26-year-old singer-songwriter has been a popular constant
on the Manhattan club scene for a while, but since releasing
his 2003 debut for J Records, Chariot (which recently
went platinum), Gavin DeGraw—or more specifically, his single
“I Don’t Wanna Be”—has been all over the Top 40 charts and
overplayed on a multitude of radio stations. DeGraw, who
was born and raised in the Catskills, has been roadtesting
some of the 60 new songs that he’s written for his sophomore
album during this fall’s tour. Among the new titles, apparently,
are “Sometimes You Need a Couple Drinks to Fall in Love”
and “Medicate the Kids,” so it seems the artist will address
all sorts of issues with his new release. We’ll find out
soon enough: Rumor has it that DeGraw’s new album is expected
out next year.
At the end of September, DeGraw had to cancel a date due
to exhaustion caused by his demanding touring schedule,
but we’re hoping he’ll simply be good and melancholy for
his Clifton Park performance. Gavin DeGraw will perform
at Northern Lights (1208 Route 146, Clifton Park) tonight
(Thursday, Oct. 27) at 7 PM. Tickets are $25. For more information,
call the club at 371-0012.
might think that a 17th-century French comedy wouldn’t be
particularly interesting, or fun. Well, the general consensus
is that you would be wrong.
Playwright Tony Kushner (Angels in America) authored
this adaptation of Pierre Corneille’s L’Illusion Comique,
which is making its regional debut at Stageworks/Hudson
beginning Wednesday (Nov. 2). The story concerns a man who
goes to a sorcerer to find out what happened to the son
he banished 15 years before. The sorcerer conjures up images
of the son’s adventures, episodes that reveal unexpected
(and very funny) truths about both father and son. As The
New York Times wrote, The Illusion is “a wise
and merry piece of magic that captures the soul of Corneille’s
play and the imagination of its audiences.”
Illusion, directed by Laura Margolis, opens Wednesday
(Nov. 2) and continues through Nov. 20 at Stageworks/Hudson
(41A Cross St., Hudson). Shows are Wednesdays and Thursdays
at 7:30 PM, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 PM and Sunday matinees
at 2 PM. (There’s a special Saturday matinee at 3 PM on
Nov. 19.) For tickets and information, call 822-9667.
Museum Fifth Anniversary
things were expected when Skidmore College opened the Frances
Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery five years ago.
The Tang delivered, with internationally renowned artists
like Kara Walker and Lee Boroson (pictured: Outer Limit,
2005) and innovative multimedia programming. This weekend,
the Tang marks its anniversary with a symposium, reception
and a family day.
symposium, Art as Public Space, begins Saturday with coffee
at 9 AM, and continues into the afternoon. There will be
discussions with artists Kathy Butterly, Nina Katchadourian
and Martin Kersels, Nayland Blake and Julia Jacquette, and
Mel Ziegler; the final roundtable will include all of the
aforementioned, plus the Tang’s Ian Berry. Museum admission
is free, as usual, but preregistration—and $10—is needed
for the symposium.
The reception is Saturday evening at 7 PM, and will feature
a performance by sound artist Pamela Z.
day (Sunday) begins at 12:30 PM with “pumpkin carving as
an art.” There’s a come-as-your-favorite artist or artwork
contest at 2 PM, music at 4 PM, hourly gallery tours and
refreshments all day long.
The Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery (Skidmore College,
815 N. Broadway, Saratoga Springs) celebrates its fifth
anniversary this Saturday and Sunday (Oct. 29-30). For more
info, call 580-8080.