Phila St., Saratoga Springs, 583-0022.
29: Jim Gaudet. Sept. 30: Wintergreen. Oct.
6: Penny Lang. Oct. 7: Geoff Muldaur. Oct. 8:
Tribute to Johnny Cash. Oct. 13: Old School Freight
Train, Hot Day at the Zoo. Oct. 14: Professor
Louie and the Crowmatix. Oct. 15: Aoife Clancy.
Oct. 20: Bob Malone, Karen Nash. Oct. 21: Annie
and the Hedonists. Oct. 22: Acoustic Strawbs. Oct.
24: Janis Ian. Oct. 27: Matt Haimovitz. Oct.
28: Ember Swift. Oct. 29: Dakota Dave Hull.
Nov. 2: Richard Shindell, Kelly Flint. Nov.
3-5: Bob Warren Band. Nov. 10: the Laws, Rebecca
and Ken Anderson. Nov. 11: Skidmore Small Jazz
Ensembles. Nov. 12: Azzaam Hameed & Judy Wyle.
Nov. 17: Roy Book Binder. Nov. 18: Jeff Warner,
Dan Berggren & Ed Lowman. Nov. 19: Shtreiml.
Nov. 24: Gandalf Murphy and the Slambovian Circus
of Dreams. Nov. 25: Paul Geremia. Dec. 1: Little
Toby Walker. Dec. 2: Jess Klein, Stephen
Clair. Dec. 3: Ellis Paul. Dec. 8: George Ward.
Dec. 9: Annual Friends and Neighbors Holiday Show. Dec. 13:
the Bobs Christmas Show. Dec. 15: Ramblin’ Jug Stompers.
Dec. 16: Wholesale Klezmer Band Hannukah Show. Dec.
17: Chris Smither. Dec. 30: Racquette River
King St., Northampton, Mass., (800) THE-TICK.
28: Aimee Mann, David Ford (special Acoustic
performance). Oct. 7: James Taylor. Oct. 14: the Indigo
Girls, Arizona. Oct. 21: 1964 the Tribute.
Oct. 26: Taj Mahal Trio. Oct. 31: the Decemberists,
Lavender Diamond. Nov. 2: Madeleine Peyroux,
Phil Roy. Nov. 3: the Disco Biscuits. Nov. 6:
Michael Franti & Spearhead, State Radio.
Nov. 11: Ziggy Marley. Nov. 12: Medeski Scofield
Martin & Wood. Nov. 16: David Grisman Quintet.
Nov. 19: Doc Watson, the Hunger Mountain Boys.
Dec. 15: Ronan Tynan.
Main St., Great Barrington, Mass., (413) 528-3394.
29: Howard Fishman. Oct. 5: Jeff Lang. Oct.
6: the Iguanas. Oct. 13: Popa Chubby. Oct. 20:
Club d’Elf featuring John Medeski, Groove Collective
CD-release show. Oct. 22: David Jacobs Strain. Nov.
2: Fred Eaglesmith. Nov. 10: the M Shanghai
String Band. Nov. 11: Jes Grew Grass featuring
Phoebe Legere. Nov. 17: Nathan and the Zydeco
The Colonial Theatre
St., Pittsfield, Mass., (413) 997-4444
4: Leo Kottke. Oct. 14: T.S. Monk. Oct. 20:
Kronos Quartet. Oct. 27: Leahy. Nov. 11: Audra
McDonald. Nov. 16: Arlo Guthrie: The Guthrie Family
Legacy Tour. Nov. 18: Sherrod Small and Lisa Landry.
Dec. 1: Nnenna Freelon. Dec. 10: the Irish Rovers.
State Plaza, Albany, 473-1845.
30: Hal Ketchum. Oct. 1: Tower of Power. Oct.
11: Great Big Sea. Oct. 14: Del McCoury Band,
King Wilkie. Oct. 14: Martin Sexton. Oct. 17:
Emmylou Harris, Teddy Thompson. Oct. 21: Madeleine
Peyroux. Oct. 28: Acoustic Alchemy. Nov. 3: Lavay
Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers. Nov. 4: the Subdudes.
Nov. 5: Preservation Hall Band. Dec. 3: Hot Tuna.
8th St., Winslow Building, Troy, 276-4135
27: Lee Ranaldo and Leah Singer.
Glens Falls Civic Center
Civic Center Plaza, Glens Falls, 798-0366
20: Godsmack, Breaking Benjamin.
Iron Horse Music Hall
Center St., Northampton, Mass., (800) THE-TICK.
28: Eric Lindell Band. Sept. 29: Chris Pureka,
Gregory Alan Isakov CD-release show; the Kamikaze
Hearts CD-release show, Levelette. Sept. 30: Jane
Siberry, Anais Mitchell; the Stone Coyotes,
Will Dailey CD-release show. Oct. 1: Erin McKeown,
Lenelle Moise. Oct. 2: Jim Lauderdale, Jimmy
Barret. Oct. 3: the Tannahill Weavers. Oct. 4:
the Wailin’ Jennys, Michael Merenda & Ruth Ungar
of the Mammals. Oct. 5: One For All; Stanton Moore
Trio with Robert Walter and Will Bernard.
Oct. 6: Marc Cohn, Vienna Tang. Oct. 7: Lisa
Germano, Winterpills; Black Rebels. Oct.
8: John Gorka, Jesse DeNatale. Oct. 9: Damien
Dempsey, Brendan James. Oct. 10: Hot Buttered
Rum. Oct. 11: Big Sandy and His Fly-Rite Boys,
Sarah Borges. Oct. 12: Old School Freight Train,
the Greencards; Eef Barzelay, Casey
Dienel, Shawn Fogel. Oct. 13: Peter
Case, Jon Dee Graham. Oct. 14: the Nields;
Ryan Montbleau Band, John Francis. Oct. 15:
Stephen Kellogg and the Sixers. Oct. 16: Jolie Holland,
David Dondero. Oct. 18: Naked Eyes. Oct. 19:
King Wilkie, Appalachian Still. Oct. 20: Girlyman,
We’re About 9. Oct. 21: Nancy Rockland-Miller;
Fear Nuttin’ Band. Oct. 22: Kaki King Band.
Oct. 24: Joe Zawinul Syndicate. Oct. 25: Acoustic
Alchemy. Oct. 26: Ember Swift. Oct. 27: Black
47. Oct. 28: Amos Lee. Oct. 29: Tracy Grammer,
Adam Sweeney. Oct. 31: the Strawbs. Nov. 3:
Patty Larkin, Stewart Lewis. Nov. 4: the Duhks.
Nov. 5: Battlefield Band. Nov. 7: Peter Rowan.
Nov. 8: Los Straitjackets. Nov. 9: Lee Roy Parnell.
Nov. 10: Jonathan Edwards, Kenny White; Rocky
Votolato, William Elliott Whitmore. Nov. 12: Richard
Shindell. Nov. 17-18: Enter the Haggis. Nov. 19:
Joe Belmont. Nov. 20: the Dadz, the Northamptones.
Nov. 21: James Hunter Band. Nov. 24-25: Roomful
of Blues. Nov. 26: Aztec Two-Step. Nov. 30: Tom
Rush. Dec. 2: Dennis Crommett CD-release show.
Dec. 6: Alejandro Escovedo. Dec. 8: Catie Curtis.
Dec. 10: Kelly Joe Phelps, Erik Alan. Dec. 14:
the Bobs Christmas show. Dec. 16: Leon Redbone.
Dec. 17: David Mallett, Liz Carlisle. Dec. 22:
Rory Block. Dec. 23: the Commander Cody Band,
Stewart James and the Memphis Flyers. Dec. 28: Luther
“Guitar Junior” Johnson. Dec. 29: John Eddie. Dec.
30: Johnny A.
Lark St., Albany, 436-7008.
28: Adrian Cohen Quintet. Sept. 29: Joe Barna, Ray
Vega. Sept. 30: Jonathan Lorentz Quartet.
Waconah St., Pittsfield, Mass, (413) 499-6363.
29: the Churchills. Sept. 30: Somebody’s Closet.
Oct. 7: Roots of Creation.
Madison Ave., Albany, 463-9779.
29: Wreckloose. Sept. 30: Starcode. Oct. 6:
Raisinhead. Sept. 7: Spitfire Pilot. Sept. 13:
the Sense Offenders, the Luxury Flats. Oct.
