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Photo: Christopher Battles
Photo: Christopher Battles

Christopher Battles: out of the classroom, into the night life

Over the last few months, singer/songwriter Christopher Battles has shared his musical journey via audio postcards. The twenty-something is hoping to make his mark as an acoustic musician in New York City. We've heard occasional stories of his new life -- the pressures, emotional highs and lows and what it's like for an upstate troubadour in the big city.

Battles grew up in Oswego, graduated from the Crane School of Music and now lives in Brooklyn. He studied percussion and music education at Crane. Recently, he took us into the classroom as a substitute teacher. In this next segment, he says sometimes life is an endless stream of teaching at a variety of schools around the city, takeout for dinner and then off to a gig at an "open mic night" or coffee house.  Go to full article

Christopher Battles: music in the classroom

Musician Christopher Battles is hoping to make his mark as an acoustic singer/songwriter in New York City.

Over the last few months, Christopher Battles has shared his musical journey via audio postcards. We've heard occasional stories of his new life -- the pressures, emotional highs and lows and what it's like for an upstate troubadour in the big city.

Christopher grew up in Oswego, graduated from the Crane School of Music last year and now lives in New York City. He studied percussion and music education at Crane, and when he's not performing his brand of folk music on the street, subway platform or the stage of a coffee house, he's a substitute teacher.  Go to full article
New York City's East River viewed from Roosevelt Island, 2 p.m. on Monday, October 29. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/marklyon/">Mark Lyon</a>, CC <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/2.0/deed.en">some rights reserved</a>
New York City's East River viewed from Roosevelt Island, 2 p.m. on Monday, October 29. Photo: Mark Lyon, CC some rights reserved

Hurricane Sandy: why don't some people heed weather warnings?

During Governor Cuomo's briefing on Hurricane Sandy Monday morning, he emphasized the need for people in evacuation areas to leave when they're advised to.

But, with memories of overblown predictions for Hurricane Irene's impact on the New York City area last year, some people still aren't taking the weather that seriously.  Go to full article
Christopher Battles
Christopher Battles

Christopher Battles: busking among the subway trains

Musician Christopher Battles is hoping to make his mark as an acoustic singer/songwriter in the big city. He grew up in Oswego, graduated from the Crane School of Music last spring and now lives in New York City. He studied percussion and music education at Crane, and when he's not performing on the street or the stage at a coffee house, he's a substitute band teacher.

In the coming months, Christopher Battles will share his musical journey via audio postcards. We'll hear occasional stories of his new life -- the pressures, emotional highs and lows and what it's like for an upstate troubadour in the big city.

Earlier this summer, he released his first solo EP recording, titled Miles upon Miles. Not quite a single and not quite an album, EPs are usually an artist's debut recording and contain just a few musical tracks.

Battles takes new music and familiar favorites along while busking (street performing) at subway stops. For many musicians, busking is the showbiz equivalent of an entry-level job.  Go to full article
Christopher Battles
Christopher Battles

Christopher Battles, chasing his musical dream

New York City has always held a special place in the American imagination. For generations, it has inspired more than its fair share of musical dreams.

Musician Christopher Battles is hoping to make his mark as an acoustic singer/songwriter. He graduated from the Crane School of Music last spring and moved from his upstate hometown -- Oswego -- to New York City. He studied percussion and music education at Crane, and when he's not busking at a subway stop or on stage at a coffee house, he's a substitute band teacher.

Next Saturday, he'll release his first solo EP recording, titled Miles upon Miles. Not quite a single and not quite an album, EPs are usually an artist's debut recording and contain just a few musical tracks.

In the coming months, Christopher Battles has agreed to share his musical journey via audio postcards. We'll hear occasional stories of his new life -- the pressures, emotional highs and lows and what it's like for an upstate troubadour in the big city.  Go to full article

Champlain powerline gets OK from green groups

The company that hopes to run a $2-billion underwater electric line from Quebec to New York City says it has reached an agreement with some of the environmental groups that had raised concerns about the project.

Donald Jessome, head of TDI, says the deal was reached after 15 months of closed-door negotiations and will shape how the underwater line is laid under Lake Champlain and the Hudson River.  Go to full article

"The Bus" moves to off-Broadway

In 2006, Burlington writer James Lantz's first play, The Bus, was a surprise hit. The play, about two boys who pursue a forbidden relationship late at night in a church bus, drew crowds and glowing reviews. It's set in a small town and deals with gay teens, sexuality, religion and homophobia. An off-Broadway theater is giving Lantz an opportunity to present his play to big city audiences this fall.

James Lantz has written three other plays, including American Machine, which was a co-commissioned project of The Flynn Center for the Performing Arts. As an award-winning filmmaker, he has produced, written and directed over 200 commercial films, videos and live events. Todd Moe spoke with him about The Bus and its off-Broadway debut in October.  Go to full article

New Hyde Collection show features urban life

The Hyde Collection, in Glens Falls, opens its major summer exhibition Friday evening. The art show, titled "New York, New York! The 20th Century", runs through mid-September and features more than 60 paintings, photographs and sculptures that capture life in New York City from 1889 to 2009. It includes works by Edward Hopper, George Bellows, Stuart Davis, Diane Arbus, Berenice Abbott and Rube Goldberg. Hyde Executive Director David Setford told Todd Moe that the new exhibit examines the metropolis and "the human interaction within".  Go to full article
Frankenpine's newest CD
Frankenpine's newest CD

Frankenpine: old-time bluegrass with a modern twist

To most of us, a frankenpine is a cell phone tower trying to pass itself off a a pine tree. But for an increasing number of music fans in New York City and the North Country, Frankpenpine is an acoustic string band with a unique sound and some strong ties to the Adirondacks.

As part of our week-long series looking at the culture and business of the region's music industry, Joel Hurd has this profile.  Go to full article
If we don't fix the state, we're going be right up here next year with an even worse situation...

NYC mayors ask for money, but offer savings

Mayors from around New York asked for more money from the state legislature at a joint fiscal budget committee at the capital yesterday. The mayors, who say they know the state has a huge deficit, also offer some ideas to help cities save money, and rely less on state aid. In Albany, Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

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