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Odds & Ends @ the End of the Week

Friday, August 21st, 2009

UP AGAINST THE WALL…: Under the direction of choreographer Amelia Rudolph, the members of the anti-gravity dance company Bandaloop turn the exterior walls of MASS MoCA into their daring vertical stage for performances at 3 & 5pm today through Sunday, August 23.


Bryan Heggie: Googly Eyes # 2

Bryan Heggie: Googly Eyes # 2

Don’t forget, if you’re in North Adams, about the DownStreetArt Initiative — take a quick (or extended) spin through downtown North Adams and see some world class art. We’ll have a more in-depth look next week, but this is the last week to see Bryan Heggie as the featured artist at Avalon Seafood Gallery.


Casperland is looking for 8-bit/chiptune musicians to perform at their gallery space at Troy Night Out next Friday, although they may have found someone by now. You can contact them through their website.


EMPAC at RPI in Troy just released their Fall 2009 schedule.


KIDZAPALOOZA: If the kids are driving you crazy as the summer begins to wind down, there’s a wealth of great children’s entertainment to keep them occupied on Sunday, August 23. Uncle Rock and the Playthings team up with Paul Green’s School of Rock All-Stars for Kidstock, a free show at 1pm Sunday at the Belleayre Music Festival in Highmount. It’s a benefit for Snuffy’s Food Pantry Program, so bring along a pet food donation, please.)

At 3pm, children’s music faves Terri Roben and Andy “The Music Man” Morse team up with some surprise special guests to perform the music of kids’ music fave Paul Strausman at Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs. Strausman died suddenly in December, and the kids’ show is a benefit for his own children.

And then you can wrap up your Hudson Valley-trotting day at 7pm Sunday with a stop at the Central Park Music Haven in Schenectady, where the summer concert series wraps up with a free performance by Ruth “Miss Music Mobile” Pelham, and her pals, Ramblin Jug Stompers.


An entry from last year's contest (photo by Nancy S. Donskoj)

An entry from last year's contest (photo by Nancy S. Donskoj)

IT’S ALL DOWNHILL FROM HERE: Sometime about 1pm on Sunday, August 23, the wheels will get rollin’ for the 15th annual Artists Soapbox Derby, “speeding” down Broadway in Kingston towards Rondout Creek. Last year, there were 42 “cars” entered in the derby, and they were cheered on by more than 8,000 art-car enthusiasts. This year’s event promises to be even bigger and better. But not necessarily faster, because, you see, it’s not really a race – entries are not judged on speed, but rather on creativity and engineering. But there’s more than $2,000 in cash prizes, so roll on…


ON THE FRINGE: This is definitely the odd-ball billing of the week. The Woodstock Fringe Festival is presenting the second of three “Evenings of Music, Humor and Wisdom” at the Byrdcliffe Theatre in Woodstock on Sunday. Joe Raiola, a favorite with Fringe audiences for his critically acclaimed one-main show “Almost Obscene,” will serve as host of an entertaining and provocative evening that features pop-rocker Marshall Crenshaw (who recently released another new nugget-filled album, “Jaggedland” on the 429 Records label), comedian Denny Dillon (a “Saturday Night Live” alum) and Stephan Rechtschaffer (co-founder of the Omega Institute). No word yet on whether they plan to end the evening with a jam on “Louie, Louie”…

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An Evening With Degas: En Plein Air @ SPAC, 8/14/09

Monday, August 17th, 2009

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In conjunction with the Hyde Collection’s exhibition “Degas and Music” in Glens Falls, the Saratoga Performing Arts Center also explored the connections between music and art on Friday, August 14 with the Philadelphia Orchestra’s program “An Evening With Degas.”

Professional and amateur visual artists from throughout the Capital Region were invited to bring their easels and paintbrushes, set up on SPAC’s lawn and work on their art – in exchange for free admission for the artist and a guest.

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Odds and Ends @ the End of the Week

Friday, August 14th, 2009

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I love this sculpture created from vinyl photograph records: “Soundwave” by Jean Shin (thanks, Matt Loiacono)


The North Adams Artists’ Co-Op Gallery announces a JURIED CALL for “Elements”

Fine and applied artists in all media are invited to submit work for consideration in “Elements”, a juried exhibition at the NAACO Gallery. Submitted works may be literal interpretations of the topic, such as a representation of one or more of the four natural elements, objects that are elements of a whole, or perhaps the periodic table of elements. Non-traditional interpretations of the subject, such as an exploration of what is truly “elemental” to your work are also encouraged. Submissions will be juried from actual work and are due no later than Monday, August 24th. Entries may be delivered and picked up during gallery hours Exhibition will run from August 26 through September 20, with the opening reception held Thursday, August 27, 2009 from 6-9 PM held concurrently with all other “DownStreet Art Thursday” programming. NAACO Member Artists are exempt from entry fees. All nonmembers are required to pay an entry fee of $15 for up to two entries for consideration by the jury, and which may not exceed 24″ in any direction. Entry forms are downloadable from www.naacogallery.com. For further information, email naacogallery@gmail.com, or call during gallery hours Wednesday-Saturday, 11-6, Sunday 11-4, 413-664-4003.


