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THE ELECTRIC CITY ON FILM: There’s a new documentary film festival coming to Union College this Saturday (Dec. 2). It’s an all-day affair, too, running from 10 AM to 7 PM in Reamer Campus Auditorium. The theme? “Why Schenectady?” To which we reply, “why not?” Seriously, this will be a judged festival, with cash prizes for the pre-selected finalists. Expect films about anything Schenectady-related—and that’s three centuries of history. Admission is a reasonable $5. For more info, call 346-3181.

 

NOT THE RANKIN-BASS RUDOLPH: Confetti Stage are bringing back their popular production of the snarky, darkly comic play The Eight: Reindeer Monologues again, which should brighten any misanthrope’s Christmas season. What’s new this year is that they’re taking it on the road, with performances in pubs and restaurants. Tonight (Thursday, Nov. 30) at 8 PM they’ll be at Billy Jack’s (77 Central Ave., Albany); on Friday and Saturday (Dec. 1-2) at 8 PM, they’ll be at the Water Works Pub (76 Central Ave., Albany); and on Dec. 8-9 at 11 PM, they’ll be at Tess’ Lark Tavern (453 Madison Ave., Albany). Why? Our sources explain: “It was the director’s idea to take the show on the road due to the content. . . . The show is so preverted that we thought is would . . . do well in restaurants and bars.” We couldn’t agree more.

—Shawn Stone

Enameled For Beauty—and History

On Tuesday (Nov. 28), folks from the Preservation League of New York State and Historic Albany Foundation gathered in front of this post-war gem of a house on Jermain Street in Albany to celebrate the heritage of Lustron homes. What, you may wonder, are Lustron homes? Nifty, post-World War II prefabricated houses manufactured in Ohio, notable for their utilitarian design and handsome, porcelain-coated steel exterior panels. (For a more detailed history, go to Metroland online and read “Built to Last,” by Erin Sullivan, published June 13, 2002.) Only about 2500 of the homes were built; 78 were shipped to the Capital Region, of which 35 survive.

Here, Historic Albany Foundation executive director Susan Holland holds a “check” for $7,000; this is a grant from the Preservation League to help support the cost of the preparations to nominate the Lustron Homes to the New York State and National Registers of Historic Places.

—Shawn Stone

 

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