exhibit, which opens Tuesday at the Opalka Gallery, tackles
a vast subject: American suburbia. And we do mean vast,
for the United States is nation of sprawling suburbs from
sea to not-so-shining sea. Featuring 50 works by 25 women
artists from all over this fat, happy land, Insights
into Suburbia aims to “reveal characteristics of contemporary
suburbs . . . artworks coalesce into four main areas, and
paramount among them is the importance of social associations
which appear to form the backbone of suburban relationships.”
is Lisa D. Weinblatt’s oil-on-canvas Man Woman 2
into Suburbia opens Tuesday (Sept. 4) at the Opalka
Gallery (Sage College of Albany, 140 New Scotland Ave.,
Albany) and continues through Oct. 21. There is a catered
reception from 5 to 9 PM on Sept. 7, as part of Albany’s
monthly 1st Friday event. There will also be a panel presentation
on Sept. 23 from 1 to 3 PM. For more info and gallery hours,
call 292-1903 or visit www.sage.edu/sca/opalkagallery.
District Scottish Games
is the 30th anniversary edition of the CDSG, and the 90th
anniversary of featured performers the Schenectady Pipe
Band. It’s two days of fun for all ages: food, drink, vendors,
step dancing, historical military displays, a Scottish dog
show, Scottish black-faced sheep, Clydesdales, highland
athletics—caber toss, hammer throw, stone put, sheaf toss—and
plenty of music.
bands will include Kevin McKrell and the Hard Road Céilidh
Band, Hair of the Dog, the Brigadoons and Colin Grant-Adams;
Glengarry Bhoys are featured Sunday, along with second performances
by Grant-Adams and the Brigadoons.
30th anniversary presentation of the Capital District Scottish
Games will be held Saturday (Sept. 1) from 8 AM to 6 PM
and Sunday (Sept. 2) from 10 AM to 5 PM at the Altamont
Fairgrounds (Route 146, Altamont). Admission Saturday is
$18; admission Sunday is $12. For more info, visit www.scotgames.com.
a few of us watched much of American Idol this year,
though we were aware enough of the contestants to be grateful
that Jordin Sparks (pictured) won. We were just mildly interested
in this concert—until we saw the set list.
we’re convinced this may be the most jaw-dropping musical
experience of the year. Savor the poptastic weirdness of
the top 10 American Idol finishers singing 40 years
of classic songs.
covers are dizzyingly all over the place. A Supremes melody?
Cool. A boatload of Bon Jovi? Totally expected. The Zombies,
Labelle, Maroon 5 and Jamiroquai? Kinky! Sanjaya Malakar
singing two Michael Jackson songs? Hilarious, and
yet, sad—a measure of how unseriously the erstwhile King
of Pop is taken these days. But here’s the cover that really
rules: “America.” Not Bernstein and Sondheim, or even Paul
Simon. Prince’s “America,” from the criminally undervalued
album Around the World in a Day.
only wish that when the entire group sings the Black Eyed
Peas’ “Let’s Get It Started,” they would belt out the original
lyrics of that song. (If you don’t know what we’re referring
to, well, crank up the Google.)
Idols Live! will be presented tonight (Thursday, Aug. 30)
at 7 PM at the Times Union Center (51 S. Pearl St., Albany).
Tickets are $70 and $39.50. For tickets and info, call 487-2000.