COMING SOON FROM THE NEW YORK STATE WRITERS INSTITUTE I had a chance to chat with Donald Faulkner of the New York State Writers Institute about their upcoming visiting writers and fall film series recently. Unfortunately, while there isn’t much room to go into detail right now, suffice to say that they have an eclectic writer’s series lined up. First up tonight (Thursday, Sept. 20) will be the introduction of, and readings by, the new official New York State Author Alison Lurie and New York State Poet Marie Howe. Lurie will receive the Edith Wharton Citation of Merit, and Howe will receive the Walt Whitman Citation of Merit. After the awards ceremony, each writer will read from her work. The ceremony-signing will be held at Page Hall (University at Albany, 135 Western Ave., Albany) at 8 PM. The event is free and open to the public.
The fall film series begins tomorrow (Friday, Sept. 21) at 7:30 PM with a Page Hall screening of Paul Fejos’ lovely 1928 drama Lonesome. (If you read my video column two weeks ago—I know, you probably didn’t, no worries—then you already know about this one.) It’s part of a Future of Film mini-series curated by one of America’s greatest film critics, J. Hoberman. Hoberman’s latest collection of essays, Film After Film, is an exploration of what he describes as the post-film digital era; the films in the series reflect changes in image-making technologies, “globalization and cultural change.” The other films in the series will be Mamoru Oshii’s Avalon (Oct. 5); Goodbye, Dragon Inn (Nov. 2); Once Upon a Time in Anatolia (Nov. 9); and Day Night Day Night (Nov. 30). Hoberman himself will lecture on the subject on Dec. 7 at 8 PM in the Recital Hall (University at Albany, 1400 Washington Ave., Albany). More about what’s coming from the NYSWI next time.
WON’T YOU BE OUR NEIGHBOR? In case you haven’t heard, Metroland recently moved from its former digs in Center Square to new, more compact offices at 523 Western Ave. in Pine Hills. On the one hand, we happily missed out on the revelers pissing behind our dumpster during LarkFest. (OK, everyone else missed out; I stopped by 419 Madison to pick up my old recycling bin, looked out the window, and saw a woman emerge from behind the dumpster. Yay, nostalgia.) On the other hand, we’re just in time for this Sunday’s Upper Madison Street Fair, which is being held just steps from our new front door this Sunday from noon to 5 PM on a closed-off block of Madison Avenue between South Allen and West Lawrence streets. This family-friendly event will feature a wide variety of performers. Musicians will include Frank Jaklitsch, the Lost Radio Rounders, the Golden Notes and Drew and the Grand Spectacular. Also look for an exotic bike contest, a variety of foods including ice cream, pizza, Greek food “and other culinary delights,” and the terpsichorean skills of Emmaus Youth Dancers (from the church around the corner), Capital Region Swing Dancers and the Timeless Tappers. One suggestion: You need to bring your own chair, because none will be available. See you Sunday!