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Scared ****less

In honor of the season, Fulton Street Gallery will play host to an interactive exhibit designed to examine what we as humans are afraid of. It can be anything, according to the gallery’s press release: “Whether it is the dark, deadlines, disease, debt, dependency, death or the dentist, we’re all scared of something.” (Apparently, the things we’re scared of all start with the letter D.) Scared ****less revisits these fears in a multisensory way. In addition to an interactive installation by Christa Dijstelbergen and John Weiler, the exhibition will feature works by regional artists.

Scared ****less opened at the Fulton Street Gallery (408 Fulton St., Troy) this week; the exhibit will continue through Nov. 26. An opening reception will take place tomorrow (Friday, Oct. 27) from 5:30 to 8:30 PM. For more information, call the gallery at 274-8464, or visit


The Musical Box

When the Musical Box came through town last year with their mind-boggling re-creation of Genesis’ 1974 performances of The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway, it was as if the lucky concertgoers were transported back three decades in a time machine. The Canadian dudes in the Musical Box looked and sounded just like Genesis, in the days when Peter Gabriel was the frontman and they were at full musical strength with Phil Collins, Tony Banks, Mike Rutherford and Steve Hackett.

This is more than music; it’s theater. If you’re not familiar with Genesis in their early days, the band—and Gabriel in particular—brought a sense of theatricality to their shows that suited their dramatic music. On Sunday, the Musical Box returns with a re-creation of the Selling England by the Pound tour at Proctor’s. The set list includes most of that album, along with favorites like “Watcher of the Skies” and the epic “Supper’s Ready.” And you can bet Denis Gagné (Gabriel) will be wearing that flower costume. If all this has you puzzled, check out

The Musical Box will perform at Proctor’s Theatre (432 State St., Schenectady) on Sunday (Oct. 29) at 7:30 PM. Tickets are $40-$25. For reservations, call the box office at 346-6204.

Ray McGovern

Retired Central Intelligence Agency office Ray McGovern is not much loved by the current regime in the White House. While McGovern loyally served seven presidents over three decades for the CIA, he is now a peace activist. He’s so outspoken that mainstream antiwar politicians have disassociated themselves from him. And his Monday appearance at a church in Spencertown was moved from Chatham Village Hall because it was deemed, according to organizers, “too political.”

McGovern is outspoken against the Bush administration’s manipulation of intelligence in the run-up to the current war, and has warned that the same kind of deceit—or worse—will be employed to justify a war with Iran.

Ray McGovern will discuss Holding Our Government Accountable: Exposing Truth and Lies About the War in Iraq on Monday (Oct. 30) at 7 PM at St. Peter’s Presbyterian Church (Route 203, Spencertown). Admission is free. A musical performance by Sheri Bauer-Mayorga, Lincoln Mayorga and Otto Gardner will precede the lecture. For more info, call 766-4091 visit

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