Youth FX at The Spectrum

Tomorrow, The Spectrum will be hosting Youth FX, Albany’s award winning teen filmmaking program, which is part of Grand Street Community Arts. All of the proceeds go to the program, and after the screenings there is a Q&A with the filmmakers.

Among the wide range of topics the Youth FX filmmakers explored this past year were documentaries about local refugee youth, a profile of a local legend from Grand Street, a story of two girls who fall in love against the wishes of one of their fathers, an exploration of Black hairstyles, and the program’s first film written, directed and starring an all Karen, Burma cast.

Tickets are on sale now, and you can see more info on the event page.


Troy, NY posters by Phil Pascuzzo

Troy Cloth & Paper posted up a fun event for this month’s Troy Night Out, which features a spectator friendly production run of a really awesome poster designed by Phil Pascuzzo.

From the event page:

Every Troy Night Out we live-print a framable art print which has been designed by a different local artist. The only time these will ever be printed is between 5-9pm on that particular Troy Night Out.

These posters are super limited and are only printed for 4 hours, so if you can’t make it you can pre-order a poster and have it shipped, or pick it up.

If you can, do your best to make it to Troy Cloth & Paper during TNO and grab one of these awesome posters.

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Create Upstate 2015

Create Upsate, a two-day design conference in Syracuse, is is just under a month away. The schedule is available for you to take a look and see the topics that make up this year’s conference.

Registration is still open so get your tickets soon. Similar conferences typically involve flights and much more planning than simply driving west for a little bit, so supporting a great conference in your backyard is a solid move.

Below is Doug Bartow’s talk from last year’s Create Upstate to give you an idea of what the conference is about.


An Evening of Films at the Albany Institute

The Albany Institute of History and Art is hosting An Evening of Films, tomorrow, February 19 as well as February 26. Local filmmakers will be showcasing and discussing their films and videos.

The event kicks off at 6 and is free. You can read more on the Albany Institute’s event page.


Free admission at the Albany Institute on MLK Day

The Albany Institute of History & Art will offer free admission to the museum on Monday, January 19, 2014 from 10am-5pm. Their current exhibition list is quite extensive, and I know a lot of you haven’t been here since it usually costs money.

Make the best of your day off and work this into your plans!


Cocktails with Creatives

On Thursday December 4, The Upstate NY AIGA will be hosting a Cocktails with Creatives event at The Shop in Troy (and also simulatenously at Small Plates in Syracuse).

From the event page:

Whether you’re a designer yourself, work with them, or just want to get to know a few, this is a great opportunity to connect with your community!

This is a great opportunity for all creative people to meet others in their area all while enjoying a great new bar in Troy. Registration for the event is free, but space is limited, so go register!

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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