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


‘Nas: Time is Illmatic’ at the Palace

On Friday October 3rd, Nas will be at the Palace Theater in conjunction with a screening of his documentary Nas: Time is Illmatic. The show will begin with a screening of the film, and then Nas will perform Illmatic from start to finish. Seriously.

From the event page:

“Nas: Time is Illmatic” – which opens via Tribeca Film – follows the trajectory of his 1994 landmark debut album, “Illmatic.” It traces Nas’ influences and the insurmountable odds he faced in creating the greatest work of music from hip-hop’s second golden era. The documentary is directed by multimedia artist, One9, written by Erik Parker, and produced by One9, Parker, and Anthony Saleh. The film was supported by The Ford Foundation’s Just Films, Tribeca Film Institute’s Tribeca All Access program, and Hennessy V.S. to help bring Nas’ inspiring story of tireless pursuit of excellence to audiences nationwide.

Tickets start at $40 and go on sale on Friday August 15th at 10am via ticketmaster. Learn more on the Palace website.


Quality events for this weekend vol. 144

Friday Aug 1

First Friday: It’s the first Friday of the month. Which means there’s art and other art related things going on.

Vegan Vegout at Iron Gate: Featuring an all vegan menu with artwork by Caitlin McCourt.

The Cosmic Works of Roland Graves at the Machine: Art. Go look at it.

First Friday at The Hudson Disco-Tek: With art from Kateryne Lora and Michael O’Connor.

Big Picture and Unexpected Photography at the Barn: Dual show opening for First Friday.

The Tempest at the Ten Broeck Mansion: Presented by Confetti Stage.

Sean Rowe in Cohoes: Free. Which is rare, because Sean Rowe is really good.

Conor Oberst at Ommegang: With Dawes and The Baseball Project.

Saturday Aug 2

Basilica Back Gallery Opening: Multi artist show at Basilica Hudson’s new 2,000 square foot gallery space with a grip of performances.

All Weekend

The Track: It’s open. And fun.

Cirque Éloize at Proctors: Just watch the video.

Art Omi: Sculpture fields open now.

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.

Once Upon a Time in the West, The Good, The Bad and the Ugly, and An American Tale at the Madison Theater: Only five bucks!

Barons in the Attic – You Can’t Front on That

Barons in the Attic recently called it quits. They’ve released all their music for free on bandcamp and have just well as publishing a career introspective video into their band.

The (partial) description from the YouTube page

Barons in the Attic started in 2008 as many bands do; just some dudes messing around in a shitty house. In 2014 they decided they were tired of messing around in this formation so they changed course and ended the band. What plays above is a video homage to ourselves, a career retrospective on something too short to be a career, and a nice way to find some closure, at least for myself. I made this video, with help from some amazing friends and feel it (at least for me and hopefully the band and our closest friends) sums up a truly amazing part of our lives.

I’ve seen BitA few times and it’s always sad when a band calls it quits, but at least there’s this great video to revisit in years to come.


WEQX announces Pearlpalooza lineup

WEQX just posted the first rumblings of the Pearlpalooza lineup to their facebook.

Here it is, the lineup for Pearlpalooza! Join us Saturday, September 13th 2014 in downtown Albany for performances by: Wild Adriatic, Northern Faces, Slaptop, The Weeks, Royal Bangs, Terraplane Sun aaaand we’re still cookin up something else real nice for ya! As always, Pearlpalooza is FREE and open to ALL AGES! See ya there!

Below are previews of the bands that have been announced. Have a listen, get familiar and go check out Pearlpalooza on September 13th!

National Acts

Local Acts

Artist Spotlight: Anthony DiMaggio & Chris Peterson


Anthony DiMaggio and Chris Peterson, both hailing from the Hoosick Falls area, were brought together by a force larger than their artwork alone. The two share many of the same perspectives and philosophies, often expressed in their work, and have taken it upon themselves to make it their life mission to not only uphold the values behind what they’ve deemed Life of Worth but to share those values with other like-minded people. Life of Worth began as a simple motto and grew into an artist collective, and arguably, a lifestyle.

Not only are these gentlemen extremely talented, but it is clear that they are very humble and honored for every opportunity to be able to share their work and viewpoints with others. From hosting art nights to inspire others to create in a comfortable, collective space, to hosting group shows, Life of Worth is working on building something greater.

I took the time to talk with both founding members in advance of their group show, which is opening tonight at the Flying Chicken in Troy and features the work of a handful of locally based artists. Hit the jump to check out our full interview and be sure to stop by the Flying Chicken as part of this month’s Troy Night Out.

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Interview with Richard Daley of RD Horology

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I recently saw really gorgeous photos of watches popping up on my Facebook and had to investigate. These watches were not only made by hand, but they were being made locally. RD Horology is watchmaker based in Albany that is returning the age-old art of the hand-built mechanical wristwatch.

I took some time to talk with Richard Daley, the man behind RD Horology to learn more about his product and process.

Horology, as an art and science, has a very in-depth and deep history. Is the historical element what drew you in? If not, how did you get into it?

RD: It is a mixture of both I would say. 5 years ago I never really wore a watch, I was given one as a gift and that is what sparked my interest. I have always been interested in the mechanics of how things work, so it felt natural to do research on the topic. I became obsessed in a way with mechanical watches, particularly complicated pocket watches from the 1800’s. After that, I began looking on auction sites for old, cheap and simple pocket watches to start disassembling and understanding.

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