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    Audra McDonald

      Following her triumph this summer in A Moon for the Misbegotten at Williamstown, Audra McDonald returns to Western Massachusetts this weekend for a gala performance at one of Great Barrington’s jewels, the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center. It hardly seems possible that the singer-actress’ Broadway breakthrough was two decades ago. In the very successful interim—A […]
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    Zero Eyes

      Winnipeg-born, Montreal-based Canadian artist Janet Werner’s “odd, elusive and sometimes grotesque figure paintings” are the focus of Zero Eyes, the new exhibit opening this weekend at the Esther Massry Gallery. Drawing inspiration from “art history, popular culture, fashion photography, film and social media,” Werner is fascinated with portraiture and female representation. In 2013, critic […]
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    Mark Fell

      Mark Fell returns to EMPAC with a “new work for light, sound, and human movement.” For the purposes of “old media” classification, we’re calling it “dance” as the work, titled Recursive Frame Analysis, was, in part, inspired by New York City-based dancer-choreographer Brittany Bailey. In this work, the artist will deploy “highly formalized aesthetic […]
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    Smokey Bear Day

      The beloved spokesbear for fire awareness, Smokey, will be on hand with a New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Forest Ranger this Monday at the Albany Pine Bush Preserve. The annual Smokey Bear Day is, according to Christopher Hawver, the executive director of the Albany Pine Bush Preserve Commission, “a family-friendly opportunity to […]
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      The new show at the Albany Center Gallery opens this Tuesday, and will feature art by Jane McCambley, Theresa McTague, Josette Pastore and Alana Sparrow. Telling is named for the narrative strength found in these artists’ work, and deals with “themes of memory and various interpretations of the medium of collage.” The show “offers […]
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    Mark Knopfler

      Do we really have to go into a lengthy biographical rundown of Mark Knopfler’s life and career? The dude’s been a guitar monster for almost four decades, first with Dire Straits and then on his own. He’s produced a variety of artists and written 8 or 9 distinguished film scores. But most of all […]
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    Albany Symphony Orchestra

      Fall is here, and maestro David Alan Miller and the ASO will celebrate the beginning of their 2015-16 season with a gala performance this Saturday night at the Palace. The featured guest is virtuoso pianist Emanuel Ax, who will take center stage on Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 14. The rest of the program is […]
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      If you’ve seen one of Clutch’s many local appearances over the years, then the Maryland-based hard-rock innovators need no introduction—or verification of the intensity of their live performances. Formed in 1991, Clutch is one of the pioneers of heavy, avant-garde hybrid rock (“a wicked cocktail of blues, funk and metal”) that set the bar […]
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    Superhuman Happiness

      This sprawling NYC music and arts collective describe themselves as a “musical house designed by Stuart Bogie and built and maintained by a cast of musicians, artists and business people.” Bogie, who has worked with an impressive array of notable artists such as the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Passion Pit and Paul Simon, founded Superhuman […]
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    Jonathan Edwards

      The song you surely remember is “Sunshine,” a Top 5 hit in 1971 from Jonathan Edwards’ eponymous first solo album, and it’s got a great story behind it: During the sessions, one of the planned tracks was erased, and Edwards had to quickly record a new song, which was, well, you know. (Maybe you […]

Thursday, October 8, 2015