Artist Spotlight: Persephone Pomme

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This past summer (which feels like it was ages away, while this summer’s also feeling like it’s ages away), I sat down with C. Amanda Boutahorse to talk about the art of burlesque, how she got into it and where you can find burlesque in Albany.

Since our interview, C. Amanda Boutahorse has put on a handful of events in her series Cult Classics and tonight is hosting a tribute to Kevin Smith’s very first film, Clerks, in celebration of the 20 year anniversary of its release. Tonight’s events will feature acts from Persephone Pomme, Pam Demonium, Brodie Lazzo, Corvina Underwood Nottingham Tate, C. Amanda Boutahorse, William Hughes, Lulu Madly, Baby Dead Girl with GoGo by Noelle Reign. You can find details and RSVP via Facebook and hit the jump to check out a Q+A with a relatively new performer to the world of burlesque, Persephone Pomme!

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Artist Spotlight: An Interview with Roland Graves

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I first met local artist Roland Graves by way of attending the same middle school many years ago and it wasn’t until recently that his artwork really caught my eye. Almost to the point of asking, wait, when did Roland start doing that kind of thing? It never fails to amaze me that after all these years living in Albany, the people that I’ve met and come to know are still able to pleasantly surprise me and impress me. Thank you for that, genuinely.

Roland works with mixed mediums and creates multidimensional collages that are captivating, occasionally grim in subject matter and a curious visual display of how his thought process works. Collages, by nature, can have a haphazard quality to them, but it is clear that Roland’s careful composition, planning and philosophical touch (often in titling or captioning works) helps his work come together smoothly and it’s hard to tell what was planned and what was a happy accident.

Needless to say, I have found myself really enjoying his work the past couple months and wanting to find out more about what he’s been up to from the source himself. Thank you again to Roland for taking the time for this interview. Hit the jump to see more of Roland’s work and to check out our full Q+A.

You can next see Roland’s work displayed and available for sale this Friday, December 6th at Fuzz Records on Lark Street, in conjunction with December’s First Friday.

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Artist Spotlight: C. Amanda Boutahorse

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This Friday (tomorrow) is the debut of C. Amanda Boutahorse’s Cult Classics series, which will be kicking off with a sexy burlesque homage to Hedwig & The Angry Inch.

I’ve been fortunate to have had several opportunities to catch C. Amanda Boutahorse‘s performances in the past and recently sat down with the performance artist to learn more about the craft.

Hit the jump to check out our full interview!

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Artist Spotlight: An interview with Nate Osborne

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Earlier this week, I was browsing through a random fashion blog when I came across a photo of someone wearing a novelty t-shirt that read, “No Time For Art,” across the front. I hated it. If anything, it was a reminder that it is absolutely imperative that we make time for art, regardless of in what form, creating or observing. I understand that people get busy (or feel ‘too busy’) but the idea of ‘not having time’ to appreciate the infinite array of visual elements in our culture in general just made me think that we must reevaluate how we are spending our time and what we are placing value on. Plus, I really hated that t-shirt for making me think so much about it. Anger, on multiple levels, really.

My friend Sev Statik pointed out something a couple months ago that has continued to stick with me and also accidentally makes me feel better about that bullshit novelty t-shirt slogan. He said, “I want to meet you in the act of your craft – I want to meet you while you are writing, performing, on stage, at your art show, in your studio, at a record shop, on the field, wherever. That’s where I want to meet you.” It makes me feel instantly grateful, because when I break it down for myself, I really have met so many people I call my friends through catching them in the act of doing whatever it is that they do.

Nate Osborne is no exception to this. I first met Nate at an art show years ago where he was showing his work in conjunction with First Friday in Albany. His work instantly drew me in, mainly because of how clear it was that his work was his passion preserved on paper. I truly believe that when people put serious time and dedication into their work, other people will take notice. Nate’s artwork, in my opinion, has only gotten better with time and with each new piece, all while showing no signs of slowing down.

Currently working full time at Full Effect in Troy as a tattoo artist, Nate is constantly churning out new, quality pieces of artwork and someone seriously needs to get him a solo art show of his own stat. You can next see Nate’s work displayed and available for sale this Sunday, June 16th at the Holiday Inn on Wolf Road for this year’s 6th Annual Albany Comic Con.

Hit the jump to read our full interview and check out more from Nate. You may also view his work on Instagram and in his digital portfolio at Nate Osborne Artworks.

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KAB Interview: Hans Leibold

Full disclosure: For four years, Hans and I played together in End of a Year. We’ve got history; we’ve got memories. As that band evolved into Self Defense Family, Hans left to explore other interests he’d neglected—among them, DJing. Lately, he’s been shaking up the Fuze Box’s weekend playlists; if you’ve heard 1000 Ohm’s “Love in Motion,” Malcolm and the Bad Girls’ “Shoot Me,” or countless other great obscure tracks as Saturday night becomes Sunday morning (anything that makes you pause to ask, “What is this?”) you can be sure Hans was manning the booth. But he’s also begun hosting a few events of his own.

Billed as “a night of unknown champions,” NO DJ is the latest of these—a chance for people to share their favorite tunes in public without worrying about their skills. It’s a cool concept that debuts next Thursday; hopefully, it’ll prove to be the first of many such get-togethers. On a recent brisk Sunday, Hans and I chatted for an hour about NO DJ, his recent accomplishments, and his wish to use art to encourage a renewed sense of community in Albany.

You’ve been pretty busy over the past couple of months: DJing Eighties Night at the Fuze Box, hosting a couple of movie nights, and so on. Any of these you want to talk about? Am I missing anything?

Sure. Eighties Night is just a fun thing where I can be a human jukebox for a night. I guess I’m a club DJ, if you will, but I don’t do anything flashy or acrobatic. I just fade songs into songs. I think that’s where I’m more of a selector than anything else. I lean on my rather robust knowledge of 1980s music to sort of lay the path for the evening. I don’t have a predetermined set or anything like that; I just play whatever people seem to be enjoying, then I collect money and go to sleep at 5:00 AM.

I’m also slowly getting involved with public access television via Channel Albany. I’m developing a show where couples resolve, or further screw up, their disputes in front of a camera and green screen backdrop of my choosing. Compelling TV, I think. I’ve made more progress on my homage to the Night Walk and Night Drive programs that used to air on Global TV in Toronto back in the eighties. I just walk or drive at night with my VHS camera, documenting whatever happens. Usually nothing.

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KAB Interview: Sean Rowe

As mentioned previously, Sean Rowe is playing his CD release show for his new album The Salesman and the Shark, out on Anti Records tomorrow at Valentine’s with the always amazing Railbird. It’s a guaranteed good time.

To celebrate, we’ve got a proper interview with the man himself, and Sean was kind enough to answer a few questions we had for him.

KAB: You’ve been creating music for quite some time, how do you remain inspired?
SR: I wake up and take a walk outside. Sometimes that does the trick. I listen to a lot of records. Old blues, 50′s 60′s soul. New stuff too although a lot that I hear coming out in the mainstream makes me yawn a little.

KAB: Do you have other, non-musical, creative outlets?
SR: Yes, I hit people. No, not really but I do forage for wild food when I can. This summer has been not so hot for wild fruits and vegetables. The severe drought has shriveled a whole lot out here in the northeast.

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