LIVE: Ken Stringfellow @ Valentine’s Music Hall, 2/23/13

February 28th, 2013, 4:00 pm by Greg
Ken Stringfellow

Ken Stringfellow

Photographs by Alan Goldberg

Ken Stringfellow has led quite an illustrious musical career. He initially made his mark in the music world as co-founder and leader of ’90s power-popsters the Posies. Since then, he’s also played with such acclaimed bands as Big Star, the Minus 5 and a little combo named R.E.M.

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Five Firsts: John Powhida of the John Powhida International Airport

February 28th, 2013, 3:00 pm by Greg
John Powhida International Airport

John Powhida International Airport

NAME: John Powhida
BAND AFFILIATION: John Powhida International Airport
INSTRUMENT: Singer, Guitar

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … Elvis – 50,000,000 Elvis Fans Can’t Be Wrong

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Review: Burns and Murray Take on “The Liar” at Shakespeare & Company [Berkshire on Stage]

February 28th, 2013, 2:00 pm by Sara
The Liar at Shakespeare & Company. (l to r) David Joseph, Alexandra Lincoln, Emily Rose Ehlinger, Jake Berger. Photo: Kevin Sprague.

The Liar at Shakespeare & Company. (l to r) David Joseph, Alexandra Lincoln, Emily Rose Ehlinger, Jake Berger. Photo: Kevin Sprague.

by Gail Burns and Larry Murray

Larry Murray: Those who love language are in for a shock when they see this farcical play about love and liars. David Ives has taken an absurdly dated 17th century French farce by Pierre Corneille, Le Menteur The Liar and brought it kicking and screaming into the 21st Century at Shakespeare & Company in Lenox. If you saw it at the Comédie Française where it is still performed, you would swear off costume comedies. But at Shakespeare & Company you will wonder why you hadn’t heard of it before. It’s an absolute delight.

Gail Burns: If George Washington couldn’t tell a lie, the main character, Dorante (David Joseph) is constitutionally incapable of uttering the truth, no matter the circumstances. And all of this is done in iambic pentameter, with never ending rhyming. It’s wordplay on speed.

Larry: I found it closer to The Three Stooges meet Shakespeare with its ridiculous slapstick and high faulting’ literary devices. It’s the first play in memory that appeals to both the lowest common denominator and the high scholarly pretensions, don’t you think?

Gail: I have often taken Ives to task for pandering to that low denominator in his original works for the stage, but here the challenge of writing in verse has helped him channel his inner word nerd. The writing here is both funny – as Ives always is – and erudite. And director Kevin Coleman has his actors jumping through physical as well as verbal hoops in the process.

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LIVE: Olivia Quillio @ Fuzz Records, 2/24/13

February 28th, 2013, 1:00 pm by Greg

Video by Timothy Reidy

Tweet of the Month: February

February 28th, 2013, 12:00 pm by Greg

Bryan Thomas

Bryan Thomas

From Bryan Thomas, February 4:

One for the bucket list: I did a WTF live interview with Mark Maron Friday night. He asked me if I was a comedian and I answered: “Not on purpose.” Then he walked away. Shorter than in my fantasies, but I’ll take it.

Creative babes launch anthology about mothering March 1 at BFWW Opening in Sheffield [Berkshire on Stage]

February 28th, 2013, 11:00 am by Sara

Great Barrington, MA – What does it take to gestate a book about mothering? For Suzi Banks Baum, it took two teenagers, a fierce sense of longing, and a year of blogging while “tangled in kids, laundry, and work.” On March 1st, her book launch for An Anthology of Babes: Thirty-six Women Give Motherhood A Voice kicks off the Berkshire Festival of Women Writers with the second annual Out of the Mouths of Babes: An Evening of Mothers Reading to Others. (For the full BFWW Calendar of Events, go to our earlier overview story here.)

At this evening’s event, a selection of the writers will read from their work, celebrating the creativity of even the most uncelebrated acts of parenting. Profits from book sales will support The Community Health Program of Great Barrington (CHP) and Volunteers in Medicine Berkshires (VIM Berkshires), which provide crucial services to women in need.

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ArtBeat: What To See

February 28th, 2013, 10:00 am by Sara


Ned Castle: Steve B.'s Low and Steve B.'s High @ The Chapel + Cultural Center

Ned Castle: Steve B.’s Low and Steve B.’s High @ The Chapel + Cultural Center

The HIGHLOW Project: An Exhibition About Redemption @ The Chapel + Cultural Center, Troy. Photographer Ned Castle partnered with at-risk youth from across Vermont to dramatically recreate the high and low moments that have shaped their lives. The large-scale photographs are accompanied by audio narrations by each story’s subject to provide context and perspective. Opens March 1. Artist’s reception: Thursday, March 14, 6-8pm. (Through April 30)

Works by Dorothea Osborn and Blair Lambert @ The Albany Barn

Works by Dorothea Osborn and Blair Lambert @ The Albany Barn

Size Matters @ The Albany Barn. Painted works by Capital Region artists Andrew McPherson, Blair Lambert and Dorothea Osborn in both large and miniature scale, juxtaposing subjects and their relationship to the surrounding world. Opening reception: Friday, March 1, 5-9pm. (Through March 31)

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2/28/13: Today’s Tips: Thursday

February 28th, 2013, 8:00 am by Greg

MUSIC: Dopapod @ Red Square, Albany. From electronica to funk, from metal to jazz… and beyond. With the Big Something. 9:30pm. $15.

MUSIC: Josh Gracin @ the Wood Theater, Glens Falls. 8pm. UPDATE: This show has been cancelled.

MUSIC: Earphunk @ Putnam Den, Saratoga Springs. With Shmeeans & the Expanded Consciousness. 9pm. $10.

THEATER: “Traces” @ Proctors, Schenectady. The acclaimed and highly gymnastic show by the circus troupe 7 Fingers. 8pm. $20, $30, $40, $50 & $65.

MUSIC: Dr. John Angerosa @ the Stockade Inn, Schenectady. 7pm. FREE.

MUSIC: The John Esposito (Not Very) Big Band @ the Stockade Tavern, Kingston. With John Esposito on keyboards, Lou Scott on bass and some very special guests sitting in, as they play selections from the Great American Songbook. 7:30pm. FREE.

FILM: “Ferlinghetti: A Re-birth of Wonder” @ Time + Space Limited, Hudson. With this definitive documentary, director Christopher Felver crafts an incisive, sharply wrought portrait that reveals Lawrence Ferlinghetti’s true role as catalyst for numerous literary careers and for the Beat movement itself. 6pm. $7; students $5.

FILM: “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” @ Proctors, Schenectady. A punk rockin’ (and rollicking) film that deals with transgender issues and the transgender identity. It kicks off the third annual QFest. 8pm. $9; students $7.

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