Friday, January 11, 2008

Cures For Boredom

The Chapel + Cultural Center at Rensselaer presents Dreaming A New Real: An Evening of Film, Video and Multmedia Projected Short Works, on Friday, January 11 at 7:00 pm at the C+CC in Troy, NY. This is the second event in the Loop Sanctuary IV performance series, and includes artists from the US, Austria, Canada, Italy, Norway and New Zealand. The series is curated, as in prior years, by local composer and artist Sara Ayers. Admission to all Loop Sanctuary events is free and open to the public.

Click here to view the program.

Brooklyn’s lively music scene comes to downtown Pittsfield this weekend. This Friday night, Dottie’s Coffee Lounge features Ching Song Snog (pictured) and The Wowz. Saturday night at Dottie’s enjoy Drew Victor and The Afternoon, who play alternative folk, country and wistful indie rock. Don't miss this weekend of live music featuring 4 Brooklyn bands! Dottie’s says BYOB with a $5 corkage fee.

Friday & Saturday, January 11 & 12 8pm Dottie's Coffee Lounge 444 North St 443-1792 No cover, donations

There's always lots of live music around town. Click here to see who else is playing where...

Festival aims to help kids make music...

January 12th Country and Bluegrass Showcase 12-10pm SCCC Carl B Taylor Auditorium Advance tickets $8, $10 at the door

12:00-12:45 Emily Smith
1:00-1:45 Big Stones and His Rocky Past
2:00-2:45 Justin Carey (w/Big Stones)
3:00-4:00 The Pacemakers
4:00-6:00 Intermission (songwriter's workshop with Bill Graham from 4-5pm)
6:00-6:45 The Stringdusters
7:00-7:45 Battenkill Country
8:00-8:45 Catfish Don and The River Band 9:00-10:00 Renee Lussier and Branchwater

An ADDED SCREENING has been arranged for 11am on Saturday January 12th at the Tinker Street Cinema, 132 Tinker Street in Woodstock for BODY OF WAR by Phil Donahue and Ellen Spiro.

The 2 pm screening and the the following reception are compleely sold out.
Mr. Donahue and Ms. Spiro are scheduled to be on hand for a Q&A immediately following both screenings. For tickets, call 845 810-0131 or visit

BODY OF WAR is an intimate and transformational feature documentary about the true face of war today.
Meet Tomas Young, 25 years old, paralyzed from a bullet to his spine after serving in Iraq for less than a week.
BODY OF WAR is his coming home story as he evolves into a new person, dealing with his disability and finding his own unique and passionate voice against the war. It is a nakedly honest portrayal of what it is like inside the body, heart and soul of this extraordinary and heroic young man.
The film is produced and directed by Phil Donahue and Ellen Spiro (TROOP 1500).

Two original songs were written for the film by musician Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam fame.
And two Woodstock filmmakers were very involved in the project.
DeeDee Halleck acted as the film¹s consultant and and Bernadine Colish was the film editor.

Traditional Native American Songs and Stories at The Adirondack Museum

Blue Mountain Lake, N.Y. Join Marge Bruchac, an Abenaki Indian, and her husband Justin Kennick for an afternoon of traditional Native American songs, trickster stories, and historical anecdotes at the Adirondack Museum at Blue Mountain Lake on Sunday, January 13, 2008.

The program, Zahkiwi Lintowoganal "Voices in the Woods" will be the first presentation in the museum's Cabin Fever Sunday series. Held in the Auditorium, the presentation will begin promptly at 1:30 p.m. Cabin Fever Sunday programs are offered at no charge to museum members. The fee for non-members is $4.00. There is no charge for children of elementary school age or younger. Refreshments will be served. For additional information, please call the Education Department at (518) 352-7311, ext. 121 or visit the museum's web site at

Poet Candice Chouinard to read
at the Social Justice Center
Thursday, January 17, 7:30PM
Vermont poet Candice Chouinard will read from her work at the Social Justice Center, 33 Central Ave., Albany on Thursday, January 17, at 7:30PM. Candice turns scribbles on by the rhythmic tip-typing of keys, a glowing screen. She received her Bachelors in Literature, from Southern Vermont College.
A reading by a local or regional poet is held each Third Thursday at the Social Justice Center. The event includes an open mic for audience members to read. Sign-up starts at 7:00PM, with the reading beginning at 7:30. The host of the readings is Albany poet and photographer Dan Wilcox. The suggested donation is $3.00, which helps support this and other poetry programs of the Poetry Motel Foundation, and the work of the Social Justice Center. For more information about this event contact Dan Wilcox, 518-482-0262

The Mitch Kessler Jazz trio will bring high quality, original improvisational jazz music to Albany’s Israel Center Café on Saturday night, January 19. The trio will feature Mitch Kessler (saxophones), John Esposito (piano); a bass player will be joining them. The Israel Center Café is located at The Israel Center, 199 New Scotland Ave (opposite Sage College) in Albany.

The exclusive Capital Region release of the new Brian De Palma written and directed fictional documentary "Redacted" features screenings at 8 PM on Friday, February 1, 2008 and 8 PM on Saturday, February 2, 2008 at The Sanctuary for Independent Media, 3361 Sixth Avenue in Troy. Tickets are $5-$10. Call (518) 272-2390, email, or visit for directions and more information.

De Palma won the Silver Lion for Best Director at the 2007 Venice Film Festival for this film, a fictional story inspired by true events. "Redacted" is a unique cinematic experience that pushes viewers to radically reconsider the filters through which we see and accept events in our world, the power of the mediated image and how presentation and composition influence our ideas and beliefs. A profound meditation on the way information is packaged, distributed and received in an era with infinite channels of communication, "Redacted" utilizes a variety of created source material—video diaries, produced documentary, surveillance footage, online testimonials, news pieces—to comment on the extreme disconnect between the surface of an image and the reality of ideas and the truth, especially in times of strife.

Tuesday February 5th 7:30 pm Author/Journalist, Paul Hockenos, will be in the area and will read from and discuss his latest book, "Joschka Fischer and the Making of the Berlin Republic", at the Rock Hill Cafe, 19 Exchange Street in Glens Falls, N.Y. (Elm & Hudson near G.F. Hospital).
Paul Hockenos is an American Berlin-based author and political analyst who has written about Europe since 1989. His articles and commentaries have appeared in dozens of periodicals in Europe and North America. Hockenos is also the author of Free to Hate: The Rise of the Right in Post-Communist Eastern Europe and Homeland Calling: Exile Patriotism and the Balkan Wars. He is presently the editor of Internationale Politik-Global Edition, a foreign affairs quarterly published in Germany.

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