Metroland editorial staffers tend to be mildly cynical,
to say the least. But it would take more bitterness than
even we can muster to dislike a plump blue cartoon penguin
with a propeller hat and a panic disorder. For those of
you who have managed to avoid toy aisles and children’s
TV programming for the past four years, we’re talking about
Pablo, the bubbly and neurotic leading man of The Backyardigans.
Pablo and his CGI-animated friends (including a shy kangaroo,
a cool-headed moose, and a fashion-savvy hippo) have jumped
off the small screen and hit the road for a live tour of
their “Tale of the Mighty Knights.” And, this week, the
Backyardigans’ adventures in medieval mayhem are bringing
them to Albany’s Palace Theatre.
The colorful, musical crew that’s so popular with the little
ones will come alive on the Palace Theatre stage (19 Clinton
Ave, Albany) this Wednesday (April 30) for two shows (4
and 7 PM). Tickets range from $18.50 to $38.50. For more
information or to order tickets, call the box office at
a Rock and a Tiny Bell
we’ll directly quote what the poobahs at EMPAC are calling
this multi-band concert, titled Between a Rock and a Tiny
Bell: “An evening with new alchemies of punk, heavy metal,
jagged complexity, Scottish pipe music, ’70s psychedelia,
old-school European free improv and (gasp!) gritty minimalism.”
Now, here’s our breakdown of the five acts on the bill.
L.A.-based noise rockers Health have been described as combining
“artfully crafted noise and raw synth, haunting monotone
vocals, and drum skills that are borderline insane.” Free-jazz
titans Han Bennink and Peter Bröztmann are the real, hard-core
deal; The New York Times wrote (in 2006) that “each
is a pillar of the European free- improvising scene, and
a touchstone for the rambunctious wing of the contemporary
avant-garde.” Blarvuster, from what we managed to check
out online, sound like Celtic-Indonesian prog. The Zs, according
to Pitchfork, play “worked-out rock etudes that kids with
beards and concentrated stares prick up their ears for.”
Finally, Pennsylvania’s Black Moth Super Rainbow (pictured)
hearken back to otherworldly, tricked-out, vintage psychedelia.
Between a Rock and a Tiny Bell will take place tomorrow
(Friday, April 25) at 7:30 PM at the RPI Armory (Rensselaer
Polytechnic Institute, 15th Street and Sage Avenue, Troy).
Admission is free. For more info, call the EMPAC event hotline
aka the Philadelphia Dance Company, is acclaimed for “its
unrivaled ability to bring the passion and power of the
day’s most highly regarded African-American choreographers
to the stage.” The company will bring examples of this cutting-edge
choreography to the Egg tomorrow (Friday) night.
In an interview with the Newark (N.J.) Star-Ledger
a few weeks ago, company founder (and executive artistic
director) Joan Myers Brown described the group’s approach
to dance as “very physical. It’s very demanding.” Their
latest programs touch on African-American history and themes,
and celebrate the beauty of pure movement.
Philadanco will perform tomorrow (Friday, April 25) at 8
PM at the Egg (Empire State Plaza, Albany). Tickets are
$24 general admission, $20 seniors and $12 children. For
more info, call 473-1845.