Man Star Wars Trilogy
ago (1977), in a city not all that far away (Toronto), a
young padowan began his training. By the time he was 10
years old, Charlie Ross has seen Star Wars more than
400 times and committed nearly every line to memory. The
Canadian actor was inspired (by a mad-fanboy Frisbee game)
to create a 75-minute-long, one-actor stage adaptation of
the epic trilogy. Spin magazine called the result
“funnier than you could possibly imagine.”
Since he began touring in 2002, the padowan-turned-master
has performed his theatrical oddity more than 1,200 times
in more than 180 cities on four continents.
In a spectacle we’re figuring you have to see to believe,
Ross portrays all the characters, sings music from John
Williams’ award-winning scores, battles for both the Empire
and the Alliance, flies the ships, and recreates the cutting-edge
effects—solo. May the Force be with him.
Man Star Wars opens at the GE Theater at Proctors (432
State St., Schenectady) tonight (Thursday, Jan. 22) at 7:30
PM and runs through Sunday (Jan.25). Tickets are $25. For
more info, or to purchase tickets, call 346-6204 or visit
old was once new.” Cliché? You bet. But as a way to think
about, recontextualize and perform music that is almost
400 years old, this way of looking at things is not a bad
That’s the way Quicksilver, an early-music ensemble led
by violinists Robert Mealy and Julie Andrijeski, approach
what they argue is the “brilliant and virtuosic music from
the avant-garde of the 1600s.” While troublemakers like
Galileo were turning received scientific wisdom upside down,
composers were experimenting with musical forms like that
newfangled “sonata” thingy. Friday evening at EMPAC, Quicksilver
promise to present this experimentation in a fresh way in
the program Stile Moderno: New Music From the 17th Century.
Quicksilver will perform tomorrow (Friday, Jan. 23) at 8
PM at EMPAC (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy). Tickets
are $5-$15. For more info, call 276-3921 or visit empac.rpi.edu.
must just be something about the number three. Pigs, bears,
amigos, stooges: Some of the best things in life come in
threes, surely not the least of which are jazz musicians.
Saxophonist Joshua Redman has stayed true to the holy trinity
of the jazz trio for much of his career, so much so that
devotees have been forced to pick a favorite of his two
alternating rhythm sections: Brian Blade and Larry Grenadier,
or Gregory Hutchinson and Reuben Rogers. Tomorrow (Friday),
Redman will appeal to both sides of the aisle when he brings
both ensembles—that’s right, two separate trios—to the Egg.
If his new release Compass is any indication of what’s
to come (and it should be, as this show is one of only four
in which Redman will present both groups), the configuration
isn’t going to make for a mere either/or performance; rather,
the two trios will function as a ready-for-anything two-headed
beast of a backing band.
Bring two of your best friends to the Egg (Empire State
Plaza, Albany) Friday (Jan. 23) at 8 PM. Tickets are $28.
Call 473-1845 for more information.