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STAYING FRESH: Just because an event happens twice every year, that doesn’t mean it doesn’t remain challenging and intriguing. This weekend and next, Albany’s eba Theatre (351 Hudson Ave., Albany) will host the latest edition of Maude Baum and Company’s Brave New Dances. New choreographies—“first drafts” of new choreographies, to be precise—will include a solo work by Deb Rutledge (Evaporating Poisoned Memories, pictured); a group dance by Maude Baum; collaboration between Rutledge and Sarah Schmidt; a group piece by Kate Bowen; and dances by first-time choreographers Lynn Hasselbarth and Katie Newhall. Performances are Saturday (Nov. 4) at 8 PM and Sunday (Nov. 5) at 6 PM; tickets are $10 adults, $8 seniors and students. There will be additional shows Nov. 10-11. For more info, call 465-9916.

THE PLAY’S THE THING: We’ll get to the alluded-to drawing in a minute; first, let us remind you that Stageworks/Hudson will host their Annual Fall Gala this Saturday (Nov. 4), beginning at 5:30 PM, at their arts complex at 41-A Cross St. in Hudson. The festivities begin with a reception in the Gallery at Stageworks/Hudson, followed by a live auction in the Max and Lillian Katzman Theater, dinner back in the gallery at 7 PM, and, finally, the First Annual Stageworks One Minute Play Festival. This should be quite an evening; remember to “dress theatrically.” There are a few tickets left for the big event, call 828-7843.


PUPPET TIME AGAIN: The folks at the Sanctuary for Independent Media aren’t afraid of last-minute bookings. We just learned that the Bread and Puppet Theater group will stop by the old church in Troy on Wednesday (Nov. 8) at 7 PM for a show about “the test tire burn that International Paper Company in Ticonderoga, N.Y., plans to begin on 6 November.” With the help of the Bread and Puppet Brass Band, the puppet people will present skits such as. . . . “The Executives of International Paper Present The Everything Is Going to Be Fine Dance.” “Mr. Spare Tire Himself Dances On the Ashes of the Clean Air and Water Act.” “The Northeast Kingdom Cow Choir Sings Their Song of Protest.” Sounds like fun, eh? The show is at the Indy Media church on 3361 6th Ave., Troy; there’s a potluck supper at 6 PM; tickets are $10, $5 students/low-income patrons; and the info line is 272-2390.


DO IT AGAIN: Apparently, these First Friday art events in Albany are turning out to be a big success. The multi-gallery October event drew, we are informed, “over 450 people to Center Square.” The next event is tomorrow night (Friday, Nov. 3) from 6 to 9 PM at Ambrose + Sable Gallery (306 Hudson Ave.), Romaine Brooks Gallery (332 Hudson Ave.), Upstate Artists Guild (247 Lark St.), Albany Underground Artists (197 Lark St.), Silver Fox Enterprises (302 Lark St.) and, further uptown from 5 to 7 PM, the Visions Gallery (40 N. Main Ave.). Why not see for yourself?

—Shawn Stone

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