It Something I Said?
love it when Proctors works blue.
On Friday, the classy Schenectady theater honors the late,
great Richard Pryor with a screening of the comedian’s 1977
film, Which Way Is Up? Comedienne Dee Watson also
will perform with an ensemble cast of comics, and comedic
featurettes by local video artists will be shown. There
will be games; and where there are games there are prizes.
We know that you know all about Pryor, already. He’s one
of the most important figures of American comedy and social
commentary, after all, and the winner of the first Mark
Twain Prize for American Humor (as well as countless others,
from Emmys to Writers Guild awards to Grammys). So we’ll
just hit you with a trivial tidbit: The title of the performance
is taken from Pryor’s 1975 album of the same name, which
features the first recorded performance of his character
“Mudbone.” It also features Mudbone’s punchline “ . . .
and deep, too.”
If you can’t puzzle it out, seek it out. That Pryor was
a funny motherf . . .
Proctors’ presents Is It Something I Said? as part
of the It Came From Schenectady series in the GE Theatre
(432 State St., Schenectady) tomorrow (Friday, Feb. 26).
Tickets for the 7 PM show are $12. For more information,
it time Albany’s Pine Hills neighborhood had its own film
festival? Haven’t you thought that? Ah, well, don’t worry
if it hadn’t occurred to you. Somebody’s been working on
it: the folks behind the Knickerbocker Film Festival, who
will stage their week-long event at the Madison Theater
The short films (20 minutes or less) being shown include
Peaches (Copper Wright), Breaking Up (Jeff
Burns), The Exam (Eric Manning, Tyler Shaw, Andrew
Duffey, Zak Ryan), Shot Through the Heart (Karen
Christine Jones), The Greatest Man Alive (Mike Feurstein,
Kevin Craig West), The Future of Coney Island (Ben
Schuman) and Making It (Chau Mui).
Awards in several categories will be presented March 4 at
the festival’s culminating party.
The Knickerbocker Film Festival begins at the Madison Theater
(1036 Madison Avenue, Albany) tomorrow (Friday, Feb. 26),
running through March 4. Films are shown daily at 7 and
9:35 PM; and Saturday and Sunday at 12:10, 2:15 and 4:35
PM. Tickets for individual showings are $5. The Film Festival
Awards + Party will be held March 4 at Elda’s (205 Lark
St., Albany) at 8 PM. Admission is $10. To purchase tickets
or for more information, including show schedules, visit
knickfilmfest.com or call the Madison Theater, 438-0040.
not what you know, it’s who you know,” said someone who
knew very, very little. “It’s not what you know, it’s what
you can prove,” said someone else, who was getting a whole
lot warmer—because even if the door is open, there’s still
an outside. It’s true enough that Rosanne Cash (who will
play the Egg on Saturday) could have coasted farther on
the name of her dad, Johnny Cash, than you likely could
have on your dad’s; but her accomplishments are all her
own. Johnny’s eldest daughter has more than proven herself.
The singer-songwriter-writer-editor-activist has released
a dozen albums over a more-than-two-decade career, chalking
up both commericial hits and critical adulation. From her
first U.S. release, which hit No. 1 on Billboard’s country
chart and No. 22 on the pop chart, Cash has been a confident
and winning performer. Starting with the release of 1990’s
Interiors, which Cash self-produced and for which
she wrote or co-wrote all but one track, she also has shown
herself to be an artist of depth and ambition. A career
as a legacy pop-country idol would have been a breeze; but
Cash’s nervy introspection coupled with her deep ties to
American songcraft has put her in the company of such torchbearers
as Steve Earle.
On Saturday, Cash will circle back, paying homage to her
dad and to the broader tradition by playing songs from her
latest release, The List. The album’s 12 tracks—which
feature contributions from Elvis Costello, Rufus Wainwright,
Jeff Tweedy, and Bruce Springsteen—are drawn from a list
of 100 essential country songs given by Johnny to Rosanne
when she was just 18. (’Course, 12 songs don’t a set list
make. So, you might just hear a few of her own compositions,
Rosanne Cash will play the Egg (Empire State Plaza, Albany)
on Saturday (Feb. 27). Opening will be alt-country violinist
Jenny Scheinman. Tickets for the 8 PM show are $34.50. For
more information, call 473-1848.