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Published: 10/27/2017
Publication: Times Union



Nano Stern is from Chile, but the political punk poet and singer-songwriter also spent time in Germany and studied music in the Netherlands. But Stern has always embraced his Chilean musical roots, blending classical, jazz and rock with Chilean revolutionary music. Folk legend …

“Troy media group announces fall 2017 season”

Published: 10/18/2017
Publication: Troy Record

TROY, N.Y.>> The Sanctuary for Independent Media has announced its fall 2017 season, featuring musical performances, speakers, films, workshops, gallery shows and more.

Located at 3361 Sixth Ave. in North Troy, The Sanctuary for Independent Media is a telecommunications production facility dedicated to community …

“Melissa Aldana Quartet, Sanctuary for Independent Media”

Published: 10/18/2017
Publication: Times Union


Growing up in Chile, Melissa Aldana could hardly avoid the sound of jazzy horns: Both her father and grandfather were serious saxophone players, and she took up the instrument as a child. (Her bio says she still plays granddad’s Selmer Mark VI horn.) Aldana left Chile to pursue …

“Young Troy filmmakers document Hudson River pollution”

Published: 08/02/2017
Publication: The Alt

Young Troy filmmakers document Hudson River pollution


On an overcast mid-July morning, 11-year-old Trayvon Vautrin combs the beach for treasures in the form of broken pottery pieces as he waits for his fellow co-workers of the Uptown Summer program to …

“StoryHarvest is North Troy’s festival of food, music, poetry and art”

Published: 10/12/2017
Publication: Saratoga Living

StoryHarvest is North Troy’s festival of food, music, poetry and art

Rebecca Whitehead gives a free chair massage.


The Sanctuary for Independent Media in Troy held its seventh annual StoryHarvest: A Celebration of …

“Sanctuary for Independent Media 2017 fall”

Date Published: 10/12/2017
Publication: All Over Albany
Sanctuary for Independent Media 2017 fall

Among the people making appearances this season (left to right): journalist Chris Hedges, journalist Azmat Khan, and filmmaker Parvez Sharma.

The upcoming fall season of events at the Sanctuary for Independent Media in Troy is out. …

“Low-power, high-energy: Grassroots Radio Conference meets in Albany”

Date published: 10/07/2017
Publication: Times Union

Low-power, high-energy: Grassroots Radio Conference meets in Albany


ALBANY — In an age when corporate media outlets rule the airwaves and saturate the world, low-power FM radio stations – or LPFM –  are the small-scale, low-budget, …

Taina Asili on the importance of Troy’s Sanctuary for Independent Media

Date published: 05/24/2017
Publication: The Alt

Taina Asili on the importance of Troy’s Sanctuary for Independent Media
Jaya Sundaresh | Wednesday, May 24 2017

Taina Asili on the importance of Troy’s Sanctuary for Independent Media
Taina Asili y La Banda Rebelde is back in the …

"Activist artist to headline Troy’s Freedom Festival"

Date published: 05/31/2017
Publication: Troy Record

Activist artist to headline Troy’s Freedom Festival

Taina Asili y la Bande Rebelde will perform at the Freedom Festival on Saturday at Freedom Square in Troy.Photo provided


"Amy Biancolli: Musical homage to Albany’s jazz lady"

Date published: 01/19/2017
Publication: Times Union

AMY BIANCOLLI Published 4:45 pm, Thursday, January 19, 2017

I did not know Lee Shaw personally. It grieves me to say this, but I never met her. Never became a regular at her gigs, though I do recall her …

"Sanctuary for Independent Media officially launches radio station"

Date published: 02/09/2017
Publication: Troy Record

By,, @troyrecord on Twitter
POSTED: 02/09/17, 1:13 PM EST | UPDATED: ON 02/09/2017

TROY, N.Y. >> After a more than a year of test broadcasts, The Sanctuary for Independent Media has officially launched a new listener-supported, non-commercial radio station. …

"Biancolli: The art of Bloomberg-funded 'Breathing Lights'"

Date published: 10/03/2016
Publication: Times Union

By Amy Biancolli Updated 11:54 am, Monday, October 3, 2016

They’re odd. They’re unexpected. They’ll stop you in your tracks, prompting you to hit the brakes and pull to the curb. The abandoned buildings now blinking in the night throughout Albany, Schenectady …

"Troy neighborhood comes together for annual anti-violence festival"

Date published: 08/27/2016
Publication: Troy Record

By,, @troyrecord on Twitter
POSTED: 08/27/16, 5:35 PM EDT | UPDATED: ON 08/27/2016

TROY The North Central Neighborhood Community Center, in partnership with several other community organizations, hosted the fifth annual Unity in the Community Anti-Violence Back to School Festival …

"Bill Ayers & Bernadine Dohrn: Demanding the Impossible"

Date published: 10/18/2016
Publication: Times Union

By Michael Rivest on October 18, 2016 at 3:36 PM

I once asked the great theologian and activist William Sloane Coffin if he was optimistic about the future. “No, I am hopeful,” he said, explaining that optimism and pessimism are two sides …

"Testing phase for 'Breathing Lights' in vacant buildings"

Date published: 04/06/2016
Publication: Times Union

By Amy Biancolli Updated 10:36 pm, Wednesday, April 6, 2016

A temporary art installation that will soon transform hundreds of vacant buildings in Albany, Schenectady and Troy into sources of gently pulsing light is now in the testing phase, said the artists …

"Breathing Lights announces featured art projects"

Date published: 06/19/2016
Publication: Troy Record

By,, @troyrecord on Twitter
POSTED: 06/19/16, 1:31 PM EDT | UPDATED: ON 06/19/2016

ALBANY Several Troy-based artists were selected for recognition through an innovative regional project that annually illuminates vacant buildings around the three major cities of the Capital Region. …

"Journalist Taibbi to speak at Sanctuary for Independent Media"

Date published: 05/04/2017
Publication: Troy Record

By, @troyrecord on Twitter
POSTED: 05/04/17, 1:14 PM EDT | UPDATED: 4 DAYS AGO

TROY Rolling Stone magazine writer Matt Taibbi will speak about his new, bestselling book, “Insane Clown President,” at 7 p.m. Friday, May 12, at the Sanctuary …

“This Hyperlocal Museum Puts the American Dream in Perspective”

Published: 12/01/2016
Publication: Time

“Poverty” is a loaded word, especially in the U.S., and few know the ugly reality of its use better than artist Brenda Ann Kenneally. At its core, her work is a study of life and opportunity under straightened circumstances in the upstate New York city of …

"Community vision becoming reality for Troy, NY"

Date published: 06/14/2016
Publication: Pacifica Network

Posted on 14 June, 2016 by 

Envisioning the content and format of a local station is the heart of community radio’s excitement.  For …

"Media Sanctuary to screen Sundance award-winning 'Nuts!'"

Date published: 05/11/2016
Publication: Albany Times Union

Random book pick led filmmaker to explore life of doctor who got rich peddling a lie


Published 12:52 pm, Wednesday, May 11, 2016


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