ArtBeat: What To See

September 29th, 2016, 11:00 am by Sara


Inside Breathing Lights @ The Arts Center of the Capital Region

Inside Breathing Lights @ The Arts Center of the Capital Region

Inside Breathing Lights @ The Arts Center of the Capital Region, Troy. This October and November, Breathing Lights will illuminate the windows of hundreds of vacant buildings in Albany, Schenectady and Troy. Warm light will fill each window with a diffuse glow that mimics the gentle rhythm of human breathing. Concentrated in neighborhoods with high levels of vacancy, Breathing Lights will transform abandoned structures from pockets of shadows into places of warmth. This exhibition offers a behind the scenes look at the technology and concepts behind the lighting effect, how the project was sited and documented, and how it connects with neighborhoods across the region. Public reception: Friday, September 30, 5-9pm at Troy Night Out. (Through October 16)

The Poetics of Forgiveness @ Henry Hudson Riverfront Park

The Poetics of Forgiveness @ Henry Hudson Riverfront Park

The Poetics of Forgiveness @ Henry Hudson Riverfront Park, Hudson. A sunset performance featuring prose and poetry created in community workshops with American novelist Nicole Mary Kelby; Irish sculptor Alan Milligan and Hudson Sloop Club’s translucent currach boats illuminated from within; and a sonic sound sculpture performed by local artists under the auspices of composer Ken Field. In the event of inclement weather, the event will take place at the Hudson Opera House. Saturday, October 1, 7pm.

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Taste of Country Music Fest Announces Headliners

September 29th, 2016, 9:30 am by Greg

The Taste of Country Music Festival is returning to Hunter Mountain for three days next year, Friday-Sunday, June 9-11. And although the fest is still more than 250 days away, organizers have already announced two of the headliners – Jason Aldean and Sam Hunt.

And, yes, three-day, all-fest tickets are now on sale for $150…

9/29/16: Today’s Top Tips: Thursday

September 29th, 2016, 7:00 am by Greg

MUSIC: Lyle Lovett & Robert Earl Keen @ Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy. The two terrific Texas tunesmiths have been friends for 40 years, so expect plenty of juicy stories to go along with the songs. 7:30pm. $29, $59, $69 & $79.

MUSIC: Donna the Buffalo @ Cohoes Music Hall, Cohoes. The band has roots in old-time fiddle music that evolved into a soulful electric American mix infused with elements of Cajun/zydeco, rock, folk, reggae and country. With the Nellies. 8pm. $30.

MUSIC: Richie Furay @ The Egg, Albany. A major voice in the country-rock movement, Furay was a member of Buffalo Springfield, Poco and, of course, the Souther-Hillman-Furay Band. 7:30pm. $36.

MUSIC: Blake Shelton @ the Times Union Center, Albany. The country music hitmaker and coach on NBC-TV’s “The Voice,” ambles into town in support of his latest album, If I’m Honest. With RaeLynn. 7:30pm. $39.75, $69.75 & $89.75.

MUSIC: R. Kelly @ the Palace Theatre, Albany. The three-time Grammy Award-winning R&B singer brings The Buffet Tour to town. 8pm. $68 & $98.

DANCE: “One can make out the surface only by placing any dark-colored object on the ground” @ EMPAC at RPI, Troy. London-based artist Hannah Rickards applies the arctic navigational technique to the choreography of two performers and a flying camera. 7 & 8pm. $12; $10 seniors.

MUSIC: A Story in Static @ the Low Beat, Albany. 7:30pm.

THEATER: “The Bakelite Masterpiece” @ the Unicorn Theatre, Stockbridge. The American premiere. It’s the end of World War II, and Holland is in chaos. The artist Van Meegeren is arrested. His crime? Selling a long-lost painting by the Dutch master Johannes Vermeer to the Nazi leader, Hermann Goering. 7pm. Through Sunday, October 23.

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LIVE: Buscabulla @ Skidmore College’s Tang Museum, 9/16/16

September 28th, 2016, 4:00 pm by Greg


Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

The Tang Museum at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs hosted a free back-to-school concert earlier this month featuring the New York City-based Buscabulla, the Spanish language experimental pop project led by Raquel Berrios and Luis del Valle. Milwaukee-based rapper Milo opened the concert.

