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McQueen
Eric Korenman

Berkshire native McQueen is a producer and musician sometimes referred to as a multi-media comedian, a funny DJ, and electro-comic, or a comedy/music mixmaster. He stacks original beats and melodies and situationally surreal lyrics with pop-culture references galore.

He's toured with Radiohead, performed at Edinburgh Festival Fringe, worked for Comedy Central and Funny or Die. His first album “Black Cat” (ASpecialThing Records) was released on October 25.

The Smithsonian Institution’s Museum on Main Street program brings access to the Smithsonian for small-town America through museum exhibitions, research, educational resources, and programming.

In 2018, "Water/Ways" was the first-ever traveling exhibition from the Smithsonian’s Museum on Main Street program to travel to New York State. This past summer, the Smithsonian announced its choice of the Hart Cluett Museum in Troy, New York as one of ten museums in the United States to be chosen for its Museum on Main Street “How We Work” pilot.

We are joined now by Director of the Hudson River Maritime Museum in Kingston, Lisa Cline; Director of the Chapman Historical Museum in Glens Falls, Tim Weidner; Director of Historic Rensselaer County at the Hart-Cluett Museum in Troy, Karin Krasevac-Lenz; and Director of the Museum Association of New York Erika Sanger.

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel write a new chapter.

Rogovoy Report 11/22/19

Nov 22, 2019

The highlights of the cultural weekend in our region include comedy, performance art, folk, blues … plus a whole lot more.

Nehal Joshi, Scott Stangland, Peter Dinklage, and Jasmine Cephas Jones in "Cyrano"
Monique Carboni

Jasmine Cephas Jones is starring opposite Peter Dinklage in The New Group’s “Cyrano” which is running at the Daryl Roth Theatre in New York City through December 22.

In the new musical version of “Cyrano de Bergerac,” the 1897 play-in-verse by Edmond Rostand, Dinklage plays the brilliantly eloquent and love-struck cadet Cyrano, pining after Cephas Jones’ beautiful and willful Roxanne - who in turn loves the handsome and witless Christian.

This new version is adapted from the original and directed by Erica Schmidt and features original music by Aaron and Bryce Dessner of the rock band The National with lyrics by Matt Berninger (also of The National) and Carin Besser.

Jasmine Cephas Jones originated the dual roles of Peggy and Maria Reynolds in Hamilton at The Public and subsequently on Broadway, earning widespread recognition and acclaim along with her castmates, and a Grammy Award for the cast recording. She co-starred in the film “Blindspotting” which starred and was written by her “Hamilton” co-star Daveed Diggs and Rafael Casal. A television series based on the movie is in development. In addition to being an actor and performer, Cephas Jones writes music and will have an EP of her original music coming out soon.

Book cover for "Nice Try," photo of Josh Gondelman, album cover for "Dancing on a Weeknight"
Center photo by Mindy Tucker

High Mud Comedy Festival Presents Josh Gondelman in a night of stand-up comedy at MASS MoCA in North Adams, Massachusetts tomorrow night at 8 p.m.

Josh Gondelman is a stand-up and writer who has earned two Peabody Awards, three Emmys, and two WGA Awards for his work on HBO’s “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver.” He is currently a writer/producer for “Desus & Mero” on Showtime - which was just renewed for a second season. 

He has a reputation for being a true mensch and among the nicest guys in comedy and his new book “Nice Try” is available from Harper Perennial and his most recent stand-up album “Dancing on a Weeknight” was released in April of this year.

 

He joined us to talk about stand-up, working for and with great people, Twitter pep-talks, and #agoodgame.

Bob Goepfert Reviews "Frozen" At Proctors

Nov 19, 2019
Caroline Bowman as Elsa and Caroline Innerbichler as Anna
Matthew Murphy / MurphyMade

Nobody is better than Disney at turning a beloved animated film into a live theater experience. Just think of “The Lion King” or “Beauty and the Beast.”

