Happy Halloween!

October 31st, 2017, 4:31 pm by Greg

johnnyCashPumpkinIt’s Halloween, and you’ve procrastinated long enough.

It’s now or never, right?

So if you need some inspiration before you begin carving away at that big orange orb that’s staring at you from your kitchen table, here’s a Jack-O-Lantern Hall of Fame-worthy effort by Schenectady’s great Picasso of Pumpkins, Walt Mahoski.

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RIP: Charles Bradley, 1948-2017

September 25th, 2017, 11:00 am by Greg
Charles Bradley

Charles Bradley

Photographs by Stan Johnson

Dubbed the Screaming Eagle of Soul, singer Charles Bradley died of liver cancer on Saturday (September 23) at the age of 68.

A late-in-life success story, Bradley released his debut album No Time for Dreaming in 2011 at the age of 62. He also recorded two more albums, Victim of Love (2013) and Changes (2016).

Bradley made a pair of Greater Nippertown concert appearances with his band the Extraordinaires this summer – at the Empire State Plaza in July and the Huichica East festival in August – before cutting short his tour earlier this month.

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Parade of Shoes: Ana Popovic

September 19th, 2017, 10:00 am by Sara

After playing the Cohoes Music Hall back in May, the Serbian-born blues rockin’ guitarslinger Ana Popovic returns to Greater Nippertown at 9pm on Friday (September 22) for a concert at Club Helsinki in Hudson. Tickets are available, priced at $30 & $45.

PARADE O’ SHOES: Evan Conway

August 16th, 2017, 11:00 am by Greg
Bassist <strong>Evan Conway</strong> of <strong>the Holly & Evan Band</strong> at <strong>the Albany Tulip Festival</strong> in Washington Park, 5/14/17

Evan Conway @ Washington Park, Albany, 5/14/17

Photograph by Ed Conway

The fab footwear of bassist Evan Conway of the Holly & Evan Band at the Albany Tulip Festival in Washington Park, 5/14/17

You can catch the Holly & Evan Band in action again at 7pm on Thursday (August 17) at the Olde English Pub in Albany.

It’s Nipper Week!

July 31st, 2017, 1:30 pm by Greg

Yes, today officially kicks off Nipper Week around Greater Nippertown.

In celebration of the Downtown is Pawsome public art project – a display of 20 artist-decorated, 3-foot-tall Nipper sculptures placed throughout downtown Albany – the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society and the Downtown Albany BID are sponsoring Nipper Week through Sunday (August 6).

Each of the statues will be wearing a red collar and ID tag instructing people to take a selfie with a Nipper, then post it to the Facebook pages of both the Humane Society and the Downtown BID. Participants can then visit Nipper’s Nook, the new retail store at the Humane Society in Menands, show their posts, and receive an adorable Nipper dog toy through Sunday.

GO HERE for a map showing locations of all the statues in downtown Albany…

Also in conjunction with Nipper Week, the Humane Society is offering a microchip session from 4-6pm on Wednesday (August 2) in front of McGeary’s Pub, across the street from the Palace Theatre. Microchipping will be performed by MHHS veterinary staff in a mobile clinic. The cost is $20 per pet. Cats and dogs are welcome. Cats must be in carriers and dogs on leashes.

Things We Like: Typewriter Assemblages

June 23rd, 2017, 10:00 am by Greg

We love typewriters. And we love them even more after sculptor Jeremy Mayer gets his hands on them, deconstructs them and creates something else out of them…

And don’t forget about the typewriter festival, QWERTY: The Festival of Type & the Letter Arts at the Greenville Drive-In this weekend. GO HERE for more info and the complete festival schedule…

Parade o’ Shoes: Anna Vasof

March 28th, 2017, 3:00 pm by Greg

A literal parade of more than two dozen pairs of the most utterly unique shoes that you can imagine… from media artist-architect-inventor Anna Vasof

Parade o’ Shoes: M.R. Poulopoulos

January 12th, 2017, 2:00 pm by Greg
M.R. Poulopouos @ Mabbee Barm, 5-29-16 (photo by Tom Lindsay)

M.R. Poulopoulos @ Mabee Barn, 5/22/16

Photograph by Tom Lindsay

M.R. Poulopoulos, Mabee Farm, Rotterdam Junction, 5/22/16

M.R. Poulopoulos will be playing at Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs at 7pm on Sunday (January 15), sharing the stage with Adam Brockway (of Eastbound Jesus) and Zack Hay (of the North & South Dakotas) for a night of “Americana Songwriters in the Round.” Tickets are $16 in advance; $18 at the door.

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