ArtBeat: “Deep Quiet” @ Grand Street Community Arts on Saturday & Sunday

January 31st, 2014, 1:00 pm by Greg
Sean Desiree and Deb Cavanaugh

Sean Desiree and Deb Cavanaugh

It’s not all about pigskin and Punxsutawney Phil…

Yes, on one of the loudest, noisiest weekends of the year – at least for football fans – the folks at Grand Street Community Arts in Albany are offering “Deep Quiet,” an art exhibition with music. There will also be an art table for children, and appetizers and warm drinks will be served.

From 1-5pm on Saturday and Sunday (February 1&2), the two-day-only group exhibit “Deep Quiet: An Art Exhibit to Celebrate Winter” will feature the artwork of a number of Local 518 painters, sculptors and photographers, including Timothy Reidy, Sara Pruiksma, Melissa Marcue, Nola Muscatello, Sandy Pratt, Sophia Passero, Allison Ferraro and Kurtis Miller.

In addition, indie rockers Mickinley will play at 1:30pm Saturday, followed by Hans Dirzuweits at 3pm.Sunday’s musical entertainment includes folksinger Deb Cavanaugh at 1:30pm and indie rocker Sean Desiree at 3pm.


LIVE: Discard Avant Garb @ Grand Street Community Arts, 9/10/11

September 16th, 2011, 11:00 am by Greg
Discard Avant Garb 2011 (photo by Ed Atkeson)

(photo by Ed Atkeson)

Once again, Discard Avant Garb’s charity fundraising Recycled Fashion Show outdid itself.

Each year, we walk out after the show thinking, “Well, they won’t be able to top that next year.” And every year, they do just that.

It’s Nippertown’s hippest and most fun annual art party – at least we hope it’s annual again after taking a year off in 2010. While the party at Grand Street Community Arts in Albany went on for about three and a half hours, the fashion show itself lasted only 50 minutes. But what a wild and wonderful 50 minutes they were.

With Chris Harvey’s hot-green bamboo installation and an array of Dennis Herbert’s surreal box assemblages serving as a backdrop, the never-demure Mary Panza once again served as Emcee from Hell, detailing the recycled ingredients of each outfit and often chastising the models as they strutted their stuff upon the runway.

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Be Here Now: Discard Avant Garb @ Grand Street Community Arts, 9/10/11

September 9th, 2011, 11:00 am by Greg
Val P. Funk models one of her designs in 2008's Discard Avant Garb

Val P. Funk models one of her designs in 2008's Discard Avant Garb (photo by Eileen Clynes)

The Discard Avant Garb took a year off last year, which only makes us more excited about their long-awaited return to the runway again on Saturday.

Why? Because it’s the art party of the year, that’s why.

Discard Avant Garb presents its 11th recycled fashion show at 6pm on Saturday (September 10) at Grand Street Community Arts in Albany.

So what is it? Well, DAG 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 head-to-toe ensembles from bottlecaps. Or weeds. Or umbrellas. Or stray socks. Or coffee filters.

As David Johansen says, it’s “funky but chic.”

Co-founders of DAG Roxanne Storms, Helen Martin, Val P. Funk and Molly Suwara keep things fresh and exciting, bringing in new artists each year to strut their stuff, alongside returning favorites. This year, more than 30 artist/designers will showcase their unique, one-of-a-kind wearable artworks. Three of them – Amy Orr, Katie Prey and Mischel Nivens – are being featured with spotlight slots in the show.

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The Swamp Baby Report (With New Sneak Preview Video)

August 23rd, 2011, 4:00 pm by Greg

After a considerable hiatus, Swamp Baby is back in the saddle once again. In fact, the band is playing twice this week.

On Thursday, Swamp Baby will share the stage with Andy Sink (of the Sifters) and Dan Johnson & His Expert Sidemen at Grand Street Community Arts in Albany for the first in a series of seasonal cocktail parties dubbed Grand Street Eats with lots of locally produced food, art and music. The event runs from 6-9pm, and admission is $20.

Then on Sunday, Swamp Baby steps into the spotlight once again, performing at the second annual Restoration Festival at St. Joseph’s Church in Albany at 2:40pm. Eric Krans of We Are Jeneric will be joining the band for their entire set on drums/percussion at Rest Fest.

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LIVE: RPM Puppet Conspiracy @ Grand Street Community Arts, 6/22/11

June 27th, 2011, 4:00 pm by Greg
RPM Puppet Conspiracy

RPM Puppet Conspiracy

It was a perfect evening of underground art at Grand Street Community Arts in Albany.

Bands (performance artists) Brief Bouts of SPIMES (Calamity Noise Implosions & Yeti Grunts) and Redefined Arguments (Ascended-Master gluon plasma rock: Big sound, small people) played short sets, then the RPM Puppet Conspiracy presented a fast-paced little sci-fi story, “The Standard Model.” Based in Chicago or Vermont (Angela was vague), RPMPC is David Bailey and Angela DiVeglia, and they’re winding up a six-week tour that covered half the U.S.

The play is a cleverly super-charged story of space creatures and lost eyeglasses, laser bombs, end of the universe, etc. I had fun. Great venue. Good attitude. Heck of a nice way to spend a Wednesday night.

Review and photograph by Ed Atkeson

Be Here Now: “The Conquest of Saturn” @ Grand Street Community Arts, 8/7/10

August 6th, 2010, 3:01 pm by Greg

Grand Street Community Arts in Albany is hosting “The Conquest of Saturn,” an all-day audio art festival beginning at 12noon on Saturday.

The festival is curated and organized by ((audience)), a NYC group dedicated to the advancement of the aural arts and exploring “the cinema as a 21st century concert hall.”

From 12noon to 6pm Saturday, a program of 5.1 surround sound audio artworks – presented as “cinema in the dark” – will be “screened” in the GSCA Gallery. The program (with a running time of 110 minutes) will be repeated three times throughout the afternoon. The immersive experience in cinematic audio will feature works by Jamie Allen, Bryan Jacobs, the Loud Objects, Simona Brinkmann, Uli Schuster, Natasha Barrett, Emmanuel Madan & Anna Friz and Cedric Maridet. Admission is free, and listeners are free to wander in and out of the gallery during the event.

Then from 7pm until late night, ((audience)) will present a concert of improvisational electro-acoustic music featuring Ed Bear & Lea Bertucci (bass clarinet, baritone saxophone, electronics), Michael Peters (vocalizations, electronics, grate, light, spring, cymbal, images) and Tianna Kennedy & Friends (cello, electronics, more), in collaboration with surprise guests. Admission to the evening performance is $10.

The evening concert will be recorded for later broadcast on free103point9 / WGXC, which is co-sponsor of “The Conquest of Saturn.”

Hanging Out at First Friday, 8/7/09

August 10th, 2009, 4:16 pm by Sara

The first Friday of every month is Albany’s famed First Friday arts walk, with exhibits and events along Lark Street, Central Avenue, Delaware Avenue and downtown. Here’s what caught our eye on our latest jaunt:


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