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Ab Ovo: Ten Painters in Tempura

Ab Ovo means “from the egg.” Ab Ovo: Ten Painters in Tempura, the new exhibit at Troy’s Clement Art Gallery, features 25 paintings by 10 nationally known artists working in the “ancient medium of egg tempura.”

Pictured is Dennis Harper’s Encounter in the Living Room.

Ab Ovo: Ten Painters in Tempura opens tomorrow (Friday, June 27) and continues through July 23 at the Clement Art Gallery (201 Broadway, Troy). There is also an opening reception Friday from 6 to 9 PM during Troy Night Out. For more info, call 272-6811.

Turn the River

Filmmaker Chris Eigeman turns the pool-hustler genre on its ear with Turn the River, a gritty new film about a pool-and-card hustling mom (Famke Janssen) trying to earn enough money to take her son far away from his alcoholic dad (Matt Ross) and domineering grandma (Lois Smith).

The New York Times described Turn the River as “a finely observed portrait of a desperate working-class woman who refuses to play by ordinary rules.”

In addition to screening this new independent drama over four nights, Time & Space Limited will be turning the Friday and Saturday shows into filmmaker events: Director Eigeman will be on hand both evenings, and he will be joined by his star, Janssen, Friday. (Note the higher admission prices for these shows.)

Turn the River will be screened tonight (Thursday, June 26) at 7 PM, tomorrow (Friday, June 27) at 8 PM; Saturday (June 28) at 8 PM; and Sunday (June 29) at 7 PM, at Time & Space Limited (434 Columbia St., Hudson). Tickets Thursday and Sunday are $7, $5 members; tickets Friday and Saturday are $10, $7.50 members. For more info, call 822-8100.

Freihofer’s Jazz Festival

Looking through the lineup for this year’s edition of the two-day Freihofer’s Jazz Festival, we were immediately struck by how jazzy it is. Now, we’re not purists. We know that the presence of nonjazz acts at jazz festivals has always been the way—Miles Davis went on before Blood, Sweat and Tears at SPAC once in the late ’60s, for Pete’s sake—but aside from the Philly soul greatness of the O’Jays, it’s all jazz players, all the time, both days this weekend.

The big news Saturday is the reunion of the classic Return to Forever “legendary lineup” of Chick Corea, Stanley Clarke, Al DiMeola and Lenny White. The other big news is the appearance of Dee Dee Bridgewater, who released the amazing Red Earth album, recorded with Malian musicians, last year.

To be honest, the whole lineup is big news. On Saturday, there’s the Saxophone Summit with Joe Lovano (pictured), Dave Liebman and Ravi Coltrane; Chris Botti; and on the gazebo stage, Jenny Scheinman. On Sunday, the acts include the aforementioned O’Jays; Dianne Reeves, who totally killed in a show at the Egg in March; Terence Blanchard; and, on the gazebo stage, the Brubeck Brothers.

Freihofer’s Jazz Festival will be held this Saturday and Sunday (June 28-29) at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center (Saratoga Spa State Park, Saratoga Springs). Tickets, per day, are $41.50-$62.50. For ticket info and a complete performer list, visit www.spac.org or call 476-1000.


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