Archive for the ‘Film/TV/DVD’ Category

“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.

Click here to read the rest at Berkshire on Stage


And Now a Word From Our Sponsor…

Friday, October 14th, 2016

Britney Spears shills for a Japanese candy company…

FEST: Woodstock Film Festival Kicks Off on Thursday

Tuesday, October 11th, 2016

Independent films from all around the world will compete in a dozen categories at the 17th annual Woodstock Film Festival, which launches on Thursday (October 13) and runs through Sunday (October 16).

This year’s world premieres are “Blind,” “Halfway to Zen,” “Magnificent Burden,” “They Played for Their Lives” and “Women of Maidan.” North American premieres are “Clean Hands,” “The Drowning,” “The Fury,” “Stray Bullets,” “Freedom Runners” and “Monster in the Mind.” Films making their U.S. premiere are “Shepherds and Butchers,” “The Confession” and “Stronger Than Bullets.”


And Now a Word from Our Sponsor…

Friday, September 30th, 2016

James Brown hawking Nissan Miso Soup. We think he likes it…

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:


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:


FESTIVAL FEVER: This Weekend’s Fest Round-Up

Thursday, August 11th, 2016

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…


Friday-Sunday (August 12-14)
Freehold Aviation, Freehold

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


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.


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…

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.”



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