Copeland, the Holmes Brothers
of the blues, listen up: A double bill of renowned blues
performers will grace the stage at the Egg this weekend
for one special night.
Harlem-born Shemekia Copeland started her remarkable singing
career when she was 16, singing backup for her dad (blues
guitar great Johnny Copeland) on tour. She began her solo
career 10 years ago, when she was 18; since then, she’s
garnered five Blues Music Awards, a Grammy nomination, and
five Living Blues Awards. She’s released four albums, each
one praised to no end by critics. Her most recent one, The
Soul Truth, has been hailed the strongest of her career
Copeland also hosts a show (Shemekia Copeland’s Blues
Show) on Sirius Satellite Radio’s blues channel on Saturday
afternoons, during which she tells stories about playing—and
actually plays—the blues.
calls Copeland an “extraordinary talent. . . . Copeland
is a vocalist who knows few stylistic limitations. She’s
a true blues diva.”
The Holmes Brothers are currently on tour on support of
their critically acclaimed new CD, called State of Grace,
which features soulful covers of a diverse selection of
acts—from Cheap Trick to Lyle Lovett.
Shemekia Copeland and the Holmes Brothers will perform at
the Egg (Empire State Plaza, Albany) on Saturday (Feb. 3)
at 7 PM. Tickets are $24. For more information or to order
tickets, call the Egg’s box office at 473-1845 or visit
Schmid Photoworks: 1982-2007
at this photo, you might think it’s some kind of glamour
shot: The girl is young and beautiful, and the shot seems
perfectly composed. Look closer, because No. 460, Rio
de Janeiro, December 1996 is a picture of a homeless
teen sleeping on a Rio sidewalk. It’s part of photographer
Joachim Schmid’s series “Pictures From the Street,” and
is one of numerous images on exhibit at the Tang Teaching
Museum and Gallery beginning this Saturday.
According to the folks at the Tang, Schmid “provocatively
blurs boundaries between the roles of photographer, artist,
historian, critic, and archeologist.” He’s also rarely shown
in the United States, so this is a special event.
Also opening at the Tang this weekend is the exhibit Martin
Kersels: Heavyweight Champion, which runs from Feb.
3 through June 17.
Schmid Photoworks: 1982-2007 opens Saturday (Feb. 3)
at the Tang Teaching Museum and Gallery (Skidmore College,
815 N. Broadway, Saratoga Springs) and continues through
April 29. For gallery hours and information, call 580-8080.
Terrence McNally’s play Corpus Christi opened in
New York back in 1998, you may recall there was a firestorm
of controversy. While the action takes place in contemporary
Texas, it’s also a rewrite of the Passion Play—with the
Jesus figure and his friends, er, apostles, portrayed as
gay men. (“Sexual jealousy” drives the Judas character to
his act of betrayal.) It was both praised and damned.
Now, Confetti Stage will present Corpus Christi at the Arts
Center of the Capital Region in Troy, beginning tonight
Reached by telephone, Corpus Christi director Neilson
R. Jones is asked if it was a difficult decision to stage
the play. He pauses, then explains, “I actually wanted to
do it last year, but it kinda got voted down.”
Interestingly, Jones says, he hasn’t heard negative feedback
about this production. Maybe, he wondered, if it’s because
this area is “more liberal” than most.
speaks to me,” Jones adds. McNally’s play is about prejudice
and acceptance, and, Jones explains, is dramatically engaging:
“It’s very unconventional how he lays it out.”
This Corpus Christi doesn’t emphasize the Christ
angle, either: “I tried not to focus on the religious story
. . . [and focus] more on the character development” in
Like McNally’s other plays, Corpus Christi requires
an all-male cast; men play women’s roles, too. This production
includes four actresses, however, because, for whatever
reason, not enough men showed up for the audition. Jones
saw this as a positive opportunity, however. The play is
“about acceptance,” Jones notes, and the decision to open
up the casting to women was a way of reinforcing this theme.
Christi opens tonight (Thursday, Feb. 1) at 8 PM in
the Joseph L. Bruno Theatre at the Arts Center of the Capital
Region (265 River St., Troy), and continues, Thursdays through
Sundays, through Feb. 10. Tickets are $10. Call 253-1253
for ticket information and showtimes.