10/2/18 Newsletter Sch’dy Today Topics / Guests

 Schenectady Today

In & Around the Capital Region

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Guest Line Up for the next four weeks of filming. (May be subject to change)


Below you will find listings for our interesting on-air guests for the next four weeks.  Check out the lists below for our great variety of topics.  We start filming at 10 am in THE ADDY THEATRE on Tuesday. A live audience is always welcome and there are plenty of seats. You can meet the guests in person and learn more about their projects or even get involved yourself.

October 2, 2018 #1053

Filming at the Addy in Proctors

Scheduled Topics on the Show with Guests

(Listed alphabetically – subject to change)

Information below has been provided by the Guests or from their websites

~~~ Segment ONE~~~

Low Vision Technology Fairs

Cheryl Lawyer, Outreach & Community Education with Clive

This year’s focus is to raise awareness about diabetes prevention. The purpose of a Low Vision Technology Fair is to showcase the latest in technologies designed to assist people with low vision and vision impairment with reading and daily activities. Low vision technology and vision related companies will be showcasing state-of-the-art products that help with reading and everyday tasks. NABA technology and rehabilitation staff will be on hand to answer questions. Other related organizations will be available to provide service information including the American Diabetes Association, Lions Clubs, NYS Talking Book & Braille Library, WMHT RISE Radio, the NYS Commission for the Blind, CDTA, Stratton V.A. Medical Center, ShopRite, local eye care professionals, service dog information and more. The Lions Hearing Conservation Society will be on hand to provide information about hearing screenings, hearing aids and device loaner program as well as other related resources. And on October 15th a recognition of National White Cane Awareness Day will be made. Guest speakers 10am certified diabetes educators Nancy Toleno and Judy Carr respectively; ophthalmologists at 1pm Dr. David Perlmutter and Dr. Erica Archer respectively.

  • Organization: Northeastern Association of the Blind at Albany (NABA)
  • Mission: To help people of all ages who are dealing with vision loss to achieve and maintain independence.
  • Event: NABA’s Low Vision Tech & Health Fairs
  • Location of event: 10/15 St. Sophia’s Greek Orthodox Church, 440 Whitehall Road, Albany 10/16 Saratoga City Center, Broadway, Saratoga Springs
  • Date/Time: 10/15 & 10/16 — 9:30a – 3:30p
  • Cost: Free
  • Facebook: Yes — *Northeastern Association of the Blind at Albany” and *NABA’s Low Vision Tech & Health Fairs 2018
  • Website: www.naba-vision.org

~~~ Segment TWO ~~~

The Madwoman of Chaillot!

Chris Howard, Director

Lucy Breyer “Countess Aurelia” & Fred Sirois “Rag Picker”

The story takes place in Paris, “a little before noon in the spring of next year”. Act 1 is set in a sidewalk café where the waitress, assorted customers, a ragman, a street musician, a juggler, a deaf child and peddlers mingle with a Corporation President, a Baron, a prospector and a broker. The business people are intent on bombing the office of the City Planner and drilling for oil throughout Paris.  Act 2 takes place in the ancient cellar of Countess Aurelia-the Madwoman. She gathers her friends together for tea and a mock trial to save Paris from destruction. Her first step is to ask the sewer man for the secret of the moving stone.

