Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
paraphrase their hit, “Home” is wherever ragtag neo-hippie
art rock family band Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
park their big white magic bus. Lucky for us, on Tuesday
that’ll be a strip mall in Clifton Park.
Besides 12 bodies, guitars, horns, accordian, drums, and
who knows what else, the bus is packed with mythology. As
the story goes, frontman Alex Ebert (also of Ima Robot)
concieved of the fictional messianic Edward Sharpe after
breaking up with his girlfriend, entering AA, and living
in a squalid LA apartment. One day he met Jade Castrinos
down by the railroad tracks and together they built a band
of merry troubadours to tell the saga of Sharpe. Part of
the project is a 12-piece video musical, of which the band
have completed two sections, but more fun is the band’s
live show, which features all the collective clapping, stomping
and shouting you’d expect.
We Are Each Other featuring Aaron Embry will open.
Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros come to Northern Lights
(1208 Route 146, Clifton Park), on Tuesday (July 27) at
8 PM. Tickets are $15. Call 371-0012 for more info.
weekend, hundreds of activists and advocates for peace will
descend on Albany when the National Peace Conference convenes
for a weekend of workshops, lectures and discussions with
the leadership of the national antiwar and social-justice
The program includes an impressive roll of speakers, including
Noam Chomsky, who will keynote via video, and more than
30 workshops on pressing issues and strategies for approaching
them—from counter-recruitment, nonviolent resistance and
electoral pressure to the immigration and health-care reform,
the Israel-Palestine conflict and the effects of uranium
munitions. The conference aims to finalize an action proposal
calling for the immediate and total withdrawal of U.S. troops
from Iraq and Afghanistan and for military funds to be redirected
to education, environment, infrastructure and other human
The National Peace Conference kicks off tomorrow (Friday,
July 23) at the Crowne Plaza Hotel (State and Lodge streets,
Albany) at 7 PM with a panel discussion. Workshops and speakers
continue through Sunday. The cost of registration for the
full three days is $80; $40 for students and low-income
or unemployed individuals. Admission to single conference
events is $25. For more info, visit nationalpeaceconference.org
or call 227-6947.
& Pronk and Dancers
ballet duo Drew Jacoby and Rubinald Pronk have achieved
a rare feat in the dance world. They have forged an independent
partnership, sans company, with explosive success.
& Pronk recently were featured on the cover of Dance
Magazine, who declared the up-and-comers a duo to watch.
The story inside raved: “Jacoby’s steely strength and Pronk’s
fluid hyper-flexiblity defy the usual gender norms of a
ballet partnership. They possess a brimming, almost menacing,
energy, and the sense that they are daring each other is
This week they bring their prowess to Jacob’s Pillow, joined
by Victor Mateos Arellano of Dresden SemperOper Ballett,
Shirley Esseboom of Nederlands Dans Theatre, and American
Ballet Theatre Principal David Hallberg. These contemporary
ballet all-stars will perform an exclusive program for the
Pillow, which includes two world premieres and a quartet
transformation of the duo’s acclaimed One.
Jacoby & Pronk and Dancers will present their exclusive
program at Jacob’s Pillow’s Doris Duke Theatre (358 George
Carter Road, Becket, Mass.) tonight (Thursday, July 22)
at 8:15 PM; four more performances are scheduled through
Sunday. Tickets are $37.50, $34.50 for students and seniors.
For more info, call (413) 243-0745.