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Arlo Guthrie Signs His New Book @ Berkshire Museum on Saturday

Monday, August 24th, 2015

Arlo Guthrie: Old Bill

Singer-songwriter Arlo Guthrie will celebrate the publication of his new chidren’s book with a book-signing session at the Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield from 1:30-2:30pm on Saturday (August 29).

Old Bill, the famed moose who now resides at the Berkshire Museum, is the subject of Arlo Guthrie’s new children’s book. Illustrated by Kathy Garren, the book tells the tale of the moose that roamed through the Berkshire Hills and became a legend. Berkshire resident and notable moose-ologist Arlo Guthrie was asked to write an introduction for the 75th anniversary reprint of Walter Eaton’s essay, “Odyssey of Old Bill: The Famous Berkshire Moose.” He did so in the form of a poem, which now has been turned into the charming illustrated children’s book, “Old Bill: The Famous Berkshire Moose.”

Copies of the book will be available at the Museum Shop. The book-signing is included with regular museum admission.

UPCOMING: Arlo Guthrie is slated to bring his Alice’s Restaurant 50th Anniversary Tour to the Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield at 7pm on Sunday, October 11. Tickets are $40, $60 & $75.


“Saratoga Stories: Magic & Loss”: From the Page to the Stage

Monday, August 17th, 2015

On Tuesday (August 18), Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs is hosting a very special, one-time-only evening of words and music in celebration of the publication of the book, “Saratoga Stories: Magic and Loss” by longtime Saratoga journalist (and occasional Nippertown contributor) Thomas Dimopoulos.

The collaborative event will feature songs and stories performed by an array of Spa City art scene luminaries including singer-songwriters Michael Jerling, Bob Warren and Jeff Brisbin; poet Paul Pines; longtime Caffe Lena photographer and soundman Joe Deuel; Pete Donnelly of the Figgs; ZBS Foundation co-founder Tom Lopez; multiple Grammy Award-winning record producer and sound engineer Joel Moss; Bob Carlton & Brian Akey of the rock band Dryer; and, of course, writer Thomas Dimopoulos.

Tickets for the Caffe Lena event are $10 in advance; $12 at the door.


The Story Behind a Billion Dollars in Missing Art… [Berkshire on Stage]

Tuesday, July 21st, 2015
13 works of art worth a billion dollars simply disappeared after they were stolen.

13 works of art worth a billion dollars simply disappeared after they were stolen.

“My father was an artist. Loved Rembrandt, loved Vermeer…So this case is important to me.” Former Boston Globe investigative reporter Stephen Kurkjian, with three Pulitzer Prizes under his belt, will give his audience the low down on “Master Thieves: The Boston Gangsters Who Robbed the Gardner Museum,” the subject of his new book. He will be at the Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum in Lenox for a Victorian Tea & Talk to tell the story and autograph copies of his book today (Tuesday, July 21) at 4pm.

His subject is the 1990 theft of 13 works of art worth a half billion dollars from Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, a crime he began to cover in 1997 after the FBI failed to solve the case. The works included “The Concert” (the only Vermeer on view in New England) and Rembrandt’s only seascape, “Christ in the Storm on the Sea of Galilee,” as well as sketches by Degas, a Manet portrait and three other Rembrandts. None of these works have appeared since then.

Click to read the rest at Berkshire on Stage.

REVIEW: “Truro Light: A Journey from Ocean to Bay” by Joseph Schuyler [Get Visual]

Monday, July 20th, 2015
Joseph Schuyler: Harbor View, Evening

Joseph Schuyler: Harbor View, Evening

Review by David Brickman

The spirit of Joseph Schuyler, who died of cancer in January, shines brightly throughout the beautiful book Truro Light: A Journey from Ocean to Bay. Schuyler, a photographer based in Delmar, was able to plan the book (his first) but, sadly, did not live to see it published. It’s fitting that it tells the story of a journey, and that its subject is a place that held deep personal importance for Schuyler, the second-to-last town out on Cape Cod.

I knew Joe for a long time, so this will not be an objective review, but I can attest that some of my in-laws who live on the Cape, were enthralled by his poetic vision of an endlessly beautiful natural world. In a succinct, punchy introduction, Schuyler says “my goal is for you to be able to experience for yourself the sense of this remarkable place,” and he accomplishes that goal handily, but not without also imbuing our experience with the sense of how he sees and feels about his muse.

