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Marty's coming: Scorsese will appear at the Lake Placid Film Festival.

Art Beat

FORGET SUNDANCE, THIS IS THE REAL DEAL: The Lake Placid Film Festival may be only 5 years old, but it has grown up fast. The festival, which runs from June 2-6, has a staggering lineup of panelists and films. (And we use the term “staggering” advisedly.) Jon Favreau will moderate a discussion with Martin Scorsese. Scorsese will host a screening of Luchino Visconti’s 1963 masterpiece Il Gattopardo. Author and festival cofounder Russell Banks will moderate a panel about “the globalization of Hollywood,” featuring Lumumba director Raoul Peck. A forum on acting will include Willem Dafoe, Matthew Modine, Rita Taggart, Peter Riegert, Sarah Polley and

Twilight: Burt Lancaster in Il Gattopardo.

Campbell Scott. Kodak is presenting a master class in cinematography with the legendary Haskell Wexler. And, of course, a wide array of new films in which to immerse yourself. For information on dates, times and venues around Lake Placid, visit

NOW FOR THE REALLY BAD NEWS: The press release was painfully succinct: “Miss Mary’s isn’t getting a new space.” You see, an e-mail went out about two weeks ago to the effect that Miss Mary’s Arts Space would be getting new digs. Contacted for comment, “would” changed to “maybe.” After another set of failed negotiations for a new venue, they have decided “to give up the ghost.” As the notice continued, it was only after a long, emotional discussion among the members of the Miss Mary’s board, that the decision was made to end it all. The little arts center that almost could, however, is not going quietly into that good night. They will be publishing one last issue of their much-loved magazine, Screed. The focus of the farewell edition is on “all the great things we can think of about the Albany arts scene.” You, the artists and poets and musicians and knitters, are invited to contribute your reflections on the scene. The deadline for submissions is June 7. For submission guidelines, visit

SPRINGTIME IN PARADISE: That’s what the promoters promise for this weekend’s Paradise City Arts Festival, held, as usual, at the County Fairgrounds in that hipsters’ paradise just over the mountains in Northampton, Mass. There will be 270 juried artists from 31 states, live music, food and interactive art activities for the kiddies. The festival runs from May 29-31. For more information, visit

HAPPY 100TH BIRTHDAY, SCOTIA: Yes, Scotia is celebrating their centennial. First up, John Ford’s excellent 1939 Technicolor epic Drums Along the Mohawk, which will be screened Saturday (May 29) at 3:30 PM at the Scotia Cinema. Starring Henry Fonda and Claudette Colbert, the film depicts the battles between the Eurosettlers and the Native Americans. (Guess who won.) On June 5 there will be a village-wide garage sale. On June 6, there will be a community picnic from 2 to 5 PM at Freedom Park; that days’ fun will include music by the Banjo Band, the Electric City Chorus and the Burnt Hills Big Band. This is just the beginning—Scotia will be in celebration mode through the end of the summer. We don’t have any Web site for you to visit, so why not truck on down to Scotia ask one of the friendly locals what the heck is going on.

—Shawn Stone

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