ALBANY BARN GRAND OPENING After years of organizing and plenty of hard work, the Albany Barn is celebrating the opening of their Academy Lofts in the former St. Joseph’s Academy today (Thursday, April 17) from 5:30-7:30 PM. The result of a dynamic partnership between Albany Barn, the Albany Housing Authority and the City of Albany, these artist lofts (and their artist tenants) are intended to serve as an arts anchor for the surrounding community. Today there will be facilities tours, displays and light refreshments. The event is free and open to the public; please RSVP by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 427-1186. The Academy Lofts are located at 56 Second St. in Albany, at the intersection of Second and North Swan streets. For more info about the lofts and the nearby Stage 1 gallery, visit albanybarn.org.
THREE AUTHORS, ONE SCHOOL Today (Thursday, April 17) beginning at 5 PM, the College of Saint Rose will celebrate three faculty authors and their books at one event in the Events and Athletic Center’s Standish Rooms (420 Western Ave., Albany). The authors? Kenneth Krauss, whose Male Beauty: Postwar Masculinity in Theater, Film and Physique Magazines will be published next month by SUNY Press; Hollis Seamon, whose dark Young Adult novel Somebody Up There Hates You was published by Algonquin Young Readers in August 2013; and Daniel Nester, who compiled the incredible poetry collection The Incredible Sestina Anthology (pictured), which was published by Write Bloody in October 2013. There will be readings, and the event is open to the public (otherwise it wouldn’t be mention in this column). For more info, call 454-5102.
WEIRD, WONDERFUL The GE Theatre will host the weird and wonderful this week. The folks at It Came From Schenectady will provide the seriously weird shit on Saturday (April 19) at 7 PM with an R-rated program of video mash-ups by DJ XL5 titled Spandex Zappin’ Party, followed by KISS (yep, them) in their vintage, PG-rated feature film, Attack of the Phantoms. Tickets are $9, $6 students with I.D. No more explanation is needed, right?
Then, on Monday (April 21) at 3:30, 5:30 and 7:30 PM, the AFI 100 series continues with Charles Chaplin’s City Lights. The comedy is hilarious; the pathos is genuinely touching. In his penultimate appearance as the Little Tramp, Chaplin falls in love with a blind flower girl and makes Herculean efforts to help her. City Lights isn’t rated, but it’s as family friendly as can be. All tickets are $5. For more info, call 346-6204.
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