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The Decemberists

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Summer is coming to a close, so it’s time to pack up the Frisbees and the flip-flops; but the arts institutions of the Capital Region—and its near neighbors—offer sufficient stimulation to stave off Seasonal Affective Disorder indefinitely.

Pop Music

Caffe Lena
47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, 583-0022.
Sept. 17: Alvin Youngblood Hart. Sept. 18: Jack Williams. Sept. 19: Adrienne Young. Sept. 22: Alasdair Fraser, Natalie Haas. Sept. 24: Roseanne Raneri, Mad Agnes. Sept. 25: Four Shillings Short; Jonathan Byrd, Dromedary. Sept. 26: Garnet Rogers. Oct. 1: the Kennedys. Oct. 2: Mike Compton, David Long; Ember Swift. Oct. 3: Praise Thang! with Garland Nelson. Oct. 3: Kate Blain. Oct. 5: Eleanor McEvoy. Oct. 8: Jacqui MacDonald. Oct. 9: Female Songwriters You Wanna Hear: Nancy Walker, Lani Richards, Barby Matthews. Oct. 10: Upstate Bluegrass. Oct. 15: Dave’s True Story. Oct. 16: Celtic Night VI. Oct. 17: Artisan. Oct. 22: Spencer Bohren. Oct. 23: Aztec Two-Step. Oct. 24: Tim O’Brien. Oct. 26: Cris Williamson. Oct. 29: Pamela Means, Mieka Pauley. Oct. 30: Bob Warren. Nov. 5: We’re About 9. Nov. 6: Roy Book Binder. Nov. 7: April Verch. Nov. 12: Tribute to Gordon Lightfoot. Nov. 13: Andy Cohen, Ragtime Jack Radcliffe. Nov. 14: Tish Hinojosa. Nov. 19: Quickstep. Nov. 20: Tom Akstens, Neil Rossi. Nov. 21: Lowen and Navarro. Nov. 26: Oscar Brand. Nov. 27: Eric Andersen. Nov. 28: Tony Trischka. Dec. 4: Gandalf Murphy and the Slambovian Circus of Dreams. Dec. 5: Bruce Molsky, Tony McManus. Dec. 10: Ellis Paul. Dec. 11: Wholesale Klezmer Band, Hannukah Celebration. Dec. 12: Holiday Show with John Kirk & Trish Miller, Addie & Olin, Linda Schrade & David Kipputh. Dec. 17: Burns Sisters Holiday Show. Dec. 19: Praise Thang! Dec. 22: Melanie’s Christmas Show.

Calvin Theatre
19 King St., Northampton, Mass., (800) THE-TICK.
Sept. 17: Dar Williams, Ana Egge. Oct. 3: Wilco, the Fiery Furnaces. Oct. 14: Bob Weir & Ratdog. Oct. 15: Creature From the Black Lagoon with live music by the Jazz Passengers. Oct. 19: George Winston. Oct. 23: Bruce Hornsby. Oct. 29: Ailey II. Oct. 30: Jim Brickman. Nov. 4: moe. Nov. 13: Kasey Chambers. Nov. 18: the Bacon Brothers. Nov. 19: Greg Brown. Nov. 27: Signature Sounds 10th Anniversary Celebration featuring Rani Arbo & Daisy Mayhem, Kris Delmhorst, Mark Erelli, Jeffrey Foucault, Tracy Grammer, Jim Henry, the Mammals, Lori McKenna, Erin McKeown, Peter Mulvey, Amy Rigby, Louise Taylor, Erica Wheeler, Brooks Williams. Dec. 4: the Vienna Boys Choir.

The Chapel + Cultural Center
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Burdett Avenue, Troy, 274-7793.
Oct. 1: Fluttr, Earl Patrick. Oct. 6: Bruce Eisenbeil. Oct. 12: Phil Ochs song night with Sonia, Magpie, Sharon Katz, Kim and Reggie Harris, Greg Greenway, Landfill Mountain Boys, Annie and the Hedonists. Nov. 13: Spider Saloff. Nov. 20: Loop Sanctuary II closing reception featuring Sara Ayers. Dec. 12: the Early Muses, live holiday music from medieval and renaissance days.

Club Helsinki
284 Main St., Great Barrington, Mass., (413) 528-3394.
Sept. 17: Juan-Carlos Formell. Sept. 18: Olu Dara. Sept. 19: Chuck Prophet. Sept. 24: Albert Cummings. Sept. 25: Babaloo. Sept. 30: Mike Compton and David Long with the Hunger Mountain Boys. Oct. 2: Inner Visions. Oct. 15: Steve Forbert. Oct. 22: the Holmes Brothers. Oct. 23: Jesse Harris and the Ferdinandos. Oct. 28: Eddie From Ohio. Oct. 29: Sloan Wainwright.

The Egg
Empire State Plaza, Albany, 473-1845.
Sept. 17: They Might Be Giants. Sept. 18: the David Bromberg Quartet, the Sam Bush Band. Sept. 23: the David Grisman Quartet. Oct. 2: Lizz Wright. Oct. 3: Music From India. Oct. 7: the Bad Plus. Oct. 9: Bela Fleck and the Flecktones. Oct. 21: Richard Thompson: 1000 Years of Popular Music. Oct. 22: Tuck & Patti. Oct. 24: Joan Baez. Oct. 29: Eddie From Ohio. Oct. 30: Brad Mehldau Trio. Nov. 10: Acoustic Alchemy. Nov. 18: Hal Ketchum. Nov. 19: Dan Hicks & His Hot Licks. Nov. 20: Jane Monheit. Nov. 21: Del McCoury Band, the Gibson Brothers. Dec. 4: Preservation Hall Jazz Band. Dec. 5: Hot Tuna.

Glens Falls Civic Center
1 Civic Center Plaza, Glens Falls, 798-0202 or 476-1000.
Oct. 9: the Platters, the Corvettes Doo Wop Revue.

iEAR presents!
West Hall Auditorium, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 276-4829.
Oct. 13: Tracy & the Plastics. Oct. 22: Shadow Puppies.

Impulse Response
The Arts Center of the Capital Region unless otherwise specified, 265 River St., Troy, 273-0552.
Sept. 25: Ben Owen and the NY Phonographers Ensemble featuring Ben Owen, Michelle Nagai, the Beige Channel, Stephan Moore, Scott Smallwood, Seth Cluett, Omnid, Tommy Birchett, Mike Rosenthal, Scott Allison, Jonathan Way (the Gasholder Building, 1115 Fifth Ave., Troy).

Iron Horse Music Hall
20 Center St., Northampton, Mass., (800) THE-TICK.
Sept. 16: Crooked Still, Peter Siegel. Sept. 17: Chris Whitley, Annie Minogue; Population You, Jounce. Sept. 18: Sonya Kitchell Band; Ben Lee, Pony Up. Sept. 19: Enter the Haggis. Sept. 23: Incredible String Band; Of Montreal, the Late B.P. Helium. Sept. 24: Nick Lowe, Geraint Watkins; Bathtub Mary. Sept. 25: Catie Curtis; the Comas, Emergency Music. Sept. 26: Jay Unger & Molly Mason; Weird War, Shawn Fogel. Sept. 27: Michelle Shocked, the Resophonics, Rachel McCartney. Sept. 28: Project Object featuring Ike Willis and Napoleon Murphy performing the music of Frank Zappa. Sept. 29: Jesse Sykes and the Sweet Hereafter, the Winterpills. Sept. 30: Robbie Fulks, Chris Mills. Oct. 1: Christian McBride Band; Charlie Hunter Trio. Oct. 2: Nerissa and Katryna Nields. Oct. 3: Fairport Convention; Dead Moon, Kahoots. Oct. 4: Tift Merritt. Oct. 5: the Bad Plus. Oct. 6: Kim Richey, Jeff Black. Oct. 7: Dan Bern; Travis Morrison of the Dismemberment Plan, the Bloodthirsty Lovers. Oct. 8: Tony Vacca & World Rhythms; Wheat, Mt. Egypt. Oct. 9: Mark Erelli; Cordero, Josh Joplin. Oct. 10: Lucy Kaplansky; Damien Jurado, Richard Buckner, Delorean. Oct. 11: Magnolia Electric Co., the Court and Spark, Lo Fine. Oct. 12: Jesse Colin Young. Oct. 13: Sophie B. Hawkins, Laura Veirs. Oct. 14: Railroad Earth. Oct. 15: Lori McKenna, Amy Correia; Lez Zeppelin: All Girls. All Zeppelin. Oct. 16: Odetta, Jeremy Wallace; Jazz Mandolin Project. Oct. 17: Seven Nations, the Navigators. Oct. 18: Kenny Rankin; Mirah, Tara Jane O’Neil. Oct. 21: the Iguanas, Crooked Fingers, Elf Power. Oct. 22: Stephen Kellogg & the Sixers. Oct. 23: Raul Malo of the Mavericks; Sondre Lerche, the Golden Republic. Oct. 24: Danu. Oct. 25: Mike Watt & the Secondmen, Bears. Oct. 26: David Greenberger, 3 Leg Torso. Oct. 27-28: Richard Shindell, Jess Klein. Oct. 29: Chris Smither, Paul Curreri; the Butchies, the Kitty Kill. Oct. 30: Chris Smither, Paul Curreri; Buck 65. Oct. 31: the Clumsy Lovers. Nov. 1: Richard Thompson: 1000 Years of Popular Music. Nov. 3: the Campbell Brothers. Nov. 4: the Waifs. Nov. 5: Jackopierce; Kudzu. Nov. 6: Noel Paul Stookey of Peter, Paul and Mary, Kate Callahan; Roots of Creation. Nov. 7: Doug Ratner & Friends. Nov. 9: Acoustic Alchemy. Nov. 11: Sue Foley. Nov. 13: Lisa Martin. Nov. 14: Cathie Ryan. Nov. 18: Jonathan Edwards. Nov. 20: Wallace Roney Quintet. Nov. 21: Kelly Joe Phelps, Paul Curreri. Nov. 22: the Dadz. Nov. 26: Northern Lights. Nov. 28: Tom Rush. Dec. 2: Eliza Gilkyson. Dec. 4: An evening with Al Kooper. Dec. 5: John Hammond. Dec. 10: the Moving Violations. Dec. 11: Aztec Two-Step; Black Rebels. Dec. 12: Eddie From Ohio. Dec. 18: Erin McKeown. Dec. 19: David Mallett, Kenny White. Dec. 26: Rory Block.

