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Book cover for "Made Men"
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For the thirtieth anniversary of its premiere, film critic Glenn Kenny has written an immersive history behind Martin Scorsese’s signature film "Goodfellas," hailed by critics as the greatest mob movie ever made.

The Woodstock Film Festival is announcing its 2020 lineup of screenings and events that will be held virtually and at area drive-ins, including a pop-up drive-in at Andy Lee Field in Woodstock.

The 21st annual festival is scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 30, through Sunday, Oct. 4. This year's festival will be a "reformatted virtual edition," due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with in-person screenings limited to drive-in venues in Woodstock, Greenville and Poughkeepsie.

Festival Executive Director and Co-founder Meira Blaustein joins us this morning to tell us more. 

The new movie "Jimmy Carter: Rock & Roll President" showcases the role music played in propelling Jimmy Carter from Georgia to the White House, and how his love for music gave him an unexpected edge in the presidential race.

Willie Nelson, Bono, Bob Dylan, Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood, Jimmy Buffett, Roseanne Cash, Paul Simon, Andrew Young, and Madeleine Albright are just a few of the contributors giving interviews in the documentary. Rare, archival footage from live performances by Buffett, Nelson, etc. are also included in the documentary.

There will be three screenings this upcoming Labor Day weekend presented by the Berkshire International Film Festival and Shakespeare & Company on Thursday and Saturday at the Berkshire Drive-In at Shakespeare & Company campus and on Sunday at the Mahaiwe Drive-In at Simon's Rock.

Director Mary Wharton and Producer Chris Farrell and join us.

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."

Danny Burstein and the company of Moulin Rouge on Derek McLane's set
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  Derek McLane is an award-winning production and set designer for stage and screen. He’s designed for The Academy Awards, NBC’s live musical productions, and nearly countless theatrical productions around the country - including on and Off-Broadway.

 

His work is currently represented on Broadway in the opulent Bohemian-Parisian spectacular of the set for “Moulin Rouge!” at the Hirschfeld Theatre and in Roundabout Theatre Company’s production of “A Soldier’s Play” at The American Airlines Theatre.

  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: "Seberg"

Upcoming:

  • Nellie McKay - Iron Horse Music Hall, Northampton, Mass., Thursday 3/5, 7 PM; Helsinki Hudson, Hudson, Sunday 3/8, 8 PM
  • "The Irish and How They Got That Way" - Capital Repertory Theatre, Albany, opens Friday 3/6 at 8 PM through April 5
  • Peter Asher & Jeremy Clyde - The Egg, Albany, Friday 3/6, 8 PM
  • Caroline Rose, Good Baby - The Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Albany, Friday 3/6, 9 PM
  • Eddie Griffin - Funny Bone Comedy Club, Guilderland, Friday 3/6 at 7:30 & 10 PM; Saturday 3/7 at 7 & 9:45 PM
  • Bach Cello Suites at 300: Then & Now with Matt Haimovitz - Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Saturday 3/7, 7:30 PM
  • Chris Pureka - Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs, Saturday 3/7, 8 PM
  • Robert Cray - Turning Stone, Showroom, Verona, Sunday 3/8, 7 PM; Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy, Tuesday 3/10, 7:30 PM
  • "Key Largo" - Palace Theatre, Albany, Monday 3/9, 7 PM

New movies: "Emma," "Portrait of a Lady on Fire," "Onward"

  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: "The Assistant"

Upcoming:

  • Michelle Ellsworth: Work in Progress - EMPAC, Studio 1 - Goodman, RPI, Troy, Thursday 2/27, 7 PM
  • Air Supply: The Lost in Love Experience - Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy, Thursday 2/27, 7:30 PM
  • "Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill" - Cohoes Music Hall, Cohoes, opens Thursday 2/27 at 8 PM, through March 15
  • FLEX AVE. - The Egg, Albany, Friday 2/28, 7:30 PM
  • Annie & The Hedonists - The Van Dyck Lounge, Schenectady, Friday 2/28, 8 PM
  • Blue Man Group - Proctors, Mainstage, Schenectady, Friday 2/28 at 8 PM; Saturday 2/29 at 2 & 8 PM; Sunday 3/1 at 2 PM
  • Sam Evian - MASS MoCA, Club B10, North Adams, Mass., Saturday 2/29, 8 PM
  • Caitlin Canty, w/s/g Corey Laitman - Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs, Sunday 3/1, 7 PM
  • Jennifer Block, author “Everything Below the Waist: Why Health Care Needs a Feminist Revolution” in conversation with Elisa Albert - NYS Writers Institute, New York State Museum Huxley Theatre, Albany, Tuesday 3/3, 7:30 PM

