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Fall Arts

Pop Music

Caffe Lena

47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, 583-0022.

Sept. 25: Melissa Ferrick. Sept. 26: North Sea Gas. Sept. 27: Karen Savoca and Pete Heitzman. Sept. 28: Bill Miller. Oct. 3: Tom Pacheco and Malcolm Holcombe. Oct. 4: Root Blues Revival. Oct. 5: Noel Paul Stookey. Oct. 10: Claudia Schmidt. Oct. 11: Professor Louie and the Crowmatix. Oct. 12: Caffè Lena Salutes Saratoga! Benefit. Oct. 15: Cormac McCarthy. Oct. 17: Mike and Ruthy (of the Mammals), the Milton Band. Oct. 18: Pierce Pettis. Oct. 19: M Shanghai String Band. Oct. 22: Po’ Girl. Oct. 24: Luminescent Orchestrii. Oct. 25: Eric Andersen. Oct. 26: Peter Mulvey. Nov. 1: Bob Warren Band. Nov. 2: David Roth. Nov. 7: Woods Tea Company. Nov. 8: Katherine Rhoda. Nov. 9: David Jacobs-Strain. Nov. 14: Roy Book Binder. Nov. 15: Modern Man. Nov. 16: Diana Jones. Nov. 21: Walt Michael & Company. Nov. 22: Larry Zarella and Jud Caswell. Nov. 23: Cheryl Wheeler. Nov. 28: Paul Geremia. Nov. 29: Cavanaugh & Kavanaugh. Dec. 5: Brooks Williams, Little Toby Walker. Dec. 6: Greg Klyma, Anthony DaCosta. Dec. 7: Tas Cru. Dec. 12: Work O’ the Weavers. Dec. 13: John, Trish, Addie, Olin, Linda & David: Holiday Folk Concert. Dec. 14: the Highwaymen.

Calvin Theatre

19 King St., Northampton, Mass., (800) THE-TICK.

Sept. 26: Joan Osborne, Matt Morris. Sept. 28: Randy Newman. Oct. 10: Andrew Bird. Oct. 12: the Black Crowes, Howlin Rain. Oct. 14: Lindsey Buckingham. Oct. 24: They Might Be Giants. Oct. 29: Amos Lee, Priscilla Ahn. Nov. 7: Shawn Colvin. Nov. 9: Gov’t Mule, Back Door Slam. Nov. 13: Dark Star Orchestra. Dec. 13: Bela Fleck and the Flecktones. Dec. 31: Martin Sexton.

Club Helsinki

284 Main St., Great Barrington, Mass., (413) 528-3394.

Sept. 26: John McEuen. Sept. 27: Mother Fletcher, Beyond. Sept. 29: Rob Sanzone. Oct. 3: Girls Guns & Glory. Oct. 5: Adam Michael Rothberg CD release. Oct. 10: the Hunger Mountain Boys. Oct. 15: Jonathan Richman featuring Tommy Larkins. Nov. 7: Shotgun Party. Nov. 8: Dub is a Weapon. Nov. 21: Sarah Borges and the Broken Singles. Nov. 23: Laura Love, Orville Johnson.

The Colonial Theatre

111South St., Pittsfield, Mass., (413) 997-4444.

10/3-4: the Rat Pack. 10/10: Liam Geddes. 10/15: the Song and Dance Ensemble of West Africa. 10/17: New Black Eagle Jazz Band, Pittsfield Cityjazz Youth Orchestra. 10/25: Jukebox Hall of Fame Concert. 11/6: the Eagles Band. 11/8: Chad & Jeremy. 11/20: Arlo Guthrie. 12/5: the Greg Caputo Big Band. 12/7: the Klezmatics.

The Egg

Empire State Plaza, Albany, 473-1845.

Sept. 25: Cardinals featuring Ryan Adams. Sept. 26: Citizen Cope. Sept. 27: the Subdudes. Oct. 7: Lucinda Williams, Buick 6. Oct. 9: Andrew Bird. Oct. 17: Roger McGuinn. Oct. 25: the Four Bitchin’ Babes. Oct. 26: Chris Botti. Nov. 2: Ralph’s World. Nov. 5: David Byrne. Nov. 8: Tom Chapin. Nov. 8: Shawn Colvin. Nov. 13: Idina Menzel. Nov. 14: Susan Tedeschi, James Hunter. Nov. 15: Jonathan Edwards. Nov. 16: Duncan Sheik. Nov. 20: Jorma Kaukonen. Nov. 22: Stephen Kellogg and the Sixers, Pat McGee.

Overture, curtain, lights: RPI’s EMPAC makes its debut.


110 8th St., Winslow Building, Troy, 276-4135.

Oct. 4: Madlib. Oct. 5: Pauline Oliveros and Cecil Taylor. Oct. 10: Fieldwork. Oct. 11: Jazz at Lincoln Center with Wynton Marsalis. Oct. 18: Gamelan Galak Tika, Ensemble Robot. Oct. 18: Ramsey Lewis Trio, RPI Jazz Ensemble.

Iron Horse Music Hall

20 Center St., Northampton, Mass., (800) THE-TICK.

Sept. 25: Great Lake Swimmers, Jennifer O’Connor. Sept. 25: Devon Sproule, Rachel Unthank and the Winterset. Sept. 26: Melissa Ferrick, Stewart Lewis. Sept. 26: Tulsa, Hadouken. Sept. 27 Melissa Ferrick, Andrew Ripp. Sept. 27: Barefoot Truth, Pete Francis. Sept. 28: Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas. Sept. 29: the Bird and the Bee, Willoughby. Sept. 30: Sonya Kitchell, the Slip, Naia Kete. Oct. 1: Toubab Krewe. Oct. 2: Carolina Chocolate Drops. Oct. 3: Kris Delmhorst, Nels Andrews. Oct. 4: Susan Angeletti. Oct. 4: the Lonesome Brothers, Jimmy Ryan. Oct. 5: Who Shot Hollywood, Client # 9, Sticks and Stones. Oct. 7: Langhorne Slim, Heartless Bastards, Those Darlins. Oct. 8: Kaki King. Oct. 9: Liam Finn, the Veils. Oct. 9: Dr. Dog, Delta Spirit, Hacienda. Oct. 10: Mark Erelli, Miss Tess and the Bon Ton Parade. Oct. 11: Erin McKeown, Mark Geary. Oct. 11: Leah Randazzo Group, Jesse Dee. Oct. 12: Tuck and Patti, Judith Owen. Oct. 13: Bryan Greenberg. Oct. 15: the Iguanas. Oct. 16: Tony Trischka’s Territory. Oct. 18 : Crooked Still. Oct. 19: Chris Pureka. Oct. 20: Mirah, No Kids. Oct. 22 : the everybodyfields, the Spring Standards, Samantha Crain. Oct. 24: the Rodney Crowell Trio featuring Jenny Scheinman, Will Kimbrough. Oct. 24: Jesse Malin, the Stone Coyotes. Oct. 25: Winterpills, KaiserCartel. Oct. 25: Stepanian, PrideFalls. Oct. 26: Jonatha Brooke. Oct. 27: the Infamous Stringdusters, Avi and Celia. Oct. 28: My Brightest Diamond. Oct. 29: Los Straitjackets, Laika and the Cosmonauts. Oct. 30: Tim O’Brien. Oct. 30: the Breakfast. Oct. 31: Glen Phillips, Antje Duvekot. Oct. 31: Apollo Sunshine. Nov. 1: Ingrid Michaelson, David Ford. Nov. 2: Alix Olson. Nov. 5: Matt and Kim, Best Fwends. Nov. 7: Girlyman. Nov. 8: Jay Brannan. Nov. 9: Willie Nile. Nov. 13: Marco Benevento Trio. Nov. 14: Jonathan Edwards. Nov. 14: the Amity Front, Session Americana. Nov. 15: Alejandro Escovedo, Amy Cook. Nov. 16: Richard Shindell, Caroline Herring. Nov. 18: the Blasters. Nov. 20: Carlene Carter. Nov. 22: Enter The Haggis. Nov. 23: Kelly Joe Phelps, David Jacobs-Strain. Nov. 26: Alchemystics. Nov. 28: Leon Redbone. Nov. 29: Ronnie Earl and the Broadcasters. Nov. 29: Adam Smith, Wyld Stallyns. Dec. 4: Loudon Wainwright III. Dec. 5: Catie Curtis, Anne Heaton. Dec. 6: Chris Smither. Dec. 7: John Pizzarelli Quartet. Dec. 8: Vienna Teng. Dec. 9: the Bobs. Dec. 11: Beach House, Tickley Feather. Dec. 12: Eilen Jewell Band, Sacred Shakers. Dec. 13: the Nields. Dec. 13: Black Rebels. Dec. 19: Albert Cummings Blues Band. Dec. 20: the Commander Cody Band.

