winter in the Capital Region here in 2008 makes you long
for summer in Long Beach circa 1994, then woosh!
Badfish can take you there. Kick off the moccasins, knock
back a 40, rock the shades, squint real hard, and the guys
of Badfish might start to look like the band they’ve made
their career paying tribute to. Or, forget all that, take
’em at face value, and skank hard to all the hits: Either
way, it will still be Sublime.
It’s really best to go that second route, though, becaue
too much squinting will get you thinking that Badfish look
an awful lot like opening act Scotty Don’t. Well, we’ll
save y’all the headache now: same dudes, different (non-cover)
band. The real curveball here is that the whole thing’s
a part of the 104.9 Christmas Party. Edgy, indeed.
Feel the one-drop at Northern Lights (1208 Route 146, Clifton
Park) Sunday (Dec. 21) at 7:30. Tickets are $18. Buy through
the band’s website (badfish.com) and get a copy of Scotty
Don’t’s new album. Call 371-0012 for more info.
the years, Disney has taken various characters from its
cartoon family, stuck them on skates and sent them out on
the road. Vóila! The Incredibles on Ice! What they
haven’t done is take characters from every era of Disney
entertainment and put them into the same show.
That’s what’s going on at the Times Union Center this week
with Disney On Ice: 100 Years of Magic. Mickey and Minnie
will be on skates, as will, among others, Goofy, Donald
Duck, Jiminy Cricket, Pinocchio and those nutty fish from
Finding Nemo (pictured). The folks at Feld Entertainment,
who put on these shows, are promising that all of
the “Disney Princesses” will skate together in one big number.
We have to wonder: Will there really be room for
all of Disney’s princesses? You’ll just have to go to find
Disney On Ice will be presented today (Thursday, Dec. 18)
at 10:30 AM and 7 PM; tomorrow (Friday, Dec. 19) at 7 PM;
Saturday (Dec. 20) at 11 AM, 3 and 7 PM; and Sunday (Dec.
21) at 1 and 5 PM at the Times Union Center (51 S. Pearl
St., Albany). Tickets are $13 to $56. For more info, call
extraordinaire David Sedaris visited the Capital Region
this September and delighted audiences once again with his
signature brand of wit. If you missed Sedaris in person,
you still have a chance to see a live production of the
holiday tale that made him famous—The Santaland Diaries.
Sedaris first presented his essay “The SantaLand Diaries”
as a humor segment on National Public Radio. The true stories
of the now-bestselling author’s holiday stint working as
an elf in Macy’s department store became an instant hit,
and launched Sedaris to stardom.
In 1996, the essay was adapted for the stage as a one-man,
one-act play. And this week, the droll adventures of the
department store elf come to Saratoga in a Home Made Theater
production starring Jonathan Whitton. So, if you’re nearly
heartwarmed-out this Christmas season, this subversive elf
might be just the ticket.
Santaland Diaries opens tonight (Thursday, Dec. 18)
at 7:15 PM, and runs through Sunday at Home Made Theater
(Spa Little Theater, Saratoga Spa State Park, Saratoga Springs).
Tickets are $15, and can be purchased by calling 587-4427.
This show is recommended for adults only.