Newsletter 1/9/18 Guests & Topics on Sch’dy Today Show

Schenectady Today

In & Around the Capital Region

Now In Our 20th 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 at Proctors Underground 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 yourself1

January 9, 2018 #1015

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 ~~~

Tara Kitchen

Aneesa Waheed, Chef/Owner

            Aneesa will talk about the Schenectady and troy restaurant as well as the upcoming Spa and tapas bar. She’ll do a demo with one of her cooking sauces.

From their website: The story of Tara Kitchen begins…with a love story. Owners Aneesa Waheed and Muntasim Shoaib met in Marrakech, Morocco and after a whirlwind romance, married under starry cobalt skies on a balmy North African night, in the shadow of the Atlas Mountains. They left their desert paradise for Aneesa’s hometown of Schenectady—and brought with them their love of Morocco’s rich cuisine and culture. In Tara Kitchen, the only Moroccan restaurant in the capital district, they share that love with a loyal and growing clientele. The couple opened the restaurant in 2012, after nearly three years of offering authentic ethnic food in the Schenectady and Troy farmers markets. Aneesa creates exotic yet accessible dishes—from fragrant tagines to delicious couscous—infused with the complex blend of spices and ingredients unique to Moroccan food. After receiving numerous requests for sauces to cook with at home, Aneesa created the Tara Kitchen line of distinctive jarred sauces that are free of gluten, nuts, soy, dairy, sesame and in some cases, salt and oil. They are available now on our website and at select Northeast Whole Foods stores, Price Chopper, Niskayuna Food CoOp and Honest Weight Food CoOP.

  • Organization: Tara Kitchen
  • Contact Information: 518-708-3485
  • Facebook: Yes – “TaraKitchenNY”
  • Website:

~~~ Segment TWO ~~~

One Act Play Festival

  • Brian Sheldon, Managing Director SCLA-CTP
  • Valerie Kavanaugh, Producer/Playwright
  • Tyler Petell, Playwright  “James & Em”
  • Karleen Hayden, Playwright  “Arrestable You”
  • Joan Fuess, PR

It’s winter and it’s cold!  Be a part of the audience enjoy eight short plays about cold. That will chill your soul with fear, tickle your sense of humor with laughter, and warm your heart with love.

Organization: Circle Theatre Players

  • Mission: To enrich community life discovering appreciating and creating excellence in theatre, the performing arts and the visual arts.
  • Event: One Act Play Festival
  • Location of event: Sand Lake Center for the Arts — 2880 NY 43, Sand Lake, NY
  • Date/Time: Jan 18-21 — January 18, 19, 20 at 8pm and January 21 at 2:30pm
  • Cost: $18 Adults; $10 Under 18
  • Contact Information:
  • Facebook: Yes Sand Lake Center for the Arts/Circle Theatre Players
  • Website:

~~~ Segment THREE ~~~

Sch’dy Symphony’s Winter Concert

  • Robert Bour, Board President
  • Chuck Schneider, Musical Director
  • Dave Keen, Composer/Filmmaker

Dave Keen is a native of Niskayuna, and played with the EYSO before pursuing a career as a professional filmmaker and composer in NYC.

The Adventures of Boof Margarine, by filmmaker/composer Dave Keen who is a Niskayuna native, pays homage to the silent comedies of the golden era of cinema.  An original silent film will be viewed as a full symphonic composition will be performed by the Schenectady Symphony Orchestra at Proctor’s Theater, itself once a regular hub for the vaudeville performances of that era.

