Charles Busch Returns to Bridge Street Theatre in “My Kinda ’60s” [Berkshire on Stage]

February 20th, 2018, 4:00 pm by Greg

“Whether singing or dishing about his life or celebrities he has known, Charles Busch is always the epitome of entertainment and class.” – Cabaret Scenes

He’s back! Tony nominee, Drama Desk Lifetime Achievement honoree and two-time MAC Award winner Charles Busch returns to Catskill’s intimate Bridge Street Theatre at 4pm on Saturday (February 24) for a special, one-time-only benefit performance of his most personal cabaret show ever: “My Kinda ’60s.”

This thrilling new show, which premiered last September at Feinstein’s/54 Below in Manhattan and recently received a 2017 Broadway World Cabaret Award as “Best Show – Celebrity Male,” whisks audiences back to the Manhattan of the tumultuous 1960s. Busch weaves personal anecdotes of a childhood and adolescence spent coming of age under the guidance of his indomitable Aunt Lillian with songs from the decade by such artists as Burt Bacharach, Jimmy Webb, The Beatles, Henry Mancini, Bob Dylan, Stephen Sondheim and Kander & Ebb.

Appearing with Busch in this unique, hilarious and poignant evening of music and storytelling will be his long-time musical director/arranger Tom Judson.

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SEEN/HEARD: Playlist, 2/12-18/18

February 20th, 2018, 3:00 pm by Greg

Here’s what we’ve been watching/listening to during the past week:

“A Serpent’s Egg” (1977)
“Last Rampage” (2017)
“Lifeboat” (1944)
“The Birds” (1963)
“Radius” (2017)
“Blade Runner 2049” (2017)

Balanescu Quartet: Michael Nyman: String Quartets 1-3 (Argo, 1991)
Michael Nyman: Noises, Sounds and Sweet Airs (Argo, 1995)
Michael Nyman: Original Soundtrack of “The Cook, the Thief, the Wife, the Lover” (Venture, 1989)
James Carter: Music of Roberto Sierra: Concerto for Saxophones and Orchestra (Subito Music, 2002)
Various artists: Mardi Gras in New Orleans (Mardi Gras, 1977)
St. Vincent: Strange Mercy (4AD, 2011)
Michael Nyman: Taking a Line for a Second Walk (Work Music, 1994)
Kathryn Stott & the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra: Michael Nyman: The Piano Concerto (Argo, 1994)
Michael Nyman: Film Music, 1980-2001 (Virgin, 2001)
OutKast: Idlewild (LaFace, 2006)
Gregory Porter: Take Me to the Alley (Blue Note, 2016)
David Crowder Band: All This for a King: The Essential Collection (sixsteprecords, 2013)
Dave Edmunds: From Small Things: The Best of Dave Edmunds (Columbia/Legacy, 2004)
Baltimore Chamber Orchestra: Jonathan Leshnoff: Violin Concerto (Naxos, 2009)
Jin Hi Kim: Living Tones (OO Discs, 1995)
Janos Starker: Starker Plays Kodaly (Delos, 1987)
Tbiltsi Symphony Orchestra: Giya Kancheli: Symphonies No. 6 & 7 (Sony Classical, 1994)
Orlando Jacinto Garcia: La Belleza del Silencio (OO Discs, 1991)
Eiji Oue & the Minnesota Orchestra: Aaron Jay Kernis: Colored Field (Virgin Classics, 2001)
Jay Z: The Black Album (Roc-A-Fella, 2003)
Brian Eno: Lux (Opal, 2012)
Elton John: Honky Chateau (Rocket, 1995)

ALREADY SOLD OUT: Indigo Girls at Skidmore

February 20th, 2018, 2:00 pm by Greg

Indigo Girls are slated to play a concert at Skidmore College’s Zankel Music Center in Saratoga Springs at 8pm on Saturday, May 12, but if you don’t already have a ticket you’re likely out of luck. Tickets went on sale this morning and sold out in seven minutes…

LIVE: “Celebrating David Bowie” @ The Egg, 2/13/18

February 20th, 2018, 12:00 pm by Greg

Review and photographs by Martin Benjamin
Additional photograph by Glenn Kaplowitz

It is a vivid memory for me. I went over to Homer and Wendy’s basement apartment on Lancaster Street below Washington Park, and Homer told me “You have to sit in that rocking chair, and you have to listen to this.” He had just purchased a new album, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars by David Bowie. He dropped the needle and cranked up his impressive stereo and side one started playing. It was a jaw-dropping and what the hell is this experience, and exhilarating at the same time as somewhat frightening to me. Side two did not let up and I left that basement apartment a bit dazed and somewhat confused.

