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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.

September 18, 2018 #1051

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~~~

A Murder is Announced!

  • Paul Trela, Director, Melody R. Kruger, Asst. Director
  • Rita Machin “Phillipa”. Laura Casey “Bunny”
  • Deborah Mazzone “Mrs. Sweetenham”

Miss Marple, Agatha Christie’s great detective, is on the case in the Circle Theater Players production of “A Murder is Announced”. She must put all her powers of observation and deduction to work in outing the dangerous criminal who posted a public notice of when and where the crime will be committed. The suspects are many and some in true Christie fashion turn out to be not who they claim to be. Of course, as in all of Christie’s plays there are twists and turns and dead ends with her almost patented surprise ending

  • Organization: Circle Theatre Players at Sand Lake Center for the Arts.
  • Event: A Murder is Announced by Agatha Christie
  • Location of event: West Sand Lake Center for the Arts in Averill Park
  • Date/Time: 10/5-10/14 — Fri-Sat 8 PM Sunday 2 PM
  • Cost: $18
  • Website: www.SLCA-ctp.org

~~~ Segment TWO ~~~

The Royale at theREP

  • Thomas Silcott “Jay”
  • George Bennett Watson “Wynton”
  • Maggie Mancinelli-Cahill, Producing Artistic Director

Jay “The Sport” Jackson needs one more win to become heavyweight champion of the world, but in the Jim Crow reality of 1905 America, his greatest opponent may not be in the ring.  Inspired by the true story of trailblazing boxer Jack Johnson, The Royale bristles with the thrilling rapid-fire dialogue and rhythmic punctuation of playwright Marco Ramirez (Netflix’s Daredevil, Orange is the New Black). This powerhouse of a play brings to explosive life the ultimate fight for a man’s place in history and packs a punch that will leave you breathless

               THOMAS SILCOTT (JAY) Excited to reprise his role in the production of THE ROYALE. Tom’s Los Angeles work includes – MASTER HAROLD AND THE BOYS (Colony Theatre), two West Coast premieres of Athol Fugard Plays – COMING HOME and PAINTED ROCKS AT REVOLVER CREEK (The Fountain Theatre), OTHELLO (Kingsmen Shakespeare/Thousand Oaks), FATHER COMES HOME FROM THE WARS, and MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM (Mark Taper Forum). Regional work includes – THE ROYALE (Merrimack Rep), TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD (Alliance Theatre Co.), HAMLET, AS YOU LIKE IT (Colorado Shakespeare), COMING HOME (Berkeley Rep). TV credits include – LUKE CAGE, HAND OF GOD, HEARTBEAT, CRIMINAL MINDS and ROSEWOOD.

               JEORGE BENNETT WATSON (WYNTON) Jeorge is very grateful to make his Capital Repertory Theater debut. Recently, Mr. Watson made his Off-Broadway debut in Rose Courtney’s adaptation of “BABETTE’S FEAST,” (Theater at St. Clements, NYC), directed by Karin Coonrod, as Player4; originating the role at Portland Stage Company earlier this year. Regional theater: Wynton, “THE ROYALE,” (Merrimack Repertory Theater), Enobarbus/Michael Dorn’s u/s of Mark Antony, “ANTONY & CLEOPATRA” (Orlando Shakespeare), “FENCES,” (Pioneer Theatre Company, Salt Lake City, Utah), “FENCES,” (Triad Stages, Greensboro, NC), “STOPKISS,” (Woolly Mammoth Theatre, DC), “TOPDOG/UNDERDOG,” (Studio Theatre, DC), “THE PIANO LESSON,” (Arena Stage, DC), “THREE SISTERS AFTER CHEKHOV,” (Lower Depth Theatre Ensemble, LA), and “NEW ORLEANS,” (Moving Arts, LA). TV/Film: Jerry (Dui Jarrod’s web series), “KING ESTER,” Mark Higgins, “LUKE CAGE” (Netflix), “THE WIRE,” (HBO), “JUSTIFIED,” (FX), “SHAMELESS,” (Showtime), “COLD CASE,” and “THE DEFENDERS,” (CBS), “HOMICIDE: LIFE IN THE STREETS” (NBC), and the short film, “SAVING FATHER,” (RedWall Productions). He has trained at Studio Theatre Acting Conservatory (DC) w/ Serge Seiden and Joy Zinoman, w/ Benjamin Davis, (Ivana Chubbuck, LA), w/ Reed Birney, (ESPA/Primary Stages, NYC), and w/Terry Knickerbocker, (William Esper Studios/TK Acting Studios, NYC).

  • Organization: Capital Repertory Theatre “theREP”
  • Event: The Royale by Marco Ramirez
  • Location of event: Capital Repertory Theater in Albany
  • Date/Time: Sept. 21–Oct. 14
  • Cost: $22 to $57
  • Contact Information: Tickets at www.Proctors.org
  • Facebook: Yes
  • Website: www.CapitalRep.org

~~~ Segment THREE ~~~

QUILTS Schenectady!

