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The lovely Hudson Valley: Patrick Milbourne’s Blue Waters.

Art Beat

BENEFIT: We love our Hudson River School artists around these parts, so we are passing on this notice related to the father of the Hudson River School, Thomas Cole. For the benefit of the Thomas Cole National Historic Site, Catskill’s M Gallery (located at 350 Main St. in Catskill) is hosting American Landscape Painting: A Tribute to the Catskill Region, a selection of new paintings by award-winning artist Patrick Milbourn. There is an opening reception on May 12 from 6 to 9 PM, but you can preview—and purchase—the paintings to be featured in the show at www.thomas cole.org/preview. (A couple of the paintings have already been sold.) Part of the proceeds will go to benefit Cedar Grove, Cole’s home. Call the gallery at 943-0380 for more info.

 

ROLL FILM: The Little Cinema at the Berkshire Museum is awaking from a long winter’s nap beginning May 5 with the Academy Award-winning South African film Tsotsi. The cinema, you may recall, is open from May through October, with nightly screenings at 8 PM and matinees on Mondays at 2 PM. (Tickets are a reasonable $7 for nonmembers, $5 for members.) It’s also another example of Pittsfield’s continuing commitment to transforming itself from a PCB-contaminated relic of the formerly industrial Northeast to a vibrant cultural Mecca for the entire Berkshire region. Other films coming up include the World War I drama Joyeux Noel (May 12-18), the spelling bee family film Akeelah and the Bee (May 19-25) and the English comedy-drama On a Clear Day (May 26-June 1). For more info, call the museum at (413) 443-7272 or visit www.berkshiremuseum.org.

DRAMATIC SPACE: Another of our favorite venues, Troy’s Gasholder Building, is “opening” for the season on Saturday night (April 29) at 8 PM with a “performance pilgrimage full of humor and surprises” by means of “improvised sound and video pro jection.” (This is Troy, y’all.) The designers-videographers-musicians-electronic lords behind the performance include Diva Devi, Caterina De Re, Surajit Sarkar, Michael Pestel, André O’Neil, Brandon Seekins and half a dozen more. Take our word for it—you may be confused, but you won’t be bored. And then there’s the Gasholder Building itself, a wonderful, acoustically freakish, round 19th-century industrial structure that formerly housed a gasworks; it’s located at the intersection of 5th Avenue and Jefferson Street in South Troy. It’s also a demanding venue: You have to bring your own chair, and the dry dirt floor can lead to hellish dust clouds if folks can’t keep their feet still. So, please, no standing at this show. Honestly, you’ll be grateful you made the effort, both for the acoustics and the ghostly atmosphere. The suggested donation is $5. Oh, and don’t forget to dress warm—it’s unheated.

 

THEY LIKE IT HERE: In January 2005, PearsonWidrig Dance Theater were in residence for a couple of weeks at Skidmore College, where they worked on—and sneak- previewed—Thaw, a dance which explored winter turning into spring, and which they officially debuted on Broadway. Thaw also, by the way, landed on Metroland critic Mae G. Banner’s list of the top 10 dance performances of the year. Well, the artistic directors of the company are back, in a three-week residency at Troy’s Emma Willard School which ends May 6. They are working on a new piece, Katrina, Katrina: Love Letters to New Orleans, which will be a “full evening dance/theater/video performance project.” Emma Willard Dance Company members will be taking part in the performance of this work on May 6 at the Kaastbaan International Dance Center in Tivoli. For more info on the performance, call the center at (845) 757-5106.

—Shawn Stone

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