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BRAZILIAN

2/16/17 - Balé Folclórico Da Bahia: Bahia of All Colors - This 32-member dance company is the only professional folk dance company in Brazil and represents the culture, traditions, music, and movements of the people of Bahia. 8:00 pm, Proctor’s Theater, Schenectady, NY. Box Office (518) 346-6204 (from Proctor’s Theater)



FRENCH

Entre Amis - To find out more about this French discussion group based in Niskayuna, please contact Machteld Depoortere at mdepoortere@nycap.rr.com. They typically meet the first Wednesday of the month from September to June,7:00-9:00pm. (no summer meetings). Participants must be able to carry on a discussion in French.

Le Groupe litteraire - Fourth Wednesday of every month at 6:30 pm meet to discuss selected works of French literature at the Colonie Town Library,  629 Albany Shaker Rd, Loudonville, NY 12211-1196, (518) 458-9274 For details contact Hannelore Wilfert, wilfeh@verizon.net.

3/20- 3/23 My Life as a Zucchini (2016) Spectrum 8 Theater Boasting colorful stop-motion animation and an emotional story reminiscent of Truffaut, My Life as a Zucchini is uniquely appealing. Big-eyed, blue-haired nine-year-old Icare, who prefers the nickname Zucchini, is left alone after the sudden death of his mother. Taken by a friendly policeman to his new foster home, filled with other orphans his age, he at first struggles in the strange and sometimes hostile environment. But Zucchini discovers he can make new friends, eventually learning to trust and love, as he searches for a new family of his own. From its debut in Director’s Fortnight at Cannes to winning audience awards at Annecy, Melbourne and Angoulême, this accomplished debut feature from director Claude Barras, based on a script from acclaimed filmmaker Céline Sciamma (Girlhood, Tomboy), has received an overwhelming response from audiences worldwide. Brought to life through memorable character designs and expressive stop-motion animation, the story soars with laughter, sorrow and joy. In the original French with English subtitles. Academy Award nominee for Best Animated Feature! Preceded by Claude Barras’ 8-minute short, “The Genie in the Ravioli Can.”

3/24/17 Lacombe, Lucien (1974) Page Hall A young man in Nazi-occupied France, whose father is a prisoner of war in Germany, attempts to join the French Resistance. Turned downed because of his age he becomes a member of the Gestapo. His life becomes more complicated when he falls in love with the daughter of a Jewish tailor. New York State Writers Institute Classic Film Series. Directed by Louis Malle (France, 1974, 138 min, in French with English subtitles) (Free)

3/25/17 1PM Bon Cop, Bad Cop Troy Public Library & La Fédération franco-américaine du New York “This thriller-comedy-action film brings together two male police officers with very different styles – one from Québec and the other from Ontario – to solve a murder that occurs on the border of the two provinces” (source: IMDb). Filmed in various Canadian locations, the dialogue is a mixture of English and French. This film is rated R for adult content and some violence. (English subtitles. 1hr 56 min) (Free)

3/29/17 LES 7 DOIGTS DE LA MAIN: CUISINE & CONFESSIONS Proctors Theater A mix of contemporary dance and acrobatics, these elaborately choreographed family meals are where lessons are learned, secrets exchanged, bonds forged, and reinforced by our most visceral of senses. Accompanying the usual eye-popping flight of acrobatic choreography and pulsating music are the other three senses--the touch of hands in batter, the smell of cookies baking, the taste of roasted oregano--leading us through a span of times and countries. Feast on the newest creation by the Montreal-based circus company.

3/29/17 SAINT JOAN Proctors Theater Joan: daughter, farm girl, visionary, patriot, king-whisperer, soldier, leader, victor, icon, radical, witch, heretic, saint, martyr, woman. From the torment of the Hundred Years' War, the charismatic Joan of Arc carved a victory that defined France. Bernard Shaw's classic play depicts a woman with all the instinct, zeal and transforming power of a revolutionary

5/1/17 THE UMBRELLAS OF CHERBOURG (1964) Proctor's Theater Catherine Deneuve portrays Geneviève, a beautiful young Frenchwoman who works at a small-town boutique selling umbrellas.  She falls for Guy, a dashing mechanic, but their brief romance is interrupted when he gets drafted and sent to war. Letters from Guy are few and far between, so - though pregnant with his child - Geneviève follows her mother’s advice and marries an older businessman in order to move on with her life. Guy eventually returns from war, but he is a changed man when the two finally meet again.  Throughout the musical film, all the characters' dialogue is conveyed through song.  French w/ English subtitles.  91 minutes'

5/14/17 2pm Franco-American singer-songwriter Josée Vachon performs at the Guilderland Public Library. The Franco-American Federation of New York and the Guilderland Public Library are providing this free concert. Born in Québec and raised in Maine, Vachon has shared her Franco-American upbringing for 25+ years through traditional and contemporary folksongs from Québec and Acadia and through her own compositions. She has recorded 12 solo albums in French, two more with Franco-American folk group Chanterelle, and has performed throughout the US, Canada and France.

