Fever Comedy Tour
order for our population to survive the serious code-salmon
cabin-fever outbreak of recent weeks, area inhabitants should
immediately commence self-medication. Aside from begging
your doc for stronger meds (which isn’t always effective),
we’ve found that laughter—anything from a giggle to a piss-your-pants
guffaw—is a viable remedy. Comedian Gregor Wynnyczuk has
stepped up to the civic-duty plate, and has set up a few
temporary-relief tents around town. With a little help from
his friends, Wynnyczuk is infusing the weary with laughter.
There is still a chance we might pull through.
A six-year veteran of the stand-up circuit, Wynnyczuk and
fellow comedian Greg Aidala have assembled a group of comics
for a mini-nightclub tour, the Cabin Fever Comedy Tour—which
had a three-night stint at the Larkin last week and is coming
to Justin’s on Saturday. The two are carving out a somewhat
unique path for an art form that is usually found amid the
walls of a comedy club. It’s a refreshing change for Wynnyczuk,
who often finds that comedy-club crowds don’t get his humor.
a comedy-club audience doesn’t like what I’m doing, I’ll
be like ‘Listen, give me five more minutes of doing this,
then we’ll do as many dick jokes as you want,’ ” he says.
“Comedy-club audiences come in with certain expectations.”
So what to do with his current-event laced monologue? That’s
where the slightly more sophisticated, slightly more urban
crowd comes in handy.
can trust the crowd a little bit more,” the comic says of
a nightclub show.
you can assume that they’re going to be with you a little
more, maybe politically. And you can experiment.
did a big rant about the state of affairs in America, where
we’re on the verge of going to war but all we can do is
watch the Michael Jackson special,” recalls Wynnyczuk. “It
wasn’t six jokes a minute, but the audience was really into
it, and at the end they were super appreciative. But it
wasn’t full of punchlines. It was full of honesty—and people
thought it was good.”
It’s Wynnyczuk’s hope that more venues for alternative comedy
will crop up, as the art of stand-up seems to making a resurgence.
“It’s sometimes a matter of convincing the someone at Justin’s
or the Larkin to let you get some stage time to put a show
together.” As it stands, he’s scheduling a series of Sunday
shows at the Larkin beginning April 20 called the Comedy
Lab, which will incorporate a rotating cast of comics, “with
the emphasis being on trying new and different material
that you couldn’t necessarily do at a comedy club,” he says.
The Cabin Fever Comedy Tour’s finale will take place Saturday
(March 8) at Justin’s (301 Lark St., Albany), and includes
performances by Aidala, Mik Bilaz, Holly Chiesa and Aaron
Ward. The show starts at 11 PM; tickets are $5. Call the
club, 436-7008, for information about the show. Call Wynnyczuk,
209-3001, for information about the Comedy Lab.
and Choosers: Motherhood Is Not a Class Privilege in America
before Valentine’s Day, the Republican-controlled House
of Representatives passed a welfare-reform bill increasing
work requirements for single mothers on welfare, while limiting
the amount of time these women can spend in classes or job-training
programs. While it includes only a slight increase in child-care
subsidies, there is $1.5 billion in the legislation for
five years’ worth of programs promoting marriage and sexual
abstinence. Not exactly a bouquet of roses from Cupid.
In fact, it seems more than a little like class warfare.
How timely, then, that a photographic exhibit challenging
the preconceptions behind this kind of punitive public policy
is coming to the area. Beggars and Choosers: Motherhood
Is Not a Class Privilege in America will open tomorrow (Friday)
at Skidmore College’s Schick Art Gallery.
Curators Rickie Solinger and Kay Obering object to the idea
that only women with “proper resources” are fit for motherhood.
They have selected more than 60 photographs by 43 photographers
documenting the love and dignity of mothers denied their
proper status, they argue, “by public opinion, public policy
and the media.” They aim “to present a photography exhibition
that challenges prevailing ideas that motherhood in America
should be a class privilege.”
Beggars and Choosers: Motherhood Is Not a Class Privilege
in America will be presented at the Schick Art Gallery of
Skidmore College (815 N. Broadway, Saratoga Springs) beginning
tomorrow (Friday, March 7), and running through April 6.
Gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 9 AM to 5 PM,
and weekends from 1 to 4:30 PM. A reception and lecture—Nine
Ways of Looking at a Poor Woman—featuring cocurator Ricki
Solinger will be held on March 27 at 6:30 PM. The exhibition,
lecture and reception are free and open to the public. For
more information, call 580-5049.
celebration of old Albany, 13 members of the Albany Symphony
Orchestra, led by maestro David Alan Miller, will perform
three world-premiere compositions inspired by three architectural
landmarks—at each of the landmarks, no less—on Saturday
as part of the Capital Heritage Commissions.
James Matheson’s Collonnade will start the program
at the New York State Education Building (89 Washington
Ave., Albany). The building’s 36 giant pillars are the inspiration
for this 17-minute composition. Matheson was awarded the
2000 Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship and has also received
awards from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and
the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers.
The ASO is also scheduled to premiere a large-scale orchestral
composition by Matheson in April of next year.
The tour will then move on to Albany’s Wilborn Temple (121
Jay St.), where the orchestra will perform a piece by Allen
Shawn. The late-19th-century building served as the Temple
Beth-Emeth prior to becoming a Pentecostal church in the
1960s. Shawn has received the Goddard Lieberson Fellowship
from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
Concluding the tour will be Daron Hagen’s composition in
the Lansing Gallery of the Albany Institute of History and
Art (125 Washington Ave.). Hagen’s three-part Chamber
Symphony was inspired by artwork from the institute’s
permanent collection. Hagen also has received awards from
the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the American
Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, and has been
the recipient of the Barlow Foundation grant and prize.
The tour begins at noon on Saturday (March 8) at the New
York State Education building. Dr. Warren Roberts, a professor
at the University at Albany, will hold a discussion of the
landmarks before each premiere. Tickets are $12 per show
and discussion; $75 for all three shows, including discussions
and dinner at Albany’s University Club. For tickets and
further information, call 465-4755.