Video, Light, Sound & Art @ ACCR, Make Your Own!!

September 24th, 2009, 10:31 am by Sara

Aaaaand, speaking of video, light, sound and art at ACCR, they’ve just published their fall-winter class catalog and it’s a doozy. Drawing, dance, cooking, pottery, woodworking, yoga, stained glass, Jewelry-making, writing… you name it, it’s probably there. There are classes for children and teens, beginners and advanced.

Here are three classes that caught our eye:

  • Making Music through Electronics Hacking and Circuit Bending
    Saturday and Sunday, 11/21/2009 – 11/22/2009, 12:30 – 4:00 p.m. (2 classes)
    Members: $90 | Non-Members: $100 | Studio Fee: $30

    Saturday and Sunday, 1/16/2009 – 1/17/2009, 12:30 – 4:00 p.m. (2 classes)
    Members: $90 | Non-Members: $100 | Studio Fee: $30
    Instructor: Peter Edwards

    Circuit bending is 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 and often leads to new forms of musical expression
    and interaction. Instructor Peter Edwards will cover the basics of bending and
    help participants through the design and modii cation process. Each student will
    received a soldering iron and a set of basic circuit bending tools to keep, and will
    transform one item they bring with them into a unique musical instruments. This
    class is beginner friendly but previous experience with electronics and simple hand
    tool use is helpful.

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Fall shows @ Sanctuary for Independent Media

September 15th, 2009, 9:45 am by Greg

We reported last week about the inaugural event of the Sanctuary for Independent Media‘s fall season, and now here’s the rest of the event schedule:

Saturday, September 26, 7pm: Screening of “Where Are You Go” plus live music by Restys, My Survival Kit and Charlie Don’t Surf

Friday, October 2, 7pm: Screening of “The Baader Meinhof Complex”

Tuesday, October 6, 7pm: Screening of “The Yes Men Fix The World” with filmmaker Mike Bonanno

Saturday, October 17, 8pm: Screening of “Workers’ Republic” with filmmaker Andrew Freund

Thursday, October 22, 7pm: Screening of “Orgasmic Birth” with panel discussion

Friday, October 30, 7pm: Special event “Front Lines: Words of Choice,” a reading from the acclaimed new book “Front Lines: Book of Plays,” a discussion with editor Alexis Greene, as well as a creativity workshop based on reproductive rights issues led by “Words of Choice” creator Cindy Cooper

Saturday, November 7, 2pm (screenings), 6pm (potluck dinner), 9pm (music): Indymedia 10th Anniversary Film Festival, plus concert by Iranian-American singer-songwriter Haale

Wednesday, November 11, 7pm: Gallery opening “Evidence and Fantasy: Militarism in American Life” by photographer Nina Berman with a Veterans Day Poetry Reading featuring David Smith-Ferri and members of Albany Veterans for Peace

Saturday, November 14, 8pm: Three-time Nobel Peace Prize nominee Kathy Kelly leads “Community Response to the Casualties of War.”

Friday, November 20, 7pm: “The River Runs Both Ways: Reconsidering Dutch Exploration,” featuring a screening of Vincent Monnikendam’s award-winning “Mother Dao the Turtlelike,” followed by discussion

Saturday, December 5, 8pm: Screening of “Captured” with filmmaker Dan Levin

Saturday, December 12, 8pm: “Live From Lock One” featuring performances by some of the Capital Region’s top gospel music talents, hosted by the Heavenly Echoes Gospel Singers

Real Good for Free: The LarkFest schedule

September 14th, 2009, 9:49 am by Greg

It’s time for LarkFest once again, the biggest free annual outdoor festival in all of Nippertown. The bash takes place on Saturday, September 19, and it stretches on Lark Street from Madison Avenue to Washington Avenue and then around the bend to Townsend Park at the corner of Washington and Henry Johnson Blvd.

Five stages.
More than two dozen acts.
AND it’s all free.

