ArtBeat: Timothy Cahill @ the Spectrum 8 Theatres

September 16th, 2009, 2:57 pm by Greg


We love the Spectrum 8 Theatres in Albany. Of course, we love them for the cool movies that they screen there. But we also love ’em for their commitment to art.

The front lobby is an art gallery. And they added a sculpture nook in the lobby, too.

But our favorite exhibition space at the Spectrum – no, actually our favorite exhibition space in all of Nippertown – is the theater’s former ticket window. It’s so democratic. You don’t even have to go into the theater. The window faces out onto Delaware Ave. day and night. You can walk by and see some unexpected – and almost always interesting – art. On the street. For free.

The current installation in the Spectrum’s window is a piece by arts writer-photographer Timothy Cahill. It’s titled “The Pleasure of the Text II.”

Cahill says, “Someone today told me the window is ‘a succinct, minimalist expression of your ambivalence toward writing. To see all those images coming out of your typewriter!’ Hell, I just play the damn instrument; I don’t control what music comes out of it.”

Photograph by Timothy Cahill


Thanks, Spectrum!

June 30th, 2009, 2:10 pm by Greg

Sometimes we take for granted how truly lucky we are to have a movie theater in our midst that’s as cool as the Spectrum. So we here at would like to take a moment out of hectic schedules to say, “Thanks, Spectrum.”

There are loads of reasons, of course, but right now we’re thinking specifically about the string of music-oriented documentaries that have graced the Spectrum screens this month:

1. “Every Little Step,” about the auditions and casting for the re-make of “A Chorus Line,” a Broadway musical which is about the auditions and casting of a Broadway musical.

2. “Anvil!: The Story of Anvil,” a headbanging, heartwarming all-too-true tale of an almost-made-it-big heavy metal band from the Great White North. WARNING: The final screenings are today (Tuesday, June 30.)

3. And now “Youssou N’Dour: I Bring What I Love,” about the internationally acclaimed Afro-pop vocalist and human rights advocate.

Let’s see now, that’s Broadway musicals, Canadian heavy metal and Afro-pop – a pretty damn good range of musical genres, eh?

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