Saratoga Shots II

August 14th, 2017, 2:30 pm by Greg
Gunrunner being walked in the paddock before The Whitney Stakes, 8/5/2017.

Gunrunner being walked in the paddock before The Whitney Stakes, 8/5/2017.

Photographs by Martin Benjamin (#saratogashots on Instagram)

And they’re in the backstretch…

We’re halfway through the 2017 racing season in Saratoga, and it’s time to take a look back at what’s been going on at the historic Saratoga Race Course – both on and off the track – since the meet began last month…

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It’s the Weekend!

August 11th, 2017, 4:00 pm by Greg
Yeah, baby!

Zoomin' into the weekend...

Congratulations! You made it through another work-week, and now it’s time to get out there and soak up as much fun as humanly possible before the dwindling summer weekends evaporate.

But before we head out for some big first-weekend-of-August fun we’d like to send out a 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:

Andrzej Pilarczyk
Steven Stock
Don Wilcock
Stan Johnson
Tim Reidy
Fred Rudofsky
Richard Brody
Barbara Waldinger
David Brickman
Macey Levin
Gail M. Burns

Please consider adding your name to this list. Just send us something – a review, preview, interview, photo, list, video, 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:

Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs
EMPAC at RPI, Troy

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

August 11th, 2017, 11:00 am by Greg
Brittany Howard

Alabama Shakes’ Brittany Howard @ the Palace Theatre, 8/1/17

Photograph by Andrzej Pilarczyk

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.

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, in case you’re playing catch-up:

1. The Egg Announces New Concert (by Staff, Andrzej Pilarczyk)

2. The Egg Announces Three More New Shows (by Staff)

3. Palace Theatre Announces New Concert (by Staff)

4. FREE FEST: Headliners Announced for Albany Riverfront Jazz Festival (by Staff)

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

6. FEST: FreshGrass Announces Daily Line-Up of Bands (by Staff)

7. LIVE: Alabama Shakes @ the Palace Theatre, 8/1/17 (by Andrzej Pilarczyk)

8. Colonial Theatre Announces New Concerts (by Staff)

9. LIVE: Phantogram @ The Egg, 7/27/17 (by Steven Stock, Tim Reidy)

10. AUGUST 10: On This Date in Local 518 Concert History (by Greg Haymes, Stan Johnson)

Elvis Guitar Raffle

August 10th, 2017, 2:30 pm by Greg

Hey, you might wanna take a chance on this…

The fine folks that run the Riverlink Concert Series at Amsterdam’s Riverlink Park are raffling off a Fender Squire guitar and a copy of Elvis Costello’s book “Unfaithful Music,” both autographed by Elvis himself.

Raffle tickets are $2 each or six for $10 and can be purchased online or at any of the upcoming Riverlink Park concerts. Proceeds will go to help support the Amsterdam Waterfront Foundation, which sponsors the free concert series.

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It’s the Weekend!

August 4th, 2017, 4:00 pm by Greg
Let's get ice cream! Or maybe peanut butter sandwiches? Could we go swimming? Let's stop at the dog park!  Let's go to that store where the lady always gives me a cookie!  Look over there - kids on bicycles! Got any bacon?

Let’s get ice cream! Or maybe peanut butter sandwiches? Could we go swimming? Let’s stop at the dog park! Let’s go to that store where the lady always gives me a cookie! Look over there – kids on bicycles! Got any bacon?

Congratulations! You made it through another work-week, and now it’s time to get out there and soak up as much weekend as humanly possible.

But before we head out for some big first-weekend-of-August fun we’d like to send out a 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:

Rudy Lu
Andrzej Pilarczyk
Martin Benjamin
Stan Johnson
Don Wilcock
Tim Reidy
Steve Nover
Richard Brody
Glenn Kaplowitz
Kirsten Ferguson
Ed Conway
Barbara Waldinger
Macey Levin
Gail M. Burns

Please consider adding your name to this list. Just send us something – a review, preview, interview, photo, list, video, 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:

Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs

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

August 4th, 2017, 12:00 pm by Greg
Jack Casady and Jorma Kaukonen

Hot Tuna is headed into Cohoes Music Hall

Photograph by Rudy Lu

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.

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, in case you’re playing catch-up:

1. The Palace Theatre Announces More New Concerts (by Staff, Andrzej Pilarczyk)

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

3. COMIN’ SOON: New Concert Announcements (by Greg Haymes)

4. Palace Theatre Announces New Concert (by Staff)

5. The Troy Savings Bank Music Hall Announces New Concert (by Staff)

6. Cohoes Music Hall Announces New Concert (by Staff)

7. Cohoes Music Hall Announces More New Concerts (by Staff, Andrzej Pilarczyk)

8. LIVE: Rod Stewart / Cyndi Lauper @ SPAC, 7/22/17 (by Steve Nover, Andrzej Pilarczyk)

9. AUGUST 3: On This Date in Local 518 Concert History (by Greg Haymes, Kirsten Ferguson)

10. FREE: WEQX’s PearlPalooza Battle of the Bands (by Staff)

THEATER REVIEW: “Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow” @ Williamstown [Berkshire on Stage]

August 3rd, 2017, 1:30 pm by Sara

Review by Macey Levin

Anton Chekhov’s The Three Sisters is recognized as one of the modern theater’s greatest plays. First produced in 1901, this story of loneliness, disillusionment and its challenging roles continue to attract actors and directors all through the western world. A revised version, Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow by Halley Feiffer is currently on the Nikos Stage at the Williamstown Theatre Festival.

Olga, Masha and Irina, along with their brother Andrey, live in a small town miles away from their original home in Moscow. The family moved eleven years ago when Andrey’s military battalion was transferred. Despising the pedestrian lives they now lead, the sisters long to return to the familiarity and color of the city. Olga, the eldest and stricken with migraine headaches, is dissatisfied with her life as a school teacher. Masha, seven years married to dull and prosaic Kulygin, has an affair with Vershinin, a lieutenant-commander in the military stationed in the town. Irina, at 20 years of age, is still child-like not having fully experienced the sophistication of the faraway city. Andrey, the presumed intellectual of the family, is smitten with Natasha, a young woman of very dubious reputation and who is hated by the sisters.

The tone of the original play is dark and grim. Feiffer said in an interview “… I don’t think I’ve seen any production that I felt successfully captured the absurdist humor of these characters and the profound depths of their self-made tragedies.” Moscow… satisfies both ends of her statement.

Click to read the rest at Berkshire on Stage.

Saratoga Shots

August 2nd, 2017, 1:30 pm by Greg

Jockey Irad Ortiz guides Smile Big around the first turn to a wire-to-wire victory for trainer Rudy Rodriguez, Saratoga Racecourse

Photographs by Martin Benjamin (#saratogashots on Instagram)

And they’re off…

With the first full week of racing completed, we’re taking a look back at what’s been going on at the historic Saratoga Race Course – both on and off the track – since the meet began last month…

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