Helm’s Midnight Ramble
started holding these Saturday night shows at his studio
in Woodstock in 2005,” wrote Paul Rapp in these very pages
on April 14, about one of Levon Helm’s Midnight Rambles.
You should go back and read Rapp’s review online, but here’s
the money quote: “Everything swung hard, as things do when
Levon’s drumming; the room rocked.”
These shows have been a much-sought-after ticket, both for
the intimacy of the presentation and, well, because it’s
Levon Helm, drummer and singer for one of the great
bands, the Band. Now, Helm is bringing this loose, intimate
show to the Egg on Friday, along with some as-yet-unnamed
special guests; Ollabelle, featuring Helm’s daughter Amy,
Experience Levon Helm’s Midnight Ramble at the Egg (Empire
State Plaza, Albany) tomorrow (Friday, June 29) at 8 PM.
Tickets are $58.50, with a limited number of tickets available
at $125 that include a backstage reception with Helm after
the show. For reservations and information, call 473-1845.
of the Allergist’s Wife
Theater Barn’s summer season continues tonight with the
opening of Charles Busch’s award-winning comedy-drama, Tale
of the Allergist’s Wife. The play, which is very different
from Busch’s earlier spoofs (i.e., Vampire Lesbians of
Sodom), concerns the midlife travails of Marjorie Taub,
who is married to an Upper West Side doctor, tormented by
her elderly, “bowel-obsessed” mother and dealing with the
fact that her therapist has died. Into this mix comes a
“fascinating and somewhat mysterious” childhood friend.
New York Times praised the original production for earning
its “wall-to-wall laughs”; the notoriously picky John Simon
(of New York magazine) called it “an intelligently
funny and satirically relevant uptown comedy.”
of the Allergist’s Wife opens tonight (Thursday, June
28) at 8 PM at the Theater Barn (654 Route 20, New Lebanon)
and continues through July 8. Shows are Thursdays and Fridays
at 8 PM; Saturdays at 5 and 8:30 PM; and Sundays at 2 PM.
Tickets are $20; $18 for Sunday matinees. For reservations,
time to celebrate the 231st birthday of these United States
Of course, the main regional jamboree is at the Empire State
Plaza, where the good folks at Price Chopper will again
sponsor July 4th on the Plaza. The fun starts at 2 PM and
continues through 10 PM, when it’s time for the fireworks
spectacular. There will be food, fun and music—this year,
the latter is being provided by the Spin Doctors, Melvin
Sparks, Captain Squeeze and the Zydeco Moshers and Ten Year
Over in Western Massachusetts, the Bindlestiff Family Cirkus
are putting on two shows at the Dream Away Lodge (Becket,
Mass.). There’s a “family show” at 3 PM ($15, or “pay your
age”) and a “burlesque show” at 7 PM ($15); plus, the Dream
Away will feature “classic Fourth of July fare throughout
the day and evening, BBQ chicken, burgers, salads and more.”
For more info, call (413) 623-8725.
Totally family-friendly is the aptly named July Fourth Family
Fest at the Columbia County Fairgrounds (Route 66, Chatham).
There will be free rides for the kiddies (over age 3) on
more than a dozen amusement rides (pictured) all afternoon
and evening; also, there will be free arts and crafts activities,
and a petting zoo. For a “modest fee,” there are pony rides,
too. Of course there’s a Beer Pavilion, with music by the
Skeeter Creek Band (beginning at 6:30 PM) for the 21-and-over
crowd, and fireworks. The gates open at 3 PM; admission
is $5 (free to 3-years-old and under). For more info, visit
Needless to say, all these events are Wednesday, July 4.