you’ve been in Albany for any length of time, you’ve likely
encountered Tom Nattell. He’s been an important part of
the local arts-and-social justice scene for decades. A poet,
columnist (in this paper) and activist, Nattell hosted Rock
Against Reaganomics concerts in Washington Park—back when
fun stuff like that was allowed in Washington Park—in the
1980s, and Readings Against the End of the World in the
’80s and ’90s. He ran a monthly open mic for poets at QE2,
started Poets Action Against AIDS and runs the Poets in
the Park series every summer at the Robert Burns statue
in Washington Park. He traveled the country in the poets’
trio 3 Guys >From Albany. He’s the man.
If you haven’t heard Tom read his poems in a while, or,
if you’re a newcomer and haven’t heard him yet, tonight’s
the night. Nattell will be the top-billed poet at tonight’s
event at the Lark Street Bookshop. Stop by and say hello.
The Poetry Motel Foundation will present Tom Nattell as
featured poet tonight (Thursday, Dec. 16) at 7:30 PM at
the Lark Street Bookshop (215 Lark St., Albany). The sign-up
for the poet’s open mic portion of the evening starts at
7 PM. Suggested donation is $3. For more information, call
do you get when you mix a legendary indie-rock guitar-hero,
a renowned electric flautist, a Kamikaze Heart, an idiosyncratic
mad- scientist type, and a drummer who has played with more
local bands than you can count on both hands? We’re not
sure either, but we’ll all find out together this weekend
when the band known as Corcraft make their debut. Word has
it the collective was born of some free-form open-mic jamming
between ex-Mercury Rev flautist (and current Trojan) Suzanne
Thorpe, Troy Pohl (on lap-steel guitar), and Jason Martin
(on something he calls “reel-to-reel tape-deck bass”). Thorpe
later called in old friend (and Dinosaur Jr. brain) J Mascis
to bring his guitar wizardry to the mix, Al Kash was recruited
on traps, and the lineup was complete. Expect the unexpected
(or, take the proper drugs): Corcraft’s performances are
Corcraft will perform at King’s Tavern (241 Union Ave.,
Saratoga Springs) tomorrow (Friday, Dec. 17), with special
guest S.T.A.C. Tickets for the 9 PM performance are $8.
For more information, call the club at 581-7090.
Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker
many performances of The Nutcracker that occur with
the coming of the season are inevitable. A whole lot of
groups perform the holiday classic, and while we expect
that audiences’ hearts will be warmed no matter what show
they attend, we wanted to let you know about the Palace
Theatre’s production this year: As a special treat, the
Moscow Ballet will be in town to give two performances of
The Nutcracker on Saturday.
The Moscow Ballet, easily one of the best companies in the
world, is made up of 50 dancers aged 19 to 30, all graduates
from the Moscow Choreographic Institute and the Vaganova
Institute. More than a dozen have even won international
competitions, including laureates of the IBCs of Paris,
Moscow, Luzerne, and Osaka, among others.
The Moscow Ballet will perform the Great Russian Nutcracker
at the Palace Theatre (19 Clinton Ave., Albany) on Saturday,
Dec. 18, at 2 and 7:30 PM. Tickets for this event are $47,
$32 and $22. For more information, call the theater at 465-3334.