Winterfresh Snocore Tour is into its 10th year as an entity.
A lot has changed since its inception—for one thing, tour-founding
band Sublime pretty much came and went within the first
year. The tour routing is a bit different these days, too—that
first tour featured a dozen shows, all staged in ski-resort
towns, so the bands and managers could “go snowboarding
and skiing for free.” This year, there are 38 dates in decidedly
nonresort towns like . . . well, Clifton Park. The music,
however, has experienced the biggest change. Not just a
musical-trend-related shift, the tour’s aesthetic has gone
from mixing rock and reggae bands to embracing full-on heaviness.
This year’s package features five of modern-rock’s biggest
little names: Chevelle, Helmet, Crossfade, Future Leaders
of the World, and Strata.
Parenthetically enthusiastic headliners Chevelle currently
are riding a wave of popularity thanks to “Vitamin R (Leading
Us Along),” the lead single from their second album, This
Type of Thinking (Could Do Us In). Their moody plod-rock,
which owes more to Tool than it does to Creed (a good thing),
helped push their album to gold status within the first
six weeks of its release (pretty darn quick for a rock act).
They might want to watch their backs, though, as Crossfade’s
“Cold” was among the most-played singles on rock radio in
2004. Meanwhile, Helmet (pictured)—one of the biggest heavy
acts of the early ’90s—are touring in support of Size
Matters, their first album of new material in seven
The Winterfresh Snocore Tour will invade Northern Lights
(1408 Route 146, Clifton Park) on Tuesday (Feb. 22). Tickets
for the 7:30 PM show are $25, and are available through
TicketMaster or the Northern Lights box office (371-0012).
The Three Sisters
a clever end run around a frequent caveat in otherwise favorable
reviews of Brian Friel’s play Afterplay, the Theater
Company at Hubbard Hall is staging both Friel’s work and
one of its inspirations and sources. The company also will
stage Chekov’s The Three Sisters, from which Friel
has lifted the character of Andrey Prozorov, whom he has
paired with another borrowed Chekhovian creation, Sonya
Serebriakova from Uncle Vanya. The play, which depicts
the now-aged characters as they ponder the collapse of Russia’s
elite and the meaning of the changing world, enchanted reviewers
in England, though it often left them with the desire—or
the need—to revisit the source material. Hubbard Hall has
provided a timely way to do just that.
The Theater Company at Hubbard Hall (25 E. Main St., Cambridge)
will stage Afterplay beginning Saturday (Feb. 19)
and running through March 13; The Three Sisters begins
tomorrow (Friday, Feb. 18) and runs through March 13. Tickets
for Afterplay are $16, $10 students; tickets for
The Three Sisters are $22, $12 students. For more
information, call 677-2495.
performance art, and then there’s performance art with soup.
The soup (and the show) in this case is Nicole Peyrafitte’s
La Garbure Transcontinental, or The Bi-Continental
Chowder, which will presented at Albany’s Firlefanz
Gallery beginning Wednesday. For an hour and a half, Peyrafitte
will showcase her paintings, perform her own songs with
guitarist George Muscatello, do “real-time sound processing
with MAX-MSP-Jitter,” and make soup.
Peyrafitte—in case her name isn’t enough of a clue—is from
France. Interestingly, her hometown of Luchon, in the Pyrenees,
is on the same latitude as her current home, Albany. Hmm.
This curious coincidence inspired her ongoing project Latus,
of which the Bi-Continental Chowder is the latest
work. And yes, at the end of the performance, you get to
taste the soup.
The Bi-Continental Chowder will be presented nightly
from Wednesday through Saturday (Feb. 23-26) at the Firlefanz
Gallery (292 Lark St., Albany). Admission is $10, $6 students.
For more information, call 465-5035.