Posts Tagged ‘festival’

Be Here Now: Against The Current

Thursday, October 22nd, 2009

On the five year anniversary of the death of his pregnant wife, a thirty something financial writer decides to mark the day by swimming the length of the Hudson River, all 150-miles of it, accompanied by two friends in a boat (Justin Kirk, of Weeds fame, and Elizabeth Reaser). The film premiered at Sundance and has been making the rounds of the festival circuit.

Against The Current is playing TONIGHT (October 22) at 6:15pm at FilmColmbia Festival at the Crandall Theatre in Chatham, followed by a Q&A with director Peter Callahan.

(Celebrating its tenth anniversary, the The FilmColumbia Festival offers topnotch foreign and independent films. Here’s the complete festival schedule.)

If you miss the screening tonight, you can catch it on Saturday, October 24 at the Hunter Center of MASS MoCA at 8pm as part of the Williamstown Film Festival’s 11th season. The Galleries will be open until 7:30 PM. Party with food from Lickety Split and cash bar follows in MASS MoCA lobby.

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IBMA Names Grey Fox as Best Bluegrass Fest

Monday, October 5th, 2009

If you want to hear the best bluegrass music, see the best bands and have the best bluegrass festival experience then the place to go isn’t down in North Carolina. Or the hills of Tennessee. Or some backwoods holler in Kentucky.

No, the best bluegrass event of the year took place right here in Nippertown – the Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival at the Walsh Farm in Oak Hill (Greene County).

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Woodstock Film Fest: Where Music Meets Movies

Thursday, October 1st, 2009

We love movies. We love music. And we really love movies about music.

When you host a film festival in a town named Woodstock, the collision of movies and music is – well, let’s just say – pretty much unavoidable. Here are a few of the music-related movies that are slated to be screened at the Woodstock Film Festival this weekend:

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Pretty scary, eh kids? Blood, Fangs & Claws Film Fest @ The Madison Theater

Thursday, October 1st, 2009

BloodFangsAndClawsMadisonStarting Friday, October 2 through the following week, you can catch several locally-made horror movies at the Madison Theater in Albany. Dr. GriGri will be your host, introducing the following short films:

Jay Ruzicka:KAZZULA

Jared Balog: NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH

Frank Palangi: two parts of a multi part anthology, THE LOST

Michael Kazlo II: CRYPTID (premiere)

Show times on Friday and Saturday nights will be 7pm and 12midnight. Contact the Madison Theater for the show times during the week.

This event coincides with the premiere of the new Woody Harrelson movie, “Zombieland.” With the purchase of a ticket to the Blood, Fangs & Claws Film Fest, you have the opportunity of buying a ticket to “Zombieland” at the reduced price of $6.

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

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

NAF

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.

The Best of Bluegrass

Tuesday, September 29th, 2009

The International Bluegrass Music Association’s Awards show takes place on Thursday, October 1 down in Nashville, and believe it or not, Nippertown has a couple of horses in the race.

You might think that bluegrass is strictly a southern, rural brand of music, but, of course, you’d be wrong. And in fact, we make some mighty fine bluesgrass right here in Nippertown.

The Gibson Brothers

The Gibson Brothers

Held in July at the Walsh Farm down in Oak Hill, the Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival has become a major player on the bluegrass festival circuit – so much so that Grey Fox is one of only three festivals from around the entire globe to earn a nomination as “Bluegrass Event of Year.”

And our own super picking ‘n’ singing sibblings the Gibson Brothers earned a nod in the oh-so-prestigious “Song of the Year” category for the title track of their sparkling 2008 album, “Iron and Diamonds.”

Good luck!

LIVE: The Lake George Jazz Weekend, 9/19-20/09

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009

Billy Harper

Billy Harper


The Lake George Arts Project launched its 26th Jazz At the Lake Festival, better known as the Lake George Jazz Weekend, on Saturday, September 19. Old friends greeted each other and found places to sit down in the Shepard Park amphitheater looking down the hill to the bandstand and the lake.

In the picturesque warmth of the day, veteran jazz pianist Bill Mays and his Inventions Trio presented a sparkling set of chamber jazz. Accompanied by famed trumpeter Marvin Stamm and newcomer cellist Alisha Horn, Mays’ mix of classical and jazz themes drew appreciative applause.

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LIVE: Albany’s All-America City Jazz Festival, 9/12/09

Friday, September 18th, 2009

Lee Shaw and Rich Syracuse

Lee Shaw and Rich Syracuse


This year’s Albany’s All-America City Jazz Festival kicked off in high gear with Nippertown’s own queen of the keys Lee Shaw taking the bandstand. Her long-time bandmates – bassist Rich Syracuse and drummer Jeff Seigel – turned up the heat behind Shaw’s impassioned piano stylings as she masterfully led the trio through a handfull of jazz standards and memorable originals. Wearing a bright red coat and a scarf to fend off the chill in the air, Lee Shaw warmly smiled out to the audience as her fingers melodically caressed the keys.

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