  • Linda Carey, Guild President
  • Mary Wade, Quilt Show Featured Quilter
  • Cara Molyneaux, Guild Member

Q.U.I.L.T.S. is a non-profit organization which encourages members to make and donate quilts in additional to personal care items and  other necessities to local civic organizations serving those in need such as the Northern Rivers Family Services and the Veterans at the VA Hospital

Quilters United In Learning Together of Schenectady (Q.U.I.L.T.S.) is hosting its 16th biennial quilt show.  Hundreds of beautiful quilts made by members will be on display. In addition, there will be vendors, a raffle quilt, a featured quilter, demonstrations, charity quilt displays, quilts for sale, a members’ boutique, and door prizes.  Partial proceeds will benefit Northern Rivers Family Services.

  • Organization: QUILTSchenectady
  • Mission: Quilters United in Learning Together, Schenectady (Q.U.I.L.T.S.) is a group of avid quilters who enjoy the design, color, artistry and craft of making quilts. The Guild was formed in 1980 and has over 100 active members living in Schenectady, Saratoga, Albany and surrounding communities.
  • Event: Autumn Inspirations Quilt Show
  • Location of event: Proctors GE Theatre
  • Date/Time: Saturday, Sept 29- and Sunday, Sept 30
  • Cost: $7
  • Facebook: Yes Q.U.I.L.T.S.
  • Website: www.QuiltSchenectady.org

~~~ Segment FOUR~~~

National Ballroom Dance Week!

  • Barbara Ritschel, Pres. Capital District Chapter USA Dance
  • Anita Riccio, Board Member and Publicity Chair
  • Gary Burgess, Former Board Member & DJ for Event

This is our way to bring ballroom dancing to the community and we have done this for about 20 years! It is wonderful to see the shoppers stop and smile and so often they come up to thank us. We have several amateur and “pro-am” couples dancing! We have some line dancing too! Anita does a great job organizing this and Gary puts all of the music together. During the intermission we ask everyone to get up and dance!

  • Organization: Capital District Chapter USA Dance
  • Event: National Ballroom Dance Week Event with Local Dance Performers
  • Location of event: Colonie Center Mall – near Boscov’s
  • Date/Time: Wed. Sept 26th from 6-9 pm
  • Cost:  Free event
  • Website: www.CaptialUSADance.com

~~~ Segment FIVE~~~

Jajja’s Kids (Uganda)

  • Diane Reiner, US Director
  • Ronnie Sseruyange, Ugandan Director

Jajja’s Kids will hold its 7th annual fall fundraiser on Sunday September 23, at Revolution Hall, Troy NY from 2 to 6 pm.    Ronnie Sseruyange, program director in Uganda, will be present to share stories of the children at Jajja’s Kids home, and their dreams for the future.  He will also lead guests in African drumming and dancing.  Paul Grondahl, prizewinning journalist, author, and director of the New York State Writers Institute will be honored for his humanitarian and cultural awareness and contributions to our community. The afternoon will include artwork created by Jajja’s Kids and African crafts as for sale, as well as a live auction led by celebrity auctioneer LeGrande Serras.  A buffet lunch is also included in the ticket.  Tickets are available at JajjasKids.org.

