Newsletter 1/29/19 Topics/Guests

 Schenectady Today  In & Around the Capital Region

Now in our 21st Year!

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.

January 29, 2019 – Show #1069

Segment ONE

4000 Miles at Albany Civic Theater

Barbara Davis-Dickman, Director

Brian McBride Land “Leo Joseph – Carroll”

Katherine Ambrosio “Vera Joseph”

            Ninety-one year old Vera Joseph’s solitary existence is entirely shaken when her disheveled grandson Leo, fresh from a cross-country bike ride, unexpectedly appears at her door in the middle of the night.  Leo is in crisis, confused by an on/off romance, furious with his mother and grieving the loss of a friend.  Can the two find companionship across the generations?  This is an engaging and tender meeting of the minds.  A finalist for the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Amy Herzog’s 4000 Miles is compassionate, intimate and funny as it examines the love of the family we choose, the family we have and the healing power of trust.

  • Organization: Albany Civic Theater
  • Mission: To provide education and training in acting, directing, writing, speech, staging and all other aspects of the dramatic arts.  We aim to encourage and foster community interest and participation in the dramatic arts through non-profit sponsorship of plays, lectures, publications, workshops, study groups, drama libraries and related activities.
  • Event: 4000 Miles by Amy Herzog
  • Location of event: Albany Civic Theater on Second Ave in Albany
  • Date/Time: February 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16 at 7:30 pm; Sunday Matinee February 3, 10, 17 at 3 pm — 2/1 -2/17; Friday & Saturday at 7:30 pm, Sunday matinee at 3pm
  • Cost: $18 Adults; $10 Students with ID
  • Contact Information: Box Office: (518)462-1297
  • Facebook: Yes “Albany Civic Theater”
  • Twitter: @Albany Civic
  • Website:

Segment TWO

Frog Alley Brewing

J. T. Pollard, Owner

            Join us in our Temporary Taproom on Friday February 8th from 5-9 PM, in celebration of Schenectady beer week. We’ll be releasing two new batches of the Mohop Series, #4 and #5!

  • Organization: Frog Alley Brewing
  • Mission: Frog Alley Brewing Company’s mission is simple; create outstanding beer. Through collaboration, hard work, experienced brew masters and listening carefully to our consumers, our goal is to enhance and showcase the local beer culture here in Schenectady, NY.
  • Event: Frog Alley’s Mohop #4 & #5 Release Party!
  • Location of event: Frog Alley Brewing’s Temporary Taproom – Mill Artisan District on Lower State St.
  • Date/Time: 5 to 9 pm on Friday, February 8th
  • Cost: Free Event
  • Contact Information: Carly Clark,
  • Facebook: Yes “Frog Alley Brewing”
  • Instagram: @frogalleybrewing
  • Website:

Segment THREE

Happy Chinese New Year – Confucius Institute

Youqin Huang, Executive Director, Confucius Institute SUNYA

            Chinese New Year is the most important holiday for Chinese all over the world.  Confucius Institute is organizing a Fair with performances, activities and games to celebrate this special occasion. Performances include dragon dance, Chinese drum dance, martial arts and Chinese dance; activities include papercutting, Chinese New Year couplet, calligraphy, tea ceremony, Peking opera masks making, riddles and many more.  Traditional Chinese food will be served as well.          

            Youqin Huang is the Professor in Geography and Planning; Director of Confucius Institute, SYNY Albany

  • Organization: Confucius Institute at SUNYA
  • Mission: UAlbany Confucius Institute promotes and supports the study of Chinese language, culture, and economy at the University at Albany and throughout the Capital Region of New York State, fosters exchanges and collaborations between UAlbany and educational institutions in China. 
    UAlbany Confucius Institute plays four major roles at UA and in the community:
    1) To help local schools in the Capital Region and the UAlbany to develop and strengthen Chinese language programs.
    2) To develop and support China-related academic research and artistic production at UAlbany
    3) To foster a better understanding of Chinese cultural tradition and contemporary Chinese economy at UAlbany and in the community 
    4) To foster academic and cultural exchanges and collaborations between UAlbany/local schools and educational institutions in China
  • Event: Chinese New Year Fair
  • Location of event: U Albany Campus Center Ballroom
  • Date/Time: Saturday, Feb 2 from 2 to 5 pm
  • Cost: Free Event (reservations required)
  • Contact Information: Emily Wang,, (518)442-2577
  • Facebook: Yes “UAlbany Confucius Institute”
  • Twitter: @ualbany_ci
  • Website:

Segment FOUR

Strategic Business Planning

Lisbeth Calandrino, Planner

          This three hour class will explore the issues of aging in place. The aging population will sky rocket over the next decade and the United States will have to rethink how to deliver core services to this group. According to a survey from AARP, approximately 90% of seniors, if given the opportunity would prefer to stay in their own homes. This class will explore the financial aspects of staying in one’s own home, how to plan ahead, and the types of changes that will need to be made to make a home senior ready. It will also explore growing senior communities and how to help your customer make good choices and find the right home for them.     

