people of Texas are informed that, in accordance with a
proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all
slaves are free. This involves an absolute equality of personal
rights and rights of property between former masters and
slaves, and the connection heretofore existing between them
becomes that between employer and hired labor.”
With that proclamation—General Order No. 3—Union Gen. Gordon
Granger, on June 19, 1865, informed Texans that slavery
was over. While it took 100 years, and the blood, sweat
and tears of the civil-rights movement, to attain an “absolute
equality of personal rights and rights of property” for
African-Americans, the date, June 19, became enshrined as
an annual celebration of the end of slavery—first in Texas,
and, eventually, across the United States.
Including Schenectady: This Saturday and Sunday, the Hamilton
Hill Arts Center will host the 6th Annual Capital Region
Juneteenth Celebration in Central Park.
Saturday morning, the festivities begin at 10 AM with a
parade starting at the Hamilton Hill Arts Center (409 Schenectady
St.) led by the Federation of Black Cowboys. The festival
officially gets under way at noon at the Agnes MacDonald
Music Haven stage in Central Park, with a welcome from Schenectady
Mayor Brian Stratton. There will be ethnic food and crafts;
a tent featuring local African-American artists; entertainment
including NAACP Step Team, Hamilton Hill Steel Drum Band,
Colaberayshun, Sheila Gaddy, Carla Page, Kendra Jones and
many, many more. The Federation of Black Cowboys will be
leading workshops on lasso use and the role of black Americans
in the expansion of the West.
The Juneteenth Celebration will be held Saturday and Sunday
(June 17-18), beginning at noon, in Schenectady’s Central
Park. Admission is free. For more info, call the Hamilton
Hill Arts Center at 346-1262.
this Wednesday, the Adirondack Theatre Festival will debut
the new play by Melissa James Gibson, All Is Not.
Well, the debut of a full staging of this promising work;
cast members Mark Setlock, Christopher McCann and Haerry
Kim all participated in a staged reading of All Is Not—when
it was something of a work-in-progress, and titled, simply,
According to AFT artistic director Martha Banta, All
Is Not “examines how when we lose one seemingly small
item, it can take on a huge meaning for other things in
life, particularly our relationships. . . . All of these
characters become caught off guard when they misplace or
lose something and end up facing feelings they didn’t even
know they had. As with all of Melissa’s plays, she writes
this play with much humor and insight.”
Is Not opens Wednesday (June 21) with a pay-what-you-can
preview performance at 8 PM at the Charles R. Wood Theater
(207 Glen St., Glens Falls). Tickets for this performance
go on sale at 6 PM at the box office. The show then continues
through July 1. For information about ticket prices and
times, please call 798-7479.
Inch Nails, Bauhaus, Peaches
special-events season at SPAC gets off with a bang this
year—well, after the Dave Matthews shows anyway. This Sunday,
Trent Reznor and the group of dudes he’s calling Nine Inch
Nails these days bring 15 years of self-loathing to Saratoga.
This show already looks to be a summer highlight, mostly
because of who’s sharing the bill: None other than Bauhaus
will play the middle slot, and potty-mouthed electroclasher
Peaches will open.
Bauhaus reconvened eight years ago for a string of shows
dubbed the Resurrection Tour (bassist David J ended the
band’s final show in 1985 by saying “rest in peace”). Miraculously,
the band has held up; word has it they sound better now
than in the days when “Bela Lugosi’s Dead” was the soundtrack
for the strobe lights at 288 Lark. Peaches will be on hand
to debut songs from her soon-to-be-released Impeach My
Bush LP. Titles include “Fuck or Kill,” “Tent in Your
Pants,” “Hit It Hard,” and “Two Guys (For Every Girl).”
As you can tell, it’s a political record.
Back to the headliners. Nine Inch Nails’ With Teeth
was one of the best dance records of 2005, producing three
No. 1 modern-rock radio tracks, including the discoriffic
“Only.” A throwback, sonically, to simpler times (i.e. the
Broken EP), the record featured Dave Grohl on most
of the drum tracks, proving that anything that guy touches
turns to gold. While Grohl’s not touring with the band,
fear not—area NIN live gigs are the stuff of legend. Just
don’t throw any shoes, alright?
Nine Inch Nails, Bauhaus and Peaches will perform at the
Saratoga Performing Arts Center (Saratoga Spa State Park,
Route 9, Saratoga Springs) this Sunday (June 18). Inside
tickets for the 7 PM show are $39.50; lawn seats are only
$15. For tickets or more information, call 587-3330.