like Ms. Rand: eba’s Benefit Cabaret.
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