            Three Hour class for Greater Capital Association of Realtors on February 1st in their training room. This is for continuing education units but it’s open to the public. The course is Aging in Place. What type of modifications do you need to look at if you’re planning on staying in your home as you age? You can call Debbie Isom, Director of Education at 518.464-0191 or go to their website,

  • Organization: Lisbeth Calandrino, Strategic Business Planner
  • Mission: To consult with companies that are interested in creating plans to obtain more customers, understanding retail climate, predicting trends and what businesses can do to improve their customer base and bottom line. My particular specialty is floor covering.
  • Event: Class “Aging in Place”
  • Location of event: #3821 — 451 New Karner Rd, Albany, NY 12205
  • Date/Time: February 1, 2019 Friday – Time not yet determine
  • Cost: Depends on whether you’re a realtor, check with Debbie
  • Facebook: Yes “L Calandrino”
  • Twitter: @Lizzc
  • Website: Class is not yet on the website.

Segment FIVE

A Thousand Moms

Dave Balog, Information Officer and Author

            Dave Balog is the author of “Healing the Brain: Stress, Trauma & LGBTQ Youth” and a new follow up book “Healing the Brain: Food and Family”.

  • Organization:  A Thousand Moms
  • Mission: Provide educational support for parents and youth in the foster care system who may be Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender or Questioning.
  • Contact Information: 518 322-0607
  • Facebook: Yes “A Thousand Moms”
  • Twitter: @athousandmoms
  • Website:

Segment SIX

Octavo Singers “Make Our Garden Grow”

Janice Walz, Member

            The event will begin with a cocktail hour with music by Malcolm Kogut and a strolling fashion show by 22 Shades of Gray.  A silent auction and raffle will be available, followed by dinner with music from “Candide” and “West Side Story” by Bernstein and selections by Gilbert and Sullivan sung by Octavo Singers with four soloists.  Deadline for reservation is February 1, 2019.  Call contact below or go to their website.

  • Organization: Octavo Singers
  • Mission: To bring the traditions of classical music to the general public.
  • Event: “Make Our Garden Grow” Fundraiser
  • Location of event: Glen Sanders Mansion, Scotia
  • Date/Time: Sunday Feb 10 at 4 pm
  • Cost: $65
  • Contact Information: 518 461-2946.
  • Facebook: Yes “Octavo Singers’
  • Website:

Upcoming Shows          

February 5, 2019 Show #1070

(Topics listed alphabetically – subject to change)

Black History Month

            Arriama Matlock, Board President Hamilton Hill Arts Center

            Other Guests TBA

Girl Scouts NENY – The Cookies are Coming!

            Mary Buszuwski, Director

            Other guests TBA

miSci – Butterfly House is Coming!

            Guests TBA

Schenectady Civic Players — Boston Marriage (Event 2/10)

            Evan Jones, Director 

            Laura Graver, Actor

            Angelique Powel, Actor

Jan’s Wanderings – Topic TBA

            Janice Walz

Writer’s Institute – Creative Life Series with Susan Orlean (Event Mar 1)

            Kim Engel, Assoc. Dir. U Albany Performing Arts Center

            Paul Grondahl, Director, NYS Writers Institute

February 12, 2019 Show #1071

(Topics listed alphabetically – subject to change)

Cash Coalition

            Tracy Randle

            Robert Zazacyki

Conversation with

            Ron Suriano

Electric City Barn

            Kristen Holler, Director

Electric City Chorus – Valentine’s Day Special

            Dave Iovinella

            Others to Be Named

St. Clare’s Issue – Update

            Peter Jones, Former employee

February 19, 2019 Show #1072

(Topics listed alphabetically – subject to change)

Climate Change

               Dennis Karius

Friends of the Library

               Chris Witkowski

Irish American Heritage Museum – Soda Bread Competition

               Elizabeth Stack, Executive Director

               Chef Qualters (to be confirmed)

miSci (Museum of Innovation and Science) – Global Foundries

               Guests TBA

Other Segments in process

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