do it: Isabel Barbuzza’s Suspensions.
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