coming: Scorsese will appear at the Lake Placid Film
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.
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,
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 missmarysartspace.tripod.com.
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 www.paradisecityarts.com.
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.