Presley Birthday Bash Tour with the Lustre Kings
King would have been 70 this year if he hadn’t died of a
heart attack in his bathroom in 1977. Alright, alright,
we know there are still skeptics out there who think that
Elvis is still alive. Get over it. If he hadn’t died when
he did, then he would have died 10 more times over by now
from any number of things, like his love of drugs, or his
love of fried peanut-butter-and-banana sandwiches. Regardless
of his bad habits, there’s no denying the King’s impact
on rock & roll—a musical institution highly regarded
by area rockabilly faves the Lustre Kings.
The Mark Gamsjager-led Lustre Kings will continue their
annual tradition of honoring the King’s birthday with a
concert Saturday at the WAMC Performing Arts Center. This
stop is in the middle of the Kings’ Birthday Bash Tour—they
will also hit New York City, Western Massachusetts and other
upstate locales. But for this performance, the Kings will
be joined by special guest John Tichy.
The Lustre Kings will perform at the WAMC Performing Arts
Center (339 Central Ave., Albany) for the Elvis Presley
Birthday Bash on Saturday (Jan. 7) at 8 PM. Tickets are
$20. For more information or to order tickets, call 465-5233
in the Winter
theme of this weekend’s kid-friendly fun at the New York
State Museum is Life in the Winter. Now you might think
that we know enough about that, but actually there’s always
more to learn. For example, a “stay warm” experiment using
insulated mittens will give children an “interactive learning
experience” to show how nature helps animals keep warm in
On Saturday, puppeteer Patrick Wadden will host a mask-making
presentation from 1 to 4 PM. On Saturday and Sunday, there
will be a Star Lab Planetarium “winter sky” show from 2
to 3 PM in the Museum Theater, followed by story time at
3:30 PM. For kids who like prizes (and what kid doesn’t?),
there’s a scavenger hunt both days between 1 and 4 PM.
Life in the Winter, a two-day family fun event, will be
held at the New York State Museum (Empire State Plaza, Albany)
on Saturday and Sunday (Jan. 7-8). Admission is free. For
more information, call 474-5877.
Love, Work: The Roycroft Legacy
upon a time, “utopian” was not a dirty word, self-created
communities were not automatically assumed to be cults and—even
more to the point—global capitalist principles were not
accorded the status and weight of divine precepts.
the 19th century, utopian movements/communities sprang up
all around the United States—even in the wilds of Western
New York. When Elbert Hubbard founded the Roycroft Press
in 1895, it was the first step in a movement that blossomed
into a “self-contained” community in East Aurora, N.Y.,
comprising more than 500 men and women. In addition to craft
workshops, there were all the amenities of a “real” town:
a school, an inn, athletics fields and a bank.
Based on the twin principles of beauty and quality—as opposed
to price and quantity—“Roycrofters” (which means “king’s
craftsmen) crafted/manufactured items for the home of great
simplicity and beauty, like the copper table lamp (with
the mica shade) pictured here. They made chairs, tables,
dishes, bookends, bookshelves, desk organizers and, of course,
beautifully bound books, many examples of which will be
on exhibit at the Hyde Collection beginning Sunday.
The exhibit is on loan from the Burchfield-Penney Art Center
in Buffalo, and was selected to highlight “the vast achievements”
of the Roycroft community.
Love, Work: The Roycroft Legacy will be on view at the
Hyde Collection (161 Warren St., Glens Falls) beginning
Sunday (Jan. 8) and continuing through April 2. For more
information, call 792-1761 or visit www.hydecollection.org.