21: the Erotics. Oct. 28: the Erotics, the Decadent
Royals. Nov. 3: Hector on Stilts. Nov. 4: Kingscastle.
Nov. 25: Starcode.
Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center
Castle St., Great Barrington, Mass., (413) 528-0100.
27: Devil Music Ensemble. Nov. 11: Bill Frisell.
Nov. 18: Papa Grows Funk. Nov. 24: Jesse Winchester,
the Roches. Dec. 9: Ollabelle.
MASS MoCA Way, North Adams, Mass., (413) 664-4481.
29: Rewind—A Cantata. Oct. 14: Las Rubias del Norte.
Country Commons, corner of Routes 146 and 146A, Clifton Park,
29: the Wreckers. Oct. 7: Dr. Dirty John Valby.
Oct. 11: Bullet for My Valentine, Escape
the Fate, Drop Dead, Gorgeous. Oct.
12: Soilwork, Darkest Hour, Mnemic, Threat
Signal. Oct. 13: Darryl Worley, Steve Azar.
Oct. 14: Progoctoberfest with Tripod, Fear of Flying,
Pinnicale, Yourmove, Encompass. Oct.
15: the Lost Prophets, Eighteen Visions, Boys
Like Girls. Oct. 20: Gwar, the Red Chord,
Municipal Waste. Oct. 25: Chiodos, Marks
of a Hero, I’ll Be Romeo, Enigmatic Heart.
Nov. 25: Silverstein, Aiden, It Dies Today,
He is Legend, I Killed the Prom Queen.
Clinton Ave., Albany, 465-4663.
28: the Fab Faux. Nov. 2: Queensrÿche. Nov.
3: Bob Weir and Ratdog. Nov. 10: Jewel. Nov.
11: George Jones.
Pearl Street, Northampton, Mass., (800) THE-TICK.
28: John Brown’s Body, Fear Nuttin’ Band. Sept.
29: Split Shift CD release party, Sanity is Chaos,
Sundown, Yucky Octopus, Our Darkest Day,
Zodiak. Sept. 30: White Boy Reggae, Hippie
Freedom Funk Fest, the Bodhi Tree, Roots
Down Below, Le’ Special, Ocean State. Oct.
1: Be Your Own Pet, Black Lips, Black
Helicopter. Oct. 3: Everyone Orchestra. Oct. 6:
Michael Ian Black, Michael Showalter.
Oct. 7: Yonder Mountain String Band. Oct. 11: the Melvins,
Big Business, Ghostdigital. Oct. 13: Gone
By Daylight, Dead Legend, Aeroplane 1929,
Signature Escape; Cowboy Mouth. Oct. 14: the
Pietasters; Donna the Buffalo. Oct. 17: the
Suicide Girls Burlesque Tour, Tsu Shi Ma Mi Re.
Oct. 18: Story of the Year, Anberlin,
Greeley Estates, Monty Are I. Oct. 20: Brothers
Past. Oct. 24: Ted Leo + Pharmacists, Bullseye.
Oct. 26: Fiery Furnaces. Oct. 27: Granola Funk Express.
Oct. 28: MC Chris. Oct. 28: Max Creek. Nov.
2: Blonde Redhead. Nov. 4: Bobby Previte’s Coalition
of the Willing featuring Charlie Hunter, Robert
Walter and Skerik. Nov. 15: Acoustic Africa featuring
Habib Koite & Bamada, Vusi Mahlasela, Dobet
Gnahore. Nov. 16: Citizen Cope. Nov. 17: Zox,
Tally Hall, Ryan Montbleau. Nov. 18: Robert
Pollard, Richard Davies. Dec. 31: Silver Jews.
S. Pearl St., Albany, 487-2000.
29: Gaither. Oct. 6: Blue Man Group. Oct. 21:
Red Hot Chili Peppers, the Mars Volta. Oct.
24: Cheetah Girls, Vanessa Anne Hudgens.
State St., Schenectady, 382-3884 ext. 68.
30: the 5 Browns. Oct. 12: FES Festival of World Sacred
Music. Nov. 1: Bo Diddley, Alvin Youngblood
Heart, Ruthie Foster. Nov. 3: Peter, Paul and
Broadway, Albany, 432-8584.
28: Skadee. Sept. 29: Broadcast Live. Sept. 30: Cooper
Union. Oct. 4: Chuch. Oct. 5: Virginia Coalition.
Oct. 7: Alien-Nation. Oct. 11: Chuch. Oct. 13:
Future Rock. Oct. 15: Touchpants. Oct.
18: Chuch. Oct. 19: Sam Kininger Band. Oct.
21: Riverboat Gamblers, Dead to Me. Oct. 26:
Skerick’s Syncopated Taint Septet. Oct. 27: School
Bus Yellow. Oct. 28: U-Melt. Dec. 7: Lotus.
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Student Union, Troy, 276-8585.
29: Gideon Freudman. Oct. 13: Cindy Mangsen,
River St., Troy, 273-2337.
21: Phix. Sept. 22: Perpetual Groove, Moonshine
Still. Oct. 6: Rory Block. Oct. 14: the Melvins,
Big Business, Ghostdigital, Porn,
Altamont. Oct. 19: Los Straitjackets. Oct. 21:
Assembly of Dust. Oct. 28: the Refrigerators.
Oct. 31: Uplift. Nov. 4: Celtic Frost, Goatwhore,
Disciples of Berkowitz. Nov. 8: Particle. Nov.
10-11: Dark Star Orchestra. Nov. 16: Fear Factory,
Suffocation, Hypocrisy, Decapitated.
Nov. 17: the Refrigerators. Nov. 18: Moonspell,
Katatonia, Daylight Dies, the Final Sleep.
Dec. 1: Greg Brown.
1 S. Pearl
21: the Indefinite Article Sept. 22: Vehicle
(6 PM); No Outlet (10 PM). Sept. 23: George Boone
Blues Band Sept. 29: Shanghai Cowboys and Me (5:30
PM); Scotty Mac and the Gold Tops (9:30 PM). Sept.
30: Rocky Velvet.
Troy Savings Bank Music Hall
and Second streets, Troy, 273-0038.
30: Ravi Shankar. Oct. 14: Chris Botti. Oct.
21: Jeff Daniels & Christine Lavin. Oct.
22: Dave Brubeck. Nov. 5: Rockapella. Nov. 18:
David Grisman Quintet. Nov. 19: Putumayo’s Acoustic
Africa. Dec. 2: Sister’s Christmas Catechism. Dec.
15: Judy Collins.
Turning Stone Casino Resort
26: Alice Cooper. Sept. 28: Terri Clark. Sept.
29-30: Scintas. Oct. 5: Tower of Power, the
Average White Power. Oct. 6: Engelbert Humperdinck.
Oct. 8: Dwight Yoakam. Oct. 18: Cyndi Lauper.
Oct. 21: Randy Travis. Oct. 26: Loretta Lynn.
Oct. 27: Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood. Nov.
2: Hootie & the Blowfish. Nov. 3: Kris Kristofferson.
Nov. 10: Cosmo. Nov. 7: Jewel. Nov. 16: Los
Lobos. Nov. 24: Dr. Dirty John Valby. Nov. 25:
Craig Morgan. Dec. 4: Clay Aiken. Dec. 7: the
Wreckers, Little Big Town. Dec. 9: Benny
Mardones. Dec. 12: Kenny Rogers. Dec. 15: Linda
Eder. Dec. 29: Jim Gaffigan.
University at Albany
Washington Ave., Albany, 442-3300
19: All-American Rejects, Ima Robot.
New Scotland Ave., Albany, 432-6572.
29: Metalion, To Hell and Back. Sept. 30: knotworking,
Slow Learner, French Press Marie. Oct.
7: Jim Lauderdale, Carolyn Marks. Oct. 10: Lisa
Germano. Oct. 11: the Sword, Seemless, Hell
on Sunday. Oct. 13-14: First Annual Root-A-Rama. Oct.
19: Mustard Plug, Against All Authority, Westbound
Train, Bomb the Music Industry, the Late Night
Show. Oct. 27: Murphy’s Law, Murderer’s Row,
After the Fall, To Hell and Back, Society
High. Nov. 20: Converge, Some Girls, Modern
Life is War.
