Jesus CD-release Party
rock that mildly goes along just to get along can’t very
well be punk rock, now can it? You want your punk rock to
go against the grain, to make—not only an unholy racket—but
bad decisions. You want your punk rock shortsightedly antisocial.
You want your punk rock defiant and independent and bullheaded,
even if it means wiping out completely. Well, how better
to represent that spirit than by the following decision:
Let’s move away from the greater New York metropolitan area,
and head on up to Waterford to start a punk-rock band. Seriously,
what could be more anti-good-sense than that? Such is the
backstory of Plastic Jesus, who are throwing themselves
a CD-release party at Valentine’s on Sunday.
Guitarist-vocalist Frankie Levittown abandoned his home
in the “suburban wasteland” (bonus points if you can guess
the exact town) of Long Island to head upstate; call it
a vision quest. It was in Waterford that he recruited Josh
Welf to add the bass to the songs he’d been working out,
and fellow Long Islander Johnny Riott was soon plunked down
behind the kit to round out the sound. Far removed from
the Stroke-alike competition in the Big Apple, Plastic Jesus
were free to establish their own identity—one that, band
members allude, may have just a little something to do with
the effects of a certain nearby PCB-rich river. Metroland’s
own Bill Ketzer said of the band’s ’50s-infused American
punk, simply, “This stuff deserves to be heard.”
Plastic Jesus will host a CD-release party on Sunday (June
27) at Valentine’s (17 New Scotland Ave., Albany). Also
playing will be the Marvels, Operation Extermination, Stand
Up Citizen and Mike Blank and the SDABS. Tickets for the
7 PM show are $10. For more information, call 432-6572.
2004 Hudson Valley Chamber Music Circle concludes its spring
series at Bard College on Saturday night with a performance
by the venerable Juilliard String Quartet. The quartet currently
are celebrating their 40th anniversary as quartet-in-residence
at the Library of Congress. (They’ve been around for more
than 50 years—not the same members, though.)
The program will feature Schoenberg’s emotive Verklärte
Nacht (Transfigured Night), Mendelssohn’s Octet for
Strings and Mozart’s String Quintet in C-major
with two violas. It’s nice to see Schoenberg and Mendelssohn
side-by-side, as they complement each other well: Schoenberg
sounds hysterical even when trying to be sweet, and Mendelssohn
sounds happy even when trying to be serious. You are no
doubt thinking, “How can a quartet perform a piece for a
quintet—or an octet?” With a little help from cellist Sharon
Robinson and violinists Jaime Laredo, Joan Kwuon and Hiroko
Yajima, of course.
The Juilliard String Quartet will perform Saturday (June
26) at 8 PM at Olin Hall (Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson).
Tickets are $25, $18 seniors and $5 students. For more information,
call (845) 758-7425.
Exhibits at the Tang
you were wondering where the art action is this weekend,
it’s at the Tang in Saratoga Springs. Four summer exhibitions
will open with a gala reception on Saturday.
Jacquette: I Dreamt is the latest in the Tang’s series
of what the museum calls “openers,” in which an exhibition
is designed to introduce “new work and artists” to the region.
Jacquette first made her mark in the mid-1990s with “droll
portraits” of comfort foods and everyday objects (pictured:
A Watched Pot, 1995). Critic Berta Sichel wrote that
these paintings are “tinted with tragedy and humor—ultimately
her own sense of humor, flirting with seduction never satisfied
even when indulged.” Jacquette’s newest works are white-on-white
paintings that “zero in on the trims and trappings of American
weddings.” This exhibit spans her entire career, and continues
through Sept. 4.
Sound artist Steve Roden has created an installation for
the Tang’s series Elevator Music: Investigations in Experimental
Sound. In this case, the term “elevator music” is literal:
The exhibition is in the museum’s elevator. You can take
the ride and savor the sound through Sept. 26.
The other two exhibitions, About Painting (through
Sept. 26) and About Sculpture (through Jan. 2, 2005)
offer, respectively, “a wide ranging survey of painting
today,” and “a selection of new Tang acquisitions and works
on extended loan to the Tang Museum.”
The opening reception for all four exhibitions will be Saturday
(June 26) from 6 to 7:30 PM at the Tang Teaching Museum
and Art Gallery (Skidmore College, 815 N. Broadway, Saratoga
Springs). The event is free. For more information, call