Bleep-bleep, Buzzzzz, Blipp…

November 24th, 2009, 12:52 pm by Greg
Peter Edwards and Kate Swester at Casperland

Peter Edwards and Kate Swester at Casperland

Musician-inventor and co-mayor of Casper Land in Troy, Peter Edwards is spreading the word on circuit bending by teaching a two-day class at the Arts Center of the Capital Region on Saturday and Sunday, December 5-6.

“Making Music through Electronics Hacking and Circuit Bending” will teach you the experimental process of short-circuiting and re-wiring audio electronics for the purpose of discovering unintended, often bizarre functionalities. The process is fun and inventive, often leading to new forms of musical expression and interaction.

Each student will received a soldering iron and a set of basic circuit bending tools to keep, and during the class they will transform one item they bring with them into a unique musical instrument.

The class will take place over the course of a single weekend – 11am-5pm on Saturday, December 5 and 12noon-4pm on Sunday, December 6 – at the Arts Center of the Capital Region in Troy. Registration is $100 for non-ACCR members plus a $30 studio fee. Deadline for registration is Sunday, November 29. Call the Arts Center at 518.273.0552 for registration and additional information.


Odds & Ends @ the End of the Week

August 21st, 2009, 4:47 pm by Sara

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”…

Hanging Out at Troy Night Out, 7/31/09

August 4th, 2009, 4:10 pm by Sara

Troy Night Out is an arts walk that takes place the last Friday of every month from 5-9 pm, and it’s always hopping. Here’s some of the highlights of what we saw last Friday:

John Cooley’s “Window #1” at The Atrium:

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Hanging Out @ Troy Night Out

June 29th, 2009, 1:30 pm by Sara

The monthly Troy Night Out continues to set the bar high for Nippertown arts and music activities. As a reminder, Troy Night Out takes place on the last Friday of each month in downtown Troy. And the Troy arts community continues to grow and strengthen. This month, two new venues – the Artcentric Gift Gallery and Casper Land Studio & Gallery – celebrated their grand openings.

Here are a few snaps from June’s jaunt:

Angela Kanaan @ the Broken Mold (photo by Matt Mac Haffie)

Angela Kanaan @ the Broken Mold (photo by Matt Mac Haffie)

Rob Skane @ the Beat Shop (photo by Matt Mac Haffie)

Rob Skane @ the Beat Shop (photo by Matt Mac Haffie)

03 Phoebe Henry @ Terra Nova (photo by Matt Mac Haffie)

Terra Nova (photo by Matt Mac Haffie)

Peter Edwards and Kate Swester at the newly opened Casperland at 469 Fulton Street

Kate Sweater and Peter Edwards in their new digs - Casper Land at 469 Fulton Street

Holly & EvanJim Gaudet and the Railroad BoysCaffe LenaCartoonist John CaldwellThe Cock'N'Bull RestaurantAdvertise on Nippertown!Ramblin Jug StompersCapital District Habitat For Humanity