shoot you down: The Red Baron.
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,
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!