best friend: Our World at the Chapel + Cultural Center.
WILL BE MISSED: Unhappy word
comes from Albany Poets vice president Mary Panza,
who let us know of the “unexpected” passing of poet-musician
Pat Covert. Covert, Panza noted, “was an old-school
regular from the QE2 days.” His contributions to the
scene dated back to the readings hosted by Tom Nattell
at the Q. “More recently,” Panza wrote in her e-mail, “Pat
had appeared at the New Age Cabaret, Valentine’s, and the
2002 Albany Word Fest.” A special tribute to Covert will be
held on Oct. 30 at the next Poets Speak Loud open mic
night at the Lark Tavern (453 Madison Ave., Albany), featuring
Deb Bump as featured performer. To see a special photo
gallery dedicated to Covert, visit www.albany poets.com.
NOT YOUR TYPICAL OKTOBERFEST: OK, it’s not really any
kind of an Oktoberfest, but the combination of Germanic food
and Germanic music being offered on Oct. 26 at the Schenectady
County Community College made the reference unavoidable.
The food will be supplied by the SCCC Culinary Arts Department
at 6 PM in the Van Curler Room; the music by the Musicians
of Ma’alwyck at 8 PM in the Lally Mohawk Room.
The dinner will include sauerbraten (beef marinated
in vinegar, then sauced and spiced before cooking) and sachertorte
(a dense chocolate cake invented long ago by our Viennese
friends). The concert will feature the music of W.A. Mozart,
Haydn, J.C. Bach and Leopold Mozart,
courtesy of the fine early musical ensemble. Tickets for the
event are $50, and must be purchased through the SCCC college
store. For reservations, call 377-1606.
DOCUMENTING THE JOURNEY: Photographer Sylvia Aronson
and singer-songwriter Rosanne Raneri have teamed up
for a performance on Oct. 26 to celebrate the opening of their
collaborative exhibit at Troy’s Chapel + Cultural Center
(Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy). Our World
follows the life of a “companion animal”—in this case, a dog—from
the cradle to the grave. Aronson’s images will be displayed
with Raneri’s verse, to “use spirit and matter, sign and symbol
to open the door to engage the viewer . . . in a non-verbal
dialogue.” The exhibit opens Oct. 26 with a reception from
5:30 to 7 PM—Raneri will perform at 6:15 PM—and continue through
Nov. 20. For more information, call 274-7793.
WHAT’S THE FREQUENCY KENNETH? Why, it’s Frequency North,
Dan, the unusual, even “quirky” visiting-writers series at
Albany’s College of Saint Rose. It debuted last spring,
and the brainchild of Saint Rose assistant English professor
Daniel Nester returns on Oct. 26 with The Million
Poems Show. This program is planned as a kind of late-night
talk show, only with poets, and will be presented at 7:30
PM in the Saint Joseph Hall Auditorium (985 Western Ave.,
Albany). Nester has explained that “it seemed to me that there’s
the New York State Writers Institute and community-based open
readings, and there’s nothing in between. . . . This series
fills a space with something that Albany hasn’t necessarily
had on a regular basis: hip, not necessarily best-selling
writers, but ones with a following and who are doing something
different and interesting.” So check out The Million Poems
Show on Oct. 26, and The Most Special Person Ever
Contest with Hal Niedzviecki and Nelly Reifler—also
at 7:30 PM, also in the Saint Joseph Hall Auditorium—on Nov.
30. Other events are planned for March and April of next year,
so stay tuned. Or check the Web site www.strose.edu.