LIVE: Jon Gordon & Sketches of Influence @ the Van Dyck, 4/29/17

May 25th, 2017, 4:00 pm by Greg
Sketches of Influence

Sketches of Influence

Photographs by Rudy Lu

Another edition of Joe Barna’s Sketches of Influence played at the Van Dyck in Schenectady late last month.

Centered around ace alto & soprano saxophonist Jon Gordon, the line-up also featured guitarist Mark Kleinhaut, pianist Dave Solazzo, bassist Ryan Berg and, of course, drummer Joe Barna.

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Shakespeare & Co. Presents “4,000 Miles” [Berkshire on Stage]

May 25th, 2017, 3:00 pm by Sara
Annette Miller in <em>4000 Miles</em>.

Gregory Boover and Annette Miller in 4000 Miles

Shakespeare & Company opens its 40th anniversary season with 4,000 Miles written by Amy Herzog, and directed by Nicole Ricciardi. This Pulitzer Prize finalist and winner of the 2012 Obie Award for Best New Play explores growing up, growing old and the moments in between. The acclaimed comic drama opens at the Elayne P. Bernstein Theatre today (Thursday, May 25) and runs through Sunday, July 16.

After suffering a major loss while he was on a cross-country bike trip, 21-year-old Leo seeks solace from his feisty 91-year-old grandmother, Vera, in her West Village apartment. Over the course of a single month, these unlikely roommates infuriate, bewilder and ultimately reach each other.

4,000 Miles looks at how two outsiders find their way in today’s world. The Associated Press said, “In 4,000 Miles, a warm-hearted new play by Amy Herzog, both love and irritability are woven into an illumination of the healing process after the loss of a loved one. The sensitive play [is] filled with small, revelatory and often humorous moments between a grandmother and her grandson.”

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FREE: Alive at Five Announces Another Concert

May 25th, 2017, 1:00 pm by Greg

Earlier this week, the opening concert in Albany’s free Alive at Five concert series was announced.

Now another new concert has been added to the summer series at Corning Preserve’s Jennings Landing in Albany.

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MAY 25: On This Date in Local 518 Concert History

May 25th, 2017, 12:00 pm by Greg

Compiled by Greg Haymes

It’s Throwback Thursday, so we’re back with another installment of our weekly flashback feature: On This Date in Local 518 Concert History. Check out our round-up of May 25 concerts through the years…

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FREE: Music Haven Announces Summer Concert Schedule

May 25th, 2017, 11:00 am by Greg

Traveling the world one concert at a time…

That’s been the slogan for the adventurous, free Music Haven Concert Series since it was launched by Mona Golub back in 1990. And once again this summer, Schenectady’s Central Park will echo with the joyous, exotic, intoxicating sounds from all around the globe.

The 2017 schedule of six Music Haven concerts will take you from Ireland to Cuba, from Ghana to Mexico and from Mali to the Louisiana bayou. You can soak up the sounds of Arabian funk or Middle Eastern maqam melded with jazz… all for free.

The concerts takes place at 7pm on Sundays from July 9-August 13 at the Agnes McDonald Music Haven Stage in Schenectady’s Central Park. In case of inclement weather, the rainsite for the concerts is Proctors in Schenectady.

Here’s the complete schedule for the 2017 Music Haven concert series:

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ArtBeat: What To See

May 25th, 2017, 10:00 am by Sara


MASS MoCA's Building 6 opens to the public on Sunday, May 28.

MASS MoCA’s Building 6 opens to the public on Sunday, May 28.

Building 6 Grand Opening @ MASS MoCA, North Adams. MASS MoCA doubles in in size beginning May 28, with an all-day celebration featuring a members’ preview, a Soundsuit performance and a concert with veteran rockers CAKE. The galleries will feature long-term exhibits of works by Robert Rauschenberg, Louise Bourgeois, James Turrell, Jenny Holzer, Laurie Anderson and Gunnar Schonbeck. Additional artists to be shown in Building 6 include Spencer Finch, Dawn DeDeaux, Lonnie Holley, Mary Lum, Barbara Ernst Prey, Janice Kerbel, Joe Wardwell, Sarah Crowner, Richard Nonas and the Optics Division of the Metabolic Studio. GO HERE for more info…

Work by Tony Tasset @ Art Omi

Work by Tony Tasset @ Art Omi

Summer Season Opening @ Art Omi, Ghent. The summer season opens with new sculptures on view in the Fields by Tony Tasset, Tom Burr, Angela Bulloch and Matt Wedel. In the Benenson Visitors Center, a site-specific installation by André Kruysen will be shown with drawings by Joan Banach.

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FREE FEST: Bands Announced for Art On Lark

May 25th, 2017, 9:00 am by Greg

Art On Lark

June is almost here, which means it’s time once again for Art on Lark. This free summer street festival will celebrate Greater Nippertown arts, artisans and businesses from 11am-6pm on Saturday, June 10.

Lark Street will be shut down to vehicular traffic from Madison to Washington avenues, allowing festival-goers to enjoy all that this event has to offer.

The annual fest will feature the work of photographers, painters, jewelers, ceramicists and more to view and/or purchase. And, of course, there’s plenty of live music throughout the day.

Here’s the musical line-up for the 2017 Art on Lark:

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5/25/17: Today’s Top Tips: Thursday

May 25th, 2017, 7:11 am by Greg

MUSIC: Ozere @ Crandall Public Library’s Folklife Center, Glens Falls. Led by violinist Jessica Deutsch, the Canadian band seamlessly blends bluegrass, Celtic, Balkan, pop and chamber music, creating a fresh new folk sound. 7pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Bob & Joy @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. Duo of Caffe fave Bob Warren with Joy McKenzie. 7pm. $20.

MUSIC: Bob Dylan Birthday Tribute @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. Former Levon Helm & the Barnburners guitarist Pat O’Shea and special guests pay tribute with an evening of all-Dylan, all night. 8pm. $15.

MUSIC: Guitar Night Boys @ Wolf Hollow Brewing, Glenville. 7pm.

MUSIC: L.O.C.H.HDown #3 @ the Low Beat, Albany. Lords of Chaos Hip-Hop Collective showcase featuring Simply the Rabbit, Eulogy tha Lionhart, ATG featuring Zae Biggz, Mike Arson, JB aka Dirty Moses, Young Trae Boogy & Trey Magic, Bags, Ozymandias, AirlineJay. 7pm. $10.

MUSIC: Hey Nineteen @ the Iron Horse Music Hall, Northampton. 11-piece Steely Dan tribute band. With Peter J. Newland & RadioXile. 8pm. $30.

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