The Sanctuary for Independent Media kicks off their Fall 2015 season


TROY, N.Y. (NEWS10) —  This season’s exhibitions at the Sanctuary for Independent Media features musical performances, films, speakers, workshops and a new gallery show.

Highlights include musical performances by folk powerhouse Jayme Stone, jazz artists Satoko Fujii and Tani Tabbal, screenings of films by Jon Bowermaster, Nick Berardini, Lyric Cabral, and David Felix Sutcliffe, as well as an event on regional resistance to fracking.

The Sanctuary for Independent Media is located at 3361 6th Avenue in North Troy.




Fall 2015 Season


Moving Heaven and Earth

Friday, October 30 at 7 p.m.

An evening of local 518 roots music to benefit radio station WOOC, featuring J.V. & the Cutters playing original blues; the Heavenly Echoes performing traditional gospel songs; and the Agape Blues Company with their unique gospel blues fusion.

Construction of the non-commercial, community radio station at 105.3 FM that will serve the Capital Region with studios in The Sanctuary for Independent Media is almost complete!



Jayme Stone’s Lomax Project ($20)

Thursday, November 5 at 7 p.m.

Focusing on songs collected by folklorist and field recording pioneer Alan Lomax, this collaboration brings together some of North America’s most distinctive and creative roots musicians to recycle, re-imagine and recast traditional music.



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Tani Tabbal Trio ($10)

Saturday November, 7 at 7 p.m.

Hudson Valley percussionist Tabbal’s love of avant-garde and traditional jazz with world rhythms creates dynamic new music, with Albany’s Adam Siegel on alto sax, and Troy native Michael Bisio on bass.




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The New Bread Basket with Author Amy Halloran

Thursday, November 12 at 7 p.m.

The New Bread Basket: How the New Crop of Grain Growers, Plant Breeders, Millers, Maltsters, Bakers, Brewers, and Local Food Activists Are Redefining Our Daily Loaf (Chelsea Green 2015) is the culmination of years of research into the regional grain movement, marrying Amy’s love of pancakes and activism!


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Resisting Fracking Infrastructure with Filmmaker Jon Bowermaster

Wednesday, November 18 at 7 p.m.

  • 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Community Skillshare with a 5 p.m. gallery opening
  • 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Community Potluck

The award-winning filmmaker mixes media and activism to explore key threats to the regional environment, from the “bomb trains” in Albany, to the Kinder Morgan pipeline planned across the state, to the proposal to dump obsolete tank cars in the Adirondacks.

Sponsored by iEAR Presents!, RPI School of HASS.



Satoko Fujii and Tobira ($15)

Saturday, November 21 at 7 p.m.

Pianist, composer, improviser and overall whirlwind Satoko Fujii leads a quartet featuring bassist Todd Nicholson, percussionist Takashi Itani and trumpeter Natsuki Tamura in support of the acclaimed new Libra Records release Yamiyo Ni Karasu.




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“(T)ERROR” with Filmmakers Lyric Cabral and David Felix Sutcliffe

Thursday, December 3 at 7 p.m.

A counterterrorism informant takes on what he swears is his last job for the FBI and invites filmmakers to follow his covert efforts to befriend a suspected jihadist—without informing his superiors. “(T)ERROR” explores how far we are going to prevent terror and exactly what liberties we are sacrificing to get there.

Sponsored by iEAR Presents!, RPI School of Hass.


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“Killing Them Safely” with Director Nick Berardini

Wednesday, December 16 at 7 p.m.

The story behind TASER International, the only manufacturer of TASERs for law enforcement, and its founding brothers Rick and Tom Smith. Young entrepreneurs looking for an alternative to guns, the Smith brothers ended up revolutionizing law enforcement by perfecting a weapon that was promised to be both 100% safe and effective. Yet, as Rick and Tom’s wealth and influence grow, the consequences of this new way of policing force them to reconcile their success with the path they took to get there.

Sponsored by iEAR Presents!, RPI School of HASS




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Fourth Annual North Troy Peace and Justice Holiday Celebration

Saturday, December 19 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Free arts activities, a coat give-away, Toys for Tots, the Troy Bike Rescue bike gift-away, and, back by popular demand, free portraits for families in the North Troy area by internationally recognized photographer Brenda Ann Kenneally!



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