  • Organization: Schenectady Civic Players
  • Mission: We believe in the power of expression and work day and night to make sure our performances are flawless and meaningful. Our captivating shows are designed to enlighten audiences. If you are looking to enjoy an entertaining outing suited for the entire family, you’ve come to the right place.
  • Event: The Madwoman of Chaillot a play in 2 acts by Jean Giraudoux
  • Location of event: Schenectady Civic Playhouse, 12 S. Church St.
  • Date/Time: Oct 12-14 and 17-21 — Weds/Thurs at 7:30 pm, Friday/Sat. at 8pm and Sundays at 2:30 pm
  • Cost: $20
  • Facebook: Yes “Schenectady Civic Players”
  • Website: www.CivicPlayers.org

~~~ Segment THREE ~~~

After the Darkness: by Joe Starzyk

Joe Starzyk, Director and Playwright

Jean-Reme Monnay, Producer

A female reporter, Madison Felton is doing a story on convicted child killer, Ronald Daber. In an effort to learn about both sides of the story, she not only goes to prison to interview Daber, but she also interviews the mother of the boy who was murdered. During her interviews she finds that the more fascinating character is actually the grieving mother who is trying to find a way to move forward. Even though Madison stares into the face of pure evil, she learns that the real power she encounters is that of forgiveness.
For more info, please contact Jean-Remy Monnay, Founder & Artistic Director, Black Theatre Troupe of Upstate New York (see below)

  • Organization: Black Theater Troupe of Upstate NY
  • Mission: Founded in 2009, Black Theatre Troupe of Upstate NY – BTTUNY (formerly Soul Rebel Performance Troupe) is a not-for-profit organization that seeks to highlight and promote performances and theatrical pieces by artists of color in Upstate NY.
  • Event: After The Darkness by Joe Starzyk
  • Location of event: First Congregational Church of Albany
  • Date/Time: November 8, 9, 10 and 15, 16 and 17 at 7:30 pm
  • Cost: General Admission: $15.00 Veterans and students (w/ID), seniors: $10.00. Tickets can be purchased at the door.
  • Contact Information: 518-833-2661 or info@blacktheatretroupeupstateny.org
  • Facebook: Yes — Black Theatre Troupe Of Upstate NY
  • Twitter: @blacktroupeNY
  • Website: www.blacktheatretroupeupstateny.org

~~~ Segment FOUR~~~

Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Kim Siciliano, Executive Director – YWCA NE NY

Lauren Jarrad, Dir. of Women & Family Services

We are promoting October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month and some of the events we have going on for the month. October 2-31 is our annual Purple Purse Challenge, which helps raise awareness about financial abuse as a part of domestic violence. It’s a month-long fundraising campaign through Crowdrise. October 15-19 is the ‘Week Without Violence’, during which we have several events, including our annual Take Back the Night March on October 18. The rally and short march will begin and end at the front steps of our main building at 44 Washington Avenue in the Stockade. On Monday, October 22, YWCA NENY will be presenting Eve Ensler’s “The Vagina Monologues” in the GE Theatre at Proctors. The show, hosted by Subrina Dhammi and featuring many familiar faces from the Capital Region, will begin at 7PM, however the pre-show fun will begin at 6PM.

  • Organization: YWCA of NE NY
  • Mission: YWCA NorthEastern NY is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.
  • Events: Listed above
  • Contact Information: 518-374-3394
  • Facebook: www.facebook.com/ywcaneny
  • Instagram: @ywca_neny
  • Twitter: @ywcaneny
  • Website: www.ywca-northeasternny.org

~~~ Segment FIVE~~~

Schenectady Symphony Orchestra

Robert Bour, President

Charles Schneider, Music Director

The Board has invited Chuck back to conduct the opening concert of the 85th Season which will take place on the Mainstage at Proctors Theater at 3:00 PM on October 21nd, 2018.  “This will be our Bernstein Tribute concert which will include many of the pieces that Chuck personally selected due to his long time association with Leonard Bernstein”, Bour said.  It will also include, as the Schenectady Symphony is known for, many local ties.  Local composer and Skidmore College faculty member Evan Mack’s “If Only Lenny Were Here” will get its world orchestral premiere with guest Soloist Michael Miller.  Also on the program is Sylvia Stoner-Hawkins, Artist-in-Residence at Skidmore who along with Miller will perform selections from Candide and Trouble in Tahiti, two of Bernstein’s most popular compositions.

The concert will conclude with “Westside Story Symphonic Dances”, the piece as Chuck has said, “I’ve conducted more than any other in my career”.  Joining Schneider and the orchestra on stage will be Debbie’s Dancers from the Orlando School of Dance, under the artistic direction of Debra Pigliavento.  “Orlando has been a dance institution in Schenectady since 1954 and the group has performed with the Symphony before”, according to Bour.  Debbie has agreed to specially choreograph the piece as she did several years ago for the Symphony’s performance of Schneider’s Bosnian Dances

Music Director Charles Schneider celebrates his 35th anniversary with the Schenectady Symphony. A native of Albert Lea, Minnesota, his extensive credits include conducting the American premiere of Weill’s Mahogany with the San Francisco Opera, Bernstein’s West Side Story at Lincoln Center and the Glasnost Ballet on tour.  European credits include the National Orchestra of Holland and the National Orchestra of Bulgaria.  Maestro Schneider co-founded the Catskill Conservatory and has served on the music faculties of the State University College at Oneonta, Hartwick College (where he received an honorary doctorate degree), Colgate University, Hamilton College and the San Diego State University.

As founding Music Director of Glimmerglass Opera, Mr. Schneider received international acclaim during his twelve year stint.  In addition to the Schenectady Symphony, he is also the Music Director of the Catskill Symphony Orchestra.  Schneider was appointed Music Director of the Portland Chamber Orchestra in September of 1993

  • Organization: Schenectady Symphony Orchestra
  • Mission: The SSO is a community-based symphony orchestra founded in 1934.  Our goals are to provide cultural enrichment, music education and appreciation and a home for the talents of accomplished musicians in the community.
  • Event: Schenectady Symphony Orchestra Concert I
  • Location of event: Proctors Theatre
  • Date/Time: Sunday, October 22 at 3 pm
  • Contact Information: 518-372-2500
  • Facebook: Yes – Schenectady Symphony Orchestra
  • Website: www.Schenectadysymphonyorchestra.org

