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Woman’s best friend: Our World at the Chapel + Cultural Center.

HE WILL BE MISSED: Unhappy word comes from Albany Poets vice president Mary Panza, who let us know of the “unexpected” passing of poet-musician Pat Covert. Covert, Panza noted, “was an old-school regular from the QE2 days.” His contributions to the scene dated back to the readings hosted by Tom Nattell at the Q. “More recently,” Panza wrote in her e-mail, “Pat had appeared at the New Age Cabaret, Valentine’s, and the 2002 Albany Word Fest.” A special tribute to Covert will be held on Oct. 30 at the next Poets Speak Loud open mic night at the Lark Tavern (453 Madison Ave., Albany), featuring Deb Bump as featured performer. To see a special photo gallery dedicated to Covert, visit www.albany


NOT YOUR TYPICAL OKTOBERFEST: OK, it’s not really any kind of an Oktoberfest, but the combination of Germanic food and Germanic music being offered on Oct. 26 at the Schenectady County Community College made the reference unavoidable. The food will be supplied by the SCCC Culinary Arts Department at 6 PM in the Van Curler Room; the music by the Musicians of Ma’alwyck at 8 PM in the Lally Mohawk Room. The dinner will include sauerbraten (beef marinated in vinegar, then sauced and spiced before cooking) and sachertorte (a dense chocolate cake invented long ago by our Viennese friends). The concert will feature the music of W.A. Mozart, Haydn, J.C. Bach and Leopold Mozart, courtesy of the fine early musical ensemble. Tickets for the event are $50, and must be purchased through the SCCC college store. For reservations, call 377-1606.


DOCUMENTING THE JOURNEY: Photographer Sylvia Aronson and singer-songwriter Rosanne Raneri have teamed up for a performance on Oct. 26 to celebrate the opening of their collaborative exhibit at Troy’s Chapel + Cultural Center (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy). Our World follows the life of a “companion animal”—in this case, a dog—from the cradle to the grave. Aronson’s images will be displayed with Raneri’s verse, to “use spirit and matter, sign and symbol to open the door to engage the viewer . . . in a non-verbal dialogue.” The exhibit opens Oct. 26 with a reception from 5:30 to 7 PM—Raneri will perform at 6:15 PM—and continue through Nov. 20. For more information, call 274-7793.


WHAT’S THE FREQUENCY KENNETH? Why, it’s Frequency North, Dan, the unusual, even “quirky” visiting-writers series at Albany’s College of Saint Rose. It debuted last spring, and the brainchild of Saint Rose assistant English professor Daniel Nester returns on Oct. 26 with The Million Poems Show. This program is planned as a kind of late-night talk show, only with poets, and will be presented at 7:30 PM in the Saint Joseph Hall Auditorium (985 Western Ave., Albany). Nester has explained that “it seemed to me that there’s the New York State Writers Institute and community-based open readings, and there’s nothing in between. . . . This series fills a space with something that Albany hasn’t necessarily had on a regular basis: hip, not necessarily best-selling writers, but ones with a following and who are doing something different and interesting.” So check out The Million Poems Show on Oct. 26, and The Most Special Person Ever Contest with Hal Niedzviecki and Nelly Reifler—also at 7:30 PM, also in the Saint Joseph Hall Auditorium—on Nov. 30. Other events are planned for March and April of next year, so stay tuned. Or check the Web site

—Shawn Stone

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