like to think that we could give you a decent explanation
of what a camera obscura is. We’d also like to be able to
tell you that we were good in math and science, but we can’t
do that, either. Anyway, this technology goes back
hundreds of years, and involves an image being projected
on a wall of a dark room (or, with the help of a box and
a mirror, on paper) that has originated through a small
hole in an opposite wall (or, in the case of the box, from
another hole in the box). The resulting image is upside
Stephan Koplowitz has installed a room-sized, walk-in camera
obscura at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art
for your amusement and edification beginning this weekend.
The folks at the museum say that this “promises a whole
new look at our legendary upside down trees”—i.e., they’ll
be right-side up—“and the mountains beyond.”
Koplowitz and his associates will be in residence the following
weekend to create a “site- specific performance event” on
June 9 or 10; check with MASS MoCA for the exact day and
Koplowitz: Revealed opens Saturday (June 2) at the Massachusetts
Museum of Contemporary Art (87 Marshall St., North Adams,
Mass.) and continues through June 20. For more info, call
MASS MoCA at (413) 662-2111.
at Metroland, we love discovering new words—especially
made-up, totally not-real words. In researching tomorrow
(Friday) night’s big show at WAMC’s “the Linda,” we learned
that indie filmmaker Mitchell Rose describes The Mitch
Show as “cineformatainment.”
cineformatainment. It made us wonder if Mr. Rose’s talents
are misplaced in indie cinema, as that delightfully phony
construction has a distinct whiff of Madison Avenue-style
“branding.” Especially since we can’t figure out what “cineformatainment”
is supposed to mean.
Anyway, The Mitch Show is a collection of Rose’s
ac claimed, audience-pleasing comic short films “spanning
the oeuvre of the artist,” plus some promised-to-be-zany,
audience-participation hijinks led by the filmmaker himself.
New York Times has described him as “a rare and wonderful
talent.” Which seems generous, as The New York Times,
unlike Met roland, has little fondness for made-up,
totally not-real words.
Mitch Show, starring Mitchell Rose, will be presented
tomorrow (Friday, June 1) at 8 PM at the WAMC Performing
Arts Studio (339 Central Ave., Albany). Tickets are $7.
For more info, call 465-5233 ext. 4.
Bologna.” “Another One Rides the Bus.” “Eat It.” “Like a
Surgeon.” “Amish Paradise.” “Smells Like Nirvana.” “Fat.”
These are but a few of the huge catalog of hits that the
one and only “Weird Al” Yankovic will bring to the area
when his Straight Outta Lynwood tour hits the Palace this
week. Fans can count on multiple costume changes, lots of
funny faces, and medleys of Yankovic’s most famous song
Yankovic is currently experiencing a huge surge in popularity,
thanks in part to his recent Lynwood disc, which
features some very, well, “Weird Al” takes on R&B hits
by R. Kelly (the 9-minute “Trapped in the Drive-Thru”) and
Chamillionaire, whose “Ridin’ Dirty” was transformed into
Al’s biggest hit in years, “White and Nerdy”—only the second
U.S. gold single of his nearly-25-year career. Where does
he come up with this stuff? Who cares? It’s funny, and we
loves us some funny.
Al” Yankovic and his longtime band will perform at the Palace
Theatre (19 Clinton Ave., Albany) tomorrow (Friday, June
1) at 7:30 PM. Tickets are $36, $32, and $26. To reserve
seats, call the Palace box office at 465-3334.