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Art Beat

THE OTHER REVOLUTION: For sheer brutality, stupidity and mass political madness in the post-World War II era, it’s hard to top China’s Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution. Beginning in 1964, an ascendant radical movement in China’s Communist Party demonized artists, intellectuals, teachers, engineers

. . . name a profession that didn’t involve farming, and anyone practicing it was a likely target for arrest, prosecution, re-education or death. On Friday and Saturday (June 16-17) at 7:30 PM, Time & Space Limited (434 Columbia St., Hudson) will be screening Morning Sun, a “psychological documentary” about the Cultural Revolution. As Entertainment Weekly wrote, “the movie draws us into the annihilating fervor of an era in which purge followed upon purge, in escalating waves of terror and control.” Tickets are $5 for TSL members, $7 general admission. For more info, call 822-8448.

TAKE A BOW: Local author, poet, educator and martial artist Joseph Cardillo has had great, continuing success with his book Be Like Water. It’s now in its third printing here in the states; a German edition, Sei Sanft und Kraftvoll: Wie Das Wasser, has just been published; and a Russian translation will be issued—in Russia, naturally—later this year. Now, Marlowe/Avalon Books have just published Cardillo’s follow-up volume, Bow To Life: 365 Secrets From the Martial Arts for Daily Life. The title is more-or-less self-explanatory; Cardillo suggests, with what we hope is insight and clarity, ways to apply the principles of martial arts to getting through the day. Cardillo will be signing copies of Bow To Life tomorrow (Friday, June 16) at 7 PM at the Barnes and Noble on Wolf Road in Colonie. If you go to his Web site, www.josephcardillo.com, there is a complete list of upcoming readings and signings—including an across-the-state tour in July that will bring the author to Watertown, Buffalo, Ithaca, Saratoga Springs, Victor (that’s part of greater suburban Rochester, for you non-Western New Yorkers) and more—and TV appearances. For more info, visit the Web site or, better yet, ask the author himself tomorrow night.

 

RUN AWAY TO FIND YOURSELF: That’s what author and former Times Union city desk editor Lori Soderlind did, and it worked for her. She recounts this personal journey in her new memoir, Chasing Montana; in an e-mail, Soderlind explained that “I sometimes call it a cross between Thelma and Louise and Brokeback Mountain, only this time, Geena Davis is a lesbian and no one dies in the end.” She will be reading from the book tonight (Thursday, June 15) at 7 PM at the Borders in beautiful downtown Saratoga Springs; she will at the Borders on Wolf Road in Colonie on June 22 at 7 PM.

 

GOOD FOOD, GOOD FILM: The Honest Weight Food Co-op is celebrating its 30th anniversary this month. That’s three decades of organic wholesomeness and community cooperation. As part of the celebration, the Spectrum Theatres in Albany will host two screenings of filmmaker/RPI prof Branda Miller’s new documentary, Honest Weight Food Co-op: A Really Great Place to Shop! on Wednesday (June 21) at 6:30 and 8:30 PM. The screenings are free; the Co-op instructs us that “to reserve seats, tickets may be picked up at the Spectrum Theatre box office on June 21, the day of the show.” For more info, visit the Honest Weight Web site at www.hwfc.com.

 

THE NEXT STAGE: The Woodstock Playhouse happily announced this week that construction of their new stage is almost complete. “At the present time,” reported Woodstock Arts Board president Joan Roberts, “the stage is just about finished as are the professional quality actors’ dressing rooms.” Thanks to a grant from New York state—and a “hugely successful” fundraiser last August with Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward—they were able to start construction in December 2005. The announced lineup of performances this summer includes the Puppet People production of Legend of Sleepy Hollow (July 1); Steven Brinberg in Simply Barbra (as in drag, as Streisand, July 8); a concert with the Radiators (July 21); Galumpha Dance Company (July 29); another concert, with Buckwheat Zydeco (Aug. 5); Goowins Balloowins presentation—with audience participation—of Peter Pan (Aug. 12); and the Missoula Children’s Theatre production of Cinderella. For more info, call the Woodstock Playhouse box office at (845) 679-4101.

—Shawn Stone

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