Wynn and the Miracle 3
last time Steve Wynn and the Miracle 3 came through town,
they performed the landmark Dream Syndicate Days of Wine
and Roses album in its entirety, in front of an audience
small enough that they could have fit inside the band’s
van . . . with the band already inside . . . and all of
their gear . . . and an entire NBA team. We’re exaggerating
a little—OK, a lot—but seriously, people need to represent
’round here. When a songwriter of Wynn’s quality hitches
his wagon at Valentine’s and nobody shows up, it’s a wonder
they don’t swear us off altogether.
To add some extra punch to the bill, the Silos will make
their first area appearance in quite some time. Their When
the Telephone Rings was among the top Americana releases
of last year, and one of the best of the band’s long career.
Odds are you’ll never get a shot at catching at a bill like
this again. We’re not joking.
Steve Wynn and the Miracle 3, and the Silos, will perform
at Valentine’s (17 New Scotland Ave., Albany) tomorrow (Friday,
Jan. 21). Tickets for the 7:30 PM show are $8, and can be
purchased at the club. For more information, call 432-6572.
Walk in the Woods, Times Like These
it’s really gotten far too depressing to think about politics
in its current American manifestation, we’ll propose an
alternative to sitting around the house fearing what will
happen when we saddle up and go all cowboy on Iran or Syria
or Canada or Northampton, or wherever. Don’t worry, we’re
not advising the bury-your-head-in-the-sand approach. Instead,
we suggest you take in one, or both, of the plays currently
being offered in rotating rep by Capital Repertory, and
get a bit of dramatic historical perspective.
Walk in the Woods tells the story of two diplomats—an
American and a Russian—engaged in Cold War-era arms-reductions
talks. The pair’s differing temperaments, as much as their
specific political agendas, make for slow going at the bargaining
table; but on one of many titular walks in the woods, the
two find they have more in common and more similar goals
than was at first apparent. Hmm, humanity? Hmm, diplomacy?
In Times Like These, the real-life story of two married
actors in Hitler’s Berlin is dramatized. The celebrated
duo find their livelihood and their relationship—not to
mention their safety—threatened as the wife, a Jew, falls
from favor while, at the same time, her Aryan husband experiences
a meteoric surge in popularity. In 2003, the play was named
the L.A. Drama Critics’ Circle Best Play. Remember, those
who forget history’s lessons, and all that.
The plays continue at Capital Repertory Theatre (111 N.
Pearl St., Albany) through Feb. 20. Tickets are $31-$39.
For specific show times or more information, call 445-7469.
Thin Edge of Fate
Ed Smith is the sole artist in the new show at the Lake
George Arts Project. In an exhibit called The Thin Edge
of Fate; Tragedy and Redemption: Works on Paper by Ed Smith,
Smith has works grouped together under series titles; one,
titled The White Suite, includes etchings that depict
hooded figures that look like they are going to perform
gruesome acts. Another, Disaster Suite, shows burning
buildings. A third, Attention Drawings, suggests
rebellion. Many of his works are preludes to his sculptures,
but Smith says of drawing, “What I like best is the clarity
of it all. It is you and the idea, with the barest means
between the two.” Smith also has exhibited in prestigious
museums like the Queens Museum, Hollywood Art and Cultural
Center, and Katharine Rich Perlow Gallery.
Thin Edge of Fate will open at the Lake George Arts
Project (1 Amherst St., Lake George) on Saturday (Jan. 22)
and run through March 4. There will be a gallery talk with
the artist on Saturday at 3:30 PM with a reception to follow
from 4 to 6 PM. For more information, call the gallery at