Posts Tagged ‘Albany’

Chattin’ with Ian Lowe from Cap Rep’s “Murder for Two” – A Zany Musical Mystery with Killer Laughs [Berkshire on Stage]

Thursday, July 30th, 2015
Ian Lowe has a solo song, “Protocol Says” in his role as a detective in Murder for Two. Photo by Joan Marcus.

Ian Lowe has a solo song, “Protocol Says,” in his role as a detective in “Murder for Two.” Photo by Joan Marcus

Story by Larry Murray

Everyone can be a witness to the hilarity in Murder for Two, a witty musical murder mystery with a twist. One actor – Ian Lowe – investigates the crime, the other – Kyle Branzel – plays all of the suspects, and they both play the piano! This show is a zany blend of classic musical comedy and madcap mystery, a whodunit that just happens to be loaded with both great music and killer laughs. The show has been running at Albany’s Capital Repertory Theatre since July 10 and continues through Sunday, August 9.

We were able to catch up with the lead detective, Ian Lowe, who is familiar to theater-goers in the region for his appearances at the Adirondack and Dorset Theatre Festivals. He’s played the role before, and after completing the Albany engagement, will be on the road to New Haven’s Long Wharf Theater, New Jersey’s famed George Street Playhouse and Denver Center for the Performing Arts where Murder for Two plays next.

Ian and I chatted about what makes the show such fun. Lowe describes it as “90 minutes of madness,” which conflates the traditions of a good old-fashioned detective story “with the antics of Monty Python and the humor of ‘South Park.’ It requires your attention, but it is also just a lot of fun. Boiled down to its essence, I find it a very creative bit of musical comedy that also manages to be high style art.” That is due to the depth of its sources and references.

Click to read the rest at Berkshire on Stage.


LIVE: The Edgar Winter Band @ Alive at Five, 7/23/15

Wednesday, July 29th, 2015
Edgar Winter

Edgar Winter

Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk, Stanley Johnson

Texas blues-rocker/multi-instrumentalist Edgar Winter brought his current band – guitarist Doug Rappoport, bassist Koko Powell and drummer Jason Carpenter – to town for a free Alive at Five concert last week – exactly 12 years after playing a free concert at the Empire State Plaza…


LIVE: Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes @ Empire State Plaza, 7/4/15

Friday, July 24th, 2015


Photographs by Timothy Reidy

Price Chopper has presented New York State’s annual Fourth of July Celebration at the Empire State Plaza in Albany every year since 1976, but this year there was one big change.

The steps of the NYS Museum are being overhauled this summer, which means that the stage was re-located to the north end of the plaza in front of the State Capitol Building. And because the museum steps have traditionally been utilized as seating for the celebration, it also meant that the crowd was packed into a considerably smaller viewing area than in years past.

But with musical headliners Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes – who had played inside the plaza at The Egg just a few months ago – yes, we were definitely havin’ a party, even before the fireworks filled the sky.


LIVE: Kim Waters @ Empire State Plaza, 7/8/15

Tuesday, July 21st, 2015
Kim Waters

Kim Waters

Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

WHO: Kim Waters
WITH: Alex Bugnon and the Jazzy Four
WHEN: 5pm Wednesday, July 8, 2015
WHERE: The Empire State Plaza, State Street, Albany
UPCOMING: The Black Arts & Cultural Festival at the Empire State Plaza from 12noon-7pm on Saturday, August 1 featuring headliner Will Downing, the Prince of Sophisticated Soul. Admission is free.


LIVE: The Wiyos @ The Egg at the Empire State Plaza, 7/1/15

Tuesday, July 21st, 2015


Photographs by Tim Reidy

Led by Michael Farkas – who can conjure some powerhouse polyrhythms from his frottoir adorned with an array of noise-making devices from hotel desk bells to pots ‘n’ pans – the Wiyos nestled under The Egg on Albany’s Empire State Plaza for a free lunchtime concert earlier this month.

The Made in the Shade of The Egg concert series continues at 12noon on Wednesday (July 22) with a free concert by the up-and-coming San Francisco-based progressive bluegrass band Front Country, direct from their featured appearance at the Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival in Oak Hill.


ArtBeat: “Walter Launt Palmer: Painting the Moment” @ Albany Institute of History & Art [Get Visual]

Tuesday, July 14th, 2015
Wheat and Poppies, 1889-90 pastel on paper

Wheat and Poppies, 1889-90 pastel on paper

Everybody knows the blockbuster show of the summer is Van Gogh at the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown – all the more reason you should check out the work of his Albany contemporary, Walter Launt Palmer, on view at the Albany Institute of History & Art through August 16. Born into an artistic family in 1854 (Vincent was one year older), Palmer started early and enjoyed a long, successful painting career. At first he held to the Victorian mode, but by the 1880s he was a full-on American Impressionist, no doubt influenced by the same movement that brought us the ever astonishing Van Gogh.

This comprehensive exhibition of Palmer’s three significant series fills the big upstairs gallery of the Institute, which owns most of the paintings presented here (a select few are borrowed from private collectors). It begins with early still life and nature sketches, revealing a very skilled hand that would later be put to the particular task of painting lavish interiors. Two of those highly detailed works that he was regularly commissioned to make depict rooms in the house that gave Arbor Hill its name (now known as the Ten Broeck Mansion) and, with their dark, Victorian air, show why Palmer eventually stopped this pursuit – it was ruining his vision.

Click to read the rest at Get Visual.

FREE: Pine Hills Concert Series in Albany Kicks Off Tonight

Monday, July 13th, 2015
The Canjo 10s

The Canjo 10s

The Pine Hills Concert Series is back again this summer, with a seven-concert schedule on the lawn of the Albany Elks Lodge on South Allen Street. All concerts take place at 7pm on Mondays, starting tonight (Monday, July 13) with The Canjo 10s.

Here’s the schedule for the 2015 season of free Pine Hill Concert Series in 2015:


LIVE: David Crosby @ The Egg, 6/30/15

Friday, July 10th, 2015


Review by Greg Haymes
Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

No Stills…
No Nash…
No Young…
Crosby goes it alone.

After a half century of standing on stage shoulder-to-shoulder with some of the most talented musicians of the rock era – both in the Byrds and in Crosby, Stills & Nash (and sometimes Young) – it took a certain amount of courage to take the spotlight all alone with just an acoustic guitar, as David Crosby did at the sold-out The Egg’s Hart Theatre on a recent Tuesday night.

But over the years, Crosby has endured drug and alcohol abuse, Hepatitis C, Type 2 Diabetes, a liver transplant, numerous arrests and a nine-month stint in a Texas state prison. He’s nothing if not a survivor, and he managed just fine by himself at The Egg. And though it seems nearly impossible considering what he’s put his body through, his voice sounds nearly as good as it did 40 or 50 years ago – warm and vital, sometimes keening, always inviting. At 73, he’s still quite capable of hitting the high notes, although his vocals did waver a bit at times.


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