The Linda—WAMC’s Performing Arts Studio

339 Central Ave., Albany, 465-5233 ext. 4.

Sept. 25: CRUMBS Nite Out with the Trapps. Oct. 3: Cheryl Wheeler. Oct. 8: Dancing on the Air. Oct. 9: Frigg. Oct. 10: Uncle Rock. Oct. 11: Rachel Vogt. Oct. 23: CRUMBS Nite Out. Oct. 24: Adrian Cohen CD release. Oct. 31: Tim O’Brien. Nov. 1: Meg Hutchinson. Nov. 8: Red Molly, Steve Kirkman. Nov. 22: Jim Gaudet, Doug Hoekstra. Nov. 29: Doc Scanlon.

Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center

14 Castle St., Great Barrington, Mass., (413) 528-0100.

Oct. 3: Dar Williams, Shawn Mullins. Oct. 25: Richard Thompson. Nov. 7: Taj Mahal. Nov. 15: Duncan Sheik with cast members from Spring Awakening. Dec. 5: Dave Mason.


87 Marshall St., North Adams, Mass., (413) 662-2111.

Oct. 4: Dayna Kurtz. Nov. 8: Jim White.

Northern Lights

1208 Route 146, Clifton Park, 371-0012.

Sept. 26: Chiodos, Hit the Lights, Person L, Burn Wall Street. Oct. 1: Seether, Ashes Divide, State of Shock. Oct. 2: Buckethead, That 1 Guy. Oct. 3: Whiskey River Band. Oct. 4: Rustic Overtones. Oct. 9: Umphrey’s McGee, Conspirator. Oct. 10: Streetlight Manifesto, the Swellers, the AKA’s, HiFi Handgrenades. Oct. 12: Polka Dot Cadaver. Oct. 14: GWAR, Kingdom of Sorrow, Toxic Holocaust. Oct. 15: Theory of a Deadman, Black Stone Cherry, Parlor Mob. Oct. 16: Suicide Silence, Emmure, Beneath the Massacre, After the Burial. Oct. 17: Relient K, Ludo, the Providence, House of Heroes. Oct. 18: Storm Front. Oct. 20: Five Finger Death Punch, In This Moment, Bury Your Dead, Another Black Day. Oct. 23: Sevendust. Oct. 25: Plain White T’s, the Cab, Young and Divine. Oct. 26: Slightly Stoopid. Oct. 28: Warrior Soul, StarStuck. Oct. 29: Green Jelly, Rosemary’s Billygoat, Radioactive Chicken Heads, Mandown. Oct. 31-Nov. 1: Controlled Chaos Festival. Nov. 7: M-16, DWP. Nov. 8: David Allan Coe. Nov. 11: The Academy Is, We the Kings, Carolina Liar, Hey Monday. Nov. 26: the Audiostars. Nov. 28: Burning Human. Nov. 30: Cobra Starship, Forever the Sickest Kids, Hit the Lights, Sing It Loud. Dec. 5: Unearth, If Hope Dies, Heal These Wounds, Surrounded by Teeth, Ashes of Atrocity. Dec. 6: Merauder, Brick By Brick. Dec. 12: Bring Me the Horizon, Misery Signals, the Ghost Inside, Confide. Dec. 21: Badfish, Scotty Don’t.

Old Songs, Inc.

37 South Main St., Vorheesville, 765-2815.

Sept. 25: Bodega. Oct. 3: Réveillons! Oct. 9: Ged Foley. Oct. 25: John Roberts and Cliff Haslam. Nov. 15: Savoy Family Cajun Band. Nov. 22: Martin Simpson. Dec. 13: Nowell We Sing Clear.

Palace Theatre

19 Clinton Ave., Albany, 465-4663.

Sept. 30: Cake, Winterpills. Oct. 11: the Black Crowes. Oct. 16: Experience Hendrix tour with Mitch Mitchell and Billy Cox, Buddy Guy, Jonny Lang, Brad Whitford, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Eric Johnson, more. Oct. 18: Trey Anastasio. Nov. 1: Steven Curtis Chapman, Michael W. Smith. Nov. 15: Dark Star Orchestra.

Pearl Street

10 Pearl Street, Northampton, Mass., (800) THE-TICK.

Oct. 1: the Dodos, Au. Oct. 3: Pinback, sBach. Oct. 4: Buckethead, That 1 Guy. Oct. 8: Okkervil River, Crooked Fingers, What Cheer? Brigade. Oct. 9: Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, Farm. Oct. 9: Mike Relm, the Sideshow, Adeem. Oct. 11: Man Man, Tim Fite. Oct. 11: Granola Funk Express. Oct. 12: Sevendust, Taproot, Allyria, Dear Enemy. Oct. 16: Jonathan Richman featuring Tommy Larkins. Oct. 23: Little Brother. Oct. 24: Deerhoof, Experimental Dental School, Flying. Oct. 26: Dungen, Headdress. Oct. 31: Gone by Daylight, Lansdowne, Creeping Cadavers, the Minus Scale. Oct. 31: Ciderhouse, Turbine. Nov. 1: Stephen Kellogg and the Sixers, Pat McGee, Clayton Senne. Nov. 7: Brother Ali with BK One, Toki Wright, the Problemaddicts. Nov. 8: Amy Ray and her Band. Nov. 13: Murder by Death, William Elliott Whitmore, J Roddy Walston and the Business. Nov. 15: Iron and Wine, Blitzen Trapper. Nov. 16: M83, School of Seven Bells. Nov. 22: MC Chris, Totally Michael. Dec. 5: Ryan Montbleau Band.

A Place for Jazz

Whisperdome, First Unitarian Society, 1221 Wendell Ave., Schenectady, 346-8518.

Sept. 26: the Lee Russo Quartet. Oct. 10: the Ben Allison Quintet. Oct. 24: Joe Locke Nov. 7: Karrin Allyson.

Alice Cooper at Proctors.

Proctor’s Theatre

432 State St., Schenectady, 382-3884 ext. 68.

Sept. 26: Blind Boys of Alabama, Preservation Hall Jazz Band. Oct. 4: Golden Oldies Spectacular with Johnny Maestro and the Brooklyn Bridge, Charlie Thomas’ Drifters, the Duprees, the Orlons, Kathy Young. Oct. 16: Song and Dance Ensemble of West Africa. Oct. 18: Mark Russell. Oct. 26: Alice Cooper.

Red Square

388 Broadway, Albany, 432-8584.

Sept. 25: the Crayons, Cultural Relativity. Sept. 26: Timbre Coup, Nautilus. Sept. 27: Lucid, Mercury Landing. Oct. 3: Consider the Source, Deja. Oct. 4: the Deadbeats, the Ragbirds. Oct. 10: Run Run Run. Oct. 11: Ballyhoo, Mike Pinto. Oct. 15: EOTO. Oct. 17: Sam Kininger Band. Oct. 18: the Rockin O. Oct. 31: Heady Lucid, Indobox. Oct. 31: Blasé Debris.

Revolution Hall

425 River St., Troy, 273-2337.

Sept. 25: Lotus. Sept. 26: the Rapture DJs. Sept. 27: Grace Potter and the Nocturnals. Oct. 3: Doug MacLeod. Oct. 8: Dr. Dog, Delta Spirit. Oct. 11: Antigone Four. Oct. 16: Tim Reynolds and TR3. Oct. 17: Railroad Earth. Oct. 22: State Radio, Bongo Love. Oct. 23: Giant Panda Guerrilla Dub Squad. Oct. 24: JJ Grey and Mofro, Hill Country Revue. Oct. 26: Los Straitjackets, Laika and the Cosmonauts. Oct. 31: Sirsy, More Than Me. Nov. 7: John Brown’s Body. Nov. 8: U-Melt. Nov. 14: Marc Broussard. Nov. 15: Unforgettable Fire. Nov. 18: Project/Object featuring Ike Willis. Nov. 21: Tea Leaf Green. Nov. 26: Ryan Montbleau Band. Nov. 28: Hair of the Dog. Nov. 29: Blue Hand Luke, the Twisted String Band. Dec. 4: Eric Hutchinson, Charlotte Sometimes, Delta Goodrem. Dec. 12: Donna the Buffalo. Dec. 20: Albert Cummings.

Sanctuary for Independent Media

3361 6th Ave., Troy, 272-2390.

Oct. 25: Morley. Nov. 16: Eliza Gilkyson, Robert Jensen. Nov. 22: Ras Moshe. Dec. 13: Ted Daniel’s International Brass & Membrane Corps.

Times Union Center

51 S. Pearl St., Albany, 487-2000.

Oct. 30: Celtic Thunder. Nov. 6: Reba McEntire, Kelly Clarkson.

Troy Savings Bank Music Hall

State and Second streets, Troy, 273-0038.

Oct. 24: Peter Yarrow, Bethany and Rufus. Oct. 30: Joe Jackson. Nov. 1: Taj Mahal Trio. Nov. 16: Travis Tritt and Marty Stuart. Nov. 19: Arlo Guthrie, His Son Abe, the Burns Sisters. Dec. 14: Spyro Gyra.


