Holiday Market at Superior Merchandise Co.

On Black Friday, Superior Merchandise Co. will be hosting a holiday market at 147 Fourth St that will hopefully allow you to avoid the malls and stripmalls while shopping a great selection of high quality goods.

The market includes good from Superior Merchandise Co., Flower Scout, Owlkill Studio, Fort Orange General Store, Sarah K. Benning, The Rise and Shine Company, The Foxes Keep, Pepco Studio, Junie B Love and Don’t Worry About it Records. There will also be a photobooth from Takk House and treats from Momofuku Milk Bar.

Read more on the facebook event and be sure to head over to SMCo. on Black Friday.

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William Gibson at EMPAC: Recap

The following is a guest post from Scott Birdsey.

Legendary science fiction author William Gibson has a new book out called The Peripheral, and appeared in support of if at EMPAC on Sunday night. Mr. Gibson did a few readings from the new book, and took questions from the audience, which was a diverse mix – academics and punks, literati and nerds.

To pay tribute, I wore my black MA-1 bomber jacket, which was the iconic wardrobe mainstay of Cayce Pollard, the main character of Gibson’s 2004 novel Pattern Recognition. Gibson’s stories occupy a space between fiction and non-fiction, and that jacket is the perfect example: Buzz Ricksons, the high-end Japanese designer of the jacket referenced in the book, didn’t actually make the MA-1 in the color black in real life – but decided to shortly after the book came out and found themselves flooded with requests. Mine was a cheaper Alpha Industries model, but did the job.

Gibson read chapters from the new book, which is set in two timelines – one near-future, which includes veiled references to Walmart and Google Glass – and a more alienating far-future, about 100 years from now. EMPAC is very much a great environment for William Gibson. This is the guy who coined the phrase ‘cyberspace’ in Neuromancer, years before Al Gore would invent the internet. But Gibson was down to earth about EMPAC, focusing on the podium of all the things – that it was the tallest he’d ever used, and that it was even adjustable. The Peripheral feels a bit like this – epic in its scope and vision into where our society is going, but stopping along the way to explore the odd little details.

After the reading, Mr. Gibson took several questions from the audience, summarized below.

On whether video game storylines are becoming on par with literature:
“Pong was the only video game I was any good at. When they went to Tetris I said ‘no, that’s too complicated’.”

On what music he listens to:
“It disappoints people.”

On whether Neuromancer will ever be made into a movie:
“People don’t realize, the end point of the novel IS the novel.”

On whether or not any other careers were considered:
“I’d been an aspiring cartoonist as a kid. The only thing that remains of that is how I’ll sign your books tonight.”

Myself, I wasn’t able to get my copy of the Peripheral signed – I’d bought an electronic version of it the previous week from Apple. Exactly the stuff that makes William Gibson tick.

The Shop, Troy

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I was thrilled when I got notice that The Shop (which is not The Shoppe, also in Troy’s downtown) has opened it’s doors.

The space itself is great. They did a superb job allowing the space’s past life as a hardware store shine through in its current incarnation. When I stopped by, they were putting the finishing touches on the space, but the drink and food menu were fleshed out and looking great. There is a front bar room for those looking to grab drinks with friends, and a separate back dining where you can sit and grab some food.

The bartender Nate fixed me The Forester, which is a homemade thyme-maple infused bourbon with Creme Yvette and lemon juice, and it was delicious. I also had a Tommy Gun (Tullamore Dew, Cointreau, apricot jam, and ginger infused simple syrup) which was excellent. The cocktail menu has a great selection of actual cocktails, not two-ingredient “cocktails” in a pint glass. Also on their drink menu are beer cocktails which are a nice way for beer drinkers to enjoy something new without jumping straight into the deep end. The Shop also boasts a beer list that includes nitro brews, many drafts, cans, bottles and of course wine as well.

Their Grand Opening is scheduled for 4:30pm on Halloween, which is also Troy Night Out. I strongly recommend checking this place out as soon as you can. It’s already a part of my to-do list whenever I’m in Troy. These bars with great cocktails are a new thing for the area and as someone who doesn’t drink beer, I couldn’t be happier.


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!

Aquarium Drift

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.


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!