A barbecue, a film, and Nellie McKay

nellie_mckay.jpgThis could be something a little different: the Carey Center for Global Good in Rensselaerville has an event lined up for June 15 that includes a barbecue picnic, a screening of the film Downtown Express, and a performance afterward by Nellie McKay (she's in the film). The film's director, David Grubin, will also be there. Tickets are $25 -- they include the picnic, film, and performance.

Downtown Express is about a classically-trained Russian violinist (played by an actual classically-trained violinist) who goes to New York City and ends up conflicted about his art and identity. It got mixed reviews -- acting not so great, musical performances much better -- this NPR dialog seems to cover the strengths and weaknesses.

In the film, McKay plays -- surprise -- "a quirky singer-songwriter." Her music is hard to describe, sort of Broadway cabaret inflected by rap, jazz and a whole bunch of other musical styles. This sounds like an opportunity to hear her in a small setting.

photo: Amy T. Zielinski

Comments

We saw Nellie McKay at the Iron Horse in Northampton all the way back in 2007, but I still have vivid memories of the show. Quirky is really the only to succinctly describe her - she was funny, endearing, talented as a musician and had a great rapport with the audience.

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