this is it. The last hurrah for Destiny’s Child. To play
on the title of their breakout (and best) album, the writing
was on the wall when lead singer Beyoncé Knowles conquered
the pop universe with her solo debut. And even if their
latest and final release, Destiny Fulfilled, is mostly
underwhelming, that has absolutely nothing to do with their
live performance tonight at the Pepsi, which will, no doubt,
be a genuine show-biz spectacular.
Plus, you have to admit, whether you like her or not, Beyoncé
could sing the phone book and make it compelling.
Something to look for: It will be interesting to see if
they can top the back-to-back pairing of a gospel medley
with “Bootylicious,” via an odd dance interlude, which was
the, um, ironic highlight of their last visit, on the TRL
tour. (You remember, the show at which opener Jessica Simpson
busted out of her pants, and had to change into her mom’s
jeans for the rest of her performance.)
Also on the bill are three easy to remember one-name acts:
Mario, Amerie (of the ubiquitous hit “1 Thing”) and Tyra.
Destiny’s Child will perform tonight (Thursday, July 28)
at 7:30 PM at the Pepsi Arena (51 S. Pearl St., Albany).
Tickets range from $75 to $39.50. For reservations and information,
Swedish Royal Court dancer, Madeleine Onne, formed the dance
company Stockholm/59°North in 1997; in August, they did
their first-ever residency at our region’s jewel of dance,
Jacob’s Pillow. The company is a group of soloists from
the Royal Swedish Ballet who have committed themselves to
presenting first-class modern dance—deeply rooted in a centuries-old
classical tradition—to the world. In their eight years as
a company, Stockholm/59°North has garnered some very high
praise from the world of dance critics. Even our own Times
Union has called them “the classiest Swedish import
Beginning Wednesday, Stockholm/59°North will present a program
of inventive choreography by Mats Ek, Jorma Elo, and Kenneth
Kvarnström, featuring In My Dream Team, Pas de
danse, Morning Ground, Come Out, and Carmen!?.
Stockholm/59°North will perform at Jacob’s Pillow beginning
Wednesday (Aug. 3) through Aug. 6 at 8 PM; and Aug. 6 and
7 at 2 PM. Tickets are $50, $45 for seniors, children and
students. To order tickets, call the Pillow at (413) 243-0745.
Garcia: A Visual Journey
hard to believe, but onetime Grateful Dead singer-guitarist
Jerry Garcia has been dead for a full 10 years now. Even
harder to believe is that he began his very lucrative career
as a painter after his death. It’s true: He faked
his own death—the only feasible means of extricating himself
from prior band commitments—in ’95 so he could pursue his
lifelong dream of selling $55 tie-dyed neckties to aging
baby boomers. Far out, man.
Alright, don’t get too excited—we’re making that up. Jerry’s
long gone and not coming back, and there’s not much our
considerable imagination can do about it. But one
of his legacies lives on in the exhibit Jerry Garcia:
A Visual Journey, which will visit our area this weekend.
It’s the largest nationally touring collection of Garcia’s
visual-art works, including a never-before-seen (at least
not in these parts) watercolor. We’re stoked, dude.
Garcia: A Visual Journey will be on display at the Century
House (997 New Loudon Road, Latham) this Saturday and Sunday
(July 30-31). Hours are 10 AM-10 PM on Saturday, and 10
AM-6 PM on Sunday. Admission is free and open to the public,
and all works are for sale, although we imagine you’ll need
some pretty deep pockets if you want to break off a piece
of the legend. Bummer.