times they have a-changed: Richard D. Schoenbergs
photograph of Bob Dylan.
back, if you will, to the areas rock shows of the late
70s, and your memory will likely place you in the late-great
J.B. Scotts. It seems every big name came through the
place. The Pretenders, the Plasmatics, the Jam, the Band,
Bob Dylan, the Tourists (who went on to become Eurythmics)
and a fella who was known then as John Cougar all came to
the club. And photographer Richard D. Schoenberg, who was
in Albany to attend college, captured all of those acts on
filmchronicled in his recently published book, Seventy-Nine
book is broken up into two years, 79 and 80for
those of you who dont make connections quicklyand
includes a slew of photos taken at J.B. Scotts shows,
with a handful of happenings at the Palace Theatre and the
RPI Field House thrown in. But most of the shots are at J.B.s
since Schoenberg coerced the owner of the place to allow him
free admission in exchange for being their in-house photographer.
(Sounds like a win-win situation.)
I really enjoyed about this project was the fact that I knew
that I was capturing something at the time I was taking these
pictures, Schoenberg says. His photographs of that time
followed him wherever he movedhe wasnt even 21
when he took themand he took care to preserve them.
I knew that it would be interesting someday to look
back and see how many of these people started and where they
went, he says.
music critic Carlo Wolff, a freelancer for Metroland based
in Ohio who experienced many of those shows of yore, helps
explain how those people started and where they went in the
photos accompanying text in Seventy-Nine Eighty.
D. Schoenberg will be back in Albany to sign copies of Seventy-Nine
Eighty and discuss rock & roll photography and all
subjects related. Hell be at the Saratoga Springs Borders
Books & Music (395 Broadway, 583-1200) tonight (Thursday,
Oct. 16); at the Albany Borders (59 Wolf Road, 482-5800) tomorrow
(Friday, Oct. 17); and in a unique venue which fills a similar
niche as J.B. Scotts, Albany club Valentines (17
New Scotland Ave., 432-6572), on Saturday. Each event begins
at 7 PM.
Ready for Our Close-Up
growing desire to attract more film productions to the area
has led to a shared effort between the Chambers of Commerce
in cities around the region, including Albany and Troy, to
start a film commission. With the help of the contacts and
resources of Upstate Independents, a local organization dedicated
to the advancement of filmmaking in the area, the concerned
parties are working to form a film commission that would help
to promote the filming of both mainstream movies and smaller
independent films around the Capital Region.
goal of the film commission is to not only have a fulltime
focused effort to support local filmmakers, but to also be
proactive in drawing production companies from Hollywood and
New York City. The proposed commission would also help to
facilitate a directors needs for production locations,
We want the area to become known as a very user-friendly
place to make films, videos, commercials, TV shows, documentaries,
corporate videos, and all of the other outputs of this industry,
says Thea Snyder, advocate for the formation of a Capital
already exist around the area, the most well-known being the
Saratoga Film Commission, which has brought many productions
into Saratoga, the best-known being Seabiscuit. The
products are different so there would be no competition,
says Linda Toohey, executive vice president of the Saratoga
County Chamber of Commerce.
believe that this can be a positive, cooperative effort between
the many local jurisdictions, says Snyder, to
help build a solid base of creative talent living and working
in this area.
commission will be forming at a time when there is a movement
away from filming in New York City, due to the expense.
the future, this group potentially can have a significant
positive impact on the arts community in addition to the economic
base of the area, supporters argue.
We want this creative industry to help provide cultural
vibrance in balance with technical creativity that is emerging
in Tech Valley, says Snyder.
THERE BE LIGHT: The Albany Institute of History &
Art will celebrate the opening of their new exhibition, The
Art of Tiffany Lamps, tomorrow (Friday, Oct. 17) at 5:30 PM
(125 Washington Ave., Albany). The distinctive and deliriously
decorative Tiffany lamps, it turns out, were introduced in
the 1890s by Louis Comfort Tiffany to supplement his lucrative
stained-glass window business. (This Tiffany was the scion
of the well-known jewelry family.) The exhibit will include
34 table lamps (including the snazzy one pictured), four floor
lamps, five chandeliers and two of the famous windows, all
taken from the collection of the late Egon Neustadt. The opening
is open to the public; tickets are $15 for AIHA members and
$20 for everyone else. For more information, call 463-4478.
HAND-UP: Schenectadys Hamilton Hill Arts Center
recently received approval for five Americorps/VISTA positions
to help build infrastructure. What, you may wonder,
does that mean? Well, that HHACa nonprofit, cultural
arts center that has been doing fine work in the Electric
City for 35 yearswill be getting two grantwriters, a
program development specialist, a marketing specialist and
a business developer, with the aim of turning the Arts
Centers gift shop into a profit-making enterprise.
Hopefully, these future profits will help ease the perennial
fund-raising pressures, and allow HHAC to, eventually, expands
their programs. Folks interested in applying for any of these
positions should call the center at 346-1262, or e-mail them
THE HELL IS A KINKAJOU? A kinkajou (pictured) is a fruit-loving
rainforest mammala yellowish-brown cat-sized critter
thats sometimes called honeybear. (Aww .
. . ) You can peruse the October issue of National Geographic
and see for yourself, courtesy of the efforts of Albanys
Ronald Kays. Kays, the curator of mammals at the New York
State Museum, studied the unusual kinkajou in Panamas
rainforest in the mid-1990s. He climbed into the rainforest
canopy to study the weird little animals, which live
like primates but are related to the raccoon and bear families.
Kays hopes that his findingsand the swell color photos
of the kinkswill help interest people in
these mammals, and value the habitats they live in.
National Geographic isnt sold on newsstands, but everyone
knows someone with a subscription.
FUN IN THE WINTERTIME: Though Groundhog Day is months
away, the folks putting together the second annual Fire &
Ice Festival are getting ready for the post-Groundhog, Feb.
7, 2004 event. Lest you forget, the first annual Fire &
Ice Festival was a smashing success, bringing gangs of people
to Albanys Lark Street (and surrounding environs) to
enjoy music, art, cinema, dance and poetry. Well, the organizers
are looking for artists and performers to supply said music,
art, cinema, dance and poetry. Would-be performers need to
send a sample of their work (CD, video, poems, slides or photos),
contact info, self-addressed envelope, artists statement/bio
and a $25 check (made out to the Fire & Ice Arts Festival)
to: Changing Spaces Gallery, 306 Hudson Ave., Albany, NY 12210.
For even more details, call 433-1537.