one of the great traditions in country music: The singer-songwriter
who first comes to prominence when other artists perform
their songs. That’s what happened to Joanna Smith when two
of her tunes were recorded by Billy Ray Cyrus on his 2007
album Home at Last. Regular gigging in Nashville,
however, soon landed Smith her own recording deal. And now
here she is, on tour in support of her 2010 release Gettin’
Married, and headlining a “Rising Star Country Series”
show at the GE Theatre at Proctors.
There’s another tradition in country music: The artist who
grows up on a farm. Smith fits that bill, too, as a member
of a farm family that goes back seven generations in Georgia
and now, among other products, sells grass-fed beef to the
Whole Foods chain. So when she sings about being a farm
girl, it isn’t just show biz.
Joanna Smith will perform tonight (Thursday, Jan. 13) at
7:30 PM at the GE Theatre at Proctors (432 State St., Schenectady).
Admission is $17. For more info or to buy tickets, call
Sullivan: A Landscape Artist Remembered
October, the City of Hudson and the greater art world lost
a treasured member of the community with the passing of
landscape painter Bill Sullivan.
An integral part of the New York City artscape in the ’60s,
Sullivan was deeply inspired by the work of Frederic Church.
Sullivan’s fascination with the Hudson River School artist
led him along the same path Church followed painting the
mountains and rivers of South America and, eventually, to
the banks of the Hudson River, where he made his home and
captured the region’s lanscapes with deft vision.
for him was no longer an attempt to capture a slice of life,”
wrote Jamie Manrique, Sullivan’s partner and biographer
in The Autobiography of Bill Sullivan. Instead, it
became a metaphorical attempt to make a spiritual connection,
to find the soul of a place.”
Sullivan’s presence on Warren Street may be gone, but his
work remains—and has earned a place in major collections,
including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the New York
To honor Sullivan’s life and work, the Albany Institute
of History & Art is presenting an exhibition of five
of the artist’s major canvasses from the Institute collection,
including the recently promised (and pictured) View of
Albany From Route 9J—a glimpse, through Sullivan’s eyes,
of the soul of the Hudson Valley.
Sullivan: A Landscape Artist Remembered opens at the
Albany Institute of History & Art (125 State St., Albany)
tomorrow (Friday, Jan. 15) and runs through Feb. 27. For
more info, call 463-4478.
John C. Picardi has ambitious plans. He intends to write
a series of 10 plays chronicling the Italian-American experience
in the 20th century. Yup. One for each decade.
He has two under his belt so far, and the first, The
Sweepers, explores war-torn immigrant life during the
1940s. This is when many Italian-American immigrants found
themselves caught up in a war with their homeland, struggling
to find balance between their cherished traditions, their
desire to adapt in a new culture and the shifting times
of the dawning atomic age.
But Picardi treats the tumultuous decade with a comic touch,
drawn from the lives, laughter, and woes of real people,
and presents a window into a neighborhood—like so many others—learning
New York Times called it “often humorous and eventually
gripping,” when it debuted off-Broadway, and now The
Sweepers is getting the Latham treatment as part of
Curtain Call Theatre’s 11th season.
Sweepers opens at Curtain Call Theatre (210 Old Loudon
Road, Latham) tomorrow (Friday, Jan. 15) at 8 PM and runs
through Feb. 12. All tickets are $20. For more info, or
to purchase tickets, call 877-7529.