Pretty Much the Best Comedy Show at Proctors

Tomorrow starts the new monthly comedy series Pretty Much the Best Comedy Show at Proctors.

LA-based comedian Ahmed Bharoocha is the headliner. He’s known for his YouTube comedy sketch series Dead Kevin, which Comedy Central just picked up for their website. The show will also feature Ethan Ullman (as heard on the Howard Stern Show), Thomas Attila Lewis (Vince Vaughn’s Wild West Comedy Fest) and guest who may or may not be special.

Tickets are available via the Proctors website and you can find more details on the event’s website. Also, head over to Pretty Much the Best Comedy Show’s facebook and give them a like to stay in the loop with future shows.

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Quality events for this weekend vol. 147

Friday August 22

Collage Night at Collar Works: Your favorite collage night at the new Collar Works gallery space!

Titus Andronicus at the Low Beat: With Pelican Movement and Liquor Store.

Capital Carshare Block Party: Go learn about the new car share and get some food, music, and art in at the same time.

The Cretin Hop at Fuze Box: Punk, metal, 80s and general weirdness.

C. Amanda Boutahorse’s Cult Classics Burlesque at the Hangar: A Tribute to Labyrinth.

The Lego Movie in West Capitol Park: Enjoy the last bits of summer with a free movie outside.

Pete Donnelly and Brett Newksi at Spring Street Gallery: Pete from the Figgs up in Saratoga.

Saturday August 23

Wellington Annex Demolition: They’re blowing up a huge building downtown sometime around 9:30am.

Eastbound Jesus at Putnam Den: With The Lucky Jukebox Brigade.

Carl Daniels and The Black Box at the Fuze Box: With Not An Airplane and Immaculate Heart.

Polly No. 1 at River St Pub: With Rx. Crystal Gates, Power Animal System, b0ynature, Promised Heights, WILDECRIST, Sea Change.

BUMP at Basilica Hudson: Interactive whale exhibit from Frank and Dan DenDanto.

Sunday August 24

Scum Couch, Noxious Foxes at the Low Beat: Experimental and instrumental.

All Weekend

The Track: Travers weekend, stuff will be bonkers.

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.

Jaws, On Golden Pond, 12 Angry Men, Jaws at the Madison Theater: Only five bucks!

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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 area’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 — namely, stitching thunderous vamps together into rambling odysseys, then interspersing those numbers among marginally more focused songs — 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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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!

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‘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.