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ARTS

the lively arts

(clockwise from top left) Regional documentary filmmaker Penny Lane presented the voices of women who have had abortions in The Abortion Diaries; Dorian Blues producer Mary-Beth Taylor and director Tennyson Bardwell celebrated the opening of the locally made independent film at the Spectrum 8 Theatres in February; Saratoga Springs sculptor Noah Savett earned acclaim for his works in metal; and Emily Rawitsch began a movement to sew bras into birds to raise cancer awareness, which were featured in a show at Troy’s Pi Naturals.

PHOTO: Alicia Solsman
PHOTO: Chris Shields
PHOTO: Chris Shields
PHOTO: Alicia Solsman

more lively arts

(clockwise from top left) A stroll through Jacob’s Pillow in Becket, Mass., brought visitors in contact with a myriad of dancers and dance genres; Adam Zaretsky, part of a lively bioart scene in Troy, turned himself into a lab rat; Hollis Palmer, in costume, conducted summer site tours of lively 19th-century murders in Saratoga Springs; and the Dance Flurry survived, albeit in abbreviated form, a February high-wind storm that knocked out power to Saratoga’s downtown.

PHOTO: Alicia Solsman
PHOTO: Alicia Solsman
PHOTO: Shannon DeCelle
PHOTO: John Whipple

 

LIVE

 put ’em up

(clockwise from top left) Kris Kristofferson gave a stirring, personal performance in his solo show at the Egg in March; Hugh Masekela and his band had fans grazin’ in the grass at the Egg in April; Bruce Springsteen and the Seeger Sessions Band made a big folking sound at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in June; Chris Robinson and the Black Crowes spread good cheer at their July SPAC show.

PHOTO: Chris Shields
PHOTO: Chris Shields
PHOTO: Chris Shields
PHOTO: Martin Benjamin

hummin’, strummin’

(clockwise from top left) the Strokes’ Julian Casablancas said “We’re number one!” at the Washington Avenue Armory in October; Broadway belter Audra McDonald wowed the crowd at Proctor’s Theater in November; the Red Hot Chili Peppers made a big funking sound at the Pepsi Arena in October; Sabina Sciubba of Brazilian Girls stole the show at the weekend-long Camp Bisco at Hunter Mountain in August.

PHOTO: Joe Putrock
PHOTO: Chris Shields
PHOTO: John Brodeur
PHOTO: Martin Benjamin

 

MUSIC

local players

(clockwise from top left) Alison Jacobs found her blues soulmate in young guitarist Matt Mirabile; 16-year-old Berkshires singer-songwriter Sonya Kitchell made it clear that she’s ready for the big time, which is good, because the big time is ready for her; Hudson-based quirky rock quartet the Luxury Flats told us about lawn games, living together as a band, and doing it DIY style; local rap star Dez drank, rapped about things that matter like politics and social issues, and drank some more.

PHOTO: Chris Shields
PHOTO:Shannon DeCelle
PHOTO: Joe Putrock
PHOTO: Joe Putrock

making the scene

(clockwise from top left) Greg Mankes, aka DJ Milkdud, dished about the rising presence of electronic music in the Capital Region music scene; the Velmas celebrated the release of a new original CD and label deal; the Kamikaze Hearts explained the dynamics of their band—good and bad—and how their growth as a unit helped them release a potent new album and get signed; Troy-based Last Call celebrated 10 years of rocking.

PHOTO: Joe Putrock
PHOTO:Shannon DeCelle
PHOTO: Joe Putrock
PHOTO: Joe Putrock

 

POLITICS

politicos

(clockwise from top left) Congressional candidate Kirsten Gillibrand (D-Greenport) gave a thumbs-up after hearing that she had just unseated incumbent John Sweeney (R-Clifton Park) in the 20th District; soon-to-be New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer met with one of his young supporters; Assemblyman John McEneny (D-Albany) spoke to longtime rival Albany Mayor Jerry Jennings after winning a seat in the Albany County Democratic Committee; Jonathon Tasini rode his bicycle across the state to launch his unsuccessful bid to unseat New York Sen. Hillary Clinton.

