Chatham film festival celebrates the life of Agnes Varda
The weekend screening of films by the legendary French New Wave director who passed in late March include “Cléo from 5 to 7” (1962), “Vagabond” (1985), “Daguerreotypes” (1976), “Ulysse” (1983), “The Gleaners and I” (2000) and “Faces/Places” (2017).
@ PS21: Performing Spaces for the 21st Century, Chatham | April 12-14 | $15-$35

Art & Words: An Exhibition of Art & Poetry Inspiring One Another
With April being National Poetry Month, Emerge Gallery has decided to host 26 artists and 21 poets as part of their exhibition, Art & Words. The featured artists and poets will show work inspired by one another as a means to merge the two creative forms into something that can be jointly celebrated and appreciated.  
@ Emerge Gallery and Art Space, Saugerties | April 6-28

Exhibition: “The Dream of Space Produces Forms”
Angela Garcia de Paredes, founding partner of the Spanish architectural firm Paredes Pedrosa, spoke at RPI April 10 about her firm’s project on exhibition at the Rensselaer Architecture building through April 19. See “The Dream of Space Produces Forms,” which focuses on the spatial form of architecture “to be occupied by light, by time or by sound, key design tools in our daily practice.”
@ Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (Rensselaer Architecture, GR201), Troy | April 10-19 | Free

Exhibition: “Hiroko Ote and Stef Kreymborg: Fiber Art from Japan and the Netherlands”
Hiroko Ote blends elements from contemporary and traditional Japanese culture in her weaving through imagery and calligraphic text while Dutch artist Stef Kreymborg focuses on the  duplication of a single element guided by rhythm and structure. The works by both artists-in-residents will be shown together through April 22.
@ The Schick Art Gallery at Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs | April 11-22

Oscar Wilde’s “An Ideal Husband”
NorthEast Theatre Ensemble presents this comedy that centers around political corruption at Ten Broeck Mansion. It should be a hoot. Seating is extremely limited.
@ Ten Broeck Mansion, Albany | April 11-28, 7:30 PM | $26

“The Subject Was Roses” presented by Theatre Voices
The staged reading of this Pulitzer Prize and Tony-winning drama by Frank D. Gilroy follows Timmy Cleary, “a young, idealistic soldier who returns from World War II to his parents’ New York apartment to find their marriage in shambles.” The production, running through the weekend, stars Debra Bercier, Dennis Skiba and Ryan Gillotti, directed by Brian Sheldon and managed by Jeremy Ward.
@ Steamer No. 10 Theatre, Albany | April 12, 8 PM; April 13, 3 PM & 8 PM; April 14, 3 PM | Free

Troy Foundry Theatre presents “White Rabbit Red Rabbit”
Troy Foundry has teamed up with Stages on the Sound and Scott Barrow to produce the wildly unpredictable “White Rabbit Red Rabbit,” an internationally acclaimed project by Iranian writer and award-winning playwright Nassim Soleimanpour. In this performance, there will be no director, only a script waiting in a sealed envelope on stage for a different actor each night. Soleimanpour’s work is meant to be “a potent reminder of the transgressive and transformative power of theatre.”  
@ Collar Works, Troy | April 13-15, 7 PM | $12-18



Black Death: An Evening of Extreme Metal
Guest curator Matt O’Hare will lead listeners on a journey through the dark abyss of the black and death metal sub-genres said to be “full of punishing rhythms, inhuman riffs, godless vocals, and the most darkly crafted guitar solos ever devised.”
@ EMPAC (Beta), Troy | 5 PM | Free

Rally for the Roots
Help Common Roots Brewing recover from their fire with raffles, giveaways, good music, food and beer. Attendees will get beer tickets upon entry and Takk House will have ten drafts going at once, with dozens of great choices, from Ale Wife and Artisanal to Unified Beerworks and Wolf Hollow. Slidin’ Dirty and Muddaddy Flats are on the food. Afterwards head down to Franklin Ally Social Club to continue the party from 9 PM to midnight.
@ Takk House, Troy | 6 PM | $10-$25

