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Funday: The Chef & The Musical

March 13, 2015

Yes, we just had a Sellout Funday post last Friday. I swear I don’t know where the time goes. But once again we’re at the end of the week, and while I may not have a whole heapin’ stack of press releases, I still have two that are quite interesting.

One is a big catch for a local business, and the other is an envelope-pushing performance from a place that pushes the envelope on a regular basis. Good things are happening, and next week, we’re going to talk about more exciting events for the spring.

First, you may want to read these.

Chef Gabriel Pollow heads up the fin – your fishmonger kitchen
Guilderland, NY, Saturday, March 7, 2015

Local specialty seafood store, fin – your fishmonger, has hired Gabriel Pollow, former Executive Chef at the New World Bistro Bar Catering Division to run their kitchen. Pollow brings his extensive background to the Guilderland shop, in a move that will highlight his experience with Spanish tapas, and Italian and German influences. Pollow has a broad kitchen background in a number of Manhattan and Westchester restaurants, as well as local establishments. His most recent experience at NWBB’s Catering Division was preceded by a number of years as the restaurant’s Kitchen Manager, cooking and overseeing operations, as well as a very successful turn as a personal chef.

Chef Pollow’s experience with seafood will meet the needs of a growing customer base at the 2 year old seafood shop, with the development of Sunday Suppers and creative pop-up specials during the Lenten season. While fin’s extensive array of fresh, sustainable seafood remains the primary focus of the business, fin will continue to offer their popular daily take-home suppers and scratch-made soups, alongside salads, sides and sauces, now under the expertise of Pollow. Especially popular during Lent are the wine-battered fresh Icelandic haddock “fish frys”, available on Fridays and Saturdays. Chef Pollow enjoys the diversity of cooking with seafood, and welcomes the opportunity to introduce Capital Region residents to both “simple, easy-to-prepare seafood options, as well as more innovative, complex seafood dishes offered through the upcoming Sunday Suppers”. Owners, Peter Kenyon and Dora Swan, are thrilled at the addition of Pollow to the fin team.

fin – your fishmonger remains the only all-sustainable source for fresh seafood in the Capital Region with local ownership, bringing seafood from Boston’s Fish Pier, as well as the Fulton Fish Market. fin is located in Star Plaza, 2050 Western Avenue, Guilderland. Phone number 518.452.4565. Hours are Tuesday – Friday 11a – 7p and Saturdays, 11a – 5p. The business can be found on FaceBook, Twitter, and Pinterest and at

Peck’s Arcade to Host Rock ‘N’ Roll Musical, March 17
Troy Civic Theatre Presents “Murder Ballad” in Real Bar

TROY, N.Y. — Troy’s newest restaurant will be the setting for a rock ‘n’ roll musical next week.

On Tuesday, March 17 at 7 p.m., Troy Civic Theatre will present “Murder Ballad” at Peck’s Arcade, located at 217 Broadway in downtown Troy. An off-Broadway rock musical sensation, “Murder Ballad” features a four-member cast who sing and act using wireless microphones along with a live house band.

Audiences at the Peck’s performance will be immersed in the story, set in a working bar in New York.

“Peck’s Arcade is the perfect venue for a show like this,” said Michael Ciaravella, managing artistic director, of Troy Civic Theatre. “This show was originally performed in a working bar in New York City and it will really come to life for audiences in a real tavern setting here in Troy.”

Actors in the one-night only performance at Peck’s will make use of the working bar on the first floor as their set and stage, while servers will provide limited table service to theatergoers during the show. (Showgoers can also order from the full Lucas Confectionery wine bar menu before the show and during intermission.)

**Please note: Peck’s Arcade is not normally open on Tuesdays and this event will be staffed by employees of the adjacent Lucas Confectionery wine bar. A limited food and drink menu with table service will be available during the performance, featuring wine, beer, sparkling water, meat and cheese and small plates by Lucas Confectionery. A credit card is required for table service during the performance. Theatergoers are encouraged to arrive early and enter through the Lucas Confectionery at 12 Second St. in downtown Troy.**

Murder Ballad is the dramatic story of a love triangle gone wrong centering on Sara, an uptown girl who seems to have it all, but whose downtown past lingers enticingly and dangerously in front of her.

Writing for the New York Times in 2012, critic Ben Brantley said of the show: “If you find yourself guiltily mesmerized by Lifetime killer-of-the-week movies, then ‘Murder Ballad’ should be just your ticket.”

Peter Darling as “Michael”
Laura Tortorici as “Sara”
Ken Kasch as “Tom”
Lauren Kerr as “the Narrator”

The house band is Schenectady-based Knights Revival. Members include: Maurice Calis on drum; Ronald Mayfield on guitar; Domicik Petrocci on keyboard; and Carl “Dr. Funkathumpolus” West on bass.

Capital Region Bars Invited to Book Touring Performance

“Murder Ballad” is the theater group’s third consecutive show in a nonconventional performance space in Troy. Last spring the troupe performed Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing” in Troy’s downtown Barker Park, a small pocket park at a busy urban intersection. This fall the group presented “Evil Dead: The Musical” in the Uncle Sam Atrium, an enclosed shopping mall in the heart of the city.

Now, Troy Civic is touring “Murder Ballad” throughout the Capital Region, with a future performance date to be announced, at The Rustic Barn in Speigletown.

Restaurant/bar owners are invited to contact Troy Civic Theatre to book performances at their venue.

“This is our first show available for touring,” said Ciaravella. “We’re willing to go as far as people are willing to see it.”

Ciaravella said he’s particularly eager to find a venue in Schenectady, where the show’s house band, Knights Revival, is based.

Tickets for the March 17 performance of “Murder Ballad” at Peck’s Arcade in Troy are $15 for adults and $13 for students/seniors. Purchase at the door or online at:

Note: Patrons are encouraged to arrive early through the Lucas Confectionery wine bar at 12 Second St.

For information about “Murder Ballad” and to hear one of the songs from the show, visit:

For show specific information, contact Troy Civic Theatre at: 518-217-8282

The website for Peck’s Arcade is:

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One Comment leave one →
  1. albanylandlord permalink
    March 16, 2015 11:55 am

    We saw this show across the street. Fun and interesting, we enjoyed it. Having it at Peck’s would definitely elevate it. Get their Mescal cocktail at the bar!

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