MYTHBUSTING Connie Frisbee Houde, the photographer who has done so much to give us a window into life in Afghanistan over the last decade of endless war, now turns her lens on West Africa. Her latest exhibit is Debunking the Myth of Voodoo and Slavery—A Journey in West Africa. Opening today (Thursday, Jan. 24) at Siena College’s Yates Gallery (which is in the Standish Library), these images were captured on Frisbee Houde’s September 2012 journeys in Ghana, Togo, Benin and Burkina Faso. As she writes in the exhibit notes, “we were invited to participate in these magnificent festivals full of joy, laughter, storytelling, singing, drumming, dancing and mystery.” There is an opening reception tonight from 5-8 PM, with an artist talk at 6 PM in Standish Library room L26. The exhibit will remain on view through March 15. For more info, call the gallery at 783-2435.
POETRY TIME There are two poetry events Friday (Jan. 25) worth your attention. In Albany, curators James Belflower and Matthew Kane will introduce the Yes! Poetry and Performance Series at 8 PM at the Social Justice Center (33 Central Ave., Albany). The featured poet-author-performers are Cleveland-based Joshua Ware, international traveler Eunai Joh (who has said that she feels most at home in airports) and experimental noise artist Zovi. For more info, look it up on The Facebook—at least that’s what the curators suggest. Or you could just wander over to Central Avenue around 8 o’clock. The other event Friday is Poets Raise Their Voices at 7 PM at Time and Space Limited (434 Columbia St., Hudson). This event marks the 150th anniversary of Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation, and will feature Derick Anderson, Ifatayo Cobbins, Alexis Marie, and Cara Benenson. There’s a potluck at 6:30 PM. Admission is $7.50, $5 members. For more info, call 822-8448.
AT’S A FINE, BOSS The AFI 100 series at Proctors continues Monday (Jan. 28) with the Marx Brothers’ comedy A Night at the Opera. This was one of their biggest hits, and something of a comeback for Groucho, Harpo and Chico Marx. A Night at the Opera isn’t as anarchic as their earlier movies, but it’s special for the brilliant comic timing on display. The boys did a vaudeville tour honing the film’s setpieces, and it shows: A breakfast scene in which the trio outwits a dumb Irish cop is particularly hilarious, and the deliriously absurd exchanges between know-it-all Groucho and dumb-like-a-fox Chico reach previously unscaled heights. (“You can’t fool me, there ain’t no sanity clause.”) Silent Harpo is a feral force of nature, and, yes, he plays the harp. Bonus: You get to see Kitty Carlisle Hart, whom the larger theater at the Egg is named after, in her opera-singing prime. Finally, a clarification on the oft-mispronounced name “Chico” Marx: It’s pronounced “Chick-o,” not “Cheek-o.” Leonard “Chico” Marx was fake Italian, not fake Hispanic, and the nickname refers to the “chicks” he spent most of his time chasing. A Night at the Opera screens Monday at 7:30 PM on the Mainstage screen. Tickets are $5. For more info, call the box office at 346-6204.
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