you’ve ever taken the slightest pleasure in watching epic
films, you owe it to yourself to see Fritz Lang’s sci-fi
landmark Metropolis on the big screen. And this Sunday
and Monday, Proctors is affording you this special opportunity.
is a delirious doozy of a film, set in a city that’s a technological
paradise for everyone except the workers who built and maintain
it. (Sound familiar?) Made at Ufa, the only studio in Europe
that could rival Hollywood’s technical capabilities, it
has something for everyone. There are the still stunning,
ultra-“modern” sets and special effects. There’s the fever
dream of a plot, which mixes up class warfare with pagan
and Christian mysticism in a way that, well, Germans should
generally avoid—but is hugely entertaining. There’s a mad
scientist named Rotwang (the majestically evil Rudolf Klein-Rogge),
who sports a mechanical arm and holds a deep-seated grudge
against the world; a workers’ savior named Maria (Brigitte
Helm); and a sexy robot double for Maria who dances half-naked
and gives the camera the most lascivious wink in cinema
This is, give or take a few frames, the complete version
of the film as it was premiered in Berlin in January 1927.
It was restored from recently discovered prints in Argentina
and New Zealand. The live organ score will be played by
Avery Tunningly, a first-class musician well-known for his
performances at vintage-film festivals.
will be screened Sunday (Sept. 26) at 2 PM and Monday (Sept.
27) at 7:30 PM at Proctors (Mainstage, 432 State St., Schenectady).
Tickets are $12, $10 seniors and students. For more info—and
to view the excellent trailer for the film—visit proctors.org.
For tickets, call 346-6204.
fancy-pants pedestrian crossing signals; you know what would
solve the quality-of-life issues at the intersection of
Madison and Lark? A concert stage. Put another one at Washington
and Lark, ban cars, pump the whole corridor full of music,
beer, food, and vendors, and for one day Center Square is
the most livable neighborhood in the state.
is not only a last-chance opportunity to enjoy Lark Street
before the cold weather sets in, but the most anticipated
event on the Lark Street BID’s calendar. Much of this has
to do with the high-caliber musical acts booked to the festival’s
two stages. This year’s headliners include roots-rockers
Backyard Tire Fire, Spin Doctors frontman Chris Barron,
Tommy Tutone founder Jim Keller, retro-soul renaissance
man Eli “Paperboy” Reed (pictured), pop duo Kaiser Cartel,
and Harper Blynn. And as always, there will be plenty of
local acts, including the Charlie Watts Riots, Sirsy, Rich
Ortiz, Skadee, Tom Mc-Watters, and the Ill Funk Ensemble.
Smack-dab in the middle, Bombers will host a “silent disco”
where participants are given a wireless headset and the
choice of two DJs, audible only to those with headphones,
to tune in to. All afternoon, local DJs battle for the biggest
LarkFEST is on Lark Street (Albany) on Saturday (Sept. 25)
from 10 AM to 5:30 PM. Admission is free. Go to larkstreet.org
for more info.
Play by Play: Blue Moons
folks at Stageworks/Hudson have built a reputation for producing
cutting-edge new work in their candle-factory-cum-theater,
and nothing proves their dedication to “move to the forefront
of new play development” better than their annual Play by
Play festival of new one-acts.
The 14th round of Play by Play is themed “Blue Moons, and
the six new one-act plays featured examine “those once in
a blue moon events that can change our lives forever,” through
the work of leading contemporary dramatists.
As usual, all six plays will be performed by four actors—Dan
Fenaughty, Lauren Murphy, Tod Randolph and regional favorite
Jonathan Epstein. It’s just the kind of whirlwind theatrical
experience that Stageworks excels at. In fact, the festival
was declared in these very pages to be “the best new theater
in the region: bold, brave and ballsy, always.” So check
it out, and see what’s brewing on the cusp of the theater
by Play: Blue Moons opens at Stageworks/Hudson (41-A
Cross Street, Hudson) on Wednesday (Sept. 29) and runs through
Oct. 10. Tickets range from $18 to $29. For more info, or
to purchase tickets, call the Stageworks box office at 828-7843.