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Art Beat

THE EGG DOES IT AGAIN The Egg will debut a new family performance this weekend with playwright David GonzalesJimi & Mr. B. Presented as part of the Family Wonders series, Jimi & Mr. B. blends theater, music, dance and vintage video to paint a portrait of New York state’s “stature as the performing arts capital of the world.” More specifically, the story follows a middle-school student (an aspiring musician) and his girlfriend (an aspiring dancer) as they create a show with the “magical Mr. B.” Jimi & Mr. B. will be presented Sunday (April 27) at 3 PM at the Egg (Empire State Plaza, Albany). Admission—listen up—is free, but reservations are required. For more info and reservations, call 473-1845.

SPEAKING OF KIDS AND THEATER Summer’s coming. (Yeah, I know, it feels like it’s here already. Which, speaking just for myself, sucks. What’s it going to be in July, 110 degrees? I’m going to have to move to northern Maine. Anywho . . . ) You’ll need someplace to send the children. Why not theater camp? Stageworks/Hudson has announced the dates for the 15th edition of Summerstage: June 30-July 12, from 9 AM to 2 PM. Summerstage Nova is designed for ages 7-12; Summerstage Arts Intensive is for young folks ages 13-17. No theater background is necessary. Enrollment, as you’d expect, is limited. Register by May 1, the cost is $400. It’s $425 after May 1. Financial aid is available. Call 828-7843 for details.

GETTIN’ PAID The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded Skidmore College a $1.7 million grant to “support and enhance interdisciplinary liberal-arts teaching and learning” for programs at the Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery. The money will fund two new positions—associate curator and assistant registrar—add to the endowment, facilitate greater educational opportunities for Skidmore faculty with the Tang, and fund visiting speakers and guest scholars. Skidmore will be matching part of the grant over the next few years, as well. College president Philip A. Glotzbach said that the grant is “an extraordinary endorsement of Skidmore College’s identity as a place where the advancement of learning occurs within a profoundly creative, rigorous context.”

GETTIN’ SHOWN Local independent filmmakers Eric and Sarah McClane will debut their recently completed feature Without Remorse this week at the Madison Theatre (1036 Madison Ave., Albany). The thriller involves “a small town, multiple murders and one ugly secret” as a sheriff with a past tries to solve the crime spree. In this digital age, I am delighted to report that the film was shot on Super 16mm film. The premiere is at 7 PM tomorrow (Friday, April 25); screenings will continue through May 1. Check the movie pages for more details, or call the Madison at 438-0040.

MOVIN’ ON UP Upstate Independents, “the largest and oldest independent filmmaker society in Upstate New York,” are moving their base of operations, so to speak, to the WAMC Performing Arts Studio, aka the Linda Norris Auditorium, aka The Linda, WAMC’s Performing Arts Studio (339 Central Ave., Albany). The first UI meeting at the new digs will be May 6, when filmmakers Todd Giglio and Christopher Springer will show clips from and discuss their in-production feature film Drawing With Chalk. Also speaking will be Woodstock-based acting coach Sande Shurin. This meeting—and future meetings—will begin at 6:30 PM. For more info, visit www.upstate independents.com.

—Shawn Stone

sstone@metroland.net

 

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