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Art Beat

Mad skillz: DJ Tigerbeatz in action.

LOOK TO THE EAST And when I write “look to the East,” I mean it literally and figuratively. You probably realize that the last two weeks in January are usually the coldest of the winter, right? Well, you can shake off the chill tomorrow night (Friday, Jan. 25) from 8 PM to midnight at the Clark Art Institute (225 South St., Williamstown, Mass.) with the opening evening of the Clark After Dark series. This, you may recall, is the festive series of theme celebrations held on dark, cold winter evenings at one of the Berkshires’ best-loved cultural bastions. Tomorrow’s theme is The Sultan’s Palace; entertainment will be provided by the Bennington, Vt.-based Sahidi Sisters performing “American tribal style bellydance,” and by Martha’s Vineyard-based DJ Tigerbeatz, aka Diana Reilly, who will be spinning “Balkan beats/electrogypsy, Turkish funk and psych, Bollywood, Arabic and nu disco.” Reached by phone, Reilly, who is also a community-radio DJ, said that the “Balkan-electro-Gypsy movement . . . is really inspiring for me.” The music, she noted, is joyous, danceable and, well, just a lot fun at parties. “I will be playing half-lounge, half dance music—I want to see people get up and dance.” Tickets are $10 ($8 for Clark members) and are available at the door. The evening starts at 6:30 PM with a free screening, in the Clark auditorium, of Crossing the Bridge: The Sound of Istanbul. For more info, call (413) 458-0588.

GET SCHOOLED The powers that be—well, Peter Barnett and company—have sent forth the information about this year’s EdWood FilmFest, to be held from Sept. 19-25. Just like last year’s ringing success, the now-venerable indie festival will be held at the Spectrum 8 Theatres in Albany. As with the last edition, there will be a call for scripts, a “microsodes” program, and a variety of short films and features. Just like last year, there will be more indie cinema zaniness than you can shake a stick at (if, to paraphrase Groucho Marx, that’s your idea of a good time). You can read all about this as it develops and deadlines are announced at the EdWood FilmFest Web site. The immediate matter at hand is the establishment of the People’s Film School. The first course to be offered is Screenwriting 1, with “award-winning filmmaker and instructor” Jeff Knight. Knight was an adjunct prof at Ithaca College and has authored “15 screenplays, 5 teleplays, 3 feature films, and numerous short films.” In other words, the dude has something to share. According to their Web site, the first 3-hour seminar will be held on Feb. 9 at Steamer No. 10 Theatre (500 Western Ave., Albany) from 10 AM to 1 PM. The fee is $30. For more information or to register, call 878-9021 or visit

MORE SCHOOLING Upstate Independents, “the largest independent film organization in the Northeast,” are still doing good work to further the local indie filmmaking scene. On Feb. 5 at 6:30 PM, as part of the monthly UI meeting at Hudson Valley Community College’s Bulmer Auditorium, Woodstock’s Eugenia Buerklin will give a presentation of the Lumin8 acting technique. The workshop is free and open to the public. For more info, visit or

—Shawn Stone

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