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by Shawn Stone on March 22, 2012

Art Beat

Metroland has, in the past, sung the praises of Troy’s Gasholder Building, a 19th-century brick industrial monstrosity that has hosted some very interesting music and dance events over the last decade. This weekend, experimental violinist Todd Reynolds has teamed up with Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s PIP (production, installation, performance) class to present S(around)OUND, a one-of-a-kind sound and art installation in, yep, the Gasholder Building. S(around)OUND will be presented Saturday and Sunday (March 24-25) at 7:30 PM at the Gasholder Building (1115 5th Ave., Troy). Admission is free. For more info, search for “S(around)OUND” on Facebook. And yes, it hurt me deeply to type that last instruction, dear readers.

A MOVABLE FESTIVAL  Tonight’s (Thursday, March 22) edition of the Knickerbocker Film Festival has been relocated to The Linda (339 Central Ave., Albany). This selection of short films, which was featured at the Spectrum 8 Theatres last night (Wednesday), was hastily relocated from the Madison Theatre. The show will start at 6:30 PM. Tickets are $10, and are available online at knickfilmfest.com and at The Linda’s box office.

BOSTON HAS TAKEN NOTICE  Local elected officials, folks at Cultural Pittsfield and leaders in the Berkshires arts community have been working hard to establish Pittsfield as a year-round cultural hub in Western Massachusetts. The effort continues to pay off: Yesterday morning (Wednesday, March 21), Pittsfield mayor Daniel Bianchi announced that the Massachusetts Cultural Council designated Pittsfield’s Upstreet Cultural District one of the first “state-designated cultural districts” in Massachusetts. The tangible effect of this designation? According to the commonwealth of Massachusetts, “each district will have new signage, online profiles on the Mass Office of Travel and Tourism and MCC websites, and other amenities.” Every little bit helps.

WHAT’S IN A NAME? FIVE HUNDRED GRAND  On Tuesday (March 21), the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College announced that one of the three main galleries at CCS Bard’s Hessel Museum of Art would be named The Robert Mapplethorpe Gallery. The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation, citing Marieluise Hessel’s support and appreciation for Mapplethorpe’s work, donated $500,000 to CSS Bard’s Next Decade Campaign. For more info about the gallery, visit bard.edu/ccs.

ATTENTION REGIONAL FILMMAKERS  WMHT is preparing for another season of TvFILM, their program showcasing the work of regional independent filmmakers. They are looking for “unique, original and independently-made short films created in upstate New York and western New England.” The deadline for entries is May 18. For complete details and a submission form, visit wmht.org/tvfilm.