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Quality events for this weekend vol. 43

Busy weekend ahead. Do something.

Friday, May the Fourth Be With You

Fuzz Records Presents: The Artwork of Andi Lake Boyhan If you haven’t checked out the new record store on Lark St. tonight would be a great time to stop by. In conjunction with First Friday, Fuzz Records will be showcasing the artwork of graduating St. Rose senior Andi Lake Boyhan.

Mohawk Hudson Regional Invitation 2012 at Albany Center Gallery. Featured work by Renee Iacone, Nancy Van Deren and Lynn Schwarzer as well as other locals who participated in past Mohawk-Hudson Regional exhibits. Opening tonight from 5-9pm.

NUDISCO Rana Ransom and Midnight Climax spinning during this month’s Secret Garden Show at the Upstate Artists Guild on Lark.

Riotous Babes Opening reception for art created by artistically empowered women at the Dead President’s Lounge, on display until June 4th.

First Friday May See the full listing for all of the great local art happenings this evening. Most places run from 5-9pm. Always free.

Show at the Furnace featuring Soul Control, After The Fall, Smartbomb, Foxfires and Weak Teeth.

Stray the Path at Bogies, alongside The Viking, Towers, Vessels, Johnny Booth, The Less We Know.

Rosary Beard CD Release taking place at the Steamer no. 10 Theatre in Albany alongside the Winterpills. Everyone who attends the show tonight will receive a free copy of Rosary Beard’s “Halfmoon Fever” on their way out the door.

Show at Hudson River Coffee House with Steer, Burning Buildings, Rayduohead and Haybaby as presented by WCDB and CPJ Presents.

Behemoth Music Festival at the Putnam Den featuring Rawhead, Babe City, Black Ships, Gold Tooth, Mr. Complex. Mr. Complex had a new record come out recently on local label Sub-Bombin and I’ve had the song “Flying High” stuck in my head ever since I got my hands on it.

BACE Hardware Party After party for First Friday at Quintessence featuring music by Static Groove, DJ OFI, Eric David and Trumastr.

Phil Selman at Comic Syndrome Comedy Club. As seen on MTV, Showtime, and Comedy Central. Dude is funny. Also featuring Kevin Marshall (of local internet fame). Hit the link for details on getting $5 off the ticket price.

Saturday, Cinco de Mayo

WCDB Presents Future Island alongside Ed Schrader’s Music Beat and Barons in the Attic at Valentine’s.

Barons in the Attic Free Show at the River Street Beat Shop at 2pm.

Tequila Tasting Party at the Point featuring DJ White Lotus. Good music. And Tequila.

New York State of Bass Proper Villians headlines alongside a ton of local DJs at the Armory. Split up into three rooms with a silent disco component as well.

El Cinco de “My Oh” Music An evening of music at Hudson River Coffee House featuring Amanda Rogers, Hawazin, M.r. Poulopoulos and Cristo Lewis.

Cinco De Mayo Metal Party at the Fuze Box featuring Guardian, Prostitution, HUSH and Headsnatcher. Followed by a classic 80s night at 10pm.

Sunday May 6

Show at Valentine’s with Nothing But Wolves, Dead Channels, The Pistol Whips and Black Masses. Make Sunday feel like another Saturday but maybe with less tequila. Maybe.

S.I.N. (Service Industry Night Have another round at S.I.N. with music provided by DJ Trumastr.

Ticket Giveaway: Future Islands, Ed Schrader’s Music Beat, Barons In The Attic

Valentines’s is generous enough to give us a pair of tickets to give away for this Saturday, May 5th’s show featuring Future Islands, Ed Schrader’s Music Beat, and Barons In The Attic.

If you’re not the contest type, you can buy tickets online for $8 on eventbrite, otherwise…

For your chance to win hit the jump and enter your info! We’ll pick a winner Saturday at 2pm.

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16th Annual Art On Lark Line-Up Announced

The Lark Street Bid announced the line-up for this year’s Art On Lark, which will take place Saturday, June 9th. It will feature Babe City, The College Farm, Matthew Carefully, Mike Grutka, The Ashton Williams Band and Betsi Krisniski among other exhibits and vendors.

Last year had a lot of tents along Lark with awesome art from great area artists. There will be plenty to see in addition to the great music line-up the bid has crafted for this event.

And check out our quick photo recap from last year.

Whole Foods coming to Albany

The company broke the news yesterday on twitter that among other places, we’re getting a Whole Foods. The store is expected to be 32,000 square feet and take the whole first floor in Colonie Center where Sears is currently, while Sears downsizes.

Really sucks they’re putting this so far away from downtown Albany, there’s plenty of warehouses and and no grocery stores whatsoever in North Albany. But yeah, I get it.

Read more on the TU and AOA.

‘A Taste of Albany’ Food Event tonight at the NYS Museum

Tonight’s event is a great way to experience all of the places in the area that you’ve meant to check out but haven’t, while helping fight homelessness. A Taste of Albany is showcasing loads of area eateries including Illum Cafe, Browns, Cafe Madison, Dinosaur BBQ, Honest Weight, Mingle, New World, etc., as well as live entertainment and auctions. All proceeds go to the Interfaith Partnership.

Tickets are available at the door. For more info visit atasteofalbany.com.

RAILBIRD takes to kickstarter to fund new video and single ‘Jump Ship’

RAILBIRD pleads a very transparent case for funding for their video and single Jump Ship, as well as the subsequent marketing of said video. Kinda cool to see an artist break down costs, but it’s to be expected when asking for dough on kickstarter.

Our goal is to release our new single, Jump Ship, this June and follow that release with a music video that we are in the process of making. A little more than half the money we raise will go toward hiring a media company to get the track and the video out there to blogs and webzines. 1,300 will cover one month of promotion. We’d also like to cover the costs of making the music video (or at the very minimum feed the crew who are donating their time!) Margaret Lewis (director and producer) has estimated 350 will cover basic costs. 250 will go toward mixing and mastering the track and 100 will get us digital download cards. We also have a new t-shirt design by Elizabeth Pedinotti that is so awesome it’d be a shame not to get them made. It’ll cost 500 to get them done right by American Apparel (sweatshop free!) So that’s 2,500! (Actually, to really reach our goal of 2,500 we need to raise a bit more as Amazon takes 5.0% + $0.05 for all transactions and we will also be charged an additional fee by Kickstarter per transaction up to 5%)

Read more on the kickstarter.

Lark St BID Presents: Champagne on the Park

The Lark Street BID is preparing for one of the most anticipated parties of the year, Champagne on the Park, which will take place Thursday, May 10th, 2012 from 5:30-9pm. It’s going to be great to hang out and celebrate with supporters, friends, neighbors, and members the Lark Street community among the tulip beds in Washington Park.

Included with the ticket is food from Lark Street restaurants, an open bar of champagne and wine as well as music by the Lustre Kings.

Tickets can be purchased on the Lark Street BID website, or by calling 518.434.3861 ext. 4.

Come say hello, I’ll be taking photos! For more info go to larkstreet.org.