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by Shawn Stone on May 1, 2013 · 1 comment


Sidewalk chalk artists prep for next week’s contest in front of the Equinox Youth Outreach Center on April 25

TULIP TIME, ALMOST  Though I know you’re excited, Tulip Fest is a week away. Still, it seems worthwhile to make sure a new addition to Tulip Fest is brought to your attention now. And it isn’t going to be in Washington Park, or on State Street near City Hall, either. It’s Drawing Up Central, the 1st Annual Sidewalk Chalk Art Contest. Sponsored by the Central Avenue Business Improvement District and Equinox, the contest will “feature artists from all over the region competing for cash prizes. . . . Families, students and organizations are invited to watch these talented individuals create their masterpieces right on Central Avenue’s sidewalks, and then cast a vote for their favorite.” The chalk action will be on lower Central between Henry Johnson Boulevard and Lexington Avenue from 10 AM to 2 PM on May 11 (that’s a Saturday). The event will be staffed by young people from the Equinox Youth Outreach Center, so come out and show them your support. And think a few kind thoughts against rain of any kind.


MOVIE SANCTUARY  There are two important filmmaker events at the Sanctuary for Independent Media (3361 6th Ave., Troy) this week. First up, tonight (Thursday, May 2) at 7 PM, is Brendan Fay’s Taking a Chance on God. This documentary chronicles the journey of Buffalo-born Jesuit priest John McNeill from childhood through World War II, through his priestly life as a professor and anti-war activist, and into his leading role as a gay rights activist and founder of the LGBT Catholic group Dignity/New York. Of course, he was expelled from the Jesuits. Fay will introduce the film and host a post-screening Q&A. Next, on Wednesday (May 8) at 7 PM, former Troy-based filmmaker Penny Lane returns with Our Nixon. This all-archival documentary uses never-before-seen Super 8 home movies taken by Richard Nixon’s aids at the White House. During Watergate the footage was seized by the FBI and the staffers ended up in the clink. According to the press materials, the aids’ “loss of innocence and their betrayal by the President” is at the heart of the film. Lane will lead a Q&A after the show. Suggested donation for each show is $10, $5 low income citizens. For more info, call 272-2390.

AND, FINALLY, IN SCHENECTADY  Sam Peckinpah made three great Westerns about the end of the Old West. Ride the High Country pits two gallant old cowboys against each other, and then brings them together against a family of feral, vicious murderers; dignity and honor win. Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid is about loss; the wild men of the former frontier destroy themselves while corporate interests swallow up everything in sight. The Wild Bunch, presented Monday at the GE Theatre at Proctors(432 State St., Schenectady) as part of the AFI 100 series, is between these films both chronologically and in terms of its vision. While

William Holden in The Wild Bunch

it is an often apocalyptically bloody series of robberies and showdowns, it also ends optimistically, with some measure of justice meted out and a glimmer of hope for the future. However it is true—as is also often the case with Shakespeare—that most of the principle characters are blown to bits. The Wild Bunch will be screened at 1:30, 4:30 and 7:30 PM on Monday (May 6). For more info, call 346-6204.

Please send notices for events you’d like included in our calendar to calendar@metroland.net. Please note that Metroland has moved to 523 Western Ave., Albany NY, 12203-1617.