Curtain Call Theatre in Latham is presenting the Capital Region premiere of “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” by Christopher Durang, directed by Chris Foster. Broadway’s smash-hit and winner of the 2013 Tony Award for Best Play is a wacky comedy with a nod to Chekhov that will leave you rolling in the aisles.
Vanya and Sonia have lived at home while Masha has traveled the world and become a famous movie star. When Masha returns with her boy toy Spike, an unforgettable weekend of farce ensues. This lovable bunch won’t ever be the same…
The cast includes Kris Anderson, occasional Nippertown contributor Roseann Cane, All Over Albany’s Mary Darcy, Ryan Davis, Cori Irwin and Christina Reeves.
Jam band Rudeke formed in the spring of 2008 when drummer Andy Maroney and bassist Rob Booker teamed up with the guitar-weilding duo of Matt DeCavallas and Mike Ruddy. Within the year Kevin Lysogorski had also signed on to spice up the sound, and the line-up was complete.
But then two years ago, Maroney packed up his drum kit and headed west to California. Rudeke carried on, playing in acoustic mode. But at 9pm on Saturday night Maroney slips back into town – and behind the drums. And the original, five-man line-up of Rudeke will return to the spotlight at the Philly Bar & Grill in Latham for the first time since 2011.
The Saratoga Winners Reunion back in March of 2011 celebrated the defunct roadhouse rock club, and it churned up a whole lot of musical memories. In the years leading up to its closing in September 2006, Saratoga Winners was the home to hardcore, punk and heavy metal bands. Not only did the nightspot play host to some of the biggest national and international acts, but it also nurtured the talents of countless young local bands over the years.
And that first Saratoga Winners Reunion more than two years ago was such a success that organizers have decided to do it all over again…
But when someone at the Smithsonian Institute threw a dart at the office calendar, it landed on April: In the words the late, great gun nut Charlton Heston, “So let it be written; so let it be done!” Now UNESCO has gotten into the act, too, taking the idea global by promoting concerts all around the world on April 30th, otherwise known as International Jazz Day. Finally, there’s a worldwide conspiracy I can get behind!
And what do we get out of all this intercontinental musical goodness? Get out your Smart Phone, BlackBerry or crayons and start checking off the dates:
NAME: Steve Cohen
BAND AFFILIATION: The Units/Fear of Strangers
INSTRUMENT: Bass and vocals
1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … “Something New” by the Beatles. Their third US release circa 1964, when Capitol Records for some reason thought that the US record buying public couldn’t accept the records as they were configured in the UK. I saw it in Alexander’s in the Bronx and threw a bit of a fit until my parents agreed to buy it. They put their foot down at the collarless, iridescent green Beatle suit, however.
2. THE FIRST CONCERT THAT I EVER SAW WAS … A weird collection of mid-’60s pop bands, again in the Bronx (of course), headlined by the 1910 Fruit Gum Company playing their big hit “Yummy Yummy Yummy, I’ve Got Love In My Tummy.” Only later would I realize the true implication of those lyrics. I believe the Blues Image was on the bill as well, although this was long before “Ride, Captain, Ride” came out.
NAME: Tony “TJ” Jones
BAND AFFILIATION: PENNY KNIGHT BAND
INSTRUMENT: Bass / Vocals
1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … The Brothers Four “Sing of Our Times” (1964). Hey, my father and mother were, at that time, recovering beret-wearing beatnik/folkies who, as a hobby, worked at the NYS Dept of Social Services and an insurance agency in Cohoes, respectively, while yearning for the 30-60 minutes or so on Saturday nights when we would camp out in front of the TV to watch “Hootenanny.”
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