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Purely paintings: Buffy and the Nice Girls by Robert Cronin at the Haddad Lascano Gallery.

Art Beat

THE GOOD OLD DAYS, NUDGE NUDGE: It’s all about family values. The rock-ribbed, 19th-century American values with which great-great-grandpa and -grandma lived a moral, Christian life and helped build a great nation. Except, it turns out our forefathers (and foremothers) weren’t as virtuous as Bill Bennett would have us think. Learn all about this other 19th-century America at the Farmer’s Museum in Cooperstown on Wednesday (June 9) at 6 PM, when the museum hosts Secret Lives of Early Americans: An Evening Stroll and Lecture. Your guide, Garet Livermore, will share the fruits of his years of research: stories about murder, mayhem, cheating and the “bloody underpinnings of secret societies.” There’s even a reward at the end of the program, at the museum’s Bump Tavern, where “a cup of tea or authentic 19th-century cocktail can soothe your scandalized nerves.” Sorry—no absinthe. Admission is $5 for members of the New York State Historical Association, $7 for nonmembers. Adults only. Registration is required, and can be made by calling (607) 547-1450.

A JOYFUL NOISE: There are free shows, and there are free shows. Bard College, in scenic Annandale-on-Hudson, will host a free-but-actually-priceless performance by composer-pianist Terry Riley on Monday (June 7) at 8 PM in Olin Hall. Riley is one of the giants of contemporary classical music; the London Sunday Times listed him among the “1,000 makers of the 20th-century.” He began what became the minimalist movement with his work In C, and has influenced classical musicians like Philip Glass, Steve Reich, John Adams; such rockers as the Who, Soft Machine, and John Cale (with whom Riley collaborated in 1971 on The Academy in Peril) also explored his ideas. And remember, it’s free admission. For more information, call (845) 758-7481.

WHAT’S NEW ON THE WALL: Salem’s Arts 220 Gallery is presenting East Meets West, an exhibition of watercolors and drawings of Texas and our own Battenkill Valley by Clay McGaughy. The San Antonio-based artist is a member of the Hole in the Wall Gang, er, I mean the Watercolor Gang. They are the roughest, toughest, shootinest bunch, er, I mean they are a group of painters who travel around exploring the countryside. The exhibit opens June 5 (there’s a reception from 4-6 PM) and continues through June 26. The Arts 220 Gallery is on Route 22 in Salem, across from the old train depot; for more information call 854-3406. . . . The Haddad Lascano Gallery in Great Barrington has a new exhibit opening June 10, which runs through July 11. The show is strictly all-paintings, by a diverse selection of artists including Warner Friedman, Edward Avedisian and Robert Cronin; pictured is Cronin’s Buffy and the Nice Girls. For information, call (413) 528-0471. . . . Continuing through June 13 is Synergy, the senior art exhibit in Union College’s Mandeville Gallery (Nott Memorial, Schenectady). There’s an artists’ reception on June 12 from 2:30-4 PM. For information, call 388-6911. . . . The Froebel Gallery at the eba Dance Theater on ye olde Lark Street will open an exhibit of watercolor and mixed-media work by Kathy Cohen on June 18 with a reception from 5-8:30 PM. The exhibit runs through August, and showcases Cohen’s recent Healing series. Call 449-1233 or 465-9916 for information.

AND THE WINNER IS: Normally, we’d ignore that sincere bit of flattery thrown our way by Hearst’s Times Union, the TU Best Of issue. However, a fine fellow with a longtime Metroland association was honored in their reader’s poll. David Allan, Capital Region radio and TV legend, won Best Radio Show for his program on WABY, beating out that tiresome potty-mouth, Howard Stern. Congratulations, David. We’ll stay tuned.

—Shawn Stone

A Royal Resoration
Photo by: John Whipple

Albany’s Palace Theatre has been undergoing some nifty upgrades over the last year and a half. First, the interior was beautifully restored. Now, a new marquee, modeled after the original marquee (sans reference to its former incarnation as the RKO Palace) was unveiled by Mayor Jerry Jennings on Thursday, May 27. And, as you can see, it’s showy and classy at the same time. It’s as impressive as the original 1931 marquee, with some state-of-the-art high-tech extras as a bonus.

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