  • Organization: Jajja’s Kids Inc.
  • Mission: Jajja’s Kids works to help impoverished Ugandan children create possibilities for their future by providing a caring home as well as education and leadership opportunities.  We support 19 children who live together in a home and attend school regularly.  These children, ages 9 to 19, were orphans or came from families too poor to care for them.  They now thrive, lovingly cared for by a staff of six.  We work to help these very special and worthwhile children become productive members of their society while avoiding the life they came from, the life of a street child.  Diane Reiner of Latham, NY and Ronnie Sseruyange of Kampala, Uganda founded the organization.  Diane and Ronnie met twelve years ago and bonded over the desire to help street children avoid the challenges that Ronnie, himself a street child for 10 years, had experienced.  Their projects started small and grew to the rented home and community program we have today.  Our goal is to acquire a permanent home in the coming year, so that our children may continue to be secure while they successfully pursue education and career development options.  Jajja’s Kids is a nonprofit in the U.S. working in partnership with an NGO (non-governmental organization) in Uganda
  • Event: Jajja’s Kids 7th Annual Fall Fundraiser
  • Location of event: Revolution Hall, 425 River Street, Troy NY
  • Date/Time: Sunday September 23 from 2-6 pm
  • Cost: $75 for adults, $25 for children
  • Contact Information: Diane Reiner at: JajjasKidsUganda@gmail.com
  • Facebook: Yes — Jajja’s Kids Uganda
  • Website: www.JajjasKids.org

~~~ Segment SIX ~~~

Women’s Employment & Resource Center

Elizabeth Miller Guthier, Executive Director

This year marks the 30th Pearl Anniversary of WERC, formerly known as the Albany Displaced Homemaker Center.  The symbol for a 30th Anniversary is a pearl which signifies transformation and potential.  It begins as a grain of sand and is cultivated into something of great worth and beauty.  A Pearl also symbolizes wisdom acquired through experience as well as generosity, integrity, and loyalty. At this year’s 30th Anniversary Awards Celebration, on October 2, 2018 at the Hilton Garden Inn Troy, WERC will recognize 30 Pearls of WERC Awardees along with two Pearls of Distinction for their contributions that have ensured WERC’s ongoing success.  This year’s EMCEE will be Heather Thomson, former cast member of the hit Bravo reality series, The Real Housewives of New York City, inventor, entrepreneur, speaker, athlete, licensed health and wellness coach, and avid adventurer. Heather is a wife and mother who is passionate about Community – Sustainability – Philanthropy. More event details about the event can be found at http://www.cdwerc.org/events/

  • Organization: Capital District Women’s Employment & Resource Center (WERC)
  • Mission: WERC is a not-for-profit organization that works to advance women’s success in the workplace by building their economic and personal independence.
  •             Since 1988, WERC has provided quality workforce development services to more than 8,000 women from the New York State Capital Region who have lost their source of income due to the death, divorce, separation, disability, or dislocation of a spouse or who are single mothers.
  • Free Services
  •             Each year over 300 program participants receive more than 2,700 FREE services including career readiness and computer training, job search and placement assistance, and ongoing supportive services until they find employment.
  •             WERC has a proven track record of assisting women in the Capital Region, by improving their economic opportunities and providing excellence in workforce development. WERC Students leave WERC’s programs with enhanced qualifications, skills, self-confidence, and a deep commitment to achieving excellence in their chosen workplace.
  • Event: WERC’s 30th Anniversary Awards Celebration
  • Location of event: Hilton Garden Inn, 235 Hoosick Street, Troy, NY 12180
  • Date/Time: Tuesday, October 2, 2018 — 11:00 am – 1:30 pm
  • Cost: $60 Registration Fee
  • Contact Information:
  • Facebook: Yes “CDWERC:
  • Twitter: @CDWERC
  • Website: www.cdwerc.org/events/


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

September 25, 2018 – #1052

(Topics listed alphabetically – subject to change)

Alliance for Community Media Conference

  •                Zebulun Schmidt. Station Manager OSM

Author – TR’s Last War

  •                David Pietrusza, Author

Filmmaker – Latest Updates

  •                Jon Russel Cring, Filmmaker/Director/Producer
  •                Other Guests???

Forgettable Four Performing

  •                Dave Iovinella
  •                Don Cortugna
  •                Terry Topka
  •                Scott Rigney

Rosa Vnerini Early Childhood Center

  •                Jessica Rowell MPA, Executive Director

October 2, 2018 – #1053

(Topics listed alphabetically – subject to change)

After The Darkness – Black Theater Troupe of Upstate NY

  •                Joe Starzyk
  •                Jean-Reme Monnay

Author and More – The Blacksmith

  •                Bryan Salisbury

Low Vision Technology Fairs– (Dates?)

  •                Cheryl Lawyer and Clive

Madwoman of Chaillot at Civic Players (Oct 12 -21)

  •                Chris Howard, Director
  •                Lucy Breyer “Countess Aurelia”
  •                Fred Sirois “Ragpicker”

Schenectady Symphony – 85th Season (Event Oct 21)

  •                Steve Yuhasz, Executive Director
  •                Bob Bour, President

YWCA NorthEastern NY – Domestic Violence Awareness Month

  •                Kerrie Wolf-Piechota

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

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