LIVE: Z Puppets Rosenschnoz @ Steamer No. 10 Theatre, 10/17/09

October 23rd, 2009, 11:54 am by Greg

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Last Saturday evening the stage at the intimate Steamer No. 10 Theatre in Albany was transformed into a French bistro complete with stove, pots and pans, accordionist, two customers drawn from the audience and a continental chef speaking “ze-English” in the manner of that lovable Warner Bros. cartoon character, Pepe La Pew.

“A La Carte: In A Fool’s Kitchen,” by the touring ensemble Z Puppets from Minnesota, offered a comedic approach to the age-old question, what do lobsters feel right before they become our dinner? Of course, this is a children’s show, so we already know that that the lobster has something planned beyond being a delicacy for dinner.

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Odds & Ends @ The End of the Week

October 16th, 2009, 4:26 pm by Greg

BANG A GONG: Evelyn Glennie will perform James MacMillan’s concerto for percussion and orchestra, “Veni, Veni Emmanuel,” as guest percussionist with the Sao Paulo State Symphony Orchestra at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall on Saturday night. Presented by the Troy Chromatics, the concert begins at 8pm preceded by a talk at the Rensselaer County Historical Society at 7pm.

With more than two dozen solo percussion albums to her credit (and a Grammy as well), Glennie will also conduct a percussion master class at the College of Saint Rose’s Massry Center for the Arts in Albany at 10am Sunday. The student performers will be Daniel Gonzalez, Brian Ballard, Carolyn Stallard and Kevin Cross. Admission is free and open the the public.


Percussionist Andy Blanco, who is playing in the pit for the touring production of “The Color Purple” at Proctors in Schenectady, grew up in Kinderhook and was a member of the Empire State Youth Orchestra for four years. “The Color Purple” continues on Proctors’ Mainstage at 8pm tonight and Saturday, as well as 2pm Saturday and Sunday.

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