year’s annual Painted Cities exhibition at the Carrie Haddad
Gallery in Hudson will show off the work of artists based
throughout our region, all the way to New York City. Painters
Dan Rupe (State Street House, pictured), Paul Chojnowski,
Tina Sotis, Bill Clutz, Bill Artim, Margaret Crenson, Seth
Nadel and Arthur Hammer, and photographer Joan Barker, all
share a common theme for this show, though their work varies
Among the most unusual works are those by Paul Chojnowski,
who, instead of painting in oil like his colleagues, “paints”
with water on thick paper, and then blowtorches the dry
remainder of the paper, resulting in a sepia-looking print.
Painted Cities will open at the Carrie Haddad Gallery (662
Warren St., Hudson) tonight (Thursday, Sept. 16), and will
run through Oct. 24. A reception for the artists will be
held Saturday, Sept. 18, from 6 to 8 PM. For more information,
favorite annual event is once again upon us: Larkfest attracts
vendors and buyers, musicians and music fans, and food vendors
and eaters from all over the Capital Region. Tens of thousands
attended the open-air fest last year, and organizers suspect
it will be just as successful, if not more so, this year.
A highlight of the event is the eba Family Stage, located
at the corner of Hudson Avenue and Lark Street, where magicians,
dancers and other performers entertain audiences of all
ages. On the other side of the street, Kids Fest will be
going strong all day, featuring rides, crafts, games and
As always, a plethora of bands will perform throughout the
day on the various stages and in various tents. Among the
talent will be Sarah Ayers, Bryan Thomas, the Sean Rowe
Project, knotworking, Coal Palace Kings, Super 400, Kamikaze
Hearts, Rob Skane, and many, many more. For a full schedule
of times and loactions to catch the acts, visit www.larkstreet.org/festivals.php.
Don’t forget to stop by the Metroland table and play
trivia for prizes!
Larkfest 2004 will take place on, ahem, Lark Street in downtown
Albany on Saturday, Sept. 18, from 10:30 AM to 5 PM. Please
remember: Pets are not allowed unless they are service animals.
Don’t be the one to get kicked out because you brought your
dog. For more information, call 434-3861.
either love him or hate him. One of his generation’s most
polarizing writers, Chuck Palahniuk has published six novels,
including Invisible Monsters, Survivor, and
Fight Club, the latter of which was famously adapted
into the cult-favorite film starring Brad Pitt and Edward
Norton. His writing is dark and matter-of-fact, and very
often deeply funny; his public readings have been rumored
to cause adverse physical reactions in onlookers. “So far
it’s made 43 people pass out,” Palahniuk recently bragged
of Guts, a short story due for inclusion in the upcoming
collection, Haunted. (Editor’s note: the number of
faintees is now up to 52.) He’s currently promoting the
paperback release of his 2003 novel Diary with a
reading tour that will bring him to the University at Albany
After a night of heavy drinking and general debauchery that
would put Bukowski to shame, we caught up somewhere in dreamland
with a wraithlike figure that may or may not have been Chuck
Palahniuk. The following is an entirely fictional account
of what he (it?) had to say:
am Chuck’s wasted life. You wanted me to say that, right?
see, sometimes I feel like I’ve nothing to show for 42 years
on this dirty, infested hole of a planet. Sure, you could
make the argument that having written a pile of best-sellers
would be worth a shit, but no, that doesn’t do it. And when
the screenplay-adaptation checks start rolling in, you’d
imagine that it might come with some amount of personal
satisfaction. Sure, the money’s nice and all—the lunch meat
doesn’t come out of a can anymore—but there’s still something
there that makes me wonder whether it’s worth setting the
alarm clock in the first place.
now I’ve gotta do another one of these tours, you know,
where I read from the books that the audience didn’t
read because they already know there’s a film version
coming out, and all that graphic stuff just works so much
better in celluloid, right? With any luck, I can make a
few of them throw up. . . .” After that, his voice trails
off and the line goes dead. Even in our dream state, the
cell service stinks.
Chuck Palahniuk will read from his work this Tuesday (Sept.
21) at 8 PM in the Main Theater at the Performing Arts Center
on the uptown campus of the University at Albany. The event
is free and open to the public. Contact the New York State
Writers Institute at 442-5620 for more information.