April at EMPAC

EMPAC is in full swing and their latest email spells out all the rad stuff they’ve got in store this month.

This April at EMPAC, see how:

Hit up the schedule and catch a show. Many are free and the ones that aren’t are more than worth it.

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Rare Form Brewing coming to downtown Troy

Rare Form Brewing Company located right in downtown Troy (90 Congress St) is set to open sometime this spring.

They’re planning four permanent beers with a rotating cast of four more. They’ve also set up an awesome sound program called Scale Up where select homebrewers can brew their beers on the Rare Form equipment, and then have it served in the Rare Form taproom. They’re planning small food pairings with their craft beers as well.

Once the brewery opens, they will be open Wednesday to Sunday. Wednesdays and Thursdays will be 3-8pm, Friday and Saturday 12-9pm and Sundays 12-8pm.

Check out their recent feature in the Troy Record for more info on the people behind the beers.

Photo: Rare Form/Facebook

Takk House

Takk House: 55 3rd St, Troy

Not too long ago, there was an unusual real estate listing going around for a place in Troy called Half Moon Hall. This space had a bowling alley, a big gym, and a grip of other unusual features for an unassuming space on 3rd street. As it happens, a friend of mine, Heidi Benjamin and her partner Frank Sicari have purchased the space and have big plans. They’re setting it up to be a rental space for all sorts of functions such as weddings, parties, shows, and beyond.

Check the official Takk House website for more details, and the be sure to read the announcement on Heidi’s website. I can’t wait to see what they come up with and I especially can’t wait to check the space out!

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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Carmen’s Cuban restaurant in Troy to extend hours and menu

Great news sent over from Duncan Crary:

Carmen’s will now be open five days instead of three. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday additions include soups, salads, sandwiches and light dinners, with local delivery available with a $15 minimum order. Friday night is still Tapas Night, and the full weekend menu is still offered. New hours will be: Wednesday and Thursday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Friday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Before this they were open for lunch during the week and dinner on Fridays. Hope I actually get a chance to finally check this place out as many of my friends have had only great things to say about Carmen’s. Stay up to date with them via their facebook page.