Archive for the ‘Film/TV/DVD’ Category

Times Union Center Announces New Concert

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

Yes, it’s time once again for those “American Idol” contestants to jump off of your TV screen and onto the stage at Albany’s Times Union Center. The Top 10 finalists of the 13th season of FOX-TV’s “American Idol” – that would be C.J. Harris, Jena Irene, Caleb Johnson, Jessica Meuse, MK Nobilette, Alex Preston, Dexter Roberts, Majesty Rose, Malaya Watson and Sam Woolf, just in case you haven’t been tuning in – will land in the TU Center spotlight at 8pm on Wednesday, June 25, for just the second stop on the tour.

Ticket are scheduled to go on sale to the general public on Friday, May 9, although ticket prices are still $TBA.

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Win FREE Tickets to See “The Blues Brothers” @ the Palace Theatre on Monday!

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

Jake (John Belushi) and Elwood (Dan Ackroyd) are on a mission from God, and they’re gettin’ the old band back together again in the classic rockin’ 1980 film, “The Blues Brothers,” with star-time cameos from such R&B greats as James Brown, Aretha Franklin, Cab Calloway and Ray Charles.

And you can catch all the action on the big screen at Albany’s Palace Theatre at 7pm on Monday (April 21). Tickets are $5; $3 for children.

BUT WAIT… Have we got a deal for you! We’re giving away a pair of FREE TICKETS to the show. To enter, just post a comment below. Please leave your email address, too. We won’t publish it, but we’ll use it to contact you if you win. The deadline to enter is 12noon on Monday (April 21), and the winner will be selected at random and notified on Monday afternoon. Don’t delay, enter today! And good luck!

“The Voice”: Nippertown Native Dani Moz Moves On to the Next Round

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Last night (Monday, April 14) during the second round of the Playoffs on NBC-TV’s singing competition “The Voice,” Nippertown native Dani Moz sat down at the grand piano and powered her way into the next LIVE round with a dramatic rendition of Lady Gaga’s “The Edge of Glory.”

Stay tuned as Moz’s journey on “The Voice” continues…

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Albany Native Dani Moz Dukes It Out in the Second Battle Round of “The Voice”

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

The Kentucky vs. UConn face-off for the NCAA Men’s National Basketball Championship wasn’t the only big match-up on television last night.

Nippertown native Dani Moz was back in the network television spotlight again last night (Monday, April 7), fighting hard in her attempt to survive the second Battle Round of NBC-TV’s hit singing competition, “The Voice.”

She kicked off the show last night in a heated Team Shakira battle against Clarissa Sterna, as they went toe-to-toe, note-for-note on a soaring rendition of Pink’s “Perfect.” And at the end of the song when the dust finally cleared and the applause died down, the winner was unquestionably…

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DVD: “Don’t Ask Me Questions: The Unsung Life of Graham Parker and the Rumour”

Friday, April 4th, 2014

“Don’t Ask Me Questions: The Unsung Life of Graham Parker and the Rumour”
Directed by Michael Gramaglia
(Virgil Films), 2013
Available on iTunes now
Available on DVD on Tuesday, April 8, $19.99

Funded in part through a Kickstarter campaign, documentary director Michael Gramaglia has captured an intimate portrait of veteran rocker Graham Parker’s journey from England to Woodstock, from the days of his early success with his band the Rumour, through his long and varied indie solo career, to the recent Rumour reunion – more than three decades after the band’s break-up.

In addition to a delicious array of vintage performance clips, there are a number of insightful talking heads in the film, most notably Bruce Springsteen, Nick Lowe, Judd Apatow and Joe Jackson. Naturally, the members of the Rumour also weigh in with some frank commentary, and Parker himself reveals a calm, comfortable and confident side of his personality that’s a far cry from his days as one of the guiding lights of the Angry Young Men of the British New Wave.

And for Local 518 music fans, yes, the Figgs – who have frequently been Parker’s backing band between the Rumour years – make an appearance as well. Only one song – “Broken Skin” from the 2010 album, Imaginary Television – is included, so there’s nothing from the legendary The Last Rock and Roll Tour, recorded live at Bogie’s in Albany in 1996. But both Pete Donnelly and Mike Gent (sporting as Incredible Casuals t-shirt) appear in brief interview clips.

AND, YES: The Figgs – minus Parker – are back in Nippertown tonight (Friday, April 4) for the grand opening show of the Low Beat in Albany. Chalaque opens the show at 8pm, and advance tickets are $10. You can bet that it’s gonna get mighty crowded, so if you want a good spot for the show, why not head over to the Low Beat at 10am today (Friday, April 4) for the official ribbon cutting, and then just hang out all day?

Knick Flicks: Knickerbocker Film Festival Announces First Round of Films

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

The fifth annual Knickerbocker Film Festival has announced dates and the first round of films to be screened. The fest will run from Monday-Thursday, April 21-24 at three different locations in Albany – 7pm on Monday, April 21 at the Madison Theater; 6:30pm on Tuesday, April 22 at WAMC-FM’s The Linda; 6:30pm on Wednesday, April 23 at Spectrum 8 Theatres; and 6:30pm on Thursday, April 24 back at the Madison Theater. In addition, the fest will also present a sneak preview at the Arts Center of the Capital Region in Troy at 7pm on Friday, April 18. Admission is $10 for each screening.

So, what will you be seeing at the fest? Well, more than 70 films were submitted from all around the globe, and here’s the list of the first handful of movies that have been selected for festival screening:

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Oh Honey Update: From “Glee” to the Road

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

Late last month, the Brooklyn-based folk-pop duo Oh Honey – featuring singer-guitarist Mitchy Collins and singer-Clifton Park native Danielle Bouchard - signed a major label record deal with Atlantic Records.

And things have been rolling along quite nicely since then…

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FILM: People’s Pixel Project @ the Wood Theater, 3/23/14

Thursday, March 20th, 2014
Above: 2013 P3 winners on stage at the Wood Theater, April 7, 2013.

Above: 2013 P3 winners on stage at the Wood Theater, April 7, 2013.

The Wood Theater in Glens Falls will play host to the fifth annual People’s Pixel Project screening at 3pm on Sunday (March 23). Sponsored by the Lake George Arts Project, the People’s Pixel Project is a celebration of locally produced short videos – including such genres as animated, comedy, documentary, narrative and music video – the majority of which range from 3-5 minutes.

A brief awards ceremony and filmmaker Q&A will follow the screening while audience members vote for the People’s Choice Award.

The People’s Pixel Project will showcase video shorts made by the following filmmakers:

Christopher Brown, Capital Region Robotics, Blacklight Lighthouse, Molly Davis, Emily Fisher, Riley Bernnan & Emily Erdman, Kaitlyn Vogel, Calvin O’Connor, Jordan Whittemore, Kerry Levielle, Christopher Lemelin, Kate Austin-Avon, Caitlin Stedman, Ryan Schnackenberg, Super Dark Collective, Jeromy McFarren, Mark Spitzer and John W. Yost

Admission is $10 with proceeds to benefit the Lake George Arts Project.

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