know the formula: Take a bunch of California greaser-punks,
sprinkle liberally with 1950s rockabilly and a hint of outlaw
country, and voila, you have yourself Social Distortion.
Hard to believe, but Mike Ness and company have been a band
for 25 years now. The recently released Sex, Love and
Rock ‘n’ Roll is their first album in almost nine years,
and their first since the death of founding member Dennis
Danell. But that doesn’t mean they’ve gotten all “Tears
in Heaven” or anything: Ness’ lyrics may be more introspective
than they have been in the past, but that signature snarl
and those buzzsaw guitars are the same as ever. So, if you’re
a fan of “Ball and Chain” and “Bad Luck,” you’re bound to
warm up to new tunes like “Reach for the Sky” and “Nickels
and Dimes” right quick.
Social Distortion will make their return this Monday (May
16) at Northern Lights (1208 Route 146, Clifton Park). The
Eyeliners and Lost City Angels will open the 7 PM show.
Tickets are $25, and can be purchased through TicketMaster
or from the Northern Lights box office (371-0012).
Tour de Sol
will be quite the influx of green automobiles this weekend
in and around the Capital Region, as the 2005 Tour de Sol
rolls into town. Of course, when we say green, we
mean “environmentally friendly,” but we probably didn’t
need to tell you that.
The centerpiece of the event is the Tour de Sol championship
(beginning Saturday), in which students, individuals, and
corporations design vehicles “that approach zero carbon
emissions and use renewable fuels.” (For reference, the
2003 winner was a battery-electric-powered 1994 Geo Metro
that got an equivalent of 202 miles per gallon and ran for
nearly 70 miles.) Other highlights include a Monte Carlo-style
rally and 100-mpg challenge, taking place at Saratoga Auto
Museum’s Spring Auto Show at the Saratoga Spa State Park
on Saturday (May 14), and an auto show, featuring the competition
winners, on Monday (May 16) at the Empire State Plaza. Representatives
from Ford, Toyota, and Lexus will also be on hand this weekend
to unveil their new fuel-efficient SUVs. We’ll believe it
when we see it.
Information on all area Tour de Sol events, including times
and locations, is available at www.tourdesol.org. You may
also contact the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association
at (413) 774-6051.
of the Edwood Film Festival
know who Ed Wood was, right? Nice guy. Nicer sweaters. Made
no-budget horror and smut flicks from the 1950s to the ’70s.
we’ve taken care of that. Now, for the film fest named for
him. The only problem with previous editions of the Edwood
Film Festival was size—the venues just weren’t big enough.
Well, the Best of the Edwood Film Festival is being held
on Saturday evening in a hall big enough for the this kind
of big cinema: the WAMC Performing Arts Studio, aka the
Linda Norris Auditorium, aka Chartock’s Shack for Old-School
Folkies. (OK, we made the last one up.)
This will be fun, folks. Some of us have attended these
things before; some of us have even served as festival judges.
The point is, there are some excellent films on the program,
including Men’s Room Etiquette, Adventure on Tiki
Island, Les Boogie and, a particular crowd-pleaser,
the George Romero-meets-David Lean-meets-Bo and Luke Duke
zombie epic Lawrence of Zombania.
And, if that’s not enough, some Icelandic musicians will
be performing movie themes between pictures. Good times.
The Best of the Edwood Film Festival will be held on Saturday
(May 14) at 7 PM at the WAMC Performing Arts Studio (339
Central Ave., Albany). Tickets are $10. For more information,
call 465-5233 ext. 4.