Union St., Schenectady, 381-1111.
29: Rosanne Raneri Band. Oct. 4: GE Global Research
October Music Fest. Oct. 6: the Foy Brothers. Oct.
7: Dave’s True Story. Oct. 13: Mark Tolstrup Band,
No Outlet. Oct. 14: O’2L. Oct. 18: Katahdin’s
Edge. Oct. 21: Tunnels. Dec. 9: Jason Ricci.
WAMC Performing Arts Center
Central Ave., Albany, 465-5233 ext. 4
29: Soul Kitchen 10th Anniversary. Sept. 30: the Don
Byron Ivey Divey Trio. Oct. 5: Charlie Louvin.
Oct. 7: Aztec Two-Step. Oct. 8: Al DiMeola
Electric Quintet. Oct. 13: Work O’ the Weavers.
Oct. 22: Dar Williams. Oct. 26: Harvie S. Nov.
3: Sonny Fortune. Nov. 4: Betty and the Baby Boomers
20th Anniversary. Nov. 10: Toshi Reagan. Nov. 16: the
Kennedys, Sons of the Never Wrong.
at the Washington Avenue Armory.
of Washington Avenue and Lark Street, 476-1000
6: the Strokes, South. Oct. 17: Matisyahu
and Roots Tonic, State Radio, Moshav.
Oct. 25: Zakk Wylde’s Black Label Society, Black
Stone Cherry. Oct. 27: Golden Oldies concert. Oct. 29:
Alice in Chains, Hurt. Nov. 14: Angels and
Airwaves, the Sounds, Envy on the Coast.
Fall Cinema Preview
The fall is traditionally the most promising movie season,
with the number of cheerfully mindless blockbusters matched
by prestige dramas, indie releases and the usual slap-happy
comedies. So, we have a new James Bond, a glossy thriller
from Christopher Nolan, a happy brain-bubble from Michel Gondry
and more Christian Bale than anyone can handle. All genres
are represented here by promising films—and not a few probable
clunkers. We also note with interest that All the King’s
Men, which was included in last year’s Fall Cinema Preview,
is finally getting released this week; it’s certain to have
aged like fine wine on that shelf in the Sony vault.
village idiot: Sacha Baron Cohen in Borat.
Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation
of Kazakhstan Sacha Baron Cohen is the man of the
moment. His mockumentary about an idiot journalist from a
fictionalized Kazakhstan touring the U.S.—and revealing our
ugly prejudices—is very likely to be the funniest movie of
the fall. It is, at the very least, the most anticipated.
Pedro Almodovar returns with yet another acclaimed,
woman-centered melodrama featuring two of his more interesting
leading ladies, Carmen Maura (Woman on the Verge of a Nervous
Breakdown) and Penelope Cruz (yes, she was once an actress).
This is big-time Oscar bait which might actually be good.
Science of Sleep Dreams, reality—what’s the difference?
And who really cares? Not the protagonist of Eternal Sunshine
director Michel Gondry’s latest. With non-American hipster
actors (Gael Garcia Bernal, Charlotte Gainsbourg), instead
of Hollywood stars slumming in indieland.
Antoinette The doomed French queen is a rich girl
in search of self-actualization—and a good time—in Sofia Coppola’s
candy-colored, shot-on-location biopic. The excellent cast
includes Kirsten Dunst, Jason Schwartzman, Judy Davis, Rip
Torn, Asia Argento (perfectly cast as Madame du Barry) and
Than Fiction Will Ferrell is an average guy who starts
hearing a voice in his head. Unfortunately for him, it’s a
famous novelist (Emma Thompson), and he’s a character in her
latest novel. Oh, and she plans to kill him off. Surprisingly,
this was not written by Charlie Kaufman.
Camp Praise the Lord! A documentary about a summer
camp for pre-teens who want to preach the Gospel. The title
pretty much says it all, about both the content and the filmmakers’
point of view.
D in “The Pick of Destiny” Jack Black and Kyle Glass
form a band—Tenacious D—and achieve transcendent rock &
roll glory. Or something. Should be good for a couple of yuks.
Holiday If that’s not enough Jack Black for you, he’s
paired with Kate Winslet in this English romantic comedy.
Also with Cameron Diaz and Jude Law.
Your Consideration Christopher Guest’s latest faux
docu-comedy is set in the indie film world, and explores what
happens when a small film gets big Oscar-style attention.
With Eugene Levy, Catherine O’Hara, Parker Posey, Harry Shearer,
Fred Willard and Ricky Gervais.
Like a Kick in the Nuts
for Scoundrels Take a little Anger Management,
a lot of DodgeBall, a soupçon of Rushmore and,
voilá: School for Scoundrels, a comedy about learning
to be an aggressive asshole. Starring Billy Bob Thornton and
of the Month A couple of nitwit corporate nerds think
that if they win employee of the month, the company Hot Babe
(Jessica Simpson) will “date” them. Yeah, right.
Go to Prison Again, a case in which the title explains
everything—that, and the fact this one was made by Mr.
Show’s Bob Odenkirk.
of the Year Robin Williams plays a comedian who runs
for, and is elected, President of the United States. Let’s
hope he starts his term with a bombing raid on Texas.
Shut Up and Enjoy the Explosions
Royale Daniel Craig is the new James Bond in this
necessarily big-budget actioner. We want this to be good.
Vu Tony Scott action-thriller about a time-traveling
cop (Denzel Washington) trying to save a beautiful murder
victim (Paula Patton, most recently in Idlewild). What
does time travel have to do with déjà vu? Maybe we should
Rider: Operation Stormbreaker Alex Pettyfer is the
title character in this adaptation of the first of a popular
series of novels. Has a better cast, including Ewan McGregor,
Sophie Okonedo and Mickey Rourke, than one might expect. A
Eurohit, the sequels are already in the works.
Guardian Combine a director (Andrew Davis, The
Fugitive) and star (Kevin Costner) in need of hits with
an “actor” (Ashton Kutcher) in need of action-movie cred,
and this is what you get: a thriller about Navy Seals, with
lots of water and explosions.
Marine A marine comes home from war looking for a
new life. His girlfriend is kidnapped; marine kicks ass.
More, More, More
Balboa This is such a terrible idea, it will probably
work. Who can resist watching 60-year-old Sylvester Stallone
bring his most popular character back to the screen? And box?
Rambo IV is in the works, too.
Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning Executive producer
Michael Bay had an idea: “Instead of a sequel, let’s make
a prequel!” Bay’s continued employment is part of what makes
Christmas This is an example of counter-programming
at its best. Black Christmas is a remake of a classic
1970s killer-in-a-sorority-house flick (that starred Juliet
herself, Olivia Hussey); it’s set to open on Christmas Day.
Kids, Santa’s leaving a slasher under the tree this year.
Grudge 2 Hollywood’s love affair with Japanese horror
cinema continues in this Tokyo-based remake/sequel. Sarah
Michelle Gellar pops in long enough to justify her check.
Return Speaking of Ms. Gellar, she’s carved out (sorry)
quite a career for herself in quickie teen horror flicks.
(The kids still love Buffy, apparently.) In this one, she’s
a businesswoman drawn to the scene of a long-ago murder.
III Jigsaw returns, with ugly new torments and gross
methods of death. The kids love torture; no wonder
George W. Bush can rape the Geneva Conventions with so little
Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause Speaking of torture:
Tim Allen dons the fat suit one more time, battling used-to-be-funny,
now unbearably annoying Martin Short as Santa’s rival, Jack
The Big Pictures
Prestige Christopher Nolan’s supernatural thriller
stars Christian Bale and Hugh Jackman as rival 19th-century
magicians. The trailer looks tremendous. With Scarlett Johansson,
Michael Caine and David Bowie (as Nikola Tesla).
of Our Fathers Clint Eastwood’s epic about the World
War II battle for the island of Iwo Jima, with a non-all-star-cast
of newcomers. Scripted by Paul Haggis.
Good German Intrigue in post-World War II Berlin with
George Clooney and Cate Blanchett. Directed by Steven Soderbergh,
this thriller smells like Oscars.
Departed Martin Scorsese’s remake of a Japanese thriller
about a cop (Leonardo DiCaprio) who goes undercover with the
mob, and a mobster (Matt Damon) who goes undercover with the
cops. Problems ensue. Also starring Jack Nicholson, Mark Wahlberg
and Ray Winstone.
