what the kids love these days? (You’ll never guess.) Science!
Thomas Dolby was blinded by it back in 1982, Mister Wizard
taught it on TV until the end of the same decade, Bill Nye
was the go-to guy throughout the ’90s, and with physicists
busy digging little black holes in Switzerland, the scientific
method is, like, totally back.
duo We Are Scientists have a hypothesis that music played
with guitars, bass, drums, synthesizers and the human voice
can, in the proper setting (a small dark room with lots
of people), come in contact with the proper chemicals (beer
and sweat) to cause gyration and/or uncontrollable ululation
in receptive human specimens.
Conclusions will be drawn and data will be analyzed tomorrow
(Friday, Nov. 14) at 8 PM in the petri dish that is Valentine’s
(17 New Scotland Ave., Albany). Admission is $14. Call 432-6572
for more info.
Search of Ice
that brisk, blustery time of year when Capital Region residents
start hauling out their hats, coats, scarves and shovels,
and sharpening their well-honed gripes and grumbles about
the bitter winter ahead.
Not veteran landscape painter Marcia Clark. She has ventured
to the ends of the earth to capture winter at it’s most
brutal and beautiful. For seven years, Clark has been traveling
to Alaska, Newfoundland, Greenland, even the Arctic reaches
of Norway—by air, sea and land—in an effort to capture the
exquisite landscape of ice.
Beginning this weekend, and running through the iciest months
of winter, the Albany Institute of History & Art will
showcase more than 20 of Clark’s paintings—executed in an
array of media and ranging from small sketches to an ex
pansive panorama more than 11 feet long—in an exhibition
aptly titled In Search of Ice.
In the catalogue accompanying the exhibit, Clark re flects
on her firsthand view of climate change, and the danger
that the ice scapes in her paintings may be under a greater
threat than we choose to believe.
Search of Ice: Paintings by Marcia Clark opens to the
public at the Albany Institute of History & Art on Saturday,
(Nov. 15) at 10 AM, and runs through March 2009. Museum
admission is $10, $8 students and seniors, $6 children ages
6-12, and Free for members and children ages five and younger.
For more info call 463-4478.
said it before, we’ll say it again: The Albany Symphony
Orchestra offers concert programs that are both tasty and
smart. Tomorrow (Friday) night, David Alan Miller and company
will present Music of the Ballets Rouses, works associated
with that famous company, which was both artistically accomplished
and popular way back in the early 20th century.
So we get Debussy’s atmospheric Afternoon of a Faun;
Stravinsky’s exhilarating, dramatic Petrouchka; and
Ravel’s demonic satire on the waltz, La Valse. The
world premiere—this is the ASO, so there’s a world
premiere—is David Mallamud’s Nijinsky’s Last Dance,
which will feature cellist Kenneth Olsen.
The Albany Symphony Orchestra will perform tomorrow (Friday,
Nov. 14) at 8 PM at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall (2nd
and State streets, Troy). Tickets are $25-$49, and can be
purchased at the box office or by calling 273-0038. There
will be a preconcert talk at 7 PM at the Rensselaer County
Historical Society (57 2nd St., Troy). For more info, call
the ASO office at 465-4755.