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RIP: Leonard Nimoy, Beloved Actor, Artist & Celebrity Who Lived Long and Prospered [Berkshire on Stage]

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

Leonard Nimoy

By Larry Murray

Photographer Leonard Nimoy, whose exhibition “Secret Selves” was on display in 2010-11 at MASS MoCA in North Adams has died. He was 83. His most indelible role was as Mr. Spock, the totally logical human-alien first officer of the Starship Enterprise in the television and movie juggernaut “Star Trek.” He also recreated the life of Vincent van Gogh writing the play “Vincent,” seen in these parts with Jim Briggs in the dual roles of the Theo and Vincent van Gogh (review).

Nimoy – who announced that he had the disease COPD last year – attributed it to years of smoking. Even though it was a habit he had given up three decades earlier, his wife, Susan Bay Nimoy, confirmed that the cause of death was end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. He had been hospitalized earlier in the week. He died on Friday morning (February 27) at his home in the Bel Air section of Los Angeles.

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New Show Announced for The Egg

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

Chances are that you know Gene Kelly from his classic movie musicals “Singin’ in the Rain” and “An American in Paris.” And, of course, who could forget “Xanadu”?

If you’re a fan, chances are you’ll want to check out “Gene Kelly: The Legacy – An Evening With Patricia Ward Kelly,” which will take place at The Egg’s Hart Theatre in Albany at 7:30pm on Saturday, September 19.

In this unique, live, one-woman show, Patricia Ward Kelly — Gene Kelly’s wife and biographer — takes the audience behind the scenes, as she presents an intimate portrait of the innovative dancer, director and choreographer. Using brilliant film clips, previously unreleased audio recordings, personal keepsakes and stories he shared with her over their decade together, Patricia Kelly takes fans on a journey into the life and heart of the man who changed the look of dance on film and became one of the world’s most beloved stars.

Tickets are now on sale, priced at $18, $28 & $38.

FREE: Fresh Food Film Festival @ Images in Williamstown This Weekend [Berkshire on Stage]

Thursday, February 26th, 2015

Fresh Food Film Festival

By Larry Murray

In a wonderful collaboration with the Williams College Office of Sustainable Food and Agriculture, the Center for Environmental Studies at Williams College, Storey Publishing and Wild Oats Market, Images Cinema in Williamstown presents Fresh Fest: A Food and Farm Film Festival from Friday-Sunday (February 27-March 1). Admission is free. Donations to benefit Images Cinema will be accepted.

“MUSSELS IN LOVE”
Friday (February 27), 5pm
Documentary; In Dutch with English subtitles; 1 hour 23 minutes
The Belgians and French look forward to it with bated breath: the start of the mussel season in the Dutch province of Zeeland. But how does this shellfish end up on our plates? And why do we love them so? “Mussels in Love” (original title “L’AMour des Moules”) is a feature-length documentary that reveals the life of the Zeeland mussel in an intimate, humorous way, with playful music and fascinating close-ups that turn the shell-fish into abstract art.

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The Best Films of 2014 [Get Visual]

Friday, February 20th, 2015
Patricia Arquette and Ellar Coltrane in Boyhood

Patricia Arquette and Ellar Coltrane in Boyhood

Reviews by David Brickman

With the awards season in full swing, I’m ready to weigh in on my favorite films of the past year. 2014 was an excellent year for movies, and that shows in the truly tough-to-handicap Oscar races. Luckily, I have so far seen six of the eight Best Picture nominees, and they are all worth the time. I’ve missed American Sniper and Selma, but plan to see the former very soon. As for the latter, I’m just not that interested in a dramatic alteration of Civil Rights history, so I’m skipping it.

1. Boyhood - How anybody can not be completely blown away by the achievement of this 12-year project by Richard Linklater is beyond me. It’s a drama about a kid growing up, in which all the actors actually age in real time through the course of the filming. More than that – it’s a really great life story, beautifully performed. Patricia Arquette will win the Oscar for this one, and if Linklater doesn’t, it’s simply wrong.

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EMPAC Streams Cally Spooner’s Live Show Around the World on Friday [Berkshire on Stage]

Thursday, February 12th, 2015

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By Larry Murray

From Ed Sullivan to Jimmy Fallon, the TV variety show is a well-known format to American audiences. The at-home viewer watches a cavalcade of performers entertain an unseen studio audience, while that studio audience is complicit in the show, laughing and applauding according to prompts and direction. On Friday (February 13) at 8pm, for the final evening of her residency at EMPAC at RPI in Troy, artist Cally Spooner will stage a TV variety show in Studio 1, shot before a live studio audience and live-streamed to viewers around the world as part of her in-progress film work And You Were Wonderful, On Stage.

