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Art Beat


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.

·Shawn Stone

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