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Bearing witness to environmental destruction: Joe Berlinger’s Crude.

Art Beat

WHAT’S THE LITERARY FREQUENCY, DAN? The good people behind the College of Saint Rose’s Frequency North literary series—including that devotee of the inappropriate, Daniel Nester—have organized Capital Lit, the “first-ever Albany Lit Mag & Small Press Fair,” this Saturday (Feb. 20). This gathering of hundreds of local small presses is your chance to pick up worthy titles for $4 (books) and $2 (single issues of magazines/journals). Some of the local notables scheduled to be in attendance are Shane Jones, Tobias Seamon and Barbara Louise Ungar. The main event is the book fair, which runs from noon to 6 PM in the Auditorium of Saint Joseph Hall (985 Madison Ave., College of Saint Rose, Albany). This will be followed at 7 PM by a karaoke and poetry party at Valentine’s (17 New Scotland Ave., Albany). For more info, visit

GET FAT Also Saturday (Feb. 20) is a benefit for the Arts Center of the Capital Region, titled Fat Saturday Carnivale for the Arts. It’s from 6:30 PM-midnight at Revolution Hall (421-425 River St., Troy) and will only set you back $20. What will you get for your 20 clams? Live music by RESTYS, the amusing MC and comedian Erick James, juggler-stilt walker Sean Fagan, belly dancing with Habiba and Friends, authentic Cajun cuisine from Brown’s Brewing Company and a silent auction. This is worthy! And sounds like fun! For more info, call 273-0552.

ONE WEEK ONLY Joe Berlinger, the filmmaker who co-directed some of the niftiest documentaries of the last 15 years, is coming to the Spectrum 8 Theatres on Saturday (another Saturday event!) for a Q&A after the 6:30 PM show of his acclaimed, award-winning documentary Crude. Read the review in this week’s issue for details; be aware that this is a one-week-only booking, so don’t dawdle about getting to the Spectrum (290 Delaware Ave., Albany) to see this heartbreaking portrait of environmental destruction and corporate greed. For more info, call 449-8995.

—Shawn Stone

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