2007 Honda Civic Tour rolls into town this week, and we’re
left to wonder: However do they fit five bands and all their
gear into such a small car?
OK, har-dee-har, whatever, shut up. The tour is sponsored
by Honda’s flagship brand; the bands will, of course, travel
in their own rides. In the case of headliners Fall Out Boy,
we’re guessing the ride is a big, lush tour bus with a fully
stocked mascara locker. The Chicago emo-pop heartthrobs
are currently plugging their Infinity on High release;
in lesser ways, they’re also pimping Angels & Kings,
the bar they just opened in New York’s East Village, and
bassist Pete Wentz’s status as one of People’s 100
Most Beautiful. Which apparently means that People
has a few openings for editors with eyesight.
Also appearing on Wednesday’s emo-riffic bill are +44 (featuring
former Blink 182-ers Mark Hoppus and Travis Barker), The
Academy Is . . ., Cobra Starship, and . . . Paul Wall? Perhaps
he really is selling everybody grills!
The Honda Civic Tour, featuring Fall Out Boy, hits the Saratoga
Performing Arts Center (Saratoga Spa State Park, Saratoga
Springs) this Wednesday (May 30). Tickets for the 6 PM show
are $39.25 in the amphitheatre, $23.75 on the lawn. (Ahh,
the lawn. Welcome back, summer!) For more information or
to purchase tickets, call the box office at 587-3330.
Encounters With Music
wiz me to ze cazbah, ma petit cherie amour . . .”
Spring is here, and all around us are the signs of love.
Or something like that. Close Encounters With Music will
bring the musical love on Saturday evening in Great Barrington,
Mass., with their program L’Amour Toujours. Musical guests
including James Tocco (piano), Lisa Shihoten (violin) and
Nadine Asin (flute) will join cellist and musical director
Yehuda Hanani for a romance-drenched program of Brahms (Piano
Quartet in C-minor), Franck (Piano Quintet),
Tchaikovsky and Piazzolla.
L’Amour Toujours will be presented by Close Encounters With
Music on Saturday (May 26) at 6 PM at the Mahaiwe Performing
Arts Center (14 Castle St., Great Barrington). Tickets are
$35, $10 students; $100 preferred seating and patron’s reception.
For reservations and information, call (800) 843-0778 or
arguments made in Unsafe at Any Speed seem quaint—cars
shouldn’t run over their owners, they shouldn’t blind drivers
with shiny interior chrome, they shouldn’t fishtail uncontrollably,
they should all have seatbelts. Such common-sense stuff,
it’s a wonder that any of it was ever debated. But it was
debated, and vehemently. So if these design details appear
to be no-brainers today, it is in large part due to the
effectiveness of the activist who championed these concerns
way back in 1965.
On May 25, Ralph Nader will visit the Capital Region—specifically,
the Spectrum 8 Theatres, the Book House of Stuyvesant Plaza
in Albany, the Sanctuary for Independent Media in Troy,
and Red Fox Books in Glens Falls—as part of a tour promoting
his latest book, The Seventeen Traditions, an autobiographical
work about growing up working class in bucolic Connecticut,
and the opening of the documentary about Nader’s career,
An Unreasonable Man. He refers to the book as a love
story for his parents, and reviewers have noted its warm
tone and noncontroversial subject matter. You can be certain,
however, while visiting the area, controversial issues will
be exactly what Nader will want to talk about.
power is so dominant, we now have a corporate government
in Washington,” Nader said in a phone interview with Metroland.
“It is dominant now more than ever. It’s corrupting our
electoral processes. It is turning the government against
its own people. Washington, D.C., is corporate-occupied
It is within this “corporate-occupied territory” that Ralph
Nader has spent the past 30 years fighting the influence
of 10,000 political action committees and more than 35,000
full-time lobbyists representing the interests of large
corporations. Many of his battles have been documented in
An Unreasonable Man.
So, what can be done about our corporatacracy?
we need to get public funding of campaigns,” Nader said.
Also, he would like to see the Audience Network Act enacted.
It is a proposal that he championed during his 2004 presidential
premise is that the people own the public airwaves,” he
said. “The Federal Communications Commission is the real-estate
agent and it gives away licenses free 24 hours a day to
a large variety of radio and television corporations. The
idea is to return an hour or more a day of prime-time television
to the control of the audience, establishing nonprofit studios
that allow reporters to put out news without the pressures
of advertisers—or, in the case of public media, underwriters—on
Another blow to big government would be the empowering third
parties, which have always been the champions of bold ideas,
he argued, including women’s suffrage, the 40-hour work
week, and Social Security.
should not allow a two-party dictatorship to stifle third-party
candidates,” he said. “I think people want more voices and
Ralph Nader comes to the Capital Region bearing stories,
statistics and progressive solutions tomorrow (Friday, May
25), and you’ll have many chances to catch him. He begins
his day at 11 AM the Book House of Stuyvesant Plaza (Albany)
with a book signing. Next, he travels to Glens Falls to
speak at 3 PM at Red Fox Books (28 Ridge St., Glens Falls);
An Unreasonable Man opens that evening at 7:40 PM
at Aimee’s Dinner & a Movie (190-194 Glen St., Glens
Then, it’s back to Albany, to the Spectrum 8 Theatres (290
Delaware Ave., Albany), where Nader will lead a Q &
A after the 3:30 and 6:30 PM showings of the documentary—taking
time to slip out and head over to a pizza party and fundraiser
(6-8 PM, $25) at the Sanctuary for Independent Media (3361
6th Ave., Troy). Need extra incentive to go to the Spectrum?
Well, the Rock Hill Bakehouse is making sure you’ll get
a free loaf of bread when you buy a ticket. For more information,
call Spectrum 8 Theatres at 449-8995 or the Sanctuary at