Sanctuary for Independent Media Announces Spring Concerts, Talks & Other Events

March 10th, 2015, 12:00 pm by Greg

The Sanctuary for Independent Media in Troy has announced its new Spring 2015 “Low Power to the People” season of musical performances, films, speakers, workshops and a new gallery show before moving outdoors to conclude with the annual Freedom Festival at nearby Freedom Square.

While the Sanctuary already hosted a benefit concert by the jazz group Joe Barna & Sketches of Influence last month, the Sanctuary’s official 2015 schedule kicks off on Saturday, March 21 with the Nile Project, a 15-piece band of musical activists which The New York Times called “a committed, euphoric international coalition, a superb example of small-world music, of what happens to traditions in the information age.”

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The season title “Low Power to the People” refers to the construction of a non-commercial, community radio station – the upcoming WOOC 105.3FM – with studios in the Sanctuary for Independent Media to serve the Capital Region.

Admission to events is by donation – $10 suggested; $5 student/low income unless otherwise noted.

Here’s the schedule of events for 2015 at the Sanctuary for Independent Media:

MUSIC: THE NILE PROJECT
Saturday, March 21, 7pm
$15; $10 students/low income
Artists from the 11 countries along the Nile River collaborate to create music celebrating the region’s instruments, languages and traditions to inspire and empower an international network of active change-makers for our rivers’ ecosystems.
ALSO: 3-5pm Workshop: “Civic Engagement & the Management of Water Resources”
5-6:30pm Community Potluck Dinner

TALK: “THE CRUSADES OF CESAR CHAVEZ” WITH MIRIAM PAWEL
Tuesday, April 7, 7pm
The author discusses Cesar Chavez, who founded a labor union, launched a movement and inspired a generation. Two decades after his death, Chavez remains the most celebrated Latino leader in U.S. history.

MUSIC: TAL NATIONAL
Sunday, April 12, 7pm
$10
Great guitars, lightning-fast rhythms and a rotating cast of vocalists from the
capital city of Niger, West Africa’s largest nation.

TALK: “HOUSE KEYS, NOT HANDCUFFS”
Friday, April 17, 7pm
Extraordinary activist, organizer, vice presidential candidate and “homeless
hero” Cheri Honkala leads a passionate discussion about the human right to housing, the national movement to abolish poverty, and the upcoming 2015 U.S. Social Forum in
Philadelphia.
ALSO: 5-6:30pm Community Potluck Dinner

VIDEO/TALK: “VIDEOFREEX: THE ART OF GUERRILLA TELEVISION”
Wednesday, April 22, 7pm
Curator Andrew Ingalls presents videos of one of the pioneer production groups when consumer video was first introduced in the late 1960s, they produced several thousand videotapes and multimedia events—training hundreds of videomakers in the brand new medium.

MUSIC: NOURA MINT SEYMALI
Wednesday, April 29, 7pm
$15; $10 students/low income
The “Diva of Mauritania” reflects the intersection of Arab and Black African cultures — effortlessly linking tonal and rhythmic modalities from opposite sides of the Sahara and setting it to a back beat.

TALK: “LOW POWER TO THE PEOPLE”
Monday, May 4, 7pm
Author Christina Dunbar-Hester and low power radio activist Pete Tridish lead a celebration of the ground-breaking media democracy work by the Prometheus Radio Project — from its origins as a pirate broadcasting collective to its evolution into a potent force building and expanding access to new, licensed stations.
ALSO:: 5-6:30pm Community Potluck Dinner
ALSO: 1-5pm on Sunday, May 3: Be The Media! Workshop: Pete Tridish on “The Theory and Practice of Community Radio”

MUSIC/ART: DANIEL KELLY TRIO & THE SEEING WITH PHOTOGRAPHY COLLECTIVE
Saturday, May 9, 7pm
$15; $10 students/low income
Daniel Kelly weaves a sonic tapestry while the Seeing With Photography Collective involves audience members in their singular process of creating photos in the dark.
ALSO: 3-5pm Be The Media! Workshop: “Seeing with Photography”
5-6:30pm: Community Potluck Dinner

WORKSHOPS: “DOWN & DIRTY: A CELEBRATION OF SOIL”
Saturday, May 16, 1-9pm
It’s the UN’s International Year of Soils, and we’re having a party to educate, inspire and celebrate — featuring workshops on bio-remediation, composting, soil testing and lot reclaimers. Plus environmental documentary filmmaker Deborah Koons Garcia presents “Symphony of the Soil!”
1-4pm: Down & Dirty Skill-share
4:30-5:30pm: Troy Lot-Reclaimers Presentation
5-6:30pm: Community Potluck Dinner
7pm: “Symphony of the Soil” with filmmaker Deborah Koons Garcia

TALK: CHRIS HEDGES
Friday, May 29, 7pm
The Pulitzer Prize-winner explores the moral imperative of revolt in his forthcoming book, “Wages of Rebellion,” examining recent revolutionary movements worldwide and tracing them back to their origins in historical, philosophical, and literary traditions.
ALSO: 5-6:30pm Fundraising dinner with Chris Hedges to benefit MediaSanctuary Radio 105.3 FM, $75

EVENT: TROY BIKE RESCUE’S BIKEFEST
Saturday, May 30, 5pm
$20
Celebrate Bike Month and support your local volunteer-run bicycle resource center.
Troy Bike Rescue’s fifth annual BikeFest fundraiser is a perennially fantastic event with music, prizes, burritos, beer, and — of course — bikes!

MUSIC/MORE: FREEDOM FESTIVAL
Saturday, June 23, 3-6pm
The action moves outdoors from the Sanctuary to Freedom Square (at 101st Street where 5th and 6th Avenues meet) for the annual Freedom Festival. There’ll be free food, music, activities and all kinds of fun. Bring your lawn chair or blanket.
Rain Location: The Sanctuary for Independent Media