MASS MoCA Announces Fall Schedule of Concerts & More

August 17th, 2017, 12:00 pm by Greg

Of course, MASS MoCA in North Adams is a wonderland of visual art, especially with the opening of the massive new Building 6 exhibition space earlier this year. (The James Turrell work is worth the trip all by itself!)

But the sprawling museum also presents a very forward-thinking array of performing arts as well, and the MASS MoCA folks have just announced their fall schedule of concerts, comedy, theater, dance, films and more.

BONUS: 25% early bird ticket discounts are available for most of the new events if purchased on or before Friday, September 1.

Here are the details of the the newly announced MASS MoCA events:

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Film Conversation & “Starship Troopers” @ EMPAC [Berkshire on Stage]

July 19th, 2017, 10:00 am by Sara

On Thursday (July 20) at 7pm, Hollywood special-effects legend Phil Tippett (“Star Wars,” “Indiana Jones,” “RoboCop”) will join artist Lucy Raven at EMPAC at RPI in Troy for an evening of conversation and film screenings, including the sci-fi classic “Starship Troopers,” for which Tippett designed the early digital monster effects.

Before the event, at 6pm, Raven will celebrate the release of her new EMPAC-produced book, “Low Relief,” charting the strange history of 3D cinema and her experiments with the form.

The founder of Tippett Studios, Phil Tippett has worked over 30 years on visual effects for the film industry. In 1996, he accompanied director Paul Verhoeven to the Badlands of Wyoming to scout locations for the film “Starship Troopers,” which imagines warfare in the 23rd century between planet-colonizing humans and alien bugs called Arachnids. Under a staircase in his Berkley studio, Tippett recently rediscovered 12 hours of VHS tapes documenting the visualization strategy he undertook in transforming the barren landscape into a battlefield covered in digital monsters.

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FREE: Bites Action Camera @ Tricentennial Park

July 10th, 2017, 1:30 pm by Greg

Dinner, music and a movie. It’s a perfect night out.

The Downtown Albany Business Improvement District is presenting a new, free, outdoor summer entertainment series, Bites Camera Action, kicking off today (July 10) in Albany’s Tricentennial Park.

Kick off the evening at 5pm by grazing through the food trucks – including Burger 21, Given to Fry and the Hungry Traveler – while soaking up the sounds of some of Greater Nippertown’s best bands. There will also be movie trivia and games for all ages. Then at 8:30pm watch a free outdoor movie.

Here’s the schedule for the 2017 inaugural season of Bites Action Camera:

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FREE: Summer Family Movies @ Proctors

July 6th, 2017, 3:00 pm by Greg

Proctors’ GE Theatre in Schenectady is hosting a weekly Sunday series of Free Summer Family Movies.

Each film will be screened twice, at 10:30am and 1pm. Admission is free for children and adults. Seating is limited; first-come, first-served.

Here’s the complete schedule for the summer of 2017:

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FEST: QWERTY Festival at the Greenville Drive-In This Weekend

June 19th, 2017, 10:00 am by Greg

QWERTY: The Second Annual Festival of Type and the Letter Arts is slated to take over the Greenville Drive-In this weekend.

QWERTY kicks off on Friday (June 23), which just happens to be World Typewriter Day, and continues on Saturday with live musical concerts, films, a gathering of typewriter poets, typewriter and letter-art and a type-in hosted by Eric Molbach. Bring your typewriter or use one of the free typewriters provided on a first-come first-served basis.

Ticket prices are $10 for Friday; $5 for kids 15 and younger. Saturday tickets are $15; $8 for kids 15 and younger. A two-day, all-festival pass is also available for $20; $10 for kids 15 and younger.

Here’s the complete schedule of events for the 2017 QWERTY Festival:

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Happy Birthday, Bob: A Week-Long Celebration

May 22nd, 2017, 11:00 am by Greg
Bob Dylan @ Mullins Center, Amherst MA, 11/19/2009

Photograph by Martin Benjamin

Bob Dylan celebrates his 76th birthday on Wednesday (May 24), and the legendary singer-songwriter’s influence on music and, in fact, all of American popular culture continues to be so pervasive that a single day of celebration just isn’t enough.

So here’s a round-up of some of the birthday tribute events that are taking place around Greater Nippertown throughout the week:

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WANTED: Photos or Video from Arabellum Studios

May 2nd, 2017, 12:00 pm by Greg

Filmmaker Joe Saba is working on a documentary film, and if you were a musician in Greater Nippertown in the late ’70s-mid-’80s you might be able to help out.

Saba writes, “I’m searching for any & all pictures or video that you might have of Arabellum or Art Snay for a documentary on the Albany music scene and Arabellum Studios back in the day. If you have anything and would like to share, please contact me directly at:

“I know there has to be someone out there that has a snapshot or a video from Arabellum! I’m also going to be looking for stories & personal experiences from those days.”

Filmmaker Mariam Ghani to Screen Rare Afghan Films at EMPAC [Berkshire on Stage]

April 24th, 2017, 1:30 pm by Sara

A 7pm tonight (Monday, April 24), artist Mariam Ghani will present a selection of rare films produced between 1978-1991 from the Afghan Film Archive at EMPAC at RPI in Troy.

What We Left Unfinished is Ghani’s long-term research and film project.

Working in the dual role of artist and historian, Ghani describes the project as “centered around five unfinished Afghan feature films shot, but never edited, between 1978 and 1992: years that encompass the Afghan Communist coup d’état, attempted reforms that met bitter rural resistance, a series of internal purges and assassinations, the Soviet invasion and withdrawal, a five-year attempt at national reconciliation, the handover of power to a mujahidin coalition, and finally dissolution into civil war.

“From the unfinished films commissioned, produced and canceled by various iterations of the Afghan state, in various moments of the Afghan Communist project, we can reconstruct not the truths, precisely, of how the state existed and acted in those moments, but rather its most important fictions: its desires and fears, ambitions and ghosts. In the imaginary presented by most finished films of the period, we see the ideal People’s Democratic Republic that could have been, but wasn’t; in the unfinished films, the reality–a utopian project secured by violent force–lingers like a shadow, just barely concealed behind allegories and codes. The world around the films, where filmmaking itself was a dangerous enterprise, seeps into the world onscreen.”

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