NOT JUST FOR THE ETERNAL 16-YEAR-OLD MALE: Steve Martin once
stated·back when it was possible to joke about such
things·that ·food and sex go together like teenagers
and drugs.· Well, you know what else goes well together?
Pretty girls and robots. Just look at the magnificent illustration
on this very page, One More Thing to Worry About (2006) by
Bill Zeman; it·s as if the robot and the space girl
would be incomplete without the other. The creators at the
Upstate Artists Guild had no trouble intuiting this rather
obvious concept, and will be opening the exhibit Pretty Girls
& Robots tomorrow (Friday, May 12) at their gallery at
247 Lark St., in Albany, with a reception from 5:30-8:30 PM.
On display will be 66 works of art by 36 artists from 11 states.
Pretty Girls & Robots runs through June 2. For more
info, visit upstateartists guild.org.
THEY·RE ABOVE GROUND AGAIN: Albany Underground Artists
have been doing their thing again, getting the former DiNapoli
Opticians building at 457 Madison Ave., Albany, ready for
their newest exhibit. Unification ·debuts· to
the public tonight (Thursday, May 11) with a reception from
6 to 9 PM. Twenty-two artists will be featured, including
Chris Stain, Michael Oatman, Leigh Wen and the usual
assortment of regulars and first-timers. You want variety?
You got it: ·photography, digital media, sculpture,
abstract and representational paintings, tagging and more.·
Free, but a free-will donation of five clams is, er, suggested.
For more info, visit www.albanyunder groundartists.org.
THE KINDNESS OF ROCK STARS: After all those years fighting
the good fight against corporate greed, we know what swell
fellows the guys in Pearl Jam are. Through their Vitology
Foundation, they dedicate a portion of the tickets sales from
each concert to charity. To get to the point, PJ are coming
to the Pepsi tomorrow (Friday) night, and the local organization
that will benefit is Grand Street Community Arts. GSCA, you
may recall, are the Mansion Neighborhood-based community arts
organization that are in the process of renovating St. Anthony·s
Church at the corner of Madison Avenue and Grand Street in
Albany. Pearl Jam have committed to donating $1 per ticket
sold to GSCA, which will help support the programs like Youth
Organics. Youth Organics (aka YO!) began in 2004 as an inner-city
·farm to market· gardening program for neighborhood
teens. This year, in partnership with Honest Weight Food Co-op,
Cooperative Extension, Trinity Institution and the Boys and
Girls Club of Albany, YO! is expanding to more sites around
the South End and Mansion Neighborhood, and hiring a professional
staff. For more details and events, visit www.gscarts.org.
THE HEALING ARTS: Today (Thursday, May 11), from 5: 30-9 PM,
the Mental Health Association of New York State is sponsoring
Life: A Work of Art at the Crossroads (580 Shaker Road, Loudonville).
The contributing artists have all been consumers ·of
mental health services or have a loved one affected by mental
illness one time in their lives.· This show gives them
an opportunity to not only show, but sell, their work. Also,
there will be a silent auction of artist-donated works to
benefit the mental health Anti-Stigma Campaign. For more information,
call the MHANYS at 434-0439.