Archive for September, 2011

It’s the Weekend!

Friday, September 30th, 2011
We're resting up for Octoberfest.

We're resting up for Oktoberfest.

Yikes! Is it October already? You’d better get out there this weekend and soak up some outdoor fun while you still can.

But first, we’d like to send out a great big thank-you to everyone who dropped by this week to add encouragement, support and, yes, criticism, too. And thanks for helping to spread the word about

Of course, we couldn’t possibly cover the wide, wonderful scope of offerings around town without a dedicated and devoted bunch of wonderful writers, photographers, artists, tipsters and other assorted enablers who continually enrich us all with their contributions. So a big salute goes out to this week’s community contributors:

J Hunter
Timothy Reidy
Larry Murray
Gail Burns
David Brickman
Sebastien Barre
Bill Dhalle
Matt Mac Haffie
Joe Putrock
Kirsten Ferguson
Lindsay Malachowski
Fritz Roth
Joel Patterson

Please consider adding your name to this list. Just send us something – a review, preview, interview, photo, list, rant, crayon drawing or whatever’s on your mind. Remember, Nippertown is your hometown, and we can’t possibly do this without your help.

Thanks to the fine folks who privided us with cool giveaway merch – tickets, CDs, downloads and other swag – for the faithful Nippertown readers:

Millis-Robbins Productions, Saratoga Springs
Spectrum 8 Theatres, Albany

And thanks to all of the folks from the area venues and organizations who were gracious enough to provide us with review tickets and/or photo passes for their events:

The Egg, Albany
Live Nation, Saratoga Springs
MASS MoCA, North Adams
The College of St. Rose’s Massry Center, Albany
Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs
SwordPaw HQ, Troy
Pearl Street Entertainment, Albany
WEQX-FM, Manchester
Berkshire Theatre Group, Stockbridge
Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs
Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany
Roadrunner’s Paradise, Berlin, Germany

Thanks for keeping Nippertown alive… and lively.


HOT READS: This Week’s Top 5 Stories at Nippertown

Friday, September 30th, 2011

Yes, we know that some of you just don’t have the time to read as fast as we can write it.

So for the casual reader, here’s our summary of the Top Five most-viewed stories from Nippertown in the past week:

1. The Grand Opening of The Foundry in Cohoes, 9/23/11 (By Matt Mac Haffie)

2. LIVE: Maceo Parker @ the College of St. Rose’s Massry Center, 9/23/11 (By J Hunter, Andrzej Pilarczyk)

3. LIVE: Super 400 & the Charlie Watts Riots @ Valentine’s Music Hall, 9/17/11 (By Joe Putrock, Kirsten Ferguson)

4. Festival Fever: The Local Harvest Festival @ Washington Park, 10/2/11 (By Staff)

5. Comin’ Soon… (By Staff)

Other Voices, Other Rooms

Friday, September 30th, 2011

From The MASS MoCA Blog: We’re guessing that so many folks are overwhelmed by all of the great art at MASS MoCA in North Adams that they don’t bother to check out the museum’s Kidspace unless they’ve got little ones in tow. That’s a big mistake, as you can see from the photo array of the new Kidspace exhibit, “Under the Sea,” at this blog. And there’s an opening reception for “Under the Sea” at MASS MoCA’s Kidspace from 11am-4pm on Saturday (October 1).

From The Times Union’s Movie Blog: In conjunction with Banned Books Week, C.J. Lais compiles a round-up of 14 movies that were at one time banned in the U.S.

From The Arts Whisperer: Bob Goepfert reviews Cirque du Soleil’s production of “Quidam,” which is at the Times Union Center in Albany through Sunday. In a phrase? “A painting by Salvatore Dali come to life.”

From Foss Forward: Sara Foss weighs in with a review of the darkly comic film, “The Guard,” currently being screened at the Spectrum 8 Theatres in Albany.

From The Times Union’s Televison Blog: Glenn Teichman revises his opinion and names Showtime’s espionage drama “Homeland” as the best new show of the season.

Another Big New Concert at The Egg

Friday, September 30th, 2011

Mike Gordon of Phish rumbles into The Egg in Albany at 8pm on Sunday, December 11. He’ll be bringing along his band – Scott Murawski on guitar, Craig Myers on percussion, Tom Cleary on keyboards and drummer Todd Isler – for a concert in support of his latest solo album, “Moss.”

Priced at just $25.25, tix are currently on sale.

LIVE: FreshGrass Festival featuring the Del McCoury Band @ MASS MoCA, 9/24-25/11

Friday, September 30th, 2011
Del McCoury

Del McCoury

In addition to its cutting edge visual art exhibits, MASS MoCA in North Adams has become a formidable regional presenter of a wide-array of musical events, including, of course Wilco’s wonderful Solid Sound Festival. Last weekend, the museum complex presented FreshGrass: A Festival of Bluegrass & Art featuring some of the most popular bluegrass-and-beyond artists, from the Infamous Stringdusters (who topped the Saturday night schedule) to Sunday’s closer the Yonder Mountain String Band.

