FILM: Bob Dylan’s “Trouble No More”

January 11th, 2018, 2:00 pm by Greg

“Diving headlong into one of the most controversial moments in Bob Dylan’s storied career and paying no heed to unbelievers, ‘Trouble No More’ unearths rare concert footage from the singer’s Christian period when he toured small venues (including Albany’s Palace Theatre) playing nothing but songs about his new faith. The singer’s refusal to perform his hits angered fans at the time… but seen on the big screen it proves to be something of a come-to-Jesus moment for unconverted viewers, loaded with fine performances of songs that fit comfortably in the songwriter’s canon.” – The Hollywood Reporter. Not Rated. 60 minutes.

The film is being screened this week at Time + Space Ltd. in Hudson and Proctors in Schenectady this week. Here are the details:

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SEEN: Playlist, 1/1-7/18

January 10th, 2018, 3:00 pm by Greg

I was knocked down by a headache, sore throat, congestion and all the other classic symptoms of a cold, while the outdoor temperatures struggled (unsuccessfully) to stay above zero, so it seemed like a good idea to hunker down in hibernation mode, crank up the TV and self-medicate with aspirin, clementines, plenty of fluids and a constant supply of movies. With that in mind, here are the films that were on my screen(s) during the past week:

“The Dance of Reality” (2013)
“The Missouri Breaks” (1976)
“Chasing Trane” (2016)
“The Stanford Prison Experiment” (2015)
“Mr. Roosevelt” (2017)
“The Godfather” (1972)
“The Godfather, Part II” (1974)
“The Godfather, Part III” (1990)
“Bright” (2017)
“Okja” (2017)
“A Ghost Story” (2017)

RIP: Jerry Van Dyke, 1931-2018

January 8th, 2018, 2:00 pm by Greg

Actor Jerry Van Dyke died on Friday, January 5 at the age of 86. He was probably best known as the younger brother of Dick Van Dyke, or perhaps for his four-time Emmy-nominated performance as Luther Van Dam on the ABC-TV sitcom “Coach.”

But I’ll always remember him as the star of one of the most absurd television shows of all time – NBC-TV’s 1965-66 comedy, “My Mother the Car”

Jerry Van Dyke’s obituary at The New York Times

BEST OF 2017: Favorite Oooops! Moment

December 29th, 2017, 11:00 am by Greg

Improvisation is one of the key talents of any great artist. Things don’t always go according to the script, even if you’re an award winning actor, as Bill Pullman proved when he accepted his award for Excellence in Acting at the 2017 Woodstock Film Festival’s ceremony at BSP Kingston

“Credits”: Local 518 Laughs

December 26th, 2017, 11:00 am by Greg

Fun from Kate Welshofer and Greg Aidala. Kinda like awkward comedy haiku.

Sadly, Welshofer and her cat Brian Williams are leaving Greater Nippertown for a new job at Buffalo’s WGRZ-TV. Does this mean that there won’t be any more “Credits”? Hope not…

EMPAC at RPI Announces New Season of Concerts, Theater & Other Events

December 19th, 2017, 12:00 pm by Greg

The folks at EMPAC at RPI have announced the schedule of events for the winter/spring 2018 season, including concerts, theater, dance, talks and films.

As always at EMPAC, you should expect the unexpected.

Here’s the schedule of upcoming EMPAC events:

PERFORMANCE: “Afrogalactica”
Tuesday, January 16, 7pm
$18; students & seniors $13
“Afrogalactica” is a film-performance by Canadian artist Kapwani Kiwanga. Featuring live reading and video projection, the performance casts Kiwanga as a fictional anthropologist who synthesizes fragments of poetry, mythology, pop culture, science and scholarly discourse to challenge historical narratives regarding colonial struggle and the African diaspora.

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MASS MoCA Announces 2018 Season of Concerts & More

December 13th, 2017, 10:40 am by Greg

The folks at MASS MoCA have announced more than dozen new events, including concerts, theater, dance, films and a dance party. on their performance calendar for the winter/spring season of 2018,

Highlighting the North Adams museum’s performance calendar for the winter/spring season of 2018 are concerts by Sinkane, Quindar and a pair of work-in-progress performances in March by Bon Iver collaborating with the dance company TU Dance.

Early-bird ticket discounts apply to most upcoming performances if purchased by Sunday, December 31.

MASS MoCA has previously announced a handful of concerts for 2018, including Polica and stargaze (Thursday, February 15), Godspeed You! Black Emperor (Saturday, March 10) and the already sold-out show by Sylvan Esso (Saturday, March 31).

Here’s the complete schedule of newly announced events at MASS MoCA:

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“The Voice”: Moriah Goes Home?

November 16th, 2017, 8:30 am by Greg

Moriah goes home? Say it ain’t so, Joe…

“Nothing lasts forever,” Moriah Formica sang on Wednesday evening’s Playoff Round of NBC-TV’s “The Voice,” as she belted out the lyrics to Beth Hart’s anthemic love song “World Without End.”

And at the end of the show, her coach Miley Cyrus didn’t select the Latham teen to move on to the next round of live performances in the competition.

Too bad, because the Shaker High junior’s real strength is her live performance, as Greater Nippertown fans will find out at her sold-out show at Jupiter Hall in Guilderland on Friday, November 24.

UPDATE: A second Jupiter Hall concert has been added for 7pm on Sunday, November 26. Tickets are on sale now, priced at $8 in advance; $10 at the door.

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