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Geert Lovink at RPI

Geert Lovink, will be speaking at Rensselaer on Wednesday, April 1 at 6pm, and is free and open to the public. Lovink is a media theorist, Internet critic, and founding director of the Institute of Network Cultures. Lovink’s talk is titled “Critical Internet Cultures after Snowden”.

During the lecture, Lovink will discuss current strategies and concepts that could overcome the current Internet crisis. In addition, while at Rensselaer, Century noted that Lovink will spend two days with graduate students in HASS, leading a full-time master class, a unique format in five sessions that he’s given all over the world.

You can see more about this talk on the RPI website.

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Troy, NY posters by Phil Pascuzzo

Troy Cloth & Paper posted up a fun event for this month’s Troy Night Out, which features a spectator friendly production run of a really awesome poster designed by Phil Pascuzzo.

From the event page:

Every Troy Night Out we live-print a framable art print which has been designed by a different local artist. The only time these will ever be printed is between 5-9pm on that particular Troy Night Out.

These posters are super limited and are only printed for 4 hours, so if you can’t make it you can pre-order a poster and have it shipped, or pick it up.

If you can, do your best to make it to Troy Cloth & Paper during TNO and grab one of these awesome posters.

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‘Empac Shrugs Popularity to Promote Creative Liberty in Troy, N.Y.’

From The New York Times:

As universities become, more and more, the American institutions best equipped to fund artmaking, Empac’s thoroughly academic approach may become more common, valuing exploration and incremental advancement of the field as ends in themselves.

The whole article is a quick read, so get to it. Check out EMPAC’s schedule and get to the next show you can.

Bear Grass – Clock In The Corner

A little while back, Bear Grass shared their video entry into NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert Contest. It’s a fun video for a great song and I’d recommend giving it a listen. If you like what you hear, check out their bandcamp for more.

Bear Grass is Katie Hammon (lead vocals and guitar), Tommy Krebs (Guitar, Keys & Vocals), August Sagehorn (Bass) & Ian White (Drums).

Sponsor: Knotted at Takk House

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My thanks to Knotted for sponsoring KAB this week. Knotted is a wedding show taking place at Troy’s awesome new space, Takk House.

From the event on facebook:

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.

Day of tickets are only $7 and if you plan ahead it’s only $5. If you or someone you know is engaged, be sure to check Knotted out!

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Checking out Weird Beard Candle Co.

I was fumbling around on Instagram and noticed activity from a new candle company based in Troy. I love candles and to have a local candle maker is awesome.

After a few emails and a little coordination, I visited Weird Beard Candle Company. Weird Beard is a creative husband and wife team. Taking an idea and bringing it to fruition is a familiar activity for Mike and Crystal.

Crystal is behind the design, branding, photography and marketing. This is right in her wheelhouse as Crystal runs CAPow! Art and Design, her art and design company. There’s a bunch of really great prints in the CAPow Etsy Store.

Mike is the one behind the experimentation and creation of the candles themselves. Around their home was a bunch of test candles in mystery scents with code name labels. Mike goes through a bunch of test candles to make sure that it performs and smells great from start to finish. Once the candle’s formula is satisfactory, a batch is made, packaged and sent to the distributors, or straight to you.

Currently, Weird Beard offers five scents: Saturday Morning Cartoons; Saturday Morning Cartoons II; Apple Pie; Maple Bacon; and Chocolate Cream Pie. While these candles aren’t the most traditional scents, they smell great and are a fun departure from the normal ‘ocean breeze/chemical headache’ candles.

When I visited, there were six or so new candles in the works and I did a blind smell-test. The test is infuriating as it’s really hard to place a scent without being told what it is before you smell it. Once you’re clued in, it’s incredibly obvious and frustrating that you couldn’t place it on your own. With new candles in the works, I’m excited to see what will be released in the future.

I’ve had one of the Saturday Morning Cartoon candles burning in my apartment the last few days and I really dig the scent. There’s a warmness to it that is really pleasing.

You can check out Weird Beard’s website to learn more and check out what they offer. If you’d rather smell the candles in person before pulling the trigger, visit Annie Patterson’s Fancy Shop on Congress in Troy, as they’re the first local retailer to carry Weird Beard candles.

Thanks to Weird Beard for having me visit. If you see these candles in your travels, be sure to check them out. You can keep tabs on Weird Beard via their facebook and be the first to know what they’ve got in the works.

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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.

From EMPAC:

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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