’em: An Elissa Halloran assemblage at Upstate Artists
IS FUNDAMENTAL Today (Thursday, Dec. 6) the Women’s Club
of Albany will host Good Books for Good Works from
6 to 8 PM at the Book House of Stuyvesant Plaza. There
will be light refreshments, winter reading suggestions and
holiday gift ideas; the purpose is to raise money for school
literacy programs, as the Book House will donate a percentage
of sales to “benefit these programs.” For more info about
this worthy event, call 441-9381.
GRANTS TO BENEFIT THE ELECTRIC CITY Susan Savage, Schenectady
Country Legislature chair, recently announced the County
Initiative Arts Grant Program for 2008-2009. Through this,
$36,000 will be “distributed to local organizations in support
of activities in historic preservation, and the performing,
visual and literary arts.” First, this is only for artists
and organizations “serving” Schenectady County. The proposed
projects must take place between “April 1, 2008 and March
21, 2009.” The deadline for applying is Feb. 8, 2008. For
guidelines and an application, visit www.schenectadycountycom.
SUBSCRIPTION ONLY Upstate Magazine will toast the release
of their latest issue—and raise money for local arts organization
Albany Barn, Inc.—with a party called Rock Tease (what
does that rhyme with?) at Ballingers Night Club (42
Howard St., Albany) on Saturday (Dec. 8) from 8 to 11 PM.
There will be live music and a DJ for your rocking and dancing
pleasure; a $10 donation is suggested. “Local visual and performance
artists, celebrities and fashionistas will also be on hand.”
Meanwhile, Upstate is relaunching itself, so to speak, in
a new subscription-only, 9-inch by 9-inch format. We’re not
clear on how the subscription thing is gonna work, so visit
www.upstatemag azine.com for details. Or just go to the par-tee!
LET US NOT FORGET It’s 1st Friday time again in Albany.
Most of the venues are in the Lark Street area, but don’t
forget the farther-flung spaces like the Albany Center
Galleries downtown and exhibit spaces in the Women’s
Club of Albany (two mentions in one column?) in Pine Hills
or Fashion Care of Colonie out at 1289 Central Ave.
Also, many galleries use 1st Friday to open new exhibits,
like Gina Ochiogrosso’s show at Amrose Sable Gallery
and Elissa Halloran’s show at the Upstate Artists
Guild. As usual, 1st Friday takes place in downtown Albany
Friday (Dec. 7) from 5 to 9 PM. For more information, visit