new, too: Maude Baum and Company Dance Theatre.
PHOTO: Jenn K. Newman
CAN’T BE 30 YEARS Ruth Pelham and Music Mobile
have been celebrating 30 years of community building and arts-in-education
in the Capital Region (and beyond—as far away as Sri Lanka)
with a variety of events. The latest event has been a series
of five Children’s Art Shows at Stewart’s Shops in
Albany: 164 Morton Ave. at S. Hawk Street; 515 Washington
Ave. at Quail Street; 285 New Scotland Ave.; 204 Henry Johnson
Blvd. at Livingston Avenue; and 542 Central Ave. at Manning
Boulevard. As Pelham explains in the notes about the shows,
“displaying the Children’s Art Shows in central community
locations is a way of communicating positive messages of hope
and possibility through the voices of children for whom a
peaceful future is essential.” The shows won’t be up much
longer, so visit one of these friendly, locally owned Stewart’s
locations soon, won’t you? For more info about Music Mobile
programs and events, visit www.musicmobile.org.
THAT TIME AGAIN eba Theater, once and forever at the
corner of Lark Street and Hudson Avenue in Albany, is again
the place to check out this season’s edition of Maude Baum
and Company’s Brave New Dances. This program features
new works by Maude Baum, Maria Esposito, Lynn
Hasselbarth, Isabelle Holmes, Katie Newhall,
Deb Rutledge, Sarah Schmidt and Carla Domenico.
The opening shows were last weekend; the last performances
are Friday and Saturday (Nov. 9-10) at 7 PM. Tickets are $10,
$8 students and seniors. Making reservations isn’t a bad idea,
so why not call 465-9916?
YOU ON THE FRINGE? Bazaar Productions has sent out
a call for artists to submit works for next year’s Berkshire
Fringe Festival, to be held, again, at Simon’s Rock College
of Bard in Great Barrington, Mass., next July and August.
What kind of artists? Well, the Berkshire Fringe Festival
“will feature 21 days of dynamic new works of theater, dance
and multimedia performances by emerging artists from across
the United States.” So, if you are an emerging dancer, playwright,
videographer-DJ or whatnot here in these United States, please
apply by Feb. 1, 2008. Visit www.berkshirefringe.org for info
and an application.
YOU HAVE A CAMERA (AND WE DON’T MEAN SOME CRAPPY CAMERA PHONE)?
The 5th Annual City of Troy Photo Contest is eagerly
awaiting your entry. This year’s theme is Now and Then, and
the photo can be of “any person, place or thing in Troy, present
or past.” Why not take a picture of City Hall—it’s the present
and the past, if things go as the just-reelected-by-a-wide-margin
mayor would like. Anyhoo, there are a couple of $100 prizes,
one in a “student division” and the other for “best combination
Now and Then theme.” The deadline is Nov. 26, and the winners
will be announced and photos exhibited on Dec. 2 at the annual
Victorian Stroll. Submit entries at Troy City Hall, as per
the instructions/entry form available at troyny.gov.
FROM HEAVEN I can faintly hear Bing Crosby crooning just over
the horizon, in Western Massachusetts: “Every time it rains,
it rains/pennies from heaven.” Why? The Sterling and Francine
Clark Art Institute recently announced that “it has exceeded
its fundraising goal for Stone Hill Center, raising nearly
$17 million for the project to date.” (That would be $17 million
of the $25 million total.) The Stone Hill Center, designed
by award-winning architect Tadao Ando, will “house new exhibition
galleries, a meeting and studio art classroom, an outdoor
café . . . and a new home for the Williamstown Art Conservation
Center.” The most recent addition to the fund came from the
Kresge Foundation—the skies opened, and the good folks
at this $3 billion organization rained $800,000 on the Clark’s
fund. Kresge, you may or may not know, is the “K” in K-Mart;
once upon a time, predecessor Kresge stores were five-and-dimes
almost as ubiquitous as Woolworth’s. Hmm . . . I can hear
Bing singing again: “I found a million-dollar arts grant/in
the five-and-ten-cents store.” The Stone Hill Center, the
Clark reports, is on track to open in Spring 2008.