Other Voices, Other Rooms

We’re bummed: Marilyn Bethany and Dan Shaw of Rural Intelligence are packing it in:

Now, at the end our fourth summer, despite a record number of advertisers and a still-growing readership, we remain a tenuous business. So, the time has come for us to step back and get some perspective on the world beyond the Hudson Valley, the Berkshires, and the Litchfield Hills and on Rural Intelligence—what it is and, just possibly, what it could be again someday. We honestly do not know if RI has a future. What we do know, and apologize for, is that we leave behind disappointed contributors, readers, and advertisers (who, if they’ve paid in advance, will receive refunds). For Labor Day weekend, we will refresh the home page one last time with golden oldies. Thereafter, Rural Intelligence will remain online as is, so that anyone can continue to access the hundreds of stories and thousands of photographs in our archive.

At Keep Albany Boring, KC reports on the initial stirrings of the upcoming Living Walls Project – a brand-spankin’ new piece by artists Gaia and Nanook on Albany’s Livingston Avenue. Great photos, too.

All Over Albany reports on Rose Byrne’s spelling bee challenge to David Letterman: Schenectady. Good thing that “The Place Beyond the Pines” isn’t filming in Schaghticoke, eh?

At The Rogovoy Report, Anne Rogovoy reviews Kyle and Camille, the collaborative dance performance by choreographers Kyle Abraham and Camille A. Brown, who continue at Jacob’s Pillow in Becket through Sunday.

At The Free George, Kate Smith reviews the “Pulp Fiction Paintings: Selections from the Robert Lesser Collection” exhibition at Union College’s Mandeville Gallery in Schenectady, on view through Sunday, September 25.

Kevin Marshall is raising money for Special Olympics of NY and will stop at nothing to get his fundraising team to the number one slot, so he’s offering an interesting list of bribes and name-you-own-stunt challenges. His teammates are offering bribes as well: tasty baked goods from Meghan Mae and a plethora of of custom music/poetry/art from Philip Thomas Nagle.

At Metroland, KC Orcutt reports on the Bella Terra Festival, Josh Potter profiles Severe Severe and Paul Rapp raves about The Left Banke @ Bearsville Theater.

At Foss Forward, Sara Foss weighs in on “Songs I Like by Artists I Hate,” including Jackson Browne’s “Doctor My Eyes,” Phish’s “Golgi Apparatus” and more.

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