news: Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello went
to Minneapolis, took the power back, and will, under the
guise of his solo moniker the Nightwatchman, deliver it
to “the largest one-day open-air street festival in New
York State.” That’s right: LarkFest. While Rage MC Zack
de la Rocha will, no doubt, be off somewhere hassling the
GOP this weekend, Morello will be far from alone. We’re
talking five stages, plus food, art, music, kids’ shows,
Morello shares the limelight with strange bedfellows: popster
Eric Hutchinson, actor-turned-songwriter Val Emmich (pictured),
and Belfast pop-punks Oppenheimer. More exciting, though,
is the host of area acts who will grace one of many stages
throughout the day, including Aficionado, the Sense Offenders,
Broadcast Live, knotworking, Taina Asili, Erin Harkes and
Rich Ortiz. Toss in Cirque de la Nocturne with all their
burlesque-belly-fire-tango-break-dancing, and it’s safe
to say there’s gonna be a little something for everyone.
The festivities begin Saturday (Sept. 20) at 10 AM, on Lark
Street in Albany (between Madison and Washington avenues),
and will run until 5:30 PM. Admission is free. For more
information, call the Lark Street BID at 434-3861.
couple of years back, a Daily Show correspondent
entered a Wal-Mart in Ohio and exited somewhere in Kentucky.
He’s lucky, too, because, with one wrong turn in the electronics
department, he could have been disemboweled by the beast
Cerberus in Dante’s third ring of Hell.
We all know, by now, that big-box stores are evil, but Stacy
Mitchell, senior researcher from the Institute for Local
Self-Reliance, is coming to tell us why. She’s the author
of Big-Box Swindle: The True Cost of Mega-Retailers and
the Fight for America’s Independent Businesses, a book
über-activist Bill McKibben called “the ultimate account
of the single most important economic trend in our country.”
Beyond explaining how mega-retailers, backed by government
policy, have contributed to rising gas consumption, increased
pollution, diminished civic engagement, escalated poverty
and a shrinking middle class, she’ll offer concrete strategies
on how communities can fight back.
Stacy Mitchell will speak tonight (Thursday, Sept. 18) at
the Guilderland Public Library (2228 Western Ave., Guilderland)
at 7 PM. Admission is free. For more information, call 456-2400,
or go to capitaldistrictlocalfirst.org.
the recent unpleasantness between Russia and Georgia, memories
of the Cold War have forced their way back into the national
consciousness. This 1947 Russian movie, which will be screened
Monday at the Spectrum, will take you deep into the bizarro
world of Soviet propaganda.
plot is irresistible. An all-American journalist visits
the Soviet Union and sees the glories of communism in action.
On his return to the United States, he’s offered a handsome
sum to write a book about Soviet life. There’s only one
catch: The vile editor who cut his check represents the
reactionary plutocrats who rule America, and wants the journalist
to write a “hatchet job” on Soviet society. Will the proud
representative of the press take a dive for cash, or will
he tell the “truth” about communism?
Don’t let our mocking tone fool you, however, as the film
is presented (and performed) sincerely. Seriously: It’s
always worth checking out what the other side believed—or
say they believed. There’s a bonus for music buffs, too,
as the film’s score is by Aram Khachaturian.
Nadieszda Kizenko, who teaches Russian history at the University
at Albany, will introduce the film.
Russian Question will screen Monday (Sept. 22) at 1
and 6:45 PM at the Spectrum 8 Theatres (290 Delaware Ave.,
Albany). Regular admission prices apply. For more info,