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The old razzle-dazzle: eba’s dancers do it cabaret style.

photo:Jenn K. Newman

Art Beat

COME TO THE CABARET: On Saturday (March 18) from 7 to 11 PM, Maude Baum and Company Dance Theatre will present their benefit cabaret, . . . and All That Jazz!, at the eba Theater (351 Hudson Ave., Albany). As the image suggests, the good folks at eba promise that this will be “charming, naughty, funny and eyebrow raising.” They unaccountably left out another appropriate adjective—sexy. The songs that will inspire the dancers include such Broadway favorites as “Steam Heat,” “Hey Big Spender,” “Don’t Tell Momma,” “Cell Block Tango” and “All That Jazz”. Of course there will be hors d’oeuvres, desserts and a wine tasting—and cabaret-style seating—to complete the nightclub experience. All proceeds will go to fund eba Creative Arts Projects, programs that benefit the entire Capital Region community. The tickets are $100 (Big Spenders), $50 (Sassy), $25 (Jazzy) and $20 (seniors and students—sorry, no catchy nickname for the cheap seats). For reservations and information, call eba at 465-9916 or visit

SEWING AWARENESS: Emily Rawitsch, to borrow a line from a recent e-mail to this office, “wants your bras.” The 22-year-old Albany artist is currently preparing for her upcoming exhibit Transcend, for which she is turning bras into birds. It’s like this: Last year, Rawitsch lost her mother to ovarian cancer. In thinking of a medium to express the process of healing, Rawitsch settled on taking some intimate object, like a bra, and sewing it into the shape of a bird—as fine a symbol of hope as any. Earlier this year, she began “soliciting donations of bras, each in honor of someone who has been affected by or lost to cancer.” Inside each “bra bird” Rawitsch sews a piece of paper with the name of the woman “being honored or remembered.” Explains Rawitsch: “My mother used to say that sewing was her religion. So I feel like I’m connecting with her in that sense, and it’s very healing. As of a few days ago, she has completed over 450 birds, which will go on display beginning April 7 at Pi Naturals in Troy. For more information, visit www.bra

THE ANNIVERSARY PARTY CONTINUES: As we noted when the first celebratory exhibit opened at the Schenectady Museum, this is the 50th Anniversary of the Oakroom Artists. While that exhibit of works by talented local artists continues at the museum through May 21, a second exhibit has opened. The Oakroom Artists 50th Anniversary Show Part II has opened in the Oakroom Artists Gallery at the First Unitarian Society (1221 Wendell Ave., Schenectady). This show, which runs through April 25, will include many works by past and current members, including founding director Betty Rothe. For information on gallery hours, call 374-4446.

WORTH A DRIVE: The Grammy- nominated Imani Winds, who happen to be one of the most interesting classical chamber-music groups around, will be performing this Saturday (March 18) at 8 PM at the First United Methodist Church in Oneonta. (The street address is 66 Chestnut St., to be precise.) The show is sponsored by SUNY Oneonta’s Oneonta Concert Association. I know what you’re thinking: “Oneonta is so far away.” Not really—it’s just a little over 70 minutes west of the Capital Region on scenic I-88. Anyway, the tickets are only $18 general admission, $6 students. For more info, call (607) 432-0147 or (607) 865-6540.

—Shawn Stone

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