Here's the email we received from alt comedian Jamie Kilstein's "people" a few hours after we printed and distributed 10,000 copies of our Spring 2014 Sanctuary season brochure:
"I'm sorry to say that Jamie has decided he will not be performing with you all this April. Circumstances have changed and he really can't accept a small amount of payment for his time. We hope you understand and good luck with your season."
We tried to work it out with him, but his "people" wouldn't let us:
"I work for Jamie. I'm expressing his interest. I will not be sharing his contact information with you."
So, we're gonna have to get our laughs somewhere else on April 19. Maybe there's a god-fearing, red meat lovin', right wing comic out there whose word is bond. Already booked? Dang!
The Spring 2014 season at The Sanctuary for Independent Media kicks off on March 15th with the Matthew Shipp Trio and concludes on June 7 with the Freedom Festival, featuring the Brooklyn-based Pitchblak Brass Band and Albany's own Oobleck on the outdoor concert stage at Freedom Square.
The season will feature many events ranging from music to films to speakers. Highlights include performances from groups led by Brazilian singer Luísa Maita and Malian guitarist Oumar Konate, a look into the exciting field of bio art with Oron Catts, a career retrospective hosted by "Gimme Shelter" documentary filmmaker Albert Maysles as well as several new documentaries with the filmmakers including Sean Gallagher and "Brothers of the Black List," an investigation into the consequences of shale gas production, and much much more!
The Matthew Shipp Trio launches the Spring 2014 season at The Sanctuary for Independent Media while celebrating the release of their new recording, "Root of Things" (Relative Pitch Records), and the Sanctuary's newly donated 9 foot Baldwin concert grand, with Matthew Shipp, piano, Michael Bisio, bass, and Whit Dickey, drums.
The acquisition of this Baldwin is a major addition to the Sanctuary; manufactured in 1984, it spent the first few years of its life on loan to Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center. In 1987, with the help of the New York State Council on the Arts, the piano was obtained by the IMAC Theater in Huntington, Long Island and remained there until its move this year to The Sanctuary for Independent Media in Troy, NY.
NATURE Lab (North Troy Art, Technology and Urban Research in Ecology)
NATURE Lab uses arts as a seed to reclaim public space and build community. Situated on a neglected block in Troy, NY, this living learning laboratory engages networks of artists and scientists, media makers and gardeners, community organizers and neighbors in collective actions stimulating environmental health and sustainability.
Funding for development of the NATURE Lab by Media Alliance has been announced as part of Round 3 of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s Regional Council initiative through the Capital Region Economic Development Council and the NYS Council on the Arts.
Project goal is reuse of abandoned lots employing art to reclaim public space and build community relationships.
The NATURE Lab will integrate art, science, and technology in a series of community workshops, public art installations, and inter-regional arts and cultural exchanges. Artist teams will work with the community around issues of "curing" our local ecologies, environmental health and sustainability.
FALL 2013 SEASON AT THE SANCTUARY FOR INDEPENDENT MEDIA ENDS!
The traveling edition of Mali's award-winning "Festival in the Desert," featuring two of Africa’s most powerful musical groups, stopped in Troy NY for a free all-ages show in Freedom Square on Friday, July 26, 2013. Freedom Square is located at 39 5th Avenue, where 101st Street meets 5th and 6th Avenues in North Troy. Bring lawn blankets and chairs.
War can’t stop the music, and Malian artists continue to practice their art despite upheaval and violence. In support of and to highlight their tenacity, the Festival au Desert - Caravan for Peace, brings to the US legendary Malian artists adored in Mali.
The Festival in the Desert has featured everyone from rock idols to Saharan nomads, Now it is coming to several U.S. and Canadian cities this July and August, 2013. In addition to Freedom Square, stops include New York (Lincoln Center Out of Doors), Montreal (Festival Nuit d’Afrique), Santa Fe (Lensic Theater), Northampton MA (Iron Horse), Trumansburg NY (Grassroots Festival), Spiegeltent at the Hudson Valley’s Bard Music Festival, and more in Brooklyn, Washington DC and beyond.
A spectacular summer 2013 season at The Sanctuary for Independent Media began on July 9, 2013 and ran through August 9, 2013 featuring the new outdoor stage at Freedom Square with music, films, workshops, food, and more (see schedule). All activities taook place on one block of 6th Avenue in North Troy, between Glen Avenue and 101st Street. Rain location was The Sanctuary for Independent Media, 3361 6th Avenue. Everything was free!
An astonishing transformation has taken place at Freedom Square, the mystical corner in North Troy where 101st Street meets 5th and 6th Avenues. Artists, construction crews and community volunteers have toiled for weeks to create a landmark setting for outdoor screenings and performances!
We hope you were able to join us this summer in the shadow of the mural birthed by Philadelphia Magic Gardens creator Isaiah Zagar in collaboration with our local community, for some of the most exciting arts activities and events in the region.
We're coming together as a community! Stop by Freedom Square to check out the newly created magical results!
On June 15th, the Sanctuary put Freedom Square's new "Art Stage" to the test, as we hosted our first "Freedom Festival" with musical performances Taína Asili y La Banda Rebelde, Albany-based Afro-Latin-reggae-rock fusion inspiring audiences to dance to the movement of rebellion, and M.A.K.U Sound System, the NYC based Afro-Columbian band infected with jazz, rock, hip hop, punk and Columbian folkloric rhythms.
This event was inspired by "Juneteenth," the oldest national celebration of the abolition of slavery, which commemorates the announcement of abolition in the state of Texas in 1865. The "Freedom Festival" began with a ceremony to honor the community youth whose ceramic handiwork is to adorn the stage, followed by a potluck.
National Endowment for the Arts Announces 2012 Our Town Grant Recipients; Media Alliance in Troy NY one of 80 grantees selected nationwide
Our federal civil rights lawsuit against the City of Troy for shutting down Iraqi American artist Wafaa Bilal's anti-war video installation at the Sanctuary in 2008 comes to a close with the recent announcement of a grant award from the National Endowment for the Arts, to be matched dollar for dollar by $50,000 from the city as agreed in our settlement of the case.
If you're unfamiliar with the history, the Hudson Mohawk Independent Media Center produced a great short documentary about what happened.
On July 11, 2012 the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) announced 80 Our Town grant awards totaling $4.995 million reaching 44 states and the District of Columbia. Media Alliance (which operates The Sanctuary for Independent Media) is one of the grantees and will receive $50,000 for a project called “Found Art in North Troy.” The grant will be matched with $50,000 provided by the City of Troy.
Our Spring 2012 season began with a busy weekend of events related to the Occupy movement and its predecessors on March 2-3 and concluded with the first Troy observance of the Juneteenth freedom celebration on June 16. The season featured an adventurous slate of events ranging from speakers to films to music and more. Highlights include a talk by Democracy Now! co-host and NY Daily News columnist Juan Gonzalez, a rare performance by the stellar Tisziji Munoz Quartet, the exuberantly anti-consumption antics of Reverend Billy and his Stop Shopping Gospel Choir, the third annual NY Shout Out! youth media festival, Marco Calliari with his high energy blend of expatriate Italian music, and the traveling film festival "Flaherty On The Road."
FACING CHANGE: THE WEATHER UNDERGROUND MEETS OCCUPY WALL STREET season premiere weekend
7 pm Friday, March 2
Short films from occupations around the country, plus a discussion of the role of radical media in the Occupy movement.
5 PM Saturday, March 3
FACING CHANGE opening reception & potluck