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

Friday, February 27th, 2015

Yes, we’ve heard all 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, including lots of big concert and festival announcements…

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 during the past week:

1. Brewery Ommegang Announces New Concert (by Staff)

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

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

4, SPAC Jazz Fest Announces Three More Bands (by Staff)

5. Actors Around Town (by Staff)

6. David Bourgeois: A Man on the Move (by Bob Girouard)

7. Upstate Artists Guild Gala @ Normanside Country Club on Saturday (by Staff)

8. Win FREE Tickets to This Weekend’s Bridge Jazz Festival (by Staff)

9. Bands Announced for FreshGrass @ MASS MoCA (by Staff, Rudy Lu)

10. LIVE: Dryer @ Caffe Lena, 2/13/15 (by Andrzej Pilarczyk)

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Actors Around Town

Monday, February 23rd, 2015
Richard Dreyfuss

Richard Dreyfuss

With last night’s Academy Awards still fresh in our memories, let’s take a quick look at a few newly announced events around town that find actors doing something a little bit different:

AN EVENING WITH RICHARD DREYFUSS
Club Helsinki, Hudson
Sunday, March 15, 8pm
$100
“Jaws.” “Close Encounters of the Third Kind.” “American Graffiti.” “The Goodbye Girl.” “Mr. Holland’s Opus.” Hear stories from the Academy Award-winning actor and participate in an intimate, no-holds-barred Q&A session. A benefit for Columbia Memorial Health.

CHAZZ PALMINTERI PERFORMS “A BRONX TALE”
Proctors, Schenectady
Sunday, March 22, 3pm
$54
In “A Bronx Tale,” actor and playwright Chazz Palminteri brings his classic coming-of-age story to vivid life, playing multiple roles as he depicts a young boy’s rough childhood in 1960s-era Bronx and the unforgettable people he encountered. The piece premiered off-Broadway in 1989, and a 1993 feature film version was directed by Robert De Niro.

“THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS: MUSINGS FROM THE PEN OF BERKSHIRE WOMEN WRITERS”
The Unicorn Theatre, Stockbridge
Sunday, March 22, 3pm
$30
Karen Allen, Lauren Ambrose, Amber Chand, Hilary Somers Deely, Kate Maguire, Corinna May, Barbara Sims and others read selections from the pens of Francis Anne Kemble, Catharine Maria Sedgwick, Harriett Beecher Stowe, Sheila Weller and Edith Wharton. A benefit for the Berkshire Festival of Women Writers.

It’s the Weekend!

Friday, February 20th, 2015
Does this hat make me look too poodle-ish?

Does this hat make me look too poodle-ish?

Big congrats for making it through another frigid week, so now it’s time to get out there and soak up some weekend fun. Don’t let the cold/snow stop you. But before we head out for the weekend, 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 art and entertainment offerings around Nippertown without a dedicated 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:

Timothy Reidy
Larry Murray
Fred Rudofsky
Kirsten Ferguson
Andrzej Pilarczyk
David Brickman
Rudy Lu
J Hunter
Tom Lindsay
Bob Girouard
Ed Conway

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 – tickets, CDs, downloads and other swag – for the faithful Nippertown readers:

The Linda, Albany

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:

The Egg, Albany
WEXT-FM, North Greenbush
The Low Beat, Albany
The Ale House, Troy
The Linda, Albany
Vapor, Saratoga Springs
The Hangar, Troy
WEQX-FM, Manchester
The Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Albany

Thanks for keeping Nippertown alive… and lively,

Sara Ayers
Greg Haymes

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

Friday, February 20th, 2015
Jim Romano

Jim Romano of Capitle reveals all…

Yes, yes, yes, we know…

We’ve heard all 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, including lots of big concert announcements…

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. New Show Announced for the Palace Theatre (by Staff)

2. SPAC Announces a New Rock Concert (by Staff)

3. New Concert Announced for SPAC (by Staff)

4. The Times Union Center Announces Another New Show (by Staff)

5. COMIN’ SOON: New Concert Announcements (by Staff)

6. Other Voices, Other Rooms… (by Staff)

7. New Concerts Announced for the Colonial Theatre (by Staff)

8. LIVE: Dale Watson & His Lone Stars @ The Hangar, 1/28/15 (by Fred Rudofsky, Kirsten Ferguson)

9. Flashback: It’s the 35th Anniversary of Hello! My Name Is Blotto. What’s Yours? (by Staff)

10. Five Firsts: Jim Romano of Capitle (by Staff)

2/19/15: Today’s Top Tips: Thursday

Thursday, February 19th, 2015

MUSIC: J.J. Grey & Mofro @ The Egg, Albany. A tantalizing blend of front porch soul, funk, R&B, blues, southern rock and down-home storytelling has made the band a popular fixture on the American roots music scene. With the London Souls opening the show. 7:30pm. $28.