Here’s the schedule of performances:

MAIN STAGE @ MADISON (Lark & Madison)
12noon: Lark Idol: Victoria Lamas
12:20pm: The Burnham Brothers
1:15pm: Ten Year Vamp
2:30pm: Company of Thieves
4pm: Matt & Kim

MAIN STAGE @ WASHINGTON (Lark & Washington)
12:15pm: Queer for Astroboy
1:30pm: Lunic
2:45pm: Bell X1
4:15pm: Moby

TOWNSEND PARK STAGE (Washington & Henry Johnson)
11am: Barons in the Attic
11:45am: Matthew Loiacono
12:30pm: We Are Jeneric
1:15pm: Scientific Maps
2:15pm: Beware! the Other Head of Science
3:15pm: Sgt. Dunbar & the Hobo Banned

HOMETOWN STAGE (Lark & Chestnut)
12noon: Albany Poets
12:20pm: Discard Avant Garb
1:15pm: Joe Stories
1:45pm: Ashley Pond Band
2:30pm: MotherJudge w/ Jim Gaudet, Bob Buckley & Mitch Elrod
3:15pm: The Ameros
4pm: Rick Whispers
4:45pm: Marcus Ruggiero

FAMILY STAGE (Lark & Hudson)
12noon: Mike McCrea
12:30pm: eba Dance Theatre’s “Henry Hudson & His River”
1:30pm: Courtney Biondo
2pm: Merdwin the Mediocre
2:30pm: Mike McCrea
3pm: Courtney Biondo
3:30pm: Merdwin the Mediocre
4pm: Mike McCrea

Fall events @ ACCR in Troy

August 28th, 2009, 10:49 am by Greg

The Arts Center of Capital Region has announced its fall season of concerts, performances and other events.

Here’s how it shapes up:

Wednesday, September 16, 7pm
“Beloved on the Earth: 150 Poems of Grief + Gratitude”
Area writers included in this best-selling poetry anthology will read from the collection and related work on the subject of death, mourning and gratitude for lost loved ones.

Friday, September 18, 8pm
The Shakin’ Bakers
Formed from the ashes of Rocky Velvet, the Rockin’ Bonnevilles and other area roots-rock staples, this jump blues supergroup features guitar hero Graham Tichy, blues harpiest Ted Hennessey, bassist John Ellis and drummer Pete Tumbaco. This show marks their very first public appearance! Free swing dance lesson at 7pm with instructor Jason Fenton.
$12; members $10

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Real Good for Free: LarkFEST!!!!!!!!

August 12th, 2009, 9:00 am by Greg

Holy shit!

There have certainly been any number of great LarkFEST performances over the past 27 years, but we’re thinking that the musical line-up for LarkFEST 2009 is shaping up as the one of the all-time best.


So we say THANKS to the Lark Street Business Improvement District, who is co-sponsoring the street fest with the City of Albany.

On Lark Street in Albany at Washington and Madison avenues, the two main stages (presented by Willobee and the fine folks at WEQX-FM) will feature national headlining acts Moby, Bell X1, Matt & Kim and Company of Thieves, as well as Vermont’s Burnham Bros. Band, in addition to Capital Region faves Lunic, Ten Year Vamp and a reunion of Queer for AstroBoy.

For the second consecutive year, the Albany Barn is sponsoring the Townsend Park Stage on Washington Avenue between Henry Johnson Blvd. and Central Avenue. Performing in Townsend Park will be Barrons in the Attic, Matthew Loiacono, We Are Jeneric, Scientific Maps, Beware! The Other Head of Science and Sgt. Dunbar & the Hobo Banned.

Meanwhile on the Hometown Stage, singer-songwriter MotherJudge will be hosting an eclectic mix of music, poetry and visual art featuring the Albany Poets, Rick Whispers, the fashions of Discard Avant Garb, Marcus Ruggerio and the Ameros.

The 28th annual LarkFEST will be held between 10am-5:30pm on Saturday September 19.

See you there.

