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Working for peace: Houde’s Afghanistan.

Art Beat

FINDING HOPE Photographer and activist Connie Frisbee Houde has long been traveling to, and advocating on behalf of, Afghanistan and its people. She recently returned from her latest trip—the trip during which her “dear friend and mentor,” Delmar doctor Tom Little and his team of humanitarians were killed. An exhibit of her work from this journey has just opened at the Visions Gallery (Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany Pastoral Center, 40 N. Main Ave., Albany), titled Life Goes On—Afghanistan in August. There will be a reception during 1st Friday (Friday, Oct. 1) from 5-7 PM. The exhibit is open through Nov. 5. For more info, call 453-6600.

FOR THE BENEFIT OF OUR FOUR-LEGGED FRIENDS Today (Thursday, Sept. 30) from 5:30-8:30 PM, the Arts Center of the Capital Region (265 River St., Troy) will host the 6th Annual Art Saves Animals, a benefit for the Mohawk & Hudson Humane Society. We all are aware how bad things are. The lousy economy has led to people being forced to give up their pets, and it has also put a strain on donations to all of the worthy charities in our area. For $40, you can enjoy wine, appetizers and desserts, bid on some art (by local, regional and national artists) donated for a good cause, and know that you’re doing it for the benefit of “those who can’t speak for themselves.” Nippertown’s Sara Ayers and Greg Haymes are the honorary chairs. For more info, call 434-8128 ext. 204 or 206, or visit

BUY SOME BOOKS, HELP A LIBRARY The Friends of the Schenectady County Public Library are sponsoring a massive book sale this Saturday (Oct. 2) from 9 AM-4 PM at the main branch (99 Clinton St., Schenectady) to benefit . . . the SCPL, of course. Most hardcover books will be $1, and most paperbacks 50 cents each or 3 for $1. “Records and better books” will be priced individually. Almost every genre will be represented. Proceeds of the sale will benefit all nine branches in the system. The sale is the product of efforts by 150 volunteers; they love their library and you should too.

ART & COMMERCE The Clark Art Institute always has an interesting film series going. (By “always,” I mean for as long as I’ve been doing this job.) This Saturday (Oct. 2) at 2 PM, they will begin a real gem of a series titled, All About Art but the Art: The Business of Aesthetics. The first film will be My Kid Could Paint That, a 2007 documentary about a precocious preschooler who paints Pollock-esque abstracts. Upcoming films, all unspooling at 2 PM, will be Who Gets to Call It Art? (Oct. 16); the heartbreaking, brutal doc The Art of the Steal (Nov. 6); and, finally, Olivier Assayas’ lovely, emotionally precise drama Summer Hours, about a family dealing with the final disposition of their late mother’s valuable art collection. All films will be shown at the Clark (225 South St., Williamstown, Mass.). For more info, visit

—Shawn Stone

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