All-Stars Coming To Saratoga

Bang on a Can All-Stars will be coming to Saratoga Springs in February for a performance at the Tang Museum. Formed in 1992, the Bang on a Can All-Stars are recognized worldwide for their live performances and recordings of innovative music - crossing the boundaries between classical, jazz, rock, world and experimental music.

The six-member amplified ensemble has collaborated with Steve Reich, and Ornette Coleman, performed live with Philip Glass, Meredith Monk, and Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore. Celebrated projects include their landmark recordings of Brian Eno’s ambient classic Music for Airports and Terry Riley’s In C.

The performance at the Tang on Feb. 18 will feature a version of the Velvet Underground’s “Heroin,” as well as the premiere of a commission by composer Brendon Randall-Myers. For more information, go HERE.


The Saratoga Clay Arts Center will hold its 5th Annual CHILI BOWL, on Saturday, Jan. 30, at 167 Hayes Road, in Schuylerville. Area clay artists are expected to produce more than 1,000 bowls for the event. Organizers say the goal of the event is to raise $5,000 for "To Life" – whose mission is to educate the community about breast cancer detection, treatments and related health matters, and to provide support services for breast cancer patients, caregivers, family and friends. Those who attend the event will be able to vote for "Best Chili" and support the efforts of their favorite chef. Competing chefs include: Joey Wintersteiner from 9 Miles East, Katie Porter from Four Seasons Natural Foods, Dave Stevens from Just Meats, Roslyn Zecchini from Boca Bistro and Pat Brown (2015 Chili Bowl Defending Champion) from Brook Tavern. Tickets are available here:

The Saratoga Springs Flurry Festival will be staged at the Saratoga Springs City Center and the Saratoga Music Hall Feb. 12-14. The event features more than 200 events and 300 performers. For schedule information and tickets, go here:

A poetic ceremony will be held to remember the life and work of Albany poet and activist Tom Nattell. Nattell was a legend in the Capital Region poetry scene. He passed away on Jan. 31, 2005. The ceremony – staged 7 p.m. on Monday Jan. 25 in Albany’s Washington Park – will be followed by "Poets Speak Loud!" at McGeary's on Clinton Square. The open mic starts at 8 p.m. and features a reading by Jay Wenk, Dayl Wise & Dan Wilcox. Donations to benefit Albany's Homeless Action Committee. More information here: