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Warren Miller’s Dynasty

Some like it steep. Others like it deep. But the one thing skiiers can agree on is that the season hasn’t officially begun until Warren Miller’s latest reel of alpine porn comes through town.

The granddaddy of extreme sports film, Miller was one of the first to document world-class athletes ripping the sicky sicky gnar gnar, and he’s still one of the best. Dynasty is the 60th (!) annual ski film Miller has created (in an overall body of work that numbers 750) and stands as something of a retrospective. In addition to olympian Jonny Mosely’s narration of skiing adventures to Norway, British Columbia and China, the film includes vintage footage from some of Miller’s films dating back to the ’50s.

This is one to catch on the big screen, as Warren Miller events always include raffles, giveaways, and a theater full of crazy powderheads hooting along to every huck and tumble.

Warren Miller’s Dynasty plays at the Palace Theatre (19 Clinton Ave., Albany) tomorrow (Friday, Nov. 20) at 8 PM, and Saturday (Nov. 21) at 6 and 9 PM. Tickets are $22, with discounts offered for groups of 12 or more. Call 465-3334 for more info.

Jimmy Fallon

Funnyman Jimmy Fallon is a ray of hope for us here in Albany. The guy was expelled from Saugerties High School, dropped out of the College of Saint Rose, even put in a stint answering phones here at Ye Olde Metroland—a fact we are often reminded of by megaphone as the Albany Aqua Ducks tour rolls by.

From those humble (and all-too-familiar) roots, Fallon has rocketed his way to comedy superstardom, from the standup circuit to Saturday Night Live, onto the big screen and now as the host of Late Night With Jimmy Fallon. This year he even got his bachelor’s degree from Saint Rose.

This weekend, Fallon returns to his old stomping grounds for a stand-up show at the Egg. Go for the laughs, or go for the inspiration. Because you too, Albany college dropout with your tousled good looks and your charming wit, you too could one day voice an animated, guitar-strumming hippie rabbit. You too could delight late-night audiences with your quips, skits, banter and song. You too could make them love you.

Jimmy Fallon brings the laughs to the Egg (Empire State Plaza, Albany) on Saturday (Nov. 21) at 8 PM. Tickets are $32.50 and $45. For more info, or to purchase tickets, call the Egg box office at 473-1845.

Ray Davies

The erstwhile head Kink, Raymond Douglas Davies, is playing only eight dates on his current U.S. mini-tour: San Francisco, Los Angeles, Boston, New York City (two shows), Montclair, N.J., Philadelphia—and Albany. We’re not sure why Albany was found worthy, but we’re absolutely delighted.

Davies has a new album of Kinks classics out, The Kinks Choral Collection, with arrangements for choir and rock band. It has been very well received. Some dates on the tour are getting the choir; we’re not, but don’t sweat it, because neither are Philly or Boston.

And really, who cares? Davies is one of the greatest songwriters and bandleaders of the rock era. Any chance to see him is exciting, and the reviews of the first shows have been raves. Oakland Tribune critic Jim Harrington wrote of the San Fran concert, “It was the Church of Ray, and this was a sermon that each pop-music lover in the house could get behind.”

Ray Davies and his band will perform Monday (Nov. 23) at the Egg (Empire State Plaza, Albany). Tickets are $34.50 to $49.50. For more info, call 473-1845.

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