tomorrow (Friday), the Chapel + Cultural Center will host
the fourth annual Loop Sanctuary art-and- performance series.
Curator Sara Ayers has put together Loop Sanctuary IV:
Dreaming a New Real, a exhibit of new work by area painters
G.G. Roberts and Matt Tiernan. As is the case with the music
and video by the musicians and filmmakers in the performance
series that Ayers also curated—and will run on Fridays in
tandem with the exhibit—their work is described as “dreamlike,
hallucinatory and surreal.”
is Roberts’ After Dark (2007).
Sanctuary IV: Dreaming a New Real opens tomorrow (Friday,
Jan. 4) at the Chapel + Cultural Center (Rensselaer Polytechnic
Institute campus, 2125 Burdett Ave., Troy) with an artists’
reception from 5 to 7 PM, and continues through Jan. 25.
Other events associated with the exhibit include an evening
of film and video on Jan. 11; a performance by the Firlefanz
Puppets on Jan. 18; and an evening of music and video with
the Beige Channel, Twisted Pair and the Axe Iron Suns on
Jan. 25. All events are free and open to the public. For
more info, call 274-7793.
Gershwin Legacy: Richard Glazer
Gershwin Legacy series is a pretty fine thing they’re doing
at the Egg this month. In a couple of weeks there will be
concerts by the Marcus Roberts Trio with the Albany Symphony
Orchestra, the Frank Vignola Quintet with Jane Monheit,
and the duo Bill Charlap and Sandy Stewart. But the Empire
State Plaza will not be the only location for the kick-off
events for this celebration of all things Gershwin.
and historian Richard Glazier will present Remembrance &
Discovery, a combination lecture, performance and multimedia
presentation nine times in nine locations over six days.
Briefly, he will “weave together history, film clips and
music as he explores the Gershwin legacy from Tin Pan Alley
and Broadway, to Carnegie Hall and Hollywood.”
every presentation is free.
(Jan. 5), Glazer will be at the Clifton Park-Halfmoon Library
(371-8622) at 1 PM, and at Conkling Hall in Rensselaerville
(797-3459) at 4:30 PM. Sunday (Jan. 6), he will be at the
Schenectady Public Library main branch at 1:30 PM (388-4500),
and the Guilderland Public Library (456-2400) at 3:30 PM.
On Monday (Jan. 7), he will be at the Charles R. Wood Theater
in Glens Falls (792-6508) at 7 PM. On Tuesday (Jan. 8),
he’ll be at the Albany Public Library main branch (427-4300)
at noon, and the Saratoga Springs Public Library (584-7860)
at 7 PM. On Wednesday (Jan. 9), he’ll be at the Egg (473-1845)
at noon and 5:30 PM. And on Jan. 10, he’ll be at the Schenectady
Jewish Community Center (377-8803) at 5:30 PM. For more
info on the series, visit www.theegg.org.
McKay certainly isn’t afraid to go her own way. She sings
whatever she wants, “from Tin Pan Alley pop and cabaret,
to reggae, rap and jazz” and gets lauded for it. She plays
not-so-sweet Polly Peachum in a Broadway revival of The
Threepenny Opera, and critics swoon. She has a fight
with her label over Pretty Little Head, her second
album—like her debut, Get Away From Me, she wanted
it to be a double-disc release—and walks away, seemingly
third album, Obligatory Villagers, released a couple
of months ago on her own label, is only 32 minutes long;
if you listen hard you can hear, in some far off corporate
closet, a Sony BMG executive softly weeping.
other words, McKay is an interesting character. And she’ll
try to prove it this weekend in a two-night stand at Club
McKay will perform tomorrow (Friday) and Saturday (Jan.
4-5) at 9 PM at Club Helsinki (284 Main St., Great Barrington,
Mass.). Tickets are $30. For more info, call (413) 528-3394.