  • 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. 2017-18 is the 84th season of the Schenectady Symphony Orchestra
  • Event: Schenectady Symphony Orchestra 2017-18 January Concert
  • Location of event: Proctor Theatre – Schenectady, NY
  • Date/Time: Sunday, January 14, 2018 @ 3pm
  • Cost: Single tickets $12 & $20.  18 and under FREE when accompanied by an adult ticket holder
  • Contact Information: and Tickets can be purchased at or the Box Office.
  • Facebook: Yes “Schenectady Symphony Orchestra
  • Website:

~~~ Segment FOUR ~~~

Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration

Forward: Together We Win / Love for Humanity

Ang Morris, Executive director

            She’ll discuss the 50th Anniversary of MLK for 2018 and the MLK50 Celebration for Sunday, January 14 2:30pm at SCCC Carl B. Taylor Auditorium.  Featuring Michael A. Blake, State Assembly Member and DNC Vice Chair as Presenter.

  • Organization: Schenectady County Human Rights Commission
  • Mission: To foster mutual respect and understanding and protect and respect all rights of all residents in Schenectady County.
  • Event: MLK50 Celebration
  • Location of event: Sch’dy County Community College – Carl B. Taylor Auditorium78 Washington Ave.
  • Date/Time: Sunday, Jan 14 at 2:30 pm
  • Cost: Free Event
  • Contact Information: 518-377-3823
  • Website:

~~~ Segment FIVE ~~~

Schenectady Educational Foundation Gala

  • William J. Schultz, President
  • Elaine Pickett, Gala Chairperson

            Entertainment and food are provided by the student musicians and culinary students of the district. CBS 6’s Greg Floyd will be the master of ceremonies. The foundation will recognize this fall’s grant recipients and will honor Kristin Munrett as The Robert Ludwig Teacher of the Year, the Niskayuna Rotary Club for their service to the students of the Schenectady schools, and Transfinder CEO Antonio Civitella as the recipient of the Distinguished Alumnus Award.

  • Organization: Schenectady City School District Educational Foundation
  • Mission: The Schenectady City School District Educational Foundation is a not-for-profit organization that provides funding to educators for the enhancement of learning opportunities not otherwise available to students in Schenectady public schools. We do this by awarding grants to teachers who apply for funding for activities and materials for their students. During the 2017-18 school year teachers will receive $30,000 in grants.
  • Event: SCSDEF Education Celebration
  • Location of event: Proctors
  • Date/Time: Thursday, January 18, 2018 — 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • Cost: $40.00
  • Facebook: Yes “SCSDEF”
  • Website:


Upcoming Shows

January 16. 2018 -1016

 (Topics listed alphabetically – subject to change)

Biosoil Farm – Scotia Glenville – Scientific Study in February

  •             Chad Currin, Owner/Operator
  •             Laura Brown, Owner UME Urban Massage Elite

Capital Repertory Theatre’s “Paris Time” — (Event Jan 26-Feb 18)

  •             Maggie Mancinelli Cahill, Artistic Director
  •             Tom Templeton “Philippe”

Proctors Historical Committee – Dolls, Dolls, Dolls!

  •             Janice Walz, Committee Member

Schenectady Light Opera’s “Jesus Christ Superstar” — (Event Jan 19 – 29)

  •             Trish Scott Dembling
  •             Others TBA

Story Circle – Season’s Upcoming Events

  •             Kate Dudding, Storyteller

Urban Co-Works

  •             Jeff Goronkin

January 23. 2018 – #1017

 (Topics listed alphabetically – subject to change)

Albany Civic Theater’s Production – Hedda Gabler (Event Feb 2-18)

  •             Juliet King, Director
  •             Others TBA

CD Release – Full Circle Vol. 2

  •             Cliff Brucker, Performer
  •             Mike Novakowski, Guitarist

The Costumer

  •             Bonnie Johnsen, Co-Owner

Schenectady Civic Players‘ Production –  An Inspector Calls (Event Jan 26 – Feb 4)

  •             Patrick White, Director
  •             Others TBA

Tax Season Kick-Off

  •             Melinda Burns, Co-Chair of CA$H Coalition (Wildwood Adult Education)
  •             Tracey Randle, CA$H Program Dir. (United Way of the Greater Capital Region)

January 30, 2018 – #1018

(Topics listed alphabetically – subject to change)

Confetti Stage “Private Fears in Public Places” (Event Feb 9-18)

  •             Jason LaSusa
  •             John Nickles, Director
  •             Ohers TBA

Melody Makers Band Performing

  •             Jack Speraw and Band

Paranormal Research

  •             John Griffin, Author/Researcher
  •             Reggie Gliden, Author/Researcher

She’s Awaken – Female Empowerment Network

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