17 New Scotland Ave., Albany, 432-6572.

Sept. 25: 3, Kiss Kiss. Sept. 29: Zodiac Mindwarp and the Love Reaction. Oct. 2: Blake Lewis, Carlotta, Lesley Roy, Travis Grey. Oct. 4: Two Cow Garage. Oct. 17: Skarhead, Bulldoze, Danny Dribble, the Shotblockers. Oct. 17-18: the Figgs. Oct. 18: Sound System (Operation Ivy tribute). Oct. 19: Jonathan Richman featuring Tommy Larkins. Nov. 14: We Are Scientists. Nov. 19: Baroness, Coliseum, Minsk.

Vapor Nightclub

Saratoga Gaming and Raceway, 342 Jefferson St., Saratoga Springs, 584-2110.

Oct. 23: the Rat Pack.

Washington Avenue Armory

Corner of Washington Avenue and Lark Street, 476-1000.

Oct. 9: Rise Against, Alkaline Trio, Thrice, Gaslight Anthem. Nov. 1: the Roots, Gym Class Heroes, Estelle.


Still in shock over the relatively high number of summer movies that were truly enjoyable, I offer this snarky rundown without an extended preamble.

The Prestige

The Duchess

Keira Knightley is the scandalous 18th-century Duchess of Devonshire in this costume drama. With Ralph Fiennes and Charlotte Rampling.

Body of Lies

Ridley Scott directs Russell Crowe (yet again) and Leonardo DiCaprio in this hunting-for-Al Qaeda drama, written by the guy who adapted The Departed. Seriously, Ridley—Crowe again? Didn’t you see Tropic Thunder?


Almost everything Clint Eastwood does has the golden Oscar touch, and this 1920s drama about personal tragedy and endemic police corruption is generating the same vibe. Starring Angelina Jolie, John Malkovich (as a good guy, believe it or not), Amy Ryan and Colm Feore.

The Road

The Proposition director John Hillcoat guides Viggo Mortensen and Charlize Theron through Cormac McCarthy’s post-apocalyptic America in this violent drama. Judging from the story, it just may make No Country for Old Men seem lighthearted. With Guy Pearce and Robert Duvall.


Baz Luhrmann’s World War II-era outback epic, starring Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman. Lots of driving cattle and dodging Nazis.


Sean Penn is the assassinated title character Harvey Milk, San Francisco’s first openly gay city supervisor, in Gus Van Sant’s biopic. With John Brolin as the “Twinkie defense” killer, and James Franco.


Frank Langella brings his acclaimed stage performance to the screen in Ron Howard’s film about the 1977 TV interviews with Richard Nixon by Brit producer-interviewer David Frost. Langella is Nixon; Michael Sheen (Tony Blair in The Queen) is Frost; and the excellent cast includes Sam Rockwell and Kevin Bacon. This one looks like a winner.

Crossing Over

Wayne Kramer’s sprawling drama about illegal immigrants stars Harrison Ford, Ashley Judd, Ray Liotta, Sean Penn and a couple dozen unknown ethnic actors who get under-the title billing. Kramer made, in 2003, one terrific movie (The Cooler) and in 2006, one dreadful movie (Running Scared). We’ll see.


This Holocaust-resistance drama stars Daniel Craig and Liev Schreiber. The main concern here is director Edward Zwick (The Last Samurai), who usually finds a way to sabotage his own movies.


Meryl Streep, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Amy Adams star in author John Patrick Shanley’s film of his own Broadway hit. The intense drama is set in a Bronx Roman Catholic school, and involves theological clashes and allegations of child abuse.

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

David Fincher (Zodiac, Fight Club) directs Brad Pitt in this F. Scott Fitzgerald story about a man who ages in reverse—he starts out old, and ends as a baby. Curious, indeed. With Tilda Swinton and Cate Blanchett.

Seven Pounds

Will Smith goes Oscar hunting again in this drama about a man with a troubled past who decides to help seven strangers. With Rosario Dawson and Woody Harrelson. Go get ’em, Will!



Setting aside the remake of Swept Away (please), Guy Ritchie has always had a knack for casting. His latest, oddly-named, London-based crime caper is no exception; it stars Gerard Butler, Thandie Newton, Tom Wilkinson, Idris Elba and Ludacris.

Pride and Glory

Irish cops, family loyalties, soul-destroying corruption and vicious revenge: Haven’t I seen this movie before? Anywho, this version stars Edward Norton, Colin Farrell and Jon Voight.

Quantum of Solace

Weird title indeed, but the franchise- reviving Casino Royale makes this Bond flick more than worth a look. With Daniel Craig picking up exactly where he left off at the end of Royale.

The Transporter 3

Jason Statham just keeps on driving and kicking ass. Amen.

The Spirit

Frank Miller directs Samuel L. Jackson and Scarlett Johansson in this adaptation of his own comic. Violence can be safely anticipated.

We’ve Got Indie Cred, Really

Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist

Juno’s Michael Cera is again a dorky musician who is, inexplicably, catnip to smart girls in this romantic comedy costarring Kat Dennings. Work that shtick while you can, kid—you’re not getting any younger.

How to Lose Friends & Alienate People

The smartass bloggers at Gawker put the smackdown on Brit journalist Toby Jones for his naval-gazing tome about his time at Vanity Fair. Since the film version stars Simon Pegg, however, one should keep an open mind.

Rachel Getting Married

Recovering addict Anne Hathaway returns home, bringing a golden ray of sunshine to her sister’s wedding in this Jonathan Demme-directed drama. Can you guess that things don’t go smoothly? With Debra Winger.


Usually gloomy Mike Leigh (Naked, Vera Drake) looks on the bright side of life in this comedy about a maniacally cheerful school teacher.

Synecdoche, New York

No, grandpa, I said “Synecdoche,” not “Schenectady.” Philip Seymour Hoffman is a theater director who builds an entire city set inside a warehouse. Written and directed (of course) by Charlie Kaufman. With Catherine Keener.

Zack and Miri Make a Porno

Kevin Smith sold this movie to Harvey Weinstein based on the title alone. Figures. Gee, I hope it’s as sophisticated as Chasing Amy. (No, Smith is not forgiven for the donkey-fucking scene in Clerks 2, either.)

Reel Life


Have you seen the any of the advance clips? This documentary is, basically, atheist funnyman Bill Maher traveling the world insulting men and women of God. C’mon, he’s not trying to make friends.

Family Matters

Beverly Hills Chihuahua

A pampered SoCal pup (voiced by Drew Barrymore) gets lost in Mexico, where a spirit guide (voiced by Salma Hayek) helps her discover her “heritage.” OK. I’m not saying they’re literally on crack at Disney, but Walt’s gonna be pissed when they thaw out his head.


A pampered celebrity dog (voiced by John Travolta) gets lost in the streets of New York City, where he must rely on his not-often-tested wits to survive in this Disney comedy. Hey, wait: Didn’t I just write this entry?

The Secret Life of Bees

This 1960s drama about a young blonde girl who runs away from her abusive home to the safety of African-American beekeepers is set to tug the heartstrings. With Jennifer Hudson, Queen Latifah and Dakota Fanning (as the little blonde girl).

Madagascar 2: Escape 2 Africa

Since I have no idea what happened in Madagascar, I will refrain from comment. I liked the “Madagascar penguins” in the animated short Dreamworks subsequently released, however.

Bedtime Stories

Adam Sandler tells stories to children—that come true! yay!—in this Christmas family cash-in from Walt Disney Pictures. At least Sandler isn’t the voice of a pampered feline lost in some metropolis who’s guided to his destiny by Garfield or Sylvester. With Keri Russell.

Sing, Sing, Sing

High School Musical 3: Senior Year

I’ve never seen anything like this before. After two wildly successful made-for-TV movies (and more live theatrical iterations than I can count), the third coming of Disney’s High School Musical juggernaut will be on the big screen. The Mouse House may have had to bring in Pixar to save the empire’s animation wing, but they’ve still got the tweeners by the pocketbook. With Vanessa Hudgens, Zac Efron, blah blah blah.

Soul Men

A couple of still-angry-at-each-other singers (Samuel L. Jackson and the late Bernie Mac) reunite one last time for a performance at the Apollo. With Sharon Leal, Sean Hayes and the late Isaac Hayes. Yeah, the circumstances around this one are a bummer.

Based on a (Mostly) True Story

The Express

Clancy Brown is New York state’s own football hero Ernie Davis, the first African American Heisman Trophy winner, in this biopic costarring Dennis Quaid.


Oliver Stone’s back and, oh, it’s on. Josh Brolin is our dearly beloved, now-quacking president in this Oliver Stone film about the life and times of George W. Bush. With Ioan Grufudd as Tony Blair and Thandie Newton as Condoleezza Rice.

