It’s The Weekend!

October 30th, 2009, 4:15 pm by Sara






Here’s Seth Rogovoy’s weekend picks from Berkshire Living.

Here’s All Over Albany’s weekend event listings and ideas.


That Was The Week That Was

October 30th, 2009, 4:14 pm by Sara

We made fun of Elizabeth Taylor and The Yes-Men made fun of the US Chamber of Commerce.

Faust got a cement mixer and Mike Huckabee got down.

Micah Silver remembered Maryanne Amacher.

We sent out pleas for Discard Avant Garb documentation and Berkshire Radio’s fund drive.

CAMA, Part Deux

LIVE: The Gene Ludwig Trio @ the Whisperdome, 10/23/09
LIVE: The Julian Lage Group @ the Van Dyck, 10/23/09
LIVE: Soulive @ Revolution Hall, 10/23/09
LIVE: The Playing for Change Band @ The Egg, 10/24/09
LIVE: The Exit’s Local 518 Benefit Concert @ WMHT-TV Studios, 10/23/09
LIVE: Jocamo @ The Linda, 10/22/09
LIVE: Farmer Jason @ The Linda, 10/23/09

Hanging Out @ The Tang Museum, 10/21/09
Hanging Out @ Harvest Fest 10/25/09

FIVE FIRSTS: Dylan Palazzo of Sea of Trees
FIVE FIRSTS: Rick Bedrosian of Hair of the Dog

CD Review: JOHNNY MYSTERY & THE MYSTEIOS’ “Pronounced Misty-Oh’s”
Book Review: R. Crumb’s “The Book of Genesis Illustrated by R. Crumb”

Don’t forget to mark your calender: Comin’ Soon…

Click here to see every single thing we posted this week.

Thanks to everyone who stopped by, left a comment, or wrote to us this week. Have a happy and safe Halloween weekend!

Odds & Ends @ the End of the Week

October 30th, 2009, 4:13 pm by Greg

The fine folks from Art for Animals have organized the art exhibition “The Dog Show: When the Model Barks,” which opens at the Spencertown Academy Arts Center on Sunday (November 1). The exhibit features artwork from more than three dozen established artists, including Sylvia Placey, Laurie Anderson, Richard Serra, Kiki Smith and, of course, William Wegman.

Other works on display at the exhibit were created earlier this year by middle school students from Taconic Hills Central Schools. The models and subjects of their paintings were a quartet of registered therapy dogs: an American pit bull terrier, a basset hound, a French bulldog and a Weimaraner.

The student works will be sold via silent auction during the opening reception for the exhibit from 3-5pm on Sunday (November 1). And yes, the models will be present at the reception, so you might want to bring along a pocketful of dog treats.


Albany Comic Con 4 takes over the Wolf Road Holiday Inn in Colonie from 10am-4pm on Sunday (November 1), stretching out the Halloween holiday for at least one extra day. Of course, the convention will feature lots of dealers of comic books, toys, non-sports cards and various other collectibles, but it will also feature panel discussions, a costume contest and a Magic the Gathering tournament. Among the many comics artists and writer who will be on hand are Paul Abram, Bill Anderson, Dennis Calero, Fred Hembeck, Todd Dezago, Ramona Fradon and John Hebert.

johnnyCashPumpkinNeed some inspiration before you begin carving away at that big orange orb that’s staring at you from your kitchen table? Here are a few Jack-O-Lantern Hall of Fame-worthy efforts by Schenectady’s great Picasso of Pumpkins, Walt Mahoski.

Don’t forget to turn your clocks back an hour on Saturday night! An extra hour of Halloween! An extra hour of sleep! An extra hour of … whatever!

grace_slickFeed your head: Today is Grace Slick‘s birthday. She’s 70 years old.

Former Nippertown resident Richard Lainhart is performing live with his Buchla 200e/Haken Continuum system at electro-music 2009. The bad news it’s all taking place in Bloomingdale, New Jersey. The good news is that you can tune into the live electro-music radio stream here.

Award-winning poet George Drew will settle in at Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs at 3pm on Sunday for a reading in celebration of his new book of poetry, “American Cool,” published by Tamarack Editions. The Mississippi-born Drew will be joined by two other Capital Region poets, Nancy White and Barbara Louise Ungar.

Here’s a sample from “American Cool”:


I have spent the afternoon with Elvis,
me sitting in a canvas chair on the porch
of a cabin, him shaking his hips so hard
leaves on the red oak flutter like scarves.

Growing tired of him and his unruly hips
I stroll up the road, but it’s not easy
to escape the Elvis that Elvis has become.
A car goes by, a blur of engine and guitar.

Silence returns and it’s nearly unbearable.
It’s the horrible dead air between a last
note with all the fizz of a flat Coke
and Sam Philips’ showy explosive groan.

