Posts Tagged ‘Empire’

“Empire” Tackles Homophobia and Grows Its Ratings, Is Renewed for Second Season [Berkshire on Stage]

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015
Empire

“Empire” is a powerful new drama about the head of a music empire whose three sons and ex-wife all battle for his throne.

Story by Larry Murray

Averaging a 5.3 rating in Nielsen’s Most Current measure, FOX-TV’s Empire has emerged as the No. 1 new series of the season. Following its second episode, it is the only new broadcast drama this season to grow from week one to week two.

Yesterday at the Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour, the cast and producers of the new hit drama series Empire fielded questions from reporters about the popular new series and our colleague Jim Halterman had the chance to ask creator Lee Daniels and star Terrence Howard about the homophobia portrayed in Howard’s character.

“Homophobia is rampant in the African‑American community, and men are on the DL,” Howard said. “They don’t come out because the priest says, your pastor says, your mama says, your next‑door neighbor says, your homie says, your brother says, your boss says…and so I wanted to blow the lid off the door and on homophobia in my community.”

Click to read the rest at Berkshire on Stage.

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FIVE FIRSTS: Brian Patneaude

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009

brianpatneaudeNAME: Brian Patneaude
BAND AFFILIATION: Brian Patneaude Quartet; Alex Torres & His Latin Orchestra; Empire Jazz Orchestra; Keith Pray’s Big Soul Ensemble; and anyone else that calls.
INSTRUMENT: saxophones

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … The first album I can recall searching out on my own was a cassette copy of Paul McCartney’s “Tug of War” for the song “Ebony & Ivory.”

2. THE FIRST CONCERT THAT I EVER SAW WAS … Metallica and Queensryche at the RPI Fieldhouse in 1989.

3. THE FIRST MUSICAL INSTRUMENT I EVER OWNED OR PLAYED WAS … I picked up the saxophone in the 5th grade – it’s been a love/hate affair ever since.

4. THE FIRST SONG THAT I EVER PERFORMED IN PUBLIC WAS … I remember putting on an impromptu solo dance routine to the theme of “Star Wars” in front of my kindergarten classmates – does that count?

5. THE FIRST BAND I WAS EVER IN WAS … I played drums in a trio with friends from high school ironically named Fusion. For the longest time our repertoire consisted of “In A Gadda Da Vida” and a few original songs that sounded oddly similar to “In A Gadda Da Vida.”

The Brian Patneaude Quartet takes the stage at the Van Dyck in Schenectady on Thursday, September 24.

Parade of Shoes: Kyle Vincent

Tuesday, July 28th, 2009
The sartorial footwear of singer-songwriter Kyle Vincent at the Empire State Plaza, 7/8/09

The sartorial footwear of singer-songwriter Kyle Vincent at the Empire State Plaza, 7/8/09

Real Good for Free: Fabulous Fourth Festivities

Wednesday, July 1st, 2009

The schedule for Price Chopper’s annual Fabulous Fourth Festivities on Saturday, July 4 at Albany’s Empire State Plaza has been announced.

Granted, all that most folks care about are the fireworks – certainly the biggest and most spectacular in all of Nippertown – but there’s also a full slate of live music, as well.

Here’s the schedule:

2pm: The plaza opens

3pm: The HillBilly Horns

4:30pm: Flame

6pm: Maria Zemantauski

8pm: Al Jarreau

9:15pm: fireworks

Previously:
Real Good for Free: Rock-It in Schenectady
Real Good for Free: Bethlehem Public Library (Wednesdays)
Real Good for Free: East Greenbush Comm. Library (Wednesdays)
Real Good for Free: Stony Creek Town Park (Tuesdays)
Real Good For Free: RiverLink Park, Amsterdam (Saturdays)
Real Good For Free: Halfmoon (Wednesdays)
Real Good for Free: Sand Lake Summer Fest (Fri-Sun, July 10-12)
Real Good For Free: Chestertown (Thursdays)
Real Good for Free: Bolton Landing (Tuesdays)
Real Good for Free: Greenport Park, Hudson (Fridays)
Real Good for Free: The Sounds of Salem (Saturday mornings)
Real Good For Free: AHMF @ Lake George (Wednesdays)
Real Good for Free: Latin Fest @ Washington Park (Sat. Aug. 29)
Real Good for Free: The Clark @ Williamstown (Tuedays)
Real Good For Free: Skidmore Jazz (Various days)
Real Good For Free: Schenectady Central Park (Sunday afternoons)
Real Good For Free: Clifton Park (Sundays)
Real Good for Free: Albany Public Library (Third Fridays)
Real Good for Free: At The Plaza, Albany (Wednesdays)
Real Good for Free: Skidmore’s Tang Museum (Fridays)
Real Good For Free: Rockin’ on the River, Troy (Wednesdays)
Real Good For Free: Pearl Street Live (Thursdays)
Real Good For Free: Freedom Park, Scotia (Various days)
Real Good For Free: Jazz on Jay (Thursdays at noon)
Real Good For Free: Cook Park, Colonie (Tuesdays)
Real Good For Free: Lake George (Wednesdays)
Real Good For Free: Schodack (Tuesdays)
Real Good For Free: Canajoharie (Tuesdays)
Real Good For Free: Guilderland (Thursdays)
Real Good For Free: Alive @ 5 (Thursdays)
Real Good For Free: Powers Park (Saturdays)

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