Based on a (Surprise) Video Game

Max Payne

Mark Wahlberg is the titular DEA agent out for revenge in this—admit it— unfortunately named drama. I have to say, though, the previews offer something to look at.

Yuk Yuk Yuk

An American Carol

I don’t want to you to think I’m biased against this “comedy” because I’m an angry liberal, but judging from the trailer, David Zucker’s right-wing spoof is a steaming pile of crap. Starring Jon Voight, who provides yet another reason for his daughter to avoid him.

Role Models

David Wain, director of the cult comedy The Ten (which was actually about a “4” on the funny scale), helms this yukfest about a couple of immature salesmen forced to become mentors to troubled teens. With Paul Rudd and Seann William Scott.

Yes Man

Remember when Jim Carrey couldn’t tell a lie? Hoo-hoo, that was some funny. Now he can’t say no to anything for a year. It can’t be denied: Dude loves a gimmick. Directed by Peyton Reed (Down With Love) and costarring Zooey Deschanel.

Don’t Be a Scaredy Cat


Fernando Meirelles (City of God, The Constant Gardener) directs Julianne Moore in this grim sci-fi drama about a world-wide epidemic of blindness. With Mark Ruffalo and Sandra Oh.


The trailer is simple: An apartment building is infested with something and quarantined by the feds; when it’s all over, there’s no one left to tell the story. Luckily, a reporter left a video record. We can has Cloverfield?

Saw V

The torture-porn wave has crested, but the Saw series slices, shocks, gouges and gnaws on.


Director Catherine Hardwicke (Thirteen) has either made a vampire movie disguised as a teenage love story, or a teenage love story disguised as a vampire movie.

The Day the Earth Stood Still

I want to keep an open mind about this remake of the 1951 classic about an alien visiting earth, but the trailer is murky and annoying. With Keanu Reeves, Jennifer Connelly and Kathy Bates.

Xmas is Coming

Four Christmases

Forgive me, but I can’t bring myself to relate the execrable plot of this holiday wankery starring Reese Witherspoon and Vince Vaughn. You can use the Google, right?

—Shawn Stone

Art and Exhibits

A.D.D. Gallery

22 Park Place, Hudson, 822-9763.

Oct. 14-Nov. 19: Paintings by Roger Shepherd.

Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts

Route 28, Blue Mountain Lake, 352-7715.

Through Oct. 17: Clay Expressions Pottery, works by Cate Valk, Susanne Farrington, Connie Derrenbacher, Denise Haviland, and Andrea Steffens. Through Oct. 31: Nature’s Views, digital photographs by Ed Wyant Jr. Through Nov. 3: An Adirondack Reflection, photographs by Peter Johngren.

Adirondack Mountain Club

Route 9N, Luzerne Road, Lake George, 668-4447.

Nov.1-Dec. 31: Upper Hudson Valley Watercolor Society.

Albany Center Galleries

Albany Public Library, 161 Washington Ave., Albany, 462-4775.

Sept. 23-Nov. 1: Works by Tatana Kellner and Laura Von Rosk.

Albany Heritage Area Visitors Center

25 Quackenbush Square, corner of Clinton Avenue and Broadway, Albany. 434-0405.

Through Sept. 29: Wonders of the Circus. Oct. 3-Dec. 31: Once In a Blue Moon, oil paintings by Darlina Abrams-Jones.

Albany Institute of History & Art

125 Washington Ave., Albany, 463-4478.

Through Jan. 4: Impressionist Giverny: American Painters in France, 1885-1915. Ongoing: The Landscape that Defined America: Artists of the Hudson River School.

Albany International Airport

Colonie, 242-2241.

Ongoing: Repetitive Nature in the Concourse A Gallery. Also, Air Craft, photographs by Jeffrey Milstein in the Concourse B Gallery.

Arkell Museum & Canajoharie Library

Canajoharie. 673-2314.

Though Oct. 12: Winslow Homer Watercolors from the Permanent Collection. Through Sept. 29: Works by regional artists Lutz Scherneck and Ian Burcroff. Through Sept. 21: Wyeth Family Paintings: From the Farnsworth Art Museum. Ongoing: Arkell’s Inspiration: The Marketing of Beech-Nut and Art for the People.

The Arts Center Gallery at the Saratoga County Arts Council

Saratoga County Arts Council, 320 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 584-4132.

Through Oct. 18: New Evolutions, works by Ingrid Ludt and Melinda McDaniel.

Bennington Museum

West Main Street, Bennington, Vt., (802) 447-1571.

Through Oct. 13: Jane Stickle Quilt. Through Oct. 26: Art of Vermont: The State Collection Exhibition.

bjsworks Gallery

71 Lawrence St., Glens Falls. 793-9350.

Oct. 1-31: From Victim to Victory: An Awareness Project.

Brill Gallery

Eclipse Mill Studio 109, 243 Union St., Route 2, North Adams, Mass. (800) 294-2811.

Through Oct. 31: Nude & Naked: 1960-2008, photographs by international photographers.

Brookside Museum

6 Charlton St., Ballston Spa. 885-4000.

Though Sept. 4, 2009: A Few Lines to Let You Know: Letters of the Civil War.

Carrie Haddad Gallery

622 Warren St., Hudson, 828-1915.

Through Oct. 12: Wood, works by Frank Litto, Richard Artschwager, John Cross, Stephen Walling, Mark Wasserbach and Jon DePreter. Oct. 16-Nov. 23: Landscape, works by Harry Orlyk, Craig Johns, and Leigh Palmer. Nov. 27-Jan.4: Painting and Sculpture, works by Ragellah Rourke, James O’Shea, and Cynthia Atwood.

CCS Bard Galleries/Hessel Museum

Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson. (845) 758-7598.

Sept. 27-Feb. 1: The Greenroom: Reconsidering the Documentary and Contemporary Art. Through Dec. 19: I Am Yours, new works by Bernd Krauss.

Center for Photography at Woodstock

59 Tinker St., Woodstock, (914) 679-9957.

Through Oct. 26: Collocations: A Solo Exhibition of Works by Mickey Smith.

Children’s Museum of Science & Technology

250 Jordan Road, Troy. 235-2120.

Ongoing: Hudson River Estuary exhibit; hands-on exploration of weather; Molecularium animated dome show.

Clark Art Institute

225 South St., Williamstown, Mass., (413) 458-9545.

Oct. 12-Jan.4: Drawn to Drama: Italian Works on Paper, 1500-1800. Through Oct. 19: Like Breath on Glass: Whistler, Inness, and the Art of Painting Softly. Through Oct. 26: Homer and Sargent from the Clark. Through Nov. 16: Special Installation: Visions of the Stage: Prints and Drawings, 1600-1800.

Cohoes Visitor’s Center

Music Hall Building, 58 Remsen St., Cohoes, 273-5618.

Through Nov. 30: Views of Cohoes Over Half a Century: Photographs by Bernard T. Shaw.

Columbia County Historical Society and Museum

5 Albany Ave., Kinderhook. 758-9265.

Ongoing: A Portrait of Columbia County.

Columbia Greene Community College

4400 Route 23, Hudson, 828-4181.

Through Oct. 10: Fall Faculty Show.

Deborah Davis Fine Art

345 Warren St., Hudson, 822-1890.

Through Oct. 6: Juxtaposition, mixed media by Patricia R. Hogan.

Empire State Aerosciences Museum

250 Rudy Chase Drive, Glenville. 377-2191.

Ongoing: Local and national aviation history; F-14 Tomcat and MiG-21 on display.

Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art

125 West Bay Road, Amherst, Mass., (413) 658-1100.

Througb Oct. 26: Flights Into Fantasy: The Kendra and Allan Daniel Collection of Children’s Illustration. Through Dec. 7: Dorothy Kunhardt’s Pat the Bunny.

Farmers’ Museum

Lake Road, Route 80, Cooperstown, (888) 547-1499.

Through Oct. 31: Ice Cream: Our Cool Obsession.

Fenimore Art Museum

Lake Road, Route 80, Cooperstown, (607) 547-1400.

Though Dec. 31: Bits of Home and Through the Eyes of Others: African Americans and Identity in American Art.

Fulton Street Gallery

408 Fulton St., Troy, 274-8464.

Sept. 24-Oct. 25: Works by Deborah Morris, Beth Feldman, and Jenny McShan.

Galerie BMG

12 Tannery Brook Road, Woodstock. (845) 679-0027.

Through Oct. 20: Female Taxonomy.

The Gallery at Proctors

432 State St., Schenectady. 382-3884.

Through Oct. 31: Photographs by Robert Gullie and David G. Moore.


Route 30, Salem. 854-9120.

Through Oct. 19: Harvest Palette.

Hancock Shaker Village

Route 20, Pittsfield, Mass., (413) 443-0188.

Through Oct. 31: Gather Up the Fragments: The Andrews Shaker Collection.

