Hanging Out @ Art Night Schenectady, 1/15/10

January 20th, 2010, 4:07 pm by Sara

Catherine Wagner Minnery @ The Working Gallery/Studio

The third Friday of every month is Art Night Schenectady. Here are just a few of the highlights from our visit last week.

We started at the jewel in Schenectady’s crown, Proctor’s Theatre, which was like a small city in itself with nine separate shows and exhibits. In the atrium, students from Tech Valley High unveiled a futuristic model of “The Solar System;” upstairs, Leevi Ernits exhibited “Off The Picture Plane,” a series of paintings created from mixed media on jute that cracked apart in unpredictable ways; and over another stairwell hung an intricate chandelier made out of chenille stems (better known as pipe cleaners) by Ginger Ertz.

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Art Attack!!!

December 8th, 2009, 3:42 pm by Greg

DonRittnerLocal historian, activist, author and man-about-town Don Rittner is dreaming big.

Of course, Art Night Schenectady takes place around town on the third Friday of each month – just like Albany hosts First Friday (first Friday of each month) and Troy welcomes Troy Night Out (last Friday of each month).

But Rittner wants something bigger than that for the Electric City. Not just a couple dozen artists. Not even a couple hundred artists. No, Rittner wants to see an arts celebration that brings together 1,000 artists from all over the Capital Region. Artists of all stripes, too – poets to painters, sculptors to storytellers, dancers, weavers, musicians and actors.

He’s calling it Schenectady Art Attack, and he wants it to happen all around Schenectady on Saturday and Sunday, March 20 & 21.

Of course, he can’t do it himself. He needs artists. Lots of ’em, obviously. If you’re interested, let him know at drittner@aol.com

Odds & Ends @ the End of the Week

November 20th, 2009, 1:52 pm by Greg

In conjunction with tonight’s Art Night Schenectady arts walk, the lovely and charming Vermont singer-songwriter Amanda Rogers teams up with Mike of the Sketchy Indians for a performance at Signatures Wine Bar in the Proctors Arcade in Schenectady.

“The two of us started a side-project together called the Pleasants, and that record will be out by the end of the year,” proclaims Rogers. “We are very excited!” The Pleasants begin making their music at 6pm tonight (Friday, November 20) and you can expect to hear selections from their upcoming debut album, as well as Rogers’ latest album “Heartwood,” her upcoming album “Hope from the Forgotten Woods” and the Sketchy Indians album as well. Admission is free.

CathysWaffleStoreRelief from the catastrophic Eggo Waffle shortage! Make your own waffles? What a great idea! Perhaps it’s time for Cathy Frank to revive Cathy’s Waffle Store and come to the rescue…

The annual Rock for Tots bash takes place on Saturday (November 21) at Costanzo’s Riverside Restaurant in Waterford.

It’s actually two events.

First up is the Children’s Christmas party and lunch from 12noon-2pm. Children’s admission is one new unwrapped toy.

Then the adult rockin’ begins at 3pm. In the lounge, you can hear Winchester & Young (3pm) and the UPG (6pm). On the main stage, you can check out Acoustic Trauma (3pm), Tetonka (4:30pm), the All Paul Show (6pm), Ohms Law (8pm), 28N (9:15pm) and Wylder (10:30pm). The admission charge – just $10 plus one new unwrapped toy – also includes a four-hour buffett and draft beverages.

Ok, what phase of the moon IS it? Unless you’re dead, you’ve heard that the new film Twilight: New Moon opened last night at midnight.

But did you know that folk diva Rosanne Raneri (who is also a professor of Theatre Arts at HVCC) is directing Moonchildren, a comedy with bite about a group of college seniors in the mid 60’s on the threshold of the “real world:” It runs through Sunday at the Maureen Stapleton Theatre, Campus Center, HVCC. General Admission $5/Free with valid HVCC student ID

Aaaand on Saturday afternoon, you can see a 3-hour matinee musical marathon of Lady Moon and friends live @ Jason’s Upstairs Bar.

Coincidence? Oh, we don’t think so.

Bjork celebrates her 44th birthday on Saturday (November 21) and so do we!

Also celebrating birthdays this weekend: Richard Genest of Schenectady’s Moon & River Cafe, Kevin Bartlett, Adam Clairmont of WAMC-FM and Sarah Pedinotti of Railbird. Here’s to you!


Real Good for Free: Rock-It in Schenectady

June 30th, 2009, 8:48 am by Greg

For the fifth summer, the free Rock-It concert series will take place in downtown Schenectady. This year’s shows – just three of ’em – will take place underneath the Proctors marquee at 432 State St., Schenectady.

The monthly concerts will take place at 5pm on Fridays to coincide with Art Night Schenectady on the third Friday of the month.

Here’s the line-up:

July 17: The Foy Brothers Band

August 21: The Alan Payette Band

September 18: Cryin’ Out Loud

Real Good for Free: Bethlehem Public Library (Wednesdays)
Real Good for Free: East Greenbush Comm. Library (Wednesdays)
Real Good for Free: Stony Creek Town Park (Tuesdays)
Real Good For Free: RiverLink Park, Amsterdam (Saturdays)
Real Good For Free: Halfmoon (Wednesdays)
Real Good for Free: Sand Lake Summer Fest (Fri-Sun, July 10-12)
Real Good For Free: Chestertown (Thursdays)
Real Good for Free: Bolton Landing (Tuesdays)
Real Good for Free: Greenport Park, Hudson (Fridays)
Real Good for Free: The Sounds of Salem (Saturday mornings)
Real Good For Free: AHMF @ Lake George (Wednesdays)
Real Good for Free: Latin Fest @ Washington Park (Sat. Aug. 29)
Real Good for Free: The Clark @ Williamstown (Tuedays)
Real Good For Free: Skidmore Jazz (Various days)
Real Good For Free: Schenectady Central Park (Sunday afternoons)
Real Good For Free: Clifton Park (Sundays)
Real Good for Free: Albany Public Library (Third Fridays)
Real Good for Free: At The Plaza, Albany (Wednesdays)
Real Good for Free: Skidmore’s Tang Museum (Fridays)
Real Good For Free: Rockin’ on the River, Troy (Wednesdays)
Real Good For Free: Pearl Street Live (Thursdays)
Real Good For Free: Freedom Park, Scotia (Various days)
Real Good For Free: Jazz on Jay (Thursdays at noon)
Real Good For Free: Cook Park, Colonie (Tuesdays)
Real Good For Free: Lake George (Wednesdays)
Real Good For Free: Schodack (Tuesdays)
Real Good For Free: Canajoharie (Tuesdays)
Real Good For Free: Guilderland (Thursdays)
Real Good For Free: Alive @ 5 (Thursdays)
Real Good For Free: Powers Park (Saturdays)

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