The Broadway hit finally comes to the big screen,
starring Beyoncé, Jamie Foxx and Eddie Murphy. The director,
Bill Condon, seems like an odd choice for a musical, but he’s
not a hack—see Chris Columbus, Rent—and Condon’s other
pictures (Gods and Monsters, Kinsey) were visually
inventive. So there’s hope.
In Mel Gibson’s first post-Passion film, a
secretive group of Jewish bankers plot the end of the world.
OK, not really: It’s about a crisis in a pre-Columbian civilization.
Times Edgy thriller from director David Ayer (who
wrote Dark Blue and Training Day) about an unbalanced
Gulf War II vet (Christian Bale) running amok in Los Angeles
for 24 hours. With Eva Longoria.
Fountain This would be the long-sought “fountain of
youth,” which Hugh Jackman (as a 16th-century explorer) finds
and drinks from (and lives for centuries). Darren Aronofsky
directed, with Rachel Weisz as Jackman’s long-lost love.
You Eric Bana competes in the World Series of Poker
in this Curtis Hanson-directed drama, costarring Drew Barrymore.
People still dig poker, eh? Weird.
Emilio Estevez directed this all-star drama about
the RFK assassination, which stars (in no particular order)
Anthony Hopkins, Demi Moore, Sharon Stone, Harry Belafonte,
Helen Hunt, Nick Cannon, Martin Sheen, Joy Bryant, Elijah
Wood, William H. Macy and Ashton Kutcher.
I Am He
You probably thought that Capote was enough
about Truman Capote. The makers of Infamous hope to
change your mind. With Toby Jones as the writer, Sandra Bullock
as Harper Lee and the new Bond, Daniel Craig, as one of the
In Cold Blood killers Oh, and Gwyneth Paltrow sings,
if you like that sort of thing.
With Scissors A portrait of an unhappy childhood among
the profoundly dysfunctional; the real-life family portrayed
in the film is quite pissed about it. With Annette Bening,
Gwyneth Paltrow (as a character named “Hope,” ugh), Brian
Cox and Alec Baldwin.
Last King of Scotland The title character (played
by Simon McBurney) is based on the young Scotsman who became
personal physician to Ugandan dictator Idi Amin, played with
horrific vehemence by Forest Whitaker. Also with Gillian Anderson
and Kerry Washington.
a Fire Apartheid-era true story of a nonviolent South
African driven to join the African National Congress by the
white oppressors. With Derek Luke and Tim Robbins; directed
by Phillip Noyce (The Quiet American, Rabbit-Proof
Queen The big-screen biopic of Elizabeth II we’ve
all been waiting for. That’s right, QE2—the current monarch
of Great Britain. The great Helen Mirren will be carrying
those oversized royal handbags.
An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus Nicole Kidman
is Oscar-hunting again in this film about legendary photographer
Arbus. With Robert Downey, Jr.
Nativity Story A reverent treatment of the birth of
Jesus Christ, with Keisha Castle-Hughes (Whale Rider)
as Mary. Something for those not interested in Black Christmas
Good Shepherd Robert De Niro, whose filmmaking efforts
have been limited and uninteresting, directs this epic history
of the Central Intelligence Agency. Starring Matt Damon.
Pursuit of Happyness Will Smith wants an Oscar too,
damn it, and will jerk as many tears as needed to get one
in this “based on a true story” of a homeless wannabe stock
broker and his young son.
Good Year Russell Crowe would just settle for moviegoers
liking him again, and so stars in this feel-good film about
a self-absorbed businessman who inherits a vineyard—and a
way of life. Ooh.
Feet Animated fun with happy penguins. Because, as
March of the Penguins proved, folks love penguins.
Season A grizzly bear (Martin Lawrence) and deer (Ashton
Kutcher) try not to get killed in hunting season. Our sympathies
are with the hunters. Animated.
Web The E.B. White story newly animated, with Julia
Roberts voicing Charlotte and Dakota Fanning as the pig.
at the Museum Ben Stiller is the new night guard at
the museum, and is shocked that the exhibits come alive when
the place closes down. Geez, with costars like Ricky Gervais
and Mickey Rooney, he should have known something was up.
the Halls Matthew Broderick and Danny DeVito are wacky
neighbors who battle over Christmas decorations. Nutty. Crazy.
Film Series & Festivals
Crandall Public Library Film Series
Glen St., Glens Falls, 792-6508. Call for showtimes.
3: An Inconvenient Truth. Al Gore explains global
warming. Oct. 10: Iron Island. Iranian drama
about people living on an abandoned, rusting tanker in the
Persian Gulf; there is subtext galore. Oct. 17: The
New World. Terrence Malick’s instant cult classic
about early European explorers in America. Oct. 24: Sketches
of Frank Gehry. Documentary about the renowned architect.
Nov. 7: Wordplay. Documentary about people crazy
for crossword puzzles. Nov. 14: Thank You For Smoking.
Wicked satire on tobacco lobbying, with Aaron Eckhart. Nov.
21: Stolen. The story of a notorious 1990 Boston
art robbery. Nov. 28: Lacombe Lucien. Louis
Malle’s 1974 drama about a French teenager in 1944 who, rejected
by the resistance, collaborates with the Nazis. Dec. 5: A
Prairie Home Companion. Robert Altman and Garrison
Keillor created this narrative film based on the long-running
PRI radio show.
Crandell Theatre, Main Street, Chatham, 392-1162, www.filmcolumbia.com.
Call for registration and showtimes.
19: Two Square Miles, Old Joy,
Babel. Oct. 20: The Aura, Candy,
The Lives of Others, Sneak Preview TBA,
The Host. Oct. 21: Children’s Program,
Requiem, The Celebration, Infamous,
Sneak Preview TBA. Oct. 22: High School Film Project,
Brother’s Shadow, Animation for Grown-Ups,
Iraq in Fragments, Breaking and Entering.
MASS MoCA Way, North Adams, Mass., (413) 662-2111. All screenings
at 8 PM.
19: Two Square Miles, Tapping Maple Ridge.
A documentary about stopping the construction of a cement
plant near Hudson is paired with another about wind farms
and maple syrup production in Lewis County, N.Y. Oct. 20:
Blackmail. Alfred Hitchcock’s marvelous silent
thriller—much superior to the sound version—with live music
by the Alloy Orchestra. Oct. 27: Stephanie Daley.
Tilda Swinton is a court-appointed psychologist in Hilary
Brougher’s drama about a girl accused of a terrible crime.
New York Writers Institute Classic Film Series
Hall, 135 Western Ave., University at Albany’s downtown campus,
Albany. Call for showtimes. 442-5620.
29: Shakespeare Behind Bars. Documentary about
a production of The Tempest at a Kentucky prison. Oct.
6: The Blondes. Argentine drama about a woman’s
search for her parents, who were “disappeared” in that country’s
“dirty war.” Oct. 13: The Cameraman. Buster
Keaton’s last great silent comedy. With Marceline Day. Oct.
20: Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.
Clint Eastwood’s film based on John Berendt’s best seller.
Oct. 26: Poison. Todd Haynes’ acclaimed drama.
Oct. 27: Boys Don’t Cry. Hilary Swank won an
Oscar as Brandon Teena, a woman who passed as a man—and paid
for this with her life. Nov. 3: Quai des Brumes.
Marcel Carné’s moody, doomy, memorable 1938 melodrama about
a man on the run. Nov. 10: A Letter to Three Wives.
Snarky Joseph L. Mankiewicz-directed melodrama about three
wives on a day trip who each receive a letter from the same
“other woman” informing them that their husbands are leaving
them. With Ann Southern and Kirk Douglas. Nov. 17: High
and Low. Taut Akira Kurosawa melodrama about a kidnapping;
the film casts a jaundiced eye at Japanese class divisions.
Dec. 1: Hyenas. Senegalese drama about a rich,
older woman who returns to her childhood village in search
of revenge. Dec. 8: Black Narcissus. Powell
and Pressburger drama about nuns trying to establish a convent
in remote Nepal. Often cited as the most beautiful color film
Saratoga Film Forum Fall Series
Arts Center, 320 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 584-FILM. Call
for showtimes and ticket prices.