New movies: "Seberg," "The Invisible Man," "Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band," "The Traitor"

  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: "Downhill"

Upcoming:

  • "Magic" - GE Theatre at Proctors, Schenectady, Thursday 2/20, 7 PM
  • Low Lily - Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs, Thursday 2/20, 7 PM
  • "Jerry Lee Lewis vs Jerry Lee Lewis" - Cohoes Music Hall, Cohoes, opens Thursday 2/20, 8 PM through March 8
  • The National Reserve - Hangar on the Hudson, Troy, Friday 2/21, 8 PM
  • Kamasi Washington, Honeycomb - Calvin Theater, Northampton, Mass., Saturday 2/22, 8 PM
  • Bindlestiff Family Cirkus - Helsinki Hudson, Saturday 2/22, 9 PM
  • Jennifer Frautschi, violin, Jeewon Park, piano, Edward Arron (cello) - music of Schumann, Kodaly, Debussy, Beethoven - Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Mass., Sunday 2/23, 2 PM
  • Trixie Mattel - The Egg, Albany, Sunday 2/23, 8 PM
  • "The Princess Bride" - Palace Theatre, Albany, Monday 2/24, 7 PM

New movies: "The Assistant," "The Call of the Wild," "The Lodge," "Olympic Dreams"

    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: "Birds of Prey: And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn"

Upcoming events:

  • Sheila Jordan’s Valentine’s Concert w/s/g Juke Joint Jazz - Iron Horse Music Hall, Northampton, Mass., Thursday 2/13, 7 PM
  • National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine: music of Bortniansky, Saint Saens, Dvorak - Troy Chromatic Concerts, Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy, Thursday 2/13, 7:30 PM
  • "Moonstruck" - Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington, Mass., Friday 2/14, 7 PM
  • Valentine’s Day with the Lovestruck Balladeers - Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs, Friday 2/14, 8 PM
  • Hudson Jazz Festival - Amoureuz du Jazz feat. Aimee Allen on Friday 2/14 at 7 PM; Solo Piano Summit with Kevin Hays, Francesca Tanksley, Cidinho Teixeria on Saturday 2/15 at 2 PM; film “I Called Him Morgan” on Sunday 2/16 at 11 AM; Slavic Soul Party on Sunday 2/16 at 4 PM - Hudson Hall, Hudson, Friday 2/14 through Sunday 2/16
  • Kyle Marshall Choreography - University at Albany Performing Arts Center, Albany, Saturday 2/15, 7:30 PM
  • Jaleel Shaw Trio - MASS MoCA, Club B10, North Adams, Mass., Saturday 2/15, 8 PM
  • Saint Motel: The Motion Picture Show - Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park, Saturday 2/15, 8 PM
  • Cartoon Madness: A Plethora of Porky (Pig) - Capitol Theatre, Rome, Monday 2/17 at 3 PM through February 22

New movies: "Downhill," "The Photograph," "Sonic the Hedgehog," "Fantasy Island"

Leading the Oscar nominations is “Joker” with 11. The supervillain origin story is closely followed by three movies: “1917,” “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” and “The Irishman,” with 10 nominations each, while “Parasite,” “Marriage Story,” and “Little Women” all picked up six nods.

The question now is: who will take home gold come February 9? So, to discuss who we think could win at this year's Oscars – we welcome Thelma Adams.

Thelma is the author of the bestselling novels: "Bittersweet Brooklyn," "The Last Woman Standing" and "Playdate." Additionally, she is a prominent film critic – having been the in-house film critic for Us Weekly and the New York Post. Her greatest title is that she is an Oscarologist.

The New Colossus” tells the true stories of twelve refugees from twelve different time periods, fleeing from violence and oppression in a journey toward freedom. In the play -- which will be at Proctors in Schenectady, New York on Friday, February 7 and Saturday, February 8 -- a group of actors from all over the world tell their ancestors' stories, all woven into a single narrative about escaping their homeland and coming to America.

“The New Colossus is co-written by The Actors’ Gang Ensemble and their Artistic Director and Co-Founder Tim Robbins who also directs. The Actors’ Gang was founded in 1981 and is based in Culver City, California.

Academy Award winning actor, Tim Robbins is best known for his films “Bull Durham,” “The Hudsucker Proxy,” “Mystic River,” and “The Shawshank Redemption.” He directorial film credits include “Cradle will Rock” and “Dead Man Walking.”