5/20/17 11am French Formed Cookie Different Drummer's If you've ever been to a Parisian cafe, you'll have seen plates of delicate cakes and cookies. This class will teach us to make Madelines, Financiers and Tartlettes.

COMING SOON Frantz Spectrum 8 Theater The intense romantic drama Frantz is set in a small German town just after the end of World War I. Anna (Venice Festival award-winning actress Paula Beer) is a young German woman frozen in grief for her dead fiancé, Frantz, killed in combat; she lives with his aged parents, helping alleviate their grief and despair. When she sees a mysterious young Frenchman laying roses on Frantz’s grave, she is surprised and curious. She learns that the fragile-looking Adrien (Pierre Niney, Yves Saint Laurent) is a pre-war friend of Frantz’s who shares their mourning. While other townsfolk revile him as a murderer of Germans, Frantz’s parents, at first suspicious, welcome him into their home and treasure his stories about their son. But there are hidden secrets that eventually surface as the relationship deepens. Paula Beer is magnetic as Anna, a strong and complex woman, recovering from loss and slowly turning back to embrace life.

 

GERMAN

3/24/-3/29/17-Land of Mine 2015) Spectrum 8 Theater Few films detail the immediate aftermath of conflict and occupation from the Second World War. Land of Mine, an Academy Award nominee for Best Foreign Language Film, exposes the previously hidden story of Denmark’s darkest hour. In the days following the surrender of Nazi Germany in May 1945, German POWs held in Denmark were put to work by the Allied Forces. With minimal or no training in defusing explosives, they were sent to remove in excess of two million of their own landmines from the Danish west coast. During this process, more than half of them were killed or severely wounded. Writer/director Martin Zandvliet sheds light on this historical tragedy as the entry point to a story that involves love, hate, revenge and reconciliation. (Fully subtitled)

4/2-4/17 Amadeus Spectrum 8 Theater Lucian Msamati (National Theatre Live: The Comedy of Errors) plays Salieri in Peter Shaffer’s iconic play, recorded live in 2017 by the National Theatre, and with live orchestral accompaniment by Southbank Sinfonia. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (Adam Gillen), a rowdy young prodigy, arrives in Vienna, the music capital of the world—and he’s determined to make a splash. Awestruck by his genius, court composer Antonio Salieri has the power to promote his talent or destroy his name. Seized by obsessive jealousy he begins a war with Mozart, with music, and ultimately, with God.

5/5/17 7pm THE DANISH GIRL (2015) Page Hall Based on David Ebershoff’s novel, the film follows the lives of husband and wife Danish artists Einar Wegener/Lili Elbe and Gerda Wegener as they struggle with Lili’s groundbreaking gender transformation from a man to a woman. The film received four Academy Award nominations, winning for Best Supporting Actress (Alicia Vikander). Rex Reed of the New York Observer called Eddie Redmayne’s portrayal of the transgender protagonist, “an act of heroism…. the performance of the year.”Directed by Tom Hooper (UK/US/Belgium/Denmark/Germany, 2015, 119 minutes, color)

COMING SOON Frantz Spectrum 8 Theater The intense romantic drama Frantz is set in a small German town just after the end of World War I. Anna (Venice Festival award-winning actress Paula Beer) is a young German woman frozen in grief for her dead fiancé, Frantz, killed in combat; she lives with his aged parents, helping alleviate their grief and despair. When she sees a mysterious young Frenchman laying roses on Frantz’s grave, she is surprised and curious. She learns that the fragile-looking Adrien (Pierre Niney, Yves Saint Laurent) is a pre-war friend of Frantz’s who shares their mourning. While other townsfolk revile him as a murderer of Germans, Frantz’s parents, at first suspicious, welcome him into their home and treasure his stories about their son. But there are hidden secrets that eventually surface as the relationship deepens. Paula Beer is magnetic as Anna, a strong and complex woman, recovering from loss and slowly turning back to embrace life.

 

ITALIAN

4/14-15/17 11am Annual Italian Easter Bake Sale American Italian Heritag Museum
Italian Easter breads, Ricotta, Wheat, Ham & Ricotta pies, Guanti, Babka, cookies and more.

4/20/17 7pm My Italian Secret: The Forgotten Heros Proctors Theater Reveals a clandestine Italian resistance movement that helped save many Jews during the Shoah. Among the figures spotlighted is Tour de France cycling champion Gino Bartali (voiced by Oscar nominee Robert Loggia). The film tells the story of brave Italians who defied the Nazis and Fascists to hide, rescue, and protect thousands of innocents during the Holocaust. Also featured is Dr. Giovanni Borromeo, who invented a fictitious disease to defend the Rome hospital where he was hiding Jews as well as other courageous Italians who carried out ingenious schemes to rescue Jews,  artisans and refugees from Nazi-occupied Italy. These inspiring acts are recounted by descendants of rescuers and survivors, as well as those who escaped the concentration camps as children.

