must be tough to be the son of the Original Outlaw. Your
dad had all the right moves, sang all the right songs, pissed
off all the right people. Now you’re trying to make something
happen for yourself, but you don’t want to just ride the
old man’s name into the ground. What to do?
If you’re Shooter Jennings, son of late country legend Waylon
Jennings, you go for the big splash: You call your debut
album (on the Universal South label) Put the O Back in
Country. And you wear a T-shirt in your promotional
photo that leaves out the “O,” just in case some folks missed
the joke. And you stock the album with music that straddles
the fence between Southern rock and modern country—somewhere
right of Steve Earle, but way left of the Eagles. Not bad.
Shooter (real name: Waylon Albright) and his band will make
a stop at Northern Lights (1208 Route 146, Clifton Park)
this Friday (Nov. 11). Tickets for the 7:30 PM show are
$15. For more information, call 371-0012.
Boyd: My Husband Betty
would you feel—straight or gay, female or male—if you discovered
that your partner was a crossdresser? Helen Boyd wrote a
book about it called My Husband Betty: Love, Sex, and
Life With a Crossdresser, and will speak on transgender
issues on Saturday evening at the New York State Museum.
Many critics, and people “in the life,” have been generous
with their praise. “As the book thoughtfully and compulsively
covers every corner of its subject,” Tristan Taormino wrote
in the Village Voice, “the work simultaneously transcends
cross dressing altogether. It becomes a blueprint for nontraditional
relationships: how to communicate honestly about needs and
desires, let go of picket-fence dreams, and move beyond
them to something real.”
Betty Crow, Boyd’s husband, will be on hand for the lecture;
both will be signing (and selling) copies of the book after
Helen Boyd will speak at the New York State Museum Theater
(Empire State Plaza, Albany) at 7 PM, Saturday (Nov. 12).
Admission in free. For more information, call 473-2936.
Alan Miller has tomorrow night (Friday) off, as guest conductor
Stefan Sanderling takes the Palace podium when the Albany
Symphony Orchestra presents Rachmaninoff in America.
The Russian-given pride of place in the program—Rachmaninoff—is
represented by his Symphony No. 3. Another Russian
composer, Sergei Prokofiev, is represented by his Violin
Concerto No. 2. Most critics prefer Prokofiev’s first
violin concerto to the second. We disagree; the second,
which was written around the time of the composer’s Romeo
and Juliet, is prickly, sardonic and entertaining. Young
virtuoso Yura Lee (pictured) will be the soloist on the
The debut in the program will be Stephen Dankner’s Evenings
With My Grandfather, which depicts “the Yiddish songs
and culture his grandfather shared with him when he was
a little boy growing up in Brooklyn.”
The ASO will present Rachmaninoff in America tomorrow (Friday,
Nov. 11) at 7:30 PM at the Palace Theatre (19 Clinton Ave.,
Albany). Tickets are $21-$41.25. For more information, call