operator: That’s the term that comes to mind when one thinks
about Engelbert Humperdinck. Michael Jackson may have dubbed
himself the King of Pop, but Humperdinck’s the self-described
King of Romance. Which would you rather be?
British Army brat born in Madras, India, with a much less
showbiz-friendly name, Humperdinck has been crooning love
ballads for decades: “Release Me,” “There Goes My Everything,”
“Winter World of Love,” and many more. Wait, we better not
call him a crooner; he once told the Hollywood Reporter,
“No crooner has the range I have. I can hit notes a bank
could not cash.” Oh, snap!
Engelbert Humperdinck will perform tomorrow night (Friday,
May 7) at 8 PM on the mainstage at Proctors (432 State St.,
Schenectady). Tickets are $20-$48. For more info, call the
box office at 346-6204.
founded by former director of the National Museum of Dance,
Beth Hartle Fecteau, Albany-based Nacre Dance is committed
to revitalizing historic choreography, offering a forum
for emerging artists, and providing top-notch dance training.
Their debut performance one year ago was deemed by the Daily
Gazette as “a dance historian’s dream.” Now, with another
year of experience under their belt and an established partnership
with the American Dance Legacy Institute, they are presenting
their 2010 program.
The performance showcases a sweeping array of work, including
May O’Donnell’s Pursuit of Happiness, Doris Humphrey’s
Soaring, Isadora Duncan’s Ode to Apollo, the
Ecce Etude from Danny Grossman’s Ecce Homo, and Limon
Etude, exploring choreography of Jose Limon. There will
also be new work by guest choreographer Rebecca Rabideau,
whose choreography has been described as “movement with
integrity, nuanced and detailed, with a clear intent behind
Nacre Dance will perform at the Egg (Empire State Plaza,
Albany) on Saturday (May 8) at 8 PM. Tickets are $20, $15
for seniors and children. For more info, call 473-1845.
has finally sprung once again, hundreds of thousands of
tulips are abloom in Washington Park, and Albany is gearing
up to celebrate—with the 62nd Annual Albany Tulip Festival.
eagerly-awaited Spring tradition finds the city at its finest,
brimming with blossoms, heritage, culture and fun. As always,
Washington Park will be abuzz with craft and food vendors,
activities for the kiddos, this year’s Royal Tulip Court,
and multiple stages featuring local musicians and national
Headlining this year’s festival: OK Go (pictured). Their
music videos have become an Internet sensation (you’ve seen
’em—with their treadmill dancing, their marching band, their
Rube Goldberg-esque kenetic craziness) and set a YouTube
record with eight million hits in two weeks; in the last
month alone they’ve had TV appearances on the respective
shows of Carson Daley, David Letterman, Stephen Colbert,
and Jimmies Kimmel and Fallon. We’re pretty sure that can
officially be considered “sweeping the nation.”
Other performers will include tribute celebration Return
to the Woodstock Era, rouge violinist Deni Bonet, Figgs
founder Mike Gent, reggae rocker Trevor Hall, self-proclaimed
psychedelic/ghettotech supergroup the Constellations and
kid-centric indie rockers Josh Carlin & Kids Music Underground.
It’s Mother’s Day weekend (you remembered, right?), so take
mom, take the kids, and enjoy some fried dough and fine
music as you tiptoe through the tulips.
The Tulip Festival kicks off tomorrow (Friday, May 7) at
11:30 AM with a Carillion concert at City Hall, followed
by the traditional street scrubbing at State and Lodge streets.
The free festivities continue Saturday and Sunday (May 8
and 9) in Washington Park and beyond. For a complete schedule
of events visit albanyevents.org.