March 15, 2007

The Experimental Cabaret, March 12

Once again, on the second Monday, at Tess' Lark Tavern in Albany NY (not on Lark St.), Nicole Peyrafitte put together an eclectic two hours.

Ed Atkeson, with the assistance of David Brickman & Greg Haymes, shook a big-eared puppet who claimed he was in control, he was at the controls, even while it snowed, he was in control, wasn't he? Did I say a puppet was in control? If you weren't there, you missed it.

Connie Houde ( is the kind of photographer who, while the rest of us photographers are worrying about the light in the bar, is blowing the dust of Afghanistan off her lens. She read from "The Midnight Traveler" by Afghan's most famous poet, Sayd Bahodine Majrouh, who was assassintated in 1988. Meanwhile her photos -- faces, mountains, vast open space, trees & rocks, cities ruined by war, more lovely faces, "a breeze of new life" -- played behind her. Why is it the French are the first at translating poets from the Arab world? Why is the writings of Sayd Bahodine Majrouh unavailable in English? This was a rhetorical question, we know the answer. But keep asking. Thank you Connie.

The last segment was Nicole singing & narrating while George Muscatello played guitar: "La Vie en Rose", "There was a Boy" & a sort of Fly Me to the Moon while she gave the narration to George Melies great silent film "A Trip to the Moon", a French film with a French accent. How wonderful!!

Did I say "second Monday"? See you there.