Justin’s
301 Lark St., Albany, 436-7008.
Sept. 17: Hal Miller Trio. Sept. 24: Nick Mancini Trio. Oct. 1: Steve Lambert Group. Oct. 8: Parkway Music Acoustic Showcase hosted by Steve Candlen. Oct. 15: Ray Alexander Trio. Oct. 22: Lee Shaw Trio. Oct. 29: Bryan Thomas Trio and the Sean Rowe Project. Nov. 26: Dave Calarco Group.

Lark Tavern
453 Madison Ave., Albany, 463-9779.
Thursdays: Nouveau Chill. Sundays: W. Steele. Every other Monday: the Sean Rowe Project. Tuesdays: Family Tree. Wednesdays: open mic with John Brodeur and Brian Bassett. Sept. 17: Rumdummies. Sept. 18: the Blue Machine. Sept. 24: No Outlet. Sept. 25: Frank Bango and the Magic Fingers, Ed Gorch. Oct. 1: Super 400 CD-release party. Oct. 2: Pitch Control Music. Oct. 8: School Bus Yellow, Wide Awake. Oct. 9: Dr. Jah and the Love Prophets. Oct. 15: knotworking. Oct. 16: Cliff Street. Oct. 22: Arc. Oct. 23: New School Navigators, North Allen. Oct. 29: Wild Herbs. Oct. 31: Pitch Control Music presents “Helloween Slurfest”; double CD-release party for Illtype and 40s For Breakfast. Nov. 5: Mojo Lightning. Nov. 12: I.M.I. Nov. 19: Crawdad.

MASS MoCA
1040 MASS MoCA Way, North Adams, Mass., (413) 664-4481.
Oct. 9: Lucky Ngema. Oct. 23: Whirling Dervishes and Mercan Dede.

Northern Lights
North Country Commons, corner of Routes 146 and 146-A, Clifton Park, 371-0012.
Sept. 16: Sound Tribe Sector 9, Realized Intention. Sept. 17: the Machine. Sept. 18: Import, Yellow 5, the Tom and Tony Orchestra. Sept. 24: Blue Oyster Cult, Seven Stories Falling, Thick. Sept. 25: Tesla, Josh Todd. Sept. 26: Lucky Boys Confusion, the Matches, Plain White Ts, Dropping Daylight. Sept. 28: Anthrax, Last Call, Brick by Brick. Sept. 30: 94 Rock Teacher Appreciation Night. Oct. 1: Dr. Dirty (John Valby). Oct. 2: Jordan McKnight, Jerry Reid and Greg Raposio of Dreamstreet, Katrina Marie. Oct. 9: the Presidents of the United States of America. Oct. 16: Type O Negative, Amporphis. Oct. 21: Tragically Hip, Sam Roberts. Oct. 28: Pillar, Project 86, Sub 7, Falling Up. Nov. 5: Chris Cagle. Nov. 12: Max Creek. Nov. 13: Midtown, Matchbook Romance, Hidden in Plain View, the Academy Is. Nov. 14: Dope, Motograter, Twizted Method.

Palace Theatre
19 Clinton Ave., Albany, 465-4663.
Oct. 9: Bela Fleck and the Flecktones. Oct. 11: the Air Force Band. Oct. 14: David Sanborn, Joe Sample. Oct. 16: k.d. Lang with the Albany Symphony Orchestra. Oct. 20: Gov’t Mule. Oct. 20: Bruce Hornsby. Oct. 23: Third Day with Toby Mac. Nov. 5: Smokey Robinson. Nov. 12: Olivia Newton-John with the Albany Symphony Orchestra. Nov. 19: Jethro Tull. Dec. 5: Broadway’s Spirit of Christmas.

Pearl Street
10 Pearl St., Northampton, Mass., (800) THE-TICK.
Sept. 17: Iron Corps, Dark Memory, Invictus, Nim; Sound Tribe Sector 9. Sept. 18: RJD2, Diplo, Rob Sonic; Burn Down the Disco featuring Runner and Thermodynamics. Sept. 19: RAINN benefit concert featuring Young Dubliners, Thirty Stones, Maxxtone. Sept. 20: Toots and the Maytals. Sept. 23: Talib Kweli. Sept. 24: Jimmie’s Chicken Shack, the Skeptics, Smokey Wambas, Five Across the Eyes, Hydraulic Sandwich, Gambit Reasons. Sept. 24: Fred Eaglesmith. Sept. 26: Blackalicious’ Gift of Gab, Mike Relm of the Invisible Scratch Pickles, Rhythm Ruckus. Sept. 28: the Decemberists, Lou Barlow of Sebadoh. Sept. 30: the Von Bondies, Auf Der Maur. Oct. 1: Badfish, Brookfield. Oct. 4: Kool Keith. Oct. 8: Zox, Averi, Cardinal Direction. Oct. 9: Little Brother featuring T.F.E. plus L.E.G.A.C.Y. Oct. 10: North Mississippi Allstars, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Rising Star Drum & Fife Band. Oct. 14: And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead, IQU, Forgot Cassettes. Oct. 15: Ozomatli. Oct. 16: Mindy Smith, Garrison Starr, Charlie Mars. Oct. 17: Melissa Ferrick. Oct. 18: Camper Van Beethoven. Oct. 28: Jedi Mind Tricks, 7L & Esoteric, Outerspace. Oct. 29: De La Soul, Butta Versus. Oct. 30: the Slip, Benevento-Russo Duo. Oct. 31: Dresden Dolls. Nov. 3: Del the Funky Homosapien, Aceyalone, Abstract Rude, Mikah 9, Zion 1, Bukue One. Nov. 5: MURS. Nov. 6: Clinic, Sons and Daughters, Midnight Movies. Nov. 11: Percy Hill. Dec. 2: Dark Star Orchestra. Dec. 3: Medeski, Martin & Wood. Dec. 31: John Brown’s Body.

Pepsi Arena
51 S. Pearl St., Albany, 487-2000.
Oct. 7: Bette Midler. Oct. 8: Tim McGraw, Big & Rich, the Warren Brothers. Oct. 9: Metallica. Oct. 12: Usher, Kanye West.

Proctor’s Theatre
432 State St., Schenectady, 382-3884 ext. 68.
Oct. 8: Celebrating the Blues featuring Dr. John, Charlie Musselwhite, Shemekia Copeland. Oct. 16: Paul Anka. Oct. 17: Allen Mills’ Memorial Goldie Concert. Oct. 21: Wynonna. Oct. 30: Colm Wilkinson. Nov. 7: Amazones: Women Drummers. Nov. 14: Peter, Paul and Mary.

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Mother’s Wine Emporium, Student Union, Troy, 276-8585.
Sept. 17: the McKrells. Sept. 18: Wendy Woo. Sept. 24: Friction Farm. Oct. 1: Guy Davis. Oct. 8: Rod MacDonald. Oct. 15-16: Einstein’s Little Humuncoulus. Oct. 22: Scott Sylvester. Oct. 23: Scott Alarik. Oct. 29: John-Alex Mason. Nov. 12: Jake Armerding. Nov. 13: Bill Staines. Nov. 19: Sparky and Rhonda Rucker. Nov. 20: Under Belly. Dec. 3-4: Mark Rust.

