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Seattle artist and musician Barbara Trentalange, of Spyglass and Crooked Fingers fame, is touring as a duo with a female percussionist. Each show is a multimedia event, featuring paintings by artists from across the country; each artist was asked to interpret a Trentalange song visually, and that piece will serve as the projected backdrop for the show. The paintings will be auctioned off at the end of the tour to benefit the Seattle-based Powerful Voices, a group that serves to nurture girls so they grow into strong women.

Trentalange’s latest studio offering, Photo Album of Complex Relationships, boasts moody vocals and provocative stylings. While her tour is minimalist compared to the lush cello-and-piano arrangements from the album, Trentalange’s velvety voice is likely to please live.

The Trentalange multimedia tour will pull into Valentine’s (17 New Scotland Ave., Albany) on Monday (Nov. 5) at 7:00 PM. For more info, including prices, call 432-6572.

Iceland Dance Company

Prepare for a kinetic, entertaining explosion of blondness as the Iceland Dance Company comes to Albany tomorrow (Friday) night. This is their debut American tour, and they bring a family-friendly, contemporary repertory by “Icelandic, Scandinavian and European choreographers.”
They come to town with a great reputation. We’d like to tell you more about them and the tour, but, well, we’ll let them speak for themselves: “You can keep track of the trip on our blog,, although it is mostly in Icelandic.”

Iceland Dance Company will perform tomorrow (Friday, Nov. 2) at 8 PM at the Egg (Empire State Plaza, Albany). Tickets are $24, $20 seniors and $12 kids. For more info, call the box office at 473-1845.


Ballinger’s, Metroland, and the Upstate Artists Guild are presenting Nocturna, an all hallows ball, to benefit 1st Friday. The three-floor, indoor-outdoor Halloween blowout is a celebration of the local arts community. The evening will feature six live bands on two floors, including Sgt. Dunbar and the Hobo Banned, the Sense Offenders, and the Rhythm Driver Coalition, as well as DJs Jay Travis and DJ Strange, and video performances by Chaos Driver. Walk-through art installations by Crasis D:zyne, Design by Buttons, and Jeff Brower, including a hellraiser-themed gothic installation in the cellar bar, set that creepy Halloween spirit. Ballinger’s celebrated patio will be lit by the flame-twirling and -whirling of Shilly-Shally Fire Arts. Tarot readings by Richard Morell and spoken word by Albany poets round out the festivities.

Nocturna will be held tomorrow (Friday, Nov. 2) at Ballinger’s (42 Howard St., Albany) from 5 PM to 11:30 PM. Sugested donation is $10. Costumes are encouraged. For more information, call Ballinger’s at 598-1800.

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