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Stop in and vote: Albany Art Room’s pumpkin contest.

Art Beat

CELEBRATE! OR WEEP, IN PUBLIC Four years ago I sat in a pub around the corner from my apartment watching reports of John Kerry fatally losing the entire election based on the returns from Ohio on Fox-fucking-News, and it took the taste out of my otherwise tasty beer. Nobody else in the establishment seemed to be very cheerful either. That, my friends, is the downside of watching election results in a public place: group misery. (This aura of woe was nothing compared to the doom that settled over the Metroland editorial room the next day—staff writer Rick Marshall was crushed, like someone had strangled his puppy—but that’s another story.)

Hope springs eternal, however—heh heh—and I offer news of two election night parties for your consideration. You can spend the evening (beginning at 9 PM) at Proctors in beautiful downtown Schenectady, where there will be wine, beer and snacks for sale and a screening of PBS’ election-night coverage on the “extreme screen” in the GE Theatre. (A monster-sized David Brooks? As Count Floyd would say, “very scary!”) Or, you can pass the time in the café at RPI’s lovely EMPAC building beginning at 8 PM with the Take Me to Your Leader party. EMPAC’s pitch: “Join hundreds of citizens to watch election night coverage on EMPAC’s big screens. Door prizes! Scorecards! Free apple pie!”

Did someone say pie?

ART AND ARCHITECTURE I have been tipped that tickets are going fast for Built: Albany’s Architecture Through Artists’ Eyes, Historic Albany Foundation’s annual fund-raising exhibit featuring local artists’ take on Albany’s lovely built environment. The event is Nov. 8 at 8 PM at the Cathedral of All Saints (62 S. Swan St., Albany). For more info (and to download an RSVP card) visit, or call Christiana Limniatis at HAF at 465-0876 ext. 10.

TIMES ARE HARD, BUT THERE’S STILL SOME MONEY AVAILABLE The deadline is Aug. 4 to apply for the Saratoga County Arts Council’s arts-in-education grants for artist residencies in Saratoga and Washington county schools. These are grants “to support partnerships between schools and teaching artists or cultural organizations that focus on the interdisciplinary or integrated study of arts and non-arts subjects.” Grants range from $500 to $2,000. Residencies must take place during the school day and be completed in the 2009 calendar year. For more info, contact grants administrator Adrianna Flax at 584-4132 or by e-mail at aflax@sara

PICK YOUR FAVORITE Finally, today (Thursday, Oct. 30) is your last day to vote in the Albany Art Room (457 Madison Ave., Albany) pumpkin carving contest. The pumpkins were carved on Oct. 24, and, well, as we all know, they don’t keep. While you’re there, check out what else is going on at this newish Albany art gallery and art center.

—Shawn Stone

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