you’re wondering what you can do to help less-fortunate
families put food on the table this holiday season, and
if you like checking out the local music scene, and if you
don’t yet have any plans for tomorrow (Friday) evening,
then let us make a plan for you: Head on over to Valentine’s
for Metroland’s annual local-music showcase to benefit
the Food Pantries for the Capital District.
Music will be provided continuously, rotating between the
downstairs and upstairs stages, by eight local acts—Kitty
Little, the Erotics, Bryan Thomas (pictured), Jump Cannon,
Mabel, Bible Study, North Allen, and the Highsocks—along
with Boston punk-pop outfit Scamper.
Feedback 2002 will take place tomorrow (Friday, Nov. 15)
at Valentine’s, 17 New Scotland Ave., Albany. Admission
is $5, or $3 with a nonperishable food item. Proceeds and
food items to benefit the Food Pantries for the Capital
District. For more information, call 432-6572.
City National Touring Company
City, one of the oldest comedy ensembles around, returns
for its ninth visit to the Egg tomorrow (Friday) night.
With minimal props and costumes, the troupe will spice up
an empty stage with topical comedy sketches and original
The Chicago-based comedy group was founded in 1959 and has
since helped spawn the careers of countless famous funny
people, like John Belushi, Mike Myers, Chris Farley, Julia
Louis-Dreyfus and many more. The roots of the group can
be traced back to a small group of students in the University
of Chicago theater department in the early ’50s who formed
the Playwrights’ Theatre Club. Even though the group accumulated
25 production credits, the club closed in ’54. Members of
the original group came back together to form what would
become Second City.
Today, Second City is more than just an improv group playing
Chicago nightclubs. North America is dotted with Second
City branches, with training centers and theaters everywhere
from Toronto to Los Angeles. Training centers are essentially
like comedy colleges, complete with full faculty, comedy
classes and performance schedules.
For more than 30 years, Second City has taken its act on
the road, performing at colleges, clubs, theaters, festivals,
etc. Today, there are numerous branches of the touring company
itself. Almost all Second City actors (including comic greats
like Bill Murray and Bonnie Hunt) got their start in the
Second City National Touring Company will appear for a night
of comedy and improv at the Egg (Empire State Plaza, Albany)
tomorrow (Nov. 15) at 8 PM. Tickets are $24 can be purchased
at the Egg Box Office and at all Ticketmaster locations.
For more information or to reserve tickets, call the Egg
Hemingway and Madagascar
Pérez is one of Cuba’s preeminent filmmakers, and the New
York State Writers’ Institute will turn the spotlight on
his work tonight (Thursday) and tomorrow (Friday) by presenting
two of his films. The original intention was to also turn
the spotlight on Pérez himself, but the U.S. State Department
decided, in its curious and mysterious wisdom, not to provide
the director with a visa—apparently, preventing the great
Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami from attending the New
York Film Festival last September merely whet the government’s
appetite for excluding world-class artists on the basis
of politics. While there’s no substitute for having an artist
discuss his or her work, the Writers’ Institute has truly
come through with the next best thing: Ann Marie Stock,
Dean of the International Studies Program at the College
of William and Mary, will give a presentation on Cuban cinema
tonight before the film Hello Hemingway, and will
answer questions following tomorrow night’s screening of
Hemingway mixes politics and romance in a story of two
young students who fall in love while reading Hemingway’s
The Old Man and the Sea. This 1991 film won the best
foreign-language film at the Spanish Academy Awards. The
1994 film Madagascar traverses the emotional and
generational divide between a mother and daughter in contemporary
Havana, and won awards at the Berlin and Sundance film festivals.
Hemingway will be presented tonight (Thursday, Nov.
14) at 7 PM, and Madagascar will be shown tomorrow
(Friday, Nov. 15) at 7 PM. Both screenings will be in Page
Hall (135 Western Ave., Albany), and are free and open to
the public. Call 442-5620 for more information.