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Natural abstraction: Anne Francey’s Yellow Scroll with Green End (2006).

Art Beat

KEEPING IT REGIONAL: Carrie Haddad Gallery’s latest exhibition, which opens today (June 8) and continues through July 9, is part of their “continued effort to represent regional artists.” Or, as Ms. Haddad put it, “One of the great pleasures in running a gallery is sharing in the development of artists and their work over time.” While a critic once complained to me that it was difficult to review shows at the Haddad gallery because of, as they saw it, a consistent lack of unified themes, that seems beside the point. Getting to know the work of three disparate but rewarding artists seems more than worthwhile. The current exhibit showcases the abstract paintings of Shawn Snow; the landscape and “conceptual narrative” paintings of David Konigsberg; and paintings of Anne Francey, which blur the lines between representation and abstraction. For more information, call 828-1915. The gallery is at 822 Warren St. in Hudson.

 

UNIFEM WANTS YOU: Bet you didn’t know that UNIFEM—that’s the United Nations Development Fund for Women—has a Berkshire chapter, did you? They do. And they have just announced a “call for works” for their 4th all-women’s juried art exhibition, FEMINART, which will be held at the Lenox Library’s Welles Gallery (Main Street, Lenox, Mass.) from Aug. 6-18. The deadline to submit works is July 15; please contact Jane Phelan-Falcone at (413) 243-6007 for the rules and entry forms. The judges, by the way, will be Gabrielle Senza, founder of the Red Collaborative; Megan Whilden, executive director of the Pittsfield Cultural Council; and Hope Sullivan, executive director of IS183.

 

THE NIGHT ORSON SAID BOO TO AMERICA: It was one of the coolest Halloween pranks ever played on a gullible public, and it wasn’t even intentional. On Halloween night, 1938, Orson Welles and his Mercury Theatre of the Air (including Agnes Moorehead, Ray Collins and Joseph Cotton) presented, on CBS radio, a modern adaptation of H.G. Welles’ The War of the Worlds as a series of news broadcasts. By the end of the first half hour, the aliens had gassed everyone in New York City to death—and most of the country was in a panic. This weekend, Round Arts—an interesting arts group devoted to bringing a diverse set of performances to the Round Lake Auditorium—will, in conjunction with Skidmore College, host a re-creation of Orson Welles (and Howard W. Koch’s) radio play by the SITI Company at, where else, the Round Lake Auditorium. (You know, in Round Lake.) Proceeds will go to Round Arts. Tickets are $20 for just the performance; $75 for a reception and “talk back.” Round Arts’ Barbara Gulan is excited about this performance, and the upcoming shows they’ll be bringing to the Auditorium. For reservations, call 899-7141.

 

A FRUITFUL COLLABORATION: Photography students from Niskayuna High School and students from Sunnyview Rehabilitation Hospital’s Studio Arts Project teamed up for an innovative and inspiring exhibition, My World and Welcome To It, now on view at the Viewpoint Gallery at Sunnyview. The Sunnyview students, most of whom are “over 50 years old,” and have “major physical disabilities,” were given disposable black & white cameras—which are pretty cool in themselves, I like them—and went out to photograph whatever interested their muses. The resulting images were then developed and photoshopped in collaboration with the Niskayuna students. According to the director of the Viewpoint Gallery, Ruth Hall Daly, everyone involved was happy with how it turned out. See for yourself: The Viewpoint Gallery is open daily between 8 AM and 8 PM in the gallery space in the hallway between Sunnyview and Ellis Hospital in Schenectady.

 

HEARTWARMING HARLOTS: I’ve been meaning to make note of this for some time, but have been inexplicably remiss. The Lipstick Lovelies, who previously plied their naughty trade as sassy vaudeville performers in the Hudson area, have been packing them in at Tess’ Lark Tavern (453 Madison Ave.) in Albany on a more-or-less monthly basis for a while now. They’re coming back for a three-night stand (performance-a trois) the weekend of June 22-24, with nightly shows. (Specifically, June 22 at 7:30 PM; June 23 at 9:30 PM; and June 24 at 8 PM.) We mention this because of the festive seasonal theme: “Prom Queens!” Yep, they’re going to “bring back the age of new wave and hard rock” dressed in, er, you know, high-school type outfits. Whatever those are. Admission is $15. For more info, call 463-9779 or visit www.lipsticklovelies.com.

—Shawn Stone

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