skillz: DJ Tigerbeatz in action.
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.
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 www.ewfilm.com.
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 www.eugeniabuerklin.com or www.lumin8.us.