PHOTO: Chris Shields
PHOTO: John Whipple
PHOTO: Joe Putrock
PHOTO: Joe Putrock

closing up shop

(clockwise from top left) Steve and Rocky Roy closed their Albany music store, Music Shack, an institution for nearly 40 years; Troy’s Hudson Duster, known for its over-the-top hardcore scene, shut down after a spate of violence; the Lark Street Bookstore packed up its books and closed its doors after nearly four years in business; Elonge Ekalele, host of Africa in Motion, was “fired” from WRPI after a run-in with the station’s student management.

PHOTO: John Whipple
PHOTO: John Whipple
PHOTO: Alicia Solsman
PHOTO: Kathryn Lurie

speaking out

(clockwise from top left) Sex-education advocate Shelby Knox told Albany teens about her struggle to get sex education in her Texas high school; peace-loving grandmas asked the military to “take us instead” while protesting at recruitment offices in Colonie Center; MoveOn.org members brought their “Caught Red Handed” campaign to the streets of Saratoga and to the Clifton Park offices of John Sweeney; Troy-native Anthony Aversano remembered the 5th anniversary of 9/11 by honoring his father, who died during the attacks, and imploring Americans to end the cycle of violence.

PHOTO: Chris Shields
PHOTO: Teri Currie
PHOTO: Chris Shields
PHOTO: Joe Putrock

taking a stand

(clockwise from top left) Ten years later, David Kaczynski reflected on his decision to turn in his brother, “Unabomber” Ted Kaczynski; May Saffar, a cofounder of the Muslim Defense Committee, spoke out in defense of her fellow Muslims; Melissa Van Head of New York State Peace Action shared her experiences in Iran in an attempt to bridge gaps between cultures; Mike Stark kept calling right-wing talk shows and they kept answering, and later in the year, Stark was rewarded for his persistence with a beating from the staff of Virginia Sen. George Allen.

PHOTO:Joe Putrock
PHOTO: John Whipple
PHOTO: Joe Putrock
PHOTO: Chris Shields

won’t back down

(clockwise from top left) Four years and $100,000 later, George Sarris continued to battle his neighbors and Clifton Park over his animal sanctuary; Kurt Mausert used his computer to track down the man who murdered his brother 27 years ago; three filmmakers from Oneonta continued to challenge the official version of events surrounding 9/11; Canada geese made themselves at home in a Scotia park and narrowly escaped a death sentence from town leaders.

PHOTO: Chris Shields
PHOTO: Joe Putrock
PHOTO: Martin Benjamin
PHOTO: Chris Shields

making the world a better place

(clockwise from top left) Susan Witt spearheaded the BerkShares project that provided Western Massachusetts residents with a local currency; Tess the dog gave children an incentive to read books at the Albany Public Library; Karate master Tony Butler mentored Albany children in martial arts and discipline; the Albany PAL Show Stoppers Team showed off their moves at the 8th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. and Labor Celebration at Albany’s Thomas O’Brien Academy of Science and Technology.

PHOTO: Jason Houston
PHOTO: David King
PHOTO: Joe Putrock
PHOTO: Chris Shields

making the world a more interesting place

(clockwise from top left) Bob Alexson and his Schenectady bed and breakfast raised many, um, eyebrows in the Capital Region by hosting private swingers parties; the three pastors of Troy’s Terra Nova church looked casual after bringing their rock & roll brand of evangelical worship to Revolution Hall; two state workers filled their lunch breaks with explorations of Albany’s graffiti scene and its abandoned buildings; Troy saw something of a rebirth as intrepid investors descended on the city with money and vision.

PHOTO: Martin Benjamin
PHOTO: Chris Shields
PHOTO: Joe Putrock
PHOTO: Chris Shields


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