Legendary rapper Rakim visits the Albany Public Library Howe Branch and the University at Albany as part of the Creative Life series, on Monday, October 28, 2019.
Patrick Dodson

William Michael Griffin Jr., better known by his stage name Rakim, is “near-universally acknowledged as one of the greatest MCs – perhaps the greatest – of all time within the hip-hop community” He began his career as the emcee of the rap duo Eric B. & Rakim.

Where many MCs of the time developed their technique through improvisational battles, Rakim was among the first to demonstrate the possibilities of sitting down and writing intricately crafted lyrics packed with clever word choices and metaphors.

His new book: "Sweat The Technique: Revelations On Creativity From The Lyrical Genius" follows his career from his beginnings as a teenage rapper on Long Island and offers insight into how he thinks about words, music, writing and rhyming as it teaches writers of all levels how to hone their craft.

Joe Donahue spoke with Rakim on stage on October 28th as part of UAlbany’s Creative Life series. The Creative Life is created and produced by the New York State Writers Institute, University Art Museum, and UAlbany Performing Arts Center in collaboration with WAMC.

Todd Butler and Robert Burke Warren - Atlanta, Georgia 1980 (Adam Cahoon in the background)
Susanna Hernandez-Gray


  Robert Burke Warren is a Hudson Valley based writer, performer, and musician. His debut novel, “Perfectly Broken” was published in 2016. As a musician, he’s released several albums as himself and his popular family music alter-ego, Uncle Rock.

 

His latest project is “Redheaded Friend,” a one-man musical-memoir about a formative childhood friendship and its ripples throughout his life. He’ll perform the show at The Phoenicia Playhouse in Phoenicia, New York on Saturday, November 23rd at 7pm.

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel switch seats for a show about acronyms.

Rogovoy Report 11/15/19

Nov 15, 2019

The highlights of the cultural weekend in our region include classical music, Americana, Broadway, Big Band, folk music, literary conversations … plus a whole lot more.

High wire artist Philippe Petit visits the University at Albany as part of The Creative Life: A Conversation Series at UAlbany on Thursday, October 3, 2019.
Patrick Dodson

Philippe Petit has performed on the high wire more than 80 times around the world; he is also a magician, street juggler, visual artist, builder, lecturer, writer and subject of the Academy Award-winning documentary "Man on Wire."

Petit’s first “coup” was walking between the towers of Notre Dame in Paris in 1971. He followed with a walk between the pylons of the Sydney Harbor Bridge, setting the stage for “the artistic crime of the century,” his Twin Towers walk a quarter of a mile above the sidewalks of New York in 1974.

We spoke with Petit on stage on October 3 as part of UAlbany’s Creative Life series. The Creative Life is created and produced by the New York State Writers Institute, University Art Museum, and UAlbany Performing Arts Center in collaboration with WAMC Northeast Public Radio.

The New Pornographers and album cover for "In the Morse Code of Brake Lights"
Ebru Yildiz

Indie-rock band The New Pornographers will play the Hunter Center at MASS MoCA in North Adams, MA on Thursday, November 14. Their new album, "In the Morse Code of Brake Lights," was released in September and is receiving critical acclaim and Billboard chart success.

Carl Newman joins us. In addition to Newman, current band members are Kathryn Calder, Neko Case, John Collins, Todd Fancey, Joe Seiders, Simi Stone, and Blaine Thurier.

The New Pornographers have previously released seven studio albums including their most recent, 2017’s Whiteout Conditions. The first album released on their own imprint, Collected Works Records, in partnership with Concord Records. 

Craig Ferguson’s "Hobo Fabulous" is six half hour episodes which are an amalgam of stand up special and rock tour documentary filmed during his recent 50-date tour of the USA and Canada.

Craig Ferguson is an actor, writer and comedian, who as the host of CBS' "The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" set all-time viewer records during his ten-year run as host, which earned him a Primetime Emmy nomination and the 2009 Peabody Award for Excellence in Broadcasting for his interview with Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Ferguson was also the host of the syndicated game show, "Celebrity Name Game," in which he was awarded the Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Game Show Host two years in a row. Ferguson is also an acclaimed standup comedian.

"Hobo Fabulous" is available on Comedy Dynamics.

