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17 Maple Avenue in Saratoga Closes… Again

Monday, November 24th, 2014

Nuevo-Latino restaurant Javier’s, which opened on Maple Avenue in Saratoga Springs in April, 2013, closed its doors on Sunday (November 22), and its future is uncertain.

The building was formerly Chianti, and before that the Metro and before that simply 17 Maple Avenue (which was the birthplace of those merry rock pranksters Blotto).

Steve Barnes’ story at Table Hopping


CANCELLED: Cher @ the Times Union Center

Thursday, November 20th, 2014

Apparently the third time is not always the charm…

Cher was originally slated to bring her Dressed to Kill tour to Albany’s Times Union Center on Thursday, September 11, but that concert was postponed to Monday, October 6 when the star was ordered by doctors to rest after being diagnosed with a viral infection.

Then the October 6 concert was postponed to Thursday, December 4 when Cher required a longer recovery period than anticipated.

Now comes word that Cher has cancelled the remainder of her 2014-2015 tour – including her Albany show on Thursday, December 6.

In a statement sent by her publicist, Cher said, “I am totally devastated. Nothing like this has ever happened to me. I cannot apologize enough to all the fans who bought tickets. I’m so proud of this show. It is my best ever. I sincerely hope that we can come back again next year and finish what we started.”

Tickets refunds for the concert are available at the place of purchase.

MASS MoCA Plans $55 Million Expansion to Double Size, Add Important New Works [Berkshire on Stage]

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014
Laurie Anderson

Laurie Anderson

MASS MoCA to Become the Largest Contemporary Art Museum in the World

By Larry Murray

At a major press event with Massachusetts Governor Duval Patrick and several of the artists who will be included in MASS MoCA’s Phase III development, the North Adams contemporary art museum revealed its plans to grow itself into the largest contemporary art museum in the United States. And in the world of all museums, MASS MoCA will become the second largest exhibition space in the country, after the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. [Source] Currently hosting 120,000 square feet of galleries, this project will add another 130,000 sf for a total of 250,000 sf of exhibition areas.

As word spread via both national newspapers and local blogs, it is time to let our readers in on the commotion, and why it is so important, both from the viewpoint of the arts community and that of the residents of North Adams.

Back in August, it was announced that the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA) would be the recipient of $25.4 million in state money for expansion of their campus in North Adams. Called the Phase III development, the museum in turn would have to raise some $30 million in matching funds to access the grant. That match is now 45% complete, with $13.5 million in contributions and pledges already committed.

So just what does the planned $55 million dollar expansion include?

Click to read the rest at Berkshire on Stage.

RIP: Cecil Myrie, 1928-2014

Friday, October 31st, 2014

Cecil Myrie – known simply as the Banjo Man to just about everyone who walked down Broadway in Saratoga Springs during the past 30 summers – passed away on Tuesday, October 7 from multiple myeloma cancer. He was 86 years old.

Originally from Montego Bay, Jamaica, Myrie is best remembered for plucking and strumming his banjo on a Spa City street bench near Lillian’s, but his band Motherless & the Merry Knights were also one of the Local 518′s most popular reggae bands for many years.

In memory of Myrie, an online fundraising campaign has been launched to install a new bench and commemorative plaque on Broadway. Fans and friends are hoping to raise $1,500.

Cecil Myrie’s obituary

POSTPONED… Again: Cher @ the Times Union Center

Monday, September 29th, 2014

Mono-monikered music star Cher was originally slated to bring her Dressed to Kill tour to Albany’s Times Union Center on Thursday, September 11, but that concert was postponed to Monday, October 6 when the star was ordered by doctors to rest after being diagnosed with a viral infection.

Now, the October 6 date has been postponed…

Here’s the lowdown from Cher’s webiste:


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

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