28-29, Oct. 1: Kinky Boots. Comedy about an
English shoe factory that survives by making shoes for drag
queens. With Chiwetel Ejiofor. Oct. 5-6, 8: L’Enfant.
Dardenne brothers drama about a small-time hood faced with
being a father. Oct. 7: Beowulf & Grendel.
It’s the Norse warrior against the evil troll in this 2005
adaptation of the epic poem. With Stellan Skarsgard as King
Hrothgar. Oct. 12-13, 15: A Prairie Home Companion.
A fictionalized version of the radio program. Oct. 19-20,
22: Sketches of Frank Gehry. Documentary about
the man who built Bard’s Fisher Center, L.A.’s Disney Concert
Hall and Spain’s Guggenheim Museum (among others). Oct. 22:
Hudson Valley Film and Video Festival. Oct. 26-27,
29: A Scanner Darkly. Richard Linklater’s excellent,
animated version of Philip K. Dick’s terrifying novel of the
near future. With Keanu Reeves, Robert Downey Jr. and Winona
Ryder. Nov. 2-3, 5: Little Miss Sunshine. Dysfunctional
family takes road trip so young daughter can compete in beauty
contest. Cruel and funny. Nov. 4: Swim for the River.
Documentary about the first person to swim the length of the
Hudson River. Sophie Scholl: The Final Days.
Anti-Hitler youth meet their fate in 1943 Germany. Nov. 11:
Paper Clips. Isolated kids in the mountains
of Tennessee learn about the Holocaust in this documentary.
Nov. 16-17, 19: Edmond. A shlub (William H.
Macy) on the downward spiral. Written by David Mamet. Nov.
18: Nothing Really Happens: Memories of Aging Strippers.
The title pretty much covers the subject matter. Nov. 24-26:
The Heart of the Game. Documentary about inner-city,
girl basketball players. Nov. 30, Dec. 1, 3: Water.
Indian drama about Hindu widows. Dec. 7-8, 10: The Science
of Sleep. Another visit to a Michel Gondry cinema
funhouse. Dec. 14-15, 17: How to Eat Fried Worms.
Kid drama about self-esteem and, well, eating fried worms.
Sanctuary for Independent Media
6th Ave., Troy, 272-2390. Call for showtimes.
28: Contested Streets, Memorial Ride,
The Car-Free Lifestyle. Oct. 3: My Country,
My Country. Oct. 6: Witches in Exile.
Oct. 7: Darshan, the Embrace. Oct. 25: What
Do You Tear Down Next?, How to Live in a City.
The George Stoney Birthday Celebration. Oct. 26: Getting
Out. Oct. 30: The Other Side. Nov. 2:
In the Works Film and Video Festival. Nov. 14: The
Camden 28. Nov. 15: Conversations on a Sunday
Afternoon. Nov. 16: Men on the Edge: Fishermen’s
Diary. Nov. 28: Independent America.
Nov. 30: Talking Points + Talking Ponies. Dec.
7: Shadow Company. Dec. 14: Kabul Transit.
Time & Space Limited
Columbia St., Hudson, 822-8448. Call for showtimes.
29-30, Oct. 1, 7: The War Tapes. The “home movies”
of American G.I.’s in Iraq. Oct. 6-7: LoudQuietLoud.
A documentary about the Pixies—Black Francis and company,
not fairies or sprites. Oct. 8: A Grin Without a Cat.
Chris Marker’s meditation on the fate of the New Left. Oct.
20, 22, 28: Been Rich All My Life. Documentary
about Harlem chorus dancers of the 1930s. Oct. 27, 29: Aristide
and the Endless Revolution. Documentary about the
political story of Haiti over the last two decades.
WAMC Performing Arts Studio
Central Ave., Albany, 465-5233 ext. 4.
listings under Film Specials in Metroland’s weekly
Williamstown Film Festival
locations in and around Williamstown, Mass., (413) 458-9700,
19-29. See Web site for details.
Maude Baum and Company Dance Theatre/eba Dance Theatre
Theatre, 351 Hudson Ave., Albany, 465-9916.
4, Nov. 5, Nov. 10, Nov. 11: Brave New Dances.
Dance Theater at the Egg.
State Plaza, Albany, 473-1845.
21:Ten Foot Five. Oct. 27: [bjm_danse]. Nov.
17: India Jazz Suites. Dec.1: Snappy Dance Theater.
MASS MoCA Way, North Adams, Massachusetts, 664-4481.
6, 7: Ballet Hispanico.
Clinton Ave., Albany, 465-4663.
8: So You Think You Can Dance Tour: 2006.
State St.., Schenectady, 346-6204.
17: Bayanihan Philippine National Dance Company.
Dec. 2-3: Northeast Ballet’s Annual The Nutcracker.
N. Broadway, Saratoga Springs.
29, 30: Ellen Sinopoli Dance Theatre’s SPILL OUT!
Oct. 14: Celebration Weekend Performance students
present works choreographed by the faculty. Nov. 3: Stompin’
Soles and Terpsichore. Dec. 8, 9: Winter Dance Concert:
Skidmore Dancers present works choreographed by the faculty.
Art and Exhibits
Park Place, Hudson, 822-9763.
Oct. 8: Paintings by Jan Cunningham.
Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts
28, Blue Mountain Lake, 352-7715.
Sept. 29: Vessels with Attitude by Christine French,
and An Adirondack Aesthetic by Ellen Haffar. Through
Oct. 13: Visions of America, works by Jerry
Sheets. Sept. 23-Dec. 21: Perspectives, works by
Pat Jackson. Oct. 5-Dec. 20: Open Emotion by Laura
Smith. Oct. 10- Dec. 20: Drawn Out, works by Gay Lefebvre.
Adirondack Mountain Club
9N, Luzerne Road, Lake George, 668-4447.
Oct. 31: Paintings of the Adirondacks, works by Robert
Selkowitz. Oct. 31-Dec. 31: Upper Hudson Valley Watercolor
Aimie’s Lobby Gallery
Glen St., Glens Falls, 792-8181.
Nov. 3: works by Wayne and Trudy Smith. Nov. 9-Jan.
5: works by Skidmore Ceramics.
Albany Center Galleries
Public Library, 161 Washington Ave., Albany, 462-4775.
26-Oct. 28: Jan Galligan Presents: Workspaced-Out—1976-2006,
A Thirty-Year Introspective. Nov. 7-Dec. 16: works by
Tara Fracalossi and Harold Lohner.
Albany Institute of History & Art
Washington Ave., Albany, 463-4478.
Nov. 5: Picture Perfect: Photographs of Washington Park.
Through Dec. 3: Common Ground: 200 Years of Washington
Park. Through Dec. 31: Louis Slobodkin: Albany Artist
Rediscovered. Through Dec. 31: Flora, Fauna and Fantasy:
The Art of Dorothy Lathrop. Through Dec. 31: The Lathrop
Artists of Albany. Through Dec. 31: Frank Stella’s
Moby Dick: The Waves 1985-89.
Albany International Airport
Oct. 22: Michael Oatman’s Model Citizens Giant Size,
exhibition and documentary video screening.
Arts 220 Gallery & Studio
22, Salem, 854-3406.
30-Oct. 28: Works by Craig Barnes. Nov. 4-25: Works
by Arts 220 students. Dec. 4-30: Works by Stephen
The Arts Center Gallery at the Saratoga County Arts Council
County Arts Council, 320 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 584-4132.
Sept. 30: Works by Susan Wiley. Through Oct. 21: Indeterminate
Places, works by Christopher Fennell and James
The Arts Center of the Capital Region
River St., Troy, 273-0552.
Dec. 31.Circular Reasoning: An Exploration of Contemporary
Ceramics. Through Dec. 31: Slipped Away: The Story
of Albany Slip and the 19th Century Stoneware of the Capital
Warren St., Hudson, 828-4539.
30-Nov. 19: Works by Eric Rhein and Joy Taylor.
Main Street, Bennington, Vt., (802) 447-1571.
Oct. 16: The Jane Stickle Quilt. Through Nov. 3: In
Place: The Photographs of Neil Rappaport.
Carrie Haddad Gallery
Warren St., Hudson, 828-1915.
Oct. 29: Naïve, new works by nine artists. Nov. 2-Dec.