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are back, hear?

Rogovoy Report 11/8/19

Nov 8, 2019

The highlights of the cultural weekend in our region include Louisiana roots music, musical comedy, classical and contemporary music, rockabilly, blues … plus a whole lot more.

Caroline Bowman as Elsa and Caroline Innerbickler as Anna in the National Tour of "Frozen"
Matt Murphy / Murphy Made

For the last several weeks, crews have been busy at Proctors in Schenectady working on the national broadway tour of the Disney and Broadway hit, “Frozen.”

“Frozen” begins two weeks of performances at Proctors on Sunday, November 10 and runs there through November 24.

Based on the animated film of the same name, “Frozen” has been melting hearts on Broadway in an all-new production created for the stage which features songs from the original film plus an expanded score with a dozen new numbers. The music and lyrics are by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, the book is by Jennifer Lee. The show is directed by Michael Grandage with choreography by Rob Ashford.

Caroline Innerbichler plays Anna and F. Michael Haynie plays Olaf.

TINA: The Tina Turner Musical” opens tonight at The Lunt-Fontanne Theatre on Broadway. The biographical jukebox musical features a book by award-winning playwright Katori Hall and is directed by Phyllida Lloyd. It tells the story of Anna Mae Bullock of Nutbush, Tennessee’s life and growth into Tina Turner - living legend and international Queen of Rock and Roll. Adrienne Warren plays Turner -she’s earned raves in the West End production - and an Olivier Award nomination - and gathering early buzz during Broadway previews.

Daniel J. Watts plays Ike Turner. Watts is the creator of a long-running and evolving solo-show entitled “The Jam.” His previous Broadway credits include “The Color Purple,” “In the Heights,” “Memphis,” “Motown: The Musical,” and “Hamilton.” He’s often jumped from stage to screen and plays “Felony” in the comedy series “The Last OG” on TBS starring Tracy Morgan and Tiffany Haddish.

Watts was just nominated for an L.A. Stage Alliance Ovation Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical category for his West Coast performance as Sammy Davis, Jr. in Lights Out: Nat “King” Cole. Daniel J. Watts' “The Jam: Only Child” will be at Joe's Pub in New York City in January.

Berkshire based songwriter and performer Wes Buckley will mark the release of his new album, “Dancing the Bliss,” at The Lichtenstein Center for the Arts in Pittsfield, Massachusetts on Friday, November 8. The concert will feature special guest Erin Durant.

“Dancing the Bliss” is a full length album recorded at The Stationery Factory's Honor Roll Sessions and produced by Johnny Irion. Recorded to a Studer tape machine, the album contains a collection of songs that are snapshots of several different relationships between two people. Mother and daughter, two lovers, two friends, radio and listener, two dancers, two adolescents, and more.

Wallace Norman is directing the Performing Arts of Woodstock production of Will Eno’s "The Realistic Joneses." The play takes place in the rural Southwest.

Shortly after one couple moves into town, they meet their neighbors who share the same last name. As their lives intertwine they learn that they share much more as the two couples struggle to survive in their imperfect worlds.

The show will runs at the Mescal Hornbeck Community Center in Woodstock, New York from November 15 through December 1.

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: "Where's My Roy Cohn?"

Upcoming:

  • "Jezebel" - Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington, Mass., Thursday 11/7, 7 PM
  • Parsons Dance - (6 works: Round My World, Hand Dance, Microburst, Nascimento, Caught, Eight Women) - The Egg, Albany, Friday 11/8, 8 PM
  • Big Sandy and His Fly-Rite Boys - Helsinki Hudson, Friday 11/8, 9 PM
  • "A Night at the Opera," plus Laurel & Hardy, The Three Stooges shorts - Capitol Theatre, Rome, Saturday 11/9, 2:30 & 7 PM
  • On a Winter’s Night with Christine Lavin, John Gorka, Cheryl Wheeler, Patty Larkin, Cliff Eberhardt - The Eighth Step at Proctors, GE Theatre, Schenectady, Saturday 11/9, 7:30 PM
  • Dallas Brass - Massry Center for the Arts, College of Saint Rose, Albany, Saturday 11/9, 8 PM
  • Marcelle Davies-Lashley: Liberian Girl in Brooklyn - MASS MoCA, Club B10, North Adams, Mass., Saturday 11/9, 8 PM
  • Russian Ballet Theatre: Swan Lake - Palace Theatre, Albany, Tuesday 11/12, 7 PM
  • Patty Griffin w/s/g Rose Cousins - Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy, Tuesday 11/12, 7:30 PM
  • Art & Politics Film Series: "The Gleaners and I" - Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Mass., Wednesday 11/13, 6 PM

