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Art Beat

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, RAISE YOUR PENS: Proctor’s Theatre continues to move forward in establishing itself as an all-purpose arts center. They recently—and by recently, I mean since the last time I had the chance to write an Art Beat—announced that they are going to host a “new works/new plays” theater festival in April 2008. The selected plays will be presented in repertory over a three-week period, in their new performance space Upstairs @ 440, in the 440 Arts Center Building; Broadway vet Kevin Maguire will be the artistic director. So, right now, they are accepting “new, full-length plays” for consideration. Send your scripts to: Proctor’s Theatre, Attn: Kevin Maguire, 432 State St., Schenectady, NY 12305. The deadline for submission is June 15.

GOOD BYE AND GOOD LUCK: The director of the Hyde Collection recently announced his resignation. Randall Suffolk, who first joined the Glens Falls museum as curator in 1995 and was officially named director in 2000, is leaving to become the executive director of the Philbrook Museum of Art in Tulsa, Okla. “My time at the Hyde has been a blessing,” Suffolk said in a press release. The Hyde also noted, approvingly, that attendance increased by 60 percent—and memberships by 40 percent—during Suffolk’s tenure. The museum is in the process of forming a search committee to find a new director.

—Shawn Stone

PHOTO: Martin Benjamin

Lovin’ Alvin

The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre appeared for a two-night engagement at Proctor’s Theatre in Schenectady this week. Tuesday (May 1) night’s performance began with The River, in which the dancers performed a mix of moderately classical pieces; the middle set, Shining Star, had a 1970s theme, with music by Earth, Wind and Fire. Both nights’ performances ended with Revelations, a collection of semi-traditional, spiritually tinged works with which AAADT traditionally ends the majority of their shows. Tuesday’s audience ate up every bit of the performance; they sang along to the gospel numbers and swayed in unison before they cheered in a unanimous standing ovation.

—Kathryn Lurie

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