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The Linda - WAMC's Performing Arts Studio

(518) 465-5233
339 Central Avenue
Albany , NY 12206

The Linda works to advance the arts and support the community. They have provided a public space for art and cultural expression and is constantly evolving to meet the needs and desires of its audience and community.

THE LINDA, WAMC's Performing Arts Studio, is a multi-purpose facility located at the corner of Central Avenue and Quail Street in Albany, New York. The 210-seat (365 capacity) performing arts studio hosts a diverse selection of events including concerts, debates, lectures, films, and other activities, many of which will be broadcast throughout WAMC's seven-state listening area.  To find out more, visit their website!

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When: Mon, Feb 2, 2015 at 7:00 PM
Where: The Linda - WAMC's Performing Arts Center, 339 Central Ave, Albany, NY 12206
The Third Annual Great Debate hosted by Albany Medical College's Chapter of Students for a National Health Care Program (SNaHP) Albany Medical College's Chapter of Students for a National Health Care Program will be hosting its Third Annual Great Debate. This year's event will expand on the debate regarding implementation of a Single-Payer Healthcare system to include discussions on the future of the Affordable Care Act, healthcare economics, and the changing role of the physician. Our panel will be moderated by Evelyn Tenenbaum, J.D.; Professor of Law at Albany Law School and Professor of Bioethics at Albany Medical College. Our panelists are as follows: ? Andy Coates, M.D., F.A.C.P.; President of Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP); Chief of Hospital Medicine, Samaritan Hospital, Troy; Assistant Professor, Albany Medical College; co-founder of Capital District PNHP; founder of Single Payer New York ? Brian Sheridan, M.D.; Pediatrician; founder of Schoolhouse Road Pediatrics, Albany; founder and President of the Bus Stop Club; Medical Director for CDPHP Students for a National Health Program (SNaHP) is the student arm of Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP), a non-profit research and education organization of over 19,000 physicians, health professionals, and students who support single-payer national health insurance. Albany Medical College's SNaHP sponsors events focusing on education and discussion regarding implementation of single-payer national health insurance. We are an inclusive student group; all opinions and questions are welcome.
When: Thu, Feb 5, 2015 at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Where: The Linda - WAMC's Performing Arts Center, 339 Central Ave, Albany, NY 12206
Cost: $45.00 Suggested Donation
Follow the Yellow Brick Road! The Pride Center and 45th anniversary co-chairs Gloria DeSole, Norman Rea, and University at Albany President Robert Jones are pleased to invite you to celebrate 45 years as the community's center. Join us as we kick off our 45th anniversary celebrating our history as the oldest continuously operating lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community center. $45.00 Suggested Donation $80.00 Anniversary Commemorative Committee Lite Fare, Cash Bar R.S.V.P Pilar Arthur-Snead, Development and Marketing Manager 518.462.6138
When: Fri, Feb 6, 2015 at 8:00 PM
Where: The Linda - WAMC's Performing Arts Center, 339 Central Ave, Albany, NY 12206
Cost: $22.00
Steve Forbert came up to New York from his native Mississippi in the late 1970s and promptly earned that "New Dylan" sobriquet with a critically hailed first album, "Alive on Arrival" in 1978 followed the next year by his biggest hit, "Romeo's Tune," on the "Jackrabbit Slim" LP. After that, the hype died down and he kept making good music - honest, moving songs with memorable lyrics about life in a fast-changing America. 35 odd albums after the release of his first, he's a highly respected performer who still gets rave reviews. These days, they are more about his live shows and the connection he forges with his audience. Come have a listen to another of America's great singer songwriters up close and intimate at The Linda.
When: Sat, Feb 7, 2015 at 7:00 PM
Where: The Linda - WAMC's Performing Arts Center, 339 Central Ave, Albany, NY 12206
Cost: $10.00
