you were to travel to London, specifically 221B Baker St.,
on almost any given day you’d find a line trailing out the
front door and down the block. Year after year, folks patiently
stand in line to view the home of the famous detective Sherlock
Holmes. (Never mind that the preeminent snoop is, remember,
completely fictive, and a fan could just as easily comb
Arthur Conan Doyle’s books for reference and then reproduce
Holmes’ sitting room in their garage.) People, it is clear,
can’t get enough of Holmes: The franchise is still going
strong 75 years after its originator’s death. And one of
the more successful franchisees is the New York State Theater
Institute’s own Ed. Lange, author of two plays about the
Lange’s first play about Holmes, the Audie Award-winning
Sherlock’s Secret Life, explored the young lives
of the detective and his faithful assistant, Watson. So,
it’s a logical progression to follow up with them at the
other end of life: In Lange’s newest mystery comedy, Sherlock’s
Legacy, he revisits the duo during their retirement
years. Apparently, Holmes has allowed himself to grow a
little complacent, until a mysterious young woman turns
up and gets him back on the job.
Legacy opens at the Schacht Fine Arts Center (Russell
Sage College, Troy) on Saturday (April 23) and plays through
May 7. Tickets are $20, $16 students/seniors, $12 for children
12 and under. For show times or more information, call 274-3200.
Albany Word Fest
become something of a spring tradition around these parts,
this thing we call the Albany Word Fest. Every year, right
about this time, some of our area’s fine word- loving folk
don the traditional poet’s garb—berets, blazers, chain mail,
and what not—and gather in the worn cobblestone streets
of Albany’s Center Square neighborhood to terrorize unsuspecting
passersby with The Spoken Word. (Spooky!) After three full
days of howling like rabid wolves at everyone who crosses
their path, they quietly return to their lairs, where they
will enter into an inert state, not unlike hibernation—that
is, unless they see their shadows, in which case we’re sentenced
to six more weeks of winter.
But seriously folks—what, you actually bought all that?—this
year’s Albany Word Fest is a two-day event (up from last
year’s paltry one), spanning four venues and about six city
blocks. The event gets an unofficial kickoff tonight (April
21) at the Lark Street Bookshop’s (215 Lark St.) monthly
poetry open mic featuring Amy Ouzoonian, beginning at 7
PM. (There is a suggested donation of $3.) The real festivities
get rolling tomorrow (Friday, April 22) with a kick-off
cocktail party at the Lark Tavern (453 Madison Ave.) from
5 to 7 PM. (That’s free.) The horde will move to Firlefanz
Gallery (292 Lark St.) at 7 PM for the crowd-participation
portion of the event: the 2005 Albany Word Fest Open Mic.
(Again, a $3 donation is suggested.)
Saturday’s events kick off with a free high-school open
mic at the Lark Street Bookshop from 1 to 4 PM. Students
are invited to come share their poetry; all participants
will have their work published in an upcoming anthology.
Then, at 7 PM, the focus shifts to Valentine’s (17 New Scotland
Ave.) for Psycho Cluster Fuck ’05, a poetry and music event
featuring the likes of, well, too many to mention. Lots
of poets, lots of musicians, and lots of booze. We expect
it will be exactly what the name implies. Admission is $7.
We’re surely missing something here, so to get the full
scoop on the 2005 Albany Word Fest, check out www.albanypoets.com.
to the Cleveland Scene, Ohio-based Chimaira have
recorded a mess of tracks for their next album that are
“heavy enough to chip concrete.”
That’s saying something. (Maybe this cement-cracking heaviness
has something to do with new drummer Kevin Talley, ex-Dying
Fetus.) Their last disc, 2003’s The Impossibility of
Reason, was plenty heavy; it racked up impressive sales
and was supported by momentum-building tours of exotic locales
like the Midwest, Japan and Australia. This summer they’ll
be part of the Sound of the Underground tour, alongside,
among others, Clutch and Poison the Well.
More immediately, however, Chimaira will bring the heaviness
to Saratoga Winners tomorrow (Friday). Also on the bill:
E-Town Concrete, Trivium, Stemm and the Killing.
Chimaira will perform tomorrow (Friday, April 22) at 7:30
PM at Saratoga Winners (Route 9, Latham). Tickets are $12
advance (er, today) and $14 on the day of the show (er,
tomorrow). For more info, call 783-1010.