Angelique Kidjo during a performance at Troy Savings Bank Music Hall in 2010 (photo by Andrzej Pilarczyk)
Yeah, it’s not even December yet, but already the folks at Tanglewood are looking ahead to next September, when the 2011 Tanglewood Jazz Festival closes out the summer season at the Lenox concert venue on the Labor Day weekend.
Winterpills might think of this six-song EP as “a palette cleanser,” as they declare in their press release, but “Tuxedo of Ashes” is certainly no throw-away, stop-gap measure.
It’s a homegrown, hand-hewn batch of quiet but dramatic songs full of heart-tugging melancholy. It all begins with the lilting folk hymn of “Are You Sleeping (Cinnamon, Cardamom, Lithium)?,” dedicated to the gone-too-talents of Vic Chesnutt, Mark Linkous, Alex Chilton and Andy Hummell. The vocal harmonies of Philip Price and Flora Reed swirl amid the guitars, mellotron and cymbal swells, creating a gentle, but decidedly psychedelic sound.
No, not art movies.
Not art house movies.
These are movies about art…
“(Untitled)” (2009): Director, co-writer Jonathan Parker’s wry satire not only skewers the contemporary art scene, but also takes a pointed poke at the world of contemporary new music. Two brothers – avant garde composer (Adam Goldberg) and commercially successful painter (Eion Bailey), who each wish for what the other has – vie for the affections of a downtown gallery owner (Marley Shelton). Goldberg has never been more deliciously deadpan. BONUS: David Cale and Dean Wareham (of Dean & Britta, Galaxy 500, Luna) in cameos as pompous music critics; a performance by So Percussion; music by Bang On a Can’s David Lang.
“Georgia O’Keefe” (2009): Director Bob Balaban’s made-for-TV film (Lifetime network) is a fairly standard bio-pic that focuses primarily on the relationship between O’Keefe and Alfred Stieglitz, rather than on O’Keefe’s life and/or art. Excellent performances by Joan Allen (O’Keefe) and Jeremy Irons (Stieglitz), however.
“Boogie Woogie” (2009): A scathing satire of the contemporary London gallery scene written and produced by art-world insider Danny Moynihan with first-time director Duncan Ward at the helm. A top-flight cast – Jaime Winstone, Danny Huston, Heather Graham, Gillian Anderson, Stellan Skarsgard, Christopher Lee, Alan Cumming and Charlotte Rampling – delivers a devastating, behind-the-scenes peek into non-stop bed-hopping and back-stabbing of dealers, collectors, scenesters. So thoroughly nasty that you’ll probably need to take a shower after watching this one. BONUS: Want more real-world credibility? Damien Hirst is credited as “art curator” for the film.
“The first record that I ever bought might be… Well, let me see. Of course, I have an older brother, and he had albums by Yes and Genesis and stuff like that.
I bought a couple of Michael Jackson 45s when I was in the fifth grade or something like that, but the first full-length album that I personally bought was ‘Van Halen I.’ I think that was it.”
Drummer Vinnie Amico and the rest of his bandmates in moe. take the stage at the Washington Avenue Armory in Albany at 8pm on Saturday in support of their new, 20th anniversary compilation disc, “Smash Hits, Vol. I.” Tix are $27.
NAME: Val Haynes
INSTRUMENT: voice, grade Z guitar player
1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … The Supremes’ “Back in My Arms Again.” I played it till the grooves wore out, but I listened to every record my mom owned: Teresa Brewer, Adam Faith, Mahalia Jackson (big fan) along with whatever was playing on Top 40. At my granddad’s house I learned about country and stood in front of the record player singing Skeeter Davis’ “The End of the World” over and over and over and over….
2. THE FIRST CONCERT THAT I EVER SAW WAS … The original Supremes at the Colonie Summer Theatre. I was 12. My mom drove me there and picked me up. I even waited outside the tour bus and got Diana Ross to sign my ticket stub, now long gone.
Fans the symphony are quite accustomed to soaking up the sounds of the Philadelphia Orchestra during August when the Saratoga Performing Arts Center is the orchestra’s summer home.
Now those same fans will be able to keep up with the Philly Orch during the winter months as well, thanks to the series of satellite broadcasts of their performances that will be beamed into Proctors in Schenectady.
The five concert series of performances will be screened in HD in Proctors’ GE Theatre, beginning at 2pm on Monday, December 13. Admission to each concert broadcast at Proctors is $18; seniors and students $16.
COMEDY: Tim & Eric @ Northern Lights, Clifton Park. Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim land in CP with the “Tim and Eric Awesome Tour, Great Job! Chrimbus Spectacular 2010,” a live variety show featuring videos and clips from Tim and Eric’s upcoming one-hour holiday special, a performance from their band Pusswhip Banggang and an opening set from comedian Neil Hamburger. 8pm. $20 in advance; $22 at the door.
FILM: “Get Low” @ Crandall Public Library, Glens Falls. Part folk tale, fable and real-life legend about the mysterious, 1930s Tennessee hermit who famously threw his own rollicking funeral party… while he was still alive. Starring Robert Duvall, Bill Murray, Sissy Spacek. 6:30pm. FREE.