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Classic inspiration, new design: Watkins with his work at the Daily Grind.

Photo: Alicia Solsman

PARTY LIKE IT’S 1662! It’s time for the annual Stockade Walkabout and Waterfront Faire in Schenectady’s lovely, historic Stockade neighborhood. This Saturday (Sept. 27) from 11 AM-5 PM, step back in time to Revolutionary-era Schenectady with historic home tours, residents portraying (and costumed as) historic characters, a reenactment with the 2nd Regiment Albany County Militia, horse and buggy rides, and—OK, this is not very 18th-century—an antique car show in the parking lot of the 1st Presbyterian Church on Union Street. Tickets are $18 in advance, $25 day of the event and $7 for children; call the Schenectady County Historical Society (32 Washington Ave., Schenectady) for info at 374-0263. Better yet: The Walkabout has an excellent Web site with all variety of info, photos and videos, so visit stockadewalk

20TH-CENTURY INSPIRATION When artist Tommy Watkins was approached to do a “beautification” of the inside entrance to Lark Street coffee-shop mainstay the Daily Grind, he looked back to the first decades of the last century and the art nouveau movement: “Around the very earliest years in the 1900s, an Italian artist named Leonetto Cappiello was becoming very popular. . . . He did a lot of commercial posters for some absinthe and chocolate companies,” Watkins explained in an e-mail. You’ve probably seen examples of Cappiello’s work—it’s distinctive. Watkins decided that the spirit of that era fit the mood of the shop. Watkins is still working on the project; why not stop by the Daily Grind and take a look?

TEH CRISIS ALL AROUND US Read the business news lately? Ripping, yes? I mean, blink and you’ll miss a good bank crash. To get the “left” pov on this sort of thing, you might naturally turn to the Left Business Observer. If you’re the kind of person who reads the Left Business Observer, then you may enjoy a lecture by its editor, Doug Henwood, at the Sanctuary for Independent Media (3361 6th Ave., Troy) tomorrow (Friday, Sept. 26) at 7 PM. The subject is Neoliberalism in Crisis. Admission is $10, $5 low income. For more info, call 272-2390.

THEY ABSTAINED My crappy DVD player doesn’t work in the summer; it loathes the heat and humidity. This is really annoying. However, I can’t buy a new one at this time, so I endured a few months without home DVD enjoyment. It worked a couple of times this week with the advent of colder, dryer weather, but crapped out again last night. (R.I.P.?) Anyway, the point is that being without this device was really irritating. Imagine what it would be like to go without, um, almost everything mechanical or electronic for an entire year. On Wednesday (Oct. 1), “No impact man” Colin Beavan will visit Schenectady County Community College and explain what happened when he, his wife and 2-year-old daughter decided to try to live in their New York City abode without making any net impact on the environment: “no trash, no carbon emissions, no toxins in the water, no elevators, no subways, no products in packaging, no plastics, no air conditioning, no TV and no toilets.” And, to quote the Michigan philosopher Iggy Pop, “no fun.” Beavan will explain how this all worked out for them at 7 PM in the Carl B. Taylor Community Auditorium. (His book, No Impact Man, comes out in 2009.) Admission is free; just don’t forget to check your eco-guilt at the door. For more info, call 381-1200.

—Shawn Stone

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