5/2/17 Madama Butterfly Spectrum 8 Theater Puccini’s Madama Butterfly is one of the most popular of all operas, with ravishing music and a heartbreaking story of a loving geisha deserted by a callous American husband. Much-loved soprano Ermonela Jaho sings the title role for the first time at Covent Garden, in Moshe Leiser and Patrice Caurier's stunningly beautiful production, to be recorded live in 2017. The exotic imagery of the Nagasaki setting is drawn from 19th-century Western artists' romanticized views of Japan. Puccini's music brings alive the birdsong of the morning, the ritual of a wedding and the seduction by naval officer B.F. Pinkerton (sung by exciting young tenor Marcelo Puente) of his young, innocent bride. Well known moments include the impassioned aria “Un bel dì” (One fine day) as the abandoned Cio-Cio-San (Jaho) clings vainly to her dreams.

5/31/17 Tristan and Isolde Opera Spectrum 8 Theater The Teatro dell’Opera di Roma’s 2016/2017 season will open with Richard Wagner’s Tristan and Isolde, conducted by Daniele Gatti and directed by Pierre Audi. The work is a co-production of the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris and the De Nationale Opera in Amsterdam and the Municipal Theater in Sao Paulo. “I am overjoyed that Maestro Gatti—one of the most popular and acclaimed conductors in major theatres around the world—has agreed to mount the podium at the Costanzi, his very first time in Rome,” says Superintendent Charles Fuortes. “Daniele Gatti is one of the few directors who can truly claim to follow in the great Italian tradition of Toscanini. I’m also pleased that his debut at the Teatro dell’Opera in Rome will be with Wagner’s Tristan. I have no doubt that it will be an unforgettable encounter.” Daniele Gatti has conducted in all of the world’s most important theatres. Sung in Italian and presented with English subtitles.

 

MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA

4/22-23/17 6th Annual Festival Cinema Invisible Internaional Film Festival Proctors Contemporary Films from the Middle East and North Africa. FCI is the only film festival in upstate New York that showcases films from Persian-speaking communities and beyond.  FCI’s annual celebration brings together cinema enthusiasts and filmmakers to discover the best “invisible cinema” from around the globe. FCI 2017 will present feature length documentaries, animated and short films  selected from over 1,000 entries submitted by more than 80 different countries.  Last year they brought 4 world premiers, 7 US premiers and 16 regional premiers to the Electric City and we hope to bring even more this year!

 

PORTUGUESE

4/21/17 7:30pm TABU (2012) Page Hall A retired woman helps find a man who has a secret connection with her recently deceased neighbor.  Richard Brody, in a The New Yorker review called the film “…one of the most original and inventive—as well as trenchantly political and painfully romantic—movies of recent years.” A love story and an exploration of Portugal’s colonial past, TABU received numerous awards including the Alfred Bauer Award and FIPRESCI Prize at the Berlin International Film Festival.Directed by Miguel Gomes (Portugal, 2012, 118 minutes, b/w, in Portuguese with English subtitles)

 

RUSSIAN

4/11/17 The Sleeping Beaufy OperaThe Spectrum Theater Enter an enchanted world of princesses, fairy godmothers and magical spells! A perennial delight and a much-loved classic, The Royal Ballet's The Sleeping Beauty combines the best of classical ballet, with all its charms and virtuosity, splendid music and talented dancers. First choreographed to Tchaikovsky's great musical score by Marius Petipa in Russia in 1890, The Sleeping Beauty has wonderful ensembles, solos including the Rose Adage as Princess Aurora meets her suitors, and of course the concluding celebratory dances for the happy union of prince and princess. The designs by Oliver Messell, one of the greatest stage designers of the 20th century, were restored and updated for this production by Peter Farmer, to be recorded live in 2017. The rich evocations of the baroque opulence of a royal court, the panoramic journey of the prince to the overgrown castle and the colorful characters in this famous fairytale make this Sleeping Beauty a spectacle like no other.

 

SPANISH

3/30/17  7:00 pm Enjoy the Area’s Best Ballroom and Latin Music for Your Dancing Enjoyment. Dinner is Included with Admission. Ukrainian American Citizens Club, 1 Pulaski Street, Cohoes, New York ($12.00 (includes complimentary dance lesson)

Opens 4/7/17 Truman (2015) Fandango Julián receives an unexpected visit from his friend Tomás, who lives in Canada. The two men, accompanied by Julián's faithful dog, Truman, will share emotional and surprising moments prompted by Julián's complicated situation. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3754940/

5/3/17 6:00pm Easy Spanish Tapas Different Drummer's Kitchen Co., Stuyvesant Plaza
5/5/17 Cinco de Mayo Different Drummer's Kitchen Co., Stuyvesant Plaza
5/6/17 Cinco de Mayo Different Drummer's Kitchen Co., Stuyvesant Plaza

5/4/17 7pm H2O MX (2014) Madison Theater With over 20 million residents, can Mexico City avert disaster and become water sustainable? Part of a new series called "Planet Talk." This series won't just be about the environment, but about the delicate relationship us humans have with one another, and with the planet. The films in this series are made possible by collaborations with area organizations, including graduate student groups at UAlbany and the Agricultural Stewardship Association. Each screening will begin with a special introduction, and be followed by a Q&A.

 

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