April is National Poetry Month, which means that Albany Poets is presenting their annual Albany Word Fest, which is taking place this week at a variety of venues throughout Albany.
Here’s the round-up of Albany WordFest events around town this week:
TODAY (MONDAY, APRIL 15)
6pm: Youth Open Mic @ Bethlehem Children’s School, Slingerlands. Jill Crammond hosts a special open mic for young poets, writers and spoken word artists in grades 5–12 to share their work.
8pm: Poets Against Fracking @ the Upstate Artists Guild, Albany. A night of poetry and spoken word by Band of Bards, a community of Binghamton area writers, artists and activists who have turned their talents toward helping to preserve their community against the threat of hydraulic fracture gas drilling in New York State and beyond.
TUESDAY (APRIL 16)
7pm: Nitty Gritty Poetry Slam @ Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany. Albany’s poetry slam continues with open mic host Mojavi and slam master Thom Francis at the helm. This edition of NGS will feature the long-awaited Haiku Battle! $5; students $3.
The fifth annual Albany Comic Con – the premier comic book and collectibles show in the Capital Region – takes over the Holiday Inn on Wolf Road in Albany from 10am-4pm on Sunday (November 11). Admission is $5.
20 exhibitors and vendors will host display tables at the convention, and more than 40 comic book artists and writers will be on hand, as well. The convention will also feature a costume contest and several panel discussions with professionals, covering such topics as “The Art of Inking,” “Writing Fantasy 101″ and “Comics to Movies.”
More than 30 venues…
More than 130 acts…
More than 180 performance…
More than 400 musicians…
The second annual Hudson Music Festival will fill the city of Hudson with non-stop music over the course of three days this weekend – and almost all of it is free.
There will be live music performances in restaurants, stores and galleries. Tented stages will be placed along Warren Street from the Seventh Street Park and continuing down the street to the Henry Hudson Riverfront Park. Festival performances start at 5pm on Friday; 12noon-12midnight on Saturday; 12noon-6pm on Sunday.
Club Helsinki will host the prestigious Festival Showcase with 20 bands on two stages beginning at 5pm on Saturday. The Last Conspirators, the Pawn Shop Saints, C.B. Smith & the Lucky Devils and Oobleck will be among the bands featured on stage, while the Tommy Keys Band, Szelrozsa, the Rooftrees and others will perform in the courtyard. NOTE: There is a $10 suggested donation to the Festival Showcase.
Among the many other bands and musicians performing at the HM Festival throughout the weekend are Todd Nelson’s TN3, Black n Gold featuring Young Paris, Big Frank & the Bargain Bingers, Lady Moon, Chris Merenda & the Wheel, Frank Cuthbert, Drew Jacobs, Ray Murray & the Bomb Squad, the Erin Harkes Band, Pony in the Pancake, Jamie Kent & the Options, Mamalama, Sly Fox & the Hustlers, the Assortment of Crayons, Slink Moss, Nine Votes Short, Miss Shirley’s Buckleshiners, the 7th Squeeze, Head Womb, the Compact, Positive Mental Trip, Rakish Paddy, On the Shoulders of Giants and lots, lots more.