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Real Good for FREE: Live! Folklife Concert Series @ Crandall Public Library

Tuesday, March 10th, 2015

The popular Live! Folklife Concerts are back at the Folklife Center at the Crandall Public Library in Glens Falls with s spring schedule of concerts during March and April at 7pm on Thursdays. Admission is free.

Here’s the schedule for the first six concerts in the series:



Real Good for FREE: NYS Writers Institute’s Classic Film Series

Thursday, February 5th, 2015

In addition to the winter/spring semester’s worth of free readings by a wide variety of writers, the New York State Writers Institute also presents its Classic Film Series. Events are free and open to the public and located at UAlbany’s Page Hall.

The centerpiece of the NYS Writers Institute’s film series this spring will be the William A. Wellman Film Festival, a screening of five examples of the best work of legendary Hollywood director William A. Wellman, which display the remarkable range of styles and interests over the course of his long and prolific career. The series will culminate on Friday, May 1 with an appearance by the director’s son, William Wellman, Jr., who will read from and discuss his new biography of his father, “Wild Bill Wellman: Hollywood Rebel.”

Friday (February 6), 7pm
Followed by a discussion with director Jason Osder
Directed by Jason Osder (United States, 2013, 88 minutes, b/w and color)
Starring Birdie Africa, Ramona Africa, Wilson Goode
This multiple award-winning documentary presents a history of the tragic conflict between the City of Philadelphia and the Black Liberation organization MOVE in the mid-1980s. The Variety reviewer said, “The brilliantly edited tapestry of actions and reactions exposes a pattern of prejudice and fear capable of infinitely repeating itself.”


Fugue States, Feral Horses and the Choreography of Flesh @ EMPAC on Saturday [Berkshire on Stage]

Wednesday, January 28th, 2015
Ward of the Feral Horses, by Moroccan-Israeli artist Orit Ben-Shitrit, explores the sensation of a person being trapped in their body.

“Ward of the Feral Horses,” by Moroccan-Israeli artist Orit Ben-Shitrit, explores the sensation of a person being trapped in their body.

Over at EMPAC at RPI in Troy, New York we look forward to “media-dance” pioneer and Merce Cunningham collaborator Charles Atlas, who will be in residence this spring to develop a new piece of choreography tailored for the screen.

The multimedia dance form he helped popularize has been a programming priority at the Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (110 8th St., Troy) ever since its opening.

With generous support from the Jaffe Fund for Experimental Media and Performing Arts, the DANCE MOViES commission will present this year’s selected works on Saturday (January 31) at 7pm. Admission is free.

Click to read the rest at Berkshire on Stage


New Music & Cultural Symposium @ UAlbany Performing Arts Center, Albany, 1/29-31/15
Free Day @ MASS MoCA, North Adams, 1/31/15
New York State Writers Institute’s Visiting Writers Series @ UAlbany, Albany, various days
Music at Noon @ Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy, select Thursdays
Beat the Snow Winter Concert Series @ Schenectady Public Library, Schenectady, Sundays

Real Good for FREE: NYS Writers Institute’s Visiting Writers Series

Wednesday, January 28th, 2015
Katha Pollitt, Peter Carey and Tina Packer

Katha Pollitt, Peter Carey and Tina Packer

The the winter/spring 2015 Visiting Writers Series sponsored by the New York State Writers Institute kicks off on Thursday (January 29) with a reading by The Nation columnist Katha Pollitt.

All of the events are FREE except for the American Place Theatre production of “Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl.”

Books are available in advance of events and at the events, from the following bookstores:
the University Bookstore at UAlbany and the Book House of Stuyvesant Plaza.

Here’s the upcoming schedule of Visiting Writers Series events:

Thursday (January 29)
Seminar: 4:15pm @ UAlbany Campus Center Room 375
Reading: 8pm @ UAlbany Campus Center Room 375
The essayist, critic and poet is an influential voice of American feminism and long-time columnist for The Nation, as well as the author of a much-talked-about new book, “Pro: Reclaiming Abortion Rights.” Pollitt received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the American Book Awards in 2010, and is a two-time winner of the National Magazine Award for commentary. Her books of poetry include “The Mind-Body Problem” (2010) and “Antarctic Traveller” (1983), winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award.

Tuesday, February 3
Seminar: 4:15pm @ UAlbany Campus Center Room 375
Reading: 8pm @ UAlbany Lecture Center 20
The Australian novelist is one of only three writers to have received the Man Booker Prize twice – for “Oscar and Lucinda” (1988) and “True History of the Kelly Gang” (2000). His new novel is “Amnesia,” a cyber-terrorism political thriller set in a counter-historical Australia that has endured American interference in its governmental affairs.

