Odds & Ends @ the End of the Week
EXTREME MAKEOVER, BRIDGE EDITION: Mark this one on your calendar now. The Walkway Over the Hudson is scheduled to open to the public at 3pm on Saturday, October 3, with a weekend-long celebration that features fireworks, parades, music, a night circus, biking and of course, walking. The former Poughkeepsie-Highland Railway Bridge is being transformed into a linear pedestrian park, connecting the city of Poughkeepsie in Dutchess County to the town of Lloyd in Ulster County. There are the numbers: The bridge is 6,767 feet long (approximately 1.25 miles). The top of the bridge deck is 212 feet above the water and the width expands from 24 feet over land, to 35 feet over the Hudson River. It will be the longest pedestrian bridge in the world. Pretty cool…
NOT YOUR ORDINARY CIRCUS: Fire jugglers, clowns, contortionists, trapeze artists…Oh heck, actually all of the performers are artists in Cirque du Soleil’s production of “Alegria,” which continues its run at the Times Union Center through Sunday, September 6. Read Tresca Weinstein’s review in the Times Union.
MILLER DIGS NIPPER: Local writer, photographer and all-around pop culture junkie Chuck Miller has started blogging for the Times Union. And in one of his very first posts he included a fabulous photo of Nipper. Thanks, Chuck, and good luck to you with the blog.
LAST CHANCE: It’s been up for three months now, but Monday, September 7 is your final opportunity to see “Circles of Influence,” the wonderful Georgia O’Keefe/Arthur Dove exhibition at the Clark Art Institute in Williamston, Mass.
LAST CHANCE, PART II: Monday is also the final day that Brooklyn artist Matt Bua’s raw, obsessive installation “CRIBS’ will be on view at MASS MoCA’s Kidspace in North Adams, Mass. Since opening in March, “CRIBS” – part installation, part alternative architecture and part found-object collection – has poured out of the second story window of the Kidspace gallery and down into the courtyard, forming a scrap-wood hut near the entrance to MASS MoCA. All in all, Bua’s work is a dense, rewarding, definitely-not-just-for-kids exhibit.