in and vote: Albany Art Room’s pumpkin contest.
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 www.historic-albany.org/built.html,
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 toga-arts.org.
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.