Real Good for FREE: NYS Writers Institute Film Series

February 6th, 2013, 2:00 pm by Greg

In addition to a series of readings by acclaimed authors, poets and journalists, the New York State Writers Institute also presents a film series. The films will be screened at UAlbany’s Page Hall in Albany on Friday evenings. Admission is free.

The series starts on Friday (February 8) with the classic “Russian Ark.”

Here’s the full line-up of movies in the spring 2013 film series:

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Henry Kaiser, What Was the First Album You Ever Bought?

September 21st, 2010, 10:08 am by Greg

Henry Kaiser“I bought three albums the first day I bought music for myself at a music store in Carmel, California. I think it was 1966.

They were ‘Master Musician of India’ by Ali Akbar Khan, ‘Gesange der Junglinge and Kontakte’ by Karlheinz Stockhausen and ‘Born Under a Bad Sign’ by Albert King.

They were all records that I knew about from listening to Bay Area free-form and non-commercial radio back in the ’60s when these purchases occurred. I guess you could say that they reflected my already eclectic listening tastes.

All these years later, I still have all three albums. I don’t listen to the Stockhausen much, but the other two get played a couple of times a year. They were good purchases.”

Experimental guitar virtuoso Henry Kaiser will be at UAlbany’s Page Hall at 7pm on Wednesday to kick off the new season of the New York State Writers Institute with a screening of Werner Herzog’s 2007 film, “Encounters at the End of the World.” Kaiser served as the documentary film’s producer and underwater photographer, in addition to composing the soundtrack. At Page Hall, Kaiser will be joined by Wadsworth Center cellular biologist Samuel Bowser, who stars in the film. Admission is free.

Don’t Miss: Five for the Fall

September 10th, 2009, 4:01 pm by Greg

Consider this your Fall Arts Guide, the condensed version.

We picked five – count ’em, just five – events that you really shouldn’t let pass you by this autumn. Music, art, fashion, film, theater, books – we tried to cover ’em all in just Five Don’t-Miss Events.

You know things are going to get crazy. You know you’re gonna forget something. You know you can’t be everywhere you want to be.

So mark these on your calendar right now:

Friday, September 11: The Boredoms‘ Boadrum 9 with Deerhunter @ EMPAC at RPI, Troy
You didn’t really think that Yamatsuka Eye and his thundering crew could slip unnoticed into the Capital Region, did you? Drums, drums and more drums. You may not enjoy this show, but trust us, you’ll never forget it.

Saturday, September 19: LarkFest on Lark St. in Albany (FREE)
It’s Nippertown’s biggest free outdoor party. There’s art. There’s fun. There’s catching up with old friends. And there’s plenty of music – great music. Moby, Bell X1 and Matt & Kim. And that’s just on the main stages. The local music line-up is just as impressive.

Saturday, October 17: Discard Avant Garb @ the Grand Street Community Arts Center, Albany
Albany’s annual recycled fashion show marks its tenth anniversary this year, so you know that everyone’s gonna pull out all the stops. Approximately three dozen artists have signed on as designers this year. Part wearable art exhibit, part theater and all fun, Discard Avant Garb is a great charity event and simply THE social event of the season.

Friday, October 23: Benefit concert for WEXT-FM with Super 400 @ the EXIT Dome (aka the WMHT-TV Studios), North Greenbush
Super 400’s new album “Sweet Fist” kicks you upside the head like an atomic kiss. You can’t ask for more. But you’ll get it from Eric Margan & the Red Lions, Sean Rowe and some of the Railbirds. All to benefit the best radio station in Nippertown.

Friday, November 6: “The Man With the Golden Arm” @ UAlbany’s Page Hall, Albany (FREE)
Yes, it’ll be great to see this vintage jazzman-junkie film (starring a jittery, manic Frank Sinatra as Frankie Machine) on a big screen, but the real reason to head to this New York State Writers Institute event is that the screening will be followed by a discussion of the writings of Nelson Algren by literary lions Don DeLillo and Russell Banks.

So what’s on your don’t-miss list this fall?
Hit the comment button below, and let us know.

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