K. Brown/Evidence, Nneena Freelon Quintet
is an integral part of the jazz tradition; Saturday night’s
performance at the Egg is a (more formal) continuation of
this rich history.
The Ronald K. Brown/Evidence company will dance, and the
Grammy-nominated Nneena Freelon Quintet will play, two works
dedicated to a couple of great jazz divas: Billie Holiday
and Nina Simone. The centerpiece of the evening is the tribute
to Lady Day, Blueprint of a Lady: The Once and Future
Life of Billie Holiday.
There will be a pre-performance talk at 7:15 PM.
Ronald K. Brown/Evidence and the Nneena Freelon Quintet
will perform Saturday (Jan.31) at 8 PM at the Egg (Empire
State Plaza, Albany). Tickets are $28, $24 seniors and $14
children. For more info, call 473-1845 or visit theegg.org.
thought it was going to be a quick snap of nostalgia, but
damn, this ’80s reanaisance has had some freaky-deaky staying
power. Don’t know if you’ve noticed, but every third girl
between the age of 15 and 25 within a 2000 mile radius of
Williamsburg seems to be rocking the bangs and eyeliner.
Yes, now that there are entire strores in the mall devoted
to retro ’80s fashion, it’s safe to say that we’re living
in a time of pretenders. Lucky for us, Chrissie Hynde’s
gonna be in town to show us how it’s done—with a capital
When the Pretenders come to the Palace tonight, they’re
gonna use their arms, legs, style, fingers and all the rest
to make you, make you, make you notice, but it shouldn’t
really take all that because their new disc Break Up
the Concrete has got critics drooling all over Hynde’s
high-heeled boots. It will be, after all, the tour’s opening
Give them your attention tonight (Thursday, Jan. 29) at
8 PM at the Palace Theatre (19 Clinton Ave., Albany). Tickets
are $30 or $35. Call 465-3334 for more info.
if you’re not a lifelong art lover, you probably remember
learning about Henri Toulouse-Lautrec in middle school.
There was something mysterious and alluring about the post-
impressionist painter, printmaker, and art nouveau illustrator,
always seen with heavy beard and bowler hat, who walked
with a cane—his legs stopped growing at age 13 because of
a genetic disorder caused by a long line of aristocratic
inbreeding—and died young. If his peculiar story wasn’t
enough, Toulouse-Lautrec’s work is vibrant, bold and sexy:
can-can girls and stockings and brothels and circuses and
the Moulin Rouge. Forget the gardens, cathedrals and ballet
of the impressionists. This was art to invigorate adolescents.
Perhaps you’ve forgotten your art lessons, but have carried
those swirling skirts and swaths of red in the recesses
of your memory. Perhaps they sparked your lasting love of
art. Perhaps you have yet to discover Paris through the
eyes of this curious artist. Whatever your story, the Clark
Art Institute is offering, for the first time in more than
15 years, an exhibition of nearly their entire collection
of Toulouse-Lautrec’s work in all its racy splendor, including
more than 80 oil paintings, posters, photographs, drawings
and lithographs, by Toulouse-Lautrec and his Parisian contemporaries.
and Paris opens at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art
Institute (225 South St., Williamstown, Mass.) to the public
on Sunday (Feb. 1) and runs through April 26. Admission
to the Clark is free through May 31. On Saturday (Jan. 31),
the Pleasures of Paris Winter Gala offers a preview of the
exhibition, along with a feast of French food and wine and
a cabaret performance. Tickets to the gala are $55, $45
for members. For more info, or to purchase tickets, call