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The survivor: An image from Clara Tomaz’ Unexpected Journey at the ACCR.

Art Beat

THE POWER OF SURVIVORSHIP There’s an exhibit that opened yesterday (Wednesday, May 5) in Troy that’s well worth your time. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute MFA student Clara Tomaz created Unexpected Journey, which is on view at the Arts Center of the Capital Region (265 River St., Troy) through May 13, out of her own experiences as a cancer survivor, as well as her work with other cancer patients and cancer support groups. The images are haunting, and occasionally disturbing; the exhibit notes explain that, “in this complex and genuine work, cancer is only a vehicle for existential reflections on personal identity and the very essence of humanness.” For more info, call 273-0552.

SEE WHAT THEY DID LAST SUMMER It has been suggested that Metroland has not given sufficient coverage to indie cinema. So, consider this an effort to do better. This Saturday (May 8), videos made by teenagers in the Youth Film eXperience project last summer will be screened at The Linda, WAMC’s Performing Arts Studio (339 Central Ave., Albany). The project was part of Grand Street Community Arts’ Youth FX summer camp, an urban arts experience designed to put “the tools of media production in the hands of youth with guidance from skilled artists.” There’s a reception at 6 PM, followed by a screening at 7 PM, followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers. The suggested donation is $5-$10—come on, be generous—and you can find out more about the program by calling 465-5233 ext. 4.

GET SASSY Wait, that should be Sassi. Why not go behind the scenes at Proctors (432 State St., Schenectady) with organist Ned Spain and historian Marilyn Sassi for the Sassi Tour de Proctors this Saturday (May 8) at 10 AM. This will include a history of Frederick Freeman Proctor and his “impact on the arts and entertainment in the extended Capital Region;” an overview of the building’s architectural highlights; a tour of the new stage house, backstage and the dressing rooms; and a visit to the Proctors museum, Robb Alley and the Underground at Proctors. Someone might even mention the highlights of the upcoming season, just an nounced, which will include the musicals White Christmas, Hair, The Lion King, and Fiddler On the Roof. The tour will take 2 and 1/2 hours; if you’re coming, please meet in front of the theater doors in the Arcade, facing State Street. For more info, call 346-6204.

ON THE ROAD (AND IN THE AIR) AGAIN Saratoga Arts is planning two trips this fall. The first is a visit to Venice—Italy, not California—from Sept. 12-18, with an optional extension to “the magical country of Slovenia” from Sept. 19-23. The second is a visit to Egypt from Oct. 11-18, which includes a four-day cruise on the Nile. Presentations to discuss these jaunts will be held May 15 at the Saratoga County Arts Council’s Arts Center (320 Broadway, Saratoga Springs). The talk about the Italian/Slovenian trip will be held at 11:30 AM, and the Egyptian trip will be discussed at 1:30 PM. For more info, e-mail edventures@lightlink.com or call (607) 387-3322.

—Shawn Stone

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