EMPAC’s Fall season kicks off Wednesday

On Wednesday, EMPAC is kicking off their Fall season. At 5:30pm, there will be a book launch for Programming EMPAC: The First 4,158 Days.

Our new book, Programming EMPAC: The First 4,158 Days, presents a vivid mosaic of all the events, projects, and works developed and presented here at the Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center from 2014 back to inception.

The full schedule is on the Programming EMPAC event page.

At 7pm, the season officially kicks off with the first of eight screenings from the On Screen/Sound film series. This free screening features shorts highlighting sound design and will end with a screening of the 1982 sci-fi cult-classic Tron.


Quality events for this weekend

Friday August 28

Troy Night Out: Art, music, and more.

Cobblestone, The Plastic Faction, Routine at Pauly’s Hotel: Folk/americana/rock music.

After The Fall, Red Owls, Arestout at BSP Kingston: Punk. ATF’s record release show.

Partyboat, The Parlor, at Riverfront Park: Part of RPI’s student welcome ceremony.

Roomful of Teeth at MASS MoCA: Exploring “all possibilities of the human voice”.

Over The Verrazano at Pecks: Upstairs and downstairs DJs, Michael Jackson’s birthday edition.

Chris Brown, Kid Ink, Omarion, Fetty Wap & Teyana Taylor at SPAC: Big old rap show.

The Cretin Hop at Fuze Box: Rock and roll dance party. Get weird.

Saturday August 29

FLQ, Blobs, The Rigs at The Low Beat: Early punk show.

Caribbean Day at Prospect Park: Caribbean music, food, culture and more.

Mad Laughs Comedy at Madison Theater: With Liz Miele, Michael McLaughlin, Kevin A Smith, and Ethan Ullman.

Maggot Brain, Rota, Rum Ham, Wrasp at The Low Beat: Metal, grind, blackmetal, sludge, doom, etc.

80s Night at Fuze Box: The old standby.

Sunday August 30

Troy Flea at Riverfront Park: Flea at the park.

Lil Durk at Upstate Concert Hall: Rap with Gunplay, Hypno Carlito.

All weekend

The Track: It’s open, but sold out because it’s Travers weekend.

Art Omi: The sculpture fields are awesome.

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.

Second-run movies at the Madison Theater: Only five bucks!

Movies at The Spectrum: First run, independent movies at a locally owned theater.

Farmer’s Markets: Troy, Delmar, and Saratoga on Saturday, and Schenectady and Saratoga on Sunday.


Top Ten(-ish) best Albany features from someone who really lives here

Since another piece of bad Albany clickbait has been making the rounds, Liz Richards felt compelled to contribute her own Top 10 list in a facebook status. Laura Glazer has since stepped up and made that list into a lovely print and fold pamphlet for easy distribution and consumption. Hit the pop-out button below for downloading and printing. Give this list a read and if you don’t know any of these places, or haven’t been in a while, make a day out of it!

Albany pennant photo courtesy of Fort Orange General Store (who are on the list above!). You can pick up that very pennant for yourself from FOGS, 296 Delaware Ave.


Fusion at Albany Barn

On Friday October 16, Fusion returns to the Albany Barn. Fusion includes open studios, performances & live art by artists in residence, creative cocktails and eats by Chef Mark Graham, wine pairings from Empire Wine, craft beer from Druthers, desserts by The Cookie Factory, pour over coffee bar by Stacks Espresso Bar, live jazz with Bryan Brundige Trio and DJs Space, Time & Spacetime. Fusion is a benefit for the Albany Barn.

Find more out on the Fusion website and have some fun all while benefiting the Barn.


Tang Teaching Musesum Announces Events for Fall

The Tang at Skidmore has announced their Fall 2015 exhibits which include special events celebrating their 15th anniversary.

The Museum opened in October 2000, and in recognition a special celebration is planned beginning at 4:30 pm Saturday, Oct. 17, with a panel discussion featuring Dayton Director Ian Berry and the Museum’s two former directors, Charlie Stainback and John Weber. The conversation will explore the Tang, its history, and the idea of a teaching museum. The discussion is followed by the release of Everything is Connected, a book about the Tang’s history, special performances by poet Joshua Beckman and artist Kamau Amu Patton, and a reception. All events are free and open to the public.

The Tang will also be presenting two exhibitions this fall that touch upon important aspects of the Museum’s mission. Opening September 5 will be Affinity Atlas, which underscores the Museum’s history of experimentation by combining objects from its growing collection with contemporary art. Opening September 19 is Machine Project — The Platinum Collection (Live by Special Request), which brings Los Angeles-based artist Mark Allen back to campus (he’s a 1993 Skidmore College graduate), where he and a group of artist collaborators will create new works responding to the campus and local community.

Check out the full calendar of events and make some plans for this Fall.