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by Shawn Stone on October 3, 2012


MOE WHO?  This seems as direct a way as any to spell out the correct pronunciation of MoHu, as in MoHu Fest, the 10-day-long, Capital Region-plus arts festival that begins tomorrow (Friday, Oct. 5) with events spread out all over our readership area. (Though I still want to saw “moe-hew,” because I am hardheaded.) This is the second coming of MoHu; this year they’ve cooked up a splashy website (mohufest.com) with a complete schedule of events, downloadable wallpapers and a link to a flashy merch page. (The T-shirts sure look nice.) Highlights of the opening weekend include a MoHu-themed 1st Friday in Albany; art studio “open houses” in Wilton, Gloversville, Ballston Spa and more; a lecture by Stephanie Rose at the Albany Institute of History & Art (6-7 PM, Friday, Oct. 5) on the exhibit of her work, The Eternal Return ; Haunted History Ghost Walks in Saratoga Springs; choreographer-dancer Nora Chipaumire’s performance piece Miriam at EMPAC (8 PM, Friday, Oct. 5); and such tempting theatrical productions as Mary Poppins on the Mainstage at Proctors, Pride@Prejudice at Capital Repertory Theatre and Theatre Institute at Sage’s production of The War of the Worlds at Russell Sage College’s Schacht Fine Art Center. (I caught the preview performance of WOTW last weekend, and cheerfully recommend this re-imagining of Orson Welles’ classic radio drama as both inventive and fun.) There is so much more to MoHu than there is space here to chronicle. Tonight (Thursday, Oct. 4) you can check out Electric City Couture a pre-MoHu kick-off event in the Eclipse Aviation Hanger at Albany International Airport. For more info about this event, visit electriccitycouture.com and go to the MoHu website for the skinny on this sprawling festival of the arts.

Kelci Fargnoli-Peterson in the Theatre Institute’s The War of the Worlds.

PROST!  Fall is here, and it is delightful. Watch the pretty leaves as they fall from the trees. Feel the welcoming chill in the air. And celebrate the season (and German 4- and 2-wheeled cars) at the Saratoga Automobile Museum’s Oktoberfest this Saturday (Oct. 6) from 10 AM-3 PM on the ground of the Saratoga Spa State Park. Sponsored by New Country Porsche, the folks at the museum promise “an array of fine German machinery, food vendors, music and family-friendly games lining the museum grounds . . . for all to enjoy.” It’s free, unless you have a classic German vehicle you’d like to show off—in that case there’s a registration fee. For complete info, visit saratogaautomuseum.org or call 587-1935.

@ THE MUSIC HALL  At the risk of straying into the territory of Herr Music Editor Potter, here’s the lineup for one of best-loved free concert series, Music at Noon at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall. The concerts are at (of course) noon on the second Tuesday of each month during the TSBMH season. Oct. 9: Annie and the Hedonists. Nov. 13: Crane Brass Ensemble. Dec. 11: soprano Margaret Lampasi. Jan. 8: Bill Horrace Band. Feb. 12: Lost Radio Rounders. March 12: Don Marchand’s Renaissance music. April 9: The Huguenot Trio. May 14: pianist Findlay Cockrell. For more info, visit troymusichall.org.