York City Ballet
almost lost them. On the other hand, we haven’t actually
saved them yet, either. The New York City Ballet will return
in 2005, but their continued residency at Saratoga Performing
Arts Center beyond next year depends on fund-raising and—more
importantly—attendance this season. So, if you want to save
the ballet, going to the first or second performance on
Tuesday or Wednesday would be an excellent place to start.
This summer’s NYCB season is dedicated to company founders
Lincoln Kirstein and George Balanchine, as part of the company’s
yearlong event, Balanchine 100: The Centennial Celebration.
We could go on about the grace, athleticism and general
excellence of the company, or the equal stature of the ballet’s
orchestra, but will refrain. Instead, we’ll simply suggest
that you see them for yourself.
The New York City Ballet at the Saratoga Performing
Arts Center (Saratoga Springs) begins Tuesday (July 6) at
8:15 PM with a Russian Tribute featuring Circus Polka,
Stravinsky’s Violin Concerto, Apollo and Cortège
Hongrois. NYCB master-in-chief Peter Martins will speak
on the Balanchine centennial in a pre-performance talk in
the Hall of Springs at 7 PM. Attendance is limited to 80,
and the $5 tickets are available only to ticketholders for
that evening’s performance. The next night (Wednesday, July
7) at 8:15 PM there will be an all-Balanchine program featuring
Mozartiana, Agon and Tchaikovsky’s Suite
No. 3. Tickets are $57.50 to $15. For more information,
former members of Girltoucher, Murphy’s Law and Nada Surf,
New York City’s Tiger Mountain have almost as many “feeder”
bands as the press say they have influences: From classics
of the British Invasion (the Rolling Stones, the Kinks,
the Who), to groovy, good-time American acts (Steve Miller
Band), to trashy garage gurus (the Flamin’ Groovies) to
self-destructive flameout faves (the New York Dolls, the
Replacements), from the gritty revolution of MC5 to the
chilly melodicsim of the Cars, from Mark Arm to Richard
Butler—you name it, Tiger Mountain are said to have it.
(In fact, the one reference we most expected based on the
band’s moniker—Brian Eno—may be the only act of the last
half-century not namedropped by adoring critics.)
Disorienting as that critical stew may be, you’ve still
got to be heartened by the near-unanimity of the critics
on Tiger Mountain’s live chops. If two critics—one who digs
Steve Miller and one who digs Mudhoney—can both agree that
Tiger Mountain held their own with stagemates such as Cobra
Verde, J Mascis and Dave Davies, something good has got
to be going on.
Tiger Mountain will play Valentine’s (17 New Scotland Ave.,
Albany) on Friday (July 2). Also on the bill are Jackinany
and Chris Blackwell. Tickets for the 9 PM show are $5. For
more information, call 432-6572.
on the Roof
of the best deals in (more or less) free musical theater
returns for another summer this Tuesday, with the opening
of Fiddler on the Roof at the Park Playhouse in Albany’s
Washington Park. The beloved ’60s musical, based on the
stories of Sholom Aleichem, is about . . . aw, heck, you
know what it’s about. Jewish village life in old Russia.
A people enduring. Tradition. A man trying to marry off
his daughters. His daughters trying to marry men they actually
want. And, of course, a lot of singing: “If I were a rich
man/Doobie-doobie-doobie-doobie . . .”
Take the whole family—even the young ones. They’ll love
it: A coworker’s 3-year-old daughter spent the better part
of what seemed like (to him) forever, watching a tape of
the movie version of Fiddler over and over.
on the Roof opens Tuesday (July 6) at 8 PM at the Washington
Park Lakehouse (Albany). Admission is free, though they’ll
hit you up—reasonably—for donations. You can also pay $16
to $12 for the better seats. The production continues through
Aug. 15. For more information, call 434-2035.