The Sanctuary for Independent Media in Troy has announced its spring 2014 season of events, kicking off on March 15 with an envelope-pushing jazz concert by the Matthew Shipp Trio on the Sanctuary’s new concert grand piano, arriving directly from Carnegie Hall.
The season’s calendar of events includes films, artist talks, world-music concerts, comedy and lots more, concluding with the outdoor Troy Freedom Fest on Saturday, June 7 at the adjacent Freedom Square, featuring the PitchBlak Brass Band and Local 518 funkateers Oobleck.
Here’s the Sanctuary’s schedule of upcoming events for the 2014 spring season:
SATURDAY, MARCH 15, 7pm, $15
Concert: The Matthew Shipp Trio
Adventurous jazz pianist Matthew Shipp with Michael Bisio on bass and drummer Whit Dickey, celebrating the arrival of our concert grand from Carnegie Hall.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 19, 6pm
Art Opening Reception: “Ecological Interventions”
Featuring the work of Brandon Ballengée and Oliver Kellhammer in the Underground Gallery
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 19, 7pm
Artist Talk: Oron Catts
Oron Catts is the founding director of SymbioticA, whose pioneering work with the Tissue Culture and Art Project is at the cutting edge of biological art.
SATURDAY, MARCH 22, 7pm
Talk: Mama Charlotte
Former Black Panther Charlotte Hill O’Neal, on her “Heal the Community Tour,” talks about life as an artist activist based in Tanzania.
SATURDAY, MARCH 29, 7pm, $15
Talk/Film: Albert Maysles
A leading force in the direct cinema style of documentary film making, including “Salesman” (1968), “Gimme Shelter” (1970) and “Grey Gardens” (1976).
SUNDAY, MARCH 30, 7pm, $15
Concert: Luísa Maita
Inspired by the bustling urban life found in her native city of São Paulo, the music of Luísa Maita embodies the modern spirit of Brazil.
SATURDAY, APRIL 12, 7pm
Film/Discussion: “Household” with filmmaker Craig Saddlemire
An exploration of how family and kinship intersect with class, race, religion, ethnicity, sexual identity and popular culture.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 16, 7pm
Film/Discussion: “Brothers of the Black List” with filmmaker Sean Gallagher
The story behind an incident at SUNY Oneonta that became the longest litigated civil rights case in American history.
SATURDAY, APRIL 19, 7pm, $10
Comedy: Jamie Kilstein
This atheist-vegan-political comedian is as intent on making people think as making them laugh! He co-hosts Citizen Radio, dedicated to covering stories the mainstream, corporate media ignores.
SATURDAY, APRIL 26, 7pm
Film/Discussion: “Triple Divide” with filmmaker Melissa Troutman
An investigation into the inevitable consequences of shale gas production.
SATURDAY, MAY 10, 7pm
Film/Discussion: “The Throwaways” with filmmakers Bhawin Suchak and Ira McKinley
The story of a homeless ex-felon filmmaker’s struggle to bring positive changes to his community in inner-city Albany.
FRIDAY, MAY 30, 7pm, $10
Concert: Oumar Konate
The guitarist in Khaira Arby’s band is a rising young star blazing the trail for a new wave of Malian music. Oumar sings about love, family and social responsibility, punctuated by his searing electric guitar solos and infectious energy.
SATURDAY, MAY 31, 5pm, $20
Fundraiser: Troy Bike Rescue Bikefest
Troy Bike Rescue’s fourth annual fundraising party features a kids’ bike rodeo, raffle prizes, burrito dinner with live acoustic music by Rosary Beard and a cake auction, followed by a screening of “Riding Bikes with the Dutch.”
SATURDAY, JUNE 7, 5pm
Music/More: Freedom Festival
Music, food and fun with the PitchBlak Brass Band, Brooklyn-based players of hip-hop from the 1980s to present day, and Oobleck, a funk-based instrumental horn band from the Capital Region, performing outdoors on the Freedom Square stage. Bring your own chair/blanket.
RAIN LOCATION: The Sanctuary for Independent Media