back. After taking a New Year’s off, the Berkshire Bach
Ensemble are returning with two performances of Bach’s Six
Brandenburg Concerti. We don’t need to tell you how
J.S. Bach rocks; you know that J.S. Bach rocks.
What we do need to tell you is that Sunday’s performance
at Great Barrington’s Mahaiwe Theater is already sold out.
So, if you want to start the new year with some old-school
German baroque—some of the most beautiful music ever written,
by the way—you need to get tickets to Monday’s performance
at Pittsfield’s Colonial Theatre right now, if not
Berkshire Bach Society will perform Sunday (Dec. 31) at
6 PM at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center; tickets for
this performance are sold out. They will also perform on
Monday (Jan. 31) at 3 PM at the Colonial Theatre (111 South
St., Pittsfield). Tickets for this show are $45, $30 and
$15. For reservations and information, call (413) 997-4444.
Winter Festival, First Night Saratoga
thinking the same thing you are: What happened to Albany’s
First Night? After 20-some-odd years, the capital city has
taken its big ring-in-the-new-year bash off the schedule.
We don’t want to speculate (again), but we have to assume
that part of the decline in public interest for the event
had something to do with its exodus from the Center Square
neighborhood several years back. (It also has much to do
with First Night Saratoga devouring any like event in its
path, but we’ll get to that.) Anyway, the city of Albany
is making up for the lack of an organized New Year’s Eve
party with the first Albany WinterFestival, a family-oriented
day of activities and entertainment featuring most of the
regular First Night attractions (the 5K Last Run, live music,
fireworks, freezing-cold temperatures) without the pesky
Meanwhile, First Night Saratoga continues to grow. Now one
of the biggest events of its type in the Northeast, the
citywide celebration encompasses more than 30 venues/locations
with about a billion acts (give or take) scheduled to perform
(including the Ramblin Jug Stompers, pictured here preparing
to do some stomping and jugging). Again, it’s alcohol-free
and family-friendly; again, there’ll be live music, fireworks,
a 5K run, and the bitter chill of the crisp evening air.
We wouldn’t have it any other way.
Albany Winter Festival takes place Saturday (Dec. 30) from
noon to 6 PM. Admission is free. For a complete schedule
of events or for more information, call 434-2032 visit www.albanyevents.org.
First Night Saratoga kicks off Sunday (Dec. 31) at 4 PM
and culminates with fireworks at midnight. Buttons are $12,
children under 5 are free. For a schedule of events or for
more information, call 584-8262 or visit www.firstnightsaratoga.org.
those who can’t or choose not to remember the ’80s, comedy
was all the rage. Stand-up comics were the rock stars of
the day, in addition to the regular rock stars, of course.
But who would you rather have been stuck in an elevator
with: the young, sharp Eddie Murphy, or Boy freaking George?
Right—Eddie had the funny dick jokes.
it came to pass that a pompadour-wearing, North Jersey-asshole
type would become the top comic of his day, thanks to a
misogynistic, homophobic, xenophobic, and wholly mean-spirited
act—plus some dirty nursery rhymes. (These were different
times, remember; the era of Andrew “Dice” Clay neatly coincided
with those of 2 Live Crew and Married . . . With Children.)
So Clay sold out Madison Square Garden, grabbed a few movie
roles (Ford Fairlane, we hardly knew ye), got himself
banned from just about every television network (cable or
otherwise), and eventually faded into obscurity. But once
the P.C. ’90s were dead and buried, he came back; today,
thanks to regular appearances on the Opie & Anthony
Show (yeah, thanks!) and Howard Stern’s satellite-radio
program, the man behind the classic platter Face Down
Ass Up is once again a commodity. Ba-da-bing.
The Diceman cometh to the Palace Theater (19 Clinton Ave.,
Albany) tonight (Thursday, Dec. 28), with special guests
Louis C.K. and Jim Florentine. Tickets for the 8 PM show
range from $25 to $55. For more information, call the Palace
box office at 465-3334.