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And dance returns to SPAC: Limon Dance Company.

Art Beat

GOTTA DANCE In the maelstrom of events planned for the Saratoga Performing Arts Center (Saratoga Spa State Park, Saratoga Springs) this summer, it’s easy to overlook a show or two. Pay attention, or you’ll miss something worthwhile—like the modern dance bookings at the SPAC amphitheater. Tonight (Thursday, June 10) at 8 PM, the Limon Dance Company will be performing three essential works by their late founder, Jose Limon: Into My Heart’s House, The Moor’s Pavane and There Is a Time. Current artistic director Carla Maxwell will be presenting a pre-curtain talk at 7:30 PM.

The other modern dance presentation will showcase the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company on July 28. They will be performing their newest work, Fondly Do We Hope . . . Fervently Do We Pray; Bill T. Jones will be giving a pre-performance talk at the National Museum of Dance. Tickets for that show are $40.

DAYS OF FUTURE PAST Saratoga Film Forum is screening Fritz Lang’s 1926 Sci-Fi classic Metropolis this weekend (Thursday-Friday, Sunday evenings to be precise). Big deal? Yes. This is the complete restored version, with the last missing scenes restored this year from a 16MM discovered in Argentina last year. Seems that an Argentinean film distributor was in Berlin and saw the film at the time of the premiere, loved it, secured the South American rights and departed for Buenos Aires with a print. Meanwhile, back in Germany, the producers started recutting the film and tossing the cut footage. So this, finally, is an authoritative version of Lang’s—and author Thea von Harbou’s—crazy vision of the future. For more info on the screenings, check our movie pages or visit saratoga filmforum.org.

SUMMER READERS The schedule for the New York State Writers Institute summer season at Skidmore College (North Broadway, Saratoga Springs) just flew in over the electronic transom, so we present it here for you. Robert Pinsky (June 28), Jim Shepard (June 29), Joseph O’Neill (June 30), Charles Simic and Lydia Davis (July 1), Carolyn Forché and Elizabeth Benedict (July 2), Francine Prose and Victoria Redel (July 5), Franz Wright (July 6), William Kennedy (July 7), Caryl Phillips and Campbell McGrath (July 8), Phillip Lopate and Claire Messud (July 9), Richard Howard and Danzy Senna (July 12), Ann Beattie and Honor Moore (July 13), Russell Banks and Chase Twichell (July 14), Joyce Carol Oates (July 15), Mary Gaitskill and Tom Healy (July 16), Amy Hempel and Henri Cole (July 19), Rick Moody and Peg Boyers (July 20), Geoffrey O’Brien and James Miller (July 21), Jayne Anne Phillips and Mary Kinzie (July 22), and Howard Norman and Lloyd Schwartz (July 23). For exact locations and times, visit the Writers Institute Web site (Google it yourself, I’m lazy) or call 580-5599.

WHAT ARE YOU DOING NEW YEAR’S EVE? No, seriously. This all-Saratoga edition of Art Beat concludes with an item about New Year’s Eve. Saratoga Arts is the “presenting organization” for Saratoga First Night this year, and they’re looking for artists and dancers and musicians and the like to perform this Dec. 31 as part of the 15th edition. Applications are available now and must be returned by July 16. You can download an application at saratoga arts.org.

—Shawn Stone

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