Murphy and the Slambovian Circus of Dreams
upon a time (a long time ago), Ichabod Crane was chased
out of Sleepy Hollow by the ghost of a headless Hessian
horseman. Once upon a time (far more recently), Gandalf
Murphy left this same Hudson Valley town (in similar folklorish
fashion) tailed by a whole Slambovian Circus of Dreams.
Riding an anachronistic whimsy (equal parts Washington Irving
and Woodstock), the band have become a mainstay of the often-circus-like
folk-festival circuit, but they always seem to make time
to bring the wagons up the Hudson to share the enchantment.
Anyone who caught their set this summer at the Empire State
Plaza knows there’s more in bandleader Joziah Longo’s bowler
hat than meets the eye. With a sound that could be hyphenated
indefinitely, the band have resolved to describe themselves
as “punk-classical-hillbilly-Floyd.” Dude’s also got the
coolest facial hair this side of Mick Mars.
The Circus will come to the Eighth Step at the GE Theatre
at Proctors (432 State St., Schenectady) on Saturday (Jan.
3) at 8 PM. Tickets are $26. Call 399-4242 for more info.
those of you who want to ring in 2009 with a citywide gala
celebration, Saratoga First Night is your chance. While
it may be the only First Night remaining, it is the largest
celebration of its kind in the state; with 400 artists at
more than 30 venues and an anticipated 14,000 revelers,
Saratoga is making it worth the trek.
Headliners the Audiostars and the McKrells will perform
at the Saratoga Springs City Center, while dozens of artists
throughout the city will offer an array of music to please
any palate: big bands and bluegrass, rock and reggae, choral
and country. The night rounds out with improv and comedy
acts, magic shows, story tellers, films, dance, cartooning,
crafts, carousel rides, refreshments and more. And of course,
a citywide countdown to the new year with a midnight fireworks
Saratoga First Night kicks off at 6 PM tonight (Dec. 31)
at various venues in downtown Saratoga Springs. First Night
buttons, available at numerous locations throughout the
Capital Region for $15 (free for children 5 and under),
admit the wearer to all First Night venues. For info on
where to purchase buttons and a complete schedule of events,
visit ymcasaratoga.org/ firstnight or call 583-9622 ext.
can spend New Year’s Day curled up on the couch in your
new Christmas pajamas, recovering from all the holiday festivities.
Albany ushers in 2009 on Jan. 2, with the first 1st Friday
of the shiny new year. And, as if to honor Father Time and
Baby New Year, as we reflect on a year gone by and speculate
about days to come, Albany Center Gallery opens its newest
exhibit, Then & Now.
& Now showcases the work of three regional artists:
printmaker Channing Le febrve (pictured is Associations
#43), woodworker Peter Leue and multi-media sculptor
Terry Slade. Collectively, their works have been displayed
in exhibitions from the Empire State Plaza to Japan, and
featured in publications ranging from House and Garden
& Now opens Friday (Jan. 2) at Albany Center Gallery
(39 Columbia St., Albany), with a reception from 5 to 9
PM, and runs through Feb. 7. The opening is free and open
to the public. For more info, call ACG at 462-4775.