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“Reading Music”: Where Books Meet Songs

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014
Matt Durfee

Matt Durfee (photo: Michael Hochanadel)

At 7pm tonight (Wednesday, August 27), the Albany Public Library is hosting its second “Reading Music” concert. It’s an evening of songs, readings and discussion based on John Steinbeck’s classic novel, “East of Eden.” The evening will feature nearly a dozen brand-spankin’ new original songs penned by Local 518 songsmiths Matt Durfee and Michael Eck. Admission is FREE.

Joining Durfee (vocals, guitar) and Eck (vocals, resonator guitar, resonator mandolin) will be August Sagehorn (bass), Tommy Krebs (drums), Roger Noyes (steel guitar), M.R. Poulopoulos (electric guitar) and Adam Prizio (readings).

You may recall the inaugural “Reading Music” performance back in April featured M.R. Poulopoulos and friends performing a number of original songs based on the novels of Albany’s own Pulitzer Prize-winning author William Kennedy, who was in attendance.


LIVE: M.R. Poulopoulos @ Albany Public Library, 4/16/14

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

Videos by Chad Lowther for the Albany Public Library

Last month the Albany Public Library’s Reading Music program offered a unique evening of literature and music, featuring Albany’s own literary legend William Kennedy and Nippertown singer-songwriter M.R. Poulopoulos.

Part book discussion, part reading, part music performance, Poulopoulos and friends – guitarist-vocalist Matt Durfee, fiddler Laurence Scudder and pedal steel guitarist Roger Noyes – performed original songs inspired by Kennedy’s Albany novels “Ironweed,” “Billy Phelan’s Greatest Game” and “Legs.”

It was the first of a new discussion series featuring works of literature that have inspired works of song.

Today Is FREE Comic Book Day!

Saturday, May 3rd, 2014

Festival Fever: Albany Word Fest, 4/13-19/14

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

Albany Word Fest

April is National Poetry Month, which means that it’s time once again for Albany Word Fest, an annual arts festival that brings together poets, writers and performers from all across upstate New York to celebrate the vibrant poetry and spoken word scene right here in Nippertown.

Organized by Albany Poets, the Albany Word Fest has grown from an afternoon poetry open mic in Thatcher Park in 2001 to this year’s rhyme-a-rama bash – a week-long cavalcade of events taking place at six different venues throughout Albany including featured readings, open mics, poetry slams and more.


LIVE: Timothy Mason & Hiroya Tsukamoto @ Caffe Lena, 3/7/14

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014
Timothy Mason

Timothy Mason

Review and photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

After several impressionistic guitar compositions mixed with Japanese traditional folk songs, including one where he sang in an Okinawan dialect, guitarist Hiroya Tsukamoto apologized that his “accent” may be a little off and that he was not sure of the meaning of some of the words. Nevertheless, it was a treat for the audience assembled there on a recent Friday evening in Saratoga’s famed Caffe Lena.

Before the first set came to a close, Tsukamoto invited distinguished poet Timothy Mason up for an unaccompanied poetry reading or two. Mason launched into a refreshing poem about the wonders of chocolate syrup, and, really, how can you not love a guy who loves chocolate syrup enough to write a poem about it? That poem was a tasty morsel, to say the least.


As Berkshire Women Writers Fest Wraps Up, Secrets, Stories, Awards Revealed [Berkshire on Stage]

Monday, March 24th, 2014

Festival of Women Writers

By Judith Nardacci

Today (Monday, March 24), 7pm
Creating a Positive Future with the Alphabet of Vibration
Workshop led by Analesa Rose Berg
Church on the Hill Annex, 55 Main Street, Lenox

This workshop begins with the premise that creating a future where we honor one another and the earth is possible. What is the new vision? What do we need to release to make room for new ways of being to take place? How do we do that together? The Alphabet of Vibration, an art series created by Analesa Rose Berg, combines Hebrew letters with symbols to serve as prompts to write, draw, or dance what we see, feel, or hear.

Tuesday (March 25), 6:30pm
A Celebration of the Next Generation of Young Women Writers
Hosted by Emily Pulfer-Terino with Olivia Gomez and Anna Durning
Miss Hall’s School, 492 Holmes Road, Pittsfield

This event features creative non-fiction and personal essays by Miss Hall’s students and other high school-age girls in Berkshire County. Participants will be selected by the hosts.

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Peggy Seeger, Poetry & Publishing Highlight Week 3 of Berkshire Festival of Women Writers [Berkshire on Stage]

Friday, March 14th, 2014

Berkshire Festival of Women Writers

During the month of March, 2014, the Berkshire Festival of Women Writers (BFWW) is hosting 58 events. The purpose is to bring women writers of all ages and from many different walks of life together to share their insights and, of course, to celebrate Women’s History Month. BFWW’s list of speakers, panelists and presenters is impressive and contains names both familiar and not.

This is the fourth year for the BFWW which runs from March 1–31 at venues all over Berkshire County. The Festival is sponsored by Bard College at Simon’s Rock with the collaboration of many other organizations. Participants include more than 150 women writers, those 58 separate events taking place at some 30 venues around the county. Complete listings and details of all events are available on the festival’s website. Most events are free and open to the public on a first-come, first-serve basis.

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Berkshire Festival of Women Writers – Week Two [Berkshire on Stage]

Monday, March 10th, 2014

Berkshire Festival of Women Writers  - Week Two

The second week of the Berkshire Festival of Women Writers continues to explore the literary terrain. Complete listings and details of all events are available on the festival’s website. Most events are free and open to the public on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Today (Monday, March 10)
Meeting On the Bridge
Reading and discussion hosted by Gwendolyn VanSant and Kate Abbott, with Multicultural BRIDGE “On the Bridge” columnists for The Berkshire Eagle
Mason Library, 231 Main St., Great Barrington, MA, 7 p.m.
For more than two years, Gwendolyn VanSant of Multicultural BRIDGE and Kate Abbott, Editor of Berkshires Week, have collaborated on “On the Bridge,” a regular column in the magazine which allows Berkshire residents from all over the world to tell their stories. Celebrate the richness of the people around us with “On the Bridge” writers Siobahn Connally, Elizabeth Blackshine and Margot Welch.

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