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Colin Quinn

Art Beat

SMALL TOWN FEEL, BIG-TIME FESTIVAL It may seem a tad early to mention a film festival that doesn’t actually happen until Oct. 10-14, but this is about the Woodstock Film Festival. Tickets, which are on sale now, sell out quickly. What, you may be wondering, are some of the films to be screened? I would direct you to the WFF Web site or last week’s Metroland Fall Arts Preview for a list, but suffice to say some of the most acclaimed and/or anticipated new films will be screened. This would include the opening film, Julian Schnabel’s The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, and the closing-night film, Todd Haynes’ Dylan bio, I’m Not There. There are literally dozens of films in between, including Todd Kwait’s history-of-jug-band-music documentary, Chasin’ Gus’ Ghost, which profiles the original bands of the 1920s and follows the music’s influence on folk and rock & roll. For tickets to any of these shows—some are undoubtedly already all gone—call the box office at (845) 810-0131. Better yet, visit, because it’s kind of a complicated process.


BACK IN THE DAY And by “back in the day,” I mean back in the day—Michelangelo’s day. This Saturday (Sept. 29), the Catskill Mountain Foundation will present a performance by William Carragan on a harpsichord made when Michelangelo was alive. The Gironimo di Firenze instrument was made in Florence, Italy, in 1539. Carragan will be performing a program of works by Dietrich Buxtehude. The concert is at 8 PM on Saturday in the new Doctorow Center for Performing Arts and Film (Route 23A, Hunter). Tickets are $15. For reservations and info, call 263-2063.


What can we add? It’s the world’s oldest playable harpsichord.

ANOTHER FILM FESTIVAL REMINDER Tickets for the FilmColumbia Festival go on sale Oct. 1. This is the other nifty small-town fest, with most of the screenings held in the charming Crandell Theatre on Main Street in Chatham. They have a killer line up this year, too: Things We Lost in the Fire, with Benecio Del Toro and Halle Berry; Woody Allen’s Cassandra’s Dream; Marc Forster’s The Kite Runner; and many more. The FilmColumbia Festival runs from Oct. 18-21. For info on how to buy tickets, visit


ANOTHER PIECE OF THE PROCTOR’S PUZZLE The new GE Theatre at Proctor’s (432 State St., Albany) will celebrate the grand opening of its Comedy Box to morrow night (Friday, Sept. 28) series with two shows at 7:30 and 10 PM by Colin Quinn. From his days on MTV’s Remote Control (some of us have fond memories of that stupid game show) through a stint on Saturday Night Live and numerous appearances on Comedy Central over the years, Quinn’s working-class, in-your-face style has resonated with audiences—and made them laugh. Tickets for each show are $30. Upcoming performers in the Comedy Box series will include Jamie Lissow (Oct. 5); Joe DeVito (Oct. 19); Greg Fitzsimmons (Oct. 26-27); Buddy Fitzpatrick (Nov. 2); Judah Friedlander (Nov. 24); John Mulaney (Nov. 30); Jon Fisch (Dec. 14); and Caroline Rhea—hey, a woman comedian, how about that—on Dec. 15. For tickets, call the Proctor’s box office at 346-6204.

—Shawn Stone

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