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WAMC Listening Party playlist as aired on Saturday, January 30th, 2021:

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When you're a hammer, everything looks like a nail, as WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel find out.

Rogovoy Report 1/29/21

Jan 29, 2021

This weekend’s cultural highlights in our region include chamber music, world music, indie-folk music, landscapes, dance … plus a whole lot more.

Rogovoy Report 1/22/2021

Jan 29, 2021

This week’s cultural highlights in our region include new arts exhibitions, a new BSO online program, a tribute to Jerry Garcia, a new broadcast live from Club Helsinki Hudson, and 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 we feature The Accidentals with special guest Sydney Schizzano from March 2019.

Audrey Kupferberg: Elizabeth Is Missing

Jan 26, 2021
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In early January, WMHT and other PBS stations ran a feature film from 2019 starring Glenda Jackson as part of their Masterpiece series.  It’s called Elizabeth Is Missing, and its available on DVD and streaming on PBS Passport.  Looking haggard at the age of 85, Jackson proves that her acting ability is in topnotch condition, even as her wrinkled face and scrawny physique show advanced age.  She embodies the lead character of Maud Horsham, a woman who is sinking, or has sunk, into dementia. 

Aaron Marquise in "A.Lone"
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If there is one quality that is universal about clowns – it is they always seem alone.

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Playlist as aired on Saturday, January 23rd, 2021. 

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WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel swap seats for an "inaugural" show.

(1/21/21 @ 1 p.m.) -- An encore Power of Words -- WAMC's Alan Chartock and Dr. David Woolner, Fmr. Associate Professor of History at Marist College, and Senior Fellow and Resident Historian at the Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute in Hyde Park, New York set the scene and provide context and analysis of Franklin D. Roosevelt's first inaugural address.

Chonburi International Hotel & Butterfly Club
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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
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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.

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“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.

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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
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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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(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
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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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