ago on a CDTA bus trip, we overheard a Capital Region newcomer’s
comment about Albany: “Damn, this place is old!”
Indeed. We are coming up on the 400th anniversary of Henry
Hudson’s first trip up the river that bears his name, and
even we must admit that 400 years is a long time for this
still-young country. As an early celebration of this event,
the Friends of Chamber Music are presenting a concert this
weekend by the Dutch baroque ensemble Musica ad Rhenum.
They will perform works by J.S. Bach, Handel, Johannes Schenck,
Antoni van Noordt and Sybrandus (Sybrandus?) van Noort.
Musica ad Rhenum will perform Saturday (Nov. 1) at 8 PM
in Kiggins Hall of the Emma Willard School (285 Pawling
Ave., Troy). Tickets are $25 general admission, $10 students.
Call for info about group rates. For more info, visit friendsofchambermusic.org
or call 475-1366.
anybody like good music? Sweet music? Soul music? You know,
the Roots is a group that’ll choose it, just to use it,
to make you move it.” Yeah. It’s not often an honest-to-God
hip-hop show comes to town, so maybe that’s why the good
folks at the Armory have been dangling this one over our
heads for—wow—like, months.
Touring in support of their latest, Rising Down,
the legendary sextet will “proceed and continue to rock
the mic,” bass, drums, guitar, keys and all those other
organic beat-making what’s-it’s that have always put the
band on the forefront of their form. As for the rest of
the bill, Gym Class Heroes know a thing or two about the
boom-bap, too. But a show like this wouldn’t be complete
without a woman’s touch. So Estelle will bring a reggae-tinged
sound that has received both Kanye West’s and Shaggy’s stamp
The Roots, Gym Class Heroes and Estelle come to the Washington
Avenue Armory (195 Washington Ave., Albany) on Saturday
(Nov. 1) at 7:30 PM. Tickets are $36. Call 694-7160 for
in the Tropics
the 19th century, Cuban immigrants carried the hand-rolled
cigar industry with them to the Florida coasts. In the cigar
factories, a lector would read to workers each day while
they rolled cigars. These lectors taught and entertained
workers until the 1930s, when mechanized rolling phased
out the Cuban traditions.
Ybor City, known today as Tampa’s Latin Quarter, was the
hub of the cigar industry, and is the setting of Nilo Cruz’
2003 Pulitzer Prize-winning play, Anna in the Tropics.
Set in 1929, the play unfolds at the brink of mechanization,
and follows a family of cigar rollers whose lives are powerfully
and permanently changed by a new lector who reads Tolstoy’s
Anna Karenina to the workers.
The passion, desire and jealousies of the novel are mirrored
in the factory, where the workers struggle to find love
and satisfaction, and to hold fast to their traditions as
progress looms at their door.
in the Tropics opens for preview at Capital Repertory
Theater on Halloween (Friday, Oct. 31) at 8 PM. Opening
night is on Wednesday (Nov. 5) at 7:30 PM, with pre-show
entertainment beginning at 6:30. Tickets range from $27
to $44. For a complete performance schedule, or to purchase
tickets, call 445-7469.