These Are Not Easy Times For Arts Organizations

June 22nd, 2009, 10:30 am by Sara

As a result of anticipated funding cuts, The Greene County Council on the Arts is seriously considering closing its Mountaintop Gallery in Windham, or alternatively switching to a volunteer run gallery. Here’s what you can do to help:

  • Let us know if you are interested in participating in the exhibitions programs at the Mountaintop Gallery. Ideally, this would involve creating and installing shows; staffing and maintaining the gallery; managing sales; and creating and sending promotional materials.
  • Let us know if you are interested in running a co-op and/or sales gallery at the Mountaintop Gallery.
  • Let us know if you have any other ideas which would serve to keep the gallery open.
  • Or, let us know if you think we should close the Mountaintop Gallery.

You can reach them at or call or call 518-943-3400


Jingle Jangle

June 22nd, 2009, 9:55 am by Sara

Posting and communications will be sporadic today, since we (that would be Greg, me, two dogs and a very annoyed cat) are going to be nomads for most of the afternoon as we wait for Nippertown Central to be fumigated for a startlingly large infestation of carpenter ants.

Because I have been singing this jingle to myself all weekend and feel an overwhelming need to share, I present to you the Catseye Pest Control song:

Catchy little number, eh? Definitely earworm material, and the only way to get rid of an earworm is to replace it with something else. So here ya go – my favorite commercial jingle (seriously, it’s a pop masterpiece):

Daisy Daisy sour cream
fresh and tasty naturally
a dip for your and a dollop for me
Daisy just goes with family
so do a dollop, do do a dollop of Daisy…
things taste better with a dollop of Daisy
so do a dollop, do do a dollop of Daisy…

Okay, perhaps I have a higher tolerance for silly pop songs than most but Greg and I have joked for years about the band we’re going to start that will only perform covers of commercial jingles for local businesses. Some of our favorites are:

Waterslide World (I really like the way you….what? I can never make out that last word.)

Window World (sounds like Pat Benatar passionately claiming “Simply the best for less..”)

Aird Dorrance (earnestly proclaiming “when it’s worth doing right”)

What’s your favorite local commercial jingle?

I’ll be off to Tipperary in the mor…

June 17th, 2009, 10:26 am by Sara

Am I the only one who notices these things? Three odd local commercials:

Tipperary Trading in Brunswick manages to cut off the last syllable of a fine and famous Irish song that leaves me hanging a half-step above musical resolution and shouting “NING! NING! IN THE MORNING!” at the television.

“Dick Wood for Quick Response here…I don’t need a script to tell you how professional they are…” and then he throws away the script and keeps walking down the street. Dude, you just littered in front of thousands of viewers.

And am I the only one who finds Price Chopper’s Triangle Man completely creepy? He’s got that unwavering grin on his face. He’s only got four fingers. but the thing that squicks me out the most is the way his gloves are rolled up at his wrists. It’s all a little too Mickey Mouse for me, and Mickey Mouse belongs in cartoons, not in live action. If I were a kid, this would give me nightmares.

Although on second thought this is pretty creepy, too.

Although on second thought this cartoon is pretty creepy, too.

The Mohawk Hudson Regional unveiled

June 4th, 2009, 3:50 pm by Greg

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

Bogie’s is back?!?

June 3rd, 2009, 10:24 am by Greg


297 Ontario St., Albany.

The site of way too many nights of great music – certainly more than I can possibly remember.

Bogie’s was there before Blotto recorded our first vinyl, and it was still there so many years later when Blotto released our first CD.

Now, after a loooooooooong hiatus, Bogies (the apostrophe is apparently optional) is back again . Yes, with the fine folks of Black & Blue Productions at the helm, Bogies celebrates its official grand re-opening with a crank-it-up-to-11 bash on Friday, June 5.

Sleaze-rock kingpins the Erotics headline the festivities with plenty of sonic support from the likes of Horror Business, Hijinx, Society High and Pistol Shot Gypsy. It all gets underway at 8pm, and admission is $10.

I still vividly recall the Units at Bogie’s funking up a version of “Ease on Down the Road” from “The Wiz” during the Labor Day weekend of 1979.

And Albie from the Black Fuel has a whole mess o’ fond memories of the old Bogie’s.

What are your fave Bogie’s shows of ye olden days?

Be Here Now: It’s “Winter” @ Proctors

May 10th, 2009, 3:50 pm by Greg

Look, there’s the Scotia Police Department.
Isn’t that Mike’s First Prize?
Hey, that’s the grand staircase at Schenectady City Hall, isn’t it?

Nippertown locals may not be fooled into thinking all of these local landmarks are actually located in Madison, Wisconsin, but that’s what the filmmakers of “Winter of Frozen Dreams” are hoping.

Starring Thora Birch and Keith Carradine, the movie was filmed around town during the winter of 2007, and lots of Nippertown residents signed on as extras for the shooting. The film was directed by Eric Mandelbaum.

Based on the true story of University of Wisconsin college student-turned-prostitute Barbara Hoffman, who has remained in jail for nearly 30 years now, the film tells a sordid tale of murder, blackmail and lust.

Now “Winter of Frozen Dreams” is coming home to Schenectady with a one-day-only stand at Proctors on Thursday, May 14. Showtimes are 2:30, 4:45 and 7:15pm.

“Winter of Frozen Dreams”
Proctors, 432 State St., Schenectady
2:30, 4:45 and 7:15pm Thursday, May 14

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