this, the 39th year of Jethro Tull, Ian Anderson brings
guitarist Martin Barre and the current lineup to the Palace
for another celebration of . . . folk-rock? Jazz-blues?
Metal-pop? Jethro Tull have consistently pulled off the
delicate trick of being eclectic without becoming dilettantes.
Tull pioneered some genres and co-opted others, but Anderson
and his band have continued to engage and entertain through
the years. And they almost always sounded credible, from
the jazz rock of Benefit to the bizarre synthpop
of Under Wraps; their latest project is a live DVD/CD
chronicling a 2003 concert at the Montreux Jazz Festival.
Opening for Tull will be the Calliandra String Quartet.
Jethro Tull will perform tonight (Nov. 29) at 7:30 PM at
the Palace Theatre (19 Clinton Ave., Albany). Tickets are
$41.50 to $51.50. For more info, call the box office at
that fa la festive, hall-decking, tree-trimming time of
year again, and they’re celebrating in old (and we mean
old) -school style at the Hart-Cluett House this weekend.
The Rensselear County Historical Society and the Van Rensselaer
Garden Club have teamed up for a colonial revival holiday
with the 51st annual Holiday Greens Show.
The rooms, halls and courtyard of the historic Federal-style
townhouse have been decorated to evoke the classic Chrismas
spirit of Colonial Williamsburg, with fresh trees, greens,
fruits and flower arangements. Garden club members will
be on hand in period costume for questions and demonstrations.
The house will be open daily for self-guided tours. Browse
the museum’s Christmas shop, or bid on one of 50 wreaths
in the silent audtion. Tonight is family night, with kids’
crafts, story time and photos with Santa. On Friday, garden
club members offer holiday arrangement demonstrations and,
in the evening, guided candlelight tours of the house.
The Holiday Greens Show begins tonight (Thursday, Nov. 29)
at noon in the Hart-Cluett House (57 2nd St., Troy), with
special events scheduled throughout the weekend. Admission
is $5, $4 for seniors and children, and free for children
under 5. On family night, admission if free, and photos
with Santa are $10. For more information, call 272-7232.
don’t call it the Electric City for nothin’.
Once upon a time, Schenectady illuminated the world, thanks
in large part to the GE Illuminating Engineering Laboratory,
which is credited for transforming “exterior lighting from
pure functionality to a science and an art.” To, um, illuminate
the subject, the Schenectady Museum is presenting Cities
@ Night, an exhibit featuring images of cities, national
landmarks and World’s Fairs, with images drawn from the
GE Photograph Collection. The exhibit also will include
a bunch of interactive components so you can get all hands-on
with the electricity and whatnot.
Cities @ Night opens at the Schenectady Museum & Suits-Bueche
Planetarium (Nott Terrace Heights, Schenectady) on Saturday
(Dec. 1), and runs through April 20, 2008. It’s free with
regular museum admission. Call 382-7890 for more information.