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.

Ticket Giveaway: Deerhoof and People Get Ready at Valentine’s

This Sunday at Valentine’s, SF-based Deerhoof will be playing with Brooklyn-based People Get Ready. If you’re unfamiliar with Deerhoof, head to their website or check out the video they did in Japan for their song ‘We Do Parties’:

We’re giving away a pair of tickets to the show AND their new album as a CD and a record. If you’re not the contest type, you can buy tickets for the show through Valentine’s. Enter to win using the form below. See you Sunday.

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Laughs on Lark #32: Ticket Giveaway

Tomorrow night at Elda’s is another installment of the monthly comedy showcase, Laughs on Lark. This month will feature three comics, Jeff Crawford, Chris O’Leary, and Ethan Ullman. I always love checking this out as it’s got a great vibe to it and it’s funny as hell. Not to mention it’s only $5.

Laughs on Lark has provided a pair of tickets for us to giveaway! So if you’re broke or on the fence this is your chance. Hit the jump to fill out the form below.

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Lauren Tanski benefit show to feature Vinnie Caruana, Koji, Slingshot Dakota and more

Tomorrow, (April 9), Valentine’s is hosting a show featuring many great local bands in addition to Vinnie Caruana, Slingshot Dakota and Koji. The local talent includes Hand Habits, Party Boat, Nate Danker, Carl Daniels and Broken Field Runner.

Every act on this show is great and is extremely talented. There’s nothing better happening and it’s for a great cause.

Tickets are $10 and you can get them on Brown Paper Tickets. More info at the Til The End Mgmt facebook.

KC’s Music Monday: Maggot Brain

Maggot Brain is a welcome change to my current local hip-hop and indie infused iTunes library. As most would agree, music is a subjective and vital thing in our day-to-day lives and I, like many others, go through phases in the genres and bands that I gravitate towards.

That being said, regardless of my habitual and preferred genres, I am always on the hunt for musicians who clearly put a lot of time and dedication into their work and Maggot Brain is a perfect local example. I’ve seen their name on show bills over the course of the past year but haven’t had the opportunity to catch them live or listen to their music prior to their most recent recording.

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Quality events for this weekend vol. 80

Friday April 5th

1st Friday Albany: It’s the beginning of the month and it’s FINALLY nice enough to walk around outside. Go check out art galleries, get a drink and a bite to eat on Lark. Highlights include the benefit group show for Lauren Tanski at Dead Prez and the work of Roland Graves at Fuzz Records, with an acoustic performance by Prima.

Vinylmania at Elda’s: 40s, 50s, and 60s dance music played on actual records. Stop here after your 1st Friday.

Behemoth Music Festival at the Putnam Den: Total Slacket, U.S. Girls, Driftwood, Los Elk and Edith Pop.

Paula Wagner at Skidmore: The talk focuses on entrepreneurship and entertainment. Paula currently sits on the National Board of Directors for the Producers Guild of America.

Saturday, April 6th

An Evening with the Ballets Russes at Skidmore: Showcasing three famous ballets from Diaghilev’s “Ballets Russes”.

DANCE MOViES at EMPAC: The official premiere of the 2011 commissions with a reception and panel afterward.

Trooper Brinkerhoff Memorial Bike Race in Coxsackie: The last in a three part cycling race.

Sunday, April 7th

Service Industry Night with DJ Trumastr at McGeary’s: 2-for-1 drinks and the best DJ around.

Canstruction at the NYS Museum: Check out some of the intricate sculptures teams made out of cans that will be donated to the food bank.