Lustre Kings’ Elvis Birthday Bash
our calculations, Elvis Presley would have been, let’s see,
173 years old on January 8. (You might want to check the
math on that.) And even though Kurt Cobain recently unseated
him as the No. 1 money-earning dead celebrity, we’re fairly
certain that nobody will be staging Nirvana tributes to
mark Cobain’s birthday 20 years from now. Elvis, he gets
that kind of thing. Because he is one of our most cherished
American icons. Because we still tear up every time we hear
“In The Ghetto.” And because he’s the King.
Capital District rockabilly aces Mark Gamsjager and the
Lustre Kings will pay tribute to Elvis on occasion of what
would have been his birthday this Saturday (Jan. 6) at the
WAMC Performing Arts Studio (339 Central Ave., Albany).
Tickets for the 8 PM show are $22. To reserve tickets, call
the box office at 465-5233 ext. 4.
this should be The Manchurian Candidates. On Sunday
afternoon, the Palace Theatre will host a double feature
of the original 1962 film, which is a masterpiece of Cold
War skullduggery, and its 2004 remake, which is a thoroughly
entertaining update to our paranoid age of Persian Gulf
adventures and multinational corporate evil.
Frankenheimer’s original, which starred a startlingly vulnerable
Frank Sinatra and an ingratiatingly repulsive Laurence Harvey
(pictured here), is taut and funny. It moves smoothly from
political comedy to murderous horror, enhanced by the wit
of George Axelrod’s script. It also has Angela Lansbury,
stealing the picture as the most purely evil mother in cinema
Jonathan Demme’s remake has formidable leads, too, in Denzel
Washington (at his best, as always, playing characters at
the breaking point) and Meryl Streep, who plays the villainous
mom as if Hillary Clinton’s soul had been replaced by Barbara
Bush’s. The plotting isn’t as elegant, but the tension and
wit are sharp and effective. The remake also sports a stellar
cast, including Liev Schreiber, Kimberly Elise, Jeffrey
Wright and Bruno Ganz.
The Palace Theatre (19 Clinton Ave., Albany) will screen
the 1962 version of The Manchurian Candidate at 1
PM on Sunday (Jan. 7). The 2004 remake will be screened
at 3:30 PM. Tickets are $5 and cover both halves of the
double feature. For more info, call 465-4663.
School Musical: The Concert
don’t get much more fresh-faced than this one, as High
School Musical stars Vanessa Hudgens (“Gabriella,” pictured),
Monique Coleman (“Taylor”), Ashley Tisdale (“Sharpay”),
Corbin Bleu (“Chad”) and Lucas Grabeel (“Ryan”) sing all
your favorite songs from the smash TV hit.
“you” are over 21, however, “you” probably have no idea
what High School Musical is. That is, unless you’re
old enough to be parents of the kind of Disney Channel-watching
teens and tweens who made the made-for-TV movie High
School Musical a worldwide ratings smash. The success
spread to the charts—the soundtrack went triple platinum
in 2006—and DVD, too. Which is why much of the original
cast is probably going to pack the Pepsi Arena—oops, we
mean the Times Union Center—on Sunday night.
School Musical: The Concert will be presented Sunday
(Jan. 7) at 7 PM at the Times Union Center (formerly the
Pepsi Arena, 51 S. Pearl St., Albany). Tickets are $57.50
to $37.50. For reservations and information, call 487-2000.