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ARTBEAT

A GREAT TRADITION: Salem’s Arts 220 Gallery & Studio is now offering an exhibition of African artifacts from the private collections of Kay Tomasi and Caroline Hooke. According to the gallery, “from sculptures and bowls to textile-based works, the exhibit offers a broad representation of various pieces from Africa.” Such as this Bougoni doll (pictured) from the Republic of Mali, which comes with a story about the doll’s life—that guitar the doll’s holding is called a “cora.” The exhibit, the first of their fall season, continues in the Arts 220 Gallery & Studio (Route 22, Salem, in the blue building across from the train station) through Sept. 30. The gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday (call for times), and by appointment. For more info, call 854-3406.

GREETINGS, HERR DIREKTOR: The Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery, which is, of course, on the campus of Skidmore College, has found someone to assume the post of director, succeeding Charles Stainback. (Stainback has long since decamped for SITE, a contemporary art space in Santa Fe. It’s John Weber, who most recently served as curator of education and public programs at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. According to the press release, Charles M. Joseph, Skidmore’s vice president of academic affairs, expressed delight, praising Weber as a director who “combines a sophisticated sense of contemporary art with substantial experience at the cutting edge of museum-based education.” Qualities which, given the museum’s mission, should fit the Tang perfectly. For his part, Weber seems equally pleased, and expressed his enthusiasm for the Tang’s undeniable dedication to experimentation in its programming. Sounds like the honeymoon might last a while.

OH VEGETABLE GENTLEMAN: It’s that time of year again. Schenectady’s Congregation Agudat Achim is hosting their 26th annual Carrot Festival, which will take place Sunday (Sept. 12), “rain or shine.” There will be the usual delights: fresh organic produce from Schoharie County; honey and plants; over 40 craft tables; fun for the kids; and, of course, the Walking Carrot. The theme of this festival is The Journey, in celebration of the 350th anniversary of the Jewish arrival in America. And one of the highlights may prove to be the accompanying art exhibit, The Over 90 Art Show. You heard that right: the three featured artists, Johanna Takaroff (quilter), Jeanette Neisuler (weaver) and Eve Wasser (painter), are all indeed over 90 years old. (While the festival only lasts one day, the exhibit continues, in the Michael Handelman Room, through Oct. 30.) Congregation Agudat Achim is located at 2117 Union St., Schenectady; the festival runs this Sunday from 10 AM to 5 PM. For more info, call 393-9211.

FOXY BERNIE: Maybe you’re not one of those folks who attended a home screening party for the Fox News channel-bashing documentary Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch’s War on Journalism. Then this Monday (Sept. 13) is your lucky night. Images Cinema (Williamstown, Mass.) is hosting a presentation of the snarky little flick, and U.S. Representative Bernie Sanders, that independent’s independent from Vermont, will be on hand to watch and discuss the hit indie film by director Robert Greenwald (Xanadu). Showtime is at 7 PM; call (413) 458-1039 for the inside information.

—Shawn Stone


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