Be Here Now: “Dark Meat on a Funny Mind” @ Spencertown Academy Arts Center, 4/17/10

April 14th, 2010, 1:05 pm by Sara
Richard Pryor

Richard Pryor

“Dark Meat on a Funny Mind,” a new play based on the life of comedian Richard Pryor, debuts in a staged reading this Saturday, April 17 at Spencertown Academy Arts Center in Spencertown.

Written by noted author (and Spencertown resident) Wesley Brown and read by actors Kevin Craig West and Derrick Maul, “Dark Meat on a Funny Mind”

captures the life of Richard Pryor, moving back and forward in time from his traumatic childhood in Peoria, Illinois, to his experiences in the army, and pivotal moments in his life as a stand-up comedian. It reflects on a time when Pryor, confined to a wheelchair by multiple sclerosis, confronts his demons and self-destructive impulses by acknowledging them while transforming them into his renowned style of humor.

“Dark Meat on a Funny Mind” is the second production from Works In Progress, a series of three spoken word productions exploring new work by local writers. The series continues on Saturday, June 5 with “Essie and Roe,” a screenplay by Rose Ross and Elizabeth Wilen-Berg.

“Dark Meat on a Funny Mind” @ Spencertown Academy Arts Center
4pm on Saturday, April 17
Tickets: $12
Tickets will be available at the door, and there will be a reception with the author and actors following the performance.


See Hear Now: Distractions on BET-J

August 24th, 2009, 11:46 am by Sara

Congratulations to Kevin Craig West, Nippertown actor-writer-director-producer-cinematographer and all-around renaissance guy, whose short film, Distractions, was aired nationally yesterday on BET’s “Lens on Talent: A Filmmakers Challenge.” If you missed it, you can see it at 8pm tonight on the BET-J network.

Distractions, which West wrote, produced and stars in, is a short film about the dire consequences of driving while texting. Directed by Michalina Almindo, the film has been making the rounds of the festival circuit and is generating positive buzz (and awards). Way to go, Kevin!

Real Good For Free: The Ballston Spa Film Festival, 8/6-8

August 4th, 2009, 8:55 am by Greg

The inaugural Ballston Spa Film Festival was held last summer, screening 28 films over the course of two evenings.

This year the fest is back, and it is indeed growing.

The second annual Ballston Spa Film Festival has expanded to 49 films over the course of three nights and will be held Thursday-Saturday, August 6-8 in Wiswall Park and the Malta Avenue School in Ballston Spa. There is no admission charge to any of the films that are being screened.

So what will you find at the fest?

Ray Liotta and Henry Rollins appear in Max Kuger’s short film, “Boyz Up.” Skidmore College’s Aaron Davis screens his animated short, “The Cheater.” G. Gordon Liddy stars in Silvana Jakick’s comedy, “The Rehearsal.” Director Michalina Almindo and writer-actor Kevin Craig West offer their award-winning short, “Distractions.”

And I have absolutely no idea just what to expect, but just from the title, I’m pretty jazzed about seeing Daniel DeFabio’s “Extreme Yoga Smackdown.”

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