Faction—that’s what AFI, the Californian kings of goth-punk,
call their loyal fanbase, though we would have gone
with something like the Fire Tribe (sorry, Clay People).
Nevertheless, Despair Faction, you have reason to despair
no more! AFI are going to drape the Armory in the darkness
of their hearts this Saturday, right after Halloween and
just days before election day—no Albany resident is safe.
Picture Albany Mayor Jennings no longer tanned but instead
covered in white face paint and purple eye shadow, or Gov.
Pataki, returned triumphantly from Iowa, with his arms covered
in frilly lace, his hair dyed black and cut into a gothic
Mohawk, just to welcome the current kings of the undead
into the capital of New York. Of course our favorite politicians
would need to take on properly goth names like AFI lead
singer Davey Havok, or bassist Hunter. We think John Sweeney’s
goth name would be John Kickass; Pataki’s would be George
Ghostly; and Jennings, simply Apricot. Seriously, though,
don’t miss what might be one of the most exciting shows
the Capital Region will be blessed with this season, and
don’t forget to bring your face paint!
AFI will perform at the Washington Avenue Armory (195 Washington
Ave., Albany) on Saturday (Nov. 4) at 8 PM. Tickets are
$22. For tickets, call the box office at 694-7160 ext. 26.
had a discussion in the office a year or so ago about words
that are, and are not, funny. “Underpants,” it was agreed,
is a very funny word.
Turns out we weren’t the first geniuses to come to this
conclusion. When, back in, oh, 1910, Carl Sternheim
wrote a play about a woman losing her underwear in public,
he called it The Underpants. And, when Steve Martin
adapted the play for modern audiences a few years back,
he was smart enough to keep The Underpants as the
title: It just says, “We’re going to bring the funny.”
Capital Repertory Theatre will present The Underpants,
and they’re promising an “entertaining romp about politics,
feminism, fidelity, sexuality and hidden desire.”(And underpants.)
Mich ael Evan Haney is directing the production.
Underpants opens tonight (Thursday, Nov. 2) with a pay-what-you-will
performance at 7:30 PM at Capital Repertory Theatre (111
N. Pearl St., Albany). There are preview performances Friday
through Tuesday (Nov. 3-7), with the grand opening night
Wednesday (Nov. 8) at 7:30 PM. The run of the play continues
through Dec. 2. Previews are $27-$32; regular performances
are $35-$42. For more information, call the box office at
has a rich history, a vibrant (if, occasionally, ethically
challenged) state government, a diverse population, terrific
restaurants and theaters, great public parks, plenty of
fun things to do . . . and a boatload of abandoned buildings.
One need look no further than Wellington Row on State Street
downtown, but one should explore the city’s many neighborhoods,
and you will find literally hundreds of beautiful, historically
significant abandoned structures.
Historic Albany Foundation’s Vacant Buildings Initiative
is “part of an effort to promote awareness of Albany’s endangered
buildings.” Vacancy: Albany’s Abandoned Buildings Through
Artists’ Eyes is HAF’s annual juried art show-auction-gala,
and is one way the organization raises money for the program.
By attending Vacancy this Saturday night, you can
enjoy some wonderful art and support a very worthy cause.
Albany’s Abandoned Buildings Through Artists’ Eyes will
be held Saturday (Nov. 4) from 7 to 10 PM at the Cathedral
of All Saints (62 S. Swan St., Albany). Tickets are $50.
For more information, call Historic Albany Foundation 465-0876