8 great original 518 bands get to perform in a first class venue - and raise some money for WEXT and CAT (Columbia Arts Team)! This year's lineup is top notch: Carl Daniels and the Black Box Chris Dukes Band Ashley Sofia Stockade Kids Holly and Evan Accents Legendary Losers Sandy McKnight & the Idea WEXT is a huge supporter of local music! It's time to say thanks. CAT showcases local musicians, writers and performers, and runs youth theater programs at HVCC.
When: Thu, Feb 19, 2015 at 7:00 PM
Where: The Linda - WAMC's Performing Arts Center, 339 Central Ave, Albany, NY 12206
Cost: $8.00
Food For Thought is a monthly evening of food, film and discussion with a focus on films of social, political, environmental and community interest. Held on the third Thursday of each month, the night will feature food samples by Honest Weight Food Co-op, a feature film screening, and an open panel discussion. This Months Film: GRAZERS With interest in a farm-to-table food on the rise, a small band of upstate New York farmers sees an opportunity to hold on to their endangered farms by raising and selling grass-fed beef. Forming a cooperative, they soon discover that the marketplace surprisingly can't support their simple ambitions. Jackson and Teale follow their efforts for two years, through near collapse to an uncertain future, exposing in microcosm the struggles of small-scale farming in our modern, industrial world. An intimate, character-driven chronicle of the group's struggle Grazers: A Cooperative Story illuminates timely issues regarding our food system. At stake are their farms, the small communities around them, the health of the land and a way of life. This evenings musical performer JACK EMPIE Jack Empie began playing guitar spontaneously on a Christmas Day when he discovered a guitar (intended for his younger brother) under the tree. Jack went on to study music at Berkley College and Towson University. His diverse range makes it difficult to place his music in a particular genre but his personal voice is discernible to even an unsophisticated listener. Jack has worked as a professional musician in bands and as a solo performer since he was a teenager. His passion for music is infectious because of his joy in sharing and relating it others. He is presently working to release a new CD and continues to perform at various local venues.
When: Fri, Feb 20, 2015 at 8:00 PM
Where: The Linda - WAMC's Performing Arts Center, 339 Central Ave, Albany, NY 12206
Cost: $12
Join roots scholar and multi-instrumentalist Michael Eck (host and curator of The Linda's American Roots Series) for a 75th Anniversary celebration of "This Land" and other Woody Guthrie favorites, with an emphasis on material from his New York period. Eck has performed solo Guthrie-based shows for Caffe Lena, Heritage Folk Music, The Guilderland Public Library, Beacon Music Factory and other venues. On the evening of February 23, 1940, Woody Guthrie, holed up in the Hanover House Hotel in New York City, penned what would eventually become an alternative national anthem -- "This Land Is Your Land." Instigated in part by the ubiquity of Kate Smith's rendition of "God Bless America," Guthrie, using a borrowed Carter Family melody, distilled his philosophy for the ages.
When: Sat, Feb 21, 2015 at 6:00 PM
Where: The Linda - WAMC's Performing Arts Center, 339 Central Ave, Albany, NY 12206
Cost: $20 in advance; $25 at the door
Broke Housewives of New York...Bigger N Broker is the follow up to the acclaimed first play...Broke Housewives of New York! Broke Housewives of New York...Bigger N Broker takes us back into the lives of three married couples revealing the despair and hope they all share. Are they trying to find the benefits of marriage or just competing with one another? Come find out in the Broke Housewives of New York final chapter Bigger N Broker. In 2006 Women with Voices was create as an organization dedicated to speaking to today's women by addressing their issues and concerns through theatrical productions and literary works.
When: Sun, Mar 8, 2015 at 8:00 PM
Where: The Linda - WAMC's Performing Arts Center, 339 Central Ave, Albany, NY 12206
Cost: $17.00