Bob Irwin of My Fair Planet (photo by Tim Livingston)

Bob Irwin of My Fair Planet (photo by Tim Livingston)

Sundazed Music head honcho Bob Irwin is renowned for showcasing the music of others, but at 1pm on Saturday, his own band My Fair Planet performs at the Altamont Fair, which continues through Sunday.


Saratoga Performing Arts Center is asking area artists to show off their artistic skills beginning at 6pm on Saturday, August 15 as part of The Philadelphia Orchestra’s “An Evening with Degas” program. Participating artists who arrive with an easel and chair will receive free lawn admission to the Orchestra performance for themselves and a guest.

Artists wishing to participate in An Evening with Degas are asked to:

  • notify SPAC of their interest prior to the August 15 performance;
  • bring their own easel and chair;
  • set up on SPAC’s upper lawn at 6pm
  • continue painting or sketching until approximately 8pm

Those who wish to sign up for the event are asked to contact Veronica Mynders at SPAC at 518-584-9330×101 or intern@spac.org.


breakupYou can now check out the official video for “Relator,” the first single from Peter Yorn and Scarlett Johansson’s upcoming album Break Up, slated for release September 15, and it also includes a cover of Big Star’s “I Am The Cosmos.”


So did everyone else but us already know this? Massachusetts governor Deval Patrick is the son of Sun Ra Arkestra saxophonist Laurdine “Pat” Patrick.


Hanging Out In North Adams, July 25, 2009

Tuesday, July 28th, 2009

Not only home to MASS MoCA, North Adams is also the location of a burgeoning arts scene, as witnessed by DownStreet Art, a summer-long cooperative initiative intended to revitalize the city by making it an arts destination in its own right. Now in its second year, it has grown to 27 exhibition spaces and includes some boffo, world-class art.

Check the DownstreetArt website for a map and the events calendar, which includes performance and new exhibitions opening on the last Thursday of each month – hey, the next one is this Thursday, July 30 – as well as open studios, concerts, art talks and a recurring farmer’s market.

Here’s a sampling of what we saw on a recent stroll through downtown:

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The Mohawk Hudson Regional unveiled

Thursday, June 4th, 2009

Abraham Ferraro, One Morning I Awoke with a Bright Idea, 2006

Abraham Ferraro, One Morning I Awoke with a Bright Idea, 2006


The 2009 Artists of the Mohawk-Hudson Region exhibition opens at UAlbany’s University Art Museum on Thursday, June 25 with an opening reception and awards ceremony from 5-8pm.

This year’s juror was Matthew Higgs – director and chief curator of NYC’s White Columns. From a total of 1242 submissions by 285 artists, Higgs’ final selection includes 81 works by 35 artists.

The exhibition will remain on view through Saturday, August 8.

The 2009 Artists of the Mohawk Hudson Region:

Bob Augstell, Loudonville
Justin Baker, Albany
Sharon Bates, Troy
David Bodhi Boylan, Woodstock
Laura Cannamela, Valatie
Monica d. Church, Poughkeepsie
Brian Cirmo, Albany
Marje Derrick, Troy
Amanda Facchiano, Troy
Raymond Felix, Troy
Abraham Ferraro, Rensselaer
Jim Flosdorf, Troy
Richard Garrison, Delmar
Taylor Gillis, Clifton Park
Kyle D. Greene, Albany
Jared Handelsman, Catskill
Stephen Honicki, Menands
Jennifer Hunold, Albany
Peter Iannarelli, Beacon
J.C. Jogerst, Colonie
Kelly Jones, Castleton
John Knecht, Hubbardsville
Gail Kort, Niskayuna
Matt LaFleur, Sand Lake
Harold Lohner, Albany
Melinda McDaniel, Troy
Joan C. McKeon, Hannacroix
Wayne Montecalvo, Kingston
Tom Nicol, Mellenville
Mark Olshansky, Great Barrington, MA
Lori Lupe Pelish, Niskayuna
Dorene Quinn, Utica
Barbara Todd, Troy
Georgia Wohnsen, Dolgeville
Gregor Wynnyczuk, Albany

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