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The Germans are coming! An unrestored Horch at the Saratoga Automobile Museum.

ACHTUNG! Fancy a nice Mercedes-Benz? Have a hankering to see a Horch? How about a Porsche, or an Audi, or the quintessential “people’s car,” the Volkswagen? Well, the Mercedes-Benz Club of America Hudson-Mohawk Section and the Saratoga Automobile Museum are teaming up to showcase a multitude of German-made cars on Saturday, Aug. 18 from 9 AM to 3 PM. Admission to the big German Motorfest will be $8 for adults, $5 for seniors and $3.50 for kids 16 and under. For more info, call 587-1935.

TROY’S MOST FAMOUS MADAME, ER, MADAM: This Wednesday (Aug. 15), the good folks at the Sanctuary for Independent Media (3361 6th Ave., Troy) invite you to celebrate the 141st birthday of Troy’s legendary madam, Mame Faye, with a “preview” screening of the documentary Sittin’ on a Million. Filmmakers Penny Lane and Annmarie Lanesey have been researching the elusive Faye for a year; it hasn’t been easy, explained Lane in a recent phone interview.

“She was a very famous woman, but her story has been completely undocumented,” said Lane. “We’re 20 years too late to get really solid info,” she lamented, as the people who new Faye in her prime have all passed away. Then, there is the problem of the few people left with any connection not wanting to be publicly associated with the subject, prostitution: “We got a lot of stories from people who didn’t want to be in the movie,” Lane said.

What they did get—by placing ads in the local Pennysaver and posting fliers around Troy—is interesting and fun, Lane promised. And you can check out Sittin’ on a Million for a mere $10 donation at 7 PM Wednesday. Oh, and there’s this: Lane also promised that some exotic 19th-century methods of air conditioning will be employed—you know, blocks of ice. For more info, visit www.thesan ctuaryforindependentmedia.org.

LOVE IN A DIGITAL AGE: Composer Tom Savoy and lyricist Byron Nilsson (aka B.A. Nilsson, Metroland music/food critic and man about town) will premiere their new one-act musical iFind You @ Last this Saturday (Aug. 11) at 7 PM at the Glen Reformed Church (Route 161, Glen). The songs, according to longtime musical-theater collaborators Savoy and Nilsson, will be “both funny and endearing,” and were tailored specifically for the performers, Shannon Rafferty and David Girard. For more info, please call 922-5512.

SHORT FILMS IN TROY: The Troy Cinema and Visual Arts Group will present a Short Film and Video Mini Festival this Wednesday (Aug. 15) at the Arts Center of the Capital Region (265 River St., Troy) at 7 PM. The local filmmakers who will be showcased include Jeff Burns, Gene Greger, Shawn Lawson, Andrea Poley and Brett Parker; all of the filmmakers will be on hand for a post- screening discussion. Admission is $10. For more info, visit troycinema.org.

—Shawn Stone

sstone@metroland.net

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