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The Hucksters

by Shawn Stone October 8, 2015


  There’s a moment in Electric Boogaloo, the riotous documentary about Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus, legendary schlockmeisters of Cannon Films, when filmmaker Mark Hartley zooms in on a copy of a 1980s Variety film preview. ...


Thinker, Orator, Leader

by Eric Alterman January 8, 2015


  Copyright © 2015 The Nation—distributed by Agence Global When the Democratic convention was held in San Francisco (a city hit particularly hard by AIDS) in July 1984, all of the different currents of liberal protest came ...

Lionel Richie

by The Staff July 24, 2014


  As Paul McCartney proved earlier this month, if an artist has a great back catalog, a greatest-hits show can be a potent experience. We’re not saying Lionel Richie is another McCartney, but his songbook is ...

Saratoga Performing Arts Center


by The Staff October 17, 2012

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  Pele. Madonna. Bono. Sting. It may be the very highest echelon of celebrity to be known to the world by one name alone. And among postpunk royalty there is none higher than Smiths’ ex-frontman Steven Patrick ...

Palace Theatre

The Psychedelic Furs

by The Staff May 30, 2012


Plenty of contemporary bands are quick to list their sound as “postpunk,” which doesn’t mean a whole hell of a lot without some understanding of the alchemical concoction of hairspray, shoulder pads and John Hughes ...

The Egg

Pecking Order

by Ann Morrow March 22, 2012


Is it too early for 2005 nostalgia? You know, those mid-years before the super-sensitizing of alternate sexuality, green economy, and inclusiveness over exclusiveness?  Apparently not, because 21 Jump Street, a spoof on the late-’80s Fox ...

Asco: Elite of the Obscure

by The Staff February 1, 2012


The “Asco” in the title of the traveling exhibit opening at the Williams College Museum of Art this weekend was a Chicano conceptual art and performance group active in Southern California between 1972 and 1987. ...

Williams College Museum of Art

Maggie Right or Wrong

by Shawn Stone January 19, 2012


Meryl Streep’s performance as legendary British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher is the entire point of The Iron Lady. The film is muddled history, hackneyed drama and a generally underwhelming entertainment—except that Streep brings the British ...

Stevie Nicks

by The Staff August 25, 2011


We’ve all been there: belting out “The Edge of Seventeen” with the windows rolled down, drumming on the steering wheel, tossing your hair to every “ooo,” waiting for the light to change, when you look ...

Blotto Records Reunion

by The Staff July 14, 2011


We all know they wanted to be lifeguards, but record moguls? Legendary Albany band and MTV pioneers Blotto (pictured) weren’t the only local act hoping to capitalize on the burgeoning independent record market of the early ...

Music Haven Stage