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by Shawn Stone on April 18, 2012

RETURN ENGAGEMENT Choreographers Wally Cardona and Jennifer Lacey first performed TOOL IS LOOT in EMPAC’s Studio 2 as a work-in-progress in June 2011. This weekend, with Jonathan Bepler, they return to perform the finished work in EMPAC’s Studio 1. The choreographers solicited the opinions of non-dance artists when conceiving this work, including “a sommelier, an architect, a film editor, a medical supply salesman, a kinetic sculptor, a baroque opera singer, an art critic, an acoustician and a social activist.” And an RPI professor of physics, applied physics and astronomy, Heidi Newberg. You can contemplate/savor the results Friday and Saturday (April 20-21) at 8 PM. Tickets are $18. Call the box office at 276-3921 for more info.

TRANSFORMATIONAL CHANGE The Martinez Gallery, a notable presence in downtown Troy for 11 years, is moving and changing. First, the move: The gallery is moving from its first-floor location (1,300 square feet) in the Cannon Building to a more intimate (800 square feet) space at the same address, on the second floor. According to owner Laudelina Martinez, it will remain a commercial gallery accenting “value” and “high quality” (attributes the Martinez Gallery was justly appreciated for), but instead of offering a year-round schedule of exhibits, the new Martinez Gallery “will concentrate on making connections between artists and clients, and will provide professional services, such as initiating acquisitions, cataloging, developing commissions and expanding or rounding out owners’ collections.” The move is expected to be completed by mid-May, and the gallery should reopen by mid-July. For more info about the new Martinez Gallery, e-mail lm2@nycap.rr.com.

JOIN THE CLUB The Williams College Museum of Art has a swell blog, and that blog has a swell new regular feature: the Art of the Month Club. Every month, a member of the Williams College community—a student, faculty member, staffer, artist, community member—will contribute a post about a work in the WCMA collection. The inaugural post is by none other than the college’s president, Adam Falk, who writes about “the enormous bas-relief of the King of Nimrud from the Iron Age of Man.” “To gaze upon this remarkably lifelike man,” he continues, “is to know deeply that the ancient world really did exist.” To read the rest of the entry and see an image of the King of Nimrud, visit wcma.williams.edu/blog/art-of-the-month-club. Don’t forget that the actual, real-world museum is just a drive away in Williamstown, Mass., and admission is always free.

GET UP AND BOOGIE Finally, a brief reminder that there is an excellent opportunity this weekend to shake your moneymaker . . . in Troy . . . for the arts. The River Street Riot is a Saturday night dance party at the Arts Center of the Capital Region (265 River St., Troy) for the benefit of the Arts Center of the Capital Region. There will be live music by the Tichy Boys, swing dance lessons and a swing contest, “pinup girls + rockabilly guys,” a vintage fashion show and date auction, “eats” by Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, sweets, a cash bar, a silent auction and “more throwback fun.” Tickets are a mere $15 in advance, $20 at the door. The fun starts at 6 PM and continues through 11:30 PM. For more info, call Lauren at 273-0552 ext. 229.

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