10: Works by Jane Bloodgood-Abrams, Barbara Mink,
and Tracy Helgeson. Dec. 14-Jan. 21: Works by Harry
Orlyk and Craig Johns.
Center for Photography at Woodstock
Tinker St., Woodstock, (914) 679-9957.
Oct. 22: Relationships: A Ten Year Bond, selections
from the CPW print collection. Through Oct. 22: Perfectible
Worlds, works by Sage Sohier.
Chapel + Cultural Center at Rensselaer
Burdett Ave., Troy, 274-7793.
26-Dec. 31: Works by Sylvia Aronson.
Chapman Historical Museum
Glen St., Glens Falls, 793-2826.
2-Feb. 4: Looking in the Mirror. Nov. 24-Jan. 7: Holiday
Display: Hidden Stories.
Clark Art Institute
South St., Williamstown, Mass., (413) 458-9545.
23-Jan. 7: Works on Paper: A Selection of Recent Gifts.
Oct. 8-Dec. 31: Alpine Views: Alexandre Calame and the
The College of St. Rose Art Gallery
Hall, 324 State St., Albany, 485-3900.
Oct. 12: Art and Design Faculty Show.
Columbia Greene Community College
Route 23, Hudson, 828-4181.
Sept. 26: Great Shapes, works by Donna Gould.
Through Sept. 28: Fly on the Wall: A Celebration of Exotic
Salmon Flies. Through Oct. 6: Bright Ideas, fall
fine art faculty show.
Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art
West Bay Road, Amherst, Mass., (413) 658-1100.
Oct. 22: The Wonderful Art of Oz. Through Dec.
10: Process: From Person to Pencil to Published.
Road, Route 80, Cooperstown, (888) 547-1499.
Oct. 31: Mysteries of the Lake: Otsego Lake . .
. Past and Present.
Fenimore Art Museum
Road, Route 80, Cooperstown, (607) 547-1400.
Dec. 31: Grandma Moses: Grandmother to the Nation.
Through Dec. 31: Reveal Conceal: The Transforming
Power of Masks. Through Dec. 31: Heartbeat and Harmony:
The Art of American Indian Women. Through Dec. 31:
Glories of Their Landscape: The Hudson River School.
Fulton Street Gallery
Fulton St., Troy, 274-8464.
Oct. 7: Invitational Fiber Arts Exhibition. Oct. 8-21:
Trashion. Oct. 25-Nov. 26: Scared *****ess.
Nov. 29-Dec. 31: Members exhibition and small works expo.
Broadway, Saratoga Springs. 580-0818.
Oct. 28: Inside the House, works by Clarence King,
Dale Payson, Regina Wickham, Don Wynn,
and Deborah Zlotsky.
Hancock Shaker Village
20, Pittsfield, Mass., (413) 443-0188.
Nov. 15: Handled with Care: The Function of Form in Shaker
Hudson Opera House
Warren St., Hudson, 822-1438.
30-Nov. 11: Papering the Town, historic wallpaper
Hudson Valley Community College
Teaching Gallery, 80 Vandenburgh Ave., Troy, 629-8063.
Nov. 4: Works by Stacy Greene. Nov. 16-Jan. 20 : Works
by Robin Arnold.
The Hyde Collection
Warren St., Glens Falls, 792-1761.
Dec. 3: American Portraiture from the Nineteenth and Twentieth
Centuries. Through Dec. 10: Facing Abstraction:
Refiguring the Body in the Twentieth Century.
Lake George Arts Project
Gallery, Canada and Lower Amherst streets, Lake George Village,
Oct. 20: mixed-media collages by Gammy Miller. Nov.
4-Dec. 8: Images and installations by Richard Garrison.
Local Color Art Gallery
Troy Schenectady Road, Latham, 786-6557.
Oct. 31: Art of the Harvest Moon.
MASS MoCA Way, North Adams, Mass., (413) 664-4481.
Oct. 31: Amusement Park, works by Carsten Höller. Through
Dec. 31: Ahistoric Occasion: Artists Making History.
Through Dec. 31: Gunnar A. Kaldewey: Artist Books
for a Global World, Four Collaborations in Depth. Through
Feb. 28: House of Oracles: A Huang Yong Ping Retrospective.
National Museum of Dance
S. Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 584-2225.
Dec. 31: Dance of the Iroquois. Through Dec. 31: Young
Dancer, photographs by Mark Sadan. Though Dec.
31: Memoirs of a Lake George Showboat Performer.
New York State Museum
State Plaza, Albany, 474-5877.
Dec. 31: Preserving Family History: The Heritage
of an Albany County Family. Through Jan. 7: Chocolate.
Through Feb. 25: Represent: Selections from the Studio
Museum in Harlem.
Nicole Fiacco Gallery
Warren St., Hudson, 828-5090.
23-Oct. 30: Parallel Passages: Lynn Davis at the Sites
of Frederic Edwin Church.
Norman Rockwell Museum
183, Stockbridge, Mass., (413) 298-4100.
Oct. 29: Frederic Remington and the American Civil War:
A Ghost Story. Through Jan. 28: Norman Rockwell’s
323 Saturday Evening Post Covers. Nov. 11-May 28: LitGraphic:
Exploring the World of the Graphic Novel.
Oakroom Artists Gallery
Unitarian Society, 1221 Wendell Ave., Schenectady, 374-4446.
Oct. 31: Works by George Dirolf and David Arsenault.
Nov. 5-28: Works by Helga Prichard.
Colleges, 140 New Scotland Ave., Albany. 292-7742.
Oct. 22: Works by Robert Beck. Nov 5-Dec. 8: Seminal Works
of Robert Richenburg.
Rensselaer County Historical Society
2nd St., Troy, 272-7232.
Sept. 30: Hold It! The Amazing, Incredible Box.
Terrace Heights, Schenectady, 382-7890.
Oct. 31: Routes: Pathways of Migration.
SKH Gallery of Textiles and Fine Craft
Station, Great Barrington, Mass., (413) 528-3300.
Oct. 3: Works by Bernd Hausmann and Joby Baker.
Nov. 4-Dec. 31: SKH Political.
Art Gallery, 815 N. Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 580-5049.
5-Nov. 5: Selected Art Faculty Exhibition. Nov. 9-Dec. 17:
Farouche, works by John McQueen.
203, Spencertown, 392-3693.
Sept. 24-Oct. 22: Abstractions, works by Christofer
Haun, Josh Podell, Jennifer Riley, and Don
Voisine. Oct. 28-Nov. 26: Focus: Robin Tewes.
Tang Teaching Museum and Gallery
College, 815 N. Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 580-8080.
Oct. 15: Somnambulist/Fabulist. Through Dec. 30: Opener
11: Nina Katchadourian: All Forms of Attraction. Oct.
7-Dec. 30: Twice Drawn.
Thomas Cole National Historic Site
Oct. 29: Jasper Cropsey: Interpreting Nature.
Gallery, Nott Memorial, Schenectady. 388-6131.
Oct. 15: Chester Alan Arthur: The Elegant President.
Oct. 26-Feb. 4: Armed: Contemporary Artists on Violence.
University Art Museum
at Albany, 1400 Washington Ave., Albany, 442-4035.
Nov. 12: Julie Heffernan: Everything That Rises. Through
Nov. 12: Flicker.
Valley Artisans Market
East Main St., Cambridge, 677-2765.
Oct. 14: When Czarinas Fly, works by Anastasia Nute.
Catholic Diocese of Albany Pastoral Center, 40 N. Main Ave.,
Oct. 27: Erich Miethner: Art and Life. Through 10/27:
quilts by Brunhilda Miller.
Williams College Museum of Art
Mass., (413) 597-2429.
Dec. 31: Screening Architecture. Through Oct. 29: Jacqueline
Humphries: New York. Through Oct. 1: Jackson Pollock
at Williams College: A Tribute to Kirk Varnedoe ’67. Oct.
12-Dec. 24: The Moon is Broken: A Collection of Photography
and Poetry. Oct. 12-April 15: Morning in a City,
Hopper’s Masterpiece Revisited.
Albany Pro Musica
are at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, www.albanypromusica.org.
9: Handel’s Messiah.
Albany Symphony Orchestra
under the direction of maestro David Alan Miller, take place
at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy 273-0038; the Palace
Theatre, Albany, 465-3334; Canfield Casino, Congress Park,
Saratoga Springs, 584-6920.