Revolution Hall
421-425 River St., Troy, 273-2337.
Sept. 16: Badfish. Sept. 17: NRBQ. Sept. 18: Tim Reynolds. Sept. 24: Paranoid Social Club, Spooky Daly Pride. Sept. 25: Charlie Hunter Trio. Sept. 30: the Samples. Oct. 2: Albert Cummings. Oct. 7: the Slip. Oct. 8: Hamell on Trial, Ember Swift. Oct. 15: Addison Groove Project. Oct. 16: Seven Nations. Oct. 21: Dub Is a Weapon. Oct. 29: John Brown’s Body. Nov. 3: Southern Culture on the Skids. Nov. 4: Black 47. Nov. 16: Sue Foley. Nov. 24: Raisinhead. Nov. 27: Hair of the Dog. Dec. 3: Dark Star Orchestra, Donna Godchaux’s Heart of Gold Band. Dec. 4: Percy Hill. Dec. 11: the Crofters of Glengarry. Dec. 17: the Burners UK. Dec. 18: Enter the Haggis.

Ember Swift

Saratoga Winners
Route 9, Cohoes, 783-1010.
Sept. 17: GreayStar, No Response, South Cott. Sept. 18: Mannequin, Circle Nine, Odeira. Sept. 19: Homegrown, Hawthorne Heights, Spitalfield, Denver Harbor, Halifax, Bayside, the Start, Number One. Sept. 23: Fear Before the March of Flames, Silent Drive, Before Today, the Outcome. Sept. 24: Leftover Crack, Stockyard Stoics, Public Access, Menace Society. Sept. 25: Disciples of Berkowitz, Merauder, Agents of Man, Crimson Mask, Brick By Brick. Sept. 26: Give Up Give In, Rabbit Hole, the Groceries, Solid Blue, Recon, After the Fall. Sept. 28: Q And Not U, La Mi Vida Violenta, the Mathematicians. Oct. 1: Untamed, Paynes Hollow, Shallow End. Oct. 2: Shadows Falls, Candiria, All That Remains, Full Blown Chaos. Oct. 8: 25 Ta Life, Dying Ta Live, Beyond All Reason, Without Regret. Oct. 14: Most Precious Blood, Burning Bridges, Save Yourself, Evixxon. Oct. 21: Bleeding Through, Walls of Jericho, Martyrad, It Dies Today. Oct. 28: Gwar, Dying Fetus, All That Remains. Oct. 30: Goatmass, Through the Discipline, Locked in a Vacancy, Organ Harvest. Nov. 4: Everytime I Die, Zao, Misery Signals, the Promise, With Honor. Nov. 6: Skinless DVD Release. Nov. 11: Hot Water Music, Alexis on Fire, Planes Mistaken for Stars, Moments in Grace. Nov. 13: Lamb of God, Fear Factory, Children of Bodom, Throwdown.

Troy Savings Bank Music Hall
State and Second streets, Troy, 273-0038.
Sept. 26: the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. Oct. 15: Harry Chapin Celebration. Oct. 29: American FiddleFest: The Darol Anger Fiddle Ensemble. Dec. 11: Paul Winter Consort. Dec. 17: Judy Collins.

Turning Stone Casino Resort
Verona, (315) 361-6530.
Sept. 18: Alecstar & New York Flyers. Sept. 22: Tesla. Sept. 23: Neil Sedaka. Sept. 24: Diamond Rio. Sept. 25: American Idol’s Ruben Studdard, Eddie Clark. Oct. 1: Showtime, Gridley Paige, Square Pegs. Oct. 2: Billy Gilman. Oct. 9: Gene Pitney. Oct. 14: Paul Anka. Oct. 15: Noni D’Angelo. Oct. 16: Air Supply. Oct. 22: Bob Weir and Ratdog. Oct. 29: Mark Wills. Nov. 3: Olivia Newton-John. Nov. 11: Trace Adkins. Nov. 16: Jethro Tull. Nov. 17: Bob Weir and Ratdog. Nov. 19: Colin Raye. Nov. 20: Stan Colella Orchestra. Nov. 26: Dr. Dirty (John Valby). Sept. 27: Jane Monheit. Dec. 3-4: Anne Murray. Dec. 8: Hall & Oates. Dec. 10: Linda Eder. Dec. 11: Benny Mardones. Dec. 17: Big Bad Voodoo Daddy. Dec. 18: Ron White.

Valentine’s
17 New Scotland Ave., Albany, 432-6572.
Sept. 17: Jerkwater Ruckus farewell/CD-release show, Peter Prince; Odiera, Washington Social Club, Happy Hollisters. Sept. 18: After Larkfest Gothtacular with the Cruxshadows; Murderer’s Row, Coal Palace Kings, the Glow. Sept. 20: Engine Down, These Arms Are Snakes, Sev Statik. Sept. 23: Import. Sept. 24: QED with Jim Romano; the Wasted CD release party with To Hell and Back, Small Axe, the Dirty Bombs. Sept. 25: Among the Missing, End of a Year, Dead Rabbits; the Unbelievable Meltdown, School Bus Yellow. Sept. 27: Bing Bam Boo Room. Sept. 29: Project Object. Sept. 30: Miss Miss, the Dirty Bombs, the Coits, Jamboyz. Oct. 7: Asylum Street Spankers. Oct. 8: Town Hall. Oct. 12: Karate, Chris Brokaw. Oct. 13: Mike Watt. Oct. 14: Y.O.U. Oct. 15: the Beautiful Mistake; Jason Ringenberg. Oct. 17: the Only Children. Oct. 21: the Slackers. Oct. 23: the Brides. Nov. 4: Two Cow Garage. Nov. 13: New Radiant Storm Kings. Nov. 19: Suran Song in Stag.

Van Dyck
237 Union St., Schenectady, 381-1111.
Thursdays: Rkstar open mic with hosts Paddy Kilrain and Dan Goodspeed. Tuesdays: Jazz Jam with hosts Earl and Sara Belcher. Sept. 24: Sonic Mayhem. Oct. 7: Neil Innes. Oct. 8: Asylum Street Spankers. Oct. 15: Dave Jones. Oct. 22: Marie Taziki and friends.

WAMC Performing Arts Center
339 Central Ave., Albany, 465-5233 ext. 4
Sept. 17: dance party with the Refrigerators. Sept. 22: the Jazz Mandolin Project. Sept. 24: the Tannahill Weavers. Sept. 25: Kamikaze Hearts. Oct. 1: Wanda Jackson, the Lustre Kings. Oct.13: Dancing on the Air with Jay Ungar and Molly Mason. Oct. 18: the Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players.

Fall Cinema Preview

What trends, you may wonder, can be detected from scanning the list of upcoming films? For one thing, Hollywood’s enduring faith in the sequel is reaffirmed: (Allegedly) beloved characters from Bridget Jones to Chucky to Fat Albert are returning to the screen. Other than that, it’s the same mix of prestige films engineered for maximum awards-season impact, comedies designed to make bucketfuls of money and quirky films that maybe, just maybe, will be worth a look. On the plus side, none of the Oscar-bait flicks features Dame Judi Dench. On the minus side, one of ’em stars Adam Sandler.

The Yes Men

Local Heroes

The Yes Men They’re local in the sense that Troy is their locus of operations, but “Mike Bonanno” and “Andy Bichlbaum” are jet-setting, culture-jamming pranksters, sticking it to The Man at every opportunity. This documentary captures their antics as faux representatives of the World Trade Organization, spreading weirdness and confusion wherever they go. Can you dig it?

Might Be All Right

The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou Wes Anderson’s long awaited follow-up to The Royal Tenenbaums stars Bill Murray as a world-famous undersea explorer and Owen Wilson as his alienated son. Murray looks really cool in the Cousteau-esque knit cap.

Bad Education Spain’s Francisco Franco is still dead, but the legacy of his fascist rule lives on. Pedro Almodovar’s new film is about Catholic education, pedophile priests and social repression in the 1950s. You know, typical Almodovar fun.

Around the Bend This multigenerational family drama has a high-powered cast, including Michael Caine and Christopher Walken. Wonder which one’s the villain?

Stage Beauty This one is beyond high concept—it actually qualifies as an original idea. Billy Crudup stars as a 17th-century actor who specializes in playing women. When the prohibition against genuine female performers fades, he watches in horror as his dresser, played by Claire Danes, becomes a star.

Vera Drake Mike Leigh, who has given us such cheerful windows into the human soul as Naked and Secrets and Lies, just won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival for this drama about a neighborhood abortionist in 1950s England.

After Sunset This could be slick fun, in the classic David Niven mode: Pierce Brosnan is a retired thief, and Woody Harrelson is a Federal agent who wants to make sure he stays retired.

Kinsey Liam Neeson stars as the legendary sex researcher Dr. Alfred Kinsey in director Bill Condon’s (Gods and Monsters) biopic. Expect more psychology than smut.

The House of Flying Daggers Director Zhang Yimou’s period martial-arts follow-up to Hero stars Ziyi Zhang—in what is being promoted as a brilliant performance—as a blind dancer involved with a gang of revolutionaries.

Our Music All right, there isn’t a hope in hell of Jean-Luc Godard’s riff on the horror of modern life playing in Capital Region theaters. But it at least has a distributor, so we can dream.