In fact, the fest featured two days of fine, up-and-upcoming musicians – including Sarah Jarosz, Ramblin Jug Stompers, Dave Mayfield, Crooked Still’s Aoife O’Donovan and the Hackensaw Boys – performing at a variety of different venues scattered throughout MASS MoCA’s sprawling campus.


Nobody Can Do The Humor of David Sedaris as well as…well, David Sedaris [Berkshire on Stage]

Friday, September 30th, 2011

David Sedaris @ The Colonial Theatre

Not only is David Sedaris funny, but he has reached that magic moment in life where he doesn’t have to worry about what other people think of him. He’s probably sold ten million copies of his books, is a regular fixture on NPR and television, adored by the same fans that love David Letterman and Jon Stewart. And what is really interesting is that so much of the humor is self-deprecating, acknowledging that by the normal rules, he does not really fit in. but he can pass for normal if he tries.

So it was great news when the Berkshire Theatre Group announced that David Sedaris, NPR Humorist and Bestselling Author of Naked, Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim and Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk, will be speaking at The Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield on Wednesday, October 19 at 7:30pm. Tickets are VIP: $75 A: $65 • B: $45 • C: $25. The VIP tickets include preferred seating. Tickets may be purchased in person at the Colonial Ticket Office at 111 South Street or by calling (413) 997-4444 or online at The Ticket Office is open Monday-Friday 10am–5pm, Saturdays 10am–2pm or on any performance day from 10am until intermission.

Click to read the rest at Berkshire on Stage.

LIVE: “Night and Her Stars” @ The Bennington Center for the Arts [GailSez]

Friday, September 30th, 2011

In the ultimate scene of Night and Her Stars, playwright Richard Greenberg (1958- ) has imagined a conversation between Charles Van Doren (1926- ) and his father, Mark (1894-1972), at the family’s home in Cornwall, Connecticut. Charles looks around, takes in the familiar beauty of the scenery and says “Bugs.”

At that moment I realized how seriously Greenberg had researched his subjects and how deeply invested he was in this play. Ask anyone who has spent so much as a summer’s day in Cornwall to describe the experience and the first word out of his or her mouth will be “Bugs.” I know this because I spent the first 21 summers of my life in Cornwall where Charles Van Doren’s children were amongst my playmates on the shores of Cream Hill Lake.

I am too young to remember the Quiz Show Scandal, and had no idea that Van Doren was anyone but Elizabeth and John’s father until I saw a caricature of him in Mad Magazine. By the time I made the connection, I was also old enough to realize that it was not fair to any of the Van Dorens I knew to mention that past time. Life had not ended for Van Doren in 1959 – in fact he is still alive – and he and his family had the right to live their lives in the present. As a result, I have avoided reading or watching rehashes of that time, knowing that they must bring pain to the family.

So the Oldcastle production of Night and Her Stars was my first experience of a fictional Charles Van Doren and a detailed retelling of the Quiz Show Scandal (I do not consider Mad Magazine a reliable source).

Click to read the rest of this story at GailSez.

ArtBeat: Three Exhibitions at MASS MoCA [Get Visual]

Friday, September 30th, 2011
 Katharina Grosse: One Floor Up More Highly

Katharina Grosse: One Floor Up More Highly

By David Brickman

I finally got myself back to the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art in North Adams this week after a too-long absence, and it was well worth the trip. As my museum-going companion succinctly pointed out, MASS MoCA made its bones by taking risks, and they always seem to pay off – even when something there doesn’t work, you have to admire the effort.

At the very least, you have to be impressed by the scale of things at this gargantuan former factory complex, and you can count on the vastly abundant industrial forms that make up the physical plant to be esthetically pleasing and fascinating in themselves, sometimes even more than the art. One reason I made the trip now was to catch the tail end of an important installation by the German painter/sculptor Katharina Grosse, which opened many months ago and will close on Oct. 31.

Ungrammatically and, to me, annoyingly titled one floor up more highly, the piece combines elegantly sandblasted, pure-white forms in styrofoam with garishly spray-painted mounds of rocks and dirt that also contain a few recognizable objects, such as a massive wooden bench and articles of clothing. Also in this group is a floor-mounted, curved planar polygon that is either a painting or a sculpture, depending on your definition of those media, and through a door at the end of the gargantuan space containing these works are two levels of spray-painted rooms, one of which features a framed abstract painting hung on the wall.

Click to read the rest at Get Visual

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