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by Shawn Stone on January 10, 2013

 

GALLERY SEEKS ARTISTS, PROPOSALS  The Lake George Arts Project is seeking “regional and national, emerging and established artists” to send their exhibition proposals to the Courthouse Gallery. They will give preference to “experimental or non-traditional” work made in the last two years. You’ll need to prepare 10 to 12 images of recent work as jpgs on a CD, along with a hardcopy of your resume, statement, image list and a SASE for a reply. For complete guidelines, e-mail mail@lakegeorgearts.org. The mailing address to tender your proposal is LGAP Gallery Committee, 1 Amherst St., Lake George NY 12845. The postmark deadline is January 31.

SOME PIG  Steamer No. 10 Theatre, our neighbor half a block away across Western Avenue, are continuing the Kids’ Fare Series with their current production of E.B. White’s beloved Charlotte’s Web. Surely you know the story of Wilbur the pig, who lives with a variety of critters (including Templeton the rat) on the farm, and is saved by Charlotte the spider by means of some witty web spinning? No? Well, bring the kids to this production, and then read them the book. Ric Chesser directs; the cast features Alain Ackerman, Charity Buckbee, Evan Jones and Jennifer Lefsyk. Steamer No. 10 Theatre (500 Western Ave., Albany) will present Charlotte’s Web this Saturday and Sunday (Jan. 12-13) at 3 PM. Tickets are $15 at the door. The production continues through Jan. 21. Visit steamer10theatre.org for details.

ROAD TO NOWHERE  The AFI 100 Series continues Monday (Jan. 14) at the GE Theatre at Proctors with the film that really freaked out Hollywood in 1969, Dennis Hopper’s Easy Rider. Though Bonnie and Clyde and The Graduate drew hordes of hippies to the cinema palaces of the day, those films were made within the studio system. Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper’s biker odyssey, though distributed by Columbia Pictures, came from outside the system. It cost little to make, and made a pile of money. It also, finally, launched Jack Nicholson into star status with his Oscar-nominated role as a drunken Southern lawyer. If you haven’t seen it, do. It’s a bittersweet testament of a long-dead era. Easy Rider will be screened Monday at the GE Theatre at Proctors (432 State St., Schenectady) at 3, 5:15 and 7:30 PM. Tickets are $5. For more info, call 346-6204.

 

THE HILLS HAVE EARS  We received a call this week from a gentleman who hoped we would be writing a preview for the Palace Theatre’s Monday (Jan. 14) screening of The Sound of Music. (He also wanted to know if we had any press photos from the film in our archive. Alas, no: Thanks to the move, we don’t have a physical archive any more.) So, to oblige this interested reader, here are a few words on Robert Wise’s much-loved version of the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical. It’s big. It’s beautifully photographed in 70 MM ’scope, with color by Deluxe. The songs are catchy. Julie Andrews is magnetic. The Nazis are evil. Christopher Plummer is a badass. “Edelweiss” is not the Austrian national anthem. And this is not the sing-along version, so everybody please shut up. The Sound of Music will be screened Monday at 7 PM at the Palace Theatre (19 Clinton Ave., Albany). Tickets are $5, $3 kids. The running time is nearly 3 hours, so bring lots of money for snacks.