This year the Saratoga Performing Arts Center celebrated its 50th anniversary, and the SPAC folks are wrapping up the year-long celebration with the publication of a limited edition, 350-page commemorative coffee table book. Edited by Spa City historian Field Horne and designed by Saratoga Living’s creative director David Perry, the 12 x 12-inch book explores SPAC’s classical music, dance, pop & rock and educational offerings through 11 themed chapters, featuring more than 450 images and essays by Skidmore professors Denise Warner Limoli (associate professor of dance) and Tom Denny (professor emeritus of music history).
The Hyde Collection in Glens Fall unveils a commemorative-edition catalogue celebrating the 80th annual Artists of the Mohawk-Hudson Region exhibition, which is on view through the end of the year showcasing the work of 106 Greater Nippertown artists. The 186-page, full-color book features an ephemeral timeline, essays by Museum Director Erin Coe and MHR curator/juror Michael Oatman, and features each of the artists in the exhibition.
Yes, it’s that time of year once again – best of the year list-time, that is. We’re gathering together Best of 2016 from media outlets, our own contributors and our readers, too. (Sure, just email ’em to us…)
In conjunction with the popular 2015-2016 exhibition of the same name, the Albany Institute of History & Art has published a book focusing on some of Greater Nippertown’s most historical and unique artifacts from Albany Billiard Balls to Troy-Bilt Rototillers. It’s a 122-page, softcover book with two full pages of full-color illustrations and informational text dedicated to each of the 50 chosen objects – including Nipper, of course.
This month, Proctors marks its 90th anniversary, and in conjunction with the celebration, the Schenectady arts and entertainment complex has published a new, deluxe hardcover photo book, that examines Proctors’ history, but also focuses on Proctors today, and its role in the renewal of downtown Schenectady. The book features more than 100 photographs and is divided into 14 chapters penned by Proctors’ publicist Michael Eck. “This is our story,” says Proctors CEO Philip Morris. “This is a snapshot of who we are right now.”
In the middle of her concert at The Egg’s Swyer Theatre last night, one of her adoring fans informed Amanda Palmer (and the rest of the sold-out crowd) that Leonard Cohen had died. Palmer collapsed on the stage, weeping.
“I loved him,” she eventually explained. “He remains the most inspirational performer I’ve ever seen because he’s so humble.”
And at the end of her three-hour-plus, soul-baring performance, Palmer sat quietly at the grand piano gathering herself together. “Some songs get covered a lot because they’re just that good. And that’s OK…,” she half-whispered, before finally easing tentatively into a elegiac, broken-hearted, tear-stained rendition of “Hallelujah,” a song that I had previously thought I never needed to hear again.
I was wrong. I needed to hear it last night…
I only saw Leonard Cohen perform once, and to be quite honest, I don’t remember much about his music. I was a young man at my first big music fest, the Mariposa Folk Festival at Innis Lake, a big open field some 30 miles north of Toronto. The release of his debut album, Songs of Leonard Cohen, was still months away.
What I do vividly remember, however, is strolling from one workshop to another in the mid-day sun and stumbling across a small, impromptu gathering. I joined them, sitting cross-legged in a circle of maybe 20 people, listening to Cohen’s painfully intimate voice as he read from his novel, “Beautiful Losers,” for an hour or so.