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The battle for Iraq on view at the ACCR: Cheryl Diaz Miller’s Dust Storm (2003).

Art Beat

THIS IS WAR An exhibit opened at the Arts Center of the Capital Region (265 River St., Troy) last week that we all would do well to check out. Curated by Timothy Cahill, Battlesight: Dispatches from Iraq and Afghanistan by International Photographers is a powerful collection of war photography by Pulitzer Prize winner Cheryl Diaz Miller, Balazs Gardi and Teru Kuwayama. The exhibit is on view through Dec. 19, but there will be a reception tomorrow evening (Friday, Oct. 29) from 5:30-9 PM during Troy Night Out. For more info, call 273-0552.

THE INDEPENDENT CINEMA Just a reminder that Upstate Independents will hold their monthly meeting this Tuesday (Nov. 2) from 6:30-9:30 PM at the Linda (WAMC’s Performing Arts Studio, 339 Central Ave., Albany). This month’s special guest—live, via one of the wonder miracles of the age, Skype—is producer-production manager-educator Kurt Eli Mayry. The group will also be handling some organizational business. For more info, visit

VELVET LIKE ELVIS It’s time for one of the most popular arts fund-raising events of the year, the Black Velvet Art Party. Held at the Roaring Brook Ranch in Lake George, the 22nd edition of this event will be held Nov. 5, and feature “out-of-the-ordinary” black velvet art, and “over-the-top” fashions. In addition to the silent auction of black velvet art, a limbo contest, and psychic readings, there will be art and fashion competitions. This year’s theme is “gaga,” and the award categories will include “Tres Tacky,” “Svelt,” “Velveluminous” (say that three times fast), and “Velvelicious.” All these shenanigans will help benefit the Lake George Arts Project’s Courthouse Gallery, which is an invaluable North Country organization. Tickets are $20 if bought by Nov. 2, and $25 at the door. For tickets and more info, visit or call 668-2616.

READ LOCAL POETS Just a reminder that the inaugural edition of Capital Region Poets Quarterly Magazine, featuring the work of nine regional poets, has been available for a couple of weeks. You can order it at, sure, but you might prefer to keep things totally local and buy your copy at The Katbird Shop (Schenectady), The Book Hound (Amsterdam), The Book House of Stuyvesant Plaza (Albany), Market Block Books (Troy) or Good Buy Books (Rensselaer). The next edition will be published in February 2011; for information on poetry submissions (there’s a 3-poem-per-poet limit, FYI) before the Dec. 31 deadline, e-mail odean@odeanpublish

—Shawn Stone

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