First Look: Shogun

The past couple of months have drawn attention to that particular stretch of sidewalk from the corner of Lark to Madison, with Lark Tavern reopening (as not the Lark Tavern but as Any Other Bar in Random Small Town USA) and the former Art Room building next door going under a mysterious facelift. On Tuesday, the renovations were unveiled and the Albany location of Shogun was officially open to the public for business.

As stated in past reviews, going to a new business during their soft opening or opening day/week can potentially result in you not wanting to return again. Sometimes it’s smart to wait until a business gets in the groove of things, iron out any kinks, etc. but we were all pretty excited that the Lark St. neighborhood is now home to a sushi spot that we decided to check it out on its opening day.

Here’s the full gallery from Andrew and check out the rest of KC’s review beneath the cut.

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Albany Music Coalition to Host Launch Event

The Albany Music Coalition (and event co-sponsor Exit 97.7 WEXT) are hosting their official launch on Friday, April 13 at Valentine’s. Doors open at 7:30 with music starting at 8:00.

The concert will feature Matthew Carefully, Michael Eck, and Tom McWatters and the Philo Beddoe Band.

Admission will be used to support the Coalition’s work as it moves through the process of establishing a non-profit organization.

More info at albanymusiccoalition.com

Call For Entries for WMHT’s Series ‘TvFILM’

WMHT has announced the return of its popular series, TvFilm. WMHT is looking for the very finest, unique and original independently made short films upstate New York has to offer to showcase on TvFILM, starting in June. Hosted by Brandon Bethmann, TvFILM will also engage dialogue with winning filmmakers to discuss the inspiration, ideas and concepts behind their work. In addition, TvFILM will profile the people, places and events that are shaping WMHT’s growing independent film and media community.

The official call for entries runs until May 18, 2012. All submission information can be found online at wmht.org/tvfilm and more info on their blog.

Drake to play SPAC June 14th

Drake is coming to SPAC with J. Cole, Waka Flocka Flame, Meek Mill, 2 Chainz and French Montana. Consistently described as ‘the softest rapper in the game’ (which basically means most accessible) this show is probably going to be absolutely packed out with lonely, sad men and the women that dumped them.

Tickets are $34 for lawn seats and $56 for inside seats.

Ticket Giveaway: Dayglow L!fe in Color

Dubbed as “America’s Largest Paint Party,” the Dayglow tour returns to the Washington Avenue Armory, on April 5th, this time with, well, the promise of more paint. There’s now acrobats and laser showcases worked into the evening and cannons specifically developed for Dayglow, which shoot paint over 100 feet into the crowd. It’s recommended that if you go, you wear white. It’ll get messy, to say the least.

The Dayglow tour sold out over 50 cities during its fall tour (check out our recap here) and will return to Albany in its spring edition with DJs Sidney Samson, David Solano, Alex English, Trevmunz and Kloud9.

We’ve got a pair of tickets to giveaway so, if you’re interested, enter below. We’ll pick a winner on April 1st, no foolin’.

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‘The Room’ Returns to Proctors

Proctors will be having another showing of The Room On Thursday April 5th, at 7pm. If you’re completely unfamiliar, watch the trailer to get yourself acquainted, then go see this piece of comedic mastery on the big screen.

Fun fact: The director, writer and main actor, Tommy Wiseau, didn’t know the difference between 35mm film and high-def video, so he shot the entire movie in both, on two cameras.

More info on the Proctors event page.

Ticket Giveaway Bonobo NYC

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Friends, it’s a special day. Tonight on Keep Albany Boring Radio (90.9FM WCDB, iTunes, www.wcdbfm.com) will be your chance to win a pair of tickets to Bonobo’s “Black Sands Remixed” launch party. In addition to Bonobo’s DJ set, catch Machinedrum, FaltyDL, Mike Slott, and me (knomad).

Tune in starting at 6PM, and listen close. We might ask you a question, we might pick a number, who knows. Party With Tina and I will be holding it down, letting KC take a well deserved Friday off.