Stuff: Great Toys From Our Childhood
ready for a Tonka-truck load of nostalgia with the Berkshire
Museum’s new exhibit. Kid Stuff is an exhibit of dolls,
blocks, and other things with which your parents preoccupied
you before the days when TV became the go-to babysitter.
Remember your little red Radio Flyer wagon? Your Easy Bake
Oven? Your Mr. Potato Head, which actually required a potato
(pictured)? Find these artifacts, along with vintage Barbies,
Wiffle balls, Silly Putty, Matchbox cars and more at this
popular exhibit, which has traveled the country and Canada,
and now is back home in the Berkshires (the Berkshire Museum
originally put this show together in 1999).
Stuff: Great Toys From Our Childhood is open now, and
will run through Sept. 3. For more information, call the
museum at (413) 443-7171 or visit berkshiremuseum.org.
Lemvo & Makina Loca
Ricardo Lemvo and his band Makina Loca will perform this
weekend as part of Schenectady’s Music Haven Concert Series.
Lemvo, who is known for using the Cuban clave rhythm, has
made a career out of combining Latin and African elements
of music (specifically, salsa and soukous). He moved
to the United states when he was 15 to pursue his studies
(eventually earning a degree in political science) and formed
Makina Loca while he was living in Los Angeles in 1990.
Time Out New York has said, “Whether they’re kicking
out Cuban jams or taking afro-pop to the bridge, Lemvo and
company will make you sweat.”
Ricardo Lemvo & Makina Loca will perform at the Music
Haven (Central Park, Schenectady) on Sunday (July 8) at
7 PM. Admission to the Music Haven Concert Series is free.
For more information, visit musichavenstage.org.
this, his first year as artistic director of Glimmerglass
Opera, Paul Kellogg has picked four operas linked to the
Orpheus myth—four operas never before staged at Glimmerglass.
Orpheus, you may recall, was the greatest musician around
in those days. (“Those days” meaning that mythical period
invented by the ancient Greeks.) He so loved Eurydice that,
when she died from multiple poisonous snake bites (after
being chased by a god, of course), he followed her into
the underworld, convincing Hades and Persephone to let her
return. They relented, but—let’s just say the story didn’t
Comic-opera bad boy Jacques Offenbach turned this myth on
its ear in his tres tongue-in-cheek Orpheus in
the Underworld. In this, Eurydice dies because she can’t
stand her hubby’s “fiddle playing.” Fellow French composer
and enfant terrible—seriously, he was batshit crazy—Hector
Berlioz, apparently, took this as the 19th-century equivalent
of being served. Berlioz revamped Christoph Gluck’s 18th-century
opera Orphée et Eurydice as a touching, romantic
As the saying goes, “the French, they are a funny race.”
Glimmerglass is staging both of these works, along with
Orpheus-themed operas by Philip Glass and Claudio Monteverdi
(both of which open at the end of July). Seems like the
new director is off to a fine start.
Offenbach’s Orpheus in the Underworld opens Saturday
(July 7) at 8 PM and continues through Aug. 26; Gluck’s
(via Berlioz) Orphée et Eurydice opens Sunday (July
8) at 2 PM and continues through Aug. 28 at Glimmerglass
Opera (Route 80 South, Cooperstown). Tickets range from
$41 to $117, depending on day and time of performance; subscription-series
tickets are also still available. For more info, visit glimmerglass.org
or call (607) 547-2255.