Hiatt, North Mississippi All Stars
probably not much we can say about this show that you don’t
already know. John Hiatt is an American songwriter of high
order, and one of the more consistently engaging performers
of the last three-plus decades. He continues to impress,
too, turning in strong studio releases about every 18 months
to two years, including last year’s Master of Disaster.
That album—the cover of which is adorned by a sad-looking
fellow in a Mexican wrestling mask—features appearances
by Cody and Luther Dickinson, sons to legendary Memphis
musician-producer Jim Dickinson and two of the three North
Mississippi All Stars, one of the very best country-blues-rock
outfits you’re bound to hear anywhere, ever. As luck would
have it, Hiatt’s bringing the All Stars along for his Thursday
night show; they’ll open the show, then back Hiatt for what
should be an explosive evening of music. And remember, Capital
Region, you are getting this show for free. Don’t
forget to send Jerry a thank-you note.
John Hiatt and the North Mississippi All Stars will perform
tonight (Thursday, July 20) at Alive at Five (Albany Riverfront
Park, Corning Preserve, Albany). The show begins at 5 PM,
and it’s free, free, free! (The rain site is at the Corning
Preserve Boat Launch, under the I-787 overpass.) For more
information, call 434-2032 or visit www.albanyevents.org.
saucy, sexy musical comedy about dating—i.e., not for the
children—has been winning raves since its debut at the Geva
Theatre in Rochester two years ago. Five Course Love
is a fast-paced trip through five dates at five different
restaurants. According to Capital Repertory Theatre, “each
of the stories bears the flavor of the restaurant in which
it occurs.” According to director-choreographer Adam Pelty,
it’s like “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change
meets Mad TV.”
Which, come to think of it, sounds like fun.
In the scene pictured here, we see Sofia (Tracy J. Wholf)
meeting on the sly with Gino (Robert B. Cordell) while her
jealous, ethically challenged hubby sits in the slammer.
Course Love begins tonight (Thursday, July 20) at 7:30
PM at Capital Repertory Theatre (111 N. Pearl St., Albany)
with a pay-what-you-will performance; tickets go on sale
at 5:30 PM. There will be previews beginning tomorrow (Friday,
July 21) through Tuesday (July 25); opening night is Wednesday
(July 26) at 7:30 PM, and the play runs through Aug. 19.
Tickets are $42-$27. Regular showtimes are Tuesday-Thursday
at 7:30 PM; Friday at 8 PM; Saturday at 4 and 8:30 PM; and
Sunday at 2:30 PM. For more info, call the box office at
new opera is one of Glimmerglass Opera’s more adventurous
productions this summer, with music by Stephen Hartke and
text by Philip Littell.
Greater Good is based on a Guy de Maupassant story about
a Prussian general (in the not-very-pleasant-for-the-French
Franco-Prussian War) who refuses to let a group of French
travelers leave an inn until one of their number, a courtesan,
uh, gives it up. Sort of a different take on what “the greater
good” is, don’t you think?
Greater Good opens Saturday (July 22) at 8 PM at Glimmerglass
Opera (Alice Busch Opera Theater, Cooperstown). There is
a matinee performance Monday (July 24) at 1:30 PM; the production
continues through Aug. 28. Tickets range from $117-$36,
depending on whether it’s a weekend or weekday performance.
For performance dates and other information, call (607)