New movies: "Midway," "Last Christmas," "Doctor Sleep," "Playing With Fire," "Pain & Glory"

The WCI Film Festival in Albany, New York features “Food on Film.” Their Food Symposium will be held November 7 on UAlbany’s Downtown Campus. Guests include authors, artists, podcasters, cosplayers, business owners, and professors.

Then, from November 8-10 at The Linda they will screen a diverse selection of international films, short lectures, open discussions, artistic creations, and other events including Tony Shalhoub, Emmy and Golden Globe Award winner and star of "Wings," "Monk," "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel," and "Big Night," who will be the keynote guest.

Professor Rae Muhlstock of the Writing and Critical Inquiry Program at the University at Albany is the festival organizer.

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WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are back for another show.

Rogovoy Report 11/1/19

Nov 1, 2019

The highlights of the cultural weekend in our region include Scottish fiddle tunes, poetry, African dance, Indian music … plus a whole lot more.

Bob Goepfert Reviews "Spamilton" At Proctors

Oct 29, 2019
Robert Mastrioianni

If you love Broadway musicals, you should experience “Spamilton,” which continues at Proctors Theatre in Schenectady through November 2. For theater buffs, it’s 90-minutes of pleasant entertainment. Actually, it’s a good time for just about anyone.

Troy Foundry Theatre and Die-Cast of Philadelphia are teaming up to create a new immersive theatrical experience inspired by classic horror stories from the Victorian era.

“Yellow” will take place at The Trojan Hotel in Troy, New York. It upends the traditional haunted house and invites audiences to walk through interwoven tales of dread and terror.

“Yellow” will be performed on October 30 through November 9.

We are joined by Troy Foundry Theatre Artistic Director David Girard, Troy Foundry Theatre Associate Artistic Director Ethan Botwick, and Die-Cast co-Founder and director of “Yellow” Brenna Geffers.

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel revive an annual tradition.

Rogovoy Report 10/25/19

Oct 25, 2019

The highlights of the cultural weekend in our region include indie-jazz, theater, chamber music, chamber opera, Irish fiddle tunes … plus a whole lot more.

In this week’s Classical Music According to Yehuda, Alan Chartock and Yehuda Hanani continue their series of conversations about prodigies, focussing on Shirley Temple and sharing her performance of "On the Good Ship Lollipop" in the 1934 film "Bright Eyes."

To learn about upcoming events in Yehuda’s Close Encounters with Music series – including this Sunday’s American Premiere of Andre Hajdu’s Masterpiece “Kohelet” – narrated by Sam Waterson – visit cewm.org.

Howard Pollack is the John and Rebecca Moores Professor of Music at the University of Houston. He will be speaking next Wednesday, October 30th at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York about as part of the college's Jacob Perlow Series. Pollack's subject is “American Musical Theater and the Legacy of Jewish Emigration: From Show Boat to Fiddler on the Roof.”

Jewish American composers, many of them children of Russian-Jewish immigrants, in collaboration with Jewish lyricists and librettists, played an extraordinary role in the creation of the classic Broadway and Hollywood musicals of the twentieth century, as well as American opera of the same period - composers that include Jerome Kern, Irving Berlin, George Gershwin, Aaron Copland, Richard Rodgers, Marc Blitzstein, and Harold Arlen.

Pollack will focus on how the legacy of Jewish immigration impinged itself dramatically on American musicals and operas by looking at the ways in which themes of migration, departure, arrival, assimilation, and utopia inform this repertoire.

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