Sanctuary for Independent Media Announces New Concerts and Other Events

October 20th, 2015, 10:00 am by Greg

The 2015 fall season at Troy’s Sanctuary for Independent Media kicks off on Friday, October 30 with a special fundraising concert for radio station WOOC 105.3FM featuring three top Local 518 roots bands.

Throughout the season, the Sanctuary will present a wide array of events ranging from concerts to films to speakers. Highlights include musical performances by folk powerhouse Jayme Stone, as well as jazz artists Satoko Fujii and Tani Tabbal; screenings of films by Jon Bowermaster, Nick Berardini, Lyric Cabral and David Felix Sutcliffe; and a day-long event on regional resistance to fracking.

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

Here’s the complete line-up of events on the Sanctuary for Independent Media’s 2015 calendar:

MOVING HEAVEN AND EARTH
Friday, October 30, 7pm
An evening of local 518 roots music to benefit radio station WOOC, featuring J.V. &
the Cutters
playing original blues; the Heavenly Echoes performing traditional gospel songs; and the Agape Blues Company with their unique gospel blues fusion. Construction of the non-commercial, community radio station at 105.3FM that will serve the Capital Region with studios in the Sanctuary for Independent Media is
almost complete.

JAYME STONE’S LOMAX PROJECT
Thursday, November 5, 7pm, $20
Focusing on songs collected by folklorist and field recording pioneer Alan Lomax, this collaboration brings together some of North America’s most distinctive and creative roots musicians – Jayme Stone (banjo, voice), Moira Smiley (voice, accordion), Sumaia Jackson (fiddle, voice), Joe Phillips (bass, voice) – to recycle, re-imagine and recast traditional music.

THE TANI TABBAL TRIO
Saturday, November 7, 7pm, $10
Hudson Valley percussionist Tabbal’s fusion of avant-garde and traditional jazz with world rhythms creates dynamic new music, with Albany’s Adam Siegel on alto sax and Troy native Michael Bisio on bass.

“THE NEW BREAD BASKET” WITH AUTHOR AMY HALLORAN
Thursday, November 12, 7pm
“The New Bread Basket: How the New Crop of Grain Growers, Plant Breeders, Millers, Maltsters, Bakers, Brewers, and Local Food Activists Are Redefining Our Daily Loaf” (Chelsea Green 2015) is the culmination of years of research into the regional grain movement, marrying Halloran’s love of pancakes and activism.

RESISTING FRACKING INFRASTRUCTURE WITH FILMMAKER JON BOWERMASTER
Wednesday, November 18, 7pm
ALSO: Community Skillshare (1-5pm); Gallery opening (5pm); Community Potluck (5:30pm)
The award-winning filmmaker mixes media and activism to explore key threats to the regional environment, from the “bomb trains” in Albany, to the Kinder Morgan pipeline planned across the state, to the proposal to dump obsolete tank cars in the Adirondacks.

SATOKO FUJII & TOBIRA
Saturday, November 21, 7pm, $15
Pianist, composer, improviser and overall whirlwind Satoko Fujii leads a quartet featuring bassist Todd Nicholson, percussionist Takashi Itani and trumpeter Natsuki Tamura in support of the acclaimed new Libra Records release Yamiyo Ni Karasu.

“(T)ERROR” WITH FILMMAKERS LYRIC CABRAL AND DAVID FELIX SUTCLIFFE
Thursday, December 3, 7pm
A counterterrorism informant takes on what he swears is his last job for the FBI and invites filmmakers to follow his covert efforts to befriend a suspected jihadist — without informing his superiors. “(T)ERROR” explores how far we are going to prevent terror and exactly what liberties we are sacrificing to get there.

“KILLING THEM SAFELY” WITH DIRECTOR NICK BERARDINI
Wednesday, December 16, 7pm
The story behind TASER International, the only manufacturer of TASERs for law enforcement, and its founding brothers Rick and Tom Smith. Young entrepreneurs looking for an alternative to guns, the Smith brothers ended up revolutionizing law enforcement by perfecting a weapon that was promised to be both 100% safe and effective. Yet, as the Smiths’ wealth and influence grow, the consequences of this new way of policing force them to reconcile their success with the path they took to get there.

FOURTH ANNUAL NORTH TROY PEACE AND JUSTICE HOLIDAY CELEBRATION
Saturday, December 19, 12noon-5pm, FREE
Free arts activities, a coat give-away, Toys for Tots, the Troy Bike Rescue bike gift-away, and, back by popular demand, free portraits for families in the North Troy area by internationally recognized photographer Brenda Ann Kenneally.