LIVE: Cleveland Confidential Book Tour @ the MarketPlace Gallery, 4/6/11

April 12th, 2011, 1:00 pm by Greg
Cleveland Confidential: (from left) Mike Hudson, Cheetah Chrome and Bob Pfeifer

(from left) Mike Hudson, Cheetah Chrome and Bob Pfeifer

There must have been something in the water in Cleveland back in the ’70s, spawning such an unlikely midwestern punk stronghold.

Three Cleveland punk alum rolled into the MarketPlace Gallery in Albany on Wednesday evening. But times have changed. They weren’t there to rock, despite the drum kit and amplifiers that were all set up behind them. Instead, they were there to read.

Cheetah Chrome (of the Dead Boys), Mike Hudson (of the Pagans) and Bob Pfeifer (of Human Switchboard) were on tour in support of their latest books, and they drew a modest crowd for the free reading. In typical rock ‘n’ roll fashion, things got off to a late start. Scheduled to begin at 7pm, nobody even started setting up the PA system ’til 7:45. And in typical punk fashion, the readings seemed almost as short as the blitzkreig two-minute songs that the bands used to spit out.

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Encore for Heavy

July 27th, 2010, 11:04 am by Greg
Heavy @ St. Joseph's Church, Albany

(photo by Sebastien B.)

Yes, Heavy has been extended, and the multimedia fest of visual art, music, dance and – hey! – maybe even a puppet or two will open the doors of Saint Joseph’s Church in Albany again this weekend.

The fest originally took place over the course of three days last weekend, but the Marketplace Gallery’s Samson Contompasis, the fest’s organizer, was so happy with the success of the event that he has extended the run – and promised some new artworks and music, too.

Related story: Read our review of Heavy with photos by Sebastien B.

Heavy will take place from 5-11pm on Friday, and from 2-11pm on Saturday.

As it was last weekend, admission is just $5, which will go directly to the funding the restoration of the church.

ArtBeat: Heavy @ St. Joseph’s Church, 7/23-25/10

July 26th, 2010, 2:01 pm by Greg

Heavy @ St. Joseph's Church, Albany

Heavy, indeed.

And delightfully diverse. And swimmingly surreal.

Heavy – the multimedia art fest organized by Samson Contompasis of the Marketplace Gallery for the benefit of the restoration of St. Joseph’s Church by the Historic Albany Foundation – looked to be a rousing success on Friday night, the first day of the three-day extravaganza.

People were there. The media was there. Artists and art lovers were there. And Contompasis was there, strolling through the festivities with a big grin on his face, looking like a proud papa.

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