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Art Beat

Homecoming at SCCC: Emalie Savoy.

RETURN OF THE PRODIGY: Schenectady College Community College inaugurates the Chamber Music Rising Star Series this Wednesday with the return of former music student Emalie Savoy. Savoy is now a third-year, full-scholarship voice student at Juilliard, but local concertgoers know her from her guest soloist gigs with the likes of Capital Chamber Artists, Octavo Singers, Mohawk Valley Chorus and the New York Catholic Chorale. In April, she’ll make her Alice Tully Hall—you know, Lincoln Center—debut in a Juilliard honors recital; you can see her Wednesday (March 28) at 7:30 PM in SCCC’s Carl B. Taylor Community Auditorium (Schenectady). Admission is free. For more info, call 381-1231.

IMPROV, IMPROV’D: The March 16 performance by the Mop & Bucket Co. improv comedy troupe at Steamer No. 10 Theatre (500 Western Ave., Albany) was nixed, like so much else, by the snow. But fear not: It has been rescheduled for tomorrow night (Friday, March 23) at 8 PM. The first part of the performance is all improv, based on audience suggestions. The second part is Tapestry, Mop & Bucket’s new “theatrical jazz” piece, with accompaniment by guitarist Sten Isachsen. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 students and seniors; call the box office at 438-5503 for reservations and information.

I AM A CAMERA: Well, you can buy one—or a dozen, anyway—at the biannual C.A.M.E.R.A. Show at the Albany Clarion Inn on Everett Road this Sunday. It’s a pretty cool event—I know, I’ve attended—even if you’re not in the market for a “new, used, collectable or antique” camera or lens; there will also be a large variety of books, photos, film, darkroom equipment ranging from the common to the “rare and hard to find.” (Full disclosure: Metroland contributing lensman John Whipple is one of the organizers.) The C.A.M.E.R.A. show takes place Sunday between 10 AM and 3 PM, and admission is $5. There’s also an early admission preview at 8 AM, but that will cost you $20.

OLD MOVIE, NEW SHOW: The Mac-Haydn Theatre in Chatham has announced their 2007 schedule. They’re offering their usual menu of crowd-pleasing classic musicals, including Oklahoma and The Music Man, but one show caught my eye: White Christmas. This is the area premiere of the show, the latest from-the-screen-to-the-stage musical adaptation. The salient point about the 1954 film White Christmas is, well, that it isn’t very good: the plot’s idiotic, the sets, like those for any Paramount musical of that era, are hideous, and some of the songs are awful. (This is coming from a Bing Crosby fan, folks.) The brains behind this reinvention were smart, however: They took the best songs from the movie (“Count Your Blessings,” the title number), ditched the worst (“Choreography”), and added some older Irving Berlin standards (“I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm”). This one is worth checking out. Preseason tickets can be reserved by calling 392-9292; season tickets are still available.

TROY IS CALLING YOU, ARTISTS: Specifically, the folks behind this year’s River Street Festival, which will be held on June 16. The River Street Fest is looking for “artists and artisans to showcase their work at upstate New York’s finest new festival.” The deadline for submitting applications is April 30; work is juried by slides or digital images. You can download an application at the City of Troy’s Web site (, or by sending a self-addressed stamped envelope to Jeff Buell, City Hall, Troy, NY 12180. Call 270-4401 for more info.

—Shawn Stone

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