MADISON THEATER PREMIERES Two locally made films are having world premieres at the Madison Theater. As Miriam Axel-Lute detailed in this week’s Looking Up (see page 4), there will be screenings at the Madison at 7 and 9 PM tonight (Thursday, Jan. 17) of The Throwaways, a documentary/memoir directed by Albany residents Ira McKinley and Bhawin Suchak. The Throwaways is McKinley’s personal narrative, and, in part shows his involvement with Occupy Albany.
On Friday through Sunday (Jan. 18-20), filmmaker Sal Fusco will be showing Off Limits, in which he stars as Joey, a Brooklyn waiter who makes the serious mistake of having a fling with a mob guy’s girlfriend, gets found out, and has to take it on the lam. The film has some serious co-stars: Vincent Pastore (The Sopranos) and Joe D’Onofrio (A Bronx Tale, Goodfellas, and appearances as one of the crew on 30 Rock). Fusco explains that, except for the opening credits (which were shot in the Bronx), the entire $8,000, 32-minute film was shot on the streets of Schenectady. And three Schenectady landmarks have onscreen roles, too: Cornell’s Restaurant, Pinhead Susan’s and The Van Dyke.
Off Limits will be shown each evening (again, Friday-Sunday) at 6:30 PM and tickets are $5. However, there’s a special deal: For $11.50, you can watch Off Limits and then stick around for the brand-new release Broken City, a crime drama starring Mark Wahlberg, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Russell Crowe. Remember, all this cinemagic is happening at the Madison (1036 Madison Ave., Albany). Call 438-0040 for info.
LATE LISTING This didn’t make it into the calendar—it will be there next week, promise—but there’s an artist reception this Saturday (Jan. 19) from 5-7 PM for the exhibit Viewfinder at the Good Purpose Gallery (40 Main St., Lee, Mass.). The photographers in the show are Paul Solovay, Charles Steinhacker, Charlie Jacobs, Chris Ray and Dominick Avellino. The show is on view through Feb. 12. For more info, call (413) 394-5045.
DEADLINE APPROACHING Just a reminder, Jan. 31 is the deadline to submit your film for consideration for the Knickerbocker Film Festival. For more info, visit knickfilmfest.com.
THIS JUST IN Just got a notice that the Frequency North presentation of a Nitty Gritty Slam at the College of Saint Rose on Feb. 7 has been “CANCELLED and has not been rescheduled.” The rest of the fine literary series is still good to go. Kaya Oakes and David Yezzi will be at the Hubbard Interfaith Sanctuary (CSR, 959 Madison Ave., Albany) at 7:30 PM on March 21; Darin Strauss and Michael Meyerhofer will be in the Standish Rooms (Events and Athletics Center, CSR, 420 Western Ave., Albany) at 7:30 PM on March 28. For more info, visit frequencynorth.com.
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