Clan are coming to town. They know if you’ve been naughty.
They know if you’ve been good. They know if you’ve been
snitching, so don’t you snitch for goodness sake. Sure,
the Wu are going to be a few steps behind Santa, but boy
the Capital Region will be getting a second Christmas on
the 28th, when the Wu—featuring RZA, GZA, GhostFace Killah,
Raekwon, U-God, Masta Killa, Inspectah Deck and Cappa Donna—show
up to lay down the rhymes. The Wu have have been one of
the most integral and challenging groups in rap for the
last couple of decades, and being able to see them in such
an intimate venue such as Northern Lights is an oppurtunity
respectable music afficianados should not pass up.
This is probably a show you will want to tell your grandkids
about. So forget the snow, the sleet or even attacks by
swarms of killer bees (yes they had an album called Wu-Tang
Killer Bees The Swarm Vol. 1 . . . that’s just how they
roll), because after this show you will be able to tell
your wee ones . . . as the classic Wu-jam goes . . . the
Wu-Tang Clan, well, they just ain’t nuthin’ to fuck with.
Remember, as Method Man says, “Cash rules everything around
me,” so bring some to Northern Lights (1208 Route 146, Clifton
Park) on Sunday (Dec. 28) at 8 PM. Tickets are $32. Call
371-0012 for more info.
Wizard of Oz
we usher in 2009, would you believe that MGM’s iconic take
on The Wizard of Oz—the film classic that launched
Judy Garland to stardom—will turn 70 this year? In celebration,
Proctors is making sure you won’t have to travel any farther
than your own backyard to experience all the music, magic,
excitement and insight of L. Frank Baum’s spectacular tale
live on stage.
This lavish, full-blown production features all your favorite
songs, dazzling dances, twisters, witches (good and bad),
poppy fields, winkies, flying monkeys, and a bevy of talented
So strap on your ruby slippers, gather up the kids and the
grandkids, and join Dorothy, Scarecrow, Tin Man, the Cowardly
Lion and Toto on their adventures over the rainbow. Or just
treat your own kid-at-heart, and follow the yellow brick
road to memory lane.
Wizard of Oz opens at Proctors Theatre (432 State St.,
Schenectady) Friday (Dec. 26) at 2 PM, for a limited one-weekend
engagement of five shows. Tickets range from $20 to $50.
For more info, or to order tickets, call the Proctors box
office at 346-6204.
Vienna have the damn Strauss waltzes. The Berkshires have
their own New Year’s tradition: concerts by the Berkshire
Bach Society. The BBS will perform Brandenburg Concertos
Nos. 2 and 4, the Violin Concerto and Double
Violin Concerto of J.S. Bach on New Year’s Eve in Great
Barrington and New Year’s Day in Pittsfield.
Bach wrote the Brandenburg Concertos—among the most
beautiful music you’ll ever hear—for the Margrave of Brandenburg-Schwedt,
and sent them off hoping for some financial help: “I have
in accordance with Your Highness’ most gracious orders taken
the liberty of rendering my most humble duty to Your Royal
Highness with the present concertos, which I have adapted
to several instruments.”
The score sat in the Margrave’s archive until he croaked,
and was then sold for about $22. It then waited, unplayed,
in another archive for 100 years before being discovered.
And you think you have complaints.
The Berkshire Bach Society will perform an all-J.S. Bach
program Wednesday (Dec. 31) at 6 PM at the Mahaiwe Theater
(14 Castle St., Great Barrington, Mass.). Tickets are $35-$55;
free admission for students with ID. For more info, call
the Mahaiwe at (413) 528-6415. The BBS will repeat the program
on Jan. 1 at 3 PM at the Colonial Theatre (111 South St.,
Pittsfield, Mass.). Tickets are $17-$37. For more info,
call the Colonial box office at (413) 997-4444.