Hosted by songwriter, roots scholar and multi-instrumentalist Michael Eck with special guest performer JD Wilkes Many people play roots music, but few modern musicians live those roots like Minnesota's Charlie Parr. Recording since the earliest days of the 21st century, Parr's heartfelt and plaintive original folk blues and traditional spirituals don't strive for authenticity: They are authentic. The American Roots Series at The Linda traces our musical family tree back to the source. The program, hosted by songwriter, roots scholar and multi-instrumentalist Michael Eck, is an examination of the varied musical styles that make up our country's rich cultural history. In simple terms, roots music, a phrase coined in the mid-90s, is a catch-all reference for new sounds derived from old styles; for music handed down from generation to generation. Blues, country, gospel, jazz and early rock & roll qualify as branches, with a wider canopy covering Cajun, Zydeco, Tejano and Native American chants and dances. Like its close relative "folk music," which was popularized by such greats as Bob Dylan, Woody Guthrie and Phil Ochs, roots music tells stories of the "hopes, sorrows and convictions of ordinary people's everyday lives." Charlie Parr It's the music of a self-taught guitarist and banjo player who grew up without a TV but with his dad's recordings of America's musical founding fathers, including Charley Patton and Lightnin' Hopkins, Woody Guthrie and Leadbelly. With his long scraggly hair, fathertime beard, thrift-store workingman's flannel and jeans, and emphatic, throaty voice, Parr looks and sounds like he would have fit right into Harry Smith's "Anthology of American Folk Music."
When: Fri, Mar 27, 2015 at 8:00 PM
Where: The Linda - WAMC's Performing Arts Center, 339 Central Ave, Albany, NY 12206
Cost: $18
Northeast meets Northwest as Portland's Foghorn Stringband joins Albany's Jim Gaudet and The Railroad Boys for an evening of great music with special guest Sara Milonovich. Foghorn Stringband continues to stand out as the shining gold standard for American Stringband music known for "reaching into the heart of the songs, pulling out the deep emotions that made them so enduring in the first place." Combined with Jim Gaudet and The Railroad Boys penchant for creating one big "down home" family every time they play offering hard driving mountain music, personal vocals and contemporary songwriting this is one evening you don't want to miss.
When: Sat, Apr 18, 2015 at 8:00 PM
Where: The Linda - WAMC's Performing Arts Center, 339 Central Ave, Albany, NY 12206
Cost: $15.00
If I Could Change One Thing Tour Despite his relatively young age, MPress recording artist Seth Glier is a seasoned troubadour. A singer-songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist who averages over 250 live performances annually, Seth has gone from opening act to headlining his own shows and playing major festivals. He's shared the stage with artists as diverse as James Taylor, Ani DiFranco, Edwin McCain, Martin Sexton, Emmylou Harris and Ryan Adams, and has quickly become known for his passionate live sets and powerful command of both piano and guitar. His music has also caught the ears of fans, industry and critics alike, with USA Today stating that his "exquisite tenor echoes Bruce Springsteen and Billy Joel." Building on the acclaim of his Grammy®-nominated sophomore album The Next Right Thing, Glier's subsequent record Things I Should Let You Know landed him his first Daytrotter session, was called "a genuine revelation" by Blurt Magazine, and was praised by M Music & Musicians Magazine for its "shimmering, seductive melodies".
When: Fri, Apr 24, 2015 at 8:00 PM
Where: The Linda - WAMC's Performing Arts Center, 339 Central Ave, Albany, NY 12206
Cost: $20.00
April Verch has never sounded more comfortable in her skin than she does now, in the second decade of her career as an internationally touring Canadian fiddler, step dancer and singer-songwriter. Her ninth album,Bright Like Gold, captures a woman who's fleshed out her identity and is in full command of her gifts, a woman who's grown from a prodigy into an enduring artist -- one of music's most unforgiving public transitions -- with grace and grit to spare. The April Verch Band -- rounded out by bassist and clawhammer banjo player Cody Walters and guitarist Hayes Griffin, who has a Masters in jazz improv from the New England Conservatory -- is an energetic, virtuosic, tradition-celebrating outfit, not to mention one that's not soon forgotten when they depart the stage. It doesn't hurt that the thrilling grand finale involves Verch fiddling and step dancing -- and often executing two entirely different intricate rhythmic patterns -- at once.

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