The elders lied. Silence is not art deco,
not Beale Street on a sizzling Memphis night.
Silence is monotone, it’s a song unsung.
Silence is an audience that never comes.

Copyright © 2009 by George Drew

Real Good for Free: Timber Timbre

October 30th, 2009, 3:23 pm by Greg

Here’s some more free music for ya, but you’d better hurry.

Until 12midnight on Saturday (October 31), you can snag a free download the entire breakthrough, critically acclaimed, self-titled album by Timber Timbre.

A nominee for the 2009 Polaris Music Prize, Timber Timbre has been heralded by the Canadian press since since the album was released this summer on the Arts & Crafts label. After playing at the CMJ Convention earlier this month, the band attracted quite a bit of Big Apple praise, too. Time Out New York wrote that Timber Timbre was “the standout act” describing their set as “powerfully dark, even eerie folk tracks (which) managed to keep the crowd positively awed.” The Village Voice called them a “uniquely creepy beauty.”

So download the album today, and get psyched for their Nippertown debut on Tuesday, November 17, when Timber Timbre takes over Valentine’s Music Hall in Albany.

Here’s a little sample for you:

The Second CAMA Hall of Fame Inductees

October 30th, 2009, 3:01 pm by Greg

It was a dozen years ago.

The Capital Area Music Association celebrated another batch of local music veterans on May 1, 1997 when the second CAMA Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Concert took place at St. Joseph’s Hall at the College of Saint Rose in Albany.

Inductees included:

Lee Shaw, jazz pianist
Rory Block, blues guitarist-singer
Eddie Angel, rock-‘n’-roll guitar-slinger
The McKrells, the Celtic-bluegrass combo led by Kevin McKrell
Ruth Pelham, folksinger and Music Mobile maven
Craig Dory and Brian Levine, of the Troy-based classical music recording label, the Dorian Group

This was the second – and final – class of CAMA Hall of Fame inductees.

Pretty scary, eh kids? Halloween Roundup

October 30th, 2009, 2:15 pm by Sara


The 65th annual Halloween Parade in Pittsfield begins at 7pm. (FREE)

Casper Land in Troy has a night of scary movies and creepy soundscapes from from Bennington College based psych-folk, improv band The Registrar starting at 7pm (FREE)

The BingBamboo Room is presenting a Halloween burlesque show at 9pm at Savannah’s (or Dublin Underground, or whatever the hell it’s called.)

The Night of 1000 Pumpkins in Catskill includes free pumpkins and candles to the first 300 people at the Catskill Community Center. Carving at 6:00 pm and a non-motorized parade kicks off at 7pm. (FREE)

Friday and Saturday:

A little smaller in scale, perhaps, but no less fun-sounding is The Bakery’s Night of 100 Pumpkins in New Paltz. Drop off your carved pumpkin by Friday (10/30) for the contest judging on Halloween from 6-8pm with free cocoa, cider and pumpkin bread. (FREE)


Dance some more: Jason’s Upstairs Bar in Hudson is holding Halloween Freakfest 2009 on Saturday 9pm – 2am with DJ Mr Chips and DJ Tate (AKA DJ T-Bone) with, yep, costume prizes including “goriest costume.”

Aaaaaand, Grand Street Community Arts is hosting two Halloween parties:

LIVE: The Gene Ludwig Trio @ the Whisperdome, 10/23/09

October 30th, 2009, 2:02 pm by Greg

Dave Stryker, Gene Ludwig and Vince Ector

Dave Stryker, Gene Ludwig and Vince Ector

Last Friday evening, Hammond B-3 organ master Gene Ludwig and his trio rolled into the First Unitarian Society’s Whisperdome in Schenectady to perform as part of the A Place For Jazz series. In tow, he brought veteran New York City jazz guitarist Dave Stryker and Vince Ector on drums.

Fronting the traditional organ trio, the 72-year-old Ludwig showed the audience why he was the preferred accompanist for so many great musicians, including saxophonists Sonny Stitt and Bill Easley, as well as vocalist Arthur Prysock.

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2-For-1 Tickets for Rhonda Vincent!

October 30th, 2009, 11:12 am by Greg

In conjunction with the monthly Troy Night Out arts walk taking place from 5-9pm tonight at various locations in downtown Troy, the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall is offering a special sale on tickets to see bluegrass queen Rhonda Vincent and her band the Rage at 8pm tonight.

The Music Hall box office will be selling Buy-One, Get-One-Free* tickets to tonight’s Rhonda Vincent concert. This offer is available for in person sales or by phone at (518) 273-0038. The box office is located in the Music Hall on the corner of State and Second Street in downtown Troy.

*This offer is only good for tickets in C priced seating, priced at $23, and Box Office will be open at the Hall 6:30 night of show. This offer cannot be combined with any other offers or discounts and is not retroactive. Other restrictions may apply.

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