There will be two “trolleys” running from 5-9 PM. There will
be a special 1st Friday Bicycle Art Ride (meetup at
the Soldier’s Memorial in Washington Park at 6 PM), so dig
out that Schwinn. Many galleries and museums use this opportunity
to open new shows; for example, you can check out a “sneak
preview” of the Albany Institute of History & Art’s
Graphic Design—Get the Message! show (125 Washington
Ave., Albany). Many exhibits that already opened will have
the spotlight shown on them with special receptions. The Opalka
Gallery (Sage College of Albany, 140 New Scotland Ave.)
will host a reception from 5 to 9 PM for Willie Marlowe:
A Survey. Marlowe is a professor emerita at Sage; the
gallery notes that “her work is informed by travel, going
to museums and archaeological sites in Europe, the Yucatan
and Russia.” Pictured is Marlowe’s Collage Diptych #2.
Finally, an event of epic literary dimensions will make its
debut this 1st Friday: the 1st Annual Doctor Zhivago Slog.
If you’ve read Pasternak’s book, you’re probably in the minority
compared to the number of folks who’ve seen David Lean’s film.
So, for the latter, imagine poor Omar Sharif trudging through
waist-high snow to his childhood home, only to find it abandoned.
(I’d rather imagine Sharif’s costar Julie Christie doing anything,
but that’s just me; I lack a poet’s soul.) Folks—and this
could include you—will gather at the northwest corner of Washington
Park at 5:30 PM; those judged to be properly attired will
join novelist Douglas Rothschild for the slog. As he
writes: “We will slog our way diagonally to the corner of
Madison Avenue and Willett Street, where we will proceed to
the empty shell of the Lark Tavern, where we will look
in and be reminded of happier times.” Then it’s across the
street to Scratch Bakery Café for cocoa, coffee and
thawing. Fun for the sturdy of body and soul, right?
Editor’s note: This was being written on Tuesday evening (Feb.
1), so the intro to this blurb is purely speculative fiction.
If the sun hasn’t come back yet, and Phil the groundhog stayed
in his luxury hole and the snowpocalypse continues, then,
well, sorry. (And even if the weather’s peachy, good luck
with that bike ride.) In any event, you should still go to
1st Friday and enjoy yourself. For a complete list of venues
and events, visit 1stfridayalbany.org