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Ride ’em: An Elissa Halloran assemblage at Upstate Artists Guild.

Art Beat

READING 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.

ARTS 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.

BY 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 for details. Or just go to the par-tee!

FINALLY, 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

—Shawn Stone

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