Events: Out & About in January 2013

Million-dollar music, steadfast art, and the world’s most celebrated cellist comes to Albany


Pelvic tilt: Rock icon Elvis Presley is portrayed by actor Cody Slaughter at Proctors

Photograph by Jean Marcus

Boy band extraordinaire

In December 1956, four young musicians happened to bump into each other in the recording studio at Sun Records in Memphis. While there, the foursome — Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, and Elvis Presley — embarked on an impromptu jam session, which was recorded by a studio engineer. The group — which sang and played together only once — became known as the Million Dollar Quartet, which is also the moniker of the rock and roll musical based on this historic meeting; show-stopping songs include “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Great Balls of Fire,” “Hound Dog,” and “Folsom Prison Blues.” This high-energy production swings into Proctors for eight performances this month. Jan. 22-27. $20-$79. 432 State St., Schenectady. 518-346-6204 or

Standing strong

With hurricanes Irene and Sandy still fresh in our collective memory, it’s hard not to feel humbled in the face of Mother Nature’s wrath. But the local artists exhibiting at the Tivoli Artists Gallery snub their noses at the fates with We’re Still Here, a show that celebrates the perseverance of the human spirit in times of adversity. The co-op gallery is maintained by a group of approximately 30 painters, sculptors, photographers, illustrators, and other artists who live or work in the Valley. Jan. 18-Feb. 3. Opening reception Jan. 19, 6-8 p.m. Gallery hours Fri. 5-9 p.m., Sat. 1-9 p.m., Sun. 1-5 p.m. 60 Broadway, Tivoli. 845-757-2667 or

Music master

Yo-Yo Ma shares the stage with the Albany Symphony this month. The world-renowned virtuoso cellist — who has more than 15 Grammy Awards to his credit — is the soloist for Dvorak’s 1895 Cello Concerto, which is the highlight of the program. John Williams’s Elegy; Brahms’s Variations on a Theme of Haydn; and Everyday Life, a work about the ups and downs of modern parenthood by young composer Clint Needham, are also on the bill. Jan. 12 at 7 p.m. Call or visit Web site for ticket information. Palace Theatre. 19 Clinton Ave., Albany. 518-465-4755 or

kathleen madigan

Funny girl

Comedienne Kathleen Madigan is on a roll. Alongside stars like Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, she was named one of the nine funniest women on the planet by the Detroit Free Press; and the DVD release of Gone Madigan, her recent Showtime special, is topping the Amazon charts. A veteran of TV’s Last Comic Standing, Madigan’s observational humor is punctuated with references to her family and Midwestern upbringing. Catch her act at West Point’s Eisenhower Hall Theatre. Jan. 12 at 8 p.m. Call or visit Web site for ticket information. 655 Pitcher Rd., West Point. 845-938-4159 or


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