Jlin+Qrion at EMPAC Ticket Giveaway

On Friday November 4, EMPAC is hosting an awesome night of music with Jlin and Qrion.

From the event site:

Jlin is one of the most prominent female electronic producers of the current generation. She grew up in Gary, Indiana, and made her first tracks while working at a steel mill. Drawing on the legacy of RP Boo and DJ Rashad, she has advanced the Chicago-oriented style of footwork into dark and creative new dimensions. Though her earlier work relied on sampling—often from horror movies—she now refuses to, opting instead to compose her dense, frenetic tracks from all original source material. Her 2015 debut record Dark Energy was named the year’s best by a number of publications, including The Wire.

Hailing from Sapporo, the snowy capital of Japan’s northernmost island, Qrion released her first two EPs via SenSe while still attending high school. Internet acclaim and the anticipation of her softly-lit, melancholic melodies eventually led to SenSe’s servers being overloaded during the free release of 2014’s「sink」, a download-only mini album. Later that year, a high-profile collaboration with electronic producer Ryan Hemsworth exposed Qrion’s music to a global audience. She is currently preparing to release her first full-length album later this year.

The folks at EMPAC have been kind enough to offer a pair of tickets to give away to a lucky reader of this site. If you’re not the contest type, tickets are currently on sale for the event. Enter to win below!

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Coffee School at SMCo.

Superior Merchandise has a bunch of great educational coffee classes set for the next few months. If you’re serious about upping your coffee game but haven’t gotten around to tackling it, or have had difficulty brewing at home in the past, this is for you.

Tickets are currently on sale via Eventbrite. Get that coffee game maximized before the holidays.

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Cans + Crayons at SMCo.

SMCo. has a neat event set for tomorrow.

Here’s how it works: YOU buy one of our many delicious craft beers, WE provide you with limited edition coloring pages designed by local artists + lots of crayons to color them with!

Coloring pages have been designed by Michael Conlin, Caroline Corrigan, Ira Marcks, Erik Savage, Zach Higgins, Felicity Jones, and (possibly) more. Very cool idea and some really awesome artists involved.

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Little Pecks Opening Thursday

little pecks will be officially opening Thursday. For the past week or so they were soft-open; serving coffee and without official hours.

From the press release:

Little pecks is an all-day café from the culinary team behind Peck’s Arcade, serving coffee, breakfast, lunch, snacks and drinks, including wine and beer. Joining the team as lead barista is Katryn Malen, formerly of Stacks Espresso Bar in Albany.

At the helm of the kitchen will be the duo of executive chef Nick Ruscitto and executive pastry chef Greg Kern, who describes little pecks as “many ideas coming together in one space, which is one of the great things about working with this team. I’ve been able to experiment with some new food ideas and be more involved with the opening of a business – it’s been interesting having a role beyond that of making food.”

The cafe will be open seven days a week from 6:00am Monday-Friday, and 8:00am on Saturday and Sunday, for breakfast and lunch with closing times based on customer demand, and at minimum 9:00pm. In addition to seating in little pecks, diners will also have access to a four-season garden area with retractable roof, to be shared with Lucas Confectionery, as well as the Library at Peck’s Arcade. The team expects to do equal parts orders to stay and take-away, and will also focus on outside catering. Coffee will be provided exclusively by Tandem Coffee Roasters of Portland, Maine.

Can’t wait to swing by.

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“little pecks is a little open”

little pecks had previously announced their opening day was to be Friday, but it seems like enough things are in place that the team will be getting the ball rolling, starting today.

little pecks is an all-day cafe by those behind Peck’s Arcade in the former space of The Grocery, at 217 Broadway.