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photo:Alicia Solsman

A Life, Celebrated

Over 200 family, friends, colleagues and fans came together last Saturday (March 5) at the Westminster Presbyterian Church Hall in Albany for the Tom Nattell Memorial Circus and Benefit. No, there were no jugglers or big cats leaping through flaming rings. The term “circus” was used to signify a kind of big-tent joyfulness that Nattell—beloved poet, activist, columnist, friend and family man—shared with everyone in his life. Storytellers, poets, singers, artists, performance artists and family members contributed to the occasion, including Nattell’s cohorts in Three Guys >From Albany, (l-r) Dan Wilcox and Charlie Rossiter. As noted, the celebration also served as a benefit, specifically for the newly-established Tom Nattell Peace Poetry Prize, which will be awarded annually to an Albany High School student for “a poem that fosters a sense of social responsibility.” Contributions to this fund can be sent to The Community Foundation for the Capital Region, Six Tower Place, Albany NY 12203; checks should be made out to “Community Foundation,” with “Tom Nattell Peace Poetry Prize” entered on the memo line.

photo:John Whipple

Circus of the (Russian) Stars

The Stars of the World Famous Moscow State Circus visited the area last weekend, giving multiple performances in Albany (on Saturday, March 5) at the Sage College of Albany’s gym, and Schenectady (on Sunday, March 6) at the Center City Sports Complex. This photo of an exceedingly limber 13-year-old contortionist is from one of the Albany shows.







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