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Oh, Contraire

Volume One of a new locally-based art journal called Oh, Contraire is out. Oh, Contraire focuses on conversations with creative people. Volume One is titled “Small is Good” and features Laura Glazer, Bob Gullie, Jim Gaudet, Elaina Frulla, and Scott Foster. The book itself is beautiful and inside you’ll find really inspiring and compelling conversations and stories. I just finished reading Volume One and the team at Oh, Contraire really hit the nail on the head, even with their first issue.

You can, can should grab a copy from the Oh, Contraire Shop, or locally from Fort Orange General Store, Mary Jane Books, The Book House, Market Block Books and The Open Door Bookstore. You can also follow the Oh, Contraire team on instagram and twitter, and read more about the journal on their website.

Photo courtesy of Caroline Corrigan of Fort Orange General Store.

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The Rejection Project announces shows, tickets on sale

The Rejection Project is a multimedia play that explores the personal relationships we have with rejection. These stories were sourced from written responses from hundreds of community members from diverse backgrounds and then turned into a play.

Rehearsals are in full swing and the performances at the Albany Barn are scheduled for July 9, 10 and 11. The Rejection Project is scripted & directed by Allison Lerman-Gluck & Alex Hovet, with video design by Alex Hovet.

Tickets are currently on sale via the Albany Barn and are only $8 in advance. Check out the facebook event for more details and get your tickets as soon as you can!

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Michael Eck at Albany Center Gallery

On Thursday, June 18 at 6:30pm, the Albany Center Gallery is hosting multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Michael Eck as he performs selections from his albums as well as music based on his paintings.

Eck—who has performed alongside American radical icons Pete Seeger and Patti Smith—is most frequently seen as a member of Ramblin Jug Stompers and Lost Radio Rounders. For his own work, he draws from the same well of classic American folk and blues that informs his portraits of iconic musicians.

For more info, check the event on facebook and head to ACG tomorrow!

‘The Yes Men Are Revolting’ at Spectrum 8

The Spectrum is hosting a one time showing of The Yes Men Are Revolting on Wednesday June 24 at 6:30pm.

The Yes Men, described as “culture jamming activist duo and network of supporters” have pulled off an impressive amount of activism focused projects that’s stirred up a lot of dialogue. It’s great to see the Spectrum showing their latest work.

For the last 20 years, notorious activists the Yes Men (Mike Bonanno and Andy Bichlbaum) have staged outrageous hoaxes to hijack public dialogue worldwide about the issues of the day. In their third cinematic outing (after The Yes Men and The Yes Men Fix The World), they are now well into their 40s, and their mid-life crises are threatening to drive them out of activism forever – even as they prepare to take on the biggest challenge they’ve ever faced, climate change. Frustrated by each other, and worried they can’t make a difference anymore, how can they keep fighting the world’s most urgent threat?

Put a reminder in your calendar and get your tickets!

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Sculpture Park Party at Salem Art Works

Salem Art Works has announced their Sculpture Park Party which will be taking place June 6 from 3-9pm.

Join us for this party celebrating the opening of SAW’s 11th season. We are so trilled to share the Cary Hill Sculpture Park with the public. After many renovations to complete the switchbacks, fire pit and trails, we want everyone to enjoy the park and ‘s beautiful landscapes. This event has everything; music, comedy, food, new sculptures on display, tours, scavenger Hunt. The evening’s line up includes, The North and South Dakotas,Steve Roggenbuck, Joe Mansman and the Midnight Revival Band, and Rusticator. Enjoy food from the Salem Rotary, other food vendors, and an assortment of beer samples from Argyle Brewing Company.

Tickets are on sale now and are only $10, and overnight camping is free. Read more about on the Sculpture Park Party website.

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BikeSmut 8 at The Hangar

On May 12, BikeSmut is coming to Troy, with a kick-off bike ride at 6pm and the film screening at the Hangar at 8pm. Weather permitting, the film will be shown outside after a clothing optional group bike-ride and potluck.

BikeSmut is a sex-positive, LGBTQP-postive, alternatively powered film project increasing the visibility of sexuality, gender and cycling issues in a safe, fun and interactive way that promotes community dialogue and action. This is their 9th year traveling across the hemisphere! This is a great opportunity to contribute to the local arts and activism community burgeoning in our city.

If this is your type of thing, be sure to check out more info about the event on the BikeSmut website and the BikeSmut Troy event page.