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Two centuries old, but still brand new: Delacroix’s Two Horses.

Art Beat

DELAYED DEBUT: The Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Mass., just added a work to their collection that has been waiting, oh, approximately 178 years for its public debut. French romantic artist Eugène Delacroix painted Two Horses Fighting in a Stormy Landscape circa 1828, and did not exhibit it in his lifetime. Bought at a private auction in 1864, the year following the painter’s death, Two Horses remained in the same family’s collection until recently, when they offered the work to the Clark. (The original auction sticker is still on the canvas.) “This lively work,” explained Clark director Michael Conforti in a press statement, “joins the Clark’s collection of 22 prints and drawings by Delacroix, and is our first painting by the artist.” Now, Two Horses will have its official debut later this summer in the exhibition The Clark Brothers Collect: Impressionist and Early Modernist Paintings, but you can see it on temporary display at the museum through Sunday (April 23). For more information, call (413) 458-2303.

—Shawn Stone

WELCOMING WORDSMITHS: The organizers of Albany’s annual celebration of poetry and poetic community, the Albany Wordfest, made good use of the Internet this year with the first (that we’ve seen at least) online open-mic sign-up list, allowing poets to put their names in weeks in advance, along with their desired slot (either by number or general designations like “early” or “late”), for the two major open-mic portions of the weekend. (The online sign-up had closed as of early this week, but there will still be opportunities to sign up in person). Along with the usual abundance of performances, Wordfest, which is happening this Friday and Saturday at various venues (check out www.albanywordfest.com for the full schedule) is celebrating the active regional poetry scene this year in a couple specific ways: Hosts of poetry open-mic venues have been invited to take feature slots in the open-mic readings as a thank-you for all their hard work and Upstate Artists Guild gallery (247 Lark St., Albany) is opening an exhibit by poet-about-town Dan Wilcox, who has been skillfully keeping a photographic record of a staggering percentage of the poetic activity in the Capital Region for a full 20 years. Wilcox will display some of what he calls “the world’s largest collection of photos of unknown poets.” (But hey, if you’ve been around the area for a while, you might recognize a few.) The exhibit will run through May 5.

—Miriam Axel-Lute

THE SPIRIT OF THE THING: Albany’s Palace Theatre is screening Sideways, that comic ode to the glories of wine, tonight (Thursday, April 20) at 8:30 PM. Well, to put you in the proper mood for a film about the glories of the grape, there is also a reception today at 5:30 PM, where for $75—which includes the reception and reserved seating—you can enjoy tasty Certified Angus Beef treats prepared by Classe Catering and a specially selected wine tasting. Proceeds from the reception will be divided by the Palace and the Center for Disability Services. Even if you don’t go to the reception, a portion of the screening proceeds will go to the cosponsors; movie-only admission is $5. For more info, call the Center for Disability Services at 437-5611 or the Palace at 465-3334.

 

REMEMBER ST. LAWRENCE CEMENT? Also tonight (April 20) at 7 PM, the Sanctuary for Independent Media in Troy will host the Capital Region premiere of Two Square Miles, a documentary about the attempt to build a newer, bigger cement plant in Hudson, and the grass-roots response that stopped it. Coproduced by Niijii Films with WMHT-TV, and funded by the Independent Television Service, Two Square Miles is an attempt to chronicle the conflicts among the people of Hudson as the battle over the plant develops. Filmmaker Barbara Ettinger and Friends of Hudson cofounder Sam Pratt will appear, too. The Sanctuary is in a funky former church building in the wilds of Troy a few blocks north of where Route 7 splits the city, at 3361 6th Ave. Call 272-2390 for info; free-will donations are, well, strongly suggested. C’mon, help an indie venue out, will ya?

 

THE ROBOTS ARE COMING! RUN! The Schenectady Museum & Suits-Bueche Planetarium will host “a dynamic day of discussion and activity” Saturday (April 22) about “the ethics of robot design and use.” Yikes: We’ve always been certain that the robots would win in the end, so this might be too important to miss. The keynote address will be by Chico MacMurtrie of Amorphic Robot Works, there will be a panel discussion will local robot experts, and—here’s the really fun part—a robot “show & tell,” featuring students and hobbyists showing off their homemade ’bots. Admission is $19 ($14 for students and museum members), and walk-up registration is at 9:30 AM. The Museum is at 19 Nott Terrace Heights in Schenectady; call 382-7890 for more details.

—Shawn Stone

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