Friday, February 6
Film screening and discussion with director Jason Osder: 7pm @ UAlbany’s Page Hall
The award-winning documentary examines the history of the escalating conflict between the City of Philadelphia and the Black Liberation organization, MOVE, in the mid-1980s.
Osder teaches documentary filmmaking at the George Washington University and is also the co-author of the filmmaking guide, “Final Cut Pro Workflows: The Independent Studio Handbook.”


Real Good for FREE: The New Music & Cultural Symposium @ UAlbany

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015
Marianne Gythfeldt and Ray Furuta

Marianne Gythfeldt and Ray Furuta

The UAlbany Performing Arts Center will host the New Music and Culture Symposium from Thursday-Saturday (January 29-31). Organized by Max Lifchitz – composer, musician and long-time UAlbany faculty member – this SUNY-wide conference will celebrate and highlight the artistic accomplishments of SUNY-affiliated composers and musicians with a weekend of nine public concerts, four lecture/recitals, two panel discussions and a master class. All of the festival’s events are free and open to the public.

A total of 29 composers representing eight different SUNY schools from around New York State will showcase their works during the three-day event.

Highlights include performances by the Buffalo Ensemble, the Stony Brook Contemporary Players and the New York City based North/South Consonance Ensemble. Among the distinguished soloists slated to perform are soprano Martha Herr (an American singer residing in Brazil), baritone Joseph Han, Canadian violinist and Stony Brook grad Claudia Schaer, oboist Karen Hosmer, trumpeter Allyson Keyser, French horn player Ann Ellsworth, percussion virtuoso Tom Kolor and guitarists James Budinich and Zane Merritt.

And in addition to several premieres and recent works employing new technologies, the festival will also showcase new electronic instruments such as the Soundplane (performed by William Pfaff) and the Theremin Cello (performed by Jonathan Golove).

Here’s the schedule of concerts and other event for the New Music & Cultural Symposium:


Real Good for FREE: I/O New Music Fest 2015 @ Williams College

Monday, January 5th, 2015
The Talea Ensemble

The Talea Ensemble

This weekend, Williams College hosts its annual I/O Festival of New Music, a three-day festival of adventurous new music from around the globe. The festival includes four concerts with several world premieres, the music of numerous composers, performances by the I/O Ensemble and IOTA, as well as special guests, the Talea Ensemble. The fest runs from Thursday (January 8) through Saturday (January 10) at Williams College’s ’62 Center for Theatre and Dance in Williamstown. Admission to all festival events is free.

Here’s the schedule of the festival performances:


Real Good for FREE: Beat the Snow Winter Concert Series @ Schenectady Public Library

Tuesday, December 30th, 2014
January 18: Musicians of Ma’alwyck

January 18: Musicians of Ma’alwyck

The Friends of Schenectady County Public Library are presenting their annual Beat the Snow Winter Concert Series on Sundays once again in 2015. The concerts take place at 2:30pm Sundays in the Schenectady County Public Library’s McChesney Room. Admission is free.

Here’s the schedule of concerts for 2015, beginning on Sunday (January 4):


Festival Fever: The Quiet Music Festival @ Skidmore’s Tang Museum on Thursday

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

It’s a soothecore summit…

The Tang Museum at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs is hosting the east coast premiere of Portland, Oregon’s annual Quiet Music Festival on Thursday (October 23).

Chris Johanson, founder and curator of the Portland fest since 2011, is also a visual artist whose work is included in the Tang’s current exhibition “I was a double.” He has performed at each of the Portland fests with his band Sun Foot, and they’ll be in Saratoga Springs to perform on Thursday as well. Johnson describes the festival as “a communal listening experience that celebrates emotional, vibrant, and low-volume music honoring the quiet act of listening.”

He also says, it’s “the only festival where sleeping is encouraged.”

The music starts at 5pm on Thursday. Admission is free, and festival-goers are welcome to come and go throughout the evening’s performances.

Here’s the line-up of performers scheduled for the Tang Museum’s Quiet Music Festival:


Cartoonist John CaldwellHolly & EvanCaffe LenaAdvertise on Nippertown!Artist Charles HaymesAlbany PoetsHudson SoundsKeep Albany BoringThe LindaLeave Regular Radio BehindBerkshire On StageThe Law Office of Paul Rapp