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by Shawn Stone on March 20, 2014


Monty Python's Life of Brian at the Palace

MOVIES MOVIES MOVIES  This edition of Ye Olde Art Beat should more properly be called Ye Olde Movie Beat. There are an amazing variety of excellent films screening around the region this week.

Tonight (Thursday, March 20) at 7 PM, The Linda, WAMC’s Performing Arts Studio (339 Central Ave., Albany), hosts one of their regular Food for Thought documentary events. The film is God Loves Uganda, which “explores the role of the American evangelical movement in Uganda, where American missionaries have been credited with both creating schools and hospitals and promoting dangerous religious bigotry.” These “missionaries” and their political supporters among the conservative power structure in the United States have been up to some serious mischief in Africa. As per usual with these nifty Food for Thought events, there will be food samples provided by the Honest Weight Food Co-op, and live music; tonight’s performer is guitarist Jack Empie. Tickets are $8. For more info, call 465-5233 ext 4.

There’s a terrific and now five-year-old festival of short videos on Sunday (March 23) from 3 to 5 PM at the Charles R. Wood Theater in Glens Falls: The Peoples Pixel Project. Presented by the Lake George Arts Project, the festival “was created to provide live audience exposure to professional and emerging videographers and to foster local interest and growth in the medium.” Tickets are $10 at the door; visit lakegeorgearts.org for more info.

Feeling the still-hanging-on winter blues? That estimable British comedy troupe cheerfully invite you “always look on the bright side of life” Monday evening (March 24) at 7 PM, when the Palace Theatre (19 Clinton Ave., Albany) will screen Monty Python’s Life of Brian. The story of Brian (played by Graham Chapman), the poor schmuck born in the manger next door to Jesus Christ, lampoons politics, brutal Romans, imperialism, religious factionalism, cults, lisping Romans, and all manner of life at the beginning of the Christian Era. There are also, of course, dick jokes. It does not, however, lampoon Christ himself—a point lost on protestors when the film was originally released. The Pythons themselves consider it their best screen work. Tickets are $5. Visit palacealbany.com for more info.

Who's Afraid of Virgina Woolf at the GE Theatre at Proctors

Also on Monday, the GE Theatre at Proctors (432 State St., Schenectady) will continue their terrific AFI 100 series with the Mike Nichols film of Edward Albee’s landmark drama Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? The evening-long, alcohol-fueled battle of wits between an unhappily married, middle aged college professor and his wife (Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor), and the younger couple (George Segal and Sandy Dennis) they draw into their spiritually bloody pit of endless emotional battle, is, well, a hoot. At this point in her career, Taylor was a force of nature—whether you think what she’s doing is “great acting” is beside the point. She won a Best Actress Oscar for this performance—and squaring off with then-husband Burton, Taylor holds nothing back. Tickets are $5, and screening times are 1:30, 4:30 and 7:30 PM. For more info, visit proctors.org or call 346-6204.



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