Founded in 2014 in Oakland, California by two queer women of color as a social justice alternative to scouting organizations, The Radical Monarchs create an opportunity for young girls of color to gather and grow together while celebrating their identities and contributing to their communities.

The documentary film “We Are The Radical Monarchs” will screen at Images Cinema in Williamstown, Massachusetts at 7 p.m. on Monday, January 13. 

Linda Goldstein Knowlton is the Director and Co-producer of the film and she joins us now.

Goldstein Knowlton is an Emmy-nominated filmmaker whose projects include “Women and Hollywood,” one of the six, one-hour documentaries for the Emmy-nominated PBS MAKERS: Women Who Make America series. Prior to that, she produced “Code Black” and “Somewhere Between.” For her directorial debut, Linda co-directed “The World According to Sesame Street,” which debuted at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival. She started her career producing feature films, including the award-winning “Whale Rider” and “The Shipping News.” With Katie Flint she runs the independent production company Ladylike Films.

  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:"Bombshell"

Upcoming:
"The Simon & Garfunkel Story" - Proctors, Mainstage, Schenectady, Friday 1/10, 7:30 PM

Tommy Davidson - Funny Bone Comedy Club, Crossgates Mall, Guilderland, Friday-Saturday 1/10-11, various times

Miro Quartet (music of Mozart, Gliere, Frank, Servais, Schubert) - Friends of Chamber Music, Emma Willard School, Troy, Saturday 1/11, 7:30 PM

Elvis Birthday Bash with Johnny Raab & The Tichy Boys - Hangar On the Hudson, Troy, Saturday 1/11, 8 PM

Albany Symphony’s Clara Schumann Festival:
“Clara, Dear Clara…” Brunch and Song, Arts Center of the Capital Region, Troy, Saturday 1/11, 11 AM
Clara Schumann Chamber Music Recital, Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy, Saturday 1/11, 3 PM
Albany Symphony with pianist Harmony Zhu, Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy, Saturday 1/11, 7:30 PM
Clara Schumann Chamber Music Recital, Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy, Sunday 1/12, 11 AM
Albany Symphony with pianist Harmony Zhu, Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy, Sunday 1/12, 3 PM

2020: We Hear Freedom Calling (presented by the Four Freedoms Coalition) - Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield, Mass., Sunday 1/12, 2 PM (City Hall march at 1:30 PM)
"Flash Gordon" - Palace Theatre, Albany, Monday 1/13, 7 PM
Carla Fisk, soprano - Music at Noon Concerts, Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy, Tuesday 1/14, noon

New movies: "1917," "Just Mercy," "Like a Boss," "Underwater"

  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: "Frozen 2," "Ford v Ferrari"

Upcoming:

  • Madison Theater Re-opening Block Party with Skeeter Creek - Madison Theater, Albany, Thursday 12/19, 4 PM (films start running at 6 PM)
  • Michaela Anne - Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs, Thursday 12/19, 7 PM
  • Trans-Siberian Orchestra - Times Union Center, Albany, Thursday 12/19, 7:30 PM
  • The Silos, Coal Palace Kings - Hangar On the Hudson, Troy, Thursday 12/19, 8 PM
  • "It’s a Wonderful Life" - Palace Theatre, Albany, Friday 12/20, 7 PM; Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington, Mass., Friday 12/20, 7 PM; Capitol Theatre, Rome, Friday 12/20, 7 PM; Saturday 12/21, 2:30 & 7 PM
  • Sing Solstice! Kim & Reggie Harris and Magpie - The Eighth Step at Proctors, The Addy, Schenectady, Saturday 12/21, 7:30 PM
  • Colin Quinn: Wrong Side of History - The Egg, Albany, Saturday 12/21, 8 PM
  • The Sweetback Sisters’ Country Christmas Sing-Along - Academy of Music, Northampton, Mass., Sunday 12/22, 3 and 7 PM

New movies: "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker," "Bombshell," "Little Women," "Spies in Disguise"

  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: "Knives Out," "The Irishman"

Upcoming:

  • Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker - Palace Theatre, Albany, Thursday 12/5, 7 PM
  • Anne Heaton & Natalia Zukerman - Helsinki Hudson, Hudson, Thursday 12/5, 8 PM
  • Lunasa Christmas from Ireland - The Eighth Step at Proctors, GE Theatre, Schenectady, Friday 12/6, 7:30 PM
  • Delsonido - MASS MoCA, Club B10, North Adams, Mass., Saturday 12/7, 8 PM
  • Bill Kirchen’s Honky Tonk Holiday - Hangar On the Hudson, Troy, Saturday 12/7, 8 PM
  • The Joy Formidable - The Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Albany, Saturday 12/7, 8:30 PM
  • John Pizzarelli Big Band - Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington, Mass., Saturday 12/7, 8 PM
  • Roman Rabinovich, pianist; music of Stravinsky, Gershwin, Debussy, Satie, more - Union College Concert Series, Memorial Chapel, Sunday 12/8, 3 PM
  • "March of the Wooden Soldiers" - Palace Theatre, Albany, Monday 12/9
  • Bleecker Consort: Medieval & Renaissance Music - Music at Noon Concerts, Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy, Tuesday 12/10, noon

New movies: "Dark Waters," "Waves," "Playmobil: The Movie"

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.

Two men stand in front of a man and a woman in a field. The woman is holding up a fun at a row of targets.
Josh Landes / WAMC

This fall, southern Berkshire County played host to an independent film shoot.

      Shawn Stone joins us to talk about what he's seen lately and what cultural events are coming up this week in our region. And Joe reviews David Byrne's "American Utopia" on Broadway. 

Seen: "Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice," "Zombieland: Double Tap"

Upcoming:

  • Taldans: Dolap - EMPAC, Lobby, RPI, Troy, Thursday 10/24, 7:30 PM
  • Pink Martini - Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy, Thursday 10/24, 7:30 PM
  • The Glenn Miller Orchestra - Capitol Theatre, Rome, Friday 10/25, 7 PM
  • All Rise: Nick Offerman American Humorist - Palace Theatre, Albany, Friday 10/25, 8 PM
  • Philadanco - The Egg, Albany, Friday 10/25, 8 PM
  • Kansas: Point of Know Return Tour - Palace Theatre, Albany, Saturday 10/26, 8 PM
  • Aqueous - Putnam Place, Saratoga Springs, Saturday 10/26, 9 PM
  • Close Encounters With Music: U.S. Premiere of Andre Hajdu’s Kohelet; cello quartet led by Yehuda Hanani, with narrator Sam Waterston - Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington, Mass., Sunday 10/27, 5 PM
  • Jenny Lewis, The Watson Twins - Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park, Monday 10/28, 8 PM
  • The Bad Plus - Iron Horse Music Hall, Northampton, Mass., Wednesday 10/30, 7 PM

New movies: "The Lighthouse," "Black and Blue," "Countdown," "The Current War"

Actor Barry Bostwick is one of the stars of the 1975 cult classic "The Rocky Horror Picture Show." On Monday, October 21, he will be part of a screening of the film at The Palace Theatre in Albany, New York with "shadow cast" The Kids of Albany. The Palace Theatre and The Kids of Albany have been doing these screenings for 10 years.

The event will begin with a pre-show meet-and-greet with Bostwick for holder of VIP tickets and he will introduce the film and do a Q&A with the whole audience.

FilmColumbia offers a rich and diverse schedule of documentaries, shorts, filmmaker Q&As and special events for film fans of all stripes to mark its 20th anniversary this year.

FilmColumbia 2019 will take place October 18– 27 in Chatham, New York and is presented by the Crandell Theatre, with festival events also taking place at the Morris Memorial and other locations in town.

FilmColumbia is programmed by Executive Director and Co-Artistic Director Peter Biskind and Co-Artistic Director Larry Kardish. Biskind is an author, film historian, contributing editor at Vanity Fair and Esquire, and past executive editor of Premiere magazine. Kardish is senior curator emeritus for film and media at New York’s Museum of Modern Art. Calliope Nicholas is the Managing Director of the festival and the primary programmer of the Morris Memorial schedule.

The Adirondack Film Festival in Glens Falls, New York is the only film festival in the country operated by a prominent professional theatre company, namely, the Adirondack Theatre Festival. The film festival features panel discussions, exciting special events, and more than 100 film screenings, all taking place on six screens in downtown Glens Falls. Sharing its slogan with the Adirondack Theatre Festival – the leading professional theatre in the Capital Region dedicated to new plays – the Adirondack Film Festival is a place where audiences can always expect to see something new.

This year’s festival runs October 17-20. Festival Director Chad Rabinovitz and Programming Director Jessica Levandoski join us with a preview.

