it snorts and oinks like pigs at the government trough .
. . then it must be Only in New York, a group of talented
performers who make wicked fun of George Pataki, Shelly
Silver, Uncle Joe Bruno and the rest of our leaders. OiNK
are the comedy troupe who show New York state politicians
and elected officials exactly the amount of deference they
We here at Metroland can fully attest to the quality
of the satire: At the New York Press Association annual
conference two years ago, OiNK were the featured entertainment.
And in front of an audience of journalists who are intimately
familiar with the absurdities of how the Empire State is
“governed,” they totally killed.
This show, dubbed an April Fools Egg-Splosion, will feature
new songs about clueless presidential hopeful Pataki (“Stranger
to the Right”) and canny, I’m-not-running presidential hopeful
Hillary Clinton (“I’m Leaving New York State Behind”). The
really exciting news? “There are unconfirmed reports that
Vice President Cheney will be on an upstate hunting trip
that weekend, and might stop by the Egg.”
Our advice? Wear a lot of orange.
OiNK will perform Saturday (April 1) at 8 PM at the Egg
(Empire State Plaza, Albany). Tickets are $20. For reservations
and information, call the Egg at 473-1845.
you love that baroque sound—and we know you do—then this
Saturday night program is for you. Capitol Chamber Artists,
with special guest tenor Dan Foster, will present an International
This is, of course, “international” in the 17th-century
sense, when traveling from Sweden to Finland was more-or-less
unheard of unless you were a diplomat or part of an invading
army. There will be works by three Germans (J.S. Bach, Georg
Philip Telemann and Johann Pachelbel), an Italian (Giovanni
Vitali), an Englishman/Irishman (John Dowland, born in either
London or Dublin—recordkeeping wasn’t what it is today,
OK?) and the Belgian who popularized the flute in England
(Jean-Baptiste Loeillet). Of course, as is the CCA style,
the music will be performed on period instruments: harpsichord,
flute, violin and cello.
Capitol Chamber Artists will present an International Baroque
Festival Saturday (April 1) at 8 PM at the First Congregational
Church (405 Quail St., Albany). There is a preconcert recital
at 7 PM. Tickets are $16 and $8 students. For more information,
Kristofferson is a member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame
and the Country Music Hall of fame. Yet, most kids these
days probably know Kristofferson for his day job: jive-talking
vampire slayer “Whistler” in the Blade Trilogy.
release of Kristofferson’s This Old Road breaks his
11-year absence from the music industry, an industry that
Kristofferson scraped and clawed to get into. After returning
from overseas duty in the Army in the ’60s, Kristofferson
turned down a teaching position at West Point and took a
job as a janitor at Columbia Records so that he could get
his foot in the door—all while he struggled to pay for his
sick son’s medical bills. So, has sharing the screen with
Wesley Snipes and being covered in fake gore lessened the
impact of Kristofferson’s rugged country blues? No, not
at all: Producer Don Was of Dylan and Rolling Stones fame
lends the recording a ragged yet luminous sound, and Kristofferson
comes off as his one-time Highwayman bandmate Johnny Cash
did in his later years—reflective, weathered, and more often
than not, hopeful.
Kris Kristofferson will perform tonight (Thursday, March
30) at 8 PM at the Egg (Empire State Plaza, Albany). Tickets
are $28. For more info, call the box office at 473-1845.