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MoHu kicks off 10 days of Capital District artistic revelry

Standing 16 feet high and 42-by-42 feet wide, Peter Leue's sculpture embodied the theme of this MoHu festival: bringing together the four points of the MoHu compass – Albany, Rensselaer, Saratoga and Schenectady.

Standing 16 feet high and 42-by-42 feet wide, Peter Leue's sculpture embodied the theme of this MoHu festival: bringing together the four points of the MoHu compass – Albany, Rensselaer, Saratoga and Schenectady. Photo by Zan Strumfeld.

— “We wanted to capture the vibe like New Orleans,” Sal Prizio, Albany County coordinator for MoHu and director of programming at the College of St. Rose’s Massry Center, said. “We hired a trolley with a New Orleans-styled jazz band. One of the things we always realized is that there’s a bunch of stuff (in Albany) but we’re all spread out.”

The free trolley has New York City-styled subway maps and will go to MoHu’s different Albany venues.

“You always hear from people that there’s nothing going on in Albany. But there’s a ton going on in Albany,” Prizio said. “(The artistic community) is there. It’s underground. We’re just trying to pull the clouds back and show the sunshine.”

Other Albany County events include Nobel Prize-winning South African novelist J.M. Coetzee and American novelist Paul Auster speaking at University at Albany’s Visiting Writers Seminar on Friday, Oct.12 from 4:15 to 5: 30 p.m. and 8 to 9:30 p.m. The Albany Institute of History & Art will also showcase “American Impressions: Paintings from the Florence Griswold Museum” on Sunday, Oct. 14.

The festival will run through Sunday, Oct. 14. The celebration will conclude with “Drum Along the Mohu Festival” from 3 to 5 p.m. at The Egg with four percussionists: Brian Melick, Devesh Chandra, Robot Aston Ellis and Zorkie Nelson. For more information on the festival and a full schedule, visit www.mohufest.com.

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