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Friday, September 30th, 2016

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Palace Theatre Announces Film Series

Friday, September 23rd, 2016

Downtown Albany’s Palace Theatre has announces its upcoming 2016-2017 film series, which kicks off on Wednesday, October 12. Tickets are $5 for adults (except where noted). A season pass for the film series is also available – all 19 films for $47.50. Showtime for the films is 7pm (except where noted).

Here’s the schedule of films for the Palace Theatre:

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The Egg Celebrates The Band; Announces New Concerts

Monday, September 19th, 2016

The Egg continues its New York Living Legacy series with a series of concerts, talks and films that explore the creativity and inspiration of The Band, the Saugerties/Woodstock-based band that launched their career with their iconic debut album, Music from Big Pink, in 1968.

Tickets to the concerts are currently available exclusively to members of The Egg and will go on sale to the general public at 11am on Tuesday (September 20).

Here’s a schedule of concerts, talks and films celebrating the music of The Band:

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FESTIVAL FEVER: This Weekend’s Fest Round-Up

Thursday, August 11th, 2016

HUDSON VALLEY JAZZ FESTIVAL
Today-Sunday (August 11-14)
Various locations in Peekskill, Warwick, Beacon, Webster, Pawling, more
Featuring the New York Swing Exchange, the Chris Persad Group, Lindsey Webster, the Voyagers, the David Crone Trio, the Jeff Chiampa Group, the Eric Person Quartet, the Hudson Valley Jazz Ensemble, the Stonehouse Jazz Project, the Jazz Patients, KJ Denhert, Kahlif Bobatoon, Karl Latham, 3D Rhythym of Life, more…

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BLUEGRASS IN GREENVILLE
Friday-Sunday (August 12-14)
Freehold Aviation, Freehold

UPDATE: Sadly, this annual festival has been cancelled…permanently.

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LAKE GEORGE BRITISH INVASION FESTIVAL
Charles Wood Park, Lake George
Saturday (August 13), $10
7pm: The Half Brits (tribute to Fleetwood Mac)
8pm: Across the Pond (tribute to the Beatles)
9pm: Out on the Tiles with string orchestra (tribute to Led Zeppelin)
Sunday (August 14), $10
7pm: Tumblin’ Dice (tribute to the Rolling Stones)
7:30pm: The Dirty Harri’s (tribute to George Harrison)
8pm: Veena & Devesh Chandra
8:30pm: The Resolutions
9pm: Out on the Tiles (tribute to Emerson, Lake & Palmer)
9:30pm: The Hudson River Music Hall House Band (tribute to David Bowie)
Proceeds from the festival will benefit the revival and restoration of the Strand Theater in Hudson Falls.

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DOG FILM FESTIVAL
Sunday (August 14), 11am & 1:30pm
Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington
Morning program @ 11am, $15
Afternoon program @ 1:30pm, $15
Celebrating the remarkable bond between dogs and their people, through two completely different 90-minute screenings of short films (narrative, documentary and animated) from around the world that inspire, educate and entertain. All films are appropriate for the whole family, and $5 from each ticket goes to the Berkshire Humane Society. GO HERE for a complete listing of films in each program…

ADDITIONAL UPCOMING FESTIVALS FOR 2016:
FRESHGRASS @ MASS MoCA, North Adams, September 16-18
JAZZ AT THE LAKE @ Shepard Park, Lake George, September 17 & 18, FREE
AMERICAN MUSIC FESTIVAL FOR THE LAKE @ Charles Wood Park, Lake George, September 24 & 25

Happy 35th Birthday, MTV! Welcome to MTV Classic!

Monday, August 1st, 2016

Yes, boys & girls, today (Monday, August 1) marks the 35th anniversary of the launch of MTV. And today also marks a new beginning as the VH1 Classic cable channel transforms into MTV Classic.

The new MTV Classic channel actually launched at 6am today with “MTV Hour One,” a re-broadcast of the very first hour of MTV programming that originally aired in 1981. And if you weren’t awake/tuned in earlier this morning, the hour will be repeated at 12noon today. (And it will also air on MTV’s Facebook page via Facebook Live.)

