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ART MEETS BOTANY: John Clarke’s technique in creating his flower art seems like a digital-mechanical echo of the organic process in itself. Clarke collects and presses the flowers himself, and then the pressed flowers are “placed on glass and scanned four times in red, green, blue and black.” The resulting images, printed on “fine art papers,” are treated with powdered pigmented inks, and rolled over with a “heat fuser.” You’ll be able to view Clarke’s delicate, almost abstract images (like Love in the Mist, pictured) at the Berkshire Frame Works Art Gallery (740 Williams St., Pittsfield, Mass.) from April 9-30. The artist’s reception is on April 9 from 3 to 5 PM. For more info, call the gallery at (413) 443-0106.


DOIN’ IT FOR COHOES: I think it was Winston Churchill (or Pat Metheny) who said, “As goes the Cohoes Music Hall, so goes Cohoes.” In this spirit of artistic and civic support, then, we are happy to turn your attention to the Second Annual Cohoes Music Hall Gala, to be held at the Music Hall (35 Remsen St., Cohoes) this Saturday, April 2 at 6 PM. Following a cocktail reception and silent auction, 50 local notables will sing and/or dance in the classic Broadway style. Look for newscasters Traci Egan, Kumi Tucker, Jerry Gretzinger and Brian Taffe, too. And all this for a measly 35 clams. Call 237-7999 for info.

—Shawn Stone

You Gotta Get Out to Get In

A skilled technician from Cinema Service & Supply was busy yesterday (Wednesday, March 30) dismantling the old projector system at the Palace Theatre in Albany. This is, of course, to make way for the new projection equipment that will allow movies to once again be shown at the Albany jewel.

photo:Chris Shields

TEE HEE HEE: Local comedians found no shortage of laughs last week as an amateur comedy competition organized by the Comedy Works in downtown Albany brought more than 40 funnymen—and funnywomen—to the stage. The event was held over three nights, and Comedy Works co-owner Tom Nicchi Jr. said he pulled talent for the competition from a few outlying areas of the Capital Region. Still, by the final round, local open-mic regulars took center stage at the event. Steve Adiletta, a 21-year-old comic beginning to get some professional notice, was eventually voted champion joke-jockey, while another local favorite, Aaron Ward, took second place. Nicchi said the turnout for the event—which was initially considered a test to see how popular such a competition might be—exceeded expectations, with some nights drawing as many audience members as usually turn out for professional comics. Nicchi said he plans to make a regular event out of the competition in the hope of drawing attention to Albany’s burgeoning comedy scene.

—Rick Marshall







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