Riverfront Jazz Festival
4th annual Riverfront Jazz Fest is upon us, and what a lineup
we see! The schedule of music goes like this: At noon, it’s
local heroes the Brian Patneaude Quintet (Patneaude has
been at the top of area Best Of lists for years now); at
1 PM, check out the J Street Jumpers, a jump blues band
who combine “the swing of Count Basie, the beat of Buddy
Johnson, the New Orleans lilt of Fats Domino, and the passion
of Dinah Washington.”
Then come the stars: At 2:15 PM, the legendary saxophonist
David “Fathead” Newman will take the stage (Newman also
just came out with a CD called I Remember Brother Ray,
a tribute to his friend Ray Charles); at 3:45, Grammy-award
nominated Kurt Elling will do his scat-vocalese thing; and
at 5:15 PM, Tony Award- and Grammy Award-winner Dee Dee
Bridgewater (pictured)—whose new album, J’ai Deux Amours,
arrives in stores Tuesday—will round out the day.
Beyond music, the fest will include food and beverages and
children’s activities like face painting, a balloon artist
The 4th Annual Albany Riverfront Jazz Festival will take
place on Saturday (Sept. 10) at the Albany Riverfront Park
at the Corning Preserve, Albany, from noon until 6:30 PM.
The event is free. For more information, call 434-2032 or
new exhibit to celebrate more than half the population (read:
women) will open this weekend at Time and Space Limited
in Hudson. TSL cofounder Linda Mussman has curated this
show to serve as a reminder to the public that women’s rights
and equality are not dead issues; as the TSL exhibition
statement points out, women still are the minority when
it comes to running the government, and still do not receive
equal pay for equal work. The show will include works like
quilts, notebooks, diaries, dolls, photographs, paintings,
installations and more; artists include Mussman and cofounding
partner Claudia Bruce, Nora Adelman, Kim Barke, Emma Bardes,
Dina Bursztyn (whose Totem to Ward Off Homophobia
is pictured), Jane Gennero, Barbars Slate Comics and many
opening reception for Women’s Work will be Saturday
(Sept. 10) from 6 to 8 PM at Time and Space Limited (434
Columbia St., Hudson). The show will continue through Oct.
9. For more information, call 822-8448.
Holmes and the West End Horror
Sherlock Holmes and the West End Horror, everyone’s
favorite deerstalker-bedecked detective is on the trail
of the killer of a theater critic. OK, now it’s the cynics
turn to quip away: “Why bother?” they might ask sarcastically.
“What, to congratulate him?” they might quip. “Encore,”
they might jibe.
Ladies and gentlemen, please. Critics are people, too—and
some of our best friends are critics, so we’re almost 100
percent certain about that. But if by some cruel twist of
character you’re less than enthusiastic about seeing a criticidal
maniac brought to justice, there are other things to commend
Albany Civic Theater’s current production: In the course
of his investigation, Holmes (and, of course, Watson) encounter
a number of 19th-century London’s theatrical/literary luminaries:
George Bernard Shaw, Gilbert and Sullivan, Oscar Wilde and
Bram Stoker among them.
Albany Civic Theater (235 Second Ave., Albany) presents
Sherlock Holmes and the West End Horror beginning
tomorrow (Friday, Sept. 9), and running through Sept. 25.
Tickets are $12. For more information, call 462-1297.