Last week, I wrote a short item for The Times Union’s Preview cover story that featured wishes and resolutions for 2011 by various members of the Nippertown arts community.
Here’s what I originally wrote:
For 2011, we wish that the Capital Region would rise up in a groundswell of support for the multitude of marvelous local arts organizations that are struggling or have lost their governmental funding – from Music Mobile to Capital Repertory Theatre to The Egg and waaaaay beyond.
And here’s my dream-plan on how to make it all happen… I wish that everyone in the Capital Region would attend an event at just one arts venue that they’ve never visited before. It’s always amazed me when people who have lived in the Capital Region for 10 or 15 years admit that they’ve never been to Caffe Lena, MASS MoCA, the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Glimmerglass Opera, Albany Center Gallery or Jacob’s Pillow.
So please try it. Just go to one arts venue that’s new to you. Just see one event there. Maybe it will open a door…
And if we haven’t used up all of wishes yet, here are a few more. In 2011, we wish that we would see:
…more live music venues opening than closing.
…a local concert by Veda Hille, Stan Ridgeway, Antony & the Johnsons, Sheila Chandra, Prince, Ry Cooder, Hem, Leonard Cohen or Jackie Leven. Just one of ’em. Are we asking too much?
…the re-release of Sean Rowe’s album “Magic” on Anti- Records be met with much success.
…more performances from Lonesome Val, who made a stunning and long overdue return to the spotlight last month at The Linda.
…Keith Jarrett at Freihofer’s Jazz Festival at SPAC. (We can dream, can’t we?)
…more co-operation and co-ordinated planning between arts groups (Why were the two biggest pop a cappella concerts of 2010 on the same night – Straight No Chaser at the Palace Theatre and Sonos at The Linda?)
What’s on your wish list for 2011?