and pop-classical smarts are rare enough in the classical
music game; the sibling act you know and love as the 5 Browns
have both in abundance. They’re still five kids (three sisters
and two brothers, getting older) playing five grand pianos
on one stage. They show off their mad skills, yes, but keep
the musical programming diverse and entertaining.
Their most recent album (released last fall) is Browns
in Blue. The eclectic selections run the gamut from
Paganini and Saint-Säens to Gershwin and Debussy (and Dean
Martin), which should give you an idea of what to expect
if you make the wise decision to spend Valentine’s Day evening
with the 5 Browns.
The 5 Browns will perform Saturday (Feb. 14) at 8 PM at
Proctors (432 State St., Schenectady). Tickets are $20-$38.
For more info, call the box office at 346-6204.
the toilet seat up (or not), talking about your feelings
(or not), from Adam and Eve and The Taming of the Shrew
to Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus, the
Battle of the Sexes (now available as a Peter Sellers comedy
and a bawdy board game) has raged since the beginning of
time. It’s not hard to imagine the first pair of legged
amphibians hauling themselves from the primordial ooze,
the male slogging off stubbornly on slimy stumps, the female
chasing after him muttering, “We really should stop and
ask for directions.”
This Valentine’s Day, four of the Big Apple’s big comedians
are teaming up to throw their two cents into the chasm between
male and female. Maureen Langan, Joe DeVito, Eric McMahon
and Michele Balan have delivered laughs from New York to
Vegas, on The Last Comic Standing, HBO and Comics
Unleashed, at the Friar’s Club and Caroline’s on Broadway.
And now, the Gender Defenders, as the comic quartet has
been dubbed, invite you to “share a laugh with the other
half,” as they argue their cases in Albany.
The Gender Defenders will hit the stage at the Palace Theatre
(19 Clinton Ave., Albany) on Saturday (Feb. 14) at 8 PM.
Tickets are $32. For more info, call 465-3334.
and the Wheel
would be mighty easy for Willie Nelson to rest back on his
haunches; live off his royalties, drop by the Opry on occasion,
maybe even land himself a rhinestone revue at some Las Vegas
casino. He could fix that hole in his guitar, cut his hair,
write a couple sappy ballads for Faith Hill, and star beside
Verne Troyer, Flavor Flav, and the dude who played Screech
on MTV’s Surreal Life. That’s not the way Willie
One of the last heroes standing from country music’s heyday,
Nelson has kept that biodiesel bus on the road from one
forward-thinking project to the next, keeping his roots
in the rearview all the while. After a surprisingly succesful
collaboration with Wynton Marsalis, he joined forces with
Asleep at the Wheel, modern masters of western swing, a
style deep in country music’s DNA. The band’s repetoire,
and the accompanying album’s track list, were handpicked
by the late R&B producer Jerry Wexler just before he
died. Expect slide trombones, clarinets, fiddles, lap steel
and all the griddle-popping shuffle you can handle.
Willie and the Wheel roll into the Palace Theatre (19 Clinton
Ave., Albany) on Sunday (Feb. 15) at 7:30 PM. Tickets range
from $35 to $65. For more info, call 465-3334.