“A squid eating dough in a polyethylene bag.”
That is the way Montreal-based Canadian noise merchants
AIDS Wolf, who will be coming to Valentine’s on Monday night,
describe their sound. The band whose name is just as jagged
and off-putting as their jazzy, destructive art-noise sound
would like you to believe that said name originated in an
urban legend. We sort of doubt that.
didn’t come up with AIDS Wolf as a concept,” said one band
member in an interview. “The idea has been floating around
in the public psyche for a while. In urban legend, wolves
transmit AIDS instead of rabies; in depressing college towns,
street gangs spray-paint ‘AIDS Wolf’ on the side of buildings.”
In tribute to AIDS Wolf’s ability to deconstruct reality
as well as chord structures, we propose our own interpretation
of their name. A bored bunch of Montreal musicians needed
a name as disquieting as the “music” they bashed out, and,
thus, AIDS Wolf was born. We luvz u AIDS WOLF!
AIDS Wolf and fellow musical loonies the Bunny Brains will
perform Monday (Oct. 22) at 7 PM at Valentine’s (17 New
Scotland Ave., Albany). For more info, like ticket prices,
good folks at Steamer No. 10 in Albany—you know, the charming
old firehouse building that’s looking more and more like
a castle every day—begin their fall season of entertaining
and engaging children’s theater with a new production of
This time around, Rebecca Boswell is the Wicked Fairy with
a grudge against the beautiful princess (Nicole Signore)
to whom she doses (via spindle) a potion that puts the beauty
to sleep for 100 years; Franklin Crump is the prince who
turns up in the nick of time, kisses the princess, thus
turning her into a frog. Wait, that’s not right. His kiss
breaks the spell and she awakens, as pretty as ever.
The production runs a kid-friendly one hour (with intermission).
Beauty will be presented at Steamer No. 10 Theatre (500
Western Ave., Albany) tomorrow (Friday, Oct. 19) at 7 PM;
Saturday (Oct. 20) at 3 PM; and Sunday (Oct. 21) at 11 AM
and 3 PM. There will be additional performances at Steamer
No. 10 Oct. 27-28 and Nov. 12; and performances at the Saratoga
County Arts Center (320 Broadway, Saratoga Springs) Nov.
10-11. Tickets are $12 adults, $10 students and seniors.
For complete showtime info and reservations, call 438-5503.
latest visiting exhibit in the Bank of America Great Art
Series at the New York State Museum is a selection of American
bronze sculpture from New York’s Metropolitan Museum of
Art. The works, mostly from the late 19th to the early 20th
centuries, are by such well-known luminaries as Frederick
MacMonnies, Frederic Remington, Paul Manship, and Augustus
Saint-Gaudens (who also designed some pretty nifty coins
for the U.S. Mint).
to the museum’s notes, “by mastering a vital French-based
naturalism and choosing modern subjects,” the artists working
in bronze at the turn of the last century “popularized the
American bronze as a fine collectable object.” Like the
bronze pictured here, Saint-Gaudens’ grandish Victory
(1892-1903, cast between 1912 and 1916).
Images: American Bronze Sculpture from the Metropolitan
Museum of Art opens Saturday (Oct. 20) at the New York
State Museum (Empire State Plaza, Albany) and continues
through Feb. 24. For more information, call 474-5877.