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    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"

Hudson Hall will hold their 3rd Annual Hudson Jazz Festival February 14-16 in Hudson, New York.

The festival will begin with an evening of amour with a concert featuring vocalist Aimée Allen accompanied by a jazz trio featuring Jay Anderson, Jeff Seigel, and our guest and festival curator Armen Donelian.

There will be a solo piano summit; a film screening; saxophonist Billy Harper will perform with his quintet; a jazz workshop for youth; and Slavic Soul Party! will wrap up the festival with a high-energy show on Sunday, February 16.

For forty years, pianist, composer, pianist, and Fulbright Scholar Armen Donelian has distinguished himself as a performer, recording artist, educator and author. In 25 countries throughout the Americas, Europe, Asia, the Middle and Far East, he has appeared since 1975 as a featured solo pianist, leader of his own quintet and trio, and with jazz legends including Sonny Rollins, Chet Baker, Mongo Santamaria and Billy Harper.

  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 Gentlemen"

Upcoming:

  • 1st Friday Albany - Albany Institute, African American Cultural Center of the Capital Region, Opalka Gallery, Albany Center Gallery, Friday 2/7, 5-8 PM
  • Cheap Trick - Palace Theatre, Albany, Friday 2/7, 8 PM
  • Southern Avenue - The Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Albany, Friday 2/7, 8 PM
  • Cyrille Aimee - Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs, Saturday 2/8, 8 PM
  • Jump the Line Film Series - "In Our Time" (Studio 1—Goodman); "Luanda-Kinshasa" (Concert Hall); "A Hundred Schools of Thought" (Theater); "What Are We Doing Here Together?" (Theater) - EMPAC, RPI, Troy, Saturday 2/8 through February 14th, various times
  • Dianne Reeves - Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy, Sunday 2/9, 3 PM
  • Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia: "The Very Hungry Caterpillar & Other Eric Carle Favorites" - The Egg, Albany, Sunday 2/9, 3 PM
  • Jeremy Denk, piano: Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1 - Capital Region Classical at Union College, Memorial Chapel, Schenectady, Sunday 2/9, 3 PM
  • ABBA Mania - Calvin Theater, Northampton, Mass., Sunday 2/9, 7 PM

New movies: "Birds of Prey"

The Wood Brothers, with Oliver Wood in the middle.
Alysse Gafkjen

One of the best live bands in American music is returning to our region for two gigs this winter. The Wood Brothers will be at the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts in Burlington, Vermont on February 6 and at the Palace in Albany February 8.

Artwork for Mandy Patinkin In Concert: Diaries
Peggy Sirota

Over the last few years award winning stage and screen actor Mandy Patinkin has entered a new phase of recording, working with pianist, singer, and producer Thomas Bartlett (a.k.a Doveman) with the “Mandy Patinkin: Diaries” series. Patinkin’s most recent recent, released last October, is entitled “Children and Art” and features songs from the Diary sessions by Tom Waits, Marc Anthony Thompson, Randy Newman, Laurie Anderson, Stephen Sondheim, Taylor Mac, and others.

Mandy Patinkin In Concert: Diaries with Adam Ben-David on piano will be at Proctors as part of a 30 city tour.

Patinkin won a Tony Award for originating the role of Che in “Evita” and was nominated for playing George in the Broadway run of “Sunday in the Park with George.” His film credits include “Yentl,” “Dick Tracy,” “The Princess Bride,” and “Wonder.” He’s played many notable roles on television including his multiple-time Emmy nominated turn as Saul on the Showtime series “Homeland.” The show’s eighth and final season will premiere next month.

Additionally, Patinkin has been passionately involved in volunteer work with various NGOs throughout his life, and currently is an ambassador with the International Rescue Committee.

Celebrating its 18th season, Modfest 2020 is Vassar College’s annual exploration of the arts of the 20th and 21st centuries. This year’s theme, “reflect to project,” looks backward to move forward. All events are free and open to the public.

Jeff Snyder is a composer, improviser and instrument-designer. He is the founder and lead designer of Snyderphonics, for which he designs and builds unusual electronic musical instruments. In 2009, he co-founded an experimental music record label, Carrier Records. In 2011, he received a doctorate with distinction in Music Composition from Columbia University. He is now the Director of Electronic Music at Princeton University, as well as Director of PLOrk , Princeton's Laptop Orchestra.

At Vassar, Snyder will present an open rehearsal of “Opposite Earth” on Wednesday, February 5 (a collaboration between Modfest and THinCs [The Humanities in Cognitive Science]) and on Thursday, February 6 he will give a lecture and performance entitled “Build, Destroy, Build: Spontaneous Creation of Structure.”

The brand new LIFT Concert Series at Troy Savings Bank Music Hall will feature four performances of new, independent music that all take place on Wednesday nights with both the audience and performers on stage at the historic hall. The series kicks off with cellist Ashley Bathgate on January 29.

The LIFT Concert series is curated by Sophia Subbayya Vastek and Sam Torres.

  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: "Bad Boys for Life"

Upcoming:

  • We Banjo 3 - Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs, Thursday 1/23, 5 and 7:30 PM
  • National Geographic Live - "Spinosaurus: Lost Giant of the Cretaceous" - Proctors, Mainstage, Schenectady, Thursday 1/23, 7 PM
  • Eclectic Rock Showcase featuring Brasskill, The Wild Weeeds, Burt Murder - Helsinki Hudson, Hudson, Thursday 1/23, 8 PM
  • Ben Butler - Curtain Call Theatre, Latham, preview Thursday 1/23 at 7:30 PM; through Feb. 8
  • The Lawn Sausages 30th Anniversary - Hangar On the Hudson, Troy, Saturday 1/25, 5 PM
  • Courtney Barnett w/s/g Hachiku - Iron Horse Music Hall, Northampton, Mass., Friday 1/24, 7 PM Levon Helm Studios, Woodstock, Saturday 1/25, 8 PM
  • M.A.K.U. Soundsystem - MASS MoCA, Club B10, North Adams, Mass., Saturday 1/25, 8 PM
  • The Lift Concert Series: Cellist Ashley Bathgate - Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Wednesday 1/29, 6 PM
  • Greensky Bluegrass - The Egg, Albany, Wednesday 1/29, 7 PM

New movies: "The Gentlemen," "Les Miserables," "The Turning," "The Last Full Measure"

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