Posts Tagged ‘Upstate Artists Guild’

Festival Fever: Albany Word Fest, 4/13-19/14

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

Albany Word Fest

April is National Poetry Month, which means that it’s time once again for Albany Word Fest, an annual arts festival that brings together poets, writers and performers from all across upstate New York to celebrate the vibrant poetry and spoken word scene right here in Nippertown.

Organized by Albany Poets, the Albany Word Fest has grown from an afternoon poetry open mic in Thatcher Park in 2001 to this year’s rhyme-a-rama bash – a week-long cavalcade of events taking place at six different venues throughout Albany including featured readings, open mics, poetry slams and more.

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Upstate Artists Guild’s Black & White Gala @ Normanside Country Club, 2/22/14

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014
The Lucky Jukebox Brigade

The Lucky Jukebox Brigade

Just two years ago, the Upstate Artists Guild was facing bankruptcy and possible eviction from its storefront gallery exhibition space on Lark Street in Albany. But thanks to lots of hard work by the all-volunteer staff and a series of fundraisers, the doors are still open.

“The Upstate Artists Guild is a not-for-profit volunteer organization, open to all, which promotes the appreciation, practice, and enjoyment of art,” the organization states on its website. “Our mission is to promote art education and artistic endeavors throughout the community; to maintain a space in which to meet for the purpose of exhibitions, lectures, and instruction; and to work with the community to stimulate an interest in the arts.”

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LIVE: Fountainsun @ Upstate Artists Guild, 1/31/14

Friday, February 14th, 2014
Fountainsun (photo by Timothy Reidy)

Fountainsun (photo by Timothy Reidy)

Review and photograph by Mike Hotter
Additional photographs by Timothy Reidy

The Upstate Artists Guild in Albany was privy to a rare visitation from Baltimore’s Daniel Higgs on the last night of last month. A semi-legendary figure who has made a conspicuous mark in the arcane worlds of both underground music and tattooing, Higgs, playing his banjo in a style reminiscent of the Japanese koto, was joined by Fumie Ishii for a set of intensely meditative music.

Songs seemed structured yet free-form, eventually giving way to Higgs’ poetic/bordering on the shamanic intimations of mortality, cosmos and the hereafter (A sample line: “Human beings are the best vessels in the universe”).

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Be Here Now: UAG’s Black and White Gala

Friday, February 22nd, 2013

The UAG Black and White Gala @ The Normanside Country Club

A year ago, the Upstate Artists Guild was facing bankruptcy and eviction from its storefront gallery at 247 Lark Street but, through a series of fundraisers, pulled itself up by its bootstraps and managed to keep the doors open.

“The Upstate Artists Guild is a not-for-profit volunteer organization, open to all, which promotes the appreciation, practice, and enjoyment of art.” the organization states on its website. “Our mission is to promote art education and artistic endeavors throughout the community; to maintain a space in which to meet for the purpose of exhibitions, lectures, and instruction; and to work with the community to stimulate an interest in the arts.”

The bootstrap pulling continues this Saturday, February 23, when the Guild presents its second annual fundraising gala from 5-10pm at the Normanside Country Club in Delmar. It sounds like a rockin’ good time: the theme for this year’s bash is Black and White and they’re promising a night of art, music, food and fun featuring a silent auction of works by local art groups and artists and performances by The Sharks, William Hale, Second Hand Roses, DJ OFI, DJ Rana Ransom, comedian William Hughes and poet Dan Wilcox. The Champagne Preview portion of the evening will feature a “Buy it Now” option for the auction items and exclusive entertainment. Tickets range from $35 to $100.

Five Firsts: Sean Desiree of Bell’s Roar

Thursday, January 31st, 2013
Sean Desiree

Sean Desiree

NAME: Sean Desiree
BAND AFFILIATION: Bell’s Roar
INSTRUMENT: Everything you hear: drums, bass, guitar, synths, vocals

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … Spice Girls was the first tape and Rage Against the Machine was the first CD. It’s so crazy to see the juxtapostion. As a teen/pre-teen, your music tastes change so rapidly. It’s the time when you start discovering music independently of what you hear your parents play.

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Five Firsts: Josh Coletto of Girls of Porn

Thursday, March 8th, 2012
Josh Coletto

Josh Coletto

NAME: Josh Coletto
BAND AFFILIATION: Many throughout the years, but currently Girls of Porn
INSTRUMENT: Drums, on occasion bass

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … No Doubt’s “Tragic Kingdom”

2. THE FIRST CONCERT THAT I EVER SAW WAS … ???

3. THE FIRST MUSICAL INSTRUMENT I EVER OWNED OR PLAYED WAS … Piano, then trumpet, then drums!

4. THE FIRST SONG THAT I EVER PERFORMED IN PUBLIC WAS … At my first piano recital I performed “The Star Wars Theme” in front of a ton of parents and other piano students.

5. THE FIRST BAND I WAS EVER IN WAS … Overthrown! From Troy, NY. We mainly played at the old Hudson Duster.

Josh Coletto slips behind the drum kit to play with Girls of Porn at the Upstate Artists Guild in Albany at 8pm on Friday (March 9), as the kick-off show for their national tour which continues through Friday, March 23. Sharing the bill at UAG will be Monster Movie, Planet Eater, Century Plants and DJ Eric Savage. Admission is $4.

Be Here Now: Upstate Artists Guild’s Inaugural Gala, 2/25/12

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012
C. Ryder Cooley (photo by Ed Atkeson)

C. Ryder Cooley performing @ Club Helsinki last May (photo by Ed Atkeson)

Like so many arts organizations, the Upstate Artists Guild in Albany is having a difficult time weathering the current economic storms.

But that’s no reason not to party.

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Culture Vulture: Lifting Every Voice – Occupy UAG Open Mic @ Upstate Artists Guild, 1/18/12

Monday, January 23rd, 2012
Pete Yahnke's "Hold Fast" and "Up Rising"  @ UAG, Albany

Pete Yahnke's "Hold Fast" and "Up Rising"

By J Hunter
Photographs by J Hunter

One of the many problems hands-free cell phone technology has caused is you’re not sure if a crazy/angry person is just trying to talk to someone over a bad connection. So as I huddled with poet/peace activist Dan Wilcox and several other souls inside the entranceway to the building that houses Upstate Artists Guild, I didn’t know the short-haired, middle-aged, bespectacled, yelling guy storming up the other side of Lark Street was actually pissed about something until he stopped and started yelling at us!

“SHUT THAT FUCKING PLACE DOWN,” he bellowed, shaking his fist at us from behind a parked car. “THEY CAN’T CENSOR ME! HAVE YOU SEEN THAT SHIT? THAT’S NOT ART! I’M A PROFESSIONAL ILLUSTRATOR…” The man had much more to say, but he started walking up the street again, so we missed the rest of his rant.

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