of recovery: the new mural at Pahl House.
You’ve probably noticed how the aspects of Japanese pop culture
are affecting our pop culture—particularly anime. It’s everywhere.
There were a couple of years when the entire Cartoon Network
programming was a mix of a few old Hanna-Barbera shows and
a lot of kid-friendly anime during the day; and a few
repurposed, adult-oriented Hanna-Barbera shows and a lot
of adult-oriented anime at night. Tonight (Thursday, Oct.
2) at 7 PM, the Clark Art Institute (225 South St.,
Williamstown, Mass.) will host Clark Roland Kelts,
the author of Japanamerica: How Japanese Pop Culture Has
Invaded the U.S., for a lecture. Kelts will discuss the
“incredible popularity of Japanese imports like Pokemon,
Speed Racer, Transformers and other anime and
manga . . . and how they translate into a new vision of American
culture.” For more info, call the Clark at (413) 458-2303
or visit clark.edu.
FINDING EXPRESSION A Community Arts Grant, under the auspices
of the New York State Council of the Arts and the Arts
Center of the Capital Region, have made it possible for
the adolescent residents of Troy’s Pahl House (106-108
9th St., at the corner of Jacob Street), a substance abuse
recovery center, to create a mural “that represents aspects
of recovery in both representational and abstract imagery.”
The 500-square-foot mural will be ready for viewing Tuesday
(Oct. 7), when there will be a reception—open to the public—from
3 to 6 PM. For more info, call 272-0206 ext. 310.
SOCIALLY RELEVANT The Family and Children’s Service of
the Capital Region, Inc., is opening their new Social
Art Gallery at their Albany location (650 Warren St.)
this Friday (Oct. 3), with a special event from 6 to 9 PM.
The grand opening will feature Italian artist Pietro Angelo
Maffei and his exhibit La Famiglia: Uno Studio in Mataprospettivismo,
along with live music and refreshments. Also, signed prints
will be available to purchase. Admission to this event is
$20, $10 students; the exhibit itself will be open through
the beginning of January 2009. For more info, call 462-6531
or visit fcscapitalregion.org.
WORKING HARD TO IMPROVE YOUR CLASSIC FILM EXPERIENCE Two new
tie-ins to classic film series debut this week, and I present
them in chronological order.
First, Saturday morning (Oct. 4), Bow Tie Cinemas Movieland
in downtown Schenectady begins a Movies and Mimosas
program. At 10:30 AM, mimosas will be available to buy in
the lobby café. At 11 AM, for an admission price of $5, you
can watch Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s.
Screenings are planned through December; upcoming films include
Casablanca (Oct. 11), Whatever Happened to Baby
Jane? (Oct. 18), and The Birds (Oct. 25). For more
info, visit bowtiecinemas.com.
Next, beginning Monday (Oct. 6), the Palace Theatre
(19 Clinton Ave., Albany) has cooked up a dinner-and-a-movie
deal with the nearby Victory Café. Call or visit the
Palace box office (465-4663), buy a movie ticket, and ask
for the “Victory Café Special” for the same evening. For $20,
you get a meal (from 5-6 PM), and then you mosey over to the
Palace for the 7 PM film screening. This Monday’s film is
Frank Capra’s Lost Horizon; upcoming movies include
The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Oct. 20) and Citizen
Kane (Nov. 3). For more info, visit palacealbany.com.