years ago, “Chuck E.’s In Love” catapulted a little-known
singer-songwriter across the cover of Rolling Stone,
the stage of SNL, and up to the podium at the
Grammy Awards where she won Best New Artist. Since then,
Rickie Lee Jones has drifted from project to project, somehow
always seeming to find herself at the epicenter of historic
cultural movements. She’s recorded jazz records with Randy
Newman and Dr. John, dated Tom Waits, toured with Lyle Lovett,
covered David Bowie, dabbled in trip-hop, and taken on George
Dubya with punk bassist Mike Watt.
Her latest, Balm in Gilead, draws on song ideas she’s
had incubating for 20 years and stands as a self-described
second debut. Covering folk, R&B, soul and gospel with
the help of Ben Harper, Alison Kraus, Vic Chesnutt, and
Bill Frisell, the album has critics calling this one a return
to form that finds her voice at an all-time best.
Rickie Lee Jones plays at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center
(14 Castle St., Great Barrington, Mass.) on Friday (Oct.
30) at 8 PM. Tickets are $40-$55. Call (413) 528-6415 for
Came From Schenectady Film Fest
something uniquely disorienting and exciting about experiencing
a film marathon. And when it’s a festival of scary movies,
well, the disorientation may even equal the excitement.
As an old movie showman might warn, you’ll begin to question
what isn’t real . . . (pregnant pause) and what is!
The lineup may be their most impressive yet. There’s Murnau’s
Nosferatu, with live organ accompaniment by Avery
Tunningly. There’s Robert Wise’s atmospheric ghost thriller
The Haunting, John Landis’ scary-hilarious An
American Werewolf in London, George A. Romero’s classic
Dawn of the Dead., and more. This includes a number
of local premieres: Vampire Girl vs. Frankenstein Girl
and Yoroi Samurai Zombie (both from Japan) and two
English-language German films, Able and Must Love
For the complete schedule of shows, click the link at proctors.org.
The It Came From Schenectady 24-hour film fest will be held
at both the GE Theatre at Proctors and the Proctors mainstage
from noon Saturday (Oct. 31) to noon Sunday (Nov. 1). A
24-hour pass is $50; an 8-hour pass is $25. For more info,