triple threat Jim Gaffigan has earned a ranking spot as
one of the top five most successful comedians touring the
country today. During his last whirlwhind, Jim Gaffigan:
The Sexy Tour the guy performed 50—count ’em 50—completely
sold out shows in 25 cities.
Now he’s at it again, and Jim Gaffigan Live! is swinging
through Albany, offering local audiences a chance to catch
live stand-up from the comedian-actor-writer known for his
work on screens both big and small.
Along with his TBS comedy hit My Boys, Gaffigan has
made a record number of appearances on both the Late
Show with David Letterman and Late Night with Conan
O’Brien, and as guest starred on everything from Flight
of the Concords to Sex in the City.
Or perhaps you recognize him from his cinematic work: The
guy’s been in The Love Guru, Super Troopers and Three
Kings. How many movie careers boast that kind of variety?
Gaffigan Live! takes the Palace Theatre stage (19 Clinton
Ave., Albany) on Saturday (Dec. 12) at 8 PM. Tickets are
$35.75 and $42.75. For more info, or to purchase tickets,
it: Ever since you first watched that scene in Empire
Records where Mark eats the magic brownie and hallucinates
himself through the TV and onstage with GWAR, part of you
has always wanted to become enslaved by the Scumdogs of
the Universe, drenched in their vile fluids, and fed to
their gator-headed human-gnashing beast.
And, in the band’s 25-year run, you’ve probably already
had at least one chance. But, see, it’s been “thousands
of eons” since the Master created these warmongering metal
warriors and sent them to Earth in order to exterminate
the galaxy’s most “annoying” species, as well as “reality
itself.” So, really, the band have a lot of work left to
do, and now is as good a time as any to see the taste-defiling,
Joan Rivers-provoking, Beavis and Butthead-baiting shock
rockers. Just bring a change of clothes.
GWAR will bring the best metal shtick since Metallagher
(google ‘em) to Northern Lights (1208 Route 146, Clifton
Park) tomorrow (Friday, Dec. 11) at 7 PM. Tickets are $19.
Call 371-0012 for more info.
not everyday that we can announce the local premiere of
a work by Johann Sebastian Bach. Primarily, this is owing
to the fact that Herr Bach has been dead for a couple hundred
years. Still, it is a fact that the intrepid ensemble Capitol
Chamber Artists will be performing such a rarity, Bach’s
Piccolo (Little) Magnificat of 1720, which was written
for an intimate gathering of the composer’s friends and
This work, which will feature soprano Julie Norman, is the
showcase of their baroque holiday concerts this weekend.
But the program will also include Andre O’Neil’s O Come
Emanuel, baroque holiday-themed music by Biber, Corelli
and Vivaldi, and traditional seasonal carols.
Capitol Chamber Artists will perform Saturday (Dec. 12)
at 8 PM at the First Congregational Church (405 Quail St.,
Albany), with a preconcert recital at 7 PM. The program
will be repeated Sunday (Dec. 13) at 3 PM at Community Hall
(Benson, Vt.) with a preconcert recital at 2 PM. Tickets
are $16 general admission, $8 students. For more info, call