Posts Tagged ‘Troy’

LIVE: Joe Barna & Sketches of Influence @ Sanctuary for Independent Media, 2/24/15

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015
Joe Barna

Joe Barna

Review by J Hunter
Photographs by Rudy Lu

I am now thoroughly convinced that it’s not the cold, the snow, the ice or even the wind chill that kills you in winter – it’s the cabin fever! And just because you have digital cable, wi-fi and Facebook to play with does not make you immune. You NEED to go out, you NEED to interact with non-co-workers, and you NEED to see some form of human-based entertainment that wasn’t cooked up on a Hollywood set. Aside from checking off all the aforementioned boxes, Joe Barna’s homecoming show at the Sanctuary for Independent Media let us help him do the best kind of warming up: Warming up for his NYC debut!

The night after he brought the latest iteration of Sketches of Influence to north Troy, Barna was set to do his first gig as a leader at Somethin’ Jazz Club, the New York City version of a venerable Tokyo establishment. Somethin’ held its own jazz festival in January while the NYC Winter JazzFest was going on (Teri Roiger was one of the featured performers), so February 25 was a big, big date. In addition to being Sketches’ “dress rehearsal,” Barna had taken upon himself the task of raising $1,000 for Sanctuary, which was technically “in hibernation” when the crowd settled down and Barna led saxman Stacy Dillard, pianist Victor Gould, and bassist Ryan Berg onto the stage. By his own admission, Barna “came close” to his financial goal; as to getting dialed in for the big gig, he and his band hit that target right in the bullseye.

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Fun with Lily Tomlin and Irish Music of Caladh Nua on Tap for Troy Music Hall [Berkshire on Stage]

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015
Lily Tomlin

Lily Tomlin

The Troy Savings Bank Music Hall continues its series featuring compelling artists. Here are four March concerts worth jotting down on your calendar.

LILY TOMLIN, Saturday (March 7), 8pm

It’ll be a delightful bit of nostalgia as we have a rare chance to be in the presence of Lily Tomlin for an unforgettable night of fun and sidesplitting laughter. This sardonic comic artist takes her audience on a trip The Washington Post called “wise and howlingly funny” with more than a dozen of her timeless characters—from Ernestine to Sister Boogie Woman, to Mrs. Beasley and to the iconic Edith Ann.

The Daily News says “With astounding skill and energy, Tomlin zaps through the channels like a human remote control. Using a fantastic range of voices, gestures and movements, she conjures up the cast of characters with all the apparent ease of a magician pulling a whole menagerie of animals from a single hat.” Don’t miss this warm and uniquely affecting experience filled with comical insights and wildly, witty observations about the human condition.

Click to read the rest at Berkshire on Stage.

LIVE: Sirsy @ Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, 2/14/15

Thursday, February 26th, 2015

Video and photographs by Timothy Reidy

Sirsy – the dynamic pop-rock duo of Melanie Krahmer and Rich Libutti - spent their Valentine’s Day warming the hearts of fans at Troy’s Dinosaur Bar-B-Que.

They’re playing one more Local 518 gig – Friday night (February 27) at Sharp Shooters Billiards in Amsterdam with the Holly & Evan Band – before heading south on a tour that will take them to Austin for SXSW.

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Playing with Perception @ EMPAC: Lucy Raven Premieres 3-D “Tales of Love and Fear” [Berkshire on Stage]

Wednesday, February 25th, 2015
Tales of Love and Fear, a 3D experiment at EMPAC at RPI in Troy, NY

“Tales of Love and Fear,” a 3D experiment at EMPAC at RPI in Troy

By Larry Murray

While it’s tempting to think of 3D image technology as a new frontier in contemporary cinema, artists have been playing with the perception of spatial depth in photography as far back as the mid 19th century. The early stereogram assigned a 2D image to each eye, simulating the effect of binocular vision when viewed in tandem. Artist Lucy Raven takes a similar approach to filmmaking for Tales of Love and Fear, which will premieres at EMPAC at RPI in Troy at 8pm on Friday (February 27).

The culmination of several years of research, Tales of Love and Fear is a site-specific artwork for EMPAC’s Concert Hall. A regular artist-in-residence since fall 2013, Raven has focused her research on the history and evolution of 3D-film technologies and animation techniques, investigating the fluid cultural perception of spatial depth though an art-historical lens.

Developed in collaboration with the EMPAC production team, Tales of Love and Fear is comprised of a custom-built rig of counter-rotating platforms. A single stereoscopic photograph, taken by the artist during her research in India, is split by the two projectors into the left and right eye perspective. Conceived as a cinema for a single image, this piece expands and unifies our perception of the cinematic beyond the screen.