The Forgotten Julianne Moore is a parent who loses her child, and is then told the kid never existed. But that’s not true—and that’s also where the horror comes in. The trailer is slick and scary.

Shaun of the Dead We know what you’re thinking. Jeez, another living-dead movie? This Brit flick is a comedy, however, and it’s endorsed by no less than George A. Romero. C’mon, what could be funnier than a sort of Seinfeld with zombies?

Totally Bent

A Dirty Shame A bump on the noggin turns Tracy Ullman into a sex fiend in John Waters’ NC-17 comedy. With Johnny Knoxville as a lovable pervert.

Birth Nicole Kidman plays a woman who thinks a little boy is the reincarnation of her dead hubby. The bathtub scene made crowds queasy on the festival circuit.

The Ringer Johnny Knoxville plays a guy who pretends to be differently abled (you know, retarded) in order to compete in the Special Olympics. Yup, the Farrelly brothers produced this one.

DiG! A documentary about the rivalry between the Dandy Warhols and the Brian Jonestown Massacre. Yes, you read that correctly. A more out-of-left-field documentary we couldn’t imagine. Should be some good fight scenes, though.

Laugh Yourself Sick

The Last Shot This farce involves a filmmaker (Matthew Broderick), a Federal agent (Alec Baldwin), a starlet (Toni Collette) and the Mafia. Baldwin and Collette have both been on a roll lately, so we’ll reserve the snarky comment.

Taxi Queen Latifah and Jimmy Fallon team up to solve a murder in this remake of a French farce. Here’s the snarky comment: We loathe remakes of French farces. (We loathe French farces, in fact.)

The Incredibles Don’t know what to make of this one: Samuel L. Jackson, Holly Hunter and Jason Lee star in this story of a family of superheroes in the witness protection program. Huh?

Christmas With the Kranks Heartwarming holiday schmaltz with Tim Allen and Jamie Lee Curtis as a couple who have lost the Christmas spirit, but get it back with the help of their daughter. Is it just us, or is the formula “Tim Allen = crap” always true?

Beauty Shop Queen Latifah stars in this inevitable spin-off from the Barbershop films. Believe it or not, Alicia Silverstone (remember her?) costars.

Meet the Fockers The sequel to Meet the Parents brings back Ben Stiller and Robert De Niro, and adds Barbra Streisand and Dustin Hoffman as Stiller’s parents. Love the big ’70s hair on Babs.

Thrillers, Smart and Dumb

Infernal Affairs This sounds pretty clever: A Hong Kong smash, this action drama stars Tony Leung as a cop who infiltrates a gang, and Andy Lau as a gangster who infiltrates the cops. Mayhem ensues.

National Treasure Now for the stupidity: An original copy of the Declaration of Independence has a treasure map on its reverse. Oy. With Nicolas Cage.

Oh Oscar, Where Art Thou

Closer The director is Mike Nichols. The stars are Julia Roberts, Jude Law, Natalie Portman and Clive Owen. Do you really even need to know what it’s about? (The subject is infidelity, if you really must.)

Ladder 49 If you liked Backdraft, you’ll love this latest firehouse epic with Joaquin Phoenix as the callow rookie, and John Travolta as the grizzled vet with a heart of gold.

Alexander Oliver Stone’s epic stars Colin Farrell as “the Great,” Rosario Dawson, Angelina Jolie and Jared Leto as Alexander’s paramours, and Anthony Hopkins as some noble guy who dies after making a big speech. (The last is just a guess.)

Finding Neverland Johnny Depp is Peter Pan author J.M. Barrie in this supposed-to-be dark biography, costarring Kate Winslet and Julie Christie. The Barrie family is pissed, so the film’s got that going for it.

The Motorcycle Diaries Che Guevara rides through Latin America and achieves social consciousness in this oh-so-hot indie road flick.

Beyond the Sea Kevin Spacey is pop legend Bobby Darin, and Kate Bosworth is Sandra Dee in this lavish musical biopic. Spacey seems a bit long in the tooth to play Darin, but we’ll give him the benefit of the doubt—after all, he does his own singing.

The Aviator Leonardo diCaprio is Howard Hughes in Martin Scorsese’s big-budget biopic. Scorsese hasn’t made a decent film since Goodfellas, so we’re not holding our breath.

Spanglish James L. Brooks, of Terms of Endearment and As Good As It Gets fame, directs Adam Sandler in this cross-cultural dramedy with Tea Leoni and Paz Vega. If Sandler gets an Oscar nod, Brooks is God.

An Unfinished Life Speaking of stars not taken very seriously, Jennifer Lopez is top-billed with Robert Redford and Morgan Freeman in this family (sigh) drama from director Lasse Hallstrom (The Cider House Rules). If Lopez gets an Oscar nod, Ben Affleck will cry like a little girl.

Proof The award-winning math play gets Hollywoodized with Gwyneth Paltrow and Anthony Hopkins. From the director of the hilariously overrated Shakespeare in Love.

Hey Kids

Shark Tale If you liked Finding Nemo, DreamWorks hopes you’ll love this fishy cartoon about shark mobsters, or something. The high priced vocal talent includes Robert De Niro, Will Smith and Angelina Jolie.

The Polar Express A kid rides a train to Santa’s workshop. The nominal star is Tom Hanks, but the real star is the complicated animation technique employed.

The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie It’s SpongeBob. He wears square pants. And he’s in a movie.

Lemony Snicket’s a Series of Unfortunate Events The popular kid novels get the big-screen treatment, with Jim Carrey in full maniac mode. Also starring Meryl Streep.

Haven’t We Seen This Before?

Ocean’s Twelve In which Rusty (dependably somnambular Brad Pitt) gets a girlfriend (dependably annoying Catherine Zeta-Jones). Oh, and the gang pulls off a couple of heists in Europe.

First Daughter Katie Holmes stars as the president’s offspring in what sounds like a direct rip-off of the Mandy Moore flop Chasing Liberty. And that film really sucked.

Raise Your Voice Pop tart of the moment Hilary Duff goes to a performing arts high school and learns about life. Gee whiz.

Seed of Chucky The doll that wouldn’t die (through four freakin’ films) and his plastic partner procreate. Yuck.

Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason In which Bridget (Renée Zellweger) flip-flops, again, between the serious guy (Colin Firth) and the drunken twit (Hugh Grant). Make up your damn mind, already.

The Flight of the Phoenix Robert Aldrich’s 1966 original was a nifty little film about a group of guys stranded in the desert, and how they fix their wrecked airplane under extreme circumstances. You want to do a remake? Fine. But Dennis Quaid in the Jimmy Stewart role?

Fat Albert A live-action Fat Albert. Why, Dr. Cosby, why?

Enough With the Damn Documentaries

Going Upriver: The Long War of John Kerry By the time this comes out, who’s gonna care?

Film Series & Festivals

Crandall Public Library Film Series
251 Glen St., Glens Falls, 792-6508. Call for showtimes.
Oct. 5: The Fog of War. Errol Morris’ Oscar-winning documentary, which takes the form of a series of conversations with Robert S. McNamara. McNamara, a former defense secretary and one of the architects of the Vietnam War, shares what he learned from the experience. Oct. 12: Good Bye, Lenin! Alternately acid and sweet comedy about German reunification, featuring a wonderful performance by Katrin Sass. Oct. 19: Crimson Gold. Iranian drama about the pitfalls of life in the Islamic republic. Oct. 26: Return of Navajo Boy. A search for the origin of a 1950 short film opens a window on Navajo culture, then and now. Nov. 2: Modern Times. The Charlie Chaplin classic is back in a newly-restored 35mm print. Nov. 9: Super Size Me. Cautionary documentary about eating too many Big Macs. Nov. 16: Love and Diane. Jennifer Dworkin’s acclaimed documentary about a New York City family in deep social and personal distress. This is the complete 155-minute version.

FilmColumbia Festival
The Crandell Theatre, Main Street, Chatham, 392-1162, www.filmcolumbia.com. Call for registration and showtimes.
Oct. 22: Nosey Parker, Around the Bend, Imaginary Heroes, Head-On. Oct. 23: Kinsey, The Woodsman, Being Julia, P.S., Sideways. Oct. 24: Far Side of the Moon, A Silent Love, shorts program.

iEar Presents!
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, 276-4829.
Nov. 3 (site TBA): Stars “Mike Bonanno” and “Andy Bichelbaum” will host a screening of their film The Yes Men, and discuss issues related to “identity correction.”