28: (Canfield Casino); Sept. 29 (Troy Savings Bank Music Hall):
An Italian Sojourn, featuring works by Respighi, Vivaldi,
Mendelssohn and the premiere of Antonioni’s Concerto for
Violin and Orchestra. With violinist Lorenza Borrani.
Oct. 21 (Palace Theatre): Hooray for Hollywood, with guest
pianist Kevin Cole. Nov. 10 (Troy Savings Bank Music
Hall): Guest conductor David Lockington leads the ASO
in works by Goldmark, Sibelius and the premiere of Sawyer’s
The Gale of Life. With violinist Dylana Jenson.
Dec. 2-3 (Palace Theatre): The Magic of Christmas.
performances are held at the Daniel Arts Center at Simon’s
Rock College in Great Barrington, Mass., and begin at 6 PM.
7: Monteverdi and His World. Featuring baroque violinist Julie
Leven and viola de gambist Laura Jeppesen.
Capitol Chamber Artists
Congregational Church, 405 Quail St., Albany, 458-9231. Concert
at 8 PM; preconcert recital at 7 PM.
7: Creativity and Madness. A program of works by Robert and
Clara Schumann. Nov. 18: 250 Years: A Mozart Birthday Celebration,
From Child Prodigy to Struggling Master. All-Mozart program.
Dec. 9: Beethoven Birthday Bash. An all-Beethoven program.
Close Encounters With Music
performaces will be held at Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center,
Great Barrington, Mass., and will start at 6 PM. (800) 843-0778.
21: Romantic Troika: Schumann and His Circle. Featuring pianist
Babette Hierholzer and guest Jane Alexander.
Dec. 2: Cantiga! Vocal and Instrumental Music from the Land
of 3 Faiths. With the Rose Ensemble.
deBlasiis Chamber Music Series
PM performances at the Hyde Collection, Helen Froehlich Auditorium,
161 Warren St., Glens Falls, 793-0531.
16: Violinist Rolf Schulte and pianist James Winn.
Nov. 13: Violist Julia Trahan and pianist Robin
Leaf Peeper Concerts in Columbia County
are at 7:30 PM at St. James Church, Routes 66 and 203, Chatham,
14: Works for violin, oboe and harpsichord with Edward
and Virginia Brewer. Oct. 28: Premiere of a new trio
by Kenny Barron.
Rhinebeck Chamber Music Society
start at 8 PM, and are at the Church of the Messiah, Route
9, Rhinebeck, (845) 876-2870.
21: Cavani String Quartet. Nov. 11: Bard Conservatory
Ensemble. Dec. 9: Rebel Baroque Ensemble.
Union College Concert Series
College Memorial Chapel, Union Street, Schenectady, 388-6131.
Call for concert times.
String Quartet at Union College.
4: Pianist Leon Fleisher. Oct. 22: Florestan Piano
Trio. Nov. 3: Parker String Quartet. Nov. 19: Pianist
Pei-Yao Wang and friends.
Dec. 3: Boston Camerata.
Schenectady County Community College
B. Taylor Community Auditorium, Begley Building, or Lally
Mohawk Room, Elston Hall, SCCC, Schenectady, 381-1200. Call
for times and locations.
29: Capital Region Wind Ensemble. Nov. 29: SCCC
Guitar Ensemble Concert. Dec. 4: SCCC Chorus and Vocal
Chamber Ensemble Concert. Dec. 11: SCCC Woodwind Chamber
Ensembles Concert. Dec. 15: SCCC Wind Ensemble Concert.
Schenectady Symphony Orchestra
Theatre, 432 State St., Schenectady, www.schenectadysymphony.org.
15: Timeless Romanticism, with pianist Wei-Jen Yuan.
Works by Carl Maria von Weber, Rachmaninoff, Brahms.
Recital Hall, Skidmore College, 815 N. Broadway, Saratoga
15: Veena Chandra. Oct. 16: Conwell Quintet.
Oct. 19: Guitarist Jason Vieaux. Oct. 22: Skidmore
College Orchestra. Oct. 27: Filene Scholarship Winners
Concert. Nov. 16: Pianist Andre-Michel Schub. Nov.
18: Skidmore College Orchestra. Nov. 30: Aaron Goldberg
Trio with Mark Turner. Dec. 2: Skidmore College
Troy Chromatic Concerts
Savings Bank Music Hall, Second and State streets, Troy, 273-0038.
7: Trio Solsti. Nov. 6: Pianist Hélène Grimaud.
Troy Savings Bank Music Hall
of Second and State streets, Troy, 273-0038.
28: Soprano Measha Brueggergosman. Dec. 19: Canadian
Brass Holiday Concert.
University at Albany
take place in the Recital Hall or the Main Theatre, Performing
Arts Center, 1400 Washington Ave., Albany, 442-3997.
14: The Gershwin Project with pianist Matt Herskowitz.
Oct. 21: Pianists Felice and Flora Kuan perform
works by Debussy, Prokofiev and more. Oct. 22: University
Symphony Orchestra. Oct. 30: University Concert Band
and Jazz Ensemble. Nov. 5: Capital Collegiate Choral
Fest VII. Dec. 3: 8th Annual Holiday Concert. Dec. 11: University
Percussion and Jazz Ensembles.
Albany Civic Theater
Second Ave., Albany, 462-1297.
Sept. 24: Murder by Poe. Nov. 3-19: Last
of the Red Hot Lovers.
B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts, (845) 758-7950
Oct. 7-8: Waiting for Godot. Oct. 11-14: Enough,
A Piece of Monologue, Texts for Nothing
III, VIII & XII. Oct. 12-15: The Beckett Trilogy:
Molloy, Malone Dies, The Unnamable.
Oct. 14-15: Westward Ho.
Barrington Stage Company
Union St., Pittsfield, Mass., (413) 236-8888.
N. Pearl St., Albany, 462-453
Oct. 14: Intimate Apparel. Nov. 3-Dec. 2: The
Underpants. Dec. 8-31: Triple Expresso.
+ Cultural Center
Burdett Ave., Troy, 274-7793
29: Bertrand Fay’s Greek Theater.
Remsen St., Cohoes, 237-5858
Oct. 8: Thoroughly Modern Millie.
South St., Pittsfield, Mass., (413) 448-8084
7: The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Oct. 8: Steve
Solomon’s My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish and I’m
Old Loudon Road, Latham. 877-7529.
Through Oct. 7: The Foreigner. Oct. 2-Nov.
18: The Mystery of Irma Vep. Dec. 1-Jan. 6:
State Plaza, Albany, 473-1845.
22: The Russian American Kids Circus. Oct. 29: Demetri
Martin. Nov. 19: Romeo and Juliet. Dec.
3: Harry the Dirty Dog. Dec. 10: Carlos Mencia.
66 and Town Hall Road, Ghent, 392-6264
6-22: The Oldest Profession. Nov. 24-Dec. 10:
First Methodist Church
432-6351. Call for showtimes.
1-3, 7-10: The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.
Good Times Lakeview Inn
Lake Road, Ballston Lake, 399-9976.
25, Nov. 15, Dec. 6, Dec. 31: Mystery on the Lake.
Oct. 28, Nov. 17: Elvis on the Lake.
Hilton Center For the Performing Arts
Russell Road., Albany, 453-1048.
Oct. 13-22: Rumors. Nov. 10-19: Give My
Regards to Broadway.
Home Made Theater
Little Theater, Saratoga Spa State Park, Saratoga Springs,
13-29: Urinetown, The Musical. Dec. 8-17: Alice
E. Main St., Cambridge, (518) 677-2495.
9-Dec. 3: Long Days Journey Into Night.
Valley Community College
Stapleton Theater, 80 Vandenburgh Ave., Troy, 629-HVCC
10: Savoy Express: Gilbert & Sullivan a la Carte.
York State Theatre Institute
Fine Arts Center, Russell Sage College, 37 First St., Troy,
6-24: Idiot’s Delight. Oct. 22-29: Better
Don’t Talk. Dec. 1-16: A Wonderful Life.
Oldcastle Theatre Company
9 and Gypsy Lane, Bennington, Vt., (802) 447-0564.
Oct. 8: Hard Times.
State St., Schenectady, 346-6204.
17-22: Mamma Mia!. Nov. 5: La Boheme.
