up your daughters (and mothers), because this week, the
Pepsi arena will play host to two rock icons in one night.
We’re scared, and you should be too.
The five original members of Aerosmith are well into their
fourth decade of making music together—in itself no small
feat. And, while most of their classic-rock peers have aged
gracelessly, Steven Tyler and company continue to defy the
odds by turning out buoyant pop-rock records that appeal
to basically the same audience as the coke-fueled raunch
of 30 years ago did: chicks, and dudes who dig chicks. The
band are plugging their latest live record, Rockin’ the
Joint, which is a very good thing—with no new tunes
to clog up the setlist, they’re likely to play heavily on
the aforementioned raunch.
Joining Aerosmith for their current trek is rock superstar
Lenny Kravitz, who would be a headliner on any other bill.
Instead, expect his “opening” set to be packed with selections
from his recently reissued Greatest Hits disc; from
his early, peacenik-inspired fare (“Let Love Rule”) to his
more-recent, Lenny Kravitz-inspired fare (“Where Are We
Aerosmith and Lenny Kravitz will perform at the Pepsi Arena
(51 S. Pearl St., Albany) next Wednesday (Nov. 30). Tickets
for the 7 PM show range in price from $50 to $125. For more
information, call 487-2000.
Game—The Art of Video Game Engines
out, all you dorks, geeks, and nerds. We’re not passing
judgment; all we’re trying to say is that this is your
night and we wouldn’t want you to miss it. You arty folks
should dig this, too.
Tuesday, the folks at RPI’s Experimental Media and Performing
Arts Center (EMPAC) will present Fair Game—The Art of Video
Game Engines. It’s an ambitious, unusual presentation, with
a wide range of appeal. Artists Kurt Hentschläger, Friedrich
Kirschner, Paul Marino and others will demonstrate how they
use video game engines—the same ones used to develop games
like Quake and Unreal Tournament 3—to create their own work
(Hentschläger’s Karma, pictured here, is an “installation
and performance rooted in moving image representations of
gravity”). At the same time, a selection of, um, students
from RPI’s Games Research Lab will play the aforementioned
games on oversized screens. For context, of course.
Fair Game takes place at the Heffner Alumni House (1301
Peoples Ave., Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy) at
7 PM this Tuesday (Nov. 29). Admission to the event is free
and open to the public. For more information, call 276-3921
or visit www.empac.rpi.edu.
Eight: Reindeer Monologues
a doe says ‘no,’ she means ‘no.’” That would seem clear
enough, but Santa, in Jeff Goode’s play The Eight: Reindeer
Monologues, apparently missed the required North Pole
Industries sexual-harassment seminar. He got a little, heh
heh, frisky with one of his reindeer, that sultry
minx Vixen, and the reindeer crap hit the fan.
This seasonal comedy, first staged off-Broadway a decade
ago, has become a perennial favorite in that relatively
new genre, anti-Christmas holiday entertainment. From the
Santaland Diaries to the gloriously vulgar Bad
Santa, folks just love a little bit of seasonal sex
and snark. Needless to say, this Confetti Stage production,
which opens Wednesday at the Arts Center of the Capital
Region, is intended for mature audiences.
Eight: Reindeer Monologues opens next Wednesday (Nov.
30) with an 8 PM performance and continues through Dec.
3 at the Arts Center of Capital Region (265 River St., Troy).
Tickets are $20, $15 seniors and $10 students. For more
info, visit www.confettistage.com or call 273-0552.