The glorious results of a well-spent youth: a marvelously innovative program from the Agricultural Stewardship Association graced the walls of the Arts Center of the Capital Region last Troy Night Out. Several young photographers (pictured here: Charlotte) were provided with cameras and invited to train their keenly perceptive eyes on the subject of local farming… their elegant, beautiful and poignant “farmscapes” were startling.
Meanwhile, those power funk rascals Oobleck were tearing up the sidewalk, dreamy singer-chanteuse Kayln Rock held sway over Monument Square, George Wilson and his old-timey fiddle buddies got jiggy at Segel Violins, and saxophone wunderkind Keith Pray triumphantly returned to Spillin’ the Beans.
Q: What do the last-Friday-of-every-month city-wide arts celebrations known as Troy Night Out have in common with the entire expanse of the known Universe?
A: They both cover a lot of territory.
Lately scientists are questioning if it’s even possible to touchdown on every event and art opening and band and sidewalk vendor within the mission time-frame of 5-9 pm. (Yes, I’ve done the math. If you’ve got to see it all, budget four minutes for each place and event.)
July was typically overwhelming. Sultry pop singer Siobahn Hotaling at Monument Square, Ira Marcks’ dreamy cartoon slideshow (with live musical accompaniment) at the Arts Center, the smooth and ultra-hip sounds of the Jim Wilson Quartet at Spillin’ the Beans, a mass ukelele march from Segel Violins threading through downtown, author Andrea Chesman, band-of-the-moment The Parlor at Design It Together…
A cosmically spectacular variety of experiences, and it’s right here in Nippertown’s backyard! I call it what it is – one giant leap for mankind.
There ain’t no doubt in no one’s mind – the abundance of quality entertainment for the price of the shoe leather it takes to wander around and soak it all in at the monthly Troy Night Out street festivals is astounding.
From the exquisite ballet of the Albany Berkshire Ballet in the Black Box Theater at the Arts Center of the Capital Region, to the down and dirty soul-jazz-funk stylings of Keith Pray’s Soul Jazz Revival and Oobleck, downtown Troy is simply a mecca for art and music lovers.
The Troy Night Out arts walk usually takes place on the last Friday evening of each month throughout downtown Troy. There will be no Troy Night Out this month, however, due to the fact that the final Friday of December is also New Year’s Eve.
There will, of course, be plenty of New Year’s Eve activities going on throughout Troy, and Troy Night Out will resume again at the end of January.
Friday is the last Friday of the month, which means Troy Night Out. It’s also Black Friday, and we can guarantee that you will be happier hanging out at the galleries, shops, restaurants and exhibition spaces of Troy than fighting the crowds at a soulless, sterile shopping mall.
There’s more to do than you can shake a stick at, and all Troy Night Out events are free. Here’s some of the highlights:
Landscape masters: Harry Orlyk, L.F. Tantillo and Robert Moylan @ Clement Gallery
Friday (tomorrow) is Troy Night Out and there will be more to do than you can shake a stick at. Here’s some highlights, but be sure to consult the complete event listings (where you can also find the trolley map.) All events are free.
Expert Oddities: Show and Tell @ 51 3rd St. Angela Washko hosts for this performance/lecture program where local folks will, uh, show and tell about such topics as early synthpop, runic yoga, Tesla coils and photographs of fast food chains. Lectures by each presenter will last no more than 8 minutes and will be backed by Powerpoint visual aids. BYOB. Doors open 7pm.
Artcentric Gift Gallery is celebrating their first year anniversary with music by Lost Radio Rounders and an opening reception for an exhibit of Tech Valley High student sculptures and paintings.
The Clement Art Gallery is hosting an opening reception for Summer Selections: Landscape, paintings featuring local landscape legends Harry Orlyk, L.F. Tantillo and Robert Moylan from 6-9pm.
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