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The first reality filmmakers? Alan and Susan Raymond in the 1970s.

Art Beat

1973 REVISITED If you were around in the 1970s, you probably remember the groundbreaking PBS TV documentary program An American Family. It followed the daily lives of the upper-middle-class Loud family in prosperous Santa Barbara, Calif. Were they happy all the time? Nyet! It was proto-reality TV at its most wrenching, as America watched the parents divorce and the son come out of the closet. On Oct. 19 at 8 PM, Time & Space Limited (434 Columbia St., Hudson) will host the documentarians who made that groundbreaking show, Alan and Susan Raymond, for a program they’re calling 1973: Nervous Breakdown. The Raymonds will introduce an episode of the series; author Andreas Killen, who penned the social history 1973 Nervous Breakdown: Watergate, Warhol and the Birth of Post-Sixties America, will also speak. General admission is $10; TSL members and students pay $7.50. For more info, call 822-8448.

AN ARTS-IN-EDUCATION OPPORTUNITY The Saratoga County Arts Council has $17,160 available for artist residencies in Saratoga and Washington County schools. This is part of a “statewide effort to provide local support for widespread participation in arts education” called the Arts in Education/Local Capacity Building Initiative (AIE/LCB). The grants are from $500 to $2,000 for “partnerships involving at least (3) contacts between the artist or cultural organization and the students,” and are to be used in 2008. The deadline for applications is Nov. 12. To download an application, visit www.saratoga-arts.org. There will be grant-application workshops at the Whitehall Free Library at 4 PM on Oct. 28, and at the Saratoga County Arts Council at 5:30 PM on Oct. 29. For more info, call regrant administrator Leigh Ollman at 584-4132.

 

IDEAS? CHECK! VOLUNTEERS? WORKING ON IT The good folks at the Capital District Federation of Ideas—they’re just down the block, in fact, from Metroland World Headquarters on Albany’s Madison Avenue, so we can sorta vouch for them—have been busy with art exhibits and movie nights and crafting and anal health lectures and such. They are reaching out for more participation, though. They need the following: “someone to take better care of the library”; “someone to be in charge of kids’ programs”; “someone who wants to organize spelling bees”; “someone who wants to organize more potlucks”; “someone who wants to be in charge of live music shows”; “someone who wants to be in charge of fundraising”; and “someone who wants to be in charge of ‘membership’.” In other words, they need you and you and you and you and you. For more information, visit www.federationofideas.org.

—Shawn Stone

sstone@metroland.net

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