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Bees do it: Isabel Barbuzza’s Suspensions.

Art Beat

IN THE GALLERIES: At the Ten Broeck Mansion, works by muralist Yacob Williams and “pastel landscaper” Leo Loomie will be on display in an exhibit titled a Study of Contrasts. It opens tomorrow (Friday, Nov. 5) and continues through Nov. 28. The reception, however, is today (Nov. 4)—call the folks at the Ten Broeck Mansion, 436-9826, for details. And while you’re in the neighborhood, mosey on up a block and see Williams’ powerful murals on and around North Swan Street. . . . The Downtown Albany Business Improvement District is sponsoring 16 Windows of Art, a three-month exhibition, in partnership with those crazy kids in the Albany Underground Artists. A variety of vacant spaces on Broadway, Pearl Street, State Street and environs will be fitted out with art installations for your aesthetic enjoyment. The art will be up by Wednesday (Nov. 10), and stay up through mid-February. . . . The Teaching Gallery at Hudson Valley Community College will host Suspensions (pictured), an exhibit designed by Argentine artist Isabel Barbuzza, starting Nov. 18 and continuing through mid-January. It’s a three-dimensional world map made with honeycombs and aluminum; Barbuzza worked with a beekeeper in Argentina to “collect and clean the large number of honeycombs needed for the piece.” Call 629-8006 for details.

ONE MAN, ONE VOTE—WHY NOT? Still feeling traumatized or confused by the peculiarities of our method of electing a president? I sure as hell am. Well, it’s the New York State Archives to the rescue. These good folks have updated their Web site to include a wealth of information about the Electoral College, including a gallery of 48 images from “the archival records” of New York’s Electoral College. You can also access Gary Bugh’s article “Voting for Strangers,” which is also featured in this month’s New York Archives magazine. Just mouse it on over to: www.archives. nysed.gov.

HEAR, HERE: At a recent UAlbany film screening, William Kennedy an nounced that the sound system had been upgraded in Page Hall. Donald Faulkner, director of the New York State Writers Institute, explains that “tremendous, high quality” JBL speakers have been installed specifically for film screenings: “The three 10-foot columns and a massive sub-woofer will be enough to not only bring clarity to good sound, but new sound readers on our projectors as well will serve to sharpen the sound ‘image’ on the film print.” You can experience this boomin’ system tomorrow night (Fri day, Nov. 5) at 7:30 PM when the In stitute will host a screening of the recent, acclaimed Chinese drama Blind Shaft (in glorious 35mm) at Page Hall (135 Western Ave., Albany). Call 442-5620 for more info.

YES, YES, YES: The Yes Men, those international pranksters with a hit movie—called, duh, The Yes Men—are coming to Images Cinema (Williamstown, Mass.) this Friday (Nov. 7) at 7 PM for a screening of their film. Afterwards, Mike Bonnano and Andy Bichelbaum will take questions on life, liberty and the pursuit of identity correction. You know—sticking it to the man. (And boy do we need that right now.) The Q & A session will be hosted by MASS MoCA curator Nate Thompson (current exhibit: The Interventionists), and feature intellectual-property and art attorney Paul Rapp. Yes, it’s the same Paul Rapp who contributes swell opera, jazz and pop reviews to these pages, and occasionally sports the surname “Blotto.” According to our sources—uh, Rapp himself—he’s known the Yes Men for some time. For more information, visit the Images Web site at www.imagescinema.org.

SEX AND DRUGS AND HOLLYWOOD: While sober for a number of years, Academy-Award nominated screenwriter Ron Nyswaner (Philadelphia) has chronicled his battle with sex and dope in the new book Blue Days, Dark Nights, and will tell his story in person Saturday night (Nov. 6, 9 PM) at the Hudson River Theater (521 Warren St., Hudson). The drugs? Whatever he could get, especially coke and crystal meth. The sex? Male hustlers. The press release quotes Nyswaner as saying “I got through the catharsis in therapy, then I set out to write a really entertaining book.” Tickets are $10, as real-life drama ain’t free. Plus, there will be film clips. Details are to be found at www.hudsonrivertheater.com.

—Shawn Stone

sstone@metroland.net

 

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