Girl Blue with Olivia Quillio
You’ve seen them both in Girl Blue’s recent music video release, now see these two bright and powerful vocalists and moving songwriters perform their original work live.
@ Park Theatre, Glens Falls | 7:30 PM | $15

Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company
The dance company’s annual hometown show will feature From the mind/of a single, long vine/one hundred opening lives, by choreographer Ellen Sinopoli in collaboration with local sculptor and exhibit designer Jim Lewis. The dancers will interact with Lewis’ nine unique sculptures based on the African form, which have inspired Sinopoli’s choreography through “archetypal stories of society.”
@ The Egg Performing Arts Center, Albany | 8 PM | $25

The Suitcase Junket at Caffe Lena  
Matt Lorenz, artist, innovator and one-man band, creates conventional sounds with unconventional instruments. Rummaging through dumpsters, junk drawers and foreign clutter, Lorenz will put on a show of original rock anthems, blues manifestos, mountain ballads and more, all from the sounds of another’s rubbish.
@ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs | 8 PM | $25

R&B/Hip Hop Cover Show
A showcase of St. Rose R&B musicians David Cuttino, Jordyn Harrison, Tiara Johnson, Kayla Carpenter, Tania Higdon, Najah Holland, Vonyéa Williams, Jay Mekhi and Mark Manning.
@ College of St. Rose (Studio G3), Albany | 8 PM | Free


Reclaim Workshop
An all-day healing workshop for people of color to reclaim their narrative, language and presence through a one-on-one trauma workshop with Gordon Collier, LMSW, and Rachelle Pean, LCSW., poetry and spoken word session with poets Karyn Dyer and Danielle Colin and an acting workshop with Aaron Moore.
@ 135 S Pearl St., Albany | 10 AM | $40, sliding scale available

Easthampton 5th Annual Bookfest
Celebrate local literary culture with forums, workshops, exhibits and events in venues located throughout downtown Easthampton. Check out author talks, workshops, performances, readings, gallery exhibitions, letterpress demonstrations, panel discussions, book markets and more.
@ Easthampton City Arts, Easthampton, Mass.| 10 AM | Free

Record Store Day Pop-Up
River Street Beat Shop and ALM Fine Art and Photography have teamed up to put a little extra pep in your record store day celebrations. Peruse the Beat Shop’s collection and a selection of shots by music journalist and photographer Amy Modesti. Local garage rock band The Va Va Voodoos will also play at 1 PM. Weather pending, both the exhibition and set will be outside.
@ River Street Beat Shop, Troy | 11 AM | Free

Dancing with the Community Stars
Come out for this Dance-A-Thon raising funds for Mission Accomplished Transition Services. You don’t have to dance to enjoy this event but there will be eight hours of opportunities to move including all day raffles, hourly prizes, local vendors and family activities. Fifteen “community stars” will be awarded for their hard work and dance moves.
@ Hudson Valley Community College | 12 PM | $25 individual, $80 group admission

Interview and performance with poet Jesús Papoleto Melendez
The legendary Nuyorican poet will visit, thanks to the Capital District Latinos group, for a Q&A, discussion of his friendship with fellow poet Pedro Pietri as well as a reading of a selection of his best and most recent work. His sixth poetry book, “PAPOLiTICO, POEMS OF A POLITICAL PERSUASION,” is satirical and witty in the face of an exhausting and heavy political climate.
@ Cultural Empowerment & Community Engagement Center, Albany | 3 PM | Free

Frank Wakefield Band
Frank Wakefield has revolutionized bluegrass music ever since his release of his first original song Camptown Races in 1953. Join Wakefield himself on the mandolin, along with Deane Lewis on banjo and vocals and Pat Mullaly on guitar and vocals as they bring life and humor to Caffe Lena.  
@ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs | 8 PM | $24-$26

Habibi with Y La Bamba   
Brooklyn’s indie quartet Habibi blends psych rock and ‘60s pop energy. The band released its latest project Cardamom Garden in March 2018, recorded in English and Farsi. Y La Bamba, the Latin indie/folk-pop project of Mexican-American artist Luz Elena Mendoza, dropped her fifth record Mujeres in February.
@ BSP Kingston | 8 PM | $15



