Four Sides of 40
been a weird decade. Pink is the new black. Big is the new
small. 40-something is the new 30 Something.
Lucky for us, that last idea was scooped up by a bunch of
stand-up comedians before some producer could turn it into
a reality TV show (is real the new fake?). On New Year’s
Eve (tonight!), comedians Lenny Marcus (the bachelor), Patty
Rosborough (the divorcee), Al Ducharme (the newlywed), and
Eric McMahon (the husband and father) offer their own hilarious
take on life as a 40-something.
The Four Sides of 40 come to the Palace Theatre (19 Clinton
Ave., Albany) tonight (Thursday, Dec. 31) at 8 PM. Tickets
are $35. Call 465-3334 for more info.
always kinda wondered why cities refer to their New Year’s
Eve celebrations as “First Night,” because, technically,
isn’t it the last night of the calendar year that’s
in question? Even if the merriment continues long into the
AM hours of January 1st, it’s still more accurate to call
the event “first morning” . . . but we digress.
Saratoga Springs doesn’t trouble itself with such semantic
quandries, as it’s been known to throw the biggest First
Night celebration in upstate New York. This year, the 14th
annual First Night Saratoga has been dubbed “Starry Starry
Night” for the wide array of events happening under the
(hopefully) clear night sky. With a $15 button and free
CDTA shuttle bus service, you can drift from concerts to
art shows, dance performances and plenty of kids events.
Opening ceremonies kick things off with a performance by
the USO and a 5K run. From there it’s a nonstop itinerary
of music (Saratoga Springs Youth Orchestra, Union Fire Marching
Band, Joey Thomas, Keith Pray, Brian Patneaude, Hair of
the Dog, Adirondack Baroque Consort, Ernie Williams, etc.),
dance (Ellen Sinopoli, Turtle Clan Dancers, Saratoga City
Ballet’s Nutcracker, zydeco, belly dancing), jugglers,
magicians, comedians, storytellers, a human boom box, a
reptile show, and a robotics demo.
First Night Saratoga runs from 5 PM tonight (Thursday, Dec.
31) to 1 AM Friday (Jan. 1) in downtown Saratoga Springs.
Buttons are $15 and can be purchased at a number of downtown
locations. Children 5 and under are free. Call 583-9622
Ext. 134 for more info.
not going to debate this. J.S. Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos
are among the most sublime music ever written. Which is
why, over the years, the Berkshire Bach Society has performed
some or all of them over the New Year’s holiday.
Taking a page from the venue-hopping hijinks of other local
orchestras and ensembles, the BBS are performing Bach’s
masterpieces in three venues in three days: tonight in Great
Barrington, tomorrow afternoon in Pittsfield, and Sunday
The BBS will perform tonight (Thursday, Dec. 31) at 6 PM
at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center (14 Castle St., Great
Barrington, Mass.); the tickets are $35 to $55. For more
info, call (413) 528-6415. They will perform tomorrow (Friday,
Jan. 1) at 3 PM at the Colonial Theatre (11 South St., Pittsfield,
Mass.). Tickets are $17 to $37; for more info call (413)
997-4444. Finally, they will perform Saturday (Jan. 2) at
4 PM at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall (2nd and State
streets, Troy). Tickets are $30 to $45; call 273-0038.