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Coming to Hudson: poet Star Black.

Art Beat

DOWN THE ROAD A PIECE This Sunday (April 19) will be the opening of the new location of the Local Color Art Gallery. It’s still on Troy Schenectady Road in Latham; the new address is 1138 Troy Schenectady Road, next to Faddegon’s Nursery. The grand opening event is from 1 to 4 PM, and will feature original paintings and photography by 35 artists—as well as live music and refreshments. For more info, call 220-9027.

SOME PIG Also Sunday (April 19), the Lake George Arts Project is having a fund-raising event from 3 to 7 PM at the Adirondack Pub & Brewery (33 Canada St., Lake George). The Spring Roast is all about “fun, food and music,” the last provided by the trio No Outlet. The menu will feature roast pork prepared by chef Ed Pagnotta Jr. There are prizes, too, including a raffle of a “carved on premises” wood bear by chainsaw artist Tim O’Brien. The money will help support the LGAP’s many programs, workshops and exhibits. Tickets are $20 at the door for adults, $10 for kids ages 12 and under. There is also a special presale price of $15, if you buy the tickets by tomorrow (Friday, April 17). Contact the Lake George Arts Project at 668-2616 for information and/or tickets.

HISTORY AND ART The Rensselaer County Historical Society is sponsoring a high-school art contest, Art of History. Student artists are invited to create artwork (in any media) based on RCHS historical documents related to the “Great Fire of Troy,” which happened on May 10, 1862. The deadline to submit work is May 2, but students must contact the RCHS and let them know they intend to participate by April 24. Contest rules, the documents the artists will use as inspiration, and other info are available at For more info, call the society’s director of education, Mari Shopsis, at 272-7232 ext. 17.

POETS IN THE GALLERY The Carrie Haddad Gallery (622 Warren St., Hudson) is beginning a series of monthly poetry readings, the Groundwater Press Poetry Series. The first event is April 26 at 3 PM, and will feature Alfred Corn and Star Black. FYI: The Groundwater Press is the “oldest independent literary press operating in Hudson.” For more info about this free event, call the gallery at 828-1915.

GET A GRANT The Arts Center of the Capital Region (265 River St., Troy) will hold three grant-writing seminars: April 30 (noon to 1 PM), May 2 (9 to 10 AM) and May 7 (6 to 7 PM). The purpose is to provide artists in “all disciplines” (literature, media arts, visual arts, performing arts) with the info to write a competitive application for an SOSSpecial Opportunity Stipend—grant. The deadline for the next round of SOS grants is May 28 (5 PM sharp), so why not RSVP for one of the seminars today? Contact Lainy Slyder for more info at 273-0552 ext. 229, or by e-mail at

DID YOU WRITE SEXY THIS YEAR? Dear fellow journalists, it’s sexy time again. I mean, it’s Sexies time again—the Sex-Positive Journalism Awards. The brainchild of Metroland contributing writer Miriam Axel-Lute and a few of her peeps, the Sexies honor journalism that treats sexual matters seriously. For more info, visit

—Shawn Stone

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