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LIVE: Chronogram Block Party @ Kingston, 8/20/16

September 28th, 2016, 3:00 pm by Greg
Big Mean Sound Machine

Big Mean Sound Machine

Photographs by Timothy Reidy

The Hudson Valley arts & lifestyle magazine Chronogram threw its fourth annual, free Block Party on Wall Street in Kingston last month, featuring food trucks, dunking booth, beer & wine garden and, of course, lots of live music.

This year’s line-up of bands included the Big Mean Sound Machine, And the Kids, Mad Satta, Kyle & the Pity Party, Karma Darwin and POOK for a full day of rockin’ the block.

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FEST: Huichica East in Pine Plains This Weekend

September 28th, 2016, 2:00 pm by Greg

Huichica East is the inaugural Hudson Valley incarnation of the Sonoma, California music, food and wine micro-fest. The two-day gathering is set at the expansive Chaseholm Farm in Pine Plains.

Single day tickets are $50; two-day tickets are $90. Children under age 12 are admitted free. Camping is also available.

Here’s the schedule of bands:

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ArtBeat: “The World Through His Lens” @ MWPAI [Get Visual]

September 28th, 2016, 1:00 pm by Sara
Steve McCurry - Holi Man. Rajasthan, India 1996, color photograph

Steve McCurry – Holi Man. Rajasthan, India 1996, color photograph

By David Brickman

My friend and fellow photographer Ben met me recently at the Munson Williams Proctor Arts Institute in Utica to see the Steve McCurry exhibition there and to talk shop.

It was well worth the trip. McCurry is a supremely talented photographer who creates beautiful and compelling color images, often choosing them for their storytelling qualities. The show, titled “The World Through His Lens” and comprising 60 pictures from three decades, will hang through Saturday, December 31. I urge you to find time to go see it, especially if you are interested in this sort of thing, but also if you are a human being, as this work speaks directly to the human condition that we all share.

I’d like to add a suggestion that you go by Sunday (October 2) to see a joyful installation by Hartwick College painter and fused-glass artist Terry Slade, titled Dreams and Apparitions, as Slade’s work is always good fun, and this is one of his most ambitious efforts yet. A large-scale piece hanging in the museum’s interior sculpture court is “intended to evoke contemplation of our place as humans in the universe,” making it a fine companion piece to the McCurry show that hangs nearby.

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COMIN’ SOON: New Concert Announcements

September 28th, 2016, 12:00 pm by Greg

By Greg Haymes

Ted Leo – leader of the Pharmacists and one-half of the Both (along with Aimee Mann) – is headed into the Low Beat in Albany on Sunday, November 20. Ian Sweet opens the show at 7pm. Advance tickets are on sale now, priced at $13.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Comedian Brian Regan has slated a return to Albany’s Palace Theatre. Tickets go on sale at 10am on Friday (September 30).

Legendary jazz-rock fusion pioneers Brand X – featuring John Goodsall (guitar), Percy Jones (bass) and Kenwood Dennard (drums) along with new recruits Chris Clark (keys) and Scott Weinberger (percussion) – have reunited and will perform material from their first three albums at the Bearsville Theater in Woodstock at 8pm on Saturday, October 29. Tickets are $20, $29 & $39 in advance; $5 more at the door. Meanwhile, the Security Project – the Peter Gabriel tribute band led by drummer Jerry Marotta and guitarist Trey Gunn – returns to Bearsville at 8pm on Sunday, October 30 with a new singer fronting the band – former Albany resident Happy Rhodes. Tickets are $20, $25 & $35 in advance; $5 more at the door. Other new shows at the Woodstock theater include the 14-piece Orquesta Victoria at 9pm on Saturday, November 5 ($20 in advance; $25 at the door); the double-bill of Dopapod and Pigeons Playing Ping Pong at 9pm on Saturday, November 19 ($18 in advance; $20 at the door); the Catskills’ own Felice Brothers at 9pm on Friday, November 25 ($25 in advance; $30 at the door); and jam-grass favorites Cabinet at 8:30pm on Thursday, December 1 ($15 in advance; $18 at the door).

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: The Palace Theatre added a second show for “Impractical Jokers” live. The originally announced show is at 6:30pm on Friday, December 16. The newly announced show – which goes on sale at 10am on Friday (September 30) – is the same night at 9:30pm.

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