Nov. 8: If You Give A Mouse A Cookie. Nov.
19: Disney’s Cinderella Kids and Disney’s Jungle
Book Kids. Nov. 25-26: Elton John & Tim Rice’s
Aida. Nov. 28: Nebraska Theatre Caravan’s A
Christmas Carol. Dec. 1-3: Nutcracker. Dec.
5-10: The Producers.
S. Church St., Schenectady, 382-2081.
20-29: To Kill A Mockingbird. Dec. 8-17: Catch
Me If You Can.
Kemble St., Lenox., Mass. (413) 637-1199
Oct. 19-29: Halloween: Kerfol & Poe.
Cross St., Hudson, 822-9667
18-29: Dracula: The Journal of Jonathan Harker. Dec.
8-9: A Christmas Carol.
No. 10 Theatre
Western, Albany, (518) 438-5503.
29-30, Nov. 24-25: Mop & Bucket Company.
Oct. 13-15: Countess. Oct. 20-29: A Fine
and Private Place. Nov. 3-5: Snow Dragon. Nov.
10-11: Antigone. Nov. 17-19: Rhinoceros.
Dec. 1-17: Pantomime Puss and Boots.
Theatre, University Performing Arts Center, Uptown Campus,
1400 Washington Ave., Albany, 442-3997.
27-28: Plays in Progress. Nov. 10-18: The Birthday Party.
Albany Public Library
Washington Ave., Albany, 427-4344.
30, 2 PM: Banned and challenged book readings in observance
of Banned Books Week. Oct. 2, 2-4 PM: “Community of Writers”
presents writers Tim Cahill, the Poet Essence, and
Rachel Zitomer. For information call 482-0262. 1st and
3rd Thursdays, 9:30 AM: Albany Writer’s Group.
NY (845) 758-1539.
2, 4 PM: William H. Gass, author of In the Heart
of the Heart of the Country, will read from new work.
Nov. 13, 2:30 PM: Lydia Davis, author of Almost
No Memory, reads from new work. Nov. 27, 4 PM: Valerie
Martin, author of Property, reads from new work.
The Book House
Plaza, Western Ave., Albany, 489-4761.
28, 2 PM: Suzanne Hokanson with Woven: A Bauhaus
Memoir. Sept. 30, 2 PM: Brett Hartman with Hammerhead
84. Oct. 14, 2 PM: Anita Sanchez with The Teeth
of the Lion. Oct. 24, 4 PM: For the kids, Jennifer
Armstrong with Once Upon a Banana and The American
Story. Oct. 26, 7 PM: Arlene Stein with My Eye
of the Apple. Oct. 28, 2 PM: Katherine Min with
Secondhand World. Oct. 29, 1-3 PM: Greg Case
with One Cake, One Hundred Desserts. Nov. 2, 7 PM:
Lynne Tillman with American Genius.
Phila Street, Saratoga Springs, 583-0022.
4, 7 PM: Open mic to feature poet Andrea Gibson. Oct.
9, 7 PM: Capital District storytellers gather for open mic
to spin their yarns. Nov. 1, 7 PM: Open mic to feature poet
Tim Verhaegen. Nov. 13, 7 PM: Capital District storytellers
will titiliate in this open mic. Nov. 26, 7 PM: Les Barker
author of 76 books to mezmorize with his humorous poetry.
Market Block Books
River St., Troy, 328-0045.
30, 1 PM: Melissa Robinson will sign her book The
Search for Canasta 404: Love, Loss, and the POW-MIA Movement.
Oct. 14, 11 AM: Amy Halloran will read her recently
published works in Alimentum. Oct. 21, 1 PM: Gregory
Rosenthal will sign and discuss his new book Car-Free
Lifestyle Guide to the Capital Region: Living Joyfully, Responsibly
and Communally. Oct. 26, 6:30 PM- 8:30 PM: Jeanne Shub
will sign and discuss her new book Ready To Learn: How
to Overcome Social and Behavorial Issues in the Primary Classroom.
Nov. 4, 11 AM: Lynn Miller-Lachmann will sign her newest
book, “eco-thriller” Dirt Cheap.
Moon & River Café
S. Ferry St., Schnectady, 382-1938.
Saturday of every month, 5 PM: Wired! poetry open mic.
New York State Writers Institute Visiting Writers Series
take place on University at Albany’s uptown and downtown campuses.
For information, call 442-5620.
28, seminar 4:15 PM, reading 8 PM: Author and journalist Ron
Rosenbaum, author of The Shakespeare Wars: Clashing
Scholars, Public Fiascoes, Palace Coups, will answer questions
and read. Oct. 5, seminar 4:15, reading 8 PM: Journalist Ann
Jones, author of Kabul in Winter: Life Without Peace
in Afghanistan will read. Oct. 10, 7 PM: staged
reading of Russell Banks’ The Moor and Banks
will be available for a discusison. Oct. 11, 4:15 PM seminar,
8 PM reading: Charles Mann, science journalist and
nonfiction writer, author of 1491: New Revelations of the
Americas Before Columbus, (2005) to discuss book. Oct.
17, seminar 4:15 PM, reading 8 PM: Iranian-American author
Nahid Rachlin, recently published her memoir, Persian
Girls. Oct. 19, seminar 4:15 PM, reading 8 PM: Translator
Gregory Rabassa to read from Gabriel García Márquez,
Julio Cortázar, Mario Vargas Llosa, Clarice Lispector, and
Jorge Amade. Oct. 24, 8 PM: Journalist and editor, John
Berendt, to read. Oct. 31, reading 8 PM: Poet Leonard
Slade Jr., author of 12 books, to read. Nov. 2, seminar
4:15 PM, reading 8 PM: Chinese-American Da Chen, author
of Colors of the Mountain, to read. Nov. 7, reading
12:15 PM: Historian and biographer James Kiepper, author
of Styles Bridges: Yankee Senator, to read. Nov. 9,
seminar 4:15, reading 8 PM: Claire Messud author of
The Emperor’s Children to read. Nov. 15, seminar 4:15
PM, reading 8 PM: Historian and bestselling author Garry
Wills to read. Nov. 28, seminar 4:15 PM, reading 8 PM:
Poet and fiction writer Yvette Christiansë will read.
Nov. 30, seminar 4:15 PM, reading 8 PM: Poets Linda Pastan
and Gerald Stern to read.
Open Door Bookstore
Jay St., Schenectady, 346-2719.
6, noon-1:30: Rise Routenberg and Barbara Wasser
to sign Divine Kosher Cuisine. Oct. 7, 1 PM- 2:30 PM:
Russell Dunn and Barbara Delaney to sign Trails
with Tails. Oct 10, 4 PM-5:30 PM: Author and illustrator
David McPhail to sign When Sheep Sleep and Boy
on the Brink. Oct. 26, 7:30 PM: Susan Richmond
to sign and read from her new book of poetry Birding in
Winter. Oct. 27, noon-1:30 PM: Elizabeth Rosner
to sign Blue Nude. Oct. 28, 1 PM-2:30 PM: Greg Case
to sign One Cake, One Hundred Desserts. Nov. 11, 1
PM-2:30 PM: Anita Sanchez to sign Teeth of the Lion.
Nov 18: Scott Ritter to give a brief talk and sign
Target Iraq: The Truth about the White House’s Plans for
Regime Change. Dec. 2, 1 PM-2:30 PM: Jennifer Armstrong
to sign Once Upon a Banana and The American Story:
100 True Tales from American History.
Saratoga Springs Public Library
Henry St., Saratoga Springs, 584-1198.
8, 3 PM: Saratoga Poetry Zone to feature Pamela
Clements and Elaina Frulla as guest poets.
Oct. 23, 7:30 PM: Writers on Reading welcomes guest writer
Kim Jensen who will read her own work and lead a discussion
of Israeli and Palestinian Voices: A Dialogue with Both
Sides by Cathy Sultan.
Troy Public Library
Second St., Troy, 274-7071.
24 and 31, 7 PM - 8:30 PM: Author, poet and journalist Iris
Lee Underwood will shed light on the process through which
an idea grows into a published work.
William K. Stanford Town Library
Albany Shaker Road, Loudonville, 458-9274.
17, 7 PM: Tuesday Night Live Poets’ Corner features poets
and writers to present their original work at this open forum.