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MASS MoCA to Ring in New Year with Free Day, January 11 [Berkshire on Stage]

Friday, January 10th, 2014
Fun for everyone.

Fun for everyone

One of the popular New Year’s resolutions for those of us who live in the Berkshires is to get out and enjoy more of the attractions all those summer visitors come hundreds, even thousands of miles to see. They find the time and motivation, and so should we. We live in an amazing part of the world.

MASS MoCA in North Adams wants to see you and your family and is planning a special day to make it both affordable and interesting for your gang. So just as cabin fever begins to set in, on Saturday (January 11) they will host another free day to entice us to see what’s new and different since last year. And the answer is – a lot.

Among the activities – all of which relate to the exhibitions on view – are printmaking demonstrations, take-home book alterations, and a Jason Middlebrook-inspired, collaborative wood sculpture. Enjoy free admission and brick-wall-to-brick-wall programming throughout the museum. Art-making, dance performances, roaming musicians, and gallery tours are available throughout the day. Elevator music (played live) and Lickety Split’s signature carrot cake are not to be missed!

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FILM: New York State Writers Institute Announces 2014 Free Film Series

Wednesday, January 8th, 2014

The New York State Writers Institute announced it Spring 2014 Classic Film Series, featuring several films that tie in with guests of the NYS Visiting Writers Series, as well as appearances by three

In addition to screening “Kill Your Darlings” followed by commentary by co-screenwriter Austin Bunn, the Institute will also be screening “Sweet Dreams,” a documentary about a group of Rwandan women who form the first all-female drumming troupe and open the country’s first ice cream parlor, with the film’s director, Rob Fruchtman, providing commentary; and the Italian film “Miele (Honey),” with commentary by the film’s screenwriter Francesca Marciano, who will also be visiting the Institute to read from her new story collection.

Additional screenings of films with visiting writer tie-ins will include “Ragtime,” based on E.L. Doctorow’s award-winning novel, and “Up in the Air,” based on the novel by Walter Kirn.

Here’s the complete schedule of free films to be screened by the New York State Writers Institute during the spring semester:


New York State Writers Institute Announces 2014 Readings

Wednesday, January 8th, 2014

The New York State Writers Institute announced its schedule of visiting readers for the spring 2014, highlighted by novelists E.L. Doctorow and Walter Mosley, short story writer Lydia Davis and playwright Christopher Durang. In addition, the Institute will host a special day-long celebration of the work of poet, translator, and former UAlbany professor Pierre Joris.

“The Spring 2014 Visiting Writers Series features old friends and new faces, always a good mix for literary events,” said Institute director Donald Faulkner.

All events are open to the public and free of charge except for the American Place Theatre’s one-man production of “Black Boy.”

Here’s the complete list of schedules readings, seminars and lectures for the spring semester:


New Concert Announced for The Egg

Wednesday, January 8th, 2014

Hey Jude: The Tribute @ GPAC (photo by Stanley Johnson)

Photograph of Brad Jarvis, Rick Bedrosian & Tom Raider by Stanley Johnson

The Beatles said it best when they sang, “All you need is love”…

And in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ arrival in New York, The Egg’s Swyer Theatre in Albany will be hosting a concert titled “All You Need Is Love” at 7:30pm on Friday, February 14. Yup, that’s right, you guessed it – it’s a concert jam packed full of the Fab Four’s classic love songs performed on Valentine’s Day.

“The concert will demonstrate how the Beatles’ music has been an important part of generations of New York performing artists, whether they are rock, jazz or folk musicians,” said Peter Lesser, The Egg’s executive director.

Performing in concert will be four fab, diverse acts – the Nutopians (a John Lennon tribute band led by ed by Rex Fowler of Aztec Two-Step and Tom Dean of Devonsquare), the rock trio Rick Bedrosian, Tom Raider & Brad Jarvis (of the Beatles’ tribute band Hey Jude…The Tribute), the folk trio of Sara Milonovich & Scott Petitio and jazz pianist Cole Broderick.

And making it the perfect Valentine’s Day treat for Beatles fans, admission to the concert is absolutely FREE (although tickets – which are available here – are required).

Keeping Nippertown’s Beatlemania at fever pitch, The Egg will also present a concert by Beatles tribute Band the Fab Faux accompanied by the Crème Tangerine Strings and Hogshead Horns at 7:30pm on Saturday, February 15. Tickets are $35, $45 & $60.

BADGE: Local 518 Country Rockers Reunite for One Show Only

Wednesday, November 27th, 2013

Badge: Playing in the Band

Featuring tight vocal harmonies and crisp instrumental arrangements, the Albany-based country-rock band Badge had a 10-year run, playing throughout the Capital Region as regulars at places like J.B. Scott’s and at honky tonks and music halls all across the Northeast, often opening for such headliners as Linda Ronstadt, David Bromberg, Pure Prairie League, Commander Cody, the New Riders of the Purple Sage and many others.

Playing their own blend of country and rock which they termed “North County Rock,” Badge played their first gig back in the fall of 1974 and kept the ball rolling for a full decade, finally calling it quits following their last show in September of 1984. The band featured Jim Barber (bass & vocals), Jim Dimmenno (lead guitar), Al Lemery (guitar & vocals), Rick Morse (pedal steel guitar) and Bob Ringrose (drums & vocals). 

But now after nearly a 30-year hiatus, it seems as though the Badge legacy is not quite over just yet. The band will play a one-time-only reunion show at the Parting Glass in Saratoga Springs at 1pm on Sunday (December 1). Admission is FREE.

And that’s not all…

In conjunction with their reunion show, Badge will also celebrating the release of Playing in the Band: 1974-1984, an album of previously unreleased recordings. The 10 original songs were recorded at Arabellum Studio in Albany, MCE Studio in Schenectady and Specialized Audio in Ballston Spa between 1979-1983. The CD will be available on Sunday at the reunion show.

Be Here Now: Lost Radio Rounders @ Clifton Park-Halfmoon Library, 11/10/13

Friday, November 8th, 2013

WHO: Lost Radio Rounders
WHAT: “The Home of the Brave: Songs of Soldiers & Sailors”
WHERE: Clifton Park-Halfmoon Library, Clifton Park
WHEN: 2pm on Sunday (November 10)

Be Here Now: Lost Radio Rounders @ East Greenbush Community Library, 11/9/13

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

WHO: Lost Radio Rounders
WHAT: “The Home of the Brave: Songs of Soldiers & Sailors”
WHERE: East Greenbush Community Library, East Greenbush
WHEN: 2pm on Saturday (November 9)

Real Good for FREE: Silent Film Spectacular @ Albany Public Library

Tuesday, October 8th, 2013

It’s October, which means that it’s time once again for another round of Silent Film Spectacular presentations, in which local 518 musicians perform live, original scores to accompany classic silent films at 7pm on Wednesday evenings throughout the month of October at the main branch of the Albany Public Library. The result is a truly unique film-going experience.

It all starts on Wednesday (October 9), and admission is FREE. Here’s the full schedule of films/musicians:


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