“The Voice”: Moriah Formica Burns It Up

October 17th, 2017, 8:45 am by Greg

Recap of Monday’s episode of NBC-TV’s “The Voice:”

On the opening night of the Battle Round, Coach Miley Cyrus’ team pitted 16-year-old Shaker High School student Moriah Formica against Shilo Gold on a seriously rockin’ rendition of the Guess Who’s “American Woman.”

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FREE: Silent Film Spectacular Returns to Albany Library

October 10th, 2017, 10:00 am by Greg

The award-winning Silent Film Spectacular series returns to Albany Public Library’s Washington Avenue Branch this month with three performances. The series features silent movies screened alongside live performances of original soundtracks crafted by Greater Nippertown musicians.

The performances will be held in the library’s large auditorium at 7pm on the next three Wednesdays. Admission is free.

Here’s the schedule:

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Moriah Formica Wows ‘Em on “The Voice”

October 3rd, 2017, 8:00 am by Greg

Move over, Sawyer Fredericks. It looks like you’re not the only Greater Nippertown singer to use “The Voice” as a launching pad for a successful music career…

In her national television debut on Monday evening (October 2), 16-year-old Shaker High School student Moriah Formica totally knocked out the celebrity judges of NBC-TV’s “The Voice.” On Week Two of the blind auditions, her wailing performance of Heart’s “Crazy on You” earned her a four-chair turn and high praise from Maroon 5’s Adam Levine, who declared “I think this girl is the next great female rock ‘n’ roll singer.”

Despite the accolades from Levine and the high level of competition between the other judge, Formica chose Miley Cyrus as her coach.

Nathan Lane Is Headed to Proctors

October 2nd, 2017, 1:00 pm by Greg

He has dazzled audiences of theater, television and film for decades. Now, the incomparable, unpredictable Nathan Lane will be live on stage at Proctors in Schenectady for an evening of conversation and Q&A with the audience at 7:30pm on Friday, November 10. The evening will begin with a showing of one of his most defining and hilarious films, “The Birdcage” co-starring Robin Williams, on Proctors’ big screen.

Priced at $35–$85; VIP $150, tickets go on sale to the general public at 10am on Friday (October 6).

Boudry / Lorenz’s Film “Telepathic Improvisation” @ EMPAC [Berkshire on Stage]

September 25th, 2017, 3:00 pm by Sara

On Thursday (September 28), the Berlin-based artistic duo Pauline Boudry & Renate Lorenz will screen their new film “Telepathic Improvisation” at EMPAC at RPI in Troy. The event begins at 7pm and will include a conversation with Victoria Brooks, EMPAC’s curator of time-based visual arts.

Shot in the EMPAC Theater during Spring 2017, “Telepathic Improvisation” takes as its starting point the late Rensselaer professor and famed composer Pauline Oliveros’ 1974 score of the same name. Scored as prose rather than musical notation, the original Oliveros work calls for the audience to telepathically communicate with the performers, creating “heightened states of awareness” based on an expanded space of communication. Indeed, “telepathy” in this sense, means simply “feeling at a distance.” Boudry / Lorenz take this idea further, asking the film’s audience to also communicate with the other, non-human, elements onstage, from the theatrical lights to a group of autonomous white boxes that glide across the stage.

The film is bookended by a 1969 text by German revolutionary Ulrike Meinhof that prescribes resistance in the face of global capitalist oppression. In this vein, “Telepathic Improvisation” attempts to disrupt historical narratives surrounding agency and action by elevating the technical, non-human actors to the equal status of their human counterparts and communicate new worlds collectively.

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RIP: Harry Dean Stanton, 1926-2017

September 18th, 2017, 10:00 am by Greg

Sachal Ensemble: In Concert and On Screen

September 14th, 2017, 9:00 am by Greg

In October, the critically-hailed film “Song of Lahore” and the groundbreaking musical group it documents, Sachal Ensemble, come to Greater Nippertown.

The documentary film “Song of Lahore” will be screened at Proctors’ GE Theatre in Schenectady on Tuesday, October 24; and again at Bow Tie Criterion Cinemas 11 & BTX in Saratoga Springs on Sunday, October 29.

Directed by two-time Academy Award-winning director Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy and Andy Schocken, the film tells the story of Sachal Ensemble — traditional musicians trying to survive under the oppression and brutality of modern day Pakistan.

And on their first ever U.S. tour, Pakistani jazz band the Sachal Ensemble will perform in concert at Proctors’ Mainstage at 8pm on Saturday, October 28 and at SPAC’s Spa Little Theatre in Saratoga Springs at 7pm on Monday, October 30. Concert tickets are $40.

Madison Theater and Troy Savings Bank Music Hall Team up for Special Screenings [Berkshire on Stage]

September 8th, 2017, 11:00 am by Greg

The Troy Savings Bank Music Hall and the Madison Theater in Albany have paired up to present films scored by the incomparable Randy Newman, who will be performing in concert at the Hall at 8pm on Saturday, September 16. Screening at the Madison this weekend include “Cars 3” and “Pleasantville.”

The Madison Theater will also present a special screening of the documentary “Searching for Sugar Man,” which tells the life story of singer-songwriter Rodriguez, who is slated to perform at the Hall at 7:30pm on Monday, September 25.

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