bands suck unintentionally. Then there are bands like the
Locust, who suck intentionally, and do it so well that they
don’t just offend the audience, they even offend their own
instruments. The Locust know how to suck bad, really well.
Justin Pearson, lead singer, has said he just wants to “destroy
music in general.” And he and his crew of spastic, faux-fur-wearing,
freak synth-grind bandmates know how to stink up a joint.
From their out-of-this-world nylon costumes, to their odd
stage presence that usually sees every band member (drummer
included) lined up at the front of the stage, the Locust
know how to freak your mind. So come out on Saturday and
let the Locust freak you right.
The Locust will spazz the funk out at Valentine’s (17 New
Scottland Ave, Albany) this Saturday (Nov. 17) at 7:30 PM.
To purchase tickets or for more information, call 432-6572.
renowned artist Jenny Holzer will present “her first interior
light projections in the United States” with this exhibit,
which opens this weekend at the Massachusetts Museum of
Contemporary Art. These projections “will transform the
enormous, seemingly empty gallery in Building 5” with “words,
bodies and light.”
in an adjacent gallery, Holzer will show a series of “redaction”
paintings based on formerly classified government documents.
Of these works, Artforum critic David Joselit observed:
“The works . . . are just as shocking for their copious
deletion of names, phrases, and passages as they are for
re-counting atrocities in the bland idiom of bureaucratic
forms . . .”
Holzer: Projections opens Saturday (Nov. 17) at MASS
MoCA (87 Marshall St., North Adams, Mass.) with a reception
from 5:30-7:30 PM. Reservations are required for the reception;
for more info call (413) 664-4481 ext. 8112. The exhibit
continues through Fall 2008. Following the reception, the
Jazz Passengers will perform; tickets for this event are
$18. For details, please visit www.masssmoca.org.
Observatory’s Evening With the Stars
Dudley Observatory in Schenectady is one of many Capital
Region treasures, and it celebrates its 150th anniversary
of making it possible to study the stars with an Evening
With the Stars.
Well, there are actually a couple of events in this celebration.
Today (Thursday, Nov. 15) at the Nott Memorial on the Union
College campus (Schenectady), acclaimed science writer Dava
Sobel—author of Longitude, Galileo’s Daughter
and The Planets—will lecture at 7:30 PM on “When
the Sun Stood Still,” a look back at how Copernicus and
Galileo “ushered in a new cosmic order.” This event is free.
Tomorrow (Friday, Nov. 16), the Evening With the Stars gala
will be held from 5:30 to 8 PM at the Albany Institute of
History and Art (125 Washington Ave., Albany) with food
and drink, music, a silent auction, telescopes and historical
artifacts dating back to the beginnings of the Dudley Observatory;
the honorary chairs for the evening will be Dava Sobel,
Assemblyman John McEneny and RPI President Shirley Ann Jackson.
At 8 PM, following the gala, attendees are invited to take
part in a re-creation of the 1857 painting of the opening
of the observatory. Michael Oatman will stage the tableau,
and ace Metroland contributing photographer Joe Putrock
will take the picture.
Tickets for the gala at AIHA are $60 per person or $100
per couple. For reservations and information, call 382-7583
or visit www.dudleyobservatory.org.