MUSIC: Todd Nelson @ the Machine, Albany. The guitarist of TN3 and the Cutaways plays a solo show. 5pm.

MUSIC: The Jazz Vibes Duo @ Speakeasy 518, Albany. Michael Benedict on vibes and David Gleason on piano. 9pm.

COMEDY: Tommy Davidson @ the Comedy Works, Albany. The actor, stand-up comedian, musician, and singer has an impressive resume from “In Living Color” to three of his own Showtime specials. 7pm. $35.

ARTIST TALK: Mark Dion @ MASS MoCA’s Club B-10, North Adams. Mark Dion discusses his career and “The Octagon Room,” on view in the galleries, his mini-retrospective that is equal parts cabinet of curiosity, Victorian sitting room and military bunker. 5:30pm. $7.

FILM: “Hits” @ the Spectrum 8 Theatres, Albany. A dark comedy exploring the nature of fame in 21st Century YouTube America. The directorial debut of David Cross. A Skype Q&A session with Cross follows the screening.

MUSIC: Sydney Schizzano @ the Low Beat, Albany. With Chris Coakley, Laura Fleming and Ryan Leddick. 8pm. $5.

THEATER/MAGIC: “The Illusionists: Witness the Impossible” @ Proctors, Schenectady. This mind-blowing showcase features the jaw-dropping talents of seven incredible illusionists – Yu Ho-Jin, Dan Sperry, Jeff Hobson, Andrew Basso, Kevin James, Aaron Crow and Adam Trent. Expect an evening of hilarious magic tricks, death-defying stunts and acts of breathtaking wonder. 1 & 8pm. $20-$85. Through Sunday.

MUSIC: The Dylan Perrillo Orchestra @ City Beer Hall, Albany. 9pm.

MUSIC: Koko Jones & Soul Spirit @ the Falcon, Marlboro. Percussionist Koko Jones (formerly Kevin Jones) has a resume that stretches from Whitney Houston to the Isley Brothers, Carlos Santana to Buddy Miles, Archie Shepp to Marcus Miller. 7pm. Donations encouraged.

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

Friday, February 13th, 2015

Yes, yes, yes, we know…

We’ve heard all 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, including lots of big concert announcements…

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. Times Union Center Announces New Concert (by Staff)

2. The Egg Announces Two New Concerts (by Staff)

3. Cool New Show Announced for Upstate Concert Hall (by Staff)

4. The Egg Announces Another New Concert (by Staff)

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

6. First Anniversary of the Demise of Valentine’s Music Hall (by Staff)

7. Palace Theatre Announces New Concert (by Staff)

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

9. New Concert Announced for Glens Falls Civic Center (by Staff)

10. UPDATE: Solid Sound Festival @ MASS MoCA (by Staff, Greg Haymes)

It’s the Weekend!

Friday, February 6th, 2015

It's the weekend!

Big congrats for making it through the week, so now it’s time to get out there and soak up some weekend fun. But before we head out for the weekend, 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 art and entertainment offerings around Nippertown without a dedicated 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:

Timothy Reidy
Don Wilcock
Larry Murray
Kirsten Ferguson
Andrzej Pilarczyk
David Brickman
J Hunter
Wanda Callagy

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 – tickets, CDs, downloads and other swag – for the faithful Nippertown readers:

The Low Beat, Albany
Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy
WEXT-FM, North Greenbush
The Linda, Albany
Columbia Arts Team, Hudson
Proctors, Schenectady

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:

The Egg, Albany
Step Up Presents, Albany
The College of Saint Rose’s Massry Center, Albany

Thanks for keeping Nippertown alive… and lively,

Sara Ayers
Greg Haymes

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

Friday, February 6th, 2015

Yes, yes, yes, we know…

We’ve heard all 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, including some big concert announcements…

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. SPAC Announces New Concert (by Staff)

2. Palace Theatre Announces New Concert (by Staff)

3. New Concert Announced for The Egg (by Staff)

4. Comin’ Soon: New Concert Announcements (by Staff, Andrzej Pilarczyk)

5. Los Lobos Head Into Woodstock (by Staff)

6. FEBRUARY 5: On this Date in Nippertown Concert History (by Staff, Andrzej Pilarczyk)

7. A Place for Folk Concert Series Announced (by Staff, Stanley Johnson)

8. Festival Fever: MCLA’s Blues & Funk Fest (by Staff, Timothy Reidy)

9. A Taste of Country Music Festival Announces Full Line-Up of Performers (by Staff)

10. A Few Minutes With… Livingston Taylor (by Don Wilcock)

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