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ARTBEAT

STAMP OF APPROVAL: It’s not everyday a museum has one of its artifacts featured on a U.S. postage stamp. That’s why the brand spankin’ new stamp depicting a Seneca-carved, 19th-century wooden ladle is a big deal for the New York State Museum. The stamp depicts a ladle (pictured here) carved around 1840 on the Seneca Tonawanda reservation. (Tonawanda is a suburb of Buffalo, so we’re guessing it was in that general vicinity. Tonawanda is not the Buffalo suburb where the Senecas are opening their casino, however—that would be Cheektowaga.) This stamp is one of a series commemorating the art of the American Indian, and was unveiled in a special ceremony at the museum on Sunday, Aug. 22. Albany postmaster Michael Esposito was on hand, as was NYSM director Clifford Siegfried and Seneca artist G. Peter Jemison. If you want the stamp, you know where to go: the post office.

FANCY ART, FANCY MUSIC, FANCY PUNCTUATION: The University at Albany’s University Art Museum is saying goodbye to two exhibits on Sept. 2 with an ultra-hip (or would that be ultra-trip) par-tay. Fresh st ART will feature “coffee, power drinks and refreshments,” along with music by the Brian Patneaude-Michael Campion jazz/trip-hop/electronic/trance project Nouveau Chill. Apparently, anything stronger should be consumed in advance. The exhibits ending on Sept. 3 are William Pope.L’s Five Ways to Say the Same Sadness, and Phil Frost’s mALORsUDas sOlarMB. The fun is on Sept. 2, however, from 9 to 11 PM. For more info, call 442-4035. Set the controls for the heart of the sun, baby.

IF YOU CAN MAKE IT THERE: Tusk, a musical which had its premiere at the Egg as part of the New York/New Works initiative, has been selected for the New York Musical Theater festival, to be held in Manhattan next month. Tusk, a collaboration between Rexford resident Norman Rea, Berne resident Steven Yuhasz, Steven Billing, Bryon Sommers, David Salih and Craig Strang, is the story of family of elephants on “their journey from the rain forest to the circus and beyond.” It was one of only 18 shows selected for the festival from over 200 submissions. For more information, visit www.nymf.org.

WERE YOU RAISED IN A BARN? This Saturday (Aug. 28), the Shaker Museum and Library will team up with the Columbia County Council on the Arts to host Writers in Barns: Exploring a rural heritage. This is a tour of a number of barns beginning at the Great Stone Barn at the Mount Lebanon Shaker Village, where New York Times editor-writer Verlyn Klinkenborg will read from his book A Rural Life. (Klinkenborg, dubbed “our modern Thoreau” by Tom Brokaw, will be signing books after the reading.) Refreshments will be served at the Shaker Museum, where Robert and Viola Opdahl will sign their book, A Shaker Musical Legacy. The tour starts at the museum at 1 PM and costs $15 in advance, $20 at the door. For a detailed itinerary and other info, call 794-9100 ext. 218 or 671-6213.

—Shawn Stone


Let Us Slaughter Each Other Not, My Children

Ever wonder who the Nott Memorial is named after? Well, in point of fact it was Eliphalet Nott, onetime pastor of Albany’s First Presbyterian Church and longtime—62 years long, for heaven’s sake—president of Schenectady’s Union College. Nott first came to national prominence with an anti-dueling sermon he preached after Aaron Burr fatally shot Alexander Hamilton 200 years ago. Albany’s First Presbyterian Church hosted an unusual commemoration of this last Sunday (July 25), when Union professor David Cotter (pictured) dressed in period garb and read Nott’s words. According to the good folks at Union, Eliphalet Nott came to be known as an advocate for “temperance, abolition and universal education.” (Hear that, Union students? Temperance.)


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