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It’s the Weekend!

Friday, April 18th, 2014

It's The Weekend!

Congrats! You made it through yet another week of work/school/unemployment. And now it’s time to get out there and enjoy some fabulous weather for the big Easter weekend. But before we head out, we’d like to send a great big thank-you to everyone who dropped by this week to add encouragement, support, proof-reading and, yes, criticism, too. And thanks for helping to spread the word about Nippertown.com.

Of course, we couldn’t possibly cover the wide, wonderful scope of offerings around town without a dedicated and devoted bunch of wonderful writers, photographers, artists, tipsters and other assorted enablers who continually enrich us all with their contributions. So a big salute goes out to this week’s community contributors:

Larry Murray
J Hunter
Tom Lindsay
Joel Patterson
Dan Hogan
Tim Mack
Al Goldberg

Please consider adding your name to this list. Just send us something – a review, preview, interview, photo, list, rant, crayon drawing or whatever’s on your mind. Remember, Nippertown is your hometown, and we can’t possibly do this without your help.

Thanks to the fine folks who provided us with cool give-away merch – tix, CDs, downloads and other swag – for the faithful Nippertown readers:

The Palace Theatre, Albany
Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy

And thanks to all of the folks from the area venues and organizations who were gracious enough to provide us with review tickets and/or photo passes for their events:

Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs
Proctors, Schenectady
Brunswick Barbecue & Brew, Troy
Fuller Roadhouse Grille, Albany
One Caroline Street Bistro, Saratoga Springs

Thanks for keeping Nippertown alive… and lively,

Sara Ayers
Greg Haymes

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HOT READS: Nippertown’s Top 10 Stories of the Week

Friday, April 18th, 2014

Yes, yes, yes, we know… We’ve heard all of the complaints that some of you simply don’t have the time to read all of the Nippertown.com news as fast as we write it. And, yes, there was a whole lot of news to write about this week – from music reviews to big new concert announcements and lots more…

So for all of you casual, once-or-twice-a-week readers, here’s a summary of the Top 10 most-viewed stories from Nippertown in the past week:

1. The Egg Adds THREE New Concerts (by Staff)

2. SPAC Announces Another New Concert (by Staff)

3. Palace Theatre Announces New Rock Show (by Staff)

4. Times Union Center Concert Postponed & Relocated… (by Staff)

5. The Egg Adds Another New Concert (by Staff)

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Mr. Finn’s Cabaret at Barrington Stage expands to host 16 events and reserved seating for 2014 [Berkshire on Stage]

Friday, April 11th, 2014

Mr. Finn's Cabaret

by Larry Murray

Mr. Finn’s Cabaret is one of those little known places where I head when friends visit from out of town. It specializes in the more artistic side of music, the cabaret, jazz and original music you don’t hear live very often.

The 99 seat club is now beginning its third season, and Barrington Stage has planned an eclectic array of performers who will appear from May through October as part of that Company’s 20th year. Artistic Director Julianne Boyd and Managing Director Tristan Wilson announced an interesting calendar of performers and music styles for this popular spot, located on the lower level of the Sydelle and Lee Blatt Performing Arts Center, 36 Linden Street, Pittsfield.

Named for William Finn, the two-time Tony Award-winning composer/lyricist of Falsettos and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and Artistic Producer of BSC’s Musical Theatre Lab, the intimate space is loved by those who enjoy seeing performers up close and personal making great music that draws from the classics and the contemporary.

Click to read the rest at Berkshire on Stage.

HOT READS: Nippertown’s Top 10 Stories of the Week

Friday, April 11th, 2014
Paul McCartney @ Yankee Stadium (photo by Rick Bedrosian)

Paul McCartney

Photograph by Rick Bedrosian

Yes, yes, yes, we know… We’ve heard all of the complaints that some of you simply don’t have the time to read all of the Nippertown.com news as fast as we write it. And, yes, there was a whole lot of news to write about this week – from music reviews to big new concert announcements and lots more…

So for all of you casual, once-or-twice-a-week readers, here’s a summary of the Top 10 most-viewed stories from Nippertown in the past week:

1. Albany Tulip Fest Complete Line-Up of Bands Announced (by Staff)

2. Two New Concerts Announced for The Egg (by Staff)

3. It’s Official: Paul McCartney Is Headed to the Times Union Center (by Staff)

4. Palace Theatre Announces New Rock Concert (by Staff)

5. The Palace Theatre Announces New Concert (by Staff)

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Carl Sprague Talks Film-Making at Berkshire Museum on Thursday [Berkshire on Stage]

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014
Carl Sprague with the model of the Grand Budapest Hotel he drew/designed for the film.

