are a million band stories out there, most of them remarkably
similar and awfully trite. How many times does one need
to hear about a bunch of hairy dudes snorting coke off the
buttocks of a heavy-set groupie? Once is more than enough,
we think. But the story of Young God Records artists Mi
and L’au (who appear at Valentine’s this evening) is just
so darn sweet that we couldn’t help but cheat—that is, quote
directly from their press release:
and L’au met in Paris a few years back. Mi is Finnish and
was working as a model to make ends meet and L’au (who’s
French) was working in the music industry. . . . They fell
deeply and immediately in love, and . . . decided to move
to the woods in Finland, so they could be alone together
in peace and to spend their time discovering each other
and their music.”
Getting that warm fuzzy feeling? Then wait until you hear
their music: a slow, spare blend of acoustic instruments
and whispering voices; a suitable soundtrack for both a
deep, hard swoon or a long night of REM sleep. Like we said,
Mi and L’au will bring their soft sounds to Valentine’s
(17 New Scotland Ave., Albany) tonight (Thursday, March
9). Opening the 8 PM show are Lincoln Money Shot and the
Mayflower Descendants. Tickets are $8. For more information,
sir-ee, you read it right: The dyn-o-mite one is bringing
his stand-up comedy routine to our area. The legendarily
lanky comic first made his mark opening for militant poetry
troupe the Last Poets in Harlem nightclubs during the late
1960s; he quickly gained national exposure, and spawned
one heck of a catch phrase, playing J.J. for six seasons
on Norman Lear’s Good Times. (Time magazine
went so far as to name him Comedian of the Decade for the
1970s.) Now, 40 years in to his career, and closing in on
60, Walker shows no sign of slowing down: His performance
schedule has him onstage up to 30 weeks every year. So,
what should one expect from a Jimmie Walker performance?
One need look no further than the title of his late-’70s
comedy album for a suggestion: Dyn-o-mite!
Jimmie “J.J.” Walker will appear at the Saratoga Comedy
Club (86 Congress St., Saratoga Springs) tomorrow (Friday,
March 10) at 8 PM, and Saturday (March 11) at 8 and 10:30
PM. All tickets are $20. For more information, call 792-5233.
Theodor Dreyer’s The Passion of Joan of Arc not only
isn’t like any other silent film; it isn’t much like any
other film, period. Filmed mostly in a series of tight shots
and close-ups, the story of the trial and execution of St.
Joan (Renee Falconetti, pictured) unfolds with tremendous
drama, leading to the inevitable, shattering climax.
In 1999, composer Richard Einhorn created a musical work
to accompany the film that is something special in itself.
Drawing upon “a patchwork of texts, visions and reflections
drawn from the writings of medieval woman mystics,” Einhorn
composed Voices of Light, an oratorio that has taken
on a life of its own. (The Voices of Light CD became
a genuine chart hit in 2000.)
On Friday night, Albany Pro Musica will join forces with
the Franciscan Chamber Orchestra and special guest soloists
to perform Voices of Light alongside a screening
of The Passion of Joan of Arc in a special multimedia
presentation at Albany’s Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.
This promises to be a very special event.
Albany Pro Musica and the Siena College Music Series will
present Voices of Light tomorrow (Friday, March 10)
at 8 PM at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception (125
Eagle St., Albany). There will be a preconcert talk at 7
PM before the performance. Tickets are $25-$10 and can be
purchased by calling 438-6548.