New York Writers Institute Fall 2004 Classic Film Series
Page Hall, 135 Western Ave., University at Albany’s downtown campus, Albany, unless otherwise noted. Call for showtimes. 442-5620.
Oct. 1:The Fallen Idol. Graham Greene and director Carol Reed collaborated on this memorable thriller starring Ralph Richardson. Oct. 8: Piccadilly. Anna May Wong is a sensation in this visually stunning, slyly nuanced story of race and sex in a London nightclub. This 1929 silent film has been fully restored, courtesy of the British Film Institute. Oct. 15: Chac: The Rain God. Mexican-Panamanian film about a drought in Chiapas. Oct. 22: The Shape of Things. Another story of relationship power-struggle hell from Neil LaBute. Oct. 29: The Old Dark House. James Whale’s witty haunted-house parody. With Boris Karloff, Gloria Stuart and Charles Laughton. Nov. 5: Blind Shaft. Gritty Chinese exposé-noir about illegal coal mines in contemporary northwest China. Nov. 11: The Van. A pair of unemployed Irishmen become fish-and-chips peddlers in this comedy based on Roddy Doyle’s novel. Nov. 19: A Man Escaped. Robert Bresson’s award-winning 1956 drama about a prisoner ceaselessly plotting his escape. Dec. 3: Cluny Brown. Ernst Lubitsch turned his incisive comic eye on the English class system in this 1946 comedy starring Jennifer Jones.

Saratoga Film Forum Fall Series
The Arts Center, 320 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 584-FILM. Call for showtimes and ticket prices.
Sept. 23-24, 26: Fahrenheit 9/11. Michael Moore burns the outhouse down with this take on the stolen 2000 election, the war on terror and the misadventure in Iraq. Sept. 30-Oct. 2: Saratoga Film Festival. The theme is Haiti: Moving Images. Oct. 7-8, 10: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Lovers Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet have their minds wiped clean in order to forget each other. Oct. 14-15, 17: Die, Mommie, Die. Drag artist Charles Busch in full flower. Oct. 21-22, 24: Osama. Acclaimed drama about a young girl surviving under Taliban rule in Afghanistan. Oct. 28-29, 31: I’m Not Scared. A young boy must grow up fast in this Italian thriller. Nov. 4-5, 7: Super Size Me. A man eats only McDonald’s food for one month in this popular documentary. Gross. Nov. 11-12, 14: Silver City. John Sayles’ comedy-thriller about a dumbass politician not unlike George W. Bush. Nov. 18-19, 21: Nosey Parker. Made-in-Vermont comedy has great scenery and surprising heart. Nov. 26-28: Pieces of April. Another movie proving that holiday family celebrations are only fun when looked at from the outside. Dec. 2-3, 5: Hero. Zhang Yimou’s sweeping epic about the founding of China. With Jet Li, Tony Leung and Maggie Cheung. Dec. 9-10, 12: Monsieur Ibrahim. Omar Sharif is charming as an Arab shopkeeper who befriends a Jewish boy in 1950s Paris. Dec. 16-17, 19: The Company. Robert Altman’s closeup, ficitionalized look at the dance.

Spencertown Academy
790 Route 203, Spencertown, 392-3693. Call for showtimes and prices.
Oct. 2: The Corporation. Documentary about the modern corporation, from the folks who made Manufacturing Consent. Nov. 6: The Burmese Harp. Kon Ichikawa’s meditation on war and loss, set during the waning days of World War II.

Time & Space Limited
434 Columbia St., Hudson, 822-8448.
See listings under Film Specials in Metroland’s weekly movie clock.

WAMC Performing Arts Studio
339 Central Ave., Albany, 465-5233 ext. 4.
See listings under Film Specials in Metroland’s weekly movie clock.

Williamstown Film Festival
Various locations in and around Williamstown, Mass., (413) 458-9700, www.williamstownfilmfest.com
Oct. 22-31. See Web site for details.

Dance

Maude Baum and Company Dance Theatre/eba Dance Theatre
eba Theatre, 351 Hudson Ave., Albany, 465-9916.
Nov. 6-7, 12-13: Brave New Dances presents experimental and innovative works in progress.

The Egg
Empire State Plaza, Albany, 473-1845.
Oct. 1: Merian Soto presents La Maquina del Tiempo (The Time Machine). Oct. 17: Ballet Folklorico presents Quetzalli de Veracruz. Oct. 29: Savion Glover presents Improvography. Nov. 6: Les Ballet Jazz de Montreal. Nov. 19: Complexions.

MASS MoCA
1040 MASS MoCA Way, North Adams, Massachusetts, 664-4481.
Oct. 1-3: Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company presents Reading, Mercy and The Artificial Nigger, Mercy 10 x 8 on a Circle, and Continuous Replay. Oct. 16: Delfos Contemporary Dance presents Brief Moments.

Palace Theatre
19 Clinton Ave., Albany, 465-4663 for tickets.
Dec. 18: Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker

Proctor’s Theatre
432 State St, Schenectady, 346-6204.
Sept. 26: The Wild Irish Dream. Sept. 28: American Ballet Theater. Nov. 5: Diavolo. Nov. 9: Virsky Ukranian National Dance.

Russell Sage
45 1st St., Troy, 244-2000.
Nov. 12-13: Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company showcase performance.

Skidmore College
815 North Broadway, Saratoga Springs.
Oct. 2-3: Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company Repertory Concert.

Literary

Adirondack Community College
640 Bay Road, Queensbury, 743-2210.
Oct 6: Paul Pines will read from his work as part of the gallery exhibit Mythology of Stones: The Sculpture of Bradford Graves. Oct 18: Children’s author Bruce Coville will read from his work and host a workshop on children’s literature. Nov 10: Poet Carolyn Forché will read from her work and host a poetry workshop.

Albany Public Library
161 Washington Ave., Alban, 427-4344.
Sept 28: Mind Wide Open by Steven Johnson reviewed by Dr. Robin Siegal. Oct 2: Readings for free speech done by the New York Civil Liberties Union.

Art Omi International Arts Center
59 Letter S Road., Ghent, 392-4568 ext. 100.
Sept 18: The Ledig House International Writers’ Colony will host its annual Fall Reading, Open House, and Barbeque, featuring appearances by international authors.

Berkshire Museum
39 South St., Pitssfield, Mass., (413) 443-7171.
Nov 15: The Berkshire Writers Room will present a staged reading of a poetic production originally created by the late Timothy M. Sheldon, the first poet laureate of Pittsfield.

Black Book Discourse
Events take place at Borders, 59 Wolf Road, Colonie, 434-8856
Third Sunday of every month: A discussion of books by black authors. Sept 18: The Wretched Earth by Franz Fanon. Oct 16: PUSH by Saffire. Nov 20: We Charge Genocide: The Historic Petition to the United Nations for Relief From A Crime of The United States Government Against the Negro People by William L. Patterson. Dec 18: The Spook That Sat By The Door by Sam Greenlee.

Glass Lake Studio
4 Central Ave., Albany, 768-2708.
Sept 17: Poetry reading and open mic jamboree.

Hudson Valley Poets Fest
Widow Jane Mine, Snyder Estate, Route 213, Rosendale, 566-4425.
Sept 18: Annual Poetry Festival and potluck, featuring over 30 regionally accomplished poets and musicians.

Lark Street Book Shop
215 Lark St., Albany, 482-0262.
Sept 16: Local poet Kim Henry will be the featured reader at the monthly open mic for poets.

Moon & River Café
115 S. Ferry St., Schenectady, 382-1938.
Every Sunday at 7:30 PM: Funky Sunday Open Mic.

New York State Writers Institute Visiting Writers Series
Events take place on University at Albany’s uptown and downtown campuses. For information, call 442-5620.
Sept 21: Poet and memorist Nick Flynn. Sept 21: Novelist Chuck Palahniuk. Sept 23: Fiction and nonfiction writer Ursula Hegi. Sept 29: Novelist, memorist, and editor Dave Eggers.
Sept 30: Playwright, screenwriter, and director Peter Sheridan. Oct 5: Journalist and foreign correspondent Jon Lee Anderson. Oct 6: Poet Rita Dove. Oct 12: Nonfiction writer Tracy Kidder. Oct 14: Astrophysicist and science writer Neil deGrasse Tyson. Oct 19: Fiction writer and journalist Francisco Goldman. Oct 22: Playwright, film director, and fiction writer Neil LaBute. Oct 26: Nonfiction and fiction writer Maxine Hong Kingston. Oct 28: Fiction writer Jessica Hagedorn. Oct 30: A Tribute to Pablo Neruda: Music by Inti-Illimani with readings of Pablo Neruda’s Poetry by Ilan Stavans. Nov 9: Nonfiction writer Joseph Persico. Nov 12: Irish novelist and screenwriter Roddy Doyle. Nov 16: Novelist Madison Smartt Bell. Nov 18: The FBI in Action: Recreating an original 1940’s Radio Drama. Nov 30: Poets Sharon Olds and Edward Hirsch. Dec 2: Historian and biographer Joseph Ellis. Dec 7: British fiction and nonfiction writer Geoff Dyer.

Open Door Bookstore
128 Jay St., Schenectady, 346-2719.
Sept 23: Author and illustrator Mark Teague will sign his new book: Detective LaRue, Letters from the Investigation.

