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Mark Gallucci

A Fashionista and a Scholar

The Delta Mu Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. sponsored the seventh annual Kaleidoscope of Color fashion show at the Holiday Inn Turf in Albany on Sunday (April 21). The event was a benefit to raise funds for scholarship programs for graduating African-American high school seniors from the area that plan on attending college. The fashions for the show were provided by Sha’Neen Productions. The event also included a luncheon, door prizes and a marketplace where attendees could buy a variety of ethnic items.

The Delta Mu Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority was founded in 1947 to fill the need for a cultural and service organization to promote the improvement and welfare of the black community.

April Is the Coolest Month

April is National Poetry Month, and though you may not complete the final quatrain of your book-length verse exploration of the Grand Unification Theory by the 30th, Time & Space Limited in Hudson is making sure you’ve still got a reason to celebrate all things poetic—if only vicariously.

The forward-looking arts organization is kicking off a reading series—called Writers Reading—in grand style on Saturday (April 27), with New York State Poet and Pulitzer prize-winner John Ashbery and friends reading from their works. Guests will include Guggenheim fellow Ann Lauterbach, Brooklyn College’s poetry program director Louis Asekoff, Groundwater Press directors Eugene Richie and Rosanne Wasserman, and the recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowship and of the 2002 Best American Poetry Award, Charles North.

In the upcoming year, the series will present writers—established names such as Susan Sontag and Gary Indiana, and newcomers alike—reading from their works, as well as readings from a wide variety of classics.

The inaugural gala takes place at the TSL Warehouse (434 Columbia St., Hudson), on Saturday (April 27). Tickets for the 8 PM event are $10 members, $15 non-members. For reservations, 822-8448.

—John Rodat

ARt BEAT

“A blind date between artists and industries” is what artist/curator Michael Oatman has called Factory Direct, the Arts Center of the Capital Region’s exhibit that explores the juncture of artistic and industrial endeavors. The Factory Direct series—which consists of Factory Direct.1, which was on display at the Arts Center through March 17 and Factory Direct.2 which is on display through June 10—was based on the premise that both art and industry employ similar innovation, invention and problem-solving as a means of accomplishing their goals. The exhibit paired 16 local artists, including Elizabeth Dove, Brian St. Cyr and Andrew Boardman, with 12 local companies, including Adam Ross Cut Stone, Arcadia Supply and the Watervliet Arsenal. The series was such a success that the Arts Center has documented it in a 40-page catalog designed by Paul Miyamoto, who cocurated the show with Oatman. The catalog features photographs of the works included in both Factory Direct shows, an essay by Oatman that explores the artistic and historic precedents for the show and 12 essays on the participating industries, written by Rebecca Shepard. The catalog is available at the Arts Center for $20. For more information, call 273-0552. . . . As of May 1, the Berkshire Museum will become a participant in the Association of Science-Technology Centers, an organization of science centers and museums whose goal is to bring an understanding of science to the people. As a member of the organization, the museum will also become a member of the ASTC’s Travel Passport Program, which means that Berkshire Museum members will be entitled to free general admission to participating ASTC museums within a 90-mile radius, including the Children’s Museum and the Museum of Science in Boston.

—Erin Sullivan


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