Quality events for this weekend vol. 82

Friday, April 19th

80s Night at the Fuze Box: The ole’ standby.

End of the Month at McGeary’s: With Doom Fist, Mizery Crew, DJ Monsters and Lazers. Free, awesome rap show.

Moustache Bash at Elda’s: Free facial hair themed dance party at Elda’s with DJ White Lotus.

Tom McWatters and the Philo Beddoe Band with Esquela at Valentine’s: Rock and roll show at Albany’s favorite club. Esquela is supporting a new album produced by Eric “Roscoe” Ambel.

Albany Word Fest: Poetry open mic with many poets.

Saturday, April 20th

Hudson Valley Hops at Albany Institute of History & Art: Beer. From New York. What more is there to say?

420 Party at Red Square: Tons of local talent playing all night at Red Square.

Albany Word Fest: Invitational Slam to punctuate Albany Word Fest.

Albany Restaurant Week: Do something new. For cheap.

Dan Deacon at MASS MoCA: Weird bleepy-bloop man to perform bleepy bloops.

Sunday, April 21st

Albany Restaurant Week: Do something new. For cheap.

NYS Museum: Check the current exhibits.

Swissted at the Arts Center

The Arts Center has an amazing gallery opening tonight which includes a reception and book signing by the artist, Mike Joyce.

From the copy:

Swissted is an ongoing project by graphic designer Mike Joyce, owner of Stereotype Design in New York City. Drawing from his love of punk rock and Swiss modernism, two movements that have almost nothing to do with one another, Mike has redesigned vintage punk, hardcore, new wave, goth, grunge, and indie rock show flyers into International Typographic Style posters. Each design is set in lowercase Berthold Akzidenz-Grotesk medium. Every single one of the shows represented actually happened. Joyce was born in Troy, New York.

Books and prints are available for purchase and Swissted will be on display until April 21st. Tonight’s book signing starts at 6:30pm. More info on The Arts Center website.

Recap and photos: Delicate Steve and Dirty Projectors at Skidmore

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The past Saturday, the gymnasium at Skidmore played host to bands Delicate Steve and the Dirty Projectors.

As a thin crowd filtered in at the beginning of the night, the gym felt like a strange venue to host a show, one almost reminiscent of a high school dance, but that in itself was something different and therefore appreciated. It’s not every day you can see bands that typically play sold out (and consequently tightly packed) venues in larger cities. Once the music started and the lights were off, the mood of the evening transformed rather quickly into that of a concert and it all came together properly with ease.

I know I’ve said it before, but a bill of two bands is one of my favorite formulas for live music. Performance, a quick intermission, performance. With this set-up, the bands can feature totally diverse sounds and the show will still be enjoyable. In the case of this particular show, the bands complimented each other wonderfully and both brought quality craftsmanship and creativity to their sets.

Delicate Steve is a five-piece from New Jersey, whose music, I quickly learned, brings a distinctive inventiveness to the instrumentation of their live set. The guitar playing in their set drew me in from the beginning and the other members worked well together in creating their compositions. The band’s music is mostly instrumental, with some songs featuring light vocals. It has a hypnotic quality to it while still being danceable and overall was a pleasant surprise and kickoff to the night.

Seeing the Dirty Projectors in a setting such as Skidmore was a really fun opportunity to take advantage of. The Dirty Projectors have been playing together for a decade now and have released seven full-length albums during their time as a band. The band played songs off their latest EP, “About to Die,” and also off their latest album, such as tracks “Offspring Are Blank,” “See What She Seeing,” and “Gun Has No Trigger.”

In my opinion, Amber Coffman is the standout talent of the group and hearing her sing live made the show for me. She holds a captivating stage presence and balancing her vocals with Olga Bell was very complimentary during the set. The pair executes an interesting display of what sounds like vocal gymnastics at times and is really fun and interesting to watch.

Keep an eye on Skidmore’s event calendar, for as we recently learned, not all events are exclusive to students.

Hit the jump or click the image above to see Andrew’s full gallery!

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Quality events for this weekend vol. 81

Friday April 12th

Mavado at the PCC. Dancehall legend. Nuts that he’s playing in Albany.

VAS: Nuclear Café at the Foundry: Arts collective ‘Nuclear Café’ will have work on display and there will be a live performance at 7:30pm.

Kowloon Walled City, Zozobra, Maggot Brain (LP Release), Hush at Valentine’s: Big show to celebrate Maggot Brian’s LP that’s being released on Fuzz Records!

Comedy Showcase at Waterworks: An awesome, cheap way to start your night.

Retro-active 80s Nite at Elda’s: No cover fun party time with DJ Rana Ransom.

Cam’rom at DUO Lounge: Hey ma, what’s up?

Saturday April 13th

The Slaughterhouse Chorus at Professor Java’s: Free acoustic show with great local Americana band.

Dirty Projectors at Skidmore: Self explanatory. Will be awesome.

Sunday April 14th

Deerhoof at Valentine’s: Noisy and fun music. End your weekend right.

Sunday Underground with DJ Trumaster and Party with Tina at McGeary’s: The best in dance music and two for one drinks.

Albany High School writing assignment: explain why ‘Jews are evil’

Dan Amira for New York Magazine:

An unnamed English teacher at Albany High School who wanted to “challenge” his/her students to “formulate a persuasive argument” tasked them with writing an essay about why “Jews are evil,” as if they were trying to convince a Nazi official of their loyalty. One third of the class refused, and the principal has apologized while insisting that there wasn’t any “malice or intent to cause any insensitivities to our families of Jewish faith.”

Shameful.

(Photo Erin Kohlenberg)

Call for work: 35th annual photo regional

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The 35th Photo Regional of the Capital District has had an ongoing call for work out and the deadline is only a couple days away.

This year’s event will be hosted by the Fulton Street Gallery in Troy and at the Photography Center of the Capital District, with the show up and running from April 17 to June 15.

If you are interested in participating, you can fill out the call for entry form and take it from there. All work must be ready-to-hang and delivered to the Fulton Street Gallery between noon and 6pm on April 13-15.

Shelby Lee Adams will jury the show and there will be a salon reception on April 26th and the opening reception for accepted works will be on May 4 with a talk by the juror.