How Much Is Your Art Worth?

November 10th, 2009, 9:35 am by Sara

One of the most angst-ridden decisions an artist must make is how to price his or her work. The Berkshire Cultural Resource Center is coming to the rescue with FREE professional development workshops for artists. This week, the subject is Pricing: How Much Is Your Work Worth? and three sessions mix gallerists, museum directors, and art collectors to explore methods of determining your work’s value in today’s marketplace.

TODAY: (Tuesday, November 10th ) | 6:30 p.m. | MCLA Gallery 51 | 51 Main Street, North Adams | Joe Thompson (Director of MASS MoCA) and Jo Ellen Harrison (Owner of Harrison Gallery)

Wednesday, November 11th | 6:30 p.m. | Lichtenstein Center for Arts | 28 Renne Ave, Pittsfield | Stuart Chase (Director of Berkshire Museum) and Kurt Kolok [Owner of Kolok Gallery]

Thursday, November 12th | 6:30 p.m. | IS183 Art School | Stockbridge | Nancy Fitzpatrick (art collector) and Geoffrey Young (Owner of Geoffrey Young Gallery)

All workshops are free, but do require pre-registration. For more information, and/or to register, call 413.663.5253. Here’s more info.


11/3: Today’s Tips: Tuesday

November 3rd, 2009, 8:05 am by Greg

MUSIC: Keith Pray’s Big Soul Ensemble @ Tess’ Lark Tavern, Albany: Super saxman Keith Pray leads Nippertown’s swingingest big band into one of our favorite, intimate watering holes as they gear up for the impending release of their debut live album. What’s not to like? 9pm. Free; donations gratefully accepted.

FILM: “Deer Tick: To the City of Sin!” @ the Saratoga County Arts Center, Saratoga Springs: A screening of the documentary feature film about Providence alt-country-rock band Deer Tick. Also a reception with light refreshments and a Q&A session with director Cory Lovell and members of the band. 7pm. $10.

MUSIC: New York Funk Exchange with Jatoba @ Revolution Hall, Troy: Vocalist Serena Fortier fronts the eight-piece Brooklyn-based band of funkateers. Sharing the stage is the eclectic acoustic trio, Jatoba. Doors at 8pm. Free.

MUSIC: Lyle Lovett & His Large Band @ The Egg, Albany: One more large band lands in Nippertown on a busy big-band Tuesday. Teriffic Texas tunesmith Lovett leads his finely honed ensemble into town in support of his latest album, “Natural Forces.” 7:30pm. $74.50, $64.50, $59.50.

And don’t forget to vote!

LIVE: The Dave Brubeck Quartet @ the Massry Center for the Arts, 10/14/09

October 16th, 2009, 1:01 pm by Greg

Dave Brubeck, Michael Moore, Randy Jones

Dave Brubeck, Michael Moore, Randy Jones

Not trying to be morbid or disrespectful or anything like that, but for the past five or six times that we’ve had the thoroughly enjoyable pleasure of seeing Dave Brubeck in concert, we say to ourselves, “Well, this will probably be the last opportunity we’ll have to hear him.”

And then he comes back again, and we see him again, and we think the same thing again.

Brubeck is 88 years old.
There are 88 keys on the piano.
You do the math.

On Wednesday night, the masterful Brubeck led his quartet into the College of St. Rose’s Massry Center for the Arts in Albany, and once again delivered a sparkling, imaginative, passionate concert.

NOTE: Now we realize that a lot of people donated a lot of money to build this beautiful arts center, but don’t you think it’s going a little overboard that Brubeck performed on the D’Arcy-Brady Stage of the Kathleen McManus Picotte Recital Hall in the Massry Center for the Arts at the College of Saint Rose?

Walking onstage to a rousing standing ovation, Brubeck shuffled up to the microphone and said, “Thank you. I hope you do that after we play.” No problem there, as standing o’s were regularly – and rightfully – scattered throughout the two generous hour-long sets.

And the sets were filled with a delightful balance and variety of tunes – the funky “Crescent City Stomp” (with drummer Randy Jones turned the traditional New Orleans parade beat inside out and upside down), the beautiful ballad “Elegy,” a sizzling, all-bopped-up rendition of Gerswhin’s “I Got Rhythm,” a sweet ‘n’ wistful reading of Eubie Blake’s “Memories of You,” the bluesy whisper-to-a-wail of “Stormy Weather” (featuring a sensational sax solo from Bobby Militello).

And, yes, the white-haired, tuxedo-clad quartet wrapped up the show with a requisite run-through of “Take Five.” Brubeck didn’t even bother to mention that the song and the album that featured it (“Time Out”) is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. He didn’t have to. Wednesday’s 11-minute version still provided surprises, even after all these years, as the bandmembers took the jazz classic and ran it through a variety of twists and turns, culminating in a torrential drum solo from Randy Jones.