        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: "Joker"

Upcoming:

  • David Sedaris - The Egg, Albany, Thursday 10/10, 8 PM
  • Paula Cole: Revolution Tour - Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs, Friday 10/11, two shows: 6 and 8:30 PM
  • COIN - Pearl Street Nightclub, Northampton, Mass., Friday 10/11, 8:30 PM
  • Paul Taylor Dance Company - Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington, Mass., Fri-Sat 10/11-12 at 8 PM; Sun 10/13 at 2 PM
  • Kenari Quartet (music of Schumann, contemporary composers) - Friends of Chamber Music, Kiggins Hall, Emma Willard School, Troy, Saturday 10/12, 7:30 PM
  • "Mamma Mia!" - Home Made Theater, Spa Little Theater, Saratoga Springs, opens Saturday 10/12 at 7:30 PM, through Oct. 27
  • Martha Redbone - Massry Center for the Arts, College of Saint Rose, Albany, Saturday 10/12, 8 PM
  • Chowderfest (with live music in Monument Square, DJs at select locations) - Downtown Troy, Troy, Sunday 10/13, noon to 4 PM
  • The Fleshtones - Hangar on the Hudson, Troy, Sunday 10/13, 5 PM
  • Justin Hayward - The Egg, Albany, Tuesday 10/15, 8 PM

New movies: "Gemini Man," "Lucy in the Sky," "The Addams Family"

In this week’s Classical Music According to Yehuda, Alan Chartock and Yehuda Hanani continue their series of conversations about prodigies focusing on Erich Wolfgang Korngold.

      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: "Downton Abbey"

Upcoming:

  • "Moby Dick," performed by Conor Lovett - Hudson Hall, Hudson, Friday 10/4 at 7 PM; Saturday 10/5 at 7 PM; Sunday 10/6 at 5 PM
  • Paula Poundstone - Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy, Friday 10/4, 8 PM
  • Artie Lange - Cohoes Music Hall, Cohoes, Friday 10/4, 8 PM
  • James Franco’s "The Pretenders" - Palace Theatre, Albany, Saturday 10/5, 7 PM
  • GWAR "Use Your Collusion" Tour - Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park, Saturday 10/5, 7:30 PM
  • Kurt Elling - Academy of Music, Northampton, Mass., Saturday 10/5, 7:30 PM - The Egg, Albany, Sunday 10/6, 7:30 PM
  • Laura Love - The Eighth Step at Proctors, Schenectady, Saturday 10/5, 7:30 PM - Iron Horse Music Hall, Northampton, Mass., Sunday 10/6, 7 PM
  • Kimbra, Emily Wells - MASS MoCA, Hunter Center, North Adams, Mass., Saturday 10/5, 8 PM
  • Sergei Babayan & Daniil Trifonov, duo piano - Troy Chromatics Concerts, Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy, Sunday 10/6, 3 PM

New movies: "Joker," "Britt-Marie Was Here"

The Woodstock Film Festival’s 20th Anniversary will be taking place from October 2–6 in Woodstock, Rhinebeck, Kingston, Saugerties, and Rosendale, New York.

Widely acknowledged for showcasing passionate, creative and thought-provoking work by some of today's most promising and accomplished independent filmmakers, this year’s festival will showcase more than 50 features from around the world, as well as many short films, and will include panels, live performances, and other special events.

The festival has become one of the foremost regional independent film festivals. Establishing itself as a ground-breaking festival that offers a unique platform for filmmakers around the globe, the Woodstock Film Festival has been named among the top 50 film festivals worldwide.

WFF's Co-Founder and Executive Director Meira Blaustein joins us for a preview.

Most weeks, Shawn Stone joins us to talk about what he's seen lately and what cultural events are coming up this week in our region.

His segment was preempted this week for special news coverage of Acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire testifying before the House Intelligence Committee. 

Here is his list:

Seen: "Downton Abbey"

Upcoming:

  • "The Last Picture Show" - Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington, Mass., Thursday 9/26, 7 PM
  • Troy Night Out: All About Animals (& Pets) with pet friendly welcomes at galleries, shops & restaurants; new exhibit at the Rensselaer County Historical Society; receptions at the Arts Center of the Capital Region, Photographer Center of the Capital Region, much more. -- Downtown Troy, Friday 9/27, 5-9 PM
  • The Figgs - Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs, Friday 9/27, 8 PM
  • Kenneth Lonergan’s "Lobby Hero" - Capital Repertory Theatre, previews Friday 9/27 at 8 PM through 9/29; opens 10/1 at 7:30 PM
  • Duke Robillard - The Van Dyck, Schenectady, Saturday 9/28, 6:30 & 8:30 PM
  • Graham Nash & Band: Songs for Beginners, Wild Tales, more - The Egg, Albany, Saturday 9/28, 8 PM (also at Academy of Music, Northampton, Oct. 4)
  • Kandace Springs - Massry Center for the Arts, College of Saint Rose, Albany, Saturday 9/28, 8 PM
  • The Way Back featuring Boyd Tinsley - Putnam Place, Saratoga Springs, Saturday 9/28, 9 PM
  • Glens Falls Symphony Orchestra: Flamenco!, featuring music of Chabrier, Rimsky-Korsakov, De Falla; with flamenco dancers and mezzo-soprano Tascha Anderson - Glens Falls High School, Glens Falls, Sunday 9/29, 4 PM
  • Storm Large - Helsinki Hudson, Hudson, Sunday 9/29, 8 PM