Saratoga Springs Public Library
49 Henry St., Saratoga Springs, 584-1198.
Sept 23: Writers on Reading library reading group meets under the direction of Denver Buston, who will read his own work and lead a discussion of The Collected Works of Billy the Kid by Michael Ondaatje. Sept 28: Library at Lunchtime: “Naughty Puritans and Saintly Sinners” talk with M.E. Kemp. Oct 10: Saratoga Poetry Zone, with special guest readers Sara West and Jessica Hornik. Oct 14: Brown Bag Lunch Series: Stories and Memories of Childhood and the Games We Played, with City Historian Mary Ann Fitzgerald. Oct 25: Writers on Reading reading group meets under the direction of Michael White, who will read his own work and lead a discussion of Three Junes by Julia Glass. Oct 26: Seth Kantner reads from his novel, Ordinary Wolves.

Schenectady County Public Library
Clinton and Liberty streets, Schenectady, 374-7904.
Mondays through Nov 1: Books Sandwiched In: A series of book reviews in the Machesney Room. Sept 26: Readings from an eclectic group of local authors, including Miki Conn and the Say Word group, poets Michele Doriguzzi and Grundy from Electric City Poetry Productions, and essayist Anne Decker.

University at Albany
Uptown Campus, 442-3540.
Sept 27: Scientist and writer Sidney Perkowitz will discuss his recent book: Digital People: From Bionic Humans to Androids.

William K. Stanford Town Library
629 Albany Shaker Road, Loudonville, 458-9274.
Sept 18: Local Resident Denis Foley (Lemuel Smith and the Compulsion to Kill: The Forensic Story of a Multiple Personality Serial Killer) will speak about his book, and its local connection. Sept 20: Literary Lunch Book Review featuring Namath.

Art and Exhibits

A.D.D. Gallery
22 Park Place, Hudson, 822-9763.
Through Oct. 10: Contemporary quilts by Susan Hoffman, and sculpture by Peter Hoffman.

Adirondack Mountain Club
Route 9N, Luzerne Road, Lake George, 668-4447.
Through Oct. 30: Adirondack Peace, watercolors by Laura Walsh.

Aimie’s Lobby Gallery
190-194 Glen St., Glens Falls, 792-8181.
Through Sept. 30: Relative Art, featuring ceramic art by Bill McCarthy and paintings by Paul Chapman.

Albany Center Galleries
At the Albany Public Library, 161 Washington Ave., Albany, 462-4775.
Through Oct. 16: Compressionistic Paintings by Laura Moriarty, and works by Oscar Lopez. Oct. 16-Dec. 11: Works by Richard Pantell, Karen Whitman and Ryan Macri.

The Albany Institute of History & Art
125 Washington Ave., Albany, 463-4478.
Through Nov. 7: Visions of Haiti: Vodou and Carnaval a Jacmel. Through Dec. 5: Dressed for Thrills: Halloween and Masquerade Costumes. Through Feb. 13, 2005: The ‘Greatest Generation’ Goes to War: Images and Memories of World War II. Nov. 4-Dec. 5: Kings, Chiefs and Women of Power, Nigeria. Dec. 18, 2004-Feb. 27, 2005: Byrdcliffe: An American Arts and Crafts Colony.

Albany International Airport
Colonie, 242-2243.
Through Feb. 6, 2005: Now You See It, exhibition exploring our fascination with magic, illusion and transformation.

The Arts Center Gallery at the Saratoga County Arts Council
Saratoga County Arts Council, 320 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 584-4132.
Through Oct. 16: Canoe Skins/Assemblage, works by Cynthia Coulter.

The Arts Center of the Capital Region
265 River St., Troy, 273-0552.
Through Sept. 30: The Fence Show, 39th annual juried exhibition. Through Nov. 21: Space Invaders, works by various artists.

Bard College
Annandale-on-Hudson, (914) 758-7598.
Sept. 19-Oct. 4: Exhibition and silent auction of signed supergraphic works, donated by Christo and Jeanne-Claude.

BCB ART
116 Warren St., Hudson, 828-4539.
Through Oct. 17: Cathedral Oceans, an audio-visual installation by John Foxx.

Beekman Street Artists’ Co-Op
79 Beekman St., Saratoga, 366-6706.
Through Sept. 26: Unglued.

Bennington Museum
West Main Street, Bennington, Vt., (802) 447-1571.
Through Oct. 18: Beyond Bennington; The Art of Grandma Moses; Bennington Pottery Gallery; Jane A. Stickle Quilt on view. Through Nov. 12: Independence of Thought, Freedom of Speech.

Bournebrook Antique Center
72 River St. Troy, 273-3027.
Through Nov. 30: Exhibition of more than 20 oil paintings by French expressionist Roger Crusat.

Carrie Haddad Gallery
622 Warren St., Hudson, 828-1915.
Through Sept. 19: Landscape paintings, photographs and sculptures by 10 regional artists. Sept. 16-Oct. 24: Painted Cities, paintings and photography by several artists. Oct. 28-Dec. 5: Landscapes by Jane Bloodgood-Abrams. Dec. 9-Jan. 16: Surrealism.

Center for Photography at Woodstock
59 Tinker St., Woodstock, (914) 679-9957.
Through Oct. 24: Magnum Cinema, photography from the Magnum collection; also, Simply Girls: Teenagers in Iran, solo exhibition by Soody Sharifi.

Chapel + Cultural Center at Rensselaer
2125 Burdett Ave., Troy, 274-7793.
Sept. 22-Dec. 20: Loop Sanctuary II, works by Robert Gullie, Sergio Sericolo and Dana Rudolph.

Chapman Historical Museum
348 Glen St., Glens Falls, 793-2826.
Through Nov. 21: Images of Glens Falls, photography from 1860 to 1925. Oct. 3, 2004-Feb. 6, 2005: Douglass Crockwell: Homelife in America.

CJ Gallery at Trink
182 River St., Troy, 270-1950
Through Nov. 7: New works by Piper Brown, Beth Cunningham, Robert Gullie, Christopher Murray, and Wren Panzella.

Clark Art Institute
Williamstown, Mass., (413) 458-9545.
Through Oct. 24: Pastels by Mary Cassatt, Childe Hassam, Edgar Degas, Camille Pissarro, and Jeane-Francois Millet. Oct. 9, 2004-Jan 2, 2005: Albrecht Dürer: Life of the Virgin; also, Medieval Mystery: Who is the Master of the Embroidered Foliage? Oct. 29, 2004-Jan. 9, 2005: Masks and Masquerades.

Cohoes Visitor’s Center
Music Hall Building, 58 Remsen St., Cohoes, 237-7999.
Through Sept. 30: Keveny Memorial Academy: Looking Back from Within.

The College of St. Rose Art Gallery
Picotte Hall, 324 State St., Albany, 485-3900.
Through Oct. 7: Faculty Show.

Columbia Greene Community College
4400 Route 23, Hudson, 828-4181.
Through Oct. 14: ICI et LÀ, works by Steven Careau.

Firlefanz Gallery
292 Lark St., Albany, 465-5035.
Through Oct. 9: Still-Lifes and the Garden of Eden, paintings by Robert Cartmell. Oct. 13-Nov. 6: Works by Willie Marlowe, Wren Panzella, and Wendy Ide Williams. Nov. 17-Dec. 22: Winter Ceramic Show

Fulton Street Gallery
408 Fulton St., Troy, 274-8464.
Through Oct. 16: Works by Frank Broderick. Oct. 17-30: Blink Series. Nov. 3-Dec. 11: John Hampshire—96 to Now. Dec. 12, 2004-Jan. 29, 2005: International Juried/Visual Text Show.

Gallery 100
445 Broadway, Saratoga Springs. 580-0818.
Through Sept. 30: Works on Paper, featuring works by Willie Marlow, Deborah Morris, Peter Stake, and Wendy Ide Williams. Oct. 7-31: Works by David Miller and Beverley Mastrianni. Nov. 4-28: Works by Lorna Ritz and Jeri Eisenberg. Dec. 2, 2004-Jan. 16, 2005: New paintings by Harry Orlyk.

Hancock Shaker Village
Route 20, Pittsfield, Mass., (413) 443-0188.
Through Oct. 17: With Hands to Work and Hearts to God: The Arts and Crafts of American Utopias.

Hudson Valley Community College
Marvin Teaching Gallery, 80 Vandenburgh Ave., Troy, 629-8063.
Through Oct. 28: Paintings by Jeff Clemens. Nov. 18, 2004-Jan. 15, 2005: Sculpture by Isabel Barbuzza.

The Hyde Collection
161 Warren St., Glens Falls, 792-1761.
Through Oct. 3: Masterworks: Selections from the New Britain Museum of American Art. Nov. 14, 2004-Jan. 12, 2005: Victorian Visions.

Lake George Arts Project
Courthouse Gallery, Canada and Lower Amherst streets, Lake George Village, 668-2616.
Sept. 26-Oct. 29: Mixed media works by Lisa Collado, Karen Koziol and Alexandra Sax. Nov. 19-Dec. 17: Works by Sky Pape and Jill Odegaard.

LARAC
Lapham Gallery, 7 Lapham Place, Glens Falls. 798-1144.
Sept. 26-Nov. 5: Ralph Lee: Masks and Puppets, Mettawee River Theatre Company, 1976-2004.

