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The Mahaiwe Adds New Shows to 2016 Schedule [Berkshire on Stage]

Tuesday, February 9th, 2016
Helen Mirron on screen May 15 with “The Audience” while Kelli O’Hara takes the stage Aug. 7 and Alan Cumming headlines the Gala on July 18.

Helen Mirron on screen May 15 with “The Audience” while Kelli O’Hara takes the stage Aug. 7 and Alan Cumming headlines the Gala on July 18.

Beryl Jolly, the executive director of Great Barrington’s Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center announced the new summer and fall additions to the organization’s 2016 schedule, including performances by Broadway stars Alan Cumming and Kelli O’Hara, best-selling author David Sedaris, legendary dance companies MOMIX and Paul Taylor Dance Company and celebrated Beatles tribute band the Fab Faux. “I am very excited by the raw talent and creative artistry that all these performers will bring to our intimate venue. The scope and breadth of artists, all among the best in their fields, will make for another beautiful and vibrant season,” said Jolly.


Broadway and television star Alan Cumming will headline the Mahaiwe’s 2016 gala on Monday, July 18. This special event supports the Mahaiwe’s year-round arts and education programs. He will perform his hit new concert Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs. Cumming is an actor and activist and, according to The New York Times, “a bawdy countercultural sprite.” Time Magazine named him one of the most fun people in show business. He plays political maverick Eli Gold on CBS-TV’s The Good Wife, for which he received Golden Globe, Emmy, SAG and Satellite award nominations. He recently finished his Tony Award-winning role of the Emcee in the Broadway musical Cabaret. GO HERE to read review of Cumming’s concert last summer in Saratoga Springs…

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Williamstown Theatre Festival Announces 2016 Season [Berkshire on Stage]

Tuesday, February 9th, 2016
Alfred Molina, Michael Stuhlbarg and Marisa Tomei

Alfred Molina, Michael Stuhlbarg and Marisa Tomei

Artistic Director Mandy Greenfield has announced the Williamstown Theatre Festival’s 2016 summer season, the 62nd season for the Tony Award-winning theater company.

The season – running from June 28–August 21 – begins on the Main Stage with a production of Tennessee Williams’ Tony Award-winning play The Rose Tattoo (June 28–July 17) directed by Obie Award winner Trip Cullman and featuring Academy Award winner Marisa Tomei; continues with the world premiere of Boo Killebrew’s comedy Romance Novels For Dummies (July 20–31), directed by Tony nominee Moritz von Stuelpnagel; and closes with the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winner Wendy Wasserstein’s An American Daughter (August 3–21), directed by Evan Cabnet.

The Nikos Stage season kicks off June 29 with the world premiere of Martyna Majok’s play Cost of Living (June 29–July 10), directed by Obie Award winner Jo Bonney; and also includes the world premiere sci-fi comedy-thriller The Chinese Room (July 13–23) by Michael West, directed by Obie Award winner James Macdonald, and starring Golden Globe and Tony nominee Michael Stuhlbarg; the world premiere musical Poster Boy (July 28–August 7) with music and lyrics by Tony-nominated Craig Carnelia and book by Joe Tracz, movement by Danny Mefford and direction by Olivier nominee Stafford Arima; and closes out the summer with the American premiere of And No More Shall We Part (August 10-21), by Tom Holloway, directed by Obie Award winner Anne Kauffman and featuring Tony and Emmy nominee Alfred Molina and Golden Globe and Emmy nominee Jane Kaczmarek.

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The Egg Announces New Concert

Tuesday, February 9th, 2016

Acclaimed jazz vocalist and Loudonville native Kim Nazarian will be stepping into the spotlight at The Egg in Albany at 8pm on Friday, April 1.

A founding member of Grammy nominated jazz group New York Voices, Nazarian will play a hometown concert in support of her recently released debut solo album, Some Morning, fronting her own band.

Tickets are $25.

Proctors Announces New Concert

Tuesday, February 9th, 2016

Proctors goes Hip-Hop?

