Take a trip, man, back in time to those groovy days of grooviness
with Summer of Love, a three-day art love-in, er, exhibit,
held at (and to raise money for) Albany Center Galleries.
The art: “Hundreds of 5 x 5 inch square original artworks,
and dozens of 12 x 12 inch square original artworks will
be sold and displayed throughout a three-day period.”
Today (Thursday, June 5), from 6 to 8 PM, is the VIP Preview
Reception. There will be “mellow yellow music,” a cash bar
and “munchies.” This is the night the art is trés expensive—$100
and $50—but that means you get your pick. Call right
now to RSVP. Tomorrow (Friday, June 6) is the Bash from
5 to 10 PM. Admission is $25, and you get to take home one
of the smaller-size works. There will be more tasty snacks,
and a “trippy” light show by Sara Ayers and Roxanne Storms.
Finally, Saturday (June 7) from noon to 5 PM, the show is
free (just like Woodstock was, after the Who played and
got paid). The prices of the remaining works will be $35
and $15 each. MotherJudge will host an open mic, and the
CDFI will provide a craft derby.
Summer of Love will be held today (Thursday) through Saturday
at the Albany Center Galleries (39 Columbia St., Albany).
For more info, call 462-4775.
could possibly be better than a musical about the invention
of the printing press? A musical about making a musical
about the invention of the printing press!
The Musical opened in London in 2006. Later that year,
the new spoof won awards for Best Book and Best Performance
at the New York Musical Theatre Festival. Gutenberg!
went on to garner nominations for the Outer Critics Circle
Award and Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding New Musical.
So, what makes the seemingly absurd idea of a musical about
making a musical about the inventor of the printing press
so delightful? Like a musical Waiting for Guffman,
it is a chaotic, two-man musical spoof on history and the
theatre industry. In an attempt to win themselves a Broadway
contract, writers Bud and Doug sing and dance their way
through every part in their elaborate, 30-character musical
Called a “smashing success” by The New York Times,
It is a production that Bud and Doug themselves declare,
“The most amazing musical about Johann Gutenberg (performed
by its authors) Ever!”
The Musical previews at 7:30 PM Wednesday (June 11)
at Stageworks/Hudson (41-A Cross St., Hudson), and opens
Friday (June 13) at 8 PM. Tickets are $16-27, $14-$25 for
seniors, and $8-13 for students. For more detailed showtimes,
or to purchase tickets, call the Stageworks box office at
the 19th summer in a row, Albany’s Alive at Five music series
will offer free concerts every Thursday night by artists
of local, national and international renown. And to kick
off this year’s season of outdoor entertainment, Albany
has called in the big boys: classic rock legend Dennis DeYoung
and the music of Styx.
Just in case there is anyone out there who doesn’t hear
those words and immediately start crooning “Laaaaaaaaady”
in the soundtrack of their mind: Styx was the first band
in the known universe to have four consecutive albums certified
multi-platinum. DeYoung penned and performed eight of the
band’s nine Top 10 singles, including “Come Sail Away,”
the aforementioned “Lady,” and the futuristic über-theatrical-rock
ballad “Mr. Roboto.”
After a three-and-a-half-decade tenure as the lead singer-
songwriter-keyboardist-record producer for Styx, DeYoung
has built himself a hearty solo career, releasing new albums,
performing musical theater, and performing 30 years of classic
rock on tour with his seven-piece band. If you need another
reason to hit up this free show, all the summer fixin’s
will be there, from barbeque to fresh-squeezed lemonade.
DeYoung will perform tonight (Thursday, June 5) at Albany
Riverfront Park (Corning Preserve, Albany). Melodrome kick
things off at 5 PM. The concert, as always, is free. For
more info call 434-2032.