HELLO: Having just said a reluctant farewell to retiring (and
much-loved) director Raona Roy, the Arts Center
of the Capital Region has announced that Deidra Healy
(pictured) will be their new president and executive director.
A resident of College Park, Md., Healey most recently served
as executive director of the James Renwick Alliance,
the support group of the Smithsonian’s Renwick Gallery.
In other words, she did a lot of what she’ll have to do at
the ACCR: community outreach, organizing lectures and workshops,
and—inescapably—fund-raising. The chairman of the ACCR, William
Fibiger, was quoted (in the press release) as saying that
“Deidre Healy is a skilled arts administrator and advocate,
with more than ten years experience in the arts and education
fields.” Just what a multitasking arts organization like the
ACCR—part art gallery, part arts-crafts-dance school, part
performance venue—needs. Healy assumes the job on March 1.
IT’S NOT EXACTLY THE ACADEMY AWARDS: It’s back. . . . The
Edwood Film Festival, that is. This heady night of
indie cinema (full disclosure—I served as a judge a couple
of years a ago) expands to two nights this year, March 31
at Valentine’s and April 1 at the WAMC Performing
Arts Studio, and to another city on the same nights. (Uh,
Sacramento, Calif.) But this isn’t the point. The first
night will feature 5-minute-or-less films specifically shot
between March 10 and March 13 for the Edwood Film Fest. If
you want to take part in this clearly demented project, visit
ewfilm.com for registration information.
IT’S AN EXHIBIT, IT’S A PARTY: Linda Mussmann and Claudia
Bruce are celebrating 30 years of life and work with the
Mussman/Bruce Archive Project at Time & Space Limited
(434 Columbia St., Hudson). This exhibit, according to Mussmann,
“takes up the whole east side of the TSL building.” From her
description, it should. It’s “filled with 30 years of material,
scripts (over 70 of them), photos, video tapes, audio tapes,
reviewer comments, costumes and much, much more.” All right
then. There is a birthday party for Bruce tomorrow (Feb. 17)
at TSL from 5:30 PM until “the cows come home.” There will
be food, and music provided by the Backporch Rockers.
The exhibit, by the way, will be on view until May. For more
info, call 822-8448.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY DEAR FLAUTIST: Irvin Gilman, cofounder
and flutist with Capitol Chamber Artists, will be celebrating
his 80th birthday in grand style. On Feb. 25, Gilman will
give an 8 PM recital of solo flute music and original poetry
at the CCA’s Albany haunt, the First Congregational Church
(405 Quail St., just off New Scotland Avenue). We don’t know
what Gilman’s poetry is like, but his taste in music is excellent.
The program will include Bach’s Partita in A, Debussy’s
Syrinx, and works by Honegger, Nielsen, C.P.E. Bach
and more. We also know that he’s had impressive careers in
education and performance, including appearances with the
Philadelphia Orchestra and the Symphony of the Air
(hard to believe that the network that brought us Fear
Factor, NBC, once had their own well respected, in-house
symphony orchestra). For 12 years he was assistant principal
flutist with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra; for 15
years he was principal flutist with the Albany Symphony
Orchestra. You know, Gilman really should be charging
more than $5 for this performance.
WE HAVE SOMETHING TO EXPRESS, TOO: And speaking of multitaskers
. . . when she’s not nosing out news, Metroland editor
Miriam Axel-Lute writes, among other things, poetry.
Poetry that people not only read, they like. She’s giving
two readings this week, tonight (Thursday, Feb. 16) at 7:30
PM as part of an open mic at the Lark Street Bookshop
(215 Lark St., Albany) and Wednesday (Feb. 22) at 8 PM at
Red Square (388 Broadway, Albany). Also on the bill
at Red Square: Josh Turner, aka Algorythm.