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WHAT’S IN A NAME? Quite a lot, actually. Today (Thursday, June 19) at 12:10 PM sharp, Schenectady’s 440 Board will announce/unveil/celebrate the launch of downtown’s “renamed arts and entertainment district” and an accompanying logo. There will be a speech (I presume). There will be music, by the April Marie Quintet. There will be VIPs. And there will be cake. Yes, cake. So come on down; the fun will take place right in front of Proctors, on State Street.

THE OUT OF TOWNERS Time for a couple of hat tips to a couple of local artists featured in a pair of sort-of to very out-of-town exhibits. Painter (and former Times Union graphic artist) Mark Sharer has a work in the show Art of the Animal Kingdom XIII, which is currently on view at the Bennington Center for the Arts (44 Gypsy Lane, Bennington, Vt.) through July 27. The purpose of the exhibit is to raise “awareness of the importance of animals to the quality of human life.” For more info, call the gallery at (802) 442-7158. Also, painter Jennifer Hunold will be featured in Made in NY 2008, a juried exhibit—judged by John McQueen and Jen Pepper—at the Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center at 205 Genesee St. in Auburn. Hunold was born in Iowa but now lives in Albany; she earned her MFA at the University at Albany. The exhibit opens Saturday (June 21) and runs through Aug. 23. For more info, call the gallery at (315) 255-1553 or visit schweinfurthart Now for some fun facts about Auburn: It’s just west of Syracuse on routes 5 and 20; New York Governor, U.S. Senator and Lincoln’s Secretary of State, William H. Seward, lived there; Harriet Tubman retired (and lived out her days) in Auburn; Theodore Case, who developed the Fox-Case sound-on-film technology, was from there; and Leon Czolgosz, who assassinated President William McKinley, died in the electric chair at Auburn State Prison in 1901. Time for a couple of road trips?

—Shawn Stone

Street Singer

Photo: Leif Zurmuhlen

This enthusiastic, very well-dressed fellow is Lake George Opera’s Brian Shircliffe. On June 11, Shircliffe and other singers from the Saratoga-based opera company serenaded passesrby at three locations in two cities on one day: first, on the steps of the Capitol Building in Albany; next, near the corner of State and Pearl streets in Albany (here); and, finally, on the corner of Broadway and Caroline Street in Saratoga Springs. Aside from the basic performer’s impulse to entertain, the singers were promoting Lake George Opera’s upcoming season at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center’s Spa Little Theater. The opening night gala will be July 3, with a performance of The Pirates of Penzance. The season continues through July 13; the other productions are La Traviata and two Puccini one-acts, Gianni Schicchi and Buoso’s Ghost. For more info, visit



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