if Queensr˙che were to perform something called “Operation:
Nütcracker” and you’re in the ballpark of what the Trans-Siberian
Orchestra might have to offer. Since 1996, Paul O’Neill,
Robert Kinkel and ex-Savatage vocalist (we just had to mention
that) Jon Oliva have been slicing, dicing and mostly shredding
traditional holiday music to create their unique spin on
the seasonal standards. By pairing heavy-metal guitars and
drums with full orchestration, the TSO have sold millions
of albums and become something of a seasonal standard in
their own right. It’s definitely not your mother’s Christmas
music, but it might appeal to your mullet-haired, Camaro-driving
The Trans-Siberian Orchestra will bring some holiday cheer—along
with smoke machines and firepots, we expect—to the Pepsi
Arena tonight (Thursday, Dec. 23). Tickets for the 7:30
PM performance range from $30 to $50. For more information,
contact the box office at 487-2000.
time for the grand reopening of the Junior Museum at its
new location in the Rensselaer Technology Park. After a
four-month-long hiatus, the museum is ready to go and will
be hosting a special Sneak Peek Week. The main features
of the old location will be up and running, including the
Lally Planetarium, GE Animal Nursery and Hudson River Interpretive
Exhibit. As before, the layout is designed to emphasize
the hands-on nature of the museum.
Sneak Peak Week at the Junior Museum (250 Jordan Road, Rensselaer)
begins Monday (Dec. 27) and continues through Jan. 2 (closed
Jan. 1). For more information, call 235-2120, or visit www.juniormuseum.org.
Joe: America’s First Action Hero
remember running home from school to catch G.I. Joe
(the cartoon) every afternoon from, like, 1984 to sometime
around last summer, but as it turns out, our man Joe actually
celebrated his 40th anniversary in 2004. Oh, how time flies.
G.I. Joe (the action figure) has gone through many stages
and faces—from foot-tall U.S-military-themed dolls (people
lost interest around the same time as that whole flower-power
thing was kicking into high gear) to the code-named special-forces
types that inspired the cartoon series (the “Real American
Hero” team we’ve come to know and love). Several hundred
figures and accessories from various stages of Joe’s development
are now on display at the New York State Military Museum.
We’re not sure if Cobra will be on hand, but we’re certain
that if they are, Joe will be there to foil their dastardly
plot. Yo Joe!
Joe: America’s First Action Hero will be on display
at the New York State Military Museum (61 Lake Ave., Saratoga
Springs) through March 2005. For hours, or for more information
on the exhibit, contact the museum at 581-5100. Now you
know, and knowing is half the battle.