Artist Spotlight: Anthony DiMaggio & Chris Peterson

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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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Beat*Shot Music Festival: Photos and (Partial) Recap

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This past weekend was the Beat*Shot Music Festival, which is one of my favorite fixtures of the Albany-area music scene. The festival (which doesn’t involve mud, not showering or neon fuzzy boots) took place over at The Hollow on Pearl Street.

I showed up to the show with basically no knowledge of who was playing and just put my trust into the organizers of the show. Act after act was incredible and there almost no wait time between the acts. I was able to catch Taina Asili, Ses Da Great, Deca, Count Bass D, Blueprint, and Adrienne Mack-Davis. Every single one of them was incredible to watch and despite being unfamiliar with a few of them, easy to get into and even easier to enjoy. Seeing Blueprint and Count Bass D was a real treat.

Unfortunately, I couldn’t make the Saturday portion of the show. But as far as I have heard, Pharoahe Monch crushed The Hollow and all the other performers assisted. If you missed this years Beat*Shot Music Festival, you’ve missed the best one yet. Don’t make the same mistake next year!

Big shout out to everyone involved for making the show run so smoothly and for the absolutely impeccable line-up. Can’t wait until next year.

Checking out Brew

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Yesterday I stopped into Brew to grab some coffee and check out their offerings. The shop, which is at 209 Lark Street is definitely an awesome and very welcomed addition to the area. For coffee alone, they bring a variety and quality of beans from roasters which weren’t present in our area before. From there, they’ve got 150 types of beer from 50 different breweries around the country, and there were a lot of labels and names I haven’t seen before anywhere. You have your choice of can, bottle or growler.

They’ve also got french presses, the Aeropress, Chemex coffee makers and all of the accessories and filters for those that you’d ever need. And on top of all of that they’re stocked to the teeth with home brewing supplies as well.

Grab a few cans of something you’ve never had before and enjoy the heat of the summer before it’s gone. Or if beer ain’t your thing grab an iced tea or cold brew coffee and do the same.

Rare Form Brewing opening today

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Rare Form Brewing Company, located at 90 Congress Street in Troy will open their doors today at 4:30pm. The project started many months ago with a shell of a building which has been completely transformed into a gorgeous brewery. Jenny Kemp and Kevin Mullen with the help from a few friends have tackled almost all the work themselves, even the plumbing and electric. There’s a lot attention to detail in the brewery, such as the lights on the taps, the Rare Form colors on the bar, the custom tap handles, growlers and more.

The building that houses Rare Form has more going on than just the brewery. It will have four storefronts, with the other three being a deli, art gallery, and a restaurant/cocktail bar. Collar Works, the art gallery also opens today.

Check out Rare Form tonight during Troy Night Out and be sure to “test” all their beverages for science.

Brimfield Antique Show: Photos

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On Saturday, I headed out to Brimfield, Massachusetts to check out the thrice-a-year Brimfield Antique Show. The Brimfield Antiques Show is the largest outdoor antiques show in the world, with over 6,000 dealers and 130,000+ visitors over the course of the week.

I didn’t really know what to expect other than a ton of people and a ton of things for sale. There was every sort of vendor present; from antiques, crafts, memorabilia, vintage clothing, type, and even restored outboard boat motors. One of the vendors I was chatting with was talking about fashion designers sending people to Brimfield to grab clothing as inspiration for new pieces. He said he talked to people from Japan, Sweden and France on opening day.

The weather on Saturday was beautiful and I walked around the entire show in a few hours, admittedly skipping whole sections because there was simply too much ground to cover. I’ll let the photos above do the talking when it comes to what I saw at the show, so flip through them.

The next installment is September 2-7, but be advised that if you want to see the whole show at once, go toward the end of the show as the opening of certain sections is staggered. More info on the official site.

Tonight: Grand Opening of Henry Loves Betty Pet Boutique

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In the past couple of months, it practically feels like I’ve run out of fingers to count the brand new and recently revamped businesses blossoming in Albany. It’s an awesome and exciting time for things locally, to say the least. Tonight marks the grand opening of the Fort Orange General Store on Delaware Ave in Albany and the grand opening of Henry Loves Betty on River Street in Troy. Check out photos from Andrew’s first visit at Fort Orange General Store and be sure to swing by their opening.

Meanwhile, on the other side of the river, pet enthusiast and vet technician Paula Matt will be hosting the grand opening of Henry Loves Betty, a pet boutique offering a consciously curated collection of pet necessities and accessories.

Paula named the store after two of her many pets, Henry and Betty, and began her business by offering custom hand knit sweaters for both dogs, cats and chickens alike on Etsy. Over months of developing a business plan and putting in countless hours of hard work and planning, the opportunity for Henry Loves Betty to expand its offerings grew into moving to a physical location.

It’s been really enjoyable tracking Paula and her boutique’s progress over the past several months and I’m excited to see it all come together. The boutique is well put together, with quaint detailing, such as a beautiful vintage couch for visitors and furniture from estate sales to give the boutique a chic atmosphere, and really reflects the caring personality of the owner.

From removable bow ties to creative cat nip toys to aromatherapy soy candles for dogs to all natural dog treats, and even ice cream for dogs, Henry Loves Betty is going to be a great neighborhood asset for the pet-lovers of the River Street community. Be sure to stop by with or without your pet!