quiz: Whose photo album boasts snapshots of their grinning
mug smooshed against Regis Philbin, Carmen Electra, “Bachelor
Bob,” Andy Dick, Diana Ross, and half the Backstreet Boys—and
a shot of them running topless down an airplane aisle with
a “Blur Your Gender” T-shirt flapping behind?
Well, Queen of the D-List Kathy Griffin’s, of course. (We
officially challenge you to find another photo page on the
great wide Interweb that fits that bill).
The Emmy Award-winning, reality-show-fiending, brash redhead
has made appearances in more than 35 movies and 50 TV shows—many
of them forgettable. But she’s cashed in on her Hollywood
outsider status with her comedy, and taken the world by
Her recent HBO specials include snappy titles like Kathy
Griffin: She’ll Cut a Bitch and Kathy Griffin: Whores
on Crutches. Earlier this year she showed off her “vajazzling”
at a televised poolside pap smear. So we hesitate to guess
what could happen when she hits the stage live in Albany
Kathy Griffin will bring her bold and brassy laughs to the
Palace Theatre (19 Clinton Ave., Albany) on Sunday (Nov.
7) at 7 PM. Tickets are $28-$98. For more info call 465-4663;
to purchase tickets call (800) 745-3000.
Pro Musica will celebrate their 30th anniversary season
this year with an impressive lineup of concerts,
and this week’s offering promises to be a choral-cinema
spectacular of the highest order.
by popular demand,” the full chorale, soloists and Albany
Pro Musica Chamber Orchestra will take to EMPAC’s acoustically
optimized arc of a concert hall to perform Richard Einhorn’s
Voices of Light, an inspired oratorio he composed
in 1994 as a score to Carl Theodor Dreyer’s 1928 landmark
film The Passion of Joan of Arc.
screening of the film accompanies the live performance,
or vice versa depending on your proclivities. And according
to Albany Pro Musica, in that combination, “the raw emotional
power of the film reaches new depths.”
of Light & The Passion of Joan of Arc will
be performed in EMPAC’s concert hall (Rensselaer Polytechnic
Institute, Troy) on Saturday (Nov. 6) at 7:30 PM. Tickets
are $30 for preferred seating, $25 general admission, $10
students. For more info, or to purchase preferred seating,
call Albany Pro Musica at 438-6548. To purchase general
admission tickets, call the EMPAC box office at 276-3921.
you’ve got a voice like Amos Lee does, you don’t have to
play that self-promotion game. Famous people just line up
to get close to you. Lee was barely out of college, working
as an elementary schoolteacher, when none other than Blue
Note Records picked up his first EP, garnering the attention
of Norah Jones, who took him on tour, which caught the attention
of Paul Simon, Bob Dylan . . . on down the line.
These days, he’s one of Philadelphia’s biggest musical exports,
dealing in that funky acoustic R&B and soul that sounds
so good with a cheesesteak in your hand. Guy can play a
mean guitar, but, man, that voice. His fourth album, Mission
Bell, is slated for release in January, and features
the longest celebrity lineup of vocal talent yet: Willie
Nelson, Lucinda Williams, Calexico, etc.
He’ll be joined by Mutlu, no minor Philly talent himself.
Amos Lee will play the Egg (Empire State Plaza, Albany)
tonight (Thursday, Nov. 4) at 7:30 PM. Tickets are $28.
For more info, call 473-1845.