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Open wide: Russell and his ax (so to speak).

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BING BANG BOOM! Everybody digs the neo-vaudevillian entertainment offered by the good folks who present the Bing Bamboo Room Burlesque, Vaudeville and Variety Show. The latest edition features the Pop Rock Circus (performing hits by Michael Jackson, the Doobie Brothers, Donna Summer and more), and will be presented tomorrow (Friday, July 24) at 8 PM at Revolution Hall (421-425 River St., Troy). Hosted by Guy Smiley and Madame Juju, performers include magician Jeffrey Jene, fire-tossers Shilly Shally, burlesque queens Madame Trixie and her Dolls, the saucy Scooter Pie and hula-hoop artist/dancer Dehva Colure. Tickets start at $15. For more info, call 274-0553.

A GIFT TO THE LIBRARY The Troy Public Library recently announced they received $10,400 from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to buy new computers and computer equipment for the library’s computer lab. I hope they aren’t required to buy Microsoft products; no kid deserves the soul-killing misery my Microsoft operating system put me through on production day this week.

A TASTE OF WOODFEST 2009 As part of this August’s WoodFest at the Charles R. Wood Theater in Glens Falls, they’re featuring (on Aug. 17) sword-swallower Roderick Russell. “A taste of WoodFest,” get it? (Thanks, I’ll be here all week. Try the veal!) The festival kicks off Aug. 4 with an operetta concert featuring singers from the Seagle Music Colony; other events include a production of Always Patsy Cline (Aug. 6-9, 13-16), and family-friendly hypnotist Dr. Steven Taubman (Aug. 10). For more info, visit

—Shawn Stone

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