New movies: "Judy," "Abominable"

    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: "After the Wedding"

Upcoming:

  • Boyfriend - Iron Horse Music Hall, Northampton, Mass., Thursday 9/12, 10 PM
  • Disney’s "Mary Poppins" (Staging Youths’ Futures production) - Cohoes Music Hall, Cohoes, Friday 9/13 at 7 PM; Sat 9/14 at 2 & 7 PM; Sun 9/15 at 2 PM
  • Steve Martin & Martin Short - SPAC, Saratoga Spa State Park, Saratoga Springs, Friday 9/13, 7:30 PM
  • "Friday the 13th Part 2" - Cinema Capitol, Rome, Friday 9/13, 10 PM
  • Frank Gambale - Van Dyck Lounge, Schenectady, Friday 9/13, 9 PM
  • Todd Palmer Among Friends (Tara Helen O’Connor, June Han, James Austin Smith, Omer Quartet, Doug Balliett), music of Carl Maria von Weber, Claude Debussy, Camille Saint-Saens, more Tannery Pond Concerts, New Lebanon, Saturday 9/14, 6 PM
  • Pretty Much the Best Comedy Show featuring Doug Smith - Proctors, Schenectady, Saturday 9/14, 8 PM
  • Imagination Movers - The Egg, Albany, Sunday 9/15, 1 PM
  • Clarion Concerts Presents: Xavier Foley - Hudson Hall, Hudson, Sunday 9/15, 3 PM

New movies: "Hustlers," "The Goldfinch," "Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice," "Official Secrets; "Downton Abbey" (Thursday evening preview only)

Jackson Murphy is an Emmy Award-winning film critic/entertainment analyst. He's been reviewing films, professionally, for the past 13+ years. Jackson is the youngest member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association, as well as a member of SAG-AFTRA — voting annually for both the Critics Choice and SAG Awards. He's appeared on numerous TV, Radio and Online shows, and his work can found on multiple platforms, including his own website: Lights-Camera-Jackson.com.

He joins us this morning to talk about the start of the Fall Film Season. 

    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: "Maiden"

Upcoming:

  • George A. Romero’s "Season of the Witch" - GE Theatre at Proctors, Schenectady, Thursday 9/5, 7 PM
  • In-faux-structure - Exhibit opening reception & Beer Garden with Joe Barna’s Sketches of Influence, Stacy Dillard - Opalka Gallery, Sage College of Albany, Albany, Friday 9/6, 6-9 PM; show runs through Oct. 19
  • "The Heiress" - Albany Civic Theater, Albany, opens Friday 9/6 at 7:30 PM, runs Fri-Sun through Sept. 22
  • Neil Simon’s "Broadway Bound" - Curtain Call Theatre, Latham, opens Friday 9/6 at 8 PM, runs Thu-Sun through Sept. 28
  • Cardi B - SPAC, Saratoga Spa State Park, Saratoga Springs, Friday 9/6, 7:30 PM
  • The National Reserve - The Hangar On the Hudson, Troy, Friday 9/6, 8 PM
  • A Bread Factory Part 1: For the Sake of Gold; A Bread Factory Part 2: Walk With Me a While Time + Space Limited, Hudson, Saturday 9/7, 2 PM, 4:15 PM (repeated Sept. 14)
  • Banda Magda - SPAC, Saratoga Spa State Park, Saratoga Springs, Monday 9/9, 8 PM
  • Jazz On the Plaza featuring Fleur Seule - Empire State Plaza, Albany, Wednesday 9/11, 5:30-7:30 PM
  • The Growlers, w/s/g Pinky Pinky - Pearl Street Nightclub, Northampton, Mass., Wednesday 9/11, 8 PM

New movies: "It: Chapter 2"

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