Harrison Gallery

39 Spring St., Williamstown, Mass. (413) 458-1700.

Oct. 4-30: Petria Mitchell: Expressionist Landscapes. Oct. 4-28: Contemporary Watercolors: Caio Fonseca, Sibylle Szaggars, Stephen Hancock and Tom Slaughter. Nov. 1-30: Mary Sipp Green: Impressions of Normandy.

Hudson Opera House

327 Warren St., Hudson, 822-1438.

Oct. 4-Nov.1: Between The River and The Sky, works by Vincent Pomilio.

Hudson Valley Community College

Marvin Teaching Gallery, 80 Vandenburgh Ave., Troy, 629-8063.

Sept. 18-Oct. 18: Look: Portraits by Summer McCorkle and Lillian Mulero. Oct. 30-Dec. 6 Space within these lines not dedicated: Collaborative installation by Lee Ranaldo and Leah Singer.

The Hyde Collection

161 Warren St., Glens Falls, 792-1761.

Through Nov. 2: The Prints of Sean Scully. Nov. 16-Jan. 18: California Impressionism: Paintings from the Irvine Museum.

John Davis Gallery

362 1/2 Warren St., Hudson. 828-5907.

Through Oct. 5: Laurel Sucsy: Paintings and Sculpture Garden: Sarah Draney. Oct. 9-Nov. 2: Gabriel Phipps: Paintings.

Lake George Arts Project

Courthouse Gallery, Canada and Lower Amherst streets, Lake George Village, 668-2616.

Through Oct. 17: Recent Work by Charles Steckler.

Local Color Art Gallery

961 Troy Schenectady Road, Latham, 786-6557.

Through Oct. 31: Harvest Moon, paintings by Colonie Art League artists.

Sol LeWitt at MASS MoCA.

Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art

1040 MASS MoCA Way, North Adams, Mass., (413) 664-4481.

Through Spring 2009: Badlands: New Horizons in Landscape and Eastern Standard: Western Artists in China. Nov. 16-Nov. 15, 2033: Sol LeWitt: A Wall Drawing Retrospective. Ongoing: Long-term installations by Dré Wapenaar and Fransje Killaars. Ongoing: Anselm Kiefer: Paintings and Sculpture.

Massry Center Art Gallery

College of Saint Rose, 1002 Madison Ave., Albany. 454-5102.

Sept. 21-Nov. 9: Judy Pfaff: Paperworks, Year of the Dog, Pig, Rat, Etc.

MCLA Gallery 51 Annex

93 Summer St., North Adams. (413) 241-8692.

Through Oct. 31: Lumens.

National Upholstering Design Studio and Gallery

231 Lark St., Albany. 434-1458.

Oct. 4-Nov. 4: Photographs by Theresa Swidorski and Sculpture by Carl Swidorski.

National Museum of Dance

99 S. Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 584-2225.

Through October: “On Broadway” The Evolution of Dance on the Broadway Stage. Ongoing: Choreo-Motion: A Children’s Journey through Space, Time and Energy.

National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame

191 Union Ave., Saratoga Springs. 584-0400.

Through Oct. 17: White House Horses.

New York Folklore Society Gallery of New York Traditions

133 Jay St., Schenectady. 346-7008.

Ongoing: Folk art from around the state, including Amish-made items, Iroquois crafts and much more.

New York State Museum

Empire State Plaza, Albany. 474-5877.

Through Oct. 13: Latin American and Caribbean Art: Selected Highlights from the Collection of the Museum of Modern Art. Through Oct. 12: Rockefeller at 100. Through Oct. 14: Sheridan Hollow: A Very Working-Class Neighborhood. Oct. 3-May: Breeding Bird Atlas: 20 Years of Changing Bird Distributions. Nov. 22-May. 17: Rockwell Kent: This Is My Own. Through March 2009: Invaders. Through Fall 2009: Art for the People: Decorated Stoneware from the Weitsman Collection. Ongoing: Beneath the City: An Archaeological Perspective of Albany; Governor’s Collection of Contemporary Native American Art; Rescue Recovery Response—Phase II; and Windows on New York.

Nicole Fiacco Gallery

506 Warren St., Hudson, 828-5090.

Sept. 27-Nov. 2: David Deutsch. Nov. 8-Dec. 13: Linda B. Horn: Negative Space.

Norman Rockwell Museum

Route 183, Stockbridge, Mass., (413) 298-4100.

Through Oct. 19: In Full Bloom: Artists Design Garden Gates. Through Oct. 26: Raw Nerve! The Political Art of Steve Brodner. Through Nov. 19: Norman Rockwell: Illustrator in Chief.

North Main Gallery

196 N. Main St., Salem. 854-3406.

Through Oct. 13: Shirtworks Invitational.

Oakroom Artists Gallery

First Unitarian Society, 1221 Wendell Ave., Schenectady, 374-4446.

Nov. 2-28: Works by Karen Rosasco.

Omi International Arts Center

Fields Sculpture Park, 59 Letter S Road, Ghent. 392-4747.

Through Nov. 30: Into the Trees; Nina Katchadourian: Twitchers and Cheaters; and New Sculpture.

Opalka Gallery

Sage Colleges, 140 New Scotland Ave., Albany. 292-1778.

Through Oct. 19: Grace Hartigan: A Survey of Seven Decades.

Rensselaer County Historical Society

57 Second St., Troy, 272-7232.

Ongoing: Discovering History: What the Heck Is It?.

Saratoga Automobile Museum

110 Avenue of the Pines, Saratoga Spa State Park, Saratoga Springs. 587-1935 ext. 20.

Through Nov. 2: Cadillac: A Century of Style. Ongoing: New York racing exhibit.

Saratoga County Arts Council

Arts Center Gallery, 320 Broadway, Saratoga Springs. 584-4132.

Through Oct. 18: New Evolutions.

Schick Art Gallery

Skidmore College, 815 N. Broadway, Saratoga Springs. 580-5049.

Oct. 2-Nov. 2: Selected Art Faculty Exhibition.

Shaker Museum and Library

88 Shaker Museum Road, Old Chatham, 794-9100.

Through Oct. 20: Recycle—Reuse—Repair: Examples of Shaker Stewardship.

SKH Gallery of Textiles and Fine Craft

Railroad Station, Great Barrington, Mass., (413) 528-3300.

Through Oct. 3: Works by Bernd Hausmann and Joby Baker. Nov. 4-Dec. 31: SKH Political.

Skidmore College

Schick Art Gallery, 815 N. Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 580-5049.

Oct. 5-Nov. 5: Selected Art Faculty Exhibition. Nov. 7-Dec. 14: Earl Pardon Retrospective.

Southern Vermont Arts Center

617 West Road, Manchester, Vt. (802) 362-1405.

Through Nov. 30: Diana Walker: Photojournalist.

Spencertown Academy

Route 203, Spencertown, 392-3693.

Sept. 24-Oct. 22: Abstractions, works by Christofer Haun, Josh Podell, Jennifer Riley, and Don Voisine. Oct. 28-Nov. 26: Focus: Robin Tewes.

Tang Teaching Museum and Gallery

Skidmore College, 815 N. Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 580-8080.

Sept. 27-Jan. 25: Dario Robleto: Alloy of Love. Through Jan. 4: Opener 15: Amy Sillman: Third Person Singular.

Thomas Cole National Historic Site

Catskill, 943-7465.

Through Oct. 28: Thomas Cole’s “Sketch” Paintings: An Exploration of the Creative Process.

Union College

Mandeville Gallery, Nott Memorial, Schenectady. 388-6131.

Through Oct. 21: Optical Union, photographs by Meghan Haley-Quigley, Rui Fen Huang, Tobias Leeger, Steven Leung, Lauren Muske, Jonathan Scheff and Juneui Soh. Oct. 9-Feb. 1: Parabolas Mexicanas, paintings, drawings and prints by Bernardo Gonzalez and Francisco Verastegui. Oct. 23-Dec. 19: Southern Louisiana Hurricane Recovery: A Photo Documentary by Alex Handin.

University Art Museum

University at Albany, 1400 Washington Ave., Albany, 442-4035.

Oct. 23-Dec. 21: Straight Face: Portraits from the University at Albany Fine Art Collections and Andy Warhol: Portraits from the Warhol Photographic Legacy Program.

Upstate Artists Guild

247 Lark St., Albany. 426-3501.

Oct. 3-24: Buried City. Nov. 7-28: Futura.

Visions Gallery

Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany Pastoral Center, 40 N. Main Ave., Albany, 453-6600.

Through Oct. 31: Private Thoughts Gone Public.

Waterford Historical Museum

2 Museum Lane, Waterford. 238-0809.

Ongoing: Born of Two Rivers: An Illustrated History of Waterford, New York.

West Kortright Centre

49 West Kortright Road, East Meredith. (607) 278-5454.

Through Nov. 2: Flora, Fauna and Food.

Williams College Museum of Art

Williamstown, Mass., (413) 597-2429.

