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NEW GALLERY, NEW ART: A new gallery featuring work by local artists will be opening this month in Great Barrington, Mass. The Oxbow Gallery, “named for the bend in the Housatonic River visible from the back of the building,” will kick things off with an exhibition of oil paintings, watercolors, pastels and works in mixed media. (Pictured is Pat Hogan’s watercolor, Roger’s Barn.) An inaugural reception is planned for sometime in April. If it all sounds a little vague, well, sorry—that’s what we were told. For more precise information, call (413) 528-3884.

YOU ARE INVITED: Albany Center Galleries hereby invites you (yes, you) to the reception and artist interviews for the ongoing Mohawk Hudson Regional Invitational, to be held this very afternoon (Thursday, March 3) at 5:30 PM at the Albany Public Library (161 Washington Ave., Albany). The artists to be queried are William Bergman, Marjorie Derrick, Laura Provo-Parker and Robert Longley. The Q&A is at 5:30 PM sharp; a reception will follow. For more info, call ACG at 462-4775.

AWARD SEASON CONTINUES: The New York State Theatre Institute has just learned that the audiobook version of their historical drama, The Heart of Troy, has been nominated for a 2005 Audie. The Heart of Troy, produced in collaboration with the Rensselaer County Historical Society, was written by NYSTI’s own Ed. Lange. The Audie awards will be announced on June 3 at a big bash in New York City’s Central Park jewel, the Tavern on the Green.

HEY QUEER KIDS, DO SOME ART: Last Friday (Feb. 26) saw the inaugural meeting of the Phoenix Q Arts & Media Project, or pQ for short. Founded by Bethlehem grad Harris Kornstein, pQ is intended to provide arts opportunities for queer youth, and foster “leadership, teamwork, creative thinking . . . and problem-solving skills,” and help with the kids self-esteem. According to our own Miriam Axel-Lute, who attended, the first meeting—an open mic held at the Capital District Gay & Lesbian Community Center on Hudson Avenue in Albany—was an impressive success. For more information on the group and future events, visit www.phoenixq.org.

THE NEW HOLY TRINITY: Everywhere you turn these days, art, science and technology are bumping into each other. In this spirit, the Schenectady Museum & Suits-Buech Planetarium is hosting the High Voltage Fields Conference this Saturday (March 5). The conference’s mission is “to explore the receding boundaries . . . while addressing the belief in a critical need for a healthy trinity for a successful society.” There will be a morning session at College Park Hall (450 Nott St., Schenectady) and an afternoon session at the museum (Nott Terrace Heights). The keynote speaker will be 1999 Rockefeller Fellow Natalie Jeremijenko. For more information or to register, call 382-7890 or visit www.schenectadymuseum.org.

SOMETHING ABOUT SARAN WRAP? It has come to our attention that a kind of art “happening” occurred somewhere south of here recently. Technically—as a matter of long-standing policy—the Metroland universe extends north to Montreal, east to Northampton, south to Hudson and west to . . . Schenectady. (We have staked claims on other dimensions, but as of yet lacked the technology for this expansion.) However, in the greater interests of art, we searched the Internet; we channel surfed around our TV, we asked a few of our “artist”-type acquaintances, and we even glanced at the Times Union. Nothing: Artists are notoriously unreliable, but we expected more from Hearst. Apparently, according to an in-house source, a Belgian artist, Crisco, wrapped Rudy Giuliani in tin foil by the 7th Avenue entrance to Pennsylvania Station. Some bumpkins from Long Island took the train in to take pictures, but were ticketed by Homeland Security and removed to an undisclosed location. Giuliani is using the video to raise money for his PAC, though it’s reportedly not selling well—“He should have been in drag,” Cindy Adams is alleged to have commented in her brassy Post style. The artist and his pet monkey have happily returned to the land of waffles to plot another triumph.

—Shawn Stone

 

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