Posts Tagged ‘Troy’

Fence 50 @ ACCR: Democracy in Action [Get Visual]

Monday, June 15th, 2015
Fence 50 installation view - Photos provided by the Arts Center of the Capital Region

Fence 50 installation view – Photos provided by the Arts Center of the Capital Region

Review by David Brickman

It’s been 50 years, and the Fence Show is still going strong at The Arts Center of the Capital Region in Troy. I can remember in the early ’80s hanging the works on the spikes of the wrought-iron fence that gave the show its name, and it retains the wide-open feeling it had then of being a show for the people.

This year’s edition attracted 382 entries from a total of 237 artists, 40 of which were submitted by 33 K-12 students, and as is the tradition, all are on display in a jam-packed salon presentation (as seen in the photo above) through June 27. Such clutter would require a stepladder – and a lot of time – to properly peruse, but that’s what juror Julie Lohnes (curator of Union College’s collections and Mandeville Gallery) must have done in order to choose works for the Fence Select edition of the show and designate the prizes.

Such a democratic enterprise has its pluses and its minuses. The only requirement for inclusion is membership in the ACCR; it appears submissions were limited to two per artist, and I’m guessing there was a size limit – but otherwise, if you brought it, it got in. The result: Everybody gets to participate (yay!) but a fair amount of truly awful work is thereby presented, and even the best work pretty much gets overwhelmed by the swirling mass of media in the show.

Click to read the rest at Get Visual.

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FEST: Freedom Festival @ Freedom Square on Saturday

Friday, June 12th, 2015

The annual Freedom Festival returns to Freedom Square in Troy on Saturday (June 13) with plenty of free food, art activities and, of course, live music.

The free festivities run from 3-6pm, and festivalgoers are invited to bring a lawn chair or blanket and anything that you’d like to share for the community meal.

The rain location is the nearby Sanctuary for Independent Media in Troy.

Here’s the line-up of scheduled performers:

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LIVE: The Daniel Kelly Trio / the Seeing With Photography Collective @ the Sanctuary for Independent Media, 5/9/15

Friday, June 5th, 2015

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Photographs by Rudy Lu, Andrzej Pilarczyk

The dynamic Daniel Kelly Trio – featuring pianist-bandleader Daniel Kelly, drummer Rob Garcia and bassist Matt Pavolka – took the stage at the Sanctuary for Independent Media in Troy last month for a unique concert that fused together elements of both music and art.

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LIVE: Mary Chapin Carpenter @ Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, 4/23/15

Friday, May 15th, 2015
Mary Chapin Carpenter

Mary Chapin Carpenter

Photographs by Timothy Raab

WHO: Mary Chapin Carpenter
WITH: Lunasa
WHERE: The Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy
WHEN: Thursday, April 23, 2015

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LIVE: Noura Mint Seymali @ the Sanctuary for Independent Media, 4/29/15

Thursday, May 14th, 2015

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Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Where do you go around Nippertown to hear some authentic, high-energy African music? The answer is simple – the Sanctuary for Independent Media in Troy.

Following recent knock-out shows by the Nile Project and Tal National, the Sanctuary hosted its third concert of African music in just five weeks when Noura Mint Seymali took the stage and captivated the crowd recently.

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No Rest Fest This Year

Monday, May 11th, 2015

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After five glorious years – three at the former St. Joseph’s Church in Albany and two more at the Contemporary Artists Center at Woodside in Troy – the annual Rest Fest (also known as the Restoration Festival and the Restoration Funstival) is taking a year off.

So we are sad to report, there will be no Rest Fest in 2015.

Which is not necessarily to say that Rest Fest is no more, but rather that the festival organizers – the fine folks of the B3nson Recording Co. – have decided that they need a year off to “recharge and refocus.”

Here’s the full email that Rest Fest organizers recently sent out:

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Win FREE Tickets to the Daniel Kelly Trio @ the Sanctuary for Independent Media on Saturday

Monday, May 4th, 2015
Daniel Kelly by the Seeing Eye Collective

Daniel Kelly by the Seeing Eye Collective

Jazz pianist Daniel Kelly and his band will take the stage at the Sanctuary for Independent Media in Troy for a concert at 7pm on Saturday (May 9).

But this promises to be something other than a typical jazz concert.

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LIVE: Tal National @ Sanctuary for Independent Media, 4/12/15

Tuesday, April 28th, 2015

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Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

The Sanctuary for Independent Media in Troy has long championed the varied and mesmerizing sounds of African music, and their schedule of concerts this season carries on the tradition. After opening with the multi-national Nile Project last month, the Sanctuary recently hosted a marvelous, high-octane show by Tal National, who were celebrating the release of their brand new album, Zoy Zoy.

The tireless band from Niger served up a dynamic, amazingly energetic hour-and-a-half performance that seamlessly blended traditional West African rhythms with elements of rock, blues and folk. Putting it all together, the concert was a serious, non-stop, Sunday night celebration – full of vibrancy, color and, of course, plenty of dancing both on and off the stage.

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