Through Oct. 5: The Long Night and the New Day: Lithographs by Benton Spruance and Emily Driscoll: Works.

Classical Music

Albany Pro Musica

Performances are at the St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Albany; Niskayuna Reformed Church, Route 7, Niskayuna; Carondelet Music Center, St. Joseph’s Provincial House, Latham; Scotia Reformed Church, Scotia ,

Oct. 18 (St. Paul’s), Oct. 19 (Niskayuna): Let’s Sing, Let’s Dance!; Dec. 13 (Scotia), Dec. 14 (Carondelet): This Yool Night.

Albany Symphony Orchestra

Concerts, under the direction of maestro David Alan Miller, take place as noted at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy, 273-0038; the Palace Theatre, Albany, 465-3334; Canfield Casino, Congress Park, Saratoga Springs, 584-6920; and the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington, Mass., (413) 528-0100. Call for concert times.

Oct. 25 (Palace): A Night of Italian Opera: Puccini’s 150th birthday bash with Emily Pulley (soprano), Victoria Livengood (mezzo-soprano), Alan Glassman (tenor), and Stephen Kechulius (baritone). Nov. 14 (Troy): Music of the Ballets Russes featuring cellist Kenneth Olsen and the world-premier of a composition by David Mallamud. Dec. 6, 7 (Palace): The Magic of Christmas featuring local music groups and Kim and Reggie Harris. Dec. 11 (Canfield), Dec. 12 (Troy), Dec. 13 (Mahaiwe): Winter Warmth featuring Jaime Laredo and Jill Levy.

Bard College

Annandale-on-Hudson, (845) 758-7900, Call for shows and times. Olin Hall and the Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts.

Oct. 24 (Fisher): Prokofiev in America and Russia featuring the American Symphony Orchestra and Mira Wang (violin). Oct. 25 (Olin): Student and faculty performance of Prokofiev and Stravinsky.

Capitol Chamber Artists

First Congregational Church, 405 Quail St., Albany, 458-9231.

Oct. 3, Nov. 14: Free noon concerts at RPI Academy Hall. Oct. 18: Franz Schubert’s Piano Trio in E Flat Major. Nov. 8: Wonderchild/Genius of Court of Louis XIV. Dec. 13: Baroque Holiday Spectacular.

Close Encounters With Music

All performances will be held at Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, 14 Castle St., Great Barrington, Mass., and will start at 6 PM. (800) 843-0778.

Oct. 18: Crown Jewels: A Musical Tour through Europe’s Princely Courts. Dec. 6: An American Holiday Tapestry with the Rose Ensemble.

deBlasiis Chamber Music Series

8 PM performances at the Hyde Collection, Helen Froehlich Auditorium, 161 Warren St., Glens Falls, 793-0531.

Oct. 20: The Namasse/Nakamatsu Duo. Nov. 17: Iridescence Flute and Harp Duo.

Massry Center for the Arts

The College of St. Rose, 1002 Madison Ave., Albany, 454-5102.

Oct. 5: Chamber Music Now and Then. Nov. 13: Celebrate Music! Dec. 13: Massry Family Tribute Concert featuring the St. Rose Wind Ensemble and Masterworks Chorale.

Octavo Singers

First Reformed Church, 8 N. Church St., Schenectady, 344-SING. Union College Memorial Chapel, Union Street, Schenectady, 388-6131.

Nov. 2 (Church): Peaceable Kingdom and Mass in G. Dec. 21 (Union): Messiah.

Rhinebeck Chamber Music Society

Concerts start at 8 PM, and are at the Church of the Messiah, Route 9, Rhinebeck, (845) 876-2870.

Oct. 19: Attacca Quartet. Nov. 15: American Brass Quintet. Dec. 7: Vinca Quartet.

Union College Concert Series

Union College Memorial Chapel, Union Street, Schenectady, 388-6131. Call for concert times.

Oct. 2: Jupiter String Quartet. Oct. 30: Trio Cavatina with Alexander Fiterstein (clarinet). Nov. 11: Orion Weiss (piano). Dec. 5: Christian Tetzlaff (violin). Dec. 15: Musicians from Marlboro.

Schenectady County Community College

Carl B. Taylor Community Auditorium, Begley Building; Begley Building, Room 160; Elston Hall; or Lally Mohawk Room, Elston Hall, SCCC, Schenectady, 381-1200. Call for times and locations.

Oct. 21 (Room 160), Nov. 10 (Elston): Musicians of Ma’alwyck present The Curious Journey of Citizen Genêt. Oct. 22 (Taylor): American Snapshots: 200 Years of American Songs featuring Lincoln Mayorga (piano) and Sheri Bauer-Mayorga (voice). Nov. 24 (Taylor): Lucille Beer (mezzo soprano) and Mark Evans (piano). Dec. 1 (Taylor): SCCC Chorus and Vocal Chamber Ensemble. Dec. 3 (Taylor): SCCC Jazz Ensemble and Percussion Ensemble. Dec. 8 (Lally): SCCC Woodwind Chamber Ensembles/Basic Ensemble. Dec. 10 (Lally): SCCC Guitar Ensemble. Dec. 12 (Taylor): SCCC Wind Ensemble.

Schenectady Symphony Orchestra

Proctor’s Theatre, 432 State St., Schenectady,

Oct. 19: Hidden Gems: Mohawk Valley Vistas. Nov. 23: Jewels of the Dance.

Tannery Concerts

Mt. Lebanon Shaker Village, Route 20, New Lebanon, (888) 820-9441.

Oct. 11: Jewish Masterpieces for Cello and Piano.

Troy Chromatic Concerts

Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Second and State streets, Troy, 273-0038.

Oct. 15: Orpheus Chamber Orchestra featuring Jean-Yves Thibaudet (piano). Nov. 9: Piano soloist Stephen Hough.

University at Albany

Concerts take place in the Recital Hall or the Main Theatre, Performing Arts Center, 1400 Washington Ave., Albany, 442-3997. Call for show times and venues.

Oct. 4: Richard Albagli and Friends. Oct. 19: University Symphony Orchestra. Oct. 27: University Concert Band. Oct. 28: Student recital. Nov. 9: Capital Collegiate Chorale Festival. Dec. 3: Student recital. Dec. 7: Holiday concert.


Bard Fisher Center

Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson

Sept. 25-Oct.5: Sens Noemie La France Rapture. Oct. 17-Oct. 19: American Ballet Theatre. Oct. 23: Rumi and the Whirling Dervishes from Turkey.

The Colonial Theatre

111 South St., Pittsfield, Mass., (413) 997-4444.

Oct. 15: The Song and Dance Ensemble of West Africa. Oct. 31, Nov. 1: Darrell Pucciarello’s Production of Dracula.

Maude Baum and Company Dance Theatre/eba Dance Theatre

eba Theatre, 351 Hudson Ave., Albany, 465-9916.

Nov. 1-2,7-8: Brave New Dances.

The Egg

Empire State Plaza, Albany, 473-1845.

Oct 3: [bjm_danse]. Oct. 10: Tapereire: Celtic Tap—An Evening with James Devine. Nov. 22: Belly Dance Superstars. Nov. 29: Break the Urban Funk Spectacular! Dec. 12: Pilobolus.


87 Marshall St., North Adams, Mass., 664-4481.

Oct.10: Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo.

Proctors Theatre

432 State St., Schenectady, 346-6204.

Sept.15-20: The Song and Dance Ensemble of West Africa.


Albany Institute of History and Art

125 Washington Ave., Albany, 463-4478.

Sept. 30: Paul Grondahl.

Arts Center of The Capital Region

265 River St., Troy,273-0552 ext.231.

Sept. 25, 7 PM: Lucia Nevai. Oct. 20, 7 PM: Laura Shaine.

Caffe Lena

47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, 583-0022.

First Wed of every month: Poetry Open Mic with host Carol Graser.

Capital District Gay and Lesbian Community Center

332 Hudson Ave, Albany,462-6138.

Second Wed of every month: Live from the Living Room poetry open mic.

College of Saint Rose Frequency North Visiting Writers Series

Neil Hellman Library, First Floor, 392 Western Ave., Albany, (800) 637-8556.

Sept. 25: David Rees, Rachael Shukert. Nov. 12 Alice Fulton.

Evangelical Protestant United Church of Christ

82 Clinton St., Albany.

Fourth Wed of every month: Poetry in the Hood.

Lark Tavern

453 Madison Ave., Albany 462-6138.

Last Mon of each month: Poets Speak Loud poetry open mic with hosts Thom Francis and Mary Panza.

Monument Mountain Regional High School

600 Stockbridge Road., Great Barrington, Mass., (413) 528-9267.

Nov. 5: Salman Rushdie.

New York State Writers Institute Visiting Writers Series

Events take place on University at Albany’s uptown and downtown campuses. For information, call 442-5620.

