Thile and the How to Grow a Band
Nickel Creek released their self-titled debut disc in 2000,
they risked being written off as a novelty: a young trio
playing acoustic “newgrass,” a genre usually reserved for
wizened old porch-sitters. But the fresh faces belied a
deep talent, and they’ve gone on to be recognized as one
of the finest and most successful acts in the field. Their
most recent disc, 2005’s Why Should the Fire Die?,
was their very best; too bad, as they announced last
summer that they would cease performing together indefinitely
at the end of their current tour.
That brings us to this Saturday’s show, in which mandolinist
Chris Thile brings his How to Grow a Band to the Egg for
a performance of music from his decidedly more pop-slanted
How to Grow a Woman From the Ground. It’s actually
Thile’s fifth solo release; his first came in 1994, at the
tender age of 13. (Aww.)
Chris Thile and the How to Grow a Band, and guest Sometymes
Why?, will perform this Saturday (Feb. 10) at the Egg (Empire
State Plaza, Albany). Tickets for the 7:30 PM show are $22.
For more information, or to purchase tickets, contact the
box office at 473-1845.
artist starts out young and hungry, but few are granted
the karmic luxury of becoming as iconic as Andy Warhol.
With Warhola Becomes Warhol, the Williams College
Museum of Art gives the public a look into the artist’s
early days as a commercial artist, before those bananas
and soup cans made him one of the most recognizable names
in pop art.
simultaneously is Kota Ezawa: Re-Animating History.
Becomes Warhol opens this Saturday (Feb. 10) at the
Williams College Museum of Art (Williams College, Williamstown,
Mass.). The exhibit will remain on display until June 10.
A reception and pop-art dialogue will take place on Feb.
27, and several gallery talks are scheduled through the
exhibit’s run. For more information, call (413) 597-2429
or visit www.wcma.org.
O’ Connor Dance
always trying something new over at eMPAC; on Saturday,
they will present their first live dance presentation when
Tere O’ Connor Dance performs Frozen Mommy. (It’s
at a new location for eMPAC, too: the WMHT Studio in Rensselaer
Mommy is a “darkly humorous” work of word and dance.
Narrative-free, Frozen Mommy is performed on a bare
stage, as the dancers “lead the viewer on an elliptical
journey . . . imitating the magpie strategy of human thought
processes. . . .” The O’Connor company is celebrating its
25th anniversary this year, so we’ll assume it’s journey
EMPAC will present the Tere O’ Connor Dance performance
of Frozen Mommy on Saturday (Feb. 10) at 8 PM at
the WMHT Studio (Rensselaer Tech Park, Troy). Admission
is $15 general, $5 for seniors and students, and free with
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute ID. For reservations and
information, call 276-3921.