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October 19th, 2009, 12:38 pm by Greg
Sierra Leone Refugee All Stars
Sunday night was a great night for the mansion neighborhood and for the state of New York, as folks from Albany and New York City came for the Sierra Leone Refugee All Stars. For a two day notice, this show was well attended.
This show had everybody dancing, including all three performers. In addition to the headliners, Marafanyi: Drum, Dance and Song and Taina Asili also performed, and each set had a portion of their show devoted to someone from the group dancing. The first two acts were drum-related acts that properly got the audience ready for the power of the Sierra Leone Refugee All Stars.
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October 14th, 2009, 10:10 am by Greg
Lillian Mulero: Where's My Man
OK, we freely admit that we don’t know much about fashion, but we sure do love Discard Avant Garb‘s annual recycled fashion show. Since the first bash back at the late great QE2, the event has been as much about imagination as any art exhibition around town, and let’s face it, these folks know how to throw a party, too.
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Discard Avant Garb presents its 10th anniversary recycled fashion show on Saturday, October 17 at a new location – the Grand Street Community Arts Center in Albany.
Discard Avant Garb invites artists to create costumes using recycled and/or non-traditional materials. The pieces are then presented in a fashion show format. In recent years, artist/designers have handcrafted entire ensembles from bottlecaps. Or weeds. Or stray socks. Or coffee filters.
All proceeds from the Recycled Fashion Show event go to charity. Last year’s event at the Capital Repertory Theatre raised approximately $6,500 for worthy causes: Albany Center Gallery and the Chris Ryan Scholarship Fund at Albany High School. This year, proceeds will also be distributed to two more recipients: The Tom Nattell Peace Poetry Prize Fund and the Grand Street Community Arts Center.
Among the more than 30 Nippertown artist/designers who are creating unique, one-of-a-kind fashions for the 10th anniversary bash are Roxanne Storms, Helen Martin, Val P. Funk, Lillian Mulero, A.C. Everson, Alex Albino, Jimmy Cassaro, MotherJudge, Colleen Fraser Skiff, Joleen M. Button, Roberta Lawrence, Hadiya Wilborn, Oakley Hall III, Stephanie Martin and Ericka Klein.
As always, the evening’s festivities will be emceed by the ever-acerbic Mary Panza. In addition to the runway fashion show, the event will also feature installation art by Sara E. Worden, Chris Harvey, Julianne Hunter and Jan Galligan & Robert Durlack. Festivities also include a silent auction, music by DJ Nate and a cash bar throughout the night.
The doors open at 6pm Saturday, and the fashion show gets underway at 7:30pm. Tickets are $20 and are available in advance at Albany Center Gallery, Tess’ Lark Tavern and the Ultraviolet Café.