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Art Beat

CALLING ALL CURATORS: That mainstay of downtown Troy, the Arts Center of the Capital Region, needs you. If you’re an “established, professional” curator of accomplishment and vision (or have at least convinced enough people that that is indeed the case), and wish to follow in the footsteps of such esteemed guest curators as Ian Berry, Jessica Hough, Lisa Dorin, Susette Min, Marisa White and Luis Camnitzer, the Arts Center wants to hear from you. There are a couple of ways to skin the show at the ACCR. You may shape an exhibit from the center’s “extensive slide registry.” You may bring your own exhibit, en masse, to the center. In either event, you need to send your CV, documentation of previous exhibits and a brief write-up (no more than 200 words) of just what it is you have in mind to the ACCR by Nov. 15, 2004. For details call 273-0552, or visit www.arts

ELVIS (OR AT LEAST A COBRA) WILL BE IN THE HOUSE: Sayeth the great gods of art: Judge not the work by the materials with which it is created. As a case in point, black velvet—an oft-maligned medium—can be used to make art that is perfectly swell. This fact will be proved again at the Lake George Arts Project’s 16th annual Black Velvet Art Party on Nov. 13 at the Fort William Henry Conference Center in Lake George. The event is a fund-raiser for the Lake George Arts Project’s well-regarded and successful exhibits in the Courthouse Gallery, and will include music, games, psychic readings and other shenanigans. How, you’re wondering, to get your black velvet creations into the show? Artwork should be delivered to the arts project offices (Old County Courthouse, side entrance, 1 Amherst St., Lake George) on Nov. 2, 3 or 4 from noon to 5 PM. Submitted works must contain “black velvet, black velours, black velveteen or black flock, and may include other materials.” For more information, call 668-2616, or visit

CONGRATULATIONS ARE IN ORDER: Author and former Times Union chief movie critic Amy Biancolli has been named the 2004 Author of the Year by the Friends of the Albany Public Library. (Past winners include some guy named Kennedy.) Biancolli, who previously earned kudos for her bio of Viennese
violinist-composer Fritz Kreisler, is being honored for her memoir House of Holy Fools: A Family Portrait in Six Cracked Parts. (You can buy the book at various local independent bookstores, or online at The Author of the Year Luncheon is on Nov. 6 at noon, at the Albany Public Library main branch. Tickets are $15; call 427-4333 for info. For those (like us) who were saddened when Biancolli split from the TU (and dismayed when the TU replaced her with Roger-freaking-Ebert, for God’s sake), her insightful movie reviews are now appearing in the Houston Chronicle—at the rate of “about three or four per month,” Biancolli reports. So go online and have a look. (You look up the Web site.)

—Shawn Stone

Vaudeville Lives

photo: Leif Zurmuhlen


Or at least it came back from the dead at Valentine’s on Sept. 27, when impresario-mixologist Jim Romano presented the Bing Bam Boo Room. According to a highly-placed source at the performance, only two out of the six local gals who were going to do a burlesque act showed up—but the two who didn’t chicken out were terrific. Also on hand: a belly dancer who performed to a Clash song (huh?), a comedic juggler who worked with empty plastic Price Chopper bags (huh? again!), a Rodney Dangerfield impersonator (creepily timely) and magician Jeffrey Jene (pictured). This won’t be the last such evening, either, so keep your eye on Valentine’s listings.




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