Sept. 25: Jime Shepard. Oct. 2: Anne Enright. Oct. 7: F.D. Reeve. Oct. 8: Astrid Cabral. Oct. 15: Major Jackson. Oct. 16: Dexter Filkins. Nov 11: Alice Fulton. Nov. 17: Nilo Cruz.

Saratoga Springs Public Library

49 Henry St., Saratoga Springs, 584-1198.

Oct. 14: Saratoga Poetry Zone featuring Sarah Craig and Bernice Mennis. Oct. 24: Writers on Reading Series featuring Jay Rogoff.

Schenectady Museum and Suites-Bueche Planetarium

Nott Terrace Heights, Schenectady, 382-7890

9/19: Popcorn, Peanuts and Poetry; Baseball Inside the Lines. Featuring writer and poet Saragh Freligh.

Social Justice Center

33 Central Ave., Albany, 434-4037.

Third Thu of every month: Third Thursday Poetry Open Mic.


17 New Scotland Ave., Albany, 432-6572.

First Tue of every month: Albany Poets Presents poetry open mic night.

Voorheesville Public Library

51 School St., Voorheesville, 765-2791.

Beginning Oct. 11, continuing every other Thu: Every Other Thursday Night Poets.

William K. Stanford Town Library

629 Albany Shaker Road, Loudonville, 458-9274.

Oct. 17: Tuesday Night Live Poets’ Corner features poets and writers to present their original work at this open forum.

Film Series & Festivals

Clark Art Institute

225 South St., Williamstown, Mass., (413) 458-2303. Call for showtimes.

Oct. 16: The Gates. Documentary about Christo’s long-gestating project for New York’s Central Park. Oct. 23: Goya’s Ghosts. Milos Forman’s blend of fact and fiction inspired by the works of the Spanish artist (Stella n Skarsgaard). With Javier Bardem, Natalie Portman. Nov. 1: Porco Rosso. Hayao Miyazaki takes on two of his favorite themes in this anime feature, set in 1920s Italy: interspecies transformation and the toxic effects of fascism. Nov. 6: Goya. Rare screening of the 1971 Eastern-European biopic of the artist. Nov. 8: Whisper of the Heart. A teenage girl’s coming of age is dramatized in this Studio Ghibli anime. Nov. 15: Grave of the Fireflies. Anime feature about the effects of World War II on Japanese children. Nov. 20: Goya in Bordeaux. Director Carlos Saura’s take on the last days of the artist’s life. Nov. 22: Tokyo Godfathers. We wonder if John Ford, who directed silent and sound versions of this story of outcasts caring for an orphaned baby, would recognize the connection to this contemporary anime version directed by Satoshi Kon? Nov. 29: Paprika. Satoshi Kon blends sci-fi and psychoanalysis in this, the last film of the Clark’s anime series.

Colonial Theatre

111 South St., Pittsfield, Mass., (413) 448-8084. Showtimes at 7 PM, unless noted.

Oct. 1: To Kill a Mockingbird. Beloved version of the Harper Lee novel, with a memorable performance by Gregory Peck. Oct. 2: Note by Note: The Making of a Steinway. Documentary about, well, the building of a piano at Steinway’s Queens factory. Oct. 23: The Shining. Stanley Kubrick meets Stephen King. Kubrick wins. Oct. 28: Beetlejuice. This raggedy-ass, life-after-death comedy remains one of Tim Burton’s best. With Michael Keaton, Alec Baldwin, Geena Davis, Winona Ryder and Sylvia Sidney. Nov. 11: Under the Tuscan Sun. Diane Lane finds love in Italy. Nov. 25: Casablanca. One of the most loved—and most quoted—of all Hollywood films. Nov. 29 (2 PM): The Neverending Story. If you grew up in the 1980s, you loved this fantasy. Now, take your own kids. Nov. 29: Blazing Saddles. Arguably Mel Brooks’ funniest film, this western satire is more lacerating and transgressive than anything cranked out by today’s comic geniuses. Yes, Judd Apatow, we’re talking to you.

Edwood FilmFest

Spectrum 8 Theatres, 290 Delaware Ave., Albany, 449-8995,,

Dec. 5-11. See Web site for details.

FilmColumbia Festival

Crandell Theatre, Main Street, Chatham (and other locations in Chatham), 392-1162, Call for registration and showtimes.

Oct. 16: Breakfast With Scot, I’ve Loved You So Long, Sunshine Cleaning, The Secret Life of Bees. Oct. 17: Full Battle Rattle, The Secret of the Grain, Crawford, Waltz With Bashir, Hard Times at Douglass High, Synecdoche New York, Sneak Preview. Oct. 18: Sneak Preview, Animation for Grown-Ups, Happy-Go-Lucky, Idiots and Angels, The Class, The Understudy, Sneak Preview. Oct. 19: High School Film Project, Continental, Under Our Skin, A Christmas Tale, The American Ruling Class, The Edge of Heaven, Two Lovers.

GE Theatre at Proctors Emerging Pictures Series

432 State St., Schenectady, 346-6204. Call for showtimes.

Oct. 14: Encounters at the End of the World. Werner Herzog’s visually arresting documentary about life at the scientific station at the southern-most end of the Earth. Oct. 20: Let’s Get Lost. Alternately wistful and mordant documentary about the life and death of jazz trumpeter Chet Baker. Oct. 21: The Last Mistress. You’ll either love or hate Asia Argento’s ravenous performance in this sexed-up 19th-century costume drama. Oct. 27: A Girl Cut in Two. Claude Chabrol based this wicked contemporary thriller on the notorious turn-of-the-last-century Stanford White murder case. Oct. 29: Tell No One. Acclaimed French thriller about a husband under suspicion of murdering his wife; he finds she may not be dead after all. Oct. 30: Monsieur Verdoux. Charlie Chaplin is not the “little tramp” in this shocking 1947 black comedy about a marry-’em-and-murder-’em serial killer. With Martha Raye, hilarious as the woman who unknowingly evades his murderous schemes.


87 Marshall St., North Adams, Mass., (413) 662-2111. Call for show times.

Oct. 18: Phoebe in Wonderland. A girl starring in a school production of Alice in Wonderland goes down the rabbit hole herself. With Patricia Clarkson, Bill Pullman and Campbell Scott. Oct. 24: Gotta Dance. Documentary about the New Jersey Nets’ senior citizen hip-hop dance team. Really.

New York State Writers Institute Classic Film Series

Page Hall, 135 Western Ave., University at Albany’s downtown campus, Albany. Call for showtimes. 442-5620.

Oct. 3: Night and the City. Richard Widmark is brilliant as a not-so-cunning con man in Jules Dassin’s atmospheric noir set in post-war London. Restored print. Oct. 17: Last Year at Marienbad. Follow a man and woman at a posh European spa through the looking glass in Alain Resnais’ avant-garde classic. New print. Oct. 24: A Day in the Country. Jean Renoir’s engrossing almost-feature-length film, featuring a post-screening discussion with scholars David Thomson and Steven Bach. Oct. 31: M. Fritz Lang’s groundbreaking serial-killer thriller, starring Peter Lorre. Nov. 7: Kwaidan. A rare opportunity to see a film by Japanese master Masaki Kobayashi. Nov. 14: Frozen River. The acclaimed indie drama about immigrants smuggling in the North Country, with Melissa Leo. Filmmaker Courtney Hunt will speak after the screening. Nov. 21: My Man Godfrey. Directed by Gregory LaCava, this is one of the screwiest screwball comedies. Essential performances by Carole Lombard, William Powell, Eugene Pallette, Mischa Auer, Jean Dixon and Alice Brady.

Palace Theatre Fall Film Series

Palace Theatre, 19 Clinton Ave., Albany, 465-4663. All screenings at 7 PM.

Oct. 6: Lost Horizon. Frank Capra’s vision of a Himalayan “shangri-la” still packs a punch. Starring the great Ronald Colman. Oct. 20: The Rocky Horror Picture Show. The original, ultimate sing-along movie. Plus, you get Meat Loaf and cross- dressing. Nov. 3: Citizen Kane. Orson Welles’ entertaining American classic about the intersection of public greatness and personal failure. Nov. 17: From Here to Eternity. This gritty military melodrama set in Honolulu just before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Frank Sinatra won an Oscar, but Montgomery Clift steals the picture. Dec. 8: Three Stooges Film Festival. It’s back, because you knuckleheads love those eye-poking, gut- punching, face-slapping antics. Dec. 19: It’s a Wonderful Life. Almost everyone’s favorite film to watch during the holidays. Dec. 22: Scrooged! It’s too big and too loud, but who cares? Bill Murray plus A Christmas Carol (and a terrific supporting cast) equals a modern holiday classic.

Saratoga Film Forum Fall Series

The Arts Center, 320 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 584-FILM. Call for showtimes and ticket prices.

