know what you’re thinking—why have a food-pantry benefit
in January? And don’t we usually do this thing in November?
Well, here’s the deal: We had this bright idea that maybe,
just maybe, the pantries might have been depleted over the
long holiday season, and maybe, just maybe, they could use
our help now more than ever. Or, we just plain forgot. Whatever.
Draw your own conclusions; we’ll just put on the damn show.
And what a show it is: This Saturday, Valentine’s is the
place to be for Metroland’s Feedback 2007 Local Music
Bash and Food Pantries Benefit. There’ll be live music on
two stages, with bands playing right into the wee hours.
Long-running Capital Region bands Super 400 and the Clay
People will serve as headliners; you’ll also get sets from
alt-folk trio Paddy Kilrain and the Burger Band, ska-punkers
Public Access, prog-punkers Aficionado, punk-poppers the
Loyalty, pure-pop denizens Hector on Stilts, newcomers Alta
Mira and Two Gun Man, plus our pick for Best Band in the
2006 Best of the Capital Region issue, the Luxury Flats.
Feedback 2007 takes place at Valentine’s (17 New Scotland
Ave., Albany) this Saturday (Jan. 20). Doors open at 6:30
PM; music starts at 7:30. Admission is $7, or $5 with a
nonperishable food item. We can’t stress that last part
enough—this is a food-pantry benefit, people; you
can surely spare a can of beans for the cause. For more
information, call Valentine’s at 432-6572, or visit www.metroland.net.
remember the days of live radio, before television took
over, when all of the drama and adventure of an outer-space
mission could be broadcast using just a few actors and a
bunch of talented noisemakers (aka Foley artists)? You don’t
remember that? What are we, 70? Fine, then check this out:
Salvage Vanguard Theater of Austin, Texas, presents The
Intergalactic Nemesis, a family-friendly production
in the style of a 1930s radio drama. It’s your standard
story of an intrepid reporter who has to defend the Earth
from alien creatures. Everything here is period, from the
dialogue to the storyline (the idea of outer space was so
meta back then!), and it’s presented with appropriate voice-over
vim, plus all those wonderfully colorful bangs and crashes
Salvage Vanguard Theater will perform The Intergalactic
Nemesis tomorrow (Friday, Jan. 18) at the Troy Savings
Bank Music Hall (30 2nd St., Troy). Tickets for the 8 PM
show are $27 and $24, $15 for students. For more information,
or to purchase tickets, call 273-0038.
the two-plus centuries of American presidents, artists have
captured our leaders, in paint or clay, as strong, virile
paragons of virtue and wisdom. Which is good and lovely
and right. On the other hand, however, there are nontraditional
portraits like those in the exhibit Mr. President,
opening today at UAlbany’s University Art Museum, which
capture less-than-officially-sanctioned views of our POTUSes.
example, there is Andy Warhol’s Vote McGovern (pictured,
1972), which is self-evidently ambivalent toward its subject,
Richard Milhouse Nixon. Other artists whose work will be
featured include Melanie Baker, Chuck Close, Komar and Melamid,
Rachel Mason, Robert Terry and many, many more.
President opens today (Thursday, Jan. 18) and continues
through April 1at the University Art Museum (University
at Albany, 1400 Washington Ave., Albany). For gallery hours,
call the museum at 442-4035.