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

Friday, August 15th, 2014

Robin Williams, RPI Fieldhouse, Troy, NY, 1986. Photograph by Martin Benjamin

Photograph by Martin Benjamin

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…

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. Palace Theatre Announces New Show (by Staff)

2. The Egg Adds Three New Concerts (by Staff)

3. Palace Theatre Announces Another New Concert (by Staff)

4. Albany Riverfront Jazz Festival Line-up Announced (by Staff, Andrzej Pilarczyk)

5. RIP: Robin Williams, 1951-2014 (by Greg Haymes, Martin Benjamin)

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THEATER: “Henry IV, Parts I & II” (Condensed) @ Shakespeare & Co. [Berkshire on Stage]

Thursday, August 14th, 2014
The cast of Henry IV, Parts I and II (photo:  Kevin Sprague)

The cast of Henry IV, Parts I and II (photo: Kevin Sprague)

Theater review by Gail M. Burns

Shakespeare’s two history plays purporting to be about King Henry IV of England (1367-1413 CE) are actually about the coming of age of his son, the future King Henry V (1386-1422 CE). They form the center of the Bard’s tetralogy which begins with Richard II and ends with Henry V, although some will argue that Henry VI, Parts I, II and III are also a part of what becomes then a seven-play cycle. All of this was quite recent history for Shakespeare (1564-1616 CE) and these plays were not only very popular entertainment, but also formed the Tudor equivalent of the required high school course in American History we are familiar with today. At a time when most people were illiterate and few had any formal schooling, they could learn the royally sanctioned history of their land at the theater while laughing at Sir John Falstaff and his merry band of thieves and whores.

Performed in their entirety, Henry IV, Part I and Henry IV, Part II occupy the stage for a good seven hours. Hard to perform apart contextually, they are impossibly expensive and time consuming for a modern company to perform together. Starting off last year with a production of Richard II, Shakespeare & Company wanted to continue on with the history plays, and so commissioned actor/director Jonathan Epstein to condense Henry IV into one play. The resulting work runs a solid three hours, and when you add in the much-needed 20-minute intermission you walk out of the theater about three and a half hours after you entered. Thankfully the evening performances start at 7:30, not 8pm.

Epstein has cut much of the history in favor of the excellent comedy in the plays, but sadly that renders the politics and battles that remain even harder for the average audience member to understand. Adding to that muddle, just about every significant political player is named Henry (and sometimes called Harry or Hal), which is neither Epstein nor Shakespeare’s fault, that’s just history. For the sake of clarity in this review we will refer to them as Henry IV, Prince Hal (the future King Henry V), Hotspur (Henry Percy), and Percy (Hotspur’s father, the Earl of Northumberland).

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RIP: Robin Williams, 1951-2014

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

Robin Williams, RPI Fieldhouse, Troy, NY, 1986. Photograph by Martin Benjamin

By Greg Haymes
Photograph by Martin Benjamin

Comedic genius and Academy Award-winning actor Robin Williams died on Monday (August 11).

I only saw Williams live in action once. It was late at night back on April 22, 1986 at On The Shelf in Albany. He had just wrapped up his big headlining gig at the RPI Field House, where his opening act was the eclectic vocalist Bobby McFerrin.

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RIP: Johnny Ray Allen of the subdudes

Monday, August 11th, 2014

Johnny Ray Allen – founding member, bassist and primary songwriter for the subdudes – has died at the age of 56, just two weeks after playing a reunion concert with the band’s original line-up at The Egg in Albany. The cause of Allen’s death wasn’t immediately known, though he had a heart condition. Allen’s wife said he was found dead in bed in New Orleans on Friday morning (August 8).

Allen played with the subdudes from their formation in 1989 ’til the band’s dissolution in 1996. During his tenure with the ‘dudes, they performed regularly in the Local 518 from QE2 to the Empire State Plaza to SPAC. The band reformed without Allen in 2002, but earlier this year, Allen re-joined the band for a tour that brought the original four members to The Egg last month.

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The subdudes’ Johnny Ray Allen mourned, remembered by friends, bandmates

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

Friday, August 8th, 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…

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 Announces Six More New Concerts (by Staff)

2. New Music Festival Announced for Troy Music Hall & Massry Center (by Staff)

3. New Concert Announced for SPAC (by Staff)

4. Massry Center Announces 2014-2015 Concert Series (by Staff)

5. THE DOZEN: August’s Must-See Concerts (by Greg Haymes)

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RIP: Ted Were, 1954-2014

Friday, August 8th, 2014
Ted Were on drums at the Silver Chicken reunion at The Parting Glass last May. Photo by Jeanne Anne Ganley.

Ted Were on drums at the Silver Chicken reunion at the Parting Glass last May.

Photograph by Jeanne Anne Ganely
Video by Brian Mulkerne

We are saddened to report the recent passing of Ted Were, drummer and founding member of the Local 518′s pioneering country-rock band Silver Chicken. He drummed with the band from 1975-1978, and was back behind the drums once again last year at Silver Chicken’s sold-out reunion concerts at the Parting Glass in Saratoga Springs. After a long battle with cancer, Were died on Wednesday, July 9.

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ArtBeat: What To See

Thursday, August 7th, 2014

Opening:

Works by Michael Lindsay-Hogg @ BCB Art

Works by Michael Lindsay-Hogg @ BCB Art

You Game? I’m Game @ BCB Art, Hudson. New paintings, drawings and works on paper by music, movie and stage director Michael Lindsay-Hogg, noted as the prime force behind creative productions such as the Beatles’ “Let It Be,” the Rolling Stones’ ”Rock n’ Roll Circus” and the off-Broadway play, “The Normal Heart.” Opening reception: Saturday, August 9, 6-8pm. (Through September 7)

Photographs by John Lipkowitz. @ 510 Warren Street Gallery

Photographs by John Lipkowitz. @ 510 Warren Street Gallery

Paris, Giverny and the Loire Valley: Personal Impressions @ 510 Warren Street, Hudson. Works by fine art photographer John Lipkowitz. Opening Reception: Saturday, August 9, 3-6pm. (Through August 31)

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

Friday, August 1st, 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…

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 Announces Four More New Concerts (by Staff, Joe Putrock)

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

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

4. LIVE: Wussy @ the Low Beat, 7/24/14 (by Ross Marvin, Al Goldberg, Kirsten Ferguson)

5. The Palace Theatre Adds Another New Concert (by Staff)

(more…)

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