Real Good for Free: Castleton Library (Thursdays)
Real Good for Free: Sonny Landreth @ Mountain Park, 8/15
Real Good for Free: Riverfront Park, Athens (Fridays)
Real Good for Free: Albany Jazz Festival @ Riverfront Park (Sept. 12)
Real Good for Free: The Fabulous Folk Fest @ Bolton Landing (Sept. 6)
Real Good for Free: Spencer Day in Hudson(Friday, August 21)
Real Good for Free: Big Soul Ensemble @ Tess’ Lark Tavern (Tuesdays)
Real Good for Free: :30 Live! @ Berkshire Fringe (Mon / Wed)
Real Good for Free: Lake Luzerne (Thursdays)
Real Good for Free: Dutchman’s Landing, Catskill (Thursdays)
Real Good For Free: The Crossings in Colonie (Thursdays)
Real Good For Free: Rensselaer Riverfront Park (Wednesdays)
Real Good for Free: Kids’ shows in Troy (Wednesdays at noon)
Real Good for Free: Valatie’s Glynn Square (Sundays)
Real Good for Free: Schaghticoke Town Hall Gazebo (Thursdays)
Real Good For Free: Brunswick Community Center (Tuesdays)
Real Good for Free: Thurman (Mondays)
Real Good for Free: Sharon Springs (Wednesdays)
Real Good for Free: Rock-It in Schenectady (Fridays)
Real Good for Free: Bethlehem Public Library (Wednesdays)
Real Good for Free: East Greenbush Comm. Library (Wednesdays)
Real Good for Free: Stony Creek Town Park (Tuesdays)
Real Good For Free: RiverLink Park, Amsterdam (Saturdays)
Real Good For Free: Halfmoon (Wednesdays)
Real Good For Free: Chestertown (Thursdays)
Real Good for Free: Bolton Landing (Tuesdays)
Real Good for Free: Greenport Park, Hudson (Fridays)
Real Good for Free: The Sounds of Salem (Saturday mornings)
Real Good for Free: Latin Fest @ Washington Park (Sat. Aug. 29)
Real Good For Free: Schenectady Central Park (Sunday afternoons)
Real Good For Free: Clifton Park (Sundays)
Real Good for Free: Albany Public Library (Third Fridays)
Real Good for Free: At The Plaza, Albany (Wednesdays)
Real Good for Free: Skidmore’s Tang Museum (Fridays)
Real Good For Free: Pearl Street Live (Thursdays)
Real Good For Free: Freedom Park, Scotia (Various days)
Real Good For Free: Jazz on Jay (Thursdays at noon)
Real Good For Free: Cook Park, Colonie (Tuesdays)
Real Good For Free: Lake George (Wednesdays)
Real Good For Free: Canajoharie (Tuesdays)
Real Good For Free: Guilderland (Thursdays)
Real Good For Free: Alive @ 5 (Thursdays)
Real Good For Free: Powers Park (Saturdays)

Comin’ up @ Troy Savings Bank Music Hall

August 4th, 2009, 11:10 am by Greg

The Troy Savings Bank Music Hall has announced a dozen performances for its 2009-2010 concert season. It’s got everything from bluegrass (Rhonda Vincent & the Rage) to Celtic sounds (Altan) to swing (Big Bad Voodoo Daddy’s tribute to the great Cab Calloway).

Best of the batch? No question about it – knockout soul singer Bettye LaVette teams up with piano pounder Marcia Ball and Maria Muldaur for the “Sisters in Soul” concert on Sunday, March 14.

Here’s the line-up of shows:

Saturday, October 24: Robert Earl Keen, Bruce Robison and Todd Snider
Friday, October 30: Rhonda Vincent & the Rage
Sunday, November 1: Herb Alpert and Lani Hall
Friday, November 6: 1964 The Tribute
Friday, November 20: Frank Sinatra, Jr.: “Sinatra Sings Sinatra”
Friday, December 11: “Scrooge,” In Concert
Sunday, December 20: The Vienna Choir Boys
Friday, February 12: Jim Brickman
Saturday, February 20: Tommy Emmanuel
Friday, March 12: Altan
Sunday, March 14: “Sisters in Soul” featuring Marcia Ball, Bettye LaVette and Maria Muldaur
Friday, March 19: Big Bad Voodoo Daddy: A Tribute to Cab Calloway

Tickets are available to Music Hall members now, and they’ll go on sale to the general public on Thursday, August 6.

