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RIP: Cale, 1998-2014

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014


Cale – the senior member of the Nippertown Advisory Board and co-star of’s weekly Friday afternoon “It’s the Weekend” postings – departed this mortal coil at his Nippertown home on Tuesday following an afternoon of sleeping in the sun and snacking on chicken, peanuts and pepperoni. He was 16 years old.

He is survived by his faithful canine companion Shelby and feline friend Lola, as well as his humans, Sara and Greg.

He will be greatly missed…


Don’t Be a Fool, Go Back to School

Monday, September 22nd, 2014

This could be you.

This could be you.

Caught up in back-to-school fever? Well, you know it’s never too late to go back to school, so we thought we’d remind you about a few continuing education resources around Nippertown. Here are a few suggestions for you, if you’re looking to learn something new and creative:

“The Basics of Screenwriting I” at Hudson Valley Community College, Troy. Taught by Barbara Guyette. Six two-hour classes at 6:30pm Wednesdays beginning October 1.

“Beginning Ukulele” at Old Songs, Voorheesville. Taught by Ron Gordon. Six 75 minute classes at 6pm Thursdays beginning October 16.

“Radical Portraits 
in Any Medium!” at Saratoga Arts, Saratoga Springs. Taught by Tom O’Brien. Five three-hour classes at 9am Fridays beginning October 17.

“The Art of the Interview” at the Arts Center of the Capital Region, Troy. Taught by Michael Eck. Six two-hour classes at 6:30pm Thursdays beginning November 6.

Beginner Blacksmithing @ Mabee Farm Historic Site, Rotterdam Junction. Taught by John Ackner. One eight-hour class. 9am-5pm on Saturday, October 11.

Americana Music Award Winners Announced

Thursday, September 18th, 2014

Jason Isbell

Photograph by Bender Melon

Jason Isbellwho played at MASS MoCA in North Adams last month – was the big winner Wednesday night (September 17) at the 13th annual Americana Music Honors & Awards at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium, taking home trophies in all three catagories for which he had been nominated — Best Artist, Best Album and Best Song.

The Milk Carton Kids – who will join Sarah Jarosz in concert at The Egg on Monday, October 20 – was named Best Duo/Group, while Sturgill Simpsonwho opened for the Zac Brown Band at SPAC last month – was honored with the Best Emerging Artist award.

Taj Mahal – who played Club Helsinki in Hudson last month – was awarded a Lifetime Achievement for Performance, and Jackson Browne – who played the Palace Theatre last month – received the Spirit of Americana/Free Speech in Music Award.

The other award winners of the night were:

Best Instrumentalist: Buddy Miller
Lifetime Achievement for Instrumentalist: Flaco Jimenez
Lifetime Achievement Award for Songwriter: Loretta Lynn
President’s Award: Jimmie Rodgers

POSTPONED: “Mehregan” @ College of St. Rose’s Massry Center, 9/12/14

Friday, September 5th, 2014

Co-sponsored by the College of Saint Rose and UAlbany, “Mehregan: Celebrating Women of the Middle East” – the multi-media performance featuring singer-musician Sepideh Raissadat, the Dilan Dance Company, author Ava Homa and painter Rozhin Dabiri – was slated to kick off the Premiere Performances season at the College of Saint Rose’s Massry Center in Albany on Friday, September 12.

But the performance has been postponed “due to circumstances beyond our control,” according to Salvatore Prizio, the Massry Center’s Programming Manager. “We will work hard to reschedule date at a later time.”

In the meantime, ticket refunds are available at the place of purchase.

CANCELLED: Kings of Leon @ SPAC

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

Kings of Leon were originally slated to play at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs last Sunday (August 10), but the concert was postponed earlier in the day due to a tour bus accident that left the band’s drummer Nathan Followill with several broken ribs.

But now the SPAC concert has moved from “postponed” to officially “cancelled” and will not be re-scheduled. The SPAC concert is the first of two weeks worth of KOL concerts that have been cancelled while Followill recovers. The tour is currently slated to resume on Thursday, August 28 at PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, New Jersey.

Ticket refunds are available at the place of purchase.

CHANGES: Today’s New York State Food Fest @ Empire State Plaza

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

Due to the weather forecast, the concert by Latin jazz band Sensemaya – originally scheduled for 12noon today (Wednesday, August 13) – has been postponed to 12noon on Friday. Admission is free.

In addition, the rest of the music schedule for today’s New York State Food Festival has been moved indoors. Beginning at 5pm, the rest of the fest’s music – the Blind Spots (5pm), Soul Session (6:15pm) and headliner Eddie Money (7:45pm)- will take place in the Empire State Plaza Convention Hall. Admission is free, but chairs will not be allowed inside.


RIP: Hajji Majer, 1966-2014

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

Hajji Majer (photo by Bob Lukomski)

Hajji Majer (photo by Bob Lukomski)

John “Hajji” Majer, drummer for such popular ’80s Albany bands Hundred Acre Wood, Home and People, died suddenly last Friday (July 25) in Manhattan, after suffering a massive heart attack while rehearsing with his current band, Brooklyn art-rockers Fall of Another Year.

The 48-year-old Majer was a Troy native and a graduate of Lansingburgh High School.

Calling hours will be held from 4-7pm Friday (August 1) at the Sanvidge Funeral Home in Troy.

John “Hajji” Mayer’s obituary

Rick Dildine to Head Shakespeare & Company in Lenox as Executive Director and President [Berkshire on Stage]

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014
Good fortune has smiled on Shakespeare & Company as Rick Dildine joins the staff.

Good fortune has smiled on Shakespeare & Company as Rick Dildine joins the staff.

Shakespeare & Company Board Chair Sarah Hancock announced that Rick Dildine, previously of Shakespeare Festival St. Louis, will become the organization’s Executive Director and President, starting early September, 2014. In this role, Mr. Dildine will be directly responsible for all of the Company’s programming and administrative activities.

Mr. Dildine comes to Shakespeare & Company after five years as Executive Director of the nationally acclaimed Shakespeare Festival St. Louis, and four years as Director of the MFA Program in Arts Management & Leadership at Webster University. He has a distinguished 15-year career in arts leadership, successfully managing several diverse organizations.

“I am honored to move into the role of Executive Director at Shakespeare & Company,” said Mr. Dildine. “It has been a long dream of mine to lead a destination theater, and to now work with one that is so well-regarded nationally for its work is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Shakespeare & Company has a 37-year history of producing exceptional theater and to be able to work alongside so many of its artists and craftsmen whose work I have admired for years is an incredible honor.”

Click to read the rest at Berkshire on Stage.

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