Riverfront Jazz Festival
weekend, the annual Albany Riverfront Jazz Festival will
be held for the fifth time in downtown Albany’s Corning
Preserve. This festival has brought top names in jazz to
Albany in the past, and this year is no different. Featured
performers this year include Sarah Pedinotti, an upstate
native whom Billboard magazine calls “one of the
best Jazz/Blues musicians in the country today.” Alejandro
Torrens and Grupo Sabor will perform a mix of salsa, meringue
and jazz; Grammy-nominated Mose Allison (pictured) will
bring his snarky blues style; Grammy winner Diane Schuur
(who boasts a staggering three-and-a-half octave vocal range)
will appear, supporting her new release, Diane Schuur:
Live in London; and Grammy-winning saxophonist, composer
and pianist Branford Marsalis will headline the day.
In addition to the music, there will be food and beverage
vendors, activities for the children, and more. And, there’s
a new addition to this year’s festivities: There will be
fireworks at the end of the day full of concerts. Because,
really, who doesn’t like fireworks?
The Fifth Annual Albany Riverfront Jazz Festival will take
place Saturday (Sept. 9) from 1 to 7:30 PM at Albany Riverfront
Park at the Corning Preserve in Albany. The rain site for
this event is the Palace Theatre (corner of 19 Clinton Ave.,
Albany). For a full schedule of performers and times, visit
albanyevents.org or call 434-2032.
probably thought that the minds behind the beloved Nunsense
theater juggernaut couldn’t find a way to keep the series
going. You, of course, were wrong. The creators sat down
and asked themselves, “What’s missing in a comedy about
zany Roman Catholic Nuns?” And they replied to themselves,
That was in 2002. Now, the good folks at the Glove Theatre
are doing their version of Meshuggah-Nuns, in which
the Little Sisters of Hoboken join forces with the cast
of a traveling production of Fiddler on the Roof
to bring you this amalgam of Catholic and Jewish humor.
Did we mention it all takes place on a cruise ship where
most of the passengers are ill?
Can you handle the zany?
opens tomorrow (Friday, Sept. 8) at 8 PM at the Glove Theatre
(42 N. Main St., Gloversville), and continues through Sept.
17. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 PM, and
Sundays at 2 PM. Tickets are $12, $6 students. For more
information, call 773-8255.
From the Studio Museum in Harlem
latest visiting exhibit in the Bank of America Great Art
Series at the New York State Museum—the 16th installment,
going back to when it was Fleet Bank—is this selection of
works from Harlem’s Studio Museum. The Studio Museum is,
per NYSM director Clifford Siegfried, “the premiere institution
for the presentation of artworks created by artists of African
exhibition is organized around three specific eras: the
Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s, the “politically and socially
charged” 1960s and ’70s, and today. Artists include James
VanDerZee, Barkley Hendricks (Lawdy Mama, 1970, pictured),
Adia Millett and many more.
From the Studio Museum in Harlem opens Saturday (Sept.
9) at the New York State Museum (Empire State Plaza, Albany),
and continues through Feb. 25, 2007. For more information,