Yup, the Schenectady theater best known for big Broadway musicals is hosting the 2016 I Love Hip Hop Music Festival at 8pm on Friday, March 11. And they’re kickin’ it old-school…

The concert will be headlined by Rakim with additional performances by Kool G Rap, Brand Nubian, Nice & Smooth and Lil Mo.

Tickets are on sale now priced at $49 & $64.

2/9/16: Today’s Top Tips: Fat Tuesday

Tuesday, February 9th, 2016

MUSIC: Dylan Perillo Orchestra’s Mardi Gras Soiree @ Parish Public House, Albany. Jazzin’ up downtown, New Orleans style. 9pm.

TALK: Frank Warren’s PostSecret Live @ UAlbany Campus Center Ballroom, Albany. The mail artist turned Internet sensation and author takes the stage to share secrets as the keynote presentation of Sexuality Month. 8pm.

MUSIC: Frank Jaklitsch @ Cafe NOLA, Schenectady. Mardi Gras party. 12noon-3pm.

MUSIC: Big Creek @ Cafe NOLA, Schenectady. 6pm.

MUSIC: Riverstone @ Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy. The classical quartet features Elizabeth Chinery (flute), Susan Kokernak (oboe), Karlinda Caldicott (harp) and Will Hayes (cello). 12noon. FREE.

MUSIC: Mardi Gras Soiree @ Hattie’s Restaurant, Saratoga Springs. Music by Bohm Dialogue starting at 8:30pm.

TALK: Piper Kerman @ Vassar College’s Students’ Building, Poughkeepsie. The best-selling author whose memoir, “Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison,” is the basis for the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning original series for Netflix. 8pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Gypsy Jazz Jam @ Footsy Magoo’s, Troy. 7pm.

ARTIST TALK: Richard Garrison and Jenny Kemp @ Arts Center of the Capital Region, Troy. The artists discuss their work and process as seen in the current exhibit, “Living Color.” 7pm. FREE.

OPEN MIC/COMEDY: The Low Beat Comedy Open Mic Night @ the Low Beat, Albany. Carlisle Carey hosts with featured comedian Rich Williams. 7:30pm sign-up.

Big Dance Theater Re-Invents the Museum Experience @ MASS MoCA [Berkshire on Stage]

Monday, February 8th, 2016
Big Dance Theater

Big Dance Theater

By Larry Murray

Granted, it’s only a work-in-progress taking place for three days, but it is clearly a fresh and new approach to enjoying a museum. You may want to try out this new performance-based museum audio/docent tour created by Here Lies Love choreographer Annie-B Parson and creative partner Paul Lazar. This interactive event deliberately changes how we experience a museum — by disrupting, confusing and ultimately reconsidering the ways we see art. Big Dance Theater calls it This Page Left Intentionally Blank and has scheduled six only-at-MASS-MoCA engagements in North Adams to take place at 12noon & 3pm on Wednesday, Friday & Saturday (February 10, 12 & 13). Ticket details at bottom of article.

My advice: with only a very limited number of tickets I suggest it might be smart to book your place early. This event is going to be fascinating.

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SPAC Announces Another New Concert

Monday, February 8th, 2016

Live Nation revealed one new SPAC concert earlier this morning, and now they’re already back with a second announcement.

Having launched their maiden tour at Albany’s Times Union Center less than four months ago, they’re ready for a return trip to Greater Nippertown. Yes, Dead & Company will be rolling into the Saratoga Performing Arts Center at 7pm on Tuesday, June 21.

The band is led by Grateful Dead alum Bob Weir, Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann with John Mayer, Oteil Burbridge and Jeff Chimenti.

Reserved amphitheater seats are $50, $75.50, $99.50 and $149.50; lawn general admission is $40. Tickets are slated to go on sale at 10am on Friday (February 12).

SPAC Announces New Concert

Monday, February 8th, 2016

Speaking of Super Bowls, Janet Jackson is headed to the Saratoga Performing Arts Center.

Jackson – Ms. Jackson if you’re nasty – is slated to bring her Unbreakable World Tour to Saratoga Springs at 8pm on Friday, August 26.

Reserved amphitheater seats are $39.95, $59.95, $89.95 & $125; lawn general admission in $29.95. Tickets are slated to go on sale to the general public at 10am on Saturday (February 13).

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