battle for Iraq on view at the ACCR: Cheryl Diaz Miller’s
Dust Storm (2003).
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 lakegeorgearts.org
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 amazon.com, 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 ing.com.