Odds & Ends @ the End of the Week

TierneySuttonSULTRY SUTTON: Look at the track listings on “Desire,” the latest album from jazz vocalist Tierney Sutton, and you might start tearing at your hair. “Oh, no, not another collection of those same old, worn-out standards! ‘Cry Me a River’? ‘Skylark’? Even ‘Fever’?” But you’ll think that only if you’ve never heard the supremely sublime singer work her musical magic. One of the brightest, most inventive vocalists on today’s jazz scene, Sutton and her equally fine band step into the spotlight at the First Unitarian Society’s Whisperdome at 8pm tonight (Friday, October 9) for the next installment of the A Place For Jazz concert series. Expect to be delightfully surprised.

CALL FOR ENTRIES: The Lake George Arts Project invites artists to create new, original works of art for the 21st Annual Black Velvet Art Party. This annual highlight of the North Country arts scene takes place from 8pm-12midnight on Saturday, November 7 at the Roaring Brook Ranch in Lake George. Renowned for its out-of-the ordinary, off-the-wall obsession with all things black velvet, the party features a silent auction of original black velvet art, awards for black velvet art and fashion awards, rockin’ live music by Pop Rock Circus, dancing, games, psychic readings, and lots more fun. Here is the form for artwork submissions. Each artist submitting work will receive one ticket for admission to the party, and all proceeds from the event support the Courthouse Gallery exhibition series. Artwork should be delivered to the Arts Project between Wednesday-Saturday, November 4-7.

A table by John Elling (photo by Jane Feldman)
A table by John Elling (photo by Jane Feldman)
Here’s an interesting profile of salvage artist John Elling by Berkshire Living’s Robin Catalano

“Art and life are connected,” Elling maintains. “The pieces that I use are found objects. They all have a history behind them. Working with reused materials also means I’m leaving less of a footprint on the earth. And it’s exciting—to find a piece of steel in an old dump or even lying around my backyard and then give it new life, that’s meaningful to me.”

Yes, “Wicked” is getting the big promotional push at Proctors in Schenectady, but the theater’s season of touring musicals actually starts on Tuesday, October 13 with the first of eight performances of “The Color Purple.” Just don’t expect Oprah Winfrey to show up…

If you don’t already have your ticket for “American Idol” David Cook at Northern Lights tonight, it looks like you’re out of luck. The show is sold out.

Capital Rep's production of The Seafarer
Capital Rep's production of The Seafarer

Capital Repertory Theater in Albany launches its fall season with Conor McPherson’s “The Seafarer,” directed by Terence Lamude. A storm of Guinness, high-stakes poker and redemption, the play premiered on Broadway in 2007, earning four Tony nominations, including Best Play. At Cap Rep previews begin tonight, with opening night on Wednesday, October 14.

RIP SHELBY SINGLETON: Nashville record producer and record company executive Shelby Singleton died on Wednesday at the age of 77. Singleton discovered and produced Roger Miller. He founded Smash Records, which was home to Miller, Jerry Lee Lewis and James Brown. He founded Plantation Records and produced Jeannie C. Riley‘s hit “Harper Valley PTA.” He founded SSS International Records where he recorded Bettye LaVette. And in 1969 he took over Sun Records from founder Sam Phillips. Among all of his achievements, however, this just might be the most astounding: Singleton may be the only producer to produce three different Number One country hits in the same day for three different artists: Ray Stevens’ “Ahab the Arab,” Leroy Van Dyke’s “Walk On By” and Joe Dowell’s “Wooden Heart.”

A painting by Barbara Sussman
A painting by Barbara Sussman
The eight annual Landscapes for Landsake, a juried show featuring art inspired by working landscapes, opens for the Columbus Day weekend with a reception on Saturday, October 10th from 3-6 pm at Maple Ridge in Coila and then continues through Monday. Admission is $5 with 50% of the show’s proceeds boing to benefit the Agricultural Stewardship Association’s farmland conservation program.

This year’s artists include: Corrina Aldrich, Constance Alexander, Paul Baker-Porazinski, John Begin, Mike Burke, Valerie Craig, George Dirolf, Kathryn Edwards, Stu Eichel, Dominick Guida, Susan Harding Merancy, Clarence King, Karen Koziol, Dona Ann McAdams, Leah McCloskey, Virginia McNeice, Bob Moylan, Harry Orlyk, Leslie Parke, Leslie Peck, Barbara J. Sussman, Brian Sweetland, Mark Tougias, George Van Hook, Laura Von Rosk, Lawrence White, Regina Wickham.

Additional Gallery Hours: Sunday and Monday, October 11th and 12th from 12-4 pm.

You can view a slideshow of works in the upcoming show here.

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