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David Copperfield

. . . as in the illusionist, not the Dickens novel.

That’s right—the man who “levitated” over the Grand Canyon, “walked through” the Great Wall of China and made the Statue of Liberty “disappear” is coming to town to dazzle the huddled masses with his finely honed ocular trickery. We were hoping to get an interview with Mr. C, if only to ask him if he’s ever heard about the (rather disgusting) sex act that bears his name, and if he ever had a chance to introduce it to Claudia (Schiffer). Alas, he ain’t talkin’. So, we’ll simply speculate that tonight’s performance—An Intimate Evening of Grand Illusion, the show is called—will be filled with the visual thrills he’s practiced for so many years. He might even fly.

David Copperfield will present An Intimate Evening of Grand Illusion this evening (Thursday, May 17) at Proctor’s Theatre (432 State St., Schenectady). Two shows are scheduled, at 5:30 and 8:30 PM. Tickets are $50, $40 and $25. Call the box office at 346-6204 to reserve tickets.


Bo Bice

Southern-rock performer and Alabama native Bo Bice stepped into the national spotlight when he became an unlikely contender on the ubiquitous talent show American Idol. With his long rocker hair and raspy voice, Bice didn’t seem to particularly fit the boy-band American Idol mold. He didn’t win the competition (he did come in second, though), but shortly after he got voted off, RCA signed him, and he began making a record. Though American Idol propelled Bice’s career immeasurably, he’s had a lifetime full of music. He got his first guitar at the age of 9, and performed for a live audience that same year at a talent show in Atlanta. Though the record was released in 2005, Bice is still touring in support of his debut album (produced by Clive Davis), called The Real Thing, the title track of which has flooded pop-music radio waves for months now. Another album is slated for release this fall.

Fellow Southern rocker/guitar slinger Gary Nichols will open the show.

Bo Bice will play Revolution Hall (425 River St., Troy) tomorrow (Friday, May 18) at 8 PM. Tickets for this show are $25, $22.50 if you buy them in advance. For more information, call the club at 274-0553 or visit

Cat Splash Fever

There doesn’t really need to be a good reason to go on a Hudson River cruise, but Scotia’s Animal Protective Foundation are providing one: Do it for the kitties. (C’mon, look at that face.)

Do it for the puppies, too: Tomorrow (Friday) evening, Dutch Apple Cruises will host the APF’s Cat Splash Fever and Doggy Paddle Cruise. There will be music by Grand Central Station, “hearty” hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar, and a silent auction. While you’re enjoying all that beautiful Hudson River scenery, remember what you’re doing for the kitties. And the puppies.

The Cat Splash Fever and Doggy Paddle Cruise will be held tomorrow (Friday, May 18) on the Dutch Apple (Snow Dock, Port of Albany, Albany) from 7 to 10 PM—boarding is at 6:30 PM. Tickets are $50. Reservations are required and space is limited, so call 374-3944 ext. 114 or visit

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