Santa Fe Ballet
Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival is to the Berkshires, Aspen
Dance Festival is to the Rockies. When they aren’t bringing
world-class performances to dance aficionados with their
annual summer festival, the folks at Aspen Santa Fe Ballet
are busy running two ballet schools, a Mexican folk dance
and outreach program—and touring the world with their own
Two decades after its founding, the company has earned renown
as a beacon of contemporary ballet, consistently generating
groundbreaking new works by leading choreographers. And
the ballet’s dancers apparently are meeting the challenge.
After a recent visit to Jacob’s Pillow, the Boston Globe
raved, “The annual summer-long festival of dance that Jacob’s
Pillow delivers is bound to invite comparison to the Olympic
Games. All of those international companies, all of those
fabulous dancer/athletes. So be it: This week it’s the Aspen
Santa Fe Ballet, a terrific troupe of 11 dancers who are
doing us proud.”
This week marks their debut at the Egg, with a varied program
including a performance of Twyla Tharp’s masterpiece Sue’s
Aspen Santa Fe Ballet will perform at the Egg (Empire State
Plaza, Albany) on Saturday (April 24) at 8 PM. Tickets are
$24, $20 for seniors and $12 for children. For more info,
or to purchase tickets, call the Egg box office at 473-1845.
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it’s time to turn off the televizzle, roll up a blizzle,
pour us some Tanquerizzle, and find some fine femizzles.
Then we’ll hop in the minivizzle, head up I-eightysizzle,
grab a sandwizzle . . .
OK—it’s just that, as soon as someone mentions Snoop D-O-double
G, we somehow someway, can’t stop saying “-izzle” for the
rest of the day. But, may we kick a little something for
the G’s, and suggest that this rap legend has contributed
far more to hip-hop than one of its more obnoxious suffixes.
Ever since 1993’s breakout Doggystyle, this former
Crip’s stoned flow has been one of the most recognizable
in the game, all but defining the West Coast G-funk style
and landing him countless music and acting cameos. Malice
in Wonderland is his latest.
Canadian female rapper Eternia, Portland, Ore., MC Braille,
Triune, and locals Oddy Gato with DJ Trumastr open.
Snoop Dogg comes to Northern Lights (1208 Route 146, Clifton
Park) tonight (April 22) at 7 PM. Tickets are $35. Call
371-0012 for more info.
Encounters With Music
Yehuda Hanani and the gang at Close Encounters With Music
in Great Barrington are putting on a tribute to Chopin this
weekend, titled Chopin and His Circle. Seems fair enough:
Everybody loves Chopin. And how often does a bicentennial
celebration come along?
The featured performer will be pianist Adam Neiman, praised
by the Washington Post for his “playing of wisdom
and light.” Also performing will be Yehuda, cellist Amy
Gillingham and violinist Stefan Milenkovich. The program
will include music by John Field (the father of the nocturne,
the form Chopin made his own), Chopin’s pals Auguste Franchomme
and Paganini, and, of course, Chopin himself.
Close Encounters With Music will present Chopin and His
Circle on Saturday (April 24) at 6 PM at the Mahaiwe Performing
Arts Center (14 Castle St., Great Barrington, Mass.). Tickets
are $35. For more info, call (800) 843-0778 or the box office
at (413) 528-0100.