But sadly, as it turns out MTV Classic isn’t really about those classic MTV music videos of Duran Duran, REO Speedwagon, Adam Ant or Van Halen. Not at all. Rather the new channel is promising to focus on the MTV fare of the ’90s – when the network had already mostly ditched music videos in favor of “reality” TV, animated shows and scripted programs – “Daria,” “MTV Cribs,” “Beavis & Butt-Head,” “Aeon Flux” and “Laguna Beach,” along with a smattering of “MTV Unplugged” and “TRL.”

Whatever…

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Re-Cap: Berkshire International Film Fest 2016 [Berkshire on Stage]

Friday, June 10th, 2016
Berkshire International Film Festival (BIFF) poster 2016.

Berkshire International Film Festival (BIFF) poster 2016.

With the final events of last week’s Berkshire International Film Festival (BIFF) now history, the star-studded event is finally wrapped up. For a few days in June, the Berkshires were filled with luminaries such as Yo-Yo-Ma, Bruce Dern, Karen Allen, Meryl Streep, Ann Roth, Joan Anderson, Sheila Nevins, Mike Haley, Kent Jones, Noah Baumbach, Jake Paltrow, Gregory Crewdson, Julie Goldman, Ethel Sheffer and Douglas Trumbull. They were among 40 filmmakers in attendance. In addition, the BIFF announced the winners of the annual BIFF Juried Prize Award and the BIFF Audience Award.

In the Juried documentary category, the winner was Untouchable written and directed by David Feige, and in the Juried narrative category the Iranian entry, Wednesday, May 9 was awarded the prize. The Jury prize is sponsored by GWFF USA and was presented at a brunch Sunday at allium Restaurant in Great Barrington. Serving on the BIFF Jury were actors Mary Kay Place and Peter Riegert, Josh Braun and Dan Braun of Submarine Entertainment, casting director Gretchen Rennell, film executive Bob Harper and New York Film Festival director Kent Jones.

The Audience Award Winner for best narrative feature was a tie between Year by the Sea directed by Alexander Janko and starring Karen Allen, and the French film Our Women directed by Richard Barry. The Audience Award Winner for best documentary feature was the Sundance hit film Life, Animated directed by Roger Rees Williams.

Click to read the rest at Berkshire on Stage.

The Lazy Suns Debut New Song

Tuesday, June 7th, 2016

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Greater Nippertown roots-rockers the Lazy Suns have been working on their new CD for quite some time now, and now we’re finally about to get a sneak preview when the song “Find Your Way” is featured on “Severed Hand,” the season finale of “The Yard” airing at 10pm on Wednesday (June 8) on the National Geographic Channel. “Find Your Way” is one of 14 new tracks on the band’s upcoming CD Glass Mountain due out later this summer.

Berkshire International Film Festival 2016 Kicks Off Today [Berkshire on Stage]

Thursday, June 2nd, 2016
Kevin Sprague photo from BIFF 2015 – and 2016 is looking great, too!

Kevin Sprague photo from BIFF 2015 – and 2016 is looking great, too!

The 11th annual Berkshire International Film Festival (BIFF) kicks off its packed weekend line-up of films today (Thursday, June 2), marked by stronger international programming and continuing dedication to the best in documentary film. The BIFF will showcase 26 documentaries, 26 narrative features and 17 short films from 26 countries, including Germany, Afghanistan, Brazil, Australia, Iran, England, India, France, China, Italy, Israel, Austria, Norway, Hungary, Argentina and Iceland. The festival runs from today (June 2) through Sunday (June 5) in Great Barrington and from Friday-Sunday in Pittsfield.

To quote BIFF Founder and Executive Director, Kelley Vickery: “I believe this is one of the best festivals we have ever programmed. I am absolutely thrilled not only with our special events, but also our incredible line-up of foreign films, documentaries, narrative dramas, and shorts. Once again, we have secured the best in independent film which is what our audience has come to expect. It is exciting to have Yo-Yo Ma, Bruce Dern, Karen Allen, Doug Trumbull, Noah Baumbach, Gregory Crewdson, Jake Paltrow and Kent Jones as highlights in our program. It doesn’t get better than that! The BIFF’s programming has combined our community’s sense of wonder, curious spirit, intellectual needs, and desire to engage in and explore the world around us, as well as to learn about stories close to home. With 26 countries represented, the BIFF truly brings the world to the Berkshires!”

Click to read the rest at Berkshire on Stage.

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