Archive for the ‘Film/TV/DVD’ Category

FREE: African-American Film Fest @ Crandall Library

Monday, February 6th, 2017

In conjunction with Black History Month, the Crandall Public Library’s Folklife Center in Glens Falls is hosting its 18th annual African-American Film Festival throughout February.

The four films will be screened at 6:30pm on Tuesdays, and admission is free. The series kicks off on Tuesday (February 7) with the Emmy Award-winning documentary “The Quiltmakers of Gee’s Bend.”

Here’s the schedule of films:

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FREE: NYS Writers Institute Schedule for 2017

Wednesday, January 25th, 2017

Painters…
Scientists…
Historians…
Journalists…
Playwrights…
Film directors…

From classic films to a Pulitzer Prize winning poet, from a British television personality to a Supreme Court Justice, from a National Book Award winning novelist to a MacArthur Foundation Grant winning jazz violinist, the New York State Writers Institute’s schedule of free events has been announced for the winter and sporing seasons, and there are plenty of golden opportunities to hear greats of the literary world and beyond.

Most events take place on the University of Albany campus, and admission is free for all of them.

Here’s the full schedule:

TUESDAY, JANUARY 31
Robert Coover, award-winning fiction writer
Seminar: 4:15pm, UAlbany Performing Arts Center’s Recital Hall
Reading: 8pm, UAlbany Performing Arts Center’s Recital Hall
Robert Coover, pioneer of experimental and electronic fiction, is celebrated for work that reinvents and reimagines the art of storytelling. The New York Times has called him “a one-man Big Bang of exploding creative force.” He is the author of more than 25 books, including the novels “The Origin of the Brunists” (1966), which received the William Faulkner Award for best first novel; “The Public Burning” (1977), nominated for a National Book Award; and the story collection “A Night at the Movies” (1987), winner of the Rea Award. His new novel, “Huck Out West” (2017), picks up where Mark Twain’s “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” leaves off – on the eve of the Civil War. In a starred review Booklist described the book as “a near-masterpiece…a surprisingly tender, touching paean to the power of storytelling and the pains of growing up.”

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 1
Shaka Senghor, author and prison reform activist
Lecture: 7pm, “Your Worst Deeds Do Not Define You,” UAlbany Campus Center Ballroom
Reception: 5:30-6:45pm, UAlbany Campus Center’s Patroon Room
Shaka Senghor is the author of the memoir “Writing My Wrongs” (2016), a New York Times bestseller that candidly recounts his life growing up in an abusive household in Detroit during the height of the 1980s crack epidemic, his 19-year incarceration for murder at the age of 19, and the tools he used to confront his past and construct his future. Filmmaker J.J. Abrams praised the book describing it as “a profound story of neglect, violence, discovery, redemption and inspiration….Prepare to have your preconceptions shattered.” Senghor is a leading voice in criminal justice reform.

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FILMS: Rock/Docs @ the Madison Theater

Wednesday, January 4th, 2017

In conjunction with Patrick Harbron‘s photography exhibition, “Rock & Roll Icons” – on view through February 12 – the Albany Institute of History & Art is presenting the Rock/Docs film series at the Madison Theater throughout the month.

Films will be screened at 7pm on Thursdays, and the series will feature a short introductory talk prior to the screening of each film. Tickets are $10; $8 students & seniors.

Here’s the complete schedule of films in the Rock/Docs series:

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BEST OF 2016: Paste’s Top 10 Comedy Specials

Friday, December 23rd, 2016

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 various media outlets, our own contributors and our readers, too.

The editors and writers at Paste have compiled a list of their Top 10 Comedy Specials of the Year.

And, yeah, we all are in need of a laugh after this year, so here it is:

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DECEMBER 21: On This Date…

Wednesday, December 21st, 2016

On this date in 1970, Elvis Presley met Richard Nixon at the White House.

Recommended viewing: “Elvis & Nixon,” starring Michael Shannon as The King.

Lark Street Music: Vintage TV Commercial

Friday, December 16th, 2016

A vintage television commercial for Buzzy Levine’s store that was located on Lark Street in Albany from 1981 until 1999. When the store relocated to Cedar Lane in Teaneck, New Jersey, Levine kept the original name: Lark Street Music

BEST OF 2016: Newsweek’s Top 11 Documentary Films

Friday, December 16th, 2016

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…)

Here’s Newsweek’s list of the Top 11 Documentary Films:

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BEST OF 2016: Pitchfork’s Top 25 Music Videos

Tuesday, December 13th, 2016

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 various media outlets, our own contributors and our readers, too. (Sure, just email ’em to us…)

Here’s a list of the Top 25 Music Videos of the yera, as compiled by the staff at Pitchfork:

25. Rihanna (featuring Drake): “Work”
Directors: Director X/Tim Erem
24. PUP: “Sleep in the Heat”
Director: Jeremy Schaulin-Rioux
23. Mitski: “Your Best American Girl”
Director: Zia Anger
22. D.R.A.M. (featuring Lil Yachty): “Broccoli”
Directors: Nathan R. Smith and Hidji Films
21. Aphex Twin: “CIRKLON3 (Колхозная mix)”
Director: Ryan Wyer
20. Cass McCombs: “Opposite House”
Director: Jonny Look

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