more than a decade in the music industry, Neko Case is branching
out. Those up late with the munchies this past Sunday might
have caught Case’s guest-starring role alongside the animated
food of Adult Swim’s Aqua Teen Hunger Force; and
she’s also signed on to take part in a new series from one
of the cocreators of Aqua Teen, which bears the rumored
title of Cheyenne Cinnamon and the Fantabulous Unicorn
of Sugar Town Candy Fudge.
Of course she still has her main gig to fall back on. Best
known in some circles as a coconspirator in the New Pornographers,
Neko Case has a strong and varied collection under her own
name. It’s been 10 years since her country-drenched debut
disc The Virginian, and two since the critically
lauded Fox Confessor Brings the Flood, so when Case
comes to town this evening, look for some new material to
be filed among the catalog tunes.
Neko Case, plus Archers of Loaf/Crooked Fingers frontguy
Eric Bachmann, will perform at the Egg (Empire State Plaza,
Albany) this evening (Thursday, Jan. 31) at 7:30 PM. Tickets
are $24. For more info or to reserve tickets, call the box
office at 473-1845.
at the Madison
the best place to see a movie? If you said “at home, on
my TV,” we can only reply: wrong answer. The best
place to see a movie is in a real movie theater. Next question:
What are the least likely films to see in a theater? If
you replied, “locally made independent films,” congratulations.
You are correct.
That’s why the program of short films this week (Feb. 1-7)
at Albany’s Madison Theatre is so special.
Organized by local filmmaker Jeff Burns, the program will
feature Kevin Dobies’ comedy-romance Good and Clean;
Joy E. Reed’s computer comedy Boxed In; Ben Alpi’s
drama Silver Lining; the psychological thriller Four,
directed by Michalina Almindo; the drama Waste of Candy,
by Frank D’Andrea and Terry J. Field; and Burns’ own Breaking
Up, a “story of unrequited love and poor cell phone
The program Indies at the Madison will screen at the Madison
Theatre (1036 Madison Ave., Albany) tomorrow (Friday) and
Saturday (Feb. 1-2) and Monday through Thursday (Feb. 4-7)
at 7:15 and 9:35 PM. There also will be midnight screenings
Friday and Saturday, and matinees Friday (at 4:30 PM) and
Saturday (at noon, 1:45 and 4:30 PM). Admission is $6. The
box office number is 438-0040. The filmmakers will be present
for a Q&A after the Friday and Saturday evening shows.
For more info and to view a trailer for the program, visit
is a play so treacherous it’s said to be cursed. As the
story goes, Shakespeare’s three witches recite incantations
lifted from an authentic black-magic ritual. Practioners
were furious, and cursed the play. Catastrophies have befallen
productions for centuries. Reverential actors refer to it
only as “the Scottish play.” Its name is never spoken inside
a theater for fear of what wicked thing may come.
yet, Macbeth is performed century after century around
the globe. Why? Because it is a magnificently timeless tragedy
of betrayal, prophecy, murder, tyranny and political intrigue.
Because, like Lady Macbeth’s counsel to “look like the innocent
flower/but be the serpent under it,” the Bard’s sinister
and exquisite poetry is indelibly relevant.
Timothy D. Stickney (pictured) is this production’s Macbeth.
opens at the New York State Theatre Institute
(Schacht Fine Arts Center, Russell Sage College, Division
Street, Troy) on Saturday (Feb. 2) at 8 PM and runs through
Feb.13. Tickets are $20, $16 for students and seniors, and
$10 for children to age 12. For more information, or to
make reservations, call box office at 274-3256.