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Art Beat

ACCENTUATE THE POSITIVE I know, I know: Dan Savage beat me to this news two whole weeks ago. Our own former news editor and current contributing writer- columnist Miriam Axel-Lute has co- organized, in association with the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom, the Center for Sex & Culture and woman-friendly sex-device company Babeland, the “Sexies.” The Sexies are awards for sex-positive journalism. This is, as Axel-Lute noted in a recent phone conversation, an attempt to recognize journalism that is both objective and unbiased—two qualities often missing from stories about everything from teen sexuality to swingers to BDSM. Attention writers from The Record, the Times Union, the Daily Gazette, the Post-Star and—ahem—Metroland: The deadline for submitting stories for the Sexies is March 23. For complete info, visit www.sexies.org.

 

AND THE WINNERS ARE The photography exhibit The Digital Eye continues through May 1 in the Jerry Burrell Gallery at the Hamilton Hill Arts Center (409 Schenectady St., Schenectady), but the suspense—and the judging—is all over. The winners are Duncan Bailey (Best in Show) for Bouquet of Kids; Mabel Leon (Best Digital Art) for Andy Warhol Goes to Cuba; and Cheila Law-Daio (Best Traditional Photograph) for Ode to the Ranch. The show “includes the work of youth who participate in the Project Art Reach program at the center. If you’re wondering what these photos look like—and you should be—the gallery hours are 11 AM to 5 PM from Monday through Friday. For more info, call 346-1262.

 

FORD AT THE CLARK One of the most exciting DVD sets issued last year was Ford at Fox, a collection of 24 films John Ford directed at Fox Film and 20th Century Fox from 1917 to 1952. It’s pricey—I know, I bought it—but worth it if you want to experience the essence of American cinema, both great and terrible. Anyhoo, the Clark Art Institute is in the middle of a Saturday afternoon series of Ford westerns, in conjunction with their Frederic Remington exhibit, Remington Looks West. This Saturday (March 22) at 2 PM, they will be showing what is arguably the last great film he made for Fox, the 1946 Wyatt Earp-OK Corral drama My Darling Clementine, starring Henry Fonda. The following weekend (March 29), they will show what is arguably Ford’s most visually gorgeous color film, the cavalry drama She Wore a Yellow Ribbon, made for his own company and released by RKO in 1949. Finally, on April 5, they’ll screen The Searchers, which usually turns up on all those ten-best-films-ever lists. (It’s also Laura Leon’s favorite movie.) All screenings are at 2 PM at the Clark Art Institute (225 South St., Williamstown, Mass.). Admission to the museum and the screening is free.

—Shawn Stone

sstone@metroland.net

 

Hudson River Preview

On Tuesday (March 18), composer and violinist Mark O’Connor previewed and discussed his newest work, the Hudson River String Quartet, beginning at 7:30 PM at the Clifton Park-Halfmoon Library Center in Clifton Park. Over 200 people showed up to hear O’Connor perform excerpts from the piece, which was commissioned as part of next year’s Hudson River Quadricentennial. You won’t have to wait until 2009 to enjoy it, however; O’Connor will premiere the work on April 12 at the Egg (Empire State Plaza, Albany).

 

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