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Testament of recovery: the new mural at Pahl House.

PIKACHU! 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.

—Shawn Stone

sstone@metroland.net

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