and the Embassy
there’s only one thing better than an evening of groovy,
Motown-inspired, Elvis Costello-with-a-falsetto indie soul
music . . . a free evening of groovy, Motown-inspired,
Elvis Costello-with-a-falsetto indie soul music.
Maybe you recall when Brooklyn’s Eytan and the Embassy got
things started for OK Go at Northern Lights this fall, with
piano, bari sax and swagger. Maybe you recall how the dudes
popped their fingers and the girlies swooned. Well, this
time, the self-described pimp owns the evening, with Middletown’s
The City Never Sleeps opening the show, all for the price
of your good looks at the door.
Eytan and the Embassy will come to Jillian’s (59 N. Pearl
St., Albany) tonight (Thursday, Jan. 6) at 8 PM. Tickets
are irrelevant. Call 432-1997 for more info.
& Dine for the Arts
launched Wine & Dine for the Arts last year and the
result was a smashing success—tantalizing the palates of
more than 1,300 festivalgoers with an array of locally prepared
delicacies and raising $37,000 for Capital Repertory Theatre.
This year, in the wake of deep funding cuts, local arts
organizations need the help more than ever, and Wine &
Dine for the Arts has stepped up the game. The festival
offerings have grown, and the funds—the goal is $60,000—will
benefit four of the city’s treasured champions of the arts:
Capital Rep, the Albany Symphony Orchestra, Albany Center
Gallery and Park Playhouse.
The festival begins with an evening of “Dine Around” prix-fixe
menus and wines available at 14 area restaurants, and continues
over three days with a delectable menu of events at the
Crowne Plaza. Two grand tastings each feature four hours
of sampling from dozens of the area’s top restaurants—and
more than 250 global wine, spirit and beer companies. In
addition to sampling food and drink, the grand tastings
offer a taste of the local arts with singers, instrumentalists,
even live portraiture, and seminars with food and drink
experts, including celebrity chef Ric Orlando, Yono’s sommelier
Dominick Purnomo and Honest Weight “cheeseman” Gustav Ericson.
The whole delicious shebang culminates in a gala dinner
featuring a cocktail and hors d’oeuvres reception, a five-course
dinner menu prepared by five of Albany’s premier chefs,
a cheese and fruit presentation from Dale Miller, an eveninglong
silent auction and a dynamic live auction conducted by restaurateur
and celebrity auctioneer LeGrande Serras.
Wine & Dine for the Arts begins tonight (Thursday, Jan.
6) with prix-fixe menus and wine available at 14 area restaurants.
The festivities kick off at the Crowne Plaza (State and
Lodge streets, Albany) tomorrow (Friday, Jan 7) with the
first grand tasting from 4 to 8 PM and continue Saturday
(Jan. 8) with another grand tasting from noon to 4 PM and
the gala dinner beginning at 5:30 PM. Admission to each
grand tasting is $50; tickets for the gala dinner are $150
and must be purchased in advance. For more info, or to purchase
tickets, visit albany winefest.com.
all young and smiling. They’re all wearing kilts or skirts.
And they all look like they can kick ass—serious ass.
indefatigable Eighth Step series begins an impressive 43rd
season this weekend, including this performance by the aforementioned
Tartan Terrors. They’re eight (or nine, depending on the
gig) talented Celts, who sing, dance, play traditional Celtic
instruments and will do their best to make you laugh. This
troupe have been praised for their musicianship (specifically,
“blistering piping”), enthusiasm and vigor; one critic wrote
that they’re “guaranteed to bring a lift to your spirit
and a smile to your face.”
The Tartan Terrors will perform Saturday (Jan. 8) at 7:30
PM at the Eighth Step at the GE Theatre at Proctors (432
State St., Schenectady). Tickets are $25. For more info,
or to order tickets, call the box office at 346-6204.