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.



Be Here Now: Green River Festival

July 17th, 2009, 10:54 am by Greg

I’ve never been to the Green River Festival – in large part because the middle of July weekend always seems to be the single busiest weekend of the entire year.

But I’ve always wanted to go. And you’ll see why when you take gander at the schedule:

TODAY (Friday, July 17)
Signature Sounds 15th Anniversary Celebration
5:40pm: House Band/special guest
6pm: Tracy Grammer
6:25pm: Mark Erelli
6:50pm: Caroline Herring
7:15pm: Jeffrey Foucault
7:40pm: Peter Mulvey
8:05pm: Kris Delmhorst
8:30pm: Richard Shindell
9:05pm: Chris Smither
9:50pm: Crooked Still
10:30pm: Eilen Jewell
6pm: Sometymes Why
7pm: Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem
8pm: Sacred Shakers
9pm: Sweetback Sisters
10pm: Winterpills

1:50pm: Swing Caravan
2:30pm: Justin Townes Earle
3:35pm: Kathleen Edwards
5pm: Dave Alvin & the Guilty Women
6:30pm: Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings
8:20pm: Michael Franti & Spearhead
2:15pm: Mike & Ruthy
3:15pm: Swing Caravan
4:05pm: Naia Kete
5:30pm: The Sweetback Sisters
7:15pm: CJ Chenier & The Red Hot Louisiana Band
9:15pm: Trombone Shorty

One word – Wow!

LIVE: River Street Festival Wrapup

June 22nd, 2009, 11:09 am by Sara

A little rain never hurt anybody. And it certainly didn’t keep many folks away from downtown Troy for the sixth annual River Street Festival on Saturday, June 20.

(photo by Andrzej Pilarczyk)

(photo by Andrzej Pilarczyk)

Although armed with only an acoustic guitar, Rob Dickinson somehow managed to conjure up the massive wall of sound of his old band, the Catherine Wheel.

(photo by Andrzej Pilarczyk)

(photo by Andrzej Pilarczyk)

Chris Barron declared, “Yes, I’m that guy from the Spin Doctors,” as he delivered a solo performance of Spin Docs classics and tunes from his new solo album, “Pancho and the Kid.”

(photo by Andrzej Pilarczyk)

(photo by Andrzej Pilarczyk)

Mike Doughty wasn’t the headliner, but you’d never have known it from the enthusiastic crowd reaction. Barefoot violinist Caroline Pook joined him for most of his rain-soaked set.

Straight outta Connecticut, the Alternate Routes served up the festival’s opening set.

The festival’s second stage showcased a lot of Nippertown’s homegrown musical talent, including Simple Theory.

“Whip it…

…whip it good!”

And of course, no festival on River Street would ever be complete with a sidewalk chalk painting competition. Among the entries were dog portraits, Van Gogh wanna-bes, cartoon characters, landscapes, trippy abstracts and more…



And in addition to presenting the massive exhibition of the Fence Show artwork in the galleries, the Arts Center of the Capital Region also hosted performances by Eddie Ade Knowles and Ensemble Congeros:

(photo by Matthew Mac Haffie)

(photo by Matthew Mac Haffie)

(photo by Matthew Mac Haffie)

(photo by Matthew Mac Haffie)

Now that’s what I call some percolating percussion…

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