Fall Schedule of Performances & Events at the Sanctuary for Independent Media


The fall 2012 season on events at the Sanctuary for Independent Media in Troy kicks off on Saturday, September 29 with a concert by the San Francisco band Rupa & the April Fishes capping an all-day Bike!Bike! Northeast alternative transportation phantasmagoria.

In addition to all of the events, listed below, the Sanctuary will also host a series of “Be The Media!” workshops and a new photojournalism show in the Underground Gallery.

As always, the Sanctuary for Independent Media makes the personal political and the political personal.

Admission to most events is by donation ($10 suggested, $5 student/low income). Here’s the line-up for the Sanctuary’s fall series of thought-provoking events:

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MUSIC: Rupa & the April Fishes
Traveling the long road from solitude to solidarity in both directions, this band belongs to the long tradition of rebel music. Their songs arise from this particularly tender moment of global upheaval, from the collapse of capitalism and false democracies to the rise of populist movements from Tunisia to Chile to Athens to Wall Street.

FILM/DISCUSSION: “Roadmap to Apartheid” with filmmakers Eron Davidson and Ana Noguiera
A riveting new film that juxtaposes the rise and fall of apartheid in South Africa with the harsh reality of life in Palestine today.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 12, 7pm, $10
FILM/MUSIC: “Nosferatu” with live music by the Andrew Alden Ensemble
One the greatest vampire movies of all time, F.W. Murnau’s 1922 silent horror classic comes to life with an exciting new live score featuring electric guitars, world instruments, percussion, piano, strings and synthesizers.

FESTIVAL: StoryHarvest, the Second Annual Celebration of Art and Food from Seed to Table
Cultivate community, art and the harvest bounty with StoryHarvest, conceived by multimedia storyteller Ellie Markovitch. Featuring Sonagi Project, a Korean percussion ensemble drawing from traditional sources to create new, dynamic music; Vermont’s legendary Bread & Puppet Theater in a free public art workshop and performance; and a community potluck featuring food of local chefs and growers.
NOTE: The fest will be held outdoors in Freedom Square, Collard City Garden and around the block with the Sanctuary for Independent Media as the rain site.

VIDEO: “Political Advertisements” with media artist Muntadas
This compilation of commercials reveals a land of manipulation. Documenting the selling of the American presidency in political ads from the 1950s to the present, it highlights the development of political strategies and marketing techniques of the TV campaign process.

TALK: “What’s the Matter with White People?” with journalist Joan Walsh
On the eve of the crucial 2012 election, the Salon.com editor-at-large and MSNBC political analyst suggests in her book about America since the upheavals of the ’60s and ’70s that as the U.S. become a truly multiracial country, the notion of e pluribus unum – out of many, one – is going to matter more to all of us.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 7pm, $10
MUSIC: Sofia Rei
Originally from Buenos Aires, Sofia Rei is grounded in traditional South American rhythms and merges jazz harmonies, electronic sounds and rich improvisations. Her ensemble produces a range of textures as diverse as the cultural roots of its members, an international cast that includes some of the most exciting young talent from the Americas.

FILM: “United in Anger” with filmmaker Jim Hubbard
The story of a small group of men and women of all races and classes who came together to change the world and save each others’ lives. Before there was Occupy Wall Street or the Arab Spring, there was ACT UP… the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power.

MUSIC: Live from Lock One: “Positive Media Positive Music” with S.K.A.T.E.
A benefit for Youth Media Sanctuary, this family evening explores positive representations in media through local hip-hop music, dance, live graffiti and laser lights, with S.K.A.T.E. (Stop Killing All The Entertainment) and special guests.

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