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Take a Load Off, Fanny: Celebrating the Music of The Band

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016

Rick Danko, Levon Helm, Garth Hudson, Richard Manuel and Robbie Robertson… Five musicians who helped forge folk-rock with Bob Dylan and pioneered Americana (from a Canadian perspective) as The Band… all from an unassuming house in Saugerties in the ’60s.

The Band’s glorious run in the spotlight came to an end on Thanksgiving Day in 1976, with director Martin Scorsese capturing the Band and their non-stop parade of special guests – Muddy Waters, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Dr. John, Van Morrison and so many more – in one of the greatest rock concert films of all time, “The Last Waltz.”

This week marks the 40th anniversary of The Band’s final concert, and there are quite a few special events going on around Greater Nippertown to celebrate The Last Waltz. Here’s a round-up of some of those events:

TELEVISION: “THE LAST WALTZ” @ WMHT-TV
Wednesday, November 23, 7:30pm
Thursday, November 24, 1am, 3pm & 11pm
Wednesday, November 30, 9pm
The Greater Nippertown PBS-TV station broadcasts the classic concert film, plus a conversation with Levon Helm recorded by WMHT in the performer’s kitchen not long before his death, and new interviews with Robbie Robertson recorded in LA by WMHT’s Scott Sauer.

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“Star Trek” Convention Lands in Albany This Weekend

Thursday, November 10th, 2016

Beam me up, Scotty…

The original “Star Trek” television series is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, so the timing seems right for the Northeast Trek Con to take over Albany’s Radisson Hotel this weekend (Friday-Sunday, November 11-13).

The three-day convention will feature Trek merchandise for sale, a number of exhibits and, of course, an array of special guests, including Robert Picardo (the holographic doctor from “Star Trek Voyager”), Nana Visitor (Kira Nerys from “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine”), Robin Curtis (Lieutenant Saavik in the “Star Trek” films III & IV) and lots more.

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Win FREE Tickets to the There Goes the Neighborhood Film Festival @ the Sanctuary for Independent Media on Sunday

Thursday, November 10th, 2016

The Sanctuary for Independent Media is Troy is hosting the There Goes the Neighborhood Film Festival, a one-day film fest, on Sunday (November 13). The fest features screenings of a number of films based around the theme of urban struggles, hopes and dreams, culminating in a celebration of Greater Nippertown’s young filmmakers from Youth FX in Albany, TBU Productions in Schenectady and Youth Media Sanctuary in Troy.

In addition to the films, the fest will feature conversations between filmmakers, urban planners, community organizers and festival-goers.

The fest takes place from 12noon-7:30pm, and admission is by donation – $10 suggested; 45 for students & low-income.

BUT WAIT… Have we got a deal for you! We’re giving away a pair of FREE TICKETS for the show to a lucky Nippertown reader! To enter the contest, 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 12:30pm on Friday (November 11), and the winner will be selected at random and notified on Friday afternoon. Enter today! And good luck!

Here’s the schedule of films:

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Films & Talk Explore the Art of Robert Hite [Berkshire on Stage]

Tuesday, October 25th, 2016

A special film screening and artist talk will be presented at 7pm on Thursday (October 27) at Pittsfield’s Berkshire Museum in conjunction with the exhibition Living on Earth: The Work of Robert Hite. The solo show of sculpture, paintings and photography by artist Robert Hite is a dual exhibition at the Berkshire Museum and Hancock Shaker Village. Living on Earth will be on view at both venues through Sunday (October 30). Living on Earth is funded in part by Balance Rock Investment Group, the Dobbins Foundation, Guido’s Fresh Marketplace and Take Magazine.

The special film screening will be the Berkshire premier of two films about Robert Hite’s work, both directed by award-winning filmmaker Okin Khan. Little Corn follows Hite during a trip to Central America in the winter of 2015 to photograph and film rural houses along the Atlantic coast of Nicaragua. Living on Earth is a documentary portraying Hite and his preparations for his exhibitions at Hancock Shaker Village and Berkshire Museum.

A Q&A session with the artist will follow the films. Tickets are $7.50; $5 for members of the Berkshire Museum and Hancock Shaker Village.

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FILM: “The Accountant” [Get Visual]

Tuesday, October 25th, 2016

Review by David Brickman

OK, so it didn’t get the greatest reviews, and it’s a Hollywood action thriller (not my thing), but I couldn’t resist the topic, so I went to see “The Accountant” this weekend – and it was fun. Too violent, yes, with a plot full of holes, but entertaining and in some ways really well done. (BTW, if you’re still wondering why this art reviewer couldn’t resist the film’s topic, see my profile.)

Ben Affleck stars as a sociopathic killing machine with autism, who also happens to be a CPA, and who – we learn gradually – operates according to his own moral code (just like all Hollywood sociopathic killing machines). But how often do you get to see a leading man with autism? (Pretty often, now that I think of it, considering “Rain Man,” “A Beautiful Mind,” “Good Will Hunting,” “The Imitation Game”…)

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Sean Rowe Meets “The Accountant”

Monday, October 24th, 2016

Yes, that’s Sean Rowe’s song “To Leave Something Behind” in the soundtrack to the new hit film “The Accountant”

The song – released as a single on Anti Records in 2013 – plays at the closing of the film, which stars Ben Affleck.

The soundtrack also features music by Bach, My Morning Jacket’s Jim James and trumpeter-composer Mark Isham.

“Hamilton’s America” Kicks Off PBS-TV’s Fall Arts Fest [Berkshire on Stage]

Thursday, October 20th, 2016

Broadway and history combine for a timely look at the making of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning mega-hit Hamilton.

“Hamilton’s America,” the documentary film that brings history to vivid life through the lens of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s pop culture Broadway phenomenon Hamilton – winner of 11 Tony Awards and the Pulitzer Prize – explodes onto television sets at 9pm on Friday (October 21) as the season premiere of the PBS Arts Fall Festival.

The story of Alexander Hamilton is most remembered for its dramatic conclusion, which saw Hamilton killed in a duel by Vice President Aaron Burr. But the full story of this political genius – a poor immigrant who built himself up from nothing to become one of the nation’s most vital architects – has largely been forgotten by history… until now.

Today, Hamilton’s fan club is vocal and growing, thanks, in no small measure, to Tony, Grammy and Emmy-winning composer and actor, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s revolutionary musical. With its young cast claiming America’s history as its own, Hamilton is redefining how audiences learn about history.

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Friday, October 14th, 2016

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