what you will about Wikipedia’s accuracy, but for the most
part users are scrupulous about eliminating blatant editorializing.
That’s why this sentence in the entry for Public Enemy struck
us: “For five years in the uneasy ’80s and the early ’90s,
Public Enemy was to hip-hop what the Clash was to punk:
the only band that mattered.” Seems no one’s willing to
Nor should they. Flavor Flav’s behavior these past few years
may have cast the hype man’s career in somewhat cartoonish
light, but it’s tough to find a harsh word to say about
Public Enemy. For those of you who missed the ’80s, It
Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back and Fear
of a Black Planet heralded “the golden age of hip-hop,”
and Chuck D’s lyricism made the art form a radical political
tool. And it seems the group, and Chuck D especially, still
have plenty to say. They have continued to put out records
through this past decade, with How You Sell Soul to a
Soulless People Who Sold Their Soul? the latest.
Wednesday’s show features a (nearly) full original lineup
including Chuck D, Flavor Flav, Professor Griff and the
S1Ws, as well as special guests Kendo the Almost Famous,
the Banned, J-Live, Has-Lo, Propaganda, Giant Gorilla Dog
Thing, and DJ Playground.
Public Enemy will come to Northern Lights (1208 Route 146,
Clifton Park) on Wednesday (Aug. 10) at 9 PM. Tickets are
$25. Call 371-0012 for more info.
ink, video projections, traditional art, computer animation
and contemporary movement merge in Yin Mei Dance’s repertory
work City of Paper to explore a year of the choreographer’s
childhood during the Chinese cultural revolution.
Yin Mei creates a dream landscape of unfurling pages, set
to an original score by Richard Marriott, performed live
by viola virtuoso Stephanie Griffin and layered with strains
of French bossa nova and the experimental compositions of
Bora Yoon, for an experience the Pillow promises will be
“a stirring meditation on history and perception.”
The Los Angeles Times called Yin Mei “a dancer of
luminous clarity,” and the Village Voice described
her work as dance that “brushes our mind with images whose
poetry ensnares us, whose enigmas taunt us.”
Yin Mei Dance brings City of Paper to Jacob’s Pillow
Dance Festival (Doris Duke Theatre, 358 George Carter Road,
Becket, Mass.) tonight (Thursday, Aug. 5) at 8:15 PM, with
five performances scheduled through Sunday (Aug. 8). Tickets
are $37.50, $34.50 for students and seniors. For more info,
or to purchase tickets, call (413) 243-0745.
Claude Michel Schönberg and lyricist Alain Boublil, the
genius musical-theater team behind Les Misérables,
were inspired by a photo Schönberg unearthed by chance one
autumn afternoon in Paris: a Vietnamese woman giving up
her child at a Saigon airport gate to the hope of better
opportunity with her father in America.
The anguish of the parting mother and daughter was palpable.
Their story resonated with the stories of thousands of Vietnamese
children fathered by American GIs who immigrated to America
under the Amerasian Homecoming Act—and echoed through history,
to the similar story of love and abandonment Puccini made
famous with Madama Butterfly.
Schönberg and Boublil penned their own musical saga on the
common but extraordinary theme: the evocative story of love
and sacrifice in a world ripped by war. The resulting hit,
Miss Saigon, has been seen by more than 33 million
people in 12 different languages throughout 25 countries.
Saigon opens at Proctors (432 State St., Schenectady)
on Tuesday (Aug. 10) at 8 PM and runs through Aug. 15. Tickets
range from $20 to $75, with a 20-percent discount available
to members of the military. For more info, call 346-6204.