Carl Sprague with the model of the Grand Budapest Hotel he drew/designed for the film

Pittsfield, MA: Art director Carl Sprague, concept illustrator for the acclaimed new film The Grand Budapest Hotel, will be the special guest at Berkshire Museum’s Little Cinema on Thursday (April 10) at 7pm, for a special screening of The Royal Tenenbaums with a slide talk to follow. Sprague will show his original concept drawings for all three Wes Anderson films on which he worked (The Royal Tenenbaums, Moonrise Kingdom, and the recently released The Grand Budapest Hotel) as well as several of his other projects, including his role as set designer for the Oscar-winning film 12 Years a Slave.

Click to read the rest at Berkshire on Stage.

Adirondack Theatre Festival Plans Four Major Plays for its 20th Season in Glens Falls [Berkshire on Stage]

Monday, April 7th, 2014

Adirondack Theatre Festival

Adirondack Theatre Festival (ATF) celebrates its 20th anniversary with a collection of shows and a team of professional artists honoring ATF’s past, present and future. Performances will be June 24 – August 2 at the Charles R. Wood Theater, 207 Glen Street, in downtown Glens Falls, NY.

A 20-Year History Built on a Crazy Dream

In 1994, a group of theatre professionals from NYC had what many said was a crazy idea: create a fully professional summer theatre in the Glens Falls/Lake George region of upstate New York. Starting a nonprofit professional theatre company hiring actors from NYC and across the country in a town with a population of 14,600 is crazy enough, but ATF’s founders upped the ante when they announced ATF would not produce the proven titles that usually appear on summer stages, but instead embrace the excitement, adventure and risk of new and contemporary shows. Their dream was embraced by enthusiastic audiences, business people, civic leaders and today ATF celebrates its 20th year. The dream has become a reality.

Since its founding, ATF has launched 19 world premieres (many of which have gone onto receive productions in NYC, across the country and internationally). These include “Murder for Two” (currently running Off-Broadway), “It Goes Without Saying,” “Mimi Le Duck,” “Barbara’s Blue Kitchen” and “Fully Committed.” The new play development process succeeds at ATF by engaging the audience as active participants in the process through readings, post-show discussions, open rehearsals and “meet the writer” events. ATF has also brought many Off-Broadway, Broadway, and regional theatre hits to its stage so local audiences could experience them. These include “Next to Normal,” “Avenue Q,” “Black Tie,” “Altar Boyz” and “Stones in His Pockets.” For a full list of past ATF productions and premieres, visit ATFestival.org/about/productions.

Click to read the rest at Berkshire on Stage.

HOT READS: Nippertown’s Top 10 Stories of the Week

Friday, April 4th, 2014

Yes, yes, yes, we know… We’ve heard all of the complaints that some of you simply don’t have the time to read all of the Nippertown.com news as fast as we write it. And, yes, there was a whole lot of news to write about this week, from music festival announcements to concert reviews to memories of the Chateau and more…

So for all of you casual, once-or-twice-a-week readers, here’s a summary of the Top 10 most-viewed stories from Nippertown in the past week:

1. This Is Not an April Fools Joke! Headliners Announced for Rock Fest in Saugerties (by Staff)

2. SPAC Rock Festival Line-Up Announced (by Staff)

3. The Dozen: April’s Must-See Concerts (by Greg Haymes)

4. FLASHBACK: It Was 30 Years Ago Today… (by Greg Haymes)

5. Comin’ Soon: New Concert Announcements (by Staff)

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HOT READS: Nippertown’s Top 10 Stories of the Week

Friday, March 28th, 2014
Cassandra  Wilson

Cassandra Wilson

Photograph by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Yes, yes, yes, we know… We’ve heard all of the complaints that some of you simply don’t have the time to read all of the Nippertown.com news as fast as we write it. And, yes, there was a whole lot of news to write about this week – from music and theater reviews to new concert and festival announcements and lots more…

So for all of you casual, once-or-twice-a-week readers, here’s a summary of the Top 10 most-viewed stories from Nippertown in the past week:

1. LIVE: Harriet Tubman & Cassandra Wilson Present Black Sun @ The Egg, 3/15/14 (by J Hunter, Rudy Lu, Andrzej Pilarczyk)

2. Comin’ Soon: New Concert Announcements (by Staff)

3. SPAC Announces New Concert (by Staff)

4. THEATER: “Gypsy: A Musical Fable” @ Capital Repertory Theatre, 3/21/14 (by Greg Haymes)

5. Joe Mele: The Music Community Pulls Together for a Grieving Father (by Donald Wilcock)

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