“Celebrating David Bowie” is a tour of musicians, the core of whom played on many of Bowie’s most important albums, along with some special guests singing and playing selections from his extensive catalogue of time-honored songs. For me, tops in the vocals department were Corey Glover [(f Living Colour) and percussionist Gaby Moreno, who came forward to sing five songs during the night. Joe Sumner, Sting’s son, also had a huge part in the show, as well as vocalist Bernard Fowler. Longtime Bowie associates and band mates Mike Garson (front man and keyboards), Earl Slick (guitar), Gerry Leonard (guitar), Carmine Rojas (bass) were the core and that drove the music and made the performance a bona fide “Bowie experience.” Earl Slick’s son was the drummer.

The first song at The Egg’s Hart Theatre to bring the sold-out crowd to their feet was “Young Americans,” and plenty of joy and reverence was on display through performances of “Rebel Rebel,” “Fame,” “Changes,” “Sapce Oddity,” “Ziggy Stardust,” “Suffragette City” and “Life on Mars.” “Five Years” was forcefully and poignantly performed by Gaby Moreno, presenting the reality that Bowie had considered whether life on Earth was sustainable back before the June 1972 release of the album.

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William Shatner Heads to Proctors

February 20th, 2018, 10:40 am by Greg

Space: the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. Its five-year mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go … to Proctors in Schenectady?

That’s right, Captain James T. Kirk – I mean, William Shatner – will be beaming into Proctors in person at 7:30pm on Wednesday, April 4 for a live conversation and Q&A session, following a screening of the classic movie, “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.”

Priced from $35.50–$150, tickets will go on sale to the general public at 10am on Friday (February 23).

Keith Urban @ SPAC: Ticket Info

February 20th, 2018, 10:00 am by Greg

Last month Live Nation announced that country star Keith Urban would be stepping into the spotlight at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center on Wednesday, June 27, with Kelsea Ballerini opening the show at 7pm.

Now the ticket info for the show has been revealed…

Priced at $67.25 & $96.50 for reserved amphitheater seats and $32.50 for lawn general admission, tickets will go on sale to the general public at 10am on Friday (February 23.

JANUARY 20: The Daily Flashback

February 20th, 2018, 9:00 am by Greg

1816: Gioachino Rossini’s opera “The Barber of Seville” premiered in Rome. The audience hissed and jeered throughout the performance.
1949: Rick Nelson joins the cast of his parents’ radio show, “The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet.”
1974: Cher files for divorce from Sonny.
1982: Pat Benatar marries her guitarist Neil Giraldo.
2003: At a Great White concert at The Station Nightclub in West Warwick, Rhode Island, a fire erupts when pyrotechnics ignite the soundproof insulation at back of the stage, and spreads to the ceiling. In the ensuing chaos, fans rush toward the main entrance. Of the 462 concert-goers, 100 are killed and 230 are injured from smoke inhalation, burns or being trampled in crowd.
2009: The White Stripes play “We’re Going to Be Friends” on the final episode of “Late Night with Conan O’Brien.” It ends up being their last performance together.

1941: Buffy Sainte-Marie
1946: J. Geils
1950: Walter Becker
1951: Randy California
1967: Kurt Cobain

1961: Percy Grainger

2/20/18: Today’s Top Tips: Tuesday

February 20th, 2018, 7:00 am by Greg

MUSIC: Marc Cohn @ the College of St. Rose’s Massry Center for the Arts, Albany. Best known for his hit “Walking in Memphis,” the Grammy Award winning singer-songwriter plays a concert postponed from its original date in October. 8pm. $35.

THEATER: “Les Miserables” @ Proctors, Schenectady. It’s opening night! Tony Award-winning musical phenomenon tells an enthralling story of broken dreams and unrequited love, passion, sacrifice and redemption – a timeless testament to the survival of the human spirit. 7:30pm. Through Sunday.

THEATER/FUNDRAISER: “The Vagina Monologues” @ Cafe 217, Albany. Last chance!Amanda Brinke directs Eve Ensler’s award-winning play as a benefit for Upper Hudson Planned Parenthood. 6:30pm. $35, includes three course dinner. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC: Q103’s Rock and Roll up Your Sleeve Blood Drive @ Jupiter Hall, Guilderland. Live music by Bad Mothers, Frank Palangi, Margo Macero, Moriah & Gabe Formica . 12noon.

TALK/MUSIC: Rochmon Record Club @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. Chuck Vosganian’s monthly live audio and video presentation offers an in-depth examination of “Layla & Other Assorted Love Songs” by Derek & the Dominoes. 7pm. $5.

DISCUSSION: Photography Panel Discussion with Daniel Goodwin @ UAlbany’s University Art Museum, Albany. Associate Professor Daniel Goodwin moderates a panel discussion about photography with Melinda McDaniel, Justin Baker, Owen Barensfeld and Judah Shepherd. 4:30pm.

OPEN MIC: Open Mic with Cameron & Ryder @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. 6pm sign-up; 7pm show. FREE.

PERFORMANCE: Nitty Gritty Poetry Slam @ the Low Beat, Albany. Open mic and poetry slam. 7pm.

GO HERE for info regarding art gallery and museum exhibits…

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