~~~ Segment FIVE~~~

The Blacksmith

Bryan Salisbury, Author

Blake Thorton was born and raised a blacksmith, a skill that had saved his life many times. In the years following the War Between the States, fate would bring him to MacIntyre, a town that would need his skills, and so much more. Tom MacIntyre, a spoiled and privileged son of a wealthy ranch owner, intimidates the townspeople and has no problem crossing onto the wrong side of the law. He’s used to getting his own way … and tests his metal against the man who shapes it for a living; a man whose intensity burns like the fires he works in.


++++++++++ Upcoming Shows ++++++++++

October 9, 2018 – #1054

Schenectady Tomorrow
This show will consist of two panels. The first half hour will consist of Panel One:
Economic Engines: Business and Non-Profits Working Together
Panel Members

Carm Basile CEO Capital District Transportation Authority
Jeff Buell, President/CEO Sequence Development

Jayme LaHut, Executive Director, Metroplex
Ray Legere. Owner Legere Properties/Legere Group
Colleen Merays, Asst. Director, Downtown Schenectady Improvement Corporation

Fueling the Engines: Arts, Entertainment and Tourism
Panel Members

Maria Papa, Owner, Perreca’s and More Perreca’s Restaurant
Judy Patrick, Schenectady Daily Gazette
Mac Sudduth PhD, Past President miSci – Museum of Innovation and Science
Madelyn Thorne, Executive Director habitat for Humanity/ Community Projects
Mary Zawacki, Executive Director, Schenectady Historical Society

October 16, 2018 – #1055

(Topics listed alphabetically – subject to change)

Leadership Summit America — (Event Nov 1-2)

  •                Sharon A.Burstein

Niskayuna HS Craft Fair – (Event Oct 27)

  •                Guest?

Rambling Drifters – Performing on our stage

  •                John Hill
  •                Other band member names?

Star Trek Event – Northeast Trek Con – (Event Oct 26)

  •                Jerry M. Siber

Talk to Your Animals

  •                David Louis, Animal Communicator
  •                Laure Brown and friend

October 23, 2018 – #1056

(Topics listed alphabetically – subject to change)

Forever Young Performing on our Stage

  •                Peter Warren, Musician
  •                Ashley Cross, Vocalist

Homebrew Emporium

  •                Roger Savoy, Owner

Irish American Heritage Museum (Hugh Carey Gala)

  •                Elizabeth Stack, Executive Director

Temple Israel Events

  •                Sierra Lynch, Program Coordinator

Theater Production

  •                Karen Christina Jones

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