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ART BEAT

GOODBYE, 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.

—Shawn Stone

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