Oct. 2-3, 5: Bottle Shock. California winemakers shock French snobs in this comedy. With Alan Rickman and Bill Pullman. Oct. 9-10, 12: Encounters at the End of the World. Why not visit Antarctica with Werner Herzog? Oct. 16-17, 19: Elegy. Acclaimed adaptation of a Philip Roth novel about a June-December romance, with Ben Kingsley, Penélope Cruz and Dennis Hopper. Oct. 23-24, 26: Transsiberian. Nifty thriller on a Russian train in the dead of winter, starring Woody Harrelson. Oct. 30-31, Nov. 1: Vicky Cristina Barcelona. Woody Allen’s drama about love, obsession and art. With Javier Bardem, Scarlett Johansson and Penélope Cruz.

Sanctuary for Independent Media

3361 6th Ave., Troy, 272-2390. All screenings at 7 PM.

Oct. 16: A Jihad for Love. Documentary about the complexities of being gay and Muslim. Filmmaker Parvez Sharma will lead a post-screening discussion. Oct. 24: A Summer in the Cage. Ben Selkow will show and discuss his documentary about living with manic depression. Nov. 14: The Phantom of the Opera. Lon Chaney is unforgettable as Erik, the physically and psychologically deformed title character in this atmospheric version of Victor Hugo’s gothic melodrama. The real news? Live music will be provided by the incomparable Alloy Orchestra. Dec. 6: I Need That Record. Documentary about the death of the independent record store. Discussion with filmmaker Brendan Toller.

Time & Space Limited

434 Columbia St., Hudson, 822-8448. Call for showtimes.

Regular screenings of independent cinema and simulcasts of performances from the Metropolitan Opera. See Web site for details.

The Linda: WAMC’s Performing Arts Studio

339 Central Ave., Albany, 465-5233 ext. 4. Call for showtimes.

Oct. 31: The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Turn off your brain and do the time warp—again.

Williamstown Film Festival

Various locations in and around Williamstown, Mass., (413) 458-9700,

Oct. 17-26: Schedule to be announced soon. See Web site for details.

Woodstock Film Festival

Various locations in and around Woodstock, Rhinebeck and Rosendale. WFF box office is at 13 Rock City Road, Woodstock, (845) 810-0131, Check Web site for schedule, venue information and show times.

Oct. 2-5: Pride and Glory, Happy-Go-Lucky, Flash of Genius, Sunshine Superman: The Journey of Donovan, Wendy and Lucy, The Secret of the Grain, Zack and Miri Make a Porno, The Great Buck Howard, All Together Now, Julia, Religulous, Tokyo!, Throw Down Your Heart, Predisposed, 32, Eden, Explicit Ills, Happy Birthday Harris Malden, Let the Right One In, Medicine for Melancholy, Blind Spot, Captured, Milton Glaser: To Inform and Delight, Thing With No Name, The Betrayal, many more.

Theater & Comedy

Albany Civic Theater

285 Second Ave., Albany, 462-1297.

Through Sept. 28: Time After Time. Nov. 7-23: Kelly and Du.

Barrington Stage Company

30 Union St., Pittsfield, Mass., (413) 236-8888.

Oct. 8-26: To Kill a Mockingbird.

Calvin Theatre

19 King St., Northampton, Mass., (413) 584-1444.

Sept. 27: Richard Lewis: The Misery Loves Company Stand-Up Tour. Dec. 27: Lisa Lampanelli.

Capital Repertory Theatre

111 N. Pearl St., Albany, 445-7469.

Through Oct. 12: Art. Oct. 31-Nov. 23: Anna in the Tropics. Dec. 5-31: Striking 12.

Circle Theatre Players

Sand Lake Center for the Arts, 2880 Route 43, Averill Park, 674-2007.

Oct. 17-26: The Good Doctor.

Classic Theater Guild

Albany Jewish Community Center, 340 Whitehall Road, Albany.

Oct. 4-10: M*A*S*H. Dec. 5-14: T’was the Land of the Night Before.

Cohoes Music Hall

C-R Productions, 58 Remsen St., Cohoes, 237-5858.

Oct. 17-Nov.2: Dames at Sea. Dec. 5-21: Nuncrackers.

Colonial Little Theatre

1 Colonial Court, Johnstown. 762-4325.

Oct. 31-Nov. 9: The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife.

Colonial Theatre

111 South St., Pittsfield, Mass., (413) 448-8084.

Oct. 3-4. The Rat Pack Is Back. Oct. 19: Broadway Salutes Broadway. Dec. 18-19. Menopause the Musical.

Confetti Stage

Productions at various locations, call for dates. 253-1253.

Through Sept. 27: 4th Annual Short Play Festival. Dec. 5-14: The House of Yes.

Curtain Call Theatre

210 Old Loudon Road, Latham. 877-7529.

Through Oct. 4: Lying in State. Oct. 17-Nov. 22: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. Dec. 5-Jan. 3: Tom, Dick and Harry.

The Egg

Empire State Plaza., Albany, 473-1845.

Sept. 19: Comedian Bob Marley. Oct. 31: Henry Rollins. Nov. 16: Moscow Cats Theater.

Ghent Playhouse

Route 66 and Town Hall Road, Ghent, 392-6264.

Oct. 10-26: Clue the Musical. Nov. 28-Dec. 14: Jack and the Beanstalk.

Good Times Lakeview Inn

175 Lake Road, Ballston Lake, 399-9976.

Sept. 18, Oct. 15., Nov. 12, Dec. 10 and 31: Mystery on the Lake.

Home Made Theater

Spa Little Theater, Saratoga Spa State Park, Saratoga Springs, 587-4427.

Oct. 10-26: Into the Woods. Dec. 12-14: A Little House Christmas. Dec. 18: The Santaland Diaries.

Hubbard Hall

25 E. Main St., Cambridge, (518) 677-2495.

Nov. 13-Dec.7: The Good Doctor.


87 Marshall St., North Adams, Mass., 662-2111.

Sept. 27: Nick Brook: Time and Motion Study.

New York State Theatre Institute

Schacht Fine Arts Center, Russell Sage College, 37 1st St., Troy, 274-3256.

Oct. 3-15: Twelve Angry Jurors. Oct. 31-Nov. 9: Of Mice and Men. Dec. 5-18: Sleeping Beauty.

Oldcastle Theatre Company

Route 9 and Gypsy Lane, Bennington, Vt., (802) 447-0564.

Oct. 3-19: A Tale of Two Cities.

Palace Theatre

19 Clinton Ave., Albany, 465-4663.

Sept. 26: Lisa Lampanelli. Sept. 28: An Evening With David Sedaris. Oct. 4: Cheech and Chong: Light Up America. Oct. 7: The Marriage Counselor. Nov. 6: Carlos Mencia.

Proctors Theatre

432 State St., Schenectady, 346-6204.

Mainstage: Oct. 18: Mark Russell. Oct. 23: Last Comic Standing LIVE Tour. Oct. 28-Nov. 2: Mamma Mia! Nov. 14: Ron White. Nov. 20: Hoodwinked: Prepare to Be Conned. Nov. 25-30: Legally Blonde the Musical. GE Theatre: Oct. 11: Josh Blue. Oct. 16-18: Defending the Caveman. Nov. 22: Kevin Meaney. Dec. 5: Jon Reep. Dec. 13: Bob Riggle. 440 Upstairs: Sept. 19-28: Spontaneous Broadway. Oct. 10-26: Play by Play Festival (presented by Stageworks/Hudson). Nov. 7-9: Why Didn’t He Tell Me?

RPI Players

RPI Fieldhouse, 1900 Peoples Ave., Troy, 276-6503.

Nov. 7-15: Rumors.

Schenectady Civic Players

12 S. Church St., Schenectady, 382-2081.

Oct. 17-26: Moonlight and Magnolias. Dec. 5-14: A Christmas Carol.

Schenectady County Community College

78 Washington Ave., Schenectady. 381-1200.

Nov. 19-22: Fools.

Schenectady Light Opera Company

826 State St., Schenectady, (877) 350-7378.

Oct. 3-12: Thoroughly Modern Millie. Dec. 5-14: Seussical the Musical.

Shakespeare and Company

70 Kemble St., Lenox., Mass. (413) 637-1199.

Through Nov. 9: The Canterville Ghost.


41-A Cross St., Hudson, 822-9667.

Through Sept. 28: Falling: A Wake.

Steamer No. 10 Theatre

500 Western Ave., Albany, 438-5503.

Oct. 17-19. The Best Man (staged reading presented by Theater Voices). Oct. 24-Nov. 9: Snow White. Dec. 5-21: Sinterklaas: Banned in Beverwyck.

Times Union Center

51 S. Pearl St., Albany. 487-2000.

Oct. 3-5: Le Grand Cirque.

University at Albany

Studio Theatre, University Performing Arts Center, Uptown Campus, 1400 Washington Ave., Albany, 442-3997.

Nov. 7-15: Family: Can’t Live With Them, Can’t Live Without Them (three new plays).

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