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Art Beat

Just like Ms. Rand: eba’s Benefit Cabaret.

SHAKIN’ IT FOR A GOOD CAUSE: Maude Baum and Company Dance Theatre must have done pretty well last year, as this Saturday (March 10) will see them perform the 2nd Annual Benefit Cabaret . . . and All That Jazz, at 8 PM in the eba Theater (351 Hudson Ave., Albany). This fund-raiser helps support numerous programs at eba, including student dance education, dance and story for seniors, creative arts summer camp, dance fitness for teens, dance workshops for Girl Scouts and various arts-in-education programs at Capital Region schools. Worthy. As for the big show this weekend, think sassy and saucy. There’ll be Bob Fosse-style numbers set to songs from Fosse shows (“Cell Block Tango,” “All That Jazz”), a belly dance and a fan dance a la Sally Rand. Along with the show, there will be hors d’oeuvres and desserts, a wine tasting and a silent auction. Seating will be, as per last year, cabaret-style. For info and tickets, call eba at 465-9916; ticket prices vary depending on how generous you want to be, big spenders.


WOMEN AND ART: The folks at 51 3rd Street in Troy usually keep their events hush-hush and on the Q.T., but this one isn’t. Tonight (Thursday, March 8) from 6 to 10 PM, 51 3rd Street will host The 8th of March: International Women’s Day Art Show. This holiday, you may or may not know (I didn’t), has been celebrated since 1917. (It’s related to the Russian Revolution; look it up your own self if you want to know more.) Anyway, the artists in this evening of art and music will include Barbara Groves, Bettina Escauriza, Boryana Rossa, Cat Mazza, C. Ryder Cooler, Dara Greenwald, Julia Christensen, Nao Bustamante, Julia Reodica, Kathy High, Evolution Revolution and Sarah Paul. The show is at, well, 51 3rd St. in Troy.


YE OLDE VERMONT REDS ON FILM: The Bennington Museum concludes their Vermont Film Series with a real rarity: the 1916, made-in-Vermont silent film A Vermont Romance. Of course, the title was a trick by the film’s producer, the Vermont Progressive Party, to lure in the rubes for a little political re-education. The plot concerns a penniless orphan girl who spurns a farmer in favor of marrying a millionaire. I haven’t seen the picture, but I’m guessing that it doesn’t work out. A Vermont Romance will be screened tomorrow (Friday, March 9) at 7 PM at the Bennington Museum (75 Main St., Bennington, Vt.). Admission is $5. For more info, call (802) 447-1571.


YOUNG AND OUT ON FILM: Fun fact: Hineini is Hebrew for “here I am.” This Sunday, the inclusion project of Jewish Family Services will host two screenings of Hineini: Coming Out in a Jewish High School at Albany’s Congregation Beth Emeth (100 Academy Road). This 2005 documentary followed an out lesbian starting 9th grade in a Jewish high school in Boston. The first screening is at 1 PM, is free and is for teenagers only. The second screening is at 7 PM, is $8 and is for the general public. Producer Idit Klein and Ariel Wortzman, a student in the film, will lead a panel discussion after each screening. For more info, call Jewish Family Services at 482-8856.

—Shawn Stone

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