in the day (Feb. 26, 2004, to be exact), Albany Underground
Artists cofounder Chip Fasciana was quoted in these very
pages as saying, with frustration, that conventional art
venues like the Albany Institute of History and Art are
“not going to show any local artists” [“Everything’s Happy
Underground”]. However, more than a year later, and after
a half-dozen underground one-night-only art openings (not
to mention a ton of promotion and organization on the parts
of Fasciana and fellow AUA cofounder, Tommy Watkins), this
scene will now come above ground—somewhat. The Albany Institute
of History and Art will play host to the organization’s
new show, aptly named—you guessed it—The Institute Show.
It will be a four-day-long exhibit, highlighting about 70
works by local and regional artists.
In many ways, it seems that the original goal of the AUA—to
build and support the local arts community—has not only
been reached, but surpassed.
The Institute Show will open tonight (Thursday, Sept. 15)
at the Albany Institute of History and Art (125 Washington
Ave., Albany) with a reception from 6 to 9 PM. The exhibit
will be up at the institute through Sept. 21 (note, though,
that the museum is closed Sept. 19-20). For more information,
call 463-4478 or visit www.albanyinstitute.org. To learn
more about the Albany Underground Artists, visit their Web
site at www.albanyunder groundartists.com.
adieu to summer with this annual Lark Street jamboree. While
in the past it has rained more often than we’d care to remember,
our Weather God consultant assures us of nothing but sunshine
and blue skies this Saturday (Sept. 17).
Speaking of nothing, that’s what it costs to enjoy all the
fine music that will be presented on three stages all afternoon.
There’s a “hometown” stage, where (among others) MotherJudge
and Dr. Jah and ’70s prog-jazzers Ten 27 will do their respective
things. There’s an FYE stage at the Madison end of Lark
where the headliner will be DVD faves the Dandy Warhols,
and the sub-headliners will include the Icelandic faves
5 Alpha Beatdown. And last, but certainly not least, there’s
the Metroland stage at Washington Avenue end where
the bands will include the Wait, Monkey Gone Mad and Raisinhead.
And let’s not forget the Kidsfest stage near eba on Hudson
Avenue, where jugglers and belly dancers and eba’s Everything
But Anchovies dance theater will entertain from noon to
You can also bet that your favorite craft and food vendors
will be selling crafts and food, alongside the many fine
Lark Street restaurants that will be open and ready for
your appetite (and money).
Larkfest 2005 will be held this Saturday (Sept. 17) from
11 AM to 5 PM on Lark Street (Albany). See the Larkfest
special section in this very paper for even tinier details.
Hopped the A Train
Adly Guirgis has been named by The New York Times
one of the best playwrights under 40, and has multiple awards
to buttress this opinion. His play In Arabia We’d All
Be Kings was selected by Time Out New York as
one of the best plays of 1999, and Jesus Hopped the A
Train—which begins its run at Stageworks/Hudson on Wednesday—nabbed
him Edinburgh’s Fringe Festival award and was included in
the anthology Best Plays of 2001. He’s written for
NYPD Blue and The Sopranos, and appeared as
an actor in films such as Todd Solondz’ Palindromes.
Not too bad for a guy who took only one playwriting course
at the University of Albany—and that pass-fail.
who’s been paraphrased describing himself as the worst student
ever, has made the most of his haphazard route. Collaborator
Phillip Seymour Hoffman, who has directed several of Guirgis
productions, goes so far as to say that it’s exactly this
untraditional education that allows Guirgis his power. Hoffman
points out that Guirgis never learned the rules, and therefore—out
of naiveté or genius—is free to break them at will. And
it’s not just the playwright’s friends who praise him so.
The Times describes Jesus—the story of a 30-year-old
bike messenger jailed for shooting a cult leader responsible
for “brainwashing” his friend—as “firebreathing.”
Hopped the A Train opens at Stageworks/Hudson (41 Cross
St., Hudson) on Wednesday (Sept. 21), and runs through Oct.
9. Tickets are $11-$27. For more information, call 822-9667.