Mouse on Mars

Mouse on Mars at EMPAC: Ticket Giveaway

On March 7, EMPAC will host Mouse on Mars, a German electronic music outfit who have been making music since 1993.


A rare US performance by Mouse on Mars, one of the most influential and innovative duos in German electronic music. For the past 21 years, Jan St. Werner and Andi Toma have been making electronic music that defies genre labels and classification, mixing IDM with krautrock, disco, pop, ambient, and avant-garde styles. Their music has been reinterpreted by orchestras and remixed by DJs, performed in concert halls and shown in museums.

You can read more about the show and get your tickets on the EMPAC event page. Also, you can enter the giveaway for a pair of tickets below. Mouse on Mars will be playing at 10pm, which is quite a bit later than most EMPAC shows to get that proper late night vibe.

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Mark Fell and Keith Fullerton Whitman at EMPAC: Ticket Giveaway

EMPAC is brining Mark Fell and Keith Fullerton Whitman to Troy on February 21. The kind folks at EMPAC have given us a pair of tickets to giveaway, which you can enter to win below.

The US premiere of a new duo project from two of the most restless innovators in electronic music. Mark Fell and Keith Fullerton Whitman are each known for their fluid approaches to electronic music making. Born of the techno generation, both have infused, deconstructed, and transcended their early mastery of vernacular dance styles with a more academic ear toward the legacy and promise of computer music. Exploring the technical, conceptual, and aesthetic notions of music synthesis, the duo is extending their shared approach to the project after an inaugural run of European performances in fall 2014.

You can read more about the collaboration via Fact and you can grab tickets via EMPAC.

Enter to win a pair of tickets below.

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F.A.Q. Circus performing in Troy’s Gasholder Building

On Saturday February 7, F.A.Q. Circus is performing three free twenty-minute shows at The Atrium in Troy, as a preview to their 55 minute shows inside of the Gasholder building. The shows in the Gasholder building will take place on Friday February 20 and Saturday February 21.

Founded in 2012, F.A.Q. Circus is a collective of contemporary circus performers who push the boundaries of what Americans typically think of as a circus. The company does not use animals or feature large bright colored costumes. Instead, their focus is on the incredible capabilities of the human body demonstrated through contortion, gymnastics and juggling. The venues, too, are smaller and more intimate than the typical American arena productions where large-scale circus normally occurs.

Tickets are on sale now and you can find out more info via Duncan Crary.

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Knotted at the Takk House

The Takk House is throwing a wedding event that aims to be not like a wedding event. Knotted will take place March 7, 2015 from 12–4pm at the Takk House in Troy.

From the event page:

Knotted is a curated wedding showcase for the offbeat couple who doesn’t quite fit the traditional wedding market. This show is anything but that. Carefully curated Knotted is a collection of independent artists, musicians, planners, decorators and foodie superheros! This is a party. Not a convention.

Tickets are just $5 in advance and on sale now. If this is in your wheelhouse, you’ll love this, and if you know someone getting married, pass the link along. I’m really happy to see this awesome space in Troy getting used in various rad ways.


Friday: Grand Re-Opening of Ms. Dixie’s Tattoo

I’m happy to see that 2015 is carrying the momentum of last year, with more new local businesses consistently popping up, in both Albany and Troy alike.

Next to join the roster is Ms. Dixie’s Tattoo, which has recently relocated from its original location in Troy, to 7 Hill Street, nestled in Troy’s original Little Italy neighborhood. The tattoo shop was founded in 2012 by Jessica Gahring, who appeared on TLC’s NY Ink. With the addition of artists Nick Reinert and Chris Conlon, I’ve seen some really spectacular tattoos come out of the shop since its been on my radar, and I highly recommend those in the market for a new tattoo to get in touch.

Ms. Dixie’s Tattoo will be hosting an official ribbon cutting with Mayor Rosamalia at 4pm in front of the new studio, with a reception to follow. The celebration will feature live music from DJ Kloud9, as well as the displayed works of photographer Tony Colasurdo. The shop’s gallery will act as another home to showcase the work of more local artists in the days to come as well, and is hosting its first gallery show in conjunction with its grand re-opening and Troy Night Out.

For more information about the re-opening party and to get acquainted with the shop’s talented artists, please pay a visit, either online or stop by the shop this Friday, beginning at 4pm.

Image courtesy Ms. Dixie’s


Peck’s Arcade: Review

Last Thursday, one day after opening, I went to Peck’s Arcade with a friend for dinner.

In the kitchen is Chef Nick Ruscitto and sous chef Matt Sciubba, the same two behind Tavern Noodle. Peck’s is already in their element pulling off a higher level dining experience.

We were seated towards back of the restaurant, facing the kitchen. I was able to ask Chef Nick about the menu, and he didn’t bat an eye when I had said that both of us are vegan. Both chefs commented that it was fun and easy for them to modify the dishes. This being a non-issue put me at ease throughout the course of my meal.

We ended up eating essentially everything that they were able to make for us, for a total of nine courses. Each dish came with it’s own set of flavors and texture, and each dish was as enjoyable as the last. Even the bread they served was excellent, and it’s no surprise it too is made in-house.

The food had intense levels of complexity and consideration for being so simply described. Seemingly small touches set the dishes over the top. The carrot risotto had deep fried rosemary; the hazelnuts popped in the wild mushroom dish; the togarashi was amazing on the broccoli; the black garlic was incredible on the celery root. The list goes on, and words can do it no justice.

The Peck’s machine was humming along. Vic was in the DJ booth providing the soundtrack for the night. Heather was bouncing around and in charge as always. Scott was behind the bar. The staff was attentive without being overbearing. The kitchen staff was calm and in control.

The attention to detail is obvious in everything at Peck’s. Even the hours are set up so the same staff works together each night to deliver a consistent, high quality experience. Head over to Peck’s Arcade as soon as you can. There’s a superlative dining experience to be had and you’re missing out if you haven’t been.

Peck’s Arcade is open 5 to 10pm Wednesday and Thursday, 5 to 11pm Friday and 4 to 11pm Saturday. You can find their menu and more information at


Pasties, Pencils & Pints with Noelle Reign

Pasties Pencils & Pints back with their first event for 2015. PPP is a figure drawing-and-drinking event. You get a few minutes per pose and there’s contests and prizes throughout the event. There’s a cash bar, and art supplies are BYO.

This PPP is on January 15th at 8pm at The Hangar in Troy. For more details, check out the event on facebook.