began three years ago as a modest monthly exhibition of
Albany’s underground arts scene has grown from a three-gallery
event to a citywide celebration of arts and culture and
inspired the start of other arts nights around the Capital
Tomorrow, 1st Friday celebrates its three-year anniversary,
and its continued growth, with art openings springing up
at more than 40 venues—from the Albany Institute of History
& Art to restaurants, real estate offices, coffee shops,
even a tropical fish store.
So take a stroll through the city, or hop on board the complimentary
trolley to take advantage of all the events: uptown, downtown,
in Center Square and down Delaware Avenue. And afterwards,
dance the night away with Capital Swing, or take in one
of the many live music performances rounding out the party
in the city that’s been dubbed the “Upstate Culture Capital.”
Pictured is Susan Stuart’s Opportunity (2009), which
is part of the Assiduity exhibit you can check out
as part of 1st Friday at Albany Center Gallery (39 Columbia
St., Albany); the show is on view through Oct. 18.
1st Friday events take place throughout Albany tomorrow
(Friday, Sept. 4) starting at 5 PM. As always, 1st Friday
events are free and open to the public. For more info, including
a complete schedule of events, visit 1stfridayalbany.org.
that blanket. Pack up the picnic basket. It may be September,
but summer ain’t over yet. For proof, look no further than
Tanglewood, where this year’s jazz festival (and weather.com)
promises 3 days of green grass, sunshine, and one truly
things off Friday night will be clarinetist Paquito d’Rivera
and his Latin jazz orchestra. In the jazz café, it’s alto
saxophonist Benny Reid. On Saturday, John Pizzarelli (pictured)
and Jessica Molaskey take their NPR jazz/interview show
Radio Deluxe from their living room to the Tanglewood
stage. Later, it’s violinist Regina Carter’s project Reverse
Thread, which draws on Paganini as well as music from Mali
and Uganda. Vocalists Nnenna Freelon and Harolyn Blackwell
celebrate Ellington with a program called “Dreaming the
Duke,” accompanied by David Bowie-collaborator Mike Garson.
On Sunday, there’s a Steinway duet featuring Kenny Barron
and Mulgrew Miller, the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, the Jon
Faddis quartet, and finally, the legendary bassist Dave
Holland with a lineup including Chris Potter and Robin Eubanks.
The Tanglewood Jazz Festival is at Tanglewood (297 West
St., Lenox, Mass.), Friday (Sept. 4) through Sunday (Sept.
6). Single-day tickets range from $17 to $75. Call (413)
637-1600 for more info.
successful season at the Marcella Sembrich Opera Museum
comes to a close with pianist Eric Trudel presenting his
program of Sergei Rachmaninoff’s 24 Preludes.
In a review titled “Trudel gives a virtuosic performance,”
critic Gilbert Mott wrote: “By turns lyrical and explosive,
[the preludes are] virtuosic miniatures that challenge a
pianist’s technique and musicality. The Canadian-born pianist
Eric Trudel . . . proved to be up to the challenge.”
Trudel has performed extensively around the world; his New
York City performances have included recitals at Alice Tully
Hall, Merkin Hall and the 92nd Street Y. He’s an excellent
choice to say goodbye to the summer.
Eric Trudel will perform Saturday (Sept. 5) at 7:30 PM at
the Marcella Sembrich Opera Museum (4800 Lake Shore Drive,
Bolton Landing). Tickets are $25. For more info, call 644-9839.