The Capital Region Thomas Edison Music Awards
“Eddies” will be awarded to music industry professionals in over 30 categories in this inaugural local music awards celebration.
@ Proctors | 6 PM | $20

Join Yeasayer on an genre-bending journey into experimental rock, integrating Middle Eastern and African traditional music, folk and dub.
@ Colony Woodstock | 8 PM | $20-$25



ONGOING: The Collaborative magazine call for art and columnist submissions
The Collaborative is always looking for submissions of art in any medium (but ultimately digitally scanned or photographed to be featured in the print issue) for our full-page gallery feature of the magazine. Artists can send their work with a short artist bio and their best point of contact to

If you are an artist living and working in the Capital Region, we want to work with you. The columnist section of the magazine covers writing, music, food, film, visual arts, style, theatre, dance and the creative economy. If you would like to share a recent discovery of artistic methods or resources, an anecdote about overcoming creative challenges, a “how-to” or epiphany, send a column submission of roughly 500 words to or The columnist section is a resource for artists to learn from and connect with one another, come be a part of it.

The Hyde Collection is looking for entrants for its Plein Air Festival
The juried Plein Air Festival runs August 7-11, culminating with The Hyde’s annual Community Day, a free admission day filled with art activities and fun at the Museum inspired by the permanent collection and special exhibition From the Rooftops: John Sloan and the Art of the New Urban Space.

Community Day will feature a pop-up art show of juried Plein Air artists’ artworks, a plein air “Art Battle” activity open to all creative community members, and an award ceremony honoring juried Plein Air artists and Art Battle participants.

Interested artists should read the Artist Entry Form Guidelines and submit the Entry Form by April 15.

Read: Plein Air Festival Artist Entry Guidelines
Application: ENTRY FORM

If you have questions, contact Jenny Hutchinson, Curator of Education and Programming,, 518-792-1761, ext. 327

CALL FOR ART: Arts Letters & Numbers Third-Thursday

Emerging local artists of all levels of experience are encouraged to submit art of any medium for the Averill Park institution’s Third Thursday exhibition. Collaborations are also accepted. Contact or send info (bio, description of works to present, website if possible) to by April 16. 

The Third Thursday exhibition, followed by Q&A with the artists, will take place at Arts Letters & Numbers, (1548 Burden Lake Road Averill Park) on April 18, 7PM. The event is free, donations accepted.

“Tunnel Vision” at Electric City Barn

The Tunnel Gallery at Electric City Barn (24 cubic ft. long, 13 cubic ft. wide, and 8 cubic ft. tall) is looking to be transformed into an immersive art experience and needs the help of local artists working with paint, sculpture, draping, hanging, textures, sounds, lights and more. The Electric Barn team is looking for clever uses of each medium. Visit the link above for submission guidelines.

Ideas should be sent to and the application can be found here. The deadline is April 29.

Sand Lake Center for the Arts announces One Act Play Festival 2020 submissions
The Sand Lake Center for the Arts in Averill park is calling for submissions of one-act plays to their One Act Play Festival (January 9-12, 2020) by July 1.

Typed entries must be unpublished, not professionally produced and run from 10-15 minutes with a front page featuring your name, address, phone number(s) and email address. Do not include personal identification on other pages. Setting should be made clear in the exposition or the dialogue of the play. Fewer than five characters are recommended and minimal set pieces and costumes are essential. All themes and subject matters are welcome, from G to PG-13 ratings. No more than two submissions per playwright. All playwrights will be notified of decisions by Sept 2019.

Residents of one of the following counties are eligible to submit: Albany, Columbia, Fulton, Greene, Montgomery, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, Washington or the areas of Bennington, North Adams, and Pittsfield. There is no entry fee. Royalties will not be paid.

To submit by post, send four hard copies of each play to:

SLCA One Act Play Festival
PO Box 179
Averill Park, NY 12018
By email:, Subject line: SLCA One Act Play Festival

For additional questions regarding the One Act Play Festival, please email Managing Director Brian Sheldon at with SLCA One Act Festival in the subject line.

If you have auditions, a call for art, openings, submissions or other opportunities to share, please send a description and application links to and