of the most talked-about exhibits in the last decade at
the New York State Museum featured the artifacts found in
suitcases belonging to long-dead patients at Willard State
Hospital, a mental asylum in New York’s Finger Lakes region.
The suitcases, which were stored in an attic by the hospital
and forgotten for decades, were all that remained to show
that these people had “aspirations and accomplishments.”
Tomorrow (Friday) night, the Women’s Building will host
a presentation by one of the people associated with the
exhibit, mental-health advocate Darby Penny; Penny wrote
the recently published book, The Lives They Left Behind:
Suitcases From a State Hospital Attic. The slide show
and lecture will focus on two immigrant women who spent
decades in the wards at Willard.
Darby Penny will appear at the Women’s Building (79 Central
Ave., Albany) tomorrow (Friday, March 14) at 7 PM. For more
info, call 462-2871.
peculiar-looking instrument being played in the photo by
soloist Wu Wei is a sheng. Wei and his sheng will be featured
tomorrow (Friday) night with David Alan Miller and the Albany
Symphony Orchestra in the debut of Huang Ruo’s Concerto
for Sheng. This new work was inspired by ancient Chinese
folk music. And in case you’re curious—why not?—a sheng
is described as sounding like a cross between a “church
organ and a giant harmonica.”
Also on the program of the Key American Music Festival concert
will be George Tsontakis’ October and Leonard Bernstein’s
Symphony No. 1. The latter will also feature mezzo-soprano
The Albany Symphony Orchestra will perform tomorrow (Friday,
March 14) at 8 PM at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall (2nd
and State streets, Troy). Tickets are $23 to $46. For more
info, call 273-0038.
ready for a blogger-approved riot: San Diego’s great hipster
hope, Louis XIV, are coming to town! The band, led by cheeky
frontman Jason Hill, currently are hip-shaking their way
across the land in support of their second major-label full-length,
Slick Dogs and Ponies, and its hip first single,
“Guilt by Association.” Be forewarned, though, that this
is not one for the kiddies: Hill and company were banned
in the state of Alabama for their lascivious lyrical content.
on Sunday’s bill are Austin, Texas-based rockers What Made
Milwaukee Famous, who pair quirky alt-pop sensibilities
with an indelible sense of melody on their new What Doesn’t
Kill Us. Holiday and the Adventure Pop Collective and
Carolina Liar round out the bill, making this show a real
gift to recession-pinched music fans: Four bands for five
Louis XIV and all those other bands will perform at Jack
Rabbit Slims (895 Broadway, Albany) on Sunday (March 16).
Tickets are, like we said, only $5, and are available in
advance through Ticketmaster or at the door the night of
the show, which starts at 7:30 PM. For more information,
call the club at 434-4540.