Schuyler’s vision as a photographer has always been eclectic – he was widely known for work in black and white that recorded decades of productions by Albany’s Capital Repertory Theatre, did catalog work, sold pictures to commercial stock agencies and regularly exhibited fine art prints – and that is also true in this book. We see landscapes, nature details, architecture and abstracts along the journey, and in a signature Schuyler touch, a lot of the pictures are taken in low light, rather than the blazing sun that draws so many to this ocean shore.

Click to read the rest at Get Visual.

Capital Land Crate Digger Round-Up: Devo, Punk Rock & Alex Chilton

Thursday, July 16th, 2015

Reviews by Ross Marvin

While I am a vinyl addict, I don’t discriminate against inferior media. I consume it all with gusto! In this special summer edition of the Crate Digger column I’ve gathered a few non-LP goodies sure to entertain all the pale-faced basement dwellers out there who would prefer to stay inside and obtain obscure pop-cultural knowledge while the pretty people hit the beach.

“Hardcore Devo Live!”
Directed by Keirda Bahruth
MVDvisual, 2014

In what amounts to a loving tribute to guitarist/keyboardist Bob Casale, who died of heart failure in February, 2014 before the band could reunite, this concert film shot at the Fox Theatre in Oakland last year revisits Devo’s early work dating from 1974-1977. Back then, Devo were basement rock freaks in right-wing Akron, and according to leader Mark Mothersbaugh they were more often paid to stop playing their local gigs than they were asked to play encores. Still, the story here is one of fierce self-belief and perseverance in the face of overwhelming odds. On songs like “Mechanical Man,” Devo’s computerized krautrock sets the table for later hits like the ubiquitous new-wave anthem “Whip It.” Others standouts like “Space Girl Blues” and “Baby Talkin’ Bitches” suggest a harder-rocking blues influence (albeit whacked-out de-evolutionary blues) that all but disappeared in the later mainstream recordings.

Filmmaker Keirda Bahruth, who also directed the Thelonious Monster rock-doc “Bob and the Monster,” intersperses talking-head interviews with band members and Akron scenesters between the 21-songs included in this 84 minute-set. The interviews paint Devo as true rock underdogs, and remind this reviewer how influential Devo’s vision was in shaping the DIY culture of the 80s that bred off-beat bands like Blotto here in Albany. There isn’t a tounge-in-cheek song like “Metal Head” without Devo’s anything-but-PC offerings like “Midget.” Believe it or not kids, there was once a time when musicians, comedians and even regular folks could make a joke or poke fun at something and not have it blow up on Twitter as an offense against humanity.


FREE: Poets in the Park @ Albany’s Washington Park

Tuesday, July 7th, 2015

The Poets in the Park reading series is celebrating over 20 years of bringing poetry each July to the Robert Burns statue in Albany’s Washington Park, Albany. The series was created in 1989 by the late Tom Nattell and is now hosted by Albany poet/photographer Dan Wilcox.

The readings are held at 7pm on Saturdays, and admission is free; donations are accepted. Please bring your own chairs or blankets to sit on. The rain site for the readings is Albany’s Social Justice Center.

Here’s the complete schedule for the 2015 Poets in the Park reading series:


FREE: Summer Writers Institute Reading Series @ Skidmore College

Wednesday, July 1st, 2015

The New York State Summer Writers Institute at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs is once again hosting a free series of readings through Friday, July 24.

All readings take place at 8pm at Davis Auditorium in Skidmore’s Palamountain Hall, except for Joyce Carol Oates’ reading on Friday, July 10, which will be held at Gannett Auditorium.

Here’s the complete schedule of upcoming readings for 2015:


What’s the Word? Albany Word Fest Takes Over the Town

Monday, April 13th, 2015


April is National Poetry Month, which means that Albany Poets is once again celebrating this week with the annual Albany Word Fest, a jam-packed week of poetry and spoken word events at venues all throughout Albany.

The fest features a variety of poetry readings, a regional poetry slam and one of Nippertown’s largest spoken word open mics.

Albany Poets board member Avery Stempel explains, “The Albany area has such a strong spoken word community. There are so many people here wholly engaged in bringing their written works to life. Albany Poets does a fantastic job of connecting the various readings in diverse settings throughout the year, but with the Word Fest week in April it all really pulls together – well-attended events at multiple venues for all your poetry needs.”

The fest kicked of yesterday (Sunday, April 12) at McGeary’s Pub with the publication party for the third issue of Albany Poets’ literary journal, Up The River, and spoken word events will continue every day this week, culminating in the third annual Word Fest Invitational Slam at the Steamer No. 10 Theatre in Albany at 7pm on Saturday (April 18).

Here’s a round-up of the complete schedule of events for the 2015 Albany Word Fest:


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