Local Color Art Gallery
961 Troy Schenectady Road, Latham, 786-6557.
Through Nov. 30: Autumn Tones, paintings by Colonie Art League artists.

Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art
1040 MASS MoCA Way, North Adams, Mass., (413) 664-4481.
Through Oct. 16: Ann Hamilton: corpus. Through Oct. 17: Laurie McLeod: Waterhaven #1 (LuoYong’s Dream). Through winter 2004: Picturing the Cosmos: Images from Genesis to String Theory. Through spring 2005: Matthew Ritchie: Proposition Player, a multimedia installation; also, The Interventionists: Art in the Social Sphere. Opening December 2004: Cai Gou-Qiang: Inopportune; also, works by Carsten Höller.

Modo Gallery
506 Warren St., Hudson, 828-5090.
Oct. 9-Nov. 7: CURVE: An Exhibition of Suggestive Form, ceramics by Glen Nipshank.

National Museum of Dance
99 S. Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 584-2225.
Through October 31: Golden Land/Golden Dreams: Images of Sacred Temple Dances and Dancers from the Kingdom of Cambodia. Through April 1, 2005: Child Performers in Tap: 1900-1950.

New York State Museum
Empire State Plaza, Albany, 474-5877.
Oct. 8, 2004-Feb. 27, 2005: Art of African Women. Oct. 15, 2004-Jan. 2, 2005: P.S. Art 2004. Oct. 29, 2004-April 17, 2005: Elder Grace: The Nobility of Aging. Nov. 20, 2004-Sept. 11, 2005: Help is Here: Emergency Medical Services in New York.

Norman Rockwell Museum
Route 183, Stockbridge, Mass., (413) 298-4100.
Through 10/31: Hometown Hero, Citizen of the World: Rockwell in Stockbridge. Nov. 13, 2004-May 30, 2005: Building Books: The Art of David Macaulay.

Oakroom Artists Gallery
First Unitarian Society, 1221 Wendell Ave., Schenectady, 374-4446.
Through Oct. 25: Works by Carolou Kristofik and Laura Catullo. Nov. 7-Dec. 13: Works by Anne Miller and Mary Ellen Riell.

Opalka Gallery
Sage Colleges, 140 New Scotland Ave., Albany. 292-7742.
Through Dec. 10: Roy Kuhlman and the Grove Press Covers.

Pember Library and Museum
33 W. Main St., Granville. 642-2525.
Through 10/31: Harnessing the Hudson, photography by Gretchen McHugh.

Rensselaer County Historical Society
57 Second St., Troy, 272-7232.
Through Dec. 23: Rensselaer County Goes to War: War and the Home Front, 1775-2003.

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Sage Building, Vertical Gallery, 110 8th St., Troy. 276-6575.
Through Oct. 15: A Paper World, recent drawings by G. Joseph Yetto.

Richard Sena Gallery
238 Warren St., Hudson, 828-1996.
Oct. 2-Nov. 14: Traced Shadow, paintings by Path Soong.

Schenectady Museum
Nott Terrace Heights, Schenectady, 382-7890.
Through Nov. 8: Factory Bands to Funk: Music in the Capital Region, 1900 to the Present.

Shaker Museum and Library
88 Shaker Museum Road, Old Chatham, 794-9100.
Through Oct. 31: A Table of Faith: The Works of Sister Karlyn Cauley.

SKH Gallery of Textiles and Fine Craft
Railroad Station, Great Barrington, Mass., (413) 528-3300.
Through Oct. 1: In the Round, works by Shayne Dark.

Skidmore College
Schick Art Gallery, 815 N. Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 580-5049.
Through Sept. 23: Sculpture on the Deck by Maria Hall; also, paintings by Vojislav Stanic. Oct. 1-Nov. 3: Faculty Show.

Spectrum 8 Theatres
290 Delaware Ave., Albany, 449-8995.
Through Oct. 26: Haitian art exhibit.

Spencertown Academy
Route 203, Spencertown, 392-3693.
Through Sept. 26: Barns of the Valley.

Storefront Artist Project
Cooper Center Gallery, 116 North St., Pittsfield, Mass., (413) 445-2780.
Through Sept. 26: Psychiatric Survival, abstract paintings by Colleen Surprise Jones.

Tang Teaching Museum and Gallery
Skidmore College, 815 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 580-8080.
Through Sept. 26: Elevator Music: Investigations in Experimental Sound; Julia Jacquette: I Dreamt; About Painting; and About Sculpture. Through Jan. 2, 2005: Paradise and Plumage: Chinese Connections in Tibetan Arhat Painting. Oct. 15, 2004-Jan. 2, 2005: Elevator Music 3: Michelle Nagai. Oct. 15, 2004-June 5, 2005: A Very Liquid Heaven.

Thomas Cole National Historic Site
Catskill, 943-7465.
Through Oct. 31: Works by Ralph A. Blakelock.

Time and Space Limited
434 Columbia St., Hudson, 822-8448
Through Oct. 13: Greed, Envy, Jealousy and Fear, politically-inspired art by more than 20 artists.

Union College
Arts Atrium Gallery, Schenectady, 388-6714.
Through Oct. 21: The Figure Drawn, works on paper by Sigmund Abeles and Philip Grausman.

Union College
Mandeville Gallery, Nott Memorial, Schenectady. 388-6131.
Through Oct. 10: Drawings and prints by Arnold Bittleman. Oct. 21-Dec. 19: A Soldier’s Eye: Europe 1944, Photographs by Irving Shapiro.

University Art Museum
University at Albany, 1400 Washington Ave., Albany, 442-4035.
Sept. 28-Nov. 14: Selected Works from the Pierogi Flatfiles; also, First Happiness.

Valley Artisans Market
25 East Main St., Cambridge, 677-2765.
Oct. 2-20: Inner Spaces: New Work by Caroline Hooke.

Visions Gallery
Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany Pastoral Center, 40 N. Main Ave., Albany, 453-6600.
Through Oct. 29: The Heart of Afghanistan, photographs by Connie Frisbee Houde.

Williams College Museum of Art
Williamstown, Mass., (413) 597-2429.
Through Sept. 26. Victoria Palermo: Flo-mation. Through Oct. 11: Summer Afternoon: American Watercolors from the Collection. Through Dec. 19: Ezra Stoller Architectural Photography. Through December 2004: Mostly Photography: Art since 1980 from the Collection.

“working” Gallery
440 State St., Schenectady, 688-0187.
Through Oct. 16: Upstate Photo Competition Exhibit.

Theater

Albany Civic Theatre
285 Second Ave., Albany, 462-1297.
Sept. 17-Oct. 3: Blithe Spirit. Nov. 11-28: The Mousetrap.

Bard College
Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts, (845) 758-0552
Oct. 22-24: Orestes

Capital Repertory Company
Market Theatre, 111 N. Pearl St., Albany, 462-4534.
Sept. 17-Oct. 17: Woman in Black. Nov. 12-Dec. 12: Sisters of Swing.

Chapel + Cultural Center
2125 Burdett Ave., Troy, 274-7793
Sept. 17: An Evening at the Trojan Hotel. Dec. 1: Bertrand Fay’s Greek Theater.

Cohoes Music Hall
58 Remsen St., Cohoes, 237-7999
Sept. 17-Oct 3: West Side Story. Oct. 22-Nov. 7: Big River. Dec. 3-19: A Christmas Carol.

Curtain Call Theatre
210 Old Loudon Rd., Latham. 877-1529.
Sept. 10-Oct. 9: Ten Little Indians. Oct. 22-Nov. 20: The Gin Game. Dec. 3-Jan. 1, 2005: Run for Your Wife.

The Egg
Empire State Plaza, Albany, 473-1845.
Oct. 2: Guess How Much I Love You and My Little Storybook. Oct. 14: Second City National Touring Company. Oct. 15: David Sedaris. Oct. 16: Universe: Slanguage. Oct. 22: Adventure of Tom Sawyer. Nov. 14: Garry Krinsky: Toying With Science.

Ghent Playhouse
Route 66 and Town Hall Road, Ghent, 392-6264
Oct. 1-17: Born Yesterday. Nov. 19-Dec. 5: Proof.

Good Times Lakeview Inn
175 Lake Road, Ballston Lake, 399-9976.
Oct. 22, Nov. 17: Elvis on the Lake. Sept. 16, Oct. 21, Nov. 17, Dec. 16: Another Mystery on the Lake.

Home Made Theater
Spa Little Theater, Saratoga Spa State Park, Saratoga Springs, 587-4427.
Oct. 15-31: Cabaret. Dec. 10-19: Charlotte’s Web.

Main Street Stage
57 Main St., North Adams, Mass., (413) 663-3240
Sept 17-Oct. 3: Proof.

New York State Theatre Institute
Schacht Fine Arts Center, Russell Sage College, Troy, 274-3256.
Oct. 6-10: Born Yesterday. Nov. 3-8: Jamie Adkins! in Typo. Dec.-5-19: The Secret Garden.

