year, Philadelphia Weekly writer Brian McManus stirred
things up a bit with Disco Biscuits fans when he called
their annual summer festival Camp Bisco “the largest most
drug-crazed electronic music festival on the East Coast.”
It wasn’t that they disagreed with the characterization;
they just didn’t appreciate him blowing up their spot.
In its ninth year, the festival truly has become the
East Coast outdoor dance music bacchanal, whether or
not you choose to partake of the aforementioned accessories.
In fact, it doesn’t even matter anymore if you much like
the Disco Biscuits. The festival features three days of
nonstop house, dub, dubstep, breakbeat, glitch, electropop,
livelectronic, hip-hop, trip-hop, post-rock and every other
derivation by the likes of LCD Soundsystem (pictured), Thievery
Corporation, Girl Talk, Bassnectar, Diplo, Pretty Lights,
The New Deal, The Album Leaf, Caribou, Major Lazer, Ween,
members of STS9, members of Wu Tang, not to mention three
nights worth of Biscuits. Pack your glowsticks.
Camp Bisco comes to the Indian Lookout Country Club (Mariaville)
tonight (July 15) through Saturday (July 17). Three-day
tickets are $155, Saturday only is $80, and there’s something
called the VIP Experience for $199, with the Platinum Experience
at $349. Go to campbisco.net for more info.
York City Ballet
coming to the end of another season of the New York City
Ballet at SPAC. So now—as in today—would be a good time
to attend one of these wonderful performances.
are two shows today (Thursday, July 15). At the 2 PM matinee,
there will be choreographies by Peter Martins, George Balanchine
and Christopher Wheeldon—and Ulysses Dove’s Red Angels
(pictured). The 8 PM performance will be all Balanchine
Tomorrow (Friday, July 16) at 8 PM, the NYCB will present
an all-Jerome Robbins evening, in cluding NY Export:
The season ends Saturday (July 17) with performances at
2 PM (featuring different works by Balanchine and Wheeldon)
and 8 PM (an all-Balanchine evening).
The New York City Ballet will perform at the Saratoga Performing
Arts Center (Saratoga Spa State Park, Saratoga Springs)
today (Thurs day, July 15) through Saturday (July 17). Tickets
are $18 to $72.50. Visit spac.org or call 584-9330 for more
this year, Theater J in Washington, D.C., (once hailed by
The New York Times as “the premier theater for premieres”)
canceled its anticipated production of Obie Award-winning
playwright Deborah Margolin’s new play, Imagining Madoff.
The script imagined a fictional discussion between
humanitarian and Bernie Madoff victim Elie Wiesel and his
moral counterpoint, the convicted Ponzi schemer. But when
Margolin sent a copy of the play to Wiesel, he unexpectedly
objected. The ensuing cancellation spurred a national debate
about artistic license, libel in fiction and freedom of
As the dust settled on the debacle, Margolin set out to
find a new venue willing to present the controversial work.
She reshaped the script—the new version replaces Wiesel
with a fictional (but strikingly similar) character—but
sought to retain its poetic examination of compelling ethical
True to their mission of producing “ambitious programming,”
the folks at our very own Stageworks/Hudson offered Imagining
Madoff a new home. The world premiere of the already
familiar title opens on their stage this week starring film
and Broadway veteran Mark Margolis as the master scammer.
Madoff opens for preview at Stageworks/Hudson (41A Cross
St., Hudson) on Wednesday (July 21) and runs through August
7. Talkbacks with the cast, director and playwright will
be held following the July 29 and Aug. 5 performances. Tickets
range from $18 to $29, with discounts available for students
and seniors. For more info, call at 822-9667.