For the past two years, Spooner has developed material for the piece through itinerant engagements at galleries and performing arts venues around the world. Sketching scenes and stand-alone vignettes as the piece traveled, she performed a live musical version of And You Were Wonderful, On Stage with a chorus line of singers at Tate Modern last winter before coming to finish the work in residency at EMPAC.

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Real Good for FREE: NYS Writers Institute’s Classic Film Series

Thursday, February 5th, 2015

In addition to the winter/spring semester’s worth of free readings by a wide variety of writers, the New York State Writers Institute also presents its Classic Film Series. Events are free and open to the public and located at UAlbany’s Page Hall.

The centerpiece of the NYS Writers Institute’s film series this spring will be the William A. Wellman Film Festival, a screening of five examples of the best work of legendary Hollywood director William A. Wellman, which display the remarkable range of styles and interests over the course of his long and prolific career. The series will culminate on Friday, May 1 with an appearance by the director’s son, William Wellman, Jr., who will read from and discuss his new biography of his father, “Wild Bill Wellman: Hollywood Rebel.”

“LET THE FIRE BURN”
Friday (February 6), 7pm
Followed by a discussion with director Jason Osder
Directed by Jason Osder (United States, 2013, 88 minutes, b/w and color)
Starring Birdie Africa, Ramona Africa, Wilson Goode
This multiple award-winning documentary presents a history of the tragic conflict between the City of Philadelphia and the Black Liberation organization MOVE in the mid-1980s. The Variety reviewer said, “The brilliantly edited tapestry of actions and reactions exposes a pattern of prejudice and fear capable of infinitely repeating itself.”

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Fugue States, Feral Horses and the Choreography of Flesh @ EMPAC on Saturday [Berkshire on Stage]

Wednesday, January 28th, 2015
Ward of the Feral Horses, by Moroccan-Israeli artist Orit Ben-Shitrit, explores the sensation of a person being trapped in their body.

“Ward of the Feral Horses,” by Moroccan-Israeli artist Orit Ben-Shitrit, explores the sensation of a person being trapped in their body.

Over at EMPAC at RPI in Troy, New York we look forward to “media-dance” pioneer and Merce Cunningham collaborator Charles Atlas, who will be in residence this spring to develop a new piece of choreography tailored for the screen.

The multimedia dance form he helped popularize has been a programming priority at the Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (110 8th St., Troy) ever since its opening.

With generous support from the Jaffe Fund for Experimental Media and Performing Arts, the DANCE MOViES commission will present this year’s selected works on Saturday (January 31) at 7pm. Admission is free.

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ADDITIONAL UPCOMING REAL GOOD FOR FREE EVENTS FOR 2015:

New Music & Cultural Symposium @ UAlbany Performing Arts Center, Albany, 1/29-31/15
Free Day @ MASS MoCA, North Adams, 1/31/15
New York State Writers Institute’s Visiting Writers Series @ UAlbany, Albany, various days
Music at Noon @ Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy, select Thursdays
Beat the Snow Winter Concert Series @ Schenectady Public Library, Schenectady, Sundays

“Empire” Tackles Homophobia and Grows Its Ratings, Is Renewed for Second Season [Berkshire on Stage]

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015
Empire

“Empire” is a powerful new drama about the head of a music empire whose three sons and ex-wife all battle for his throne.

Story by Larry Murray

Averaging a 5.3 rating in Nielsen’s Most Current measure, FOX-TV’s Empire has emerged as the No. 1 new series of the season. Following its second episode, it is the only new broadcast drama this season to grow from week one to week two.

Yesterday at the Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour, the cast and producers of the new hit drama series Empire fielded questions from reporters about the popular new series and our colleague Jim Halterman had the chance to ask creator Lee Daniels and star Terrence Howard about the homophobia portrayed in Howard’s character.

“Homophobia is rampant in the African‑American community, and men are on the DL,” Howard said. “They don’t come out because the priest says, your pastor says, your mama says, your next‑door neighbor says, your homie says, your brother says, your boss says…and so I wanted to blow the lid off the door and on homophobia in my community.”

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