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Stacks to host Latte Art Competition

On Thursday, September 4, Stacks Espresso Bar with the Capital Region Coffee Collective will be hosting the areaโ€™s first Thursday Night Throwdown latte art competition. The competition is a fun bracket style shootout. These friendly competitions are created with the goal of cultivating the coffee culture in the area.

Sign up is at 5:30pm and first competition pour is at 7pm. It’s totally free for spectators and only $5 to enter.

There will also be beer compliments of Rare Form Brewery as well as prizes and giveaways from Cafe Grumpy and Barrington Coffee Roasting Company.

For all the details check out the full flyer below. Be sure to stop by and meet some other coffee nerds, have a beer and possibly win some fun prizes.

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Cymbals Eat Guitars tonight in Kingston

Cymbals Eat Guitars are playing BSP Kingston tonight at 9pm.

From the NPR preview of the new album, Lose:

Lose, Cymbals Eat Guitars’ third album, finds the band sticking to its old structural modus operandi โ€” namely, stitching thunderous vamps together into rambling odysseys, then interspersing those numbers among marginally more focused songs โ€” but also mining a rawer corner of the musical landscape. (At times, it recalls the clamor and squall of groups like Titus Andronicus and At The Drive-In.) That edge doesn’t displace the pop sensibility that underpinned prior albums, nor the habit of flitting between moods with little warning; see the way the reckless, rootsy “XR” gives way to the spacey freakout “Place Names,” which summarily cedes its ground to the keening balladry of “Child Bride.” But the exploration has a more deliberate cast.

You can still grab tickets online until 5pm, or at select local spots (Outdated Cafe, Jack’s Rhythms, Darkside Records & Gallery and Woodstock Music Shop) to avoid online ticketing fees.

For more info head to the event page and head out to BSP Kingston tonight!

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Basilica Soundscape 2014

The full line up for the 2014 Basilica Soundscape has been published. The two-day festival will take place on September 12 & 13 at Basilica Hudson, a former glue factory in Hudson, NY. The line up is pretty eclectic in the best way possible and the whole event sounds like well thought out and super fun.

FRIDAY (click artist’s name for a preview)
Richard Reed Parry (performing with Ymusic), Tim Hecker
Julia Holter, Gamelan Dharma Swara, Endless Boogie, Michael Chapman, Torn Hawk (video statements)

SATURDAY
Swans, Deafheaven, White Lung, Mish Way (White Lung) (reading), Meredith Graves (Perfect Pussy) (reading), Mira Gonzalez (reading), Majical Cloudz, Guardian Alien, Emily Reo

The artist Sterling Ruby will be creating backdrops for the main stage, and will be on display all weekend. No surprise, but there will also be a Sunday brunch and flea market.

There’s going to be even more things such as a Spotty Dog Pop-Up Shop with cool books, food trucks, after parties, etc. And since all the Airbnb’s are probably booked, there’s a camping option as well so you don’t have to sleep in your car.

Read about last year’s event via the New York Times, and get all the details on this year’s event on the official Basilica Soundscape website.

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Wellington Hotel Annex to be imploded Saturday

UPDATE: This has been changed to Saturday from Thursday.

Jordan Carleo-Evangelist for the TU:

City officials have approved the plan by Columbia Development to implode the 11-story Wellington Annex on Thursday to make way for the new downtown convention center, the company announced Friday.

The explosive demolition by Maryland-based Controlled Demolition Inc. is scheduled for after the morning rush hour, Columbia said in a statement.

That building is a total eyesore. Sucks that it’s been neglected for so long, but at least it will have a pretty grand send-off. I’ll hopefully be on the Plaza to watch and record the implosion.

Photo: Boston Public Library/flickr

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Quality events for this weekend vol. 146

Friday August 15

RestFest at CAC Woodside: With Wild Adriatic, The Orange Careers, Juston Stens & The Get Real Gang, Kimono Dragons, The North and South Dakotas, Maybird, Secret Release.

Screening: Programs I & II, Colony of Light at Basilica Hudson: Film screenings, and the artists will be present. Read the description for the full idea.

Garage Bands at the Elk St Parking Garage: With Big Frank and the Bargain Bingers and Blackcat Elliot.

Friday Night Flicks at West Capitol Park: This week: Forbidden Planet

Saturday August 16

Troy Farmer’s Market: Vendors, food and all sorts of goodies.

RestFest at CAC Woodside: With Eastbound Jesus, The Parlor, Rival Galaxies, Hammer Hawk, Bear Grass, The Slaughterhouse Chorus, The Firs, Titanics, No Kill, Rebel Darling, Walking X Ray, and Pony in the Pancake.

Screening: Programs I & II, Colony of Light at Basilica Hudson: Film screenings, and the artists will be present. Read the description for the full idea.
Elysian Fields at MASS MoCA: Sultry art rock. Go early and enjoy the museum.

Wild Party at the Hollow: Indie rock at downtown’s indie rock venue.

Sunday August 17

Rock and Roll Brunch at The Low Beat: Chef Josh Coletto’s brunch creations with a musical guest.

All Weekend

Altamont Fair: Tons of stuff to do, it’s the fair!

The Track: It’s open. And fun.

Art Omi: Sculpture fields are open.

Day trip to MASS MoCA: Pretty drive and a great museum.

The NYS Museum: Bunch of great exhibits and it’s right in your backyard.

Smoky and the Bandit Reality Bites at the Madison Theater: Only five bucks!

Doug Bartow at Create Upstate 2014: You Can Do World-Class Design Work In UPSTNY

Create Upstate, the Syracuse-based design conference that took place in May just published a video of Doug Bartow’s talk. Doug is both Principal and Design Director at id29 in Troy. If you’re unfamiliar with id29, they have clients such as Albany Distilling, Brown’s Brewing, Firefly Bicycles and many more.

Doug’s talk focuses on the design ecosystem in our area, and how it’s possible to do good meaningful work here. In the talk there’s some firms that I wasn’t aware of, some that I knew but didn’t know their work, and some that were just nice to see again.

Click play, sit back and enjoy.

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Collage Night at Collar Works

Collage Night is back on August 22 and will be held in the new Collar Works gallery space at 137 4th Street. Dig through vintage magazines and books to create a fun collage while listening to tunes and enjoying the company.

There will be a pop-up shop from Fort Orange General Store and beverages provided by Rare Form Brewing. There’s a $7 material fee and the event is all ages, but bring an ID if you wish to imbibe.

For more info, check the official event page!