But the band wasn’t done yet. Returning for an encore, Brubeck tickled out an old familiar melody on the Steinway, almost joking around. The musicians all laughed and slipped into the impromptu song, bassist Michael Moore shining with an appropriately woozy, off-balance solo. The next thing you know, the whole audience was all singing along:

“Show me the way to go home
I’m tired and I want to go to bed
I had a little drink about an hour ago
And it went right to my head
Where ever I may roam
On land or sea or foam
You will always hear me singing this song
Show me the way to go home”

You can also check out my review in the Times Union.

The Dave Brubeck Quartet performs at the Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield, Mass. at 8pm on Saturday, October 17. Also on the bill will be the Berkshire Jazz Youth Ensemble.

Michael Moore and Bobby Militello

Michael Moore and Bobby Militello

Weekday Happenings

October 13th, 2009, 10:17 am by Greg

Rejoice, boys & girls, moms & dads! You live in Nippertown, where you don’t have to wait for the weekend for good things to happen.

Here are a few suggestions of things to do during the next couple of days:

Social Distortion with the Strangers, Middle Class Rut @ Northern Lights, Clifton Park
Communal Drone Night @ the Arts Center of the Capital Region, Troy (FREE)
Renaissance with Jann Klose @ The Egg, Albany
Kate Voegele with Green River Ordinance @ Revolution Hall, Troy
Opening night of “The Color Purple” @ Proctors, Schenectady

The Dave Brubeck Quartet @ St. Rose’s Massry Center for the Arts, Albany
“Dancing on the Air” with Jay Ungar & Molly Mason @ The Linda, Albany
Opening night of “The Seafarer” @ Capital Repertory Theatre, Albany
“Silent Film Spectacular!”: “The Lost World” with music by Beware! The Other Head of Science @ Albany Public Library, Albany (FREE)
“Live from the Living Room” poetry reading with Jason Crane @ the Capital District Gay and Lesbian Community Center, Albany

Be Here Now: Native American Festival @ SPAC, 9/3/09

September 30th, 2009, 11:59 am by Sara


Here an interesting and educational family outing: the Saratoga Native American Festival is being presented at Saratoga Spa state park this Saturday and Sunday featuring an array of musicians, drummers, artisans, dancers and especially storytellers. Here’s the activities schedule.

Tickets are $10 Adults, $7 Seniors and $5 Children under 12 (children under 5 are free and are available online.

Phishin’ in November?

September 24th, 2009, 3:39 pm by Greg

phishAlthough nobody seems willing to officially confirm (or deny), the rumors are flying fast ‘n’ furious that a fall Phish tour will bring Trey and boys back to the Times Union Center in Albany for shows on Friday and Saturday, November 27-28 during the Thanksgiving Day weekend.

Anybody know anything more?

Upcoming concerts in Kingston

September 11th, 2009, 12:04 pm by Greg

Kingston isn’t all that far away, not for a real music fan. It’s just a short jaunt down Thruway from Nippertown, and the city’s two main concert halls – the Ulster Performing Arts Center and the Bardavon 1869 Opera House House – are hosting quite a few excellent concerts this season.

Sure, some of the acts – Ben Folds and Lyle Lovett, for instance – will also be coming to Albany for shows at The Egg. But it’s also looking like Kingston is as close as some of ’em – the Black Crowes and Lucinda Williams – might be getting this time around.

Anyway, we just thought you might want to know what’s happening in Kingston. So here are the schedules. Gas it up and go.

Friday, September 18, 8pm: The Black Crowes, Truth & Salvage Co.
Friday, October 9, 8pm: Ben Folds, Kate Miller-Heidke
Friday, October 16, 8pm: Lewis Black
Friday, November 6, 8pm: Jackson Browne
Sunday, November 15, 7pm: Lyle Lovett & His Large Band
Friday, April 9, 8pm: David Sedaris
Saturday, April 10, TBA: Hammer of the Gods

Thursday, October 8, 7:30pm: Lucinda Williams, Buick 6
Saturday, October 24, 8pm: Rickie Lee Jones
Sunday, March 28, 7pm: Los Lobos, Leo Kottke
Sunday, May 16, 7pm: Pat Metheny

ArtBeat: Jump In!

September 3rd, 2009, 2:22 pm by Greg

jumpinHead first!
Feet first!
Heart first!

It doesn’t really matter which way you jump, but JUMP IN!

From 5:30-8pm on Friday, September 4, the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts at 28 Renne Ave., Pittsfield, Mass. hosts the opening reception for the group exhibition, “Jump In!,” celebrating water in the landscape.

Co-sponsored by the yet-to-be-built Housatonic River Museum, the exhibition features photographs, paintings, drawings, sculpture, writing and video inspired by the waters of the region.

“Jump In!” also serves as the premiere of “A Sound Map of the Housatonic River,” a commissioned sound installation by internationally acclaimed sound artist/musician Annea Lockwood.

Nearly two dozen other artists are represented in the exhibition, including Tim Prentice, Fern Leslie, Kevin Sprague, Laurie McLeod, Suzanne Howe-Stevens, Peter Kitchell, Michael Boroniec, Monika Pizzichemi and Leila Daw.

Water-related events and entertainment will compliment the artful offerings at the gallery.

The reception is free and open to the public. The exhibition will remain on view through Saturday, October 31.


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