Congo Powers and the Pink Monkey Birds
his former life, Kid Congo Powers was known as Brian Tristan
and was living life in suburban L.A. Then he picked up a
guitar, and, rechristened Kid Congo Powers, played with
Gun Club and the Cramps and Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds.
His latest band, the Pink Monkey Birds, are coming to Valentine’s
tonight on the wings of their debut disc, Philosophy
and Underwear. It’s full of, according to the Boston
Phoenix, “slide guitars and tortured bent notes,” “sharp
skittering tones” and vocals that sneer and purr.
Also on the bill: the Wasted. A matched lineup if there
ever was one.
Kid Congo Powers and the Pink Monkey Birds will perform
tonight (Thursday, Sept. 21) at 9 PM at Valentine’s (17
New Scotland Ave., Albany).
that time of year again, as the Blessed Virgin Mary of Czestochowa
Parish will be hosting Polish Fest this weekend. The 5th
annual edition of the three-day event will host many of
the events people have come to expect (and love).
Friday night, DJ Mark Ives will spin from 5 to 6 PM, followed
by four hours of fun with polka music—and free polka lessons—and
the area’s “only gourmet pierogi bar.” On Saturday, there
will be craft vendors, children’s games in the activities
tent, a silent auction, a number of polka bands and Polish
dance groups, including the Figiel Brothers Band in the
main tent from 6 to 10 PM. Also, Polish art will be displayed
in the Cultural Hall all day, and, of course, there will
be more great food—including pierogis. On Sunday, more bands
and vendors, plus an ice sculpture, cooking demonstration
and a special Chopin recital at 1 PM.
Polish Fest will be held tomorrow (Friday) through Sunday
(Sept. 22-24) at the Blessed Virgin Mary of Czestochowa
Parish (250 Maxwell Road, Latham), across from the Times
Union building. Activities are from 5 to 10 PM Friday,
noon to 10 PM Saturday and 10:30 AM to 6 PM Sunday. Admission
is $4 Friday, $8 Saturday and $6 Sunday; children under
16 are admitted free if accompanied by an adult, and there
is a $1 discount off admission with a Price Chopper Advantage
Card. For more information, visit www.polishfest-ny.org,
or call 453-2258.
on Paper: A Selection of Recent Gifts
Clark Art Institute will highlight gifts given to the museum
in 2005 and 2006 with a new exhibition called Works on
Paper: A Selection of Recent Gifts. The installation
will include a dozen works on paper from the 16th to 20th
centuries. This show is designed to “bring to the fore the
generosity of donors as well as the Clark’s ever-expanding
collection of prints, drawings and photographs.
on Paper: A Selection of Recent Gifts will open at the
Clark Art Institute (225 South St., Williamstown, Mass.)
on Saturday (Sept. 23), and will continue through Jan. 7,
2007. For more information, call the museum at (413) 458-2303.