylan finally responded to the Swedish Academy that awarded him the 2016 Nobel Prize for Literature with the required lecture, about six months after the fact, he did so with a rambling, recorded monologue that at its best detailed some of his literary and musical influences and at its worst was a parody of an academic lecture, regurgitating Cliff Notes-like commentary about “Moby-Dick,” “All Quiet on the Western Front” and “The Odyssey.” It was, in its own way, a very Dylanesque gesture.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced that it is expanding its efforts to bring more diversity into its membership an its annual Oscar awards.  For much of the past hundred years, the American film industry establishment hasn’t been particularly welcoming to people of color.  Now that there are many actors, directors, writers and technicians of various races making quality films, it will be interesting to see the results of the improvements the Academy is touting.

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WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel swap seats for a possessive program.

TROY – In the world of theater there has hardly been an organization that hasn’t expressed regrets about not having done enough to tell the stories of people of color.

Adirondack Theatre Festival Producing Artistic Director, Chad Rabinovitz, will be here to tell us about their entire season of interactive virtual experiences beginning this September through February 2021. 

The first ever of its kind, these experiences include a from-your-couch cruise, hands-on-insane magic shows, a holiday talent show with live voting, an interactive hunt for a criminal, a film festival, and a “wine and canvas” night gone wrong.

The full season of performances will be branded as IN THE BOX ENTERTAINMENT presented by ATF.  All shows will include a box mailed to the ticket holder prior to the show which will fuel their at-home experience. 

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WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel return the favor with a show whose answers are made up by the letters in "reciprocate."

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WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are back for a "belated" show.

Bob Goepfert: Actors’ Equity And Social Isolation

May 31, 2020
Mary McColl, executive director the Actors' Equity Association, at a public event
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NEW YORK, NY - There seems to be two types of practices to protect yourself from Coronavirus.

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WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel plot some virtual trips.

Back when I worked relatively full time as a rock critic, I used to joke that I wished I could just set up a live video feed from the nightclubs and concert halls that I frequently attended to review concerts so that I wouldn’t actually have to leave my house. So I wouldn’t actually have to be there.

Audrey Kupferberg: Frankie

May 27, 2020

FRANKIE is a feature released theatrically a few months ago about a film star who is dying of cancer.  It recently was made available to the home viewing market.  I asked myself, who would think to see a film about a dying person during a pandemic?  My answer was simple.  Many people would, because this movie stars the Oscar-nominated, BAFTA-winning French star Isabelle Huppert who played the lead in Michael Haneke’s THE PIANO TEACHER twenty years ago and in Paul Verhoeven’s suspense film ELLE in 2016.  Furthermore, the producers of ELLE brought us FRANKIE.

Bob Goepfert: Folk Music

May 26, 2020

ALBANY – Two events happened last Thursday that brought me into the world of folk music. 

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WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel swap seats for a car sale.

Audrey Kupferberg: Becoming

May 22, 2020

Higher Ground Productions, Barack and Michelle Obama’s media production company for distribution through Netflix, has released a new documentary about the 44th First Lady.  It is called Becoming, the same title as her best-selling biographical and philosophical memoir. 

Audrey Kupferberg: A Place To Call Home

May 19, 2020

Back in the 1950s and 1960s, my mother often turned down invitations to go for a ride or have a late lunch with friends and family.  Her excuse?  She had to watch her soap operas.  We always laughed off her addiction to these melodramas that presented romance, dysfunctional families, crimes, secrets, and lies.

One of my greatest adjustments during this forced-stay-at-home period is transitioning from live theater to streaming productions.

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