Still no Cohen…

July 23rd, 2009, 2:30 pm by Greg

Yet another round of Leonard Cohen concerts have been announced for the fall, but there’s still no tour stop for poor little Nippertown.

The closest dates are at the Wachovia Spectrum in Philly (Thursday, October 22) and the Madison Square Garden Arena in NYC (Friday, October 23), so if you really want to see Mr. Cohen, you’re gonna have to put on your traveling shoes.

Oh what I wouldn’t give to see him at Proctors…

Oh well.

Freihofer’s Jazz Fest schedule

June 23rd, 2009, 11:50 am by Greg

The annual Freihofer’s Jazz Festival is headed into SPAC on Saturday and Sunday, June 27-28, and while the SPAC folks used to be all hush-hush, top-secret, for-your-eyes-only about revealing the schedule of performers, they have apparently come to their senses and loosened up about all that.

Keep in mind that this is not only a festival, but a jazz festival, which means that some things – like the performers and the set times – can change. It’s jazz. Improvise.

Here’s the schedule:

SATURDAY, JUNE 27 ***********************


Noon: The Kendra Shank Quartet featuring Frank Kimbrough, Dean Johnson, and Tony Moreno

1:20pm: Mark Morganelli & the Jazz Forum Brazil Project featuring Monika Oliveira, John Hart, Nilson Matta and Adriano Santos

2:40pm: Kind of Blue @ 50: Jimmy Cobb’s So What Band featuring Wallace Roney, Vincent Herring, Javon Jackson, Larry Willis and Buster Williams

4:10pm: The Gary Burton Quartet Revisited with Pat Metheny, Steve Swallow and Antonio Sanchez

5:55pm: The Spanish Harlem Orchestra directed by Oscar Hernandez

7:25pm: SMV – Stanley Clarke, Marcus Miller and Victor Wooten – The Thunder Tour!

9:15pm: Patti LaBelle


12:15pm: La Timbistica: The Berklee Latin All-Stars featuring Paul Stagnaro, Enrique “Kalani” Trinidad, Juan Maldonado, Marco Lopez, Niv Toar

1:35pm: The John Ellis Quintet featuring Aaron Goldberg, Mike Moreno, and Alan Hampton

2:55pm: The Dred Scott Trio featuring Ben Rubin and Tony Mason

4:15pm: The Kendra Shank Quartet featuring Frank Kimbrough, Dean Johnson and Tony Moreno

5:35pm: The Wallace Roney Quintet featuring Antoine Roney, Rashaan Carter, Aruan Ortiz and Kush Abadey

SUNDAY, JUNE 28 ***********************


Noon: Gino Sitson 4 featuring Helio Alves, Lonnie Plaxico and Willard Dyson

1:20pm: The George Coleman Quartet featuring Harold Mabern, John Webber and Joe Farnsworth

2:40pm: Bonerama featuring Mark Mullins, Craig Klein, Greg Hicks, Bert Cotton, Jason Jurcak, Joe Ashlar and Eric Bolivar

4pm: Bettye LaVette

5:20pm: The Dave Brubeck Quartet celebrates 50 years of “Time Out” featuring Michael Moore, Randy Jones and Bobby Militello

7pm: George Benson – An Unforgettable Tribute to Nat “King” Cole


12:15pm: Ralph Alessi & This Against That featuring Tony Malaby, Marke Ferber, Matt Mitchell and John Hebert

1:35pm: The Aaron Parks Trio featuring Ben Street and Ted Poor

2:55pm: The Gino Sitson 4 featuring Helio Alves, Lonnie Plaxico and Willard Dyson

4:15pm: The Julian Lage Group featuring Tupac Mantilla, Aristides Rivas, Ben Roseth and Jorge Roeder

5:35pm: The Grace Kelly Quintet featuring Jason Palmer, Doug Johnson, Evan Gregor and Jordan Perlson

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