Spring 2017 Season

Theater of War

WOOC Benefit with Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars and Vusi Mahlasela

The Egg, in cooperation with The Sanctuary for Independent Media, presents a fundraising concert for radio station WOOC 105.3 FM, a double bill of African music that is sure to […]

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18 February 2017 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Reclamation Clinic: Home Sweet Home

Congratulations! You purchased a building and you have a plan for financing the work it needs. Learn about home repair education courses available in the region and the process for […]

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11 March 2017 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

NATURE Lab Workshop with Fran Martino: Citizen Science Training- Stream Sampling in Rensselaer County

Rensselaer Land Trust’s Stream Team needs help to find out if the streams of Rensselaer County are safe. This project will recruit and train citizen scientists to collect water samples […]

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01 April 2017 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Salif Keita

Salif Keita, known as the “Golden Voice of Africa,” is undoubtedly one of the most influential and important artists in African music. A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to hear the Golden Voice […]

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02 April 2017 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm


Meklit’s music is imbued with poetry and multiplicity, from hybridized sounds of Tizita (haunting and nostalgic music) drawing from her Ethiopian heritage, to jazz, folk songs, hip-hop and art rock. […]

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08 April 2017 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Be The Media! Workshop with Sonia Kennebeck: Safeguarding Sources- Encryption and Trauma Protection

This workshop offers a general overview exploring the ethics and challenges of investigating and documenting high-stakes, dangerous, and traumatic situations and events. Sonya will share strategies for preparing for a […]

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18 April 2017 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

“National Bird” with Filmmaker Sonia Kennebeck and Panel

National Bird follows the story of whistleblowers who, despite possible consequences, are determined to break the silence around one of the most controversial issues of our time: the "secret" U.S. […]

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18 April 2017 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

The Nile Project: Introduced by Hudson River Warriors

Musical performance introduced by local Hudson River water warriors, including Maureen Cunningham and others. “The Nile Project is more than a band,” exclaims Kenyan percussionist/vocalist and Nile Project musician Kasiva […]

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21 April 2017 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

NATURE Lab Workshop: Unleashing the Power of High School Environmental Advocates- Water Security in Hoosick Falls and Beyond – POSTPONED

POSTPONED - Presented by Hoosick Falls High School Students with Ken Facin, Hoosick Falls Superintendent of Schools. Hoosick Falls has been in the news because of a widespread groundwater contamination […]

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29 April 2017 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

SCHEDULE CHANGE DUE TO ILLNESS: “Economic Update” with radio host Richard Wolff

SCHEDULE CHANGE DUE TO ILLNESS: We just learned that Richard Wolff is suffering from a severe flu; his doctor advises him not to travel or expose others to his illness.  […]

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29 April 2017 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

An Irresistible Resistance Dinner hosted by The Yes Men, with special guest Franklin Lopez

An Evening You Can't Forget (no matter how hard you try) in support of The Sanctuary for Independent Media! Food and Hosting by The Yes Men. Entertainment by Franklin López […]

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29 April 2017 8:45 pm - 11:00 pm

NATURE Lab Workshop with Caroline Wollard: “Forming Gift/Free/Mutual Aid/Barter Networks”

Think through creating networks with community asset mapping and resource-sharing using Woolard’s Idea Lab, offering tools and strategies for participants to sustain The Sanctuary’s environmental campus and beyond. Artist and […]

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06 May 2017 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

NATURE Lab Workshop: Sculpting a Water Retentive Landscape

Create several garden beds on contour using a simple A-frame level. The resulting swales stop, spread, and sink water, maintaining optimal hydration in the landscape... A NATURE Lab workshop with […]

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06 May 2017 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Be The Media! Workshop with Brett Story: The Relationship of Media and Activism-How to Develop Social Issue Films

An intimate discussion on the relationship between art and politics, cinema and activism, and how to use film more expansively to speak to social issues. Sponsored by iEAR Presents!

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10 May 2017 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Michael Bisio Accortet

Chronicling more than 30 years of acclaimed Troy-native bassist Michael Bisio's life as a composer in song form and otherwise, balancing freedom and swing in a euphorically compelling quartet. Named […]

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20 May 2017 9:00 pm - 10:00 pm

“Letters From Iraq” with Rahim Alhaj Trio

The Iraqi-American oud virtuoso and composer is a two-time Grammy nominee, National Endowment for The Arts National Heritage Fellow, and Smithsonian Folkways Recordings artist—traveling the world to “give voice to […]

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24 May 2017 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Collard City Growers Annual Plant Sale

Help support Collard City Growers through purchase of a variety of annuals and perennials at very affordable prices. We also welcome barters (annual for annual or perennial for perennial) if […]

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27 May 2017 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Collard City Growers Annual Plant Sale

Help support Collard City Growers through purchase of a variety of annuals and perennials at very affordable prices. We also welcome barters (annual for annual or perennial for perennial) if […]

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27 May 2017 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

5th Annual Freedom Festival with Taína Asili y la Banda Rebelde

Join us for our 5th annual Freedom Festival. There will be free music, free food, free art activities and lots more to celebrate and motivate the spirit of creative resistance […]

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03 June 2017 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm

“The Prison in Twelve Landscapes” with Filmmaker Brett Story

More people are imprisoned in the United States at this moment than in any other time or place in history. The Prison in Twelve Landscapes unfolds as a cinematic journey […]

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10 June 2017 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

“Insane Clown President” with Journalist Matt Taibbi

Dispatches from the 2016 election providing an eerily prescient take on our democracy’s uncertain future by Matt Taibbi, contributing editor and columnist for Rolling Stone. Biography Matt Taibbi, author of […]

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12 June 2017 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Troy Bike Rescue’s Annual BikeFest

The 7th annual BikeFest fundraising celebration is a fantastic party and a great way to help Troy Bike Rescue continue its mission of bringing Pedal Power to the People!

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13 June 2017 8:00 am - 8:00 pm

Post-Industrial Ecologies of the Hudson River Estuary with Seed Bomb Art Workshop

In his talk and workshop, ecological artist, writer, and activist Oliver Kellhammer will frame post-industrial ecologies as sites of renewal and the emergence of novel processes. Together, we will bio-map […]

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14 June 2017 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Uptown Summer Begins

The 7th annual Uptown Summer begins full-swing July 11th and will run through August. The Rensselaer County Summer Youth Employment Program sponsored The Sanctuary for Independent Media to hire 10 […]

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11 July 2017 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Solidarity Phone Call Night

There's going to be a night of good ole family bonding here at The Sanctuary! You're invited to join us for our first-ever Solidarity Phone Call Night. Join us for […]

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19 July 2017 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Bio-Art After Dark: A Sanctuary Sustainer Soirée

Bio-Art After Dark: A Sanctuary Sustainer Soirée is a fundraiser that will feature music by Ryder Cooley and members of her band, Dust Bowl Faeries, and a scandalous insect symposium […]

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20 July 2017 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Troy Night Out with Rensselaer County Historical Society

Join us for an in-progress showcase of Echoes from Lock One, an interdisciplinary media project highlighting the 200th anniversary of the Erie Canal. Created by Youth Media Sanctuary producers in […]

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28 July 2017 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

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