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Art Beat

Shakin’ the blues away: the Clark After Dark.

BALI H’AI Dig those hipsters having fun in the photo; this could only be from a previous installment of the Clark After Dark, the periodic and festive wintertime parties held at the venerable Clark Art Institute (225 South St., Williamstown, Mass.) Unfortunately, winter’s over—I love the cold, and the sun hurts my eyes and makes me sneeze—and it’s time to say goodbye to this year’s Clark After Dark series tomorrow night (Friday, March 30) with some tropical flava: “Limbo your way through tiki poles into the balmy breezes of Tahiti and say good-bye to the Berkshire winter. . . .” In addition to light fare and drinks—wine, beer, espresso and Mai Tais—there will be guided tours of the museum’s print room, with its south-sea inspired works by legendary French slacker Paul Gauguin. DJ Peter Hallisey will be imported from Boston to set the musical mood. Admission is $10 ($8 members), and the fun lasts from 8 PM to midnight. For more info, call the Clark at (413) 458-0588 or visit www.clarkart.edu.

WILL THEY SHOW MOMMIE DEAREST? Saratoga Film Forum is giving the movies-for-moms thing a shot beginning April 5 at 9:30 AM at their Saratoga County Arts Center Theater, with The Last King of Scotland. What is this “movies-for-moms” deal? Well, SFF’s Morning Mommy Movies is a chance for “parents (and grandparents) with ‘non-walking’ babies” to see a flick without making everyone else sans baby secretly wish they’d put a cork in their screaming little dear’s mouth. SFF has acquired 20 new “comfortable chairs” and will make changing tables available, all for your motherly convenience. The note we received from SFF didn’t specify, but we’re assuming the prices are the same as for regular shows. For more info, call 584-FILM or visit www.saratogafilmforum.org.

Mommies love movies too: Saratoga Film Forum.

SLAM BAM THANK YOU POET The College of Saint Rose continues its Frequency North series of off-kilter literary events with tonight’s readings by four-time national slam poetry champ Patricia Smith. Smith has four volumes of verse to her credit, and, like any slam poet worth their national reputation, has appeared on the HBO series Def Poetry Jam. The event is, as noted, tonight (Thursday, March 29) at 7:30 PM in the Saint Joseph Auditorium (985 Madison Ave., Albany). It’s free, word aficionados. For more information, call 454-5102.

—Shawn Stone

 

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