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Win FREE Tickets to This Weekend’s Bridge Jazz Festival

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015
The Marcus Roberts Trio

The Marcus Roberts Trio

Two nights. Two different venues. Six diverse jazz bands heating up this long, cold winter… This weekend the inaugural Bridge Jazz Festival takes over the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall on Friday and the College of Saint Rose’s Massry Center for the Arts on Saturday.

FRIDAY (FEBRUARY 27), 7:30pm
at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy
Featuring the Marcus Roberts Trio, the Anat Cohen Quartet and Elizabeth Woodbury Kasius & Heard
Tickets: $28, $36 & $42; $15 Test Drive tickets are also available to people who have not previously purchased tickets to the Hall.

SATURDAY (FEBRUARY 28), 6pm
at the College of Saint Rose’s Massry Center for the Arts, Albany
Featuring the Fred Hersch Trio, Cécile McLorin Savant and Gretchen Parlato/Alan Hampton Duo
Tickets: $40; $30 students

All-festival tickets are also available for both nights priced at $60; $40 students.

BUT WAIT… We’re giving away a pair of FREE ALL-FESTIVAL TICKETS – that’s two tickets to Friday AND Saturday night. To enter, just post a comment below. Please leave your email address, too. We won’t publish it, but we’ll use it to contact you if you win. The deadline to enter is 12noon on Friday (February 27), and the winner will be selected at random and notified on Friday afternoon. Don’t delay, enter today! And good luck!

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EMPAC Streams Cally Spooner’s Live Show Around the World on Friday [Berkshire on Stage]

Thursday, February 12th, 2015

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By Larry Murray

From Ed Sullivan to Jimmy Fallon, the TV variety show is a well-known format to American audiences. The at-home viewer watches a cavalcade of performers entertain an unseen studio audience, while that studio audience is complicit in the show, laughing and applauding according to prompts and direction. On Friday (February 13) at 8pm, for the final evening of her residency at EMPAC at RPI in Troy, artist Cally Spooner will stage a TV variety show in Studio 1, shot before a live studio audience and live-streamed to viewers around the world as part of her in-progress film work And You Were Wonderful, On Stage.

For the past two years, Spooner has developed material for the piece through itinerant engagements at galleries and performing arts venues around the world. Sketching scenes and stand-alone vignettes as the piece traveled, she performed a live musical version of And You Were Wonderful, On Stage with a chorus line of singers at Tate Modern last winter before coming to finish the work in residency at EMPAC.

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Fugue States, Feral Horses and the Choreography of Flesh @ EMPAC on Saturday [Berkshire on Stage]

Wednesday, January 28th, 2015
Ward of the Feral Horses, by Moroccan-Israeli artist Orit Ben-Shitrit, explores the sensation of a person being trapped in their body.

“Ward of the Feral Horses,” by Moroccan-Israeli artist Orit Ben-Shitrit, explores the sensation of a person being trapped in their body.

Over at EMPAC at RPI in Troy, New York we look forward to “media-dance” pioneer and Merce Cunningham collaborator Charles Atlas, who will be in residence this spring to develop a new piece of choreography tailored for the screen.

The multimedia dance form he helped popularize has been a programming priority at the Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (110 8th St., Troy) ever since its opening.

With generous support from the Jaffe Fund for Experimental Media and Performing Arts, the DANCE MOViES commission will present this year’s selected works on Saturday (January 31) at 7pm. Admission is free.

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ADDITIONAL UPCOMING REAL GOOD FOR FREE EVENTS FOR 2015:

New Music & Cultural Symposium @ UAlbany Performing Arts Center, Albany, 1/29-31/15
Free Day @ MASS MoCA, North Adams, 1/31/15
New York State Writers Institute’s Visiting Writers Series @ UAlbany, Albany, various days
Music at Noon @ Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy, select Thursdays
Beat the Snow Winter Concert Series @ Schenectady Public Library, Schenectady, Sundays

A Few Minutes With… Dale Watson

Monday, January 26th, 2015

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Interview and story by Don Wilcock

Dale Watson – appearing Wednesday night (January 28) at The Hangar in Troy – has an axe to grind about today’s so-called country music, what it is and what it isn’t. “Blake Shelton says nobody wants to listen to granddaddy’s music, that they’re just old farts and jackasses. He’s wrong,” says the silver-haired, tattooed Texas troubadour.

Watson is single-handedly bringing the Sun Studios, rockabilly and countrypolitan music
kicking and swinging into the 21st century with apologies to none of the black-hat pretty boys who are filling Nashville’s coffers these days. He has a two-decade discography of 20 albums that declared his intentions first time out of the box with a song called “Nashville Rash” on his 1995 Hightone CD Cheatin’ Heart Attack that railed against the mainstream country hits of artists like Blake Shelton and Kenny Chesney.

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