probably wondering what the image of a young fellow (Nick
Abounader) confronting a fearsome ogre (Suzie Dunn) has
to do with a show titled Cinderella Tales. Well,
this Steamer No. 10 Theatre production tells three Cinderella
tales, and one of them, “Billy Beg and the Bull,” comes
from Ireland. There’s a boy, a magical bull, an evil ogre,
and a princess, and they all come together in a story that’s
other stories are “Egyptian Cinderella,” which dates back
3,000 years and features a mistreated princess and a pair
of royal slippers; and “The Glass Slipper,” which is the
story you probably know quite well.
This is the beginning of Steamer No. 10’s 20th anniversary
season; in that time, the good folks at the company tell
us, they’ve entertained more than “200,000 children, parents,
grandparents and friends.” This suggests that they are doing
something—scratch that, a lot of things—right.
Tales will be presented Saturday (Oct. 23) at 3 PM,
and Sunday (Oct. 24) at 11 AM at Steamer No. 10 Theatre
(500 Western Ave., Albany). There will be additional performances
Oct. 30-31 and Nov. 6-7. Tickets are $12. For show times
and ticket info, visit steamer10theatre.org or call 438-5503.
is it with you people and the flesh-eating zombies?
We know you. You’re the ones forwarding that YouTube clip
from a Japanese TV show in which a “zombie” attacks kids
in their apartment. You’re the ones reading novels that
mash up zombies with Jane Austen characters. You’re the
ones dressing as zombies to terrorize your unsuspecting
neighbors on “zombie walks.”
In other words, you’re the reason the Linda is hosting its
3rd Annual Zombie Film Feast this weekend, which begins
Friday at 7 PM with a “zombie coffin art” exhibit and concludes
Sunday with the 11th damn zombie flick of the weekend. Films
will include the short Alice Jacobs Is Dead starring
the legendary Adrienne Barbeau (with director Alex Horowitz
in person), and the features Pontypool, Poultrygeist:
Night of the Chicken Dead, The Gates of Hell,
The Horde, Colin, Resident Evil (and
one sequel), Zombieland, Cemetery Man and
28 Weeks Later.
Of course that’s not enough for you ghoulish types. Saturday
will also feature a zombie walk, a brain-eating contest,
a “Thriller” dance-off, and a Zombie Prom, complete with
zombie prom king and queen contest. Part of the proceeds
from the prom will support the Hellions of Troy roller derby
team, and the prom itself will be hosted by the Wolf of
The 3rd Annual Zombie Film Feast will be held tomorrow (Friday,
Oct. 22) through Sunday (Oct. 24) at the Linda, WAMC’s Performing
Arts Studio (339 Central Ave., Albany). A full-festival
pass is $30; individual event tickets are also available.
For full info, visit wamcarts.org or call 465-5233 ext.
Franti and Spearhead
Franti is not a witch. He’s you.
Well, not exactly, but the sloganeering rebel rocker
does have an almost magickal way of speaking for his audience,
loading hip-hop-infused rock anthems with mantras like “Stay
Human,” “Power to the Peaceful” and “Everyone Deserves Music.”
The former Disposable Hero of Hiphoprisy is a rare conscious
crusader in an increasingly cynical industry. His life-affirming
lyrics are cut with pointed political critique of American
foreign policy, the prison-industrial complex, and environmental
degradation. Practicing what he preaches, Franti is vegan,
tours in a biodiesel bus, doesn’t use bottled water onstage,
and for 10 years has kept a humbling vow to live barefoot.
This tour comes on the heals of The Sound of Sunshine,
a beachworthy blend of reggae-pop and folk-rock. British
acoustic soul singer Bobby Long will open.
Michael Franti and Spearhead come to Northern Lights (1208
Route 146, Clifton Park) on Monday (Oct. 25) at 8 PM. Tickets
are $27. Call 371-0012 for more info.