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He’ll shoot you down: The Red Baron.

Art Beat

GAMES ON What with the beloved Siena Saints going back to the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament this weekend, you’d have to be living under a rock to be unaware of the “March Madness” that has settled on the land. If some of you basketball fans would also like to support a worthy arts organization, the Hamilton Hill Arts Center (409 Schenectady St., Schenectady) is holding their 2nd annual Arts Madness event this Sunday (March 21) beginning at 2 PM. Watch the games on their big screen TV while enjoying an all-you-can-eat buffet. For the kids there will be face painting and “arts and games.” Tickets purchased in advance are $15 each or two for $25; tickets purchased at the door are $20 or two for $35. Children’s tickets, ages 3-13, are $10 each or two for $15; there will be free admission for children ages 2 and younger. For more info, call 346-1262.

CURSE YOU, RED BARON! OK, not really. But it’s hard to resist a Snoopy reference when the topic is the “Red Baron.” This Monday and Tuesday (March 22-23), the GE Theatre at Proctors will host the local premiere of the German World War I epic The Red Baron. Who was the real Red Baron? Manfred Albrecht Freiherr von Richthofen. (Ach! Those German aristocrats and their fancy names.) What did this combat pilot do? He shot down a confirmed 80 enemy planes. (That is, to put it mildly, quite a few.) The film stars Matthias Schweighöfer as the baron, with Lena Headey, Til Schweiger and Joseph Fiennes. Here’s the extra-cool part: On both days, between the 5:15 and 7:15 PM screenings, local aviation expert Carle Kopecky will lead an informal Q & A about the period. Kopecky, the director of the Old Stone Fort Museum in Schoharie, is an experienced pilot who has flown biplanes, gliders and “even logged 20 minutes at the controls” of a Goodyear zeppelin. Um, I mean blimp. For more info, visit proctors.org.

FOR PARENTS WHO STILL HAPPEN TO OWN A VHS PLAYER It’s an old technology, sure, but it still works: VHS tapes. The Whitney Book Corner (600 Union St., Schenectady), which is operated by the Friends of the Schenectady County Public Library for the benefit of the library system, is having a sale on all Disney VHS tapes. Beginning Monday (March 22) and running until the end of the month, Disney VHS videos are 25 cents each or five for $1. You know your kid needs another copy of Aladdin II!

—Shawn Stone

sstone@metroland.net

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