funny how reputations rise and fall. Films once considered
masterpieces and directors thought geniuses are forgotten
and denigrated as the decades pass. But not Ingmar Bergman:
His reputation is safe and his best films (Smiles of
a Summer Night, Wild Strawberries and Cries
and Whispers, to name three) are still revered.
being screened this weekend at TSL in Hudson, is Bergman’s
final farewell. Yes, Fanny and Alexander,
released 20 years ago, was his first cinematic goodbye;
this time, however, the 87-year-old Swede really means it.
Saraband reunites the characters and actors (Erland
Josephson and Liv Ullman, pictured) from 1972’s Scenes
From a Marriage for a reunion.
As this is Bergman, this doesn’t mean party time; it’s another
“lacerating family drama,” as noted by the Village Voice.
In other words, this is a can’t-miss film.
will be shown tomorrow (Friday, Nov. 4) at 7:30 PM and Sunday
(Nov. 6) at 5 PM at Time & Space Limited (434 Columbia
St., Hudson). There will be an additional screening on Nov.
12 at 8:15 PM. Tickets are $6, $4 for TSL members. For more
info, call 822-8448.
Bach & Peter Schickele
we thought it would be impossible for Peter Schickele and
P.D.Q. Bach to be in the same place at the same time. And
if some such thing did happen, it would be calamitous—like
the time on Star Trek when the matter and antimatter
alien dudes almost met and destroyed the universe.
Apparently this won’t be the case at the Troy Music Hall
on Sunday, when Schickele brings the Jekyll & Hyde Tour
to town. The audience, aka “anyone who wanders in” (as per
Schickele’s fun Web site), will be treated to songs and
rounds by composer, musician, musicologist, radio host and
all-around wit Peter Schickele. Yes, Schickele is still
the drollest non-German on the classical circuit, as proven
by this recent Web post: “Yes, this year marks the 40th
anniversary of very-nearly-yearly concerts of the music
of P.D.Q. Bach in New York City. To put this in perspective,
consider that this is two years longer than it took Brian
Wilson to finish one album.”
Schickele’s own works constitute the Jekyll portion of the
program. Then Hyde raises his mischievous head, and a selection
of P.D.Q. Bach favorites will be spotlighted, with the considerable
musical stylings of Michèle Easton and David Düsing.
Troy Chromatic Concerts will present the Jekyll & Hyde
Tour on Sunday (Nov. 6) at 4 PM at the Troy Savings Bank
Music Hall (Second and State streets, Troy). Tickets are
$35 and $32. For reservations and information, call 273-0038.
came to pass that Metroland would, upon passage into
the eleventh month, present a musical cavalcade of sorts,
unlike any that had been seen before in their allotted portion
of the new world. And this event would unite the minstrels
and the warriors, the regals and the, um, not-so-regals,
for the common cause of helping those less fortunate. And
oh, how the less fortunate rejoiced, for Metroland
would again come to their aid, bearing gifts of dried goods
and canned corn. A wonderful day it was!
It’s time again for the Metroland Feedback show,
our annual benefit for the Food Pantries for the Capital
District. It also happens to be our opportunity to present
the best available in local music. This year, catch pop-punk
band Sugar Eater, ska-rockers Kicking Sicily, prolific weirdo
K Sonin, ’60s-influenced singer-songwriter Adam Foster,
’70s-influenced singer- songwriter Matt Durfee, Pitch Control
hiphoppers Dez and Shyste, new heavies Idols Never Die,
noise-loving duo Lincoln Money Shot (pictured, apparently
against their will), mask-loving collective Evolution/Revolution,
sweatpants-loving collective the Conspicuous Study Hall
Boners, and Mitch Elrod collective CountrySoulHouse.
Feedback 2005 will take place tomorrow (Friday, Nov. 4)
on both stages at Valentine’s (17 New Scotland Ave., Albany).
Admission for the 8 PM show (doors open at 7) is $7, or
$5 if you bring along a nonperishable food item. For more
information, call the club at 432-6572.