perennially popular Paula Poundstone, who overcame well-publisized
adversity and put her life and career back together, will
serve as a lot of couples’ pre-Valentine’s Day date this
Saturday night at the Palace. And you can bet that the quick-witted
comedienne will parlay plenty of Cupid-related punch lines
into big laughs, too.
Poundstone has been very busy over the last year, with numerous
public appearances, and guest shots on A Prairie Home
Companion, The Late Show With David Letterman
and the NPR quiz show Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me. (The
latter is not heard locally, but you can check it out on
the Web.) She’s even written a tongue-in-cheek history book
(title as yet unknown) for Random House, to be released
in time for Christmas this year.
Paula Poundstone will bring the yuks to the Palace Theatre
(19 Clinton Ave., Albany) on Saturday (Feb. 11) at 8 PM.
Tickets are $32.50 and $27.50. For reservations and information,
those who made a last-moment pass on Lyle Lovett’s Egg performance
last spring, here’s a chance to atone for your misjudgment.
(That show was widely regarded as one of the year’s best.)
And what a way to atone—for the Songwriters Tour, Lovett
has teamed up with fellow Texans Joe Ely and Guy Clark,
plus the legendary John Hiatt (whose voice, as revealed
in this week’s issue, makes our own Jo Page melt), for a
show that’s been compared to a “back-porch hootenanny” and
called “a welcome change from the usual concert pyrotechnics.”
Indeed the show is, as advertised, a songwriter’s event,
in which the four men will play and sing together with no
backing band. (Hiatt reportedly takes the majority of the
guitar leads in this combo.) For country and Americana buffs,
this is an obvious must-see; the rest of you would do right
to drop in on this one as well.
The Songwriters Tour, featuring Lyle Lovett, John Hiatt,
Joe Ely, and Guy Clark, will take the stage at the Troy
Savings Bank Music Hall (30 2nd St., Troy) Wednesday (Feb.
15). Tickets for the 8 PM show are $57 and $65. For tickets
or more information, call 273-0038 or visit www.troymusichall.org.
Therefore I Am
know where this is going: straight up René Descartes’ alley.
And Therefore I Am is the second half of the French
philosopher’s famous “I Think,” line, and the name of the
multifaceted exhibit opening this Saturday at the Tang Teaching
Museum and Art Gallery.
The exhibit will “present contemporary artworks by nine
artists whose paintings, drawings, sculptural and video
installations and other works are rooted in conveying—and
sometimes questioning—the nature of human consciousness.”
The Tang folks are highlighting Janet Cardiff and George
Bures Miller’s audio-video installation The Paradise
Institute (pictured). This is a free-standing theater-lounge,
with room for 20 seats, in which the audience will have
the “illusion of sitting in the balcony of an old-fashioned
theater, watching an eerie, dreamlike movie.” You will listen
to the soundtrack on high-tech headphones, which is intended
to create the experience of “being inside the narrator’s
head—or having her inside yours.”
Also included will be works by painter Sean Landers, sound-and-sculpture
artist Beth Campbell, video artist Peter Campus, and Shana
Lutker, Matt Mullican and Jochem Hendricks. There will also
be a film series; details about that later.
Therefore I Am opens Saturday (Feb. 11) at the Tang
Teaching Museum and Art Gallery (Skidmore College, 815 N.
Broadway, Saratoga Springs) and continue through Sept. 10.
There will be a spring reception from 6 to 7:30 PM on April
8. For more information and gallery hours, call 580-5740.