Proctor’s Theatre
432 State St., Schenectady, 346-6204.
Oct. 1-3: Stomp. Oct. 5: The Rainbow Fish. Oct. 26-28: 42nd Street. Nov.1: The Magic Schoolbus. Nov. 5: Diavolo. Nov. 13: Laughter Arts Festival featruing Drew Carey. Oct. 20: Bill Cosby. Nov. 29-30: A Christmas Carol. Dec. 4-5: Nutcracker. Dec. 27-28: Evita.

Schenectady Civic Players
12 South Church St., Schenectady, 382-2081.
Oct. 15-24: The Cradle Will Rock. Dec. 3-12: The Woman in Black.

Shakespeare and Company
70 Kemble St., Lenox., Mass. (413) 637-3353
Sept. 24-Oct. 24: Vita & Virginia.

Stageworks/hudson
41 Cross St., Hudson, 822-9667
Sept. 29-Oct. 17: Omnium Gatherum. Nov. 3-21: First Love. Dec. 1-12: The Holiday Show.

University at Albany
Studio Theatre, University Performing Arts Center, Uptown Campus, 1400 Washington Ave., Albany, 442-3997.
Nov. 5-18: Tartuffe.

Wu Man

Classical Music

Albany Pro Musica
Performances are at various locations.
Oct. 4 (The Egg): Music to Remember—Songs of Jewish Life from the Shtetl to the Resistance, with guest vocal ensemble Counterpoint. Nov. 6 (Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception): APM will join with the Albany Symphony Orchestra for a performance of Verdi’s Requiem.

Albany Symphony Orchestra
Concerts take place at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy 273-0038; the Palace Theatre, Albany, 465-3334; Canfield Casino, Congress Park, Saratoga Springs, 584-6920, and the First United Methodist Church, Pittsfield, Mass., unless otherwise noted.
Oct. 30 (Palace Theatre): David Alan Miller conducts the ASO’s The Fairytale Gala, with guest soprano Sylvia McNair. Prokofiev’s Suite from Cinderella, Broadway songs, and works by Tchaikovsky and Stravinsky. Nov. 19 (Palace Theatre): The Mighty Brahms Fourth, with Brahms’ Symphony No. 4, the world-premiere performance of Beavers’ Legendary Legs (Diamond, I mean) and Walton’s Violin Concerto featuring Cho Liang Lin, violin. Dec. 9 (Canfield Casino), Dec. 10 (Troy Music Hall), Dec. 11 (First United Methodist Church): Christmas in China, featuring pipa virtuoso Wu Man. Works by Tan Dun, Bun Ching Lam, Handel, Pachelbel, Vaughn Williams, Chang and Mozart.

Capitol Chamber Artists
Saturday performances (8 PM) at the First Congregational Church, 405 Quail St., Albany. Sunday performances (3 PM) at Community Hall, Benson, Vt., 458-9231.
Oct. 23, Nov. 20, Dec. 4: Concerts at First Congregational Church. Oct. 24, Dec. 21, Dec. 5: Concerts at Community Hall.

Chapel + Cultural Center
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Burdett and Peoples avenues, Troy, 274-7793.
Dec. 12: Holiday music from medieval and renaissance days with The Early Muses. The concert begins at 7:30 PM.

Close Encounters With Music
All performaces will be held at Mahaiwe Theatre, Great Barrington, Mass., and will start at 6 PM. (800) 843-0778.
Oct. 23: Romantic Landscapes, with works by Schumann and Schubert performed by Arve Tellefsen (violin), James Tocco (piano), Richard O’Neill (viola), Yehuda Hannani (cello) and Stephen Sas (double bass). Nov. 27: Works by Rorem, Gershwin, Saint-Saëns and others will be featured in Americans in Paris, performed by Melvin Chen (piano), Courtenay Budd (soprano), Toby Appel (violin) and Yehuda Hanani (cello).

deBlasiis Chamber Music Series
8 PM performances at the Hyde Collection, Helen Froehlich Auditorium, 161 Warren St., Glens Falls, 798-4046.
Oct. 18: The Amelia Piano Trio. Nov. 1: Canada’s Gryphon Trio.

Leaf Peeper Concerts in Columbia County
Performances are at 7:30 PM at St. James Church, Routes 66 and 203, Chatham, 325-3805.
Oct. 9: A baroque music program with selections by J.S. Bach, Telemann and Handel. Sanford Allen (violin), Virginia Brewer (oboe) and Edward Brewer (harpsichord) will be featured. Oct. 23: Sanford Allen (violin) and John Cheek (piano) will perform two Beethoven sonatas. Nov. 6: Carter Brey (cello) will be the featured artist in a program that will include works by Kodaly, Beethoven, Mozart and a world-premiere piece by the late Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson.

Proctor’s Theatre
432 State St., Schenectady, 346-6204.
O
ct. 22: La Traviata, performed by the Stanislavsky Opera Company. Oct. 29: Vienna Boys Choir.

Rhinebeck Chamber Music Society
Concerts start at 8 PM, except as noted, and are at the Church of the Messiah, Route 9, Rhinebeck, 876-2870.
Oct. 15-16: Pianist AnnLynn Miller and cellist Ulrich Schmid will present two all-Beethoven programs. Nov. 13: Strata will perform works by Mozart, Bruch and Schoenfeld. Dec. 12 (4 PM): The New York Woodwind Quintet will perform works by Carter, Mozart and Beethoven.

Union College Concert Series
Union College Memorial Chapel, Union Street, Schenectady, 388-6131.
Oct. 9: Violinist Chee-Yun, with Barry Douglas, piano, will perform works by Mozart and Brahms, and a U.S. premiere by Penderecki. Oct. 23: Pianist Arnaldo Cohen will perform works by Schoenberg, Beethoven and Chopin. Nov. 13: The Los Angeles Piano Quartet. Nov. 21: Musicians From Marlboro will perform works by Mozart, Kirchner and Franck. Dec. 2: Pianist Yefim Bronfman. Dec. 12: A holiday concert with the Boston Camerata.

Schenectady Symphony Orchestra
Concerts take place at Proctor’s, 432 State St., Schenectady, 372-2500.
Oct. 24: Pianist Winnie Tong will be featured on Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1. Also, works by Offenbach and Smetana. Nov. 18: Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet, also works by Vaughn Williams and Smetana. The Capital District Youth Chorale will be featured.

Troy Chromatic Concerts
Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Second and State streets, Troy, 273-0038.
Oct. 21: The Orchestra Philharmonique du Luxembourg, with featured soloist Evelyn Glennie, will perform works by Beethoven, Vivaldi, Berlioz and a new piece by Bright Sheng. Dec. 3: Violinist Leila Josefowicz in recital, with pianist John Novacek.

Troy Savings Bank Music Hall
Corner of Second and State streets, Troy, 273-0038.
Nov. 12: Edgy chamber quartet Ethel in concert. Dec. 21: A program of holiday music with the Canadian Brass.

University at Albany
Concerts take place in the Recital Hall, Performing Arts Center, 1400 Washington Ave., Albany, 442-3997.
Oct. 7: Faculty Gala Concert, featuring Ann-Marie Barker Schwartz (violin), Michael Cirigliano II (clarinet), Findlay Cockrell (piano), Yvonne Chavez Hansbrough (flute), Sten Yngvar Isachsen (guitar), Max Lifchitz (piano) and Frances Pallozzi Wittmann (mezzo-soprano). Oct. 9: Music Around the World, with the University Chamber Singers. Oct. 9: Pops for Parents, with pianist Findlay Cockrell. Oct. 10: Pianist Max Lifchitz will perform a program of works by Debussy, Ravel and Stravinsky. Oct. 17: The University Symphony Orchestra, with guest artist Eric Berlin (trumpet), will perform Hummel’s Concerto for Trumpet and Orchestra and other works. Nov. 7: Capital Collegiate Choral Festival V, with vocal ensembles from the College of Saint Rose, Schenectady County Community College and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute joining the University Chorale and Chamber Singers. Nov. 20: Pianist Victoria von Arx will perform works by Ravel, Mozart, Bach, Boatwright and Chopin. Dec. 5: The four University at Albany ensembles will join in the 6th annual Holiday Concert. Dec. 6: The University Percussion Ensemble will present the program Twenty Drummers Drumming.

Williams College
Concerts take place in various locations around campus, as noted. Williamstown, Mass., (413) 597-2736
Oct. 8 (Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall): The Williams Chamber Players will perform works by Kechley, Mussorgsky and Stravinsky. Oct. 15 (Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall): Baroque lute recital with Michel Cardin. Oct. 17 (Chapin Hall): Pianist Alexander Slobodyanik. Oct. 22 (Chapin Hall): The Berkshire Symphony with guest cellist Leslie Parnas. Nov. 5 (Thompson Memorial Chapel): Williams Concert & Chamber Choirs will perform a program of Estonian music. Nov. 12 (Chapin Hall): The Berkshire Symphony will perform works by Chadwick, Grant Still, Hailstork, Copland. Nov. 19 (Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall): The Muir String Quartet. Nov. 20 (Chapin Hall): The Williams Symphonic Winds.


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