Lobos, Los Straightjackets
soul rockers Los Lobos will headline tonight’s Alive at
Five show down at the Corning Preserve in downtown Albany.
The long-running East L.A. quintet (they’ve been together
for three and a half decades) are busy touring; their tour
dates hop all around the states over the next year. They’re
touring in support of their latest album, The Town and
the City (Hollywood), which was out last fall (and features
their song “The Valley,” which was used in the last episode
of The Sopranos this spring). Los Lobos are family-friendly,
and user-friendly: If you know you’re going to go to this
show, you can visit the Los Lobos Web site to request a
song online. We think that’s pretty cool. Masked Nashville-based
rockers Los Straitjackets will open the show.
Los Lobos and Los Straightjackets will perform at Alive
at Five (Corning Preserve, Albany) tonight (Thursday, Aug.
9) at 5 PM. This event is free and open to the public. For
more information, call 434-2032 or visit albanyevents.org.
Bard Music Festival
weekend sees the start of the musical heart of Bard Summerscape:
the Bard Music Festival.
The theme is Elgar and His World, a tribute to Edward Elgar,
the first Brit composer since Henry Purcell to gain international
acclaim. The folks at Bard posit that Elgar’s music “embodies
the poles that defined Victorian England: imperialist expansion
and an inward-looking debate about the place and nature
of an art and culture that called for social reform and
a premodern aesthetic ideal in the face of industrialization.”
You can judge for yourself at an intense series of concerts
over the next two weekends. The concerts are in both the
Richard B. Fisher Center and Olin Hall, and feature such
artists as the American Symphony Orchestra, the Daedalus
Quartet, Bard Festival Chorale, Bard Festival Chamber Players,
the Claremont Trio and the Grammercy Brass Orchestra.
The Bard Music Festival will be held this weekend at Bard
College (Annandale-on-Hudson) in multiple venues. For a
complete listing of show times and prices, see our detailed
listing on page 46 of this issue, visit fishercenter.bard.edu,
or call (845) 758-7900.
weekend, the Underground History Project’s UGR Players will
present George C. Wolfe’s 1988 play The Colored Museum.
With a sharp, satirical series of sketches, Wolfe turns
traditional views of black history upside down.
The Underground History Project’s mission is to “educate,
as well as entertain. . . . Our theater is in the community,
utilizing people from the community, bringing quality, affordable
theater to the community.”
The cast includes some well-known and not-so-well-known
local performers, including Carla Page.
Colored Museum will be presented tomorrow (Friday, Aug.
10) and Saturday (Aug. 11) at 7:30 PM, and Sunday (Aug.
12) at 4 PM, at the Hilton Performing Arts Center (40 Russell
Road, Albany) by the UGR Players. General admission tickets
are $10.50, senior tickets are $9.50 and the admission for
high school students with ID is $5.50. For more info, call
432-4432 or 465-7672.