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YO, ARTISTS: The City of Albany wants you. The city is planning a series of visual art exhibitions in Pine Street Park downtown for August 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31 (all Wednesdays), and the special events office is inviting you (yes, you) to apply to participate. Eligible media will include “watercolor, acrylic, pastel, oil, photography sculpture and fabric design.” The deadline for your application is June 20. Where would one obtain an application, you may be wondering? Send your application request to: Summer in the City Art Fair, City Hall Room 402, Albany, NY 12207. For more info, call 434-5416.


NOT THE GROSS HORROR FLICK, BUT AN ARTS COLLECTIVE: SAW, aka the newly-formed Salem Art Works, is teaming up with the Arts 220 Gallery & Studio (220-A Main St., Salem) for an exhibit of works by SAW artists on June 4, from 4 to 6 PM. This will be followed by an evening with the artists at SAW’s home base on the former Carlos Cary farm (19 Cary Lane, Salem). This is “the first collaboration” between Arts 220 founder Ruth Barngrove Sauer, gallery associates Caroline Hooke and David O’Keefe, and SAW founder Anthony Carfritz. For more info, e-mail Jackie Keren at


WOULDN’T YOU REALLY RATHER SEE A BUICK? This Sunday (May 29), members of the upstate New York chapter of the Buick Club will park their classic GM beauties on the front lawn of the Saratoga Automobile Museum in the Saratoga Spa State Park. Why? So you can check ’em out, why do you think? Classic models—“especially from the ’30s and ’40s,” according to the press release—will roll onto the lawn at 10 AM, and remain there until 2 PM. So don’t dawdle. Admission is $7, $5 seniors, $3.50 for kids from 6 to 16 and, of course, free to museum members. For more info, call the museum at 587-1935.


TOP HAT, WHITE TIE & TAILS: Community Arts United have teamed up with Elda’s on Lark for The Art Party, to be held at the restaurant (207 Lark St.) on Saturday, June 4 at 11 PM. There will be “hors devours, cash bar and entertainment.” Semi-formal attire is requested; tails should be OK. Tickets are $10 prior to May 30; $12 after May 30. Our press release-slash-invitation wasn’t any more specific, so call CAU at 788-5254 for the scoop.

Destroying the Theater in Order to Save It
photo:Alicia Solsman

The demolition of Proctor’s Theatre’s current stage house is in—please forgive us—full swing. On Friday, May 20, at 2:30 PM EDST, the familiar wall with the Proctor’s logo painted on it was bashed in real good to make way for the new Proctor’s stage house—bigger, larger and generally more huge—which will allow the (altered) Schenectady landmark to host bigger traveling productions.



Re-Opening Night
photo:Rick Marshall

For the first time in nearly two years, the marquee of the Madison Theater was lit for local cinephiles Friday (May 20) evening. The Albany landmark opened with little fanfare for two showings of Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, attracting longtime supporters, neighbors and various passers-by to the venue’s “soft opening.” Theater owner Joseph Tesiero plans to let the Madison ease its way back to full operation, opening one screen at a time in order to tackle the problems associated with such a long period of abandonment (such as the recent plumbing problem that stalled the opening of the theater’s concession stand) as they crop up. Despite a few operational glitches Friday evening, the theater’s staff insists that the show will indeed go on, with film schedules available on the theater’s new Web site ( and the theater hotline (438-0040).

—Rick Marshall



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