Lauper and Rosie O’Donnell
know what you’re thinking. Just let it out. “What the #%$!”
is a perfectly acceptable response to the prospect of these
two sharing a stage and doing whatever it is they intend
to do together. But rest easy; we’ve done our research and
can assure you that this isn’t a misprint, joke, or some
desperate one-off attempt by either diva to capitalize on
the other’s celebrity.
No, no, this performance is part of the duo’s Girls Night
Out Tour, and it’s far simpler than it seems. See, Cyndi
Lauper sings songs, and Rosie O’Donnell tells jokes. Not
at the same time, in collaboration, on a high wire, taming
lions, or anything like that. Two separate shows for the
price of one. Two performances, not just one. Two girls
who just wanna have fun. (See what we did there?)
Cyndi Lauper and Rosie O’Donnell come to Proctors Theatre
(432 State St., Schenectady) on Tuesday (Aug. 11) at 8 PM.
Tickets are $20 to $50. Call 346-6204 for more info.
Spa Film Festival
the smashing success of last year’s Ballston Spa Film Festival,
the folks behind the magic have made it an annual event,
bringing the “open air bring your own chair film festival”
back for a second go.
This year’s festival is a family-friendly, three-night free-for-all
of short films and festivities, with screenings inside and
out. The festival showcases short films—between five and
15 minutes long— from around the world, as well as selections
by local student filmmakers. A panel of Hollywood professionals
will judge the films in several categories, culminating
in an award ceremony on Sunday.
The short film programs span genres, from documentaries
and animated shorts to comedies, dramas, and experimental
pieces. With offerings like local filmmaker Daniel Defabio’s
Extreme Yoga Smackdown—a look at the fiercely competitive
sport of Yoga (pictured)—it’s clear the festival is out
for fun. And you could catch just about anyone on the big
screen this weekend, from Ray Liotta to your next-door neighbor.
The Ballston Spa Film Festival kicks off tonight (Thursday,
Aug. 6) at 9 PM in Wiswall Park (Front Street, Ballston
Spa) with a special world- premiere screening of eScape
Season 2. Events will continue through Saturday evening,
and will take place at various locations in the village.
All film screenings are free and open to the public; just
remember to BYOChair. For more info, including a complete
schedule of events, visit bspafilm.com.
playwright Henrik Ibsen is largely recognized as the father
of modern drama and one of the central founders of modernism
and realism in the theater. His plays were considered intensely
scandalous by 19th-century standards. Ibsen criticized Victorian
morality, upending what he considered the façade of propriety
and exploring the realities masked underneath. His work
faced brutal scrutiny and frequent censorship.
While a Victorian drama, even a scandalous one, might not
sound all that edgy today, Ghosts is a twisted tale
of philandering, financial revenge, accidental incest, syphilitic
madness and the right to die—pretty risqué, even by contemporary
And this week, Berkshire Theatre Festival presents an all-new
translation of the tale, headed by veteran BTF director
opens for preview Tuesday (Aug. 11) at 8 PM at Berkshire
Theatre Festival (Route 7, Stockbridge, Mass.). Wednesday’s
(Aug. 12) preview is at 7 PM; there are additional previews
Aug. 13 at 2 and 8 PM, and Aug. 14 at 8 PM. The production
officially opens on Aug. 15 at 8 PM and runs through Aug.
29. Tickets range from $46 to $68. For more info, call (413)