Jewish Girls Gone Bad
collectors, Nice Jewish Girls Gone Bad is not the
latest Joe Francis production. So, you won’t be able to
add this video to the shelf along with Girls Gone Wild:
Kabul, or whatever. But for those of you with a penchant
for the outrageous, irreverent and risqué, this shouldn’t
be a crushing blow. The Jewish girls coming to Northern
Lights on Wednesday promise all of the above qualities—as
they put it, this “ain’t yo mama’s Fiddler.”
No, an evening of stand-up comedy, spoken word, music and
burlesque performed by “chosen chicks” who got loaded at
their bat mitzvahs and learned to smoke at Hebrew school
is decidedly not our mama’s first choice of entertainments.
We, on the other hand, think this beats Tevye’s grubby dignity
six ways to the Sabbath. Among the performers are Second
City alumna, staples of the New York comedy circuit, burlesque
performers with promising stage names like Miss Delirium
Tremens and Little Brooklyn (she’s built like the bridge,
you see), and Golem, a six-piece klezmer-rock band.
It’s an unusual booking for Northern Lights—which caters
more regularly to the pentagram crowd than the Pentateuch—so
you’d be meshuggenah to miss it.
Girls Gone Bad hits the stage at Northern Lights (1208
Route 146, Clifton Park) on Wednesday (June 16). Tickets
for the 8 PM show are $10. For more information, call the
club at 371-0012.
Jeff Baron’s comic play Visiting Mr. Green, a young
gay executive is handed a curious sentence as punishment
for his reckless driving: After nearly cutting down a retired
dry-cleaner, the eponymous Mr. Green, the leadfoot is charged
with caring for the widower, once a week for six months.
Sounds like a May-December version of The Odd Couple.
It also sounds like something from an old episode of Seinfeld,
which trivial reference only points out how desperately
we need to get out of the house, away from the digital cable,
and ingest some actual culture.
Mr. Green will receive its regional premiere at Curtain
Call Theater (210 Old Loudon Road, Latham) starting Friday
(June 10), running through July 9. For more information,
is a good weekend to chill in Washington Park. On Saturday
(June 11) it’s the annual Lobster Festival, at which you
can gorge yourself on lobster and steak, and listen to great
music by the likes of Alex Torres. And, if you still feel
festive after all this seafood, the Capital District Gay
& Lesbian Community Council is presenting Capital Pride
2005 in the park on Sunday (June 12), with or without George.
Of course, the festivities will begin with the annual pride
parade at 11:30 AM. The route will wend from Sprague Place
in the park down Washington Avenue to Lark, and then over
Lark Street to Madison Avenue, and finally right onto Willet
Street, with a last left on Hudson Avenue into the park—where
the big fun will continue.
There will be food vendors, kids’ activities, music and
general merry-making. The music will be provided by Sirsy
(pictured); look for frontwoman Melanie Krahmer to, as one
Web critic enthusiastically described it, “release emotion
with volume, much to everyone’s delight!” Also performing
will be flamenco guitarist Maria Zemantauski and Celtic
Capital Pride 2005 takes place in Washington Park (Albany)
beginning at 1 PM on Sunday (June 12). For more information,