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.
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?