Annual Tulip Festival
all go to the park! Spring’s finally here to stay—we hope—and
it’s just in time for the 59th Annual Tulip Festival, starting
with a kickoff party tomorrow (Friday, May 11), and ending
Sunday (May 13). The tulips and the fried dough will be
in full bloom at Albany’s Washington Park this weekend,
as artisans, vendors, games, kids’ entertainment and all
that stuff will be strewn about the park, making for a good
afternoon (or two) out with the fam. And other, tulip-related
activities are scheduled around town, including a benefit
luncheon on Friday at the Crowne Plaza’s Grand Ballroom
and the Royal Tulip Ball on Saturday at Wolfert’s Roost
Country Club, not to mention the coronation of a new Tulip
Queen, and the Mother of the Year contest.
Plus, there’s music! The fun begins Friday afternoon (at
5:45 PM) with a performance by the Empire State Wind Ensemble.
The amphitheatre stage at the Lakehouse will feature regional
favorites on Saturday and Sunday. The main stage, on the
parade grounds, features an alternative-rock lineup on Saturday,
headlined by Joan Jett and the Blackhearts; Sunday brings
mom-friendly fare, including lite-jazz trumpeter Chris Botti
(pictured), and classy jazz-blues singer Kevin Mahogany.
The 59th Annual Tulip Festival takes place in (and around)
Washington Park in Albany tomorrow (Friday, May 11) through
Sunday (May 13). For a full schedule of events and locations,
visit www.albanyevents.org or call 434-2032.
you missed April in Paris—we did, and we’re genuinely annoyed
that we couldn’t make it this year—then you can experience
a bit of France in May this weekend with the Capitol Chamber
Artists. The acclaimed chamber ensemble will present a pair
of concerts with a French theme.
course, this means French composers; the program will include
Faure’s Fantasie (for flute and piano), as well as
works by Ravel and Durufle. The concerts also will feature
the world premiere of the Piano Trio by cellist and
Albany native André Laurent O’Neil (pictured). O’Neil is
known for his performances with the ensemble New Trinity
Baroque, and has had his music performed in both Europe
and the states.
Capitol Chamber Artists will perform Saturday (May 12) at
8 PM at the First Congregational Church (405 Quail St.,
Albany). There is a preconcert recital at 7 PM. They will
also perform Sunday (May 13) at 3 PM at Community Hall (Benson,
Vt.); the preconcert recital is at 2 PM. Tickets for each
performance are $16 general admission and $8 students. For
more info, call 458-9231.
James Dio is not so much a rock star as he is a force of
nature, a mythical creature born of something both primal
and ethereal, an ageless elfin warrior prepared to rock
for an eternity. Although it is rumored he is somewhere
between his late 50s and early 60s, most would rather not
know exactly what day he was born, because knowing such
a date would be like staring into the eye of Medusa, listening
to the voice of God, or turning for one last glimpse of
Sodom and Gomorrah. On Monday, not only will the throngs
of metal faithful have a chance to bow at the leather-clad
feet of he who is metal, they also will have the opportunity
to thank those who forged the metal: Black Sabbath. When
the Sabbath and Dio join forces as “Heaven and Hell” on
stage at the Times Union Center, it is possible that there
will be a rift in the time-space continuum and all will
cease to be, so consider yourself lucky that in the moments
leading up to Heaven and Hell you will be serenaded—er,
berated by thrash behemoths Machine Head (pictured) and
Megadeth. Be warned: To miss the Dio is to diss the Dio,
and no one disses Dio.
Heaven and Hell will hit notes you never thought possible
on Monday (May 15) at 7 PM, at the Times Union Center (51
S. Pearl Street). Tickets are $49.50 and $39.50. Call 1-800-30-EVENT
for more information.