Looks at Degas
weekend the Clark Art Institute opens one of the most anticipated
exhibitions of the summer. Named one of 2010’s hottest exhibitions
by Harper’s Bazzar, Picasso Looks at Degas
focuses on two of the modern period’s greatest artists by
exploring one artists’s work through the eyes of another.
Picasso and Degas shared an intense fascination with women,
from ballet dancers to prostitutes; though renowned as painters,
both worked in a broad array of media. This groundbreaking
exhibition considers the art of these modern masters in
a new perspective. Their paintings, prints, sculptures and
drawings are presented to examine “Picasso’s reaction to
the challenge of Degas . . . from emulation to confrontation
and parody to homage.”
Looks at Degas opens at the Sterling and Francine Clark
Art Institute with an opening gala featuring art, opera,
flamenco dancing and Spanish cuisine at 6 PM on Saturday
(June 12). The exhibition opens to the public on Sunday
(June 13), with an opening lecture with the curators at
3 PM, and runs through Sept. 10. As always, the Clark has
scheduled an impressive lineup of programming around the
exhibition. For more info, or a complete listing of events,
call (413) 458-2303 or visit clarkart.edu.
Cup Block Party
don’t just close off Broadway for nothing. Every four years,
the world’s finest international football squads and legions
of rowdy supporters descend on one lucky country for “the
beautiful game,” and the world’s most popular sporting event—the
FIFA World Cup.
On Friday, the monthlong tournament gets started when host
country South Africa squares off with Mexico. On Saturday
(June 12), the U.S. team plays its first match against formidable
opponent England. In order to celebrate and cheer on the
homeland, Wolff’s Biergarten, our local hub for football
revelry, has convinced the city of Albany to close off Broadway
for a block-party blowout. At 11 AM, two beer trucks will
set up shop and the first 1,000 people to lineup for frothy
libations will get a one-liter commemorative beer stein.
At 2:30 PM, the game gets under way and will be shown in
giant tents on a bunch of 60-inch HD TVs. Admission is $5
(12-and-under are free), and there will be plenty of food,
raffles, and prizes. Oh, and get this: They’re carting in
a full-size net and real grass sod to a set up a penalty-kick
shootout for kids.
The event marks the start of a month’s worth of World Cup
festivities at Wolff’s Biergarten (895 Broadway, Albany),
where national flags will be removed as the pack is thinned,
and there will ongoing drink specials for jersey-sporting
fans. Let the matches begin!
is more beloved in country music these days than the duo
of Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush, better known to their
legion of fans as Sugarland?
OK, maybe Carrie Underwood. But still. Life is sweet for
this duo, who will be performing Friday night at SPAC. They’ve
had multiple No. 1 records (albums and singles), and have
won a boatload of Grammys and CMA and CMT awards.
Sugarland will perform tomorrow (Friday, June 11) at 7 PM
at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center (Saratoga Spa State
Park, Saratoga Springs). Luke Bryan and Danny Gokey will
open. Call 587-3330 for ticket prices, information and reservations.