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.
For Beauty—and History
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.