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Superior Merchandise Co. Pop Up Shop

Troy’s Superior Merchandise Co. has announced they’re having a pop up shop at the Tavern Resturant. The event will take place on this month’s Troy Night Out, which is also Halloween.

KAB did a preview of Superior Merchandise Co. earlier this year, and I’m happy to see things coming to fruition. This preview should give you a great taste of what’s to come with Superior Merchandise Co.

Check out the event page for more details. See you there!

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The Aquarium Drift by Ira Marcks

Local illustrator Ira Marcks is currently Kickstarting his latest fully illustrated novella about a sailor on a wild journey to the edge of the known world.

Ira is an artist and illustrator who has taught visual storytelling for over five years in the Capital Region. Through his own workshops and various classes he has definitely offered an awesome opportunity for those interested in any sort of illustrating. He has also successfully Kickstarted his last book, Witch Knots.

Even though the kickstarter has reached it’s goal there are many kickstarter only rewards that you have 48 hours to get in on.

And if you can’t get enough, Ira is also hosting the next Collage Night at Collar Works tomorrow, as well as currently showing some of his new works at Collar Works Gallery.

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Intensive: October at EMPAC

On October 4, EMPAC is having what’s essentially their fall festival. The Intensive is showcasing four performances in a single day from their artist-in-residence program. These pieces include a band in a mirrored box, a talking car, a performance on a moving bus and a solo performance from Mick Barr.

Again, if you haven’t been to EMPAC recently, or ever, just pick one of these and go. It’s always awesome.

Check out the official descriptions on the event page and head over to EMPAC on the 10th to enjoy the performances.

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Tonight: Woodside Pecha Kucha

Tonight at CAC Woodside the latest installment of the Capital Region Pecha Kucha.

Pecha Kucha Nights are informal and fun gatherings where creative people get together and share their ideas, works, thoughts, holiday snaps — just about anything, really. Pecha Kucha 20×20 is a simple format where each presenter shows 20 images which they discuss for 20 seconds each.

These talks are a lot of fun, and with a bunch of presenters you can learn about a variety of topics in a night. And if something doesn’t interest you, it’s just a few minutes until the next presenter is on stage.

Find out about the presenters on the event page, and go enjoy the talks tonight!

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Laurel Halo at EMPAC: Recap

This past Friday, upstate New York was gifted with another performance from an artist proudly of the Hyperdub roster. Laurel Halo is a brilliant producer and live electronic musician whose music gets you thinking as much you get lost in it.

I first saw Laurel Halo at TURRBOTAX®, a monthly club night in New York City that had first exposed me to some of my now-favorite producers over the past several years. In the city, it was a fully loaded dance set packed with the purest techno (read: actual techno) imaginable. Her performance at EMPAC on Friday was the complete opposite. Halo’s set was full of heavy, mysterious synths and samples that built towards one direction, and then shifted into a completely different, but not so distant direction. It was difficult to catch the rhythm or nod along but that seemed to be the clear intention of the artist.

Her set was a curious presentation of sound, as opposed to being engineered for a dance club setting like I had experienced in the past, and was somewhat expecting. I’d almost consider this set to be a total tease, knowing the type of music I’ve heard her capable of creating in the past. I enjoyed her performance with my eyes closed and my thoughts drifting, while seated in the venue’s main concert hall. There’s something to be said of being able to sit down to watch an artist with Halo’s talent and unique approach to sound. It was truly something different.

Halo’s music is meditative and pensive, while also aggressive, sharp, complicated and simple, all at once. It was all about the build with Halo controlling chaos and creating intricate patterns that seemed both illogical and perfectly on point. Whatever Halo is doing seriously works for her, as Friday’s performance had us all completely captivated.

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Troy Restaurant Week starts today

Troy Restaurant Week kicks off today, and features different menu items between $5 and $30 in $5 increments. $5 will get you select lunch items, $10 will get you entress, $20 gets you into dinner territory and $30 gets you big dinners to share.

Check the restaurant week price and food list and be sure to check out the videos Erin Pihlaja had created in support of Troy Restaurant Week.

Grab a friend and go try a new restaurant over in Troy!

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Sean Rowe ‘Madman’

Local hunter-gatherer turned world traveling song-man Sean Rowe has a new album out, and will be performing locally in support of his new album.

The new album is called Madman, and is available via iTunes.

Tickets are currently on sale for Rowe’s local show, which will be at CAC Woodside on Friday October 3. There will also be a pre-show reception with artwork from Scott Ackerman as well as food and drinks, which you can buy a ticket for as well.

Check out the video for Desiree and a short interview with Sean Rowe over on GQ.