Knickerbocker Film Festival opens today

Albany’s own Knickerbocker Film Festival is upon us once again. The films will be screened starting today, April 2 at the Linda and April 3 at Spectrum. Both screenings start at 6:45pm. The film festival’s awards reception, along with the Knickerbocker Ledger’s Capital Region 30 Under 30 Reception, will take place on April 4 at 7pm at Elda’s. The awards reception includes complimentary food and beverages.

Admission to the screenings are $10, and admission to the awards reception is $30.

The list of films that have been selected and more information are available at

Quality events for this weekend vol. 79

Friday, March 29th

Troy Night Out: Art and all sorts of fun stuff going on in Troy. It’s the end of a the month, and closer than ever to spring, and it’s the nicest day in the forecast. Get to Troy and walk around see some stuff, and have some drinks. Also, perfect opportunity to test out the TNO app. Check out Abraham Ferraro’s exhibit This Way at the Fulton Street Gallery, the Louisiana Sampler at Collar Works, and of course, the TNO after-party at Daisy Baker’s.

Space Disco at Elda’s: Free, and good dancing music that you haven’t heard on the radio for the past three months.

Peter Veans Quintet at EMPAC: Experimental jazz performance in the areas best venue.

SYFWB at the Armory: Congrats on the court decision.

Ross Bennett w/ Chris Coccia at the Comedy Works: Comedy is one of the best ways to start your weekend and one of my favorite events to attend. Do it.

Saturday, March 30th

EOM 6 with Moses Rockwell, Hassan Mackey, Sev Statik: It’s the end of the month, so of course Trumastr has you covered with the good music.

The Slaughterhouse Chorus, Warm Soda, The End Men, Party Boat and the Jack Russell Terrorists at Valentines: Americana and the like at Albany’s favorite live music venue.

Ross Bennett w/ Chris Coccia at the Comedy Works: Comedy is one my favorite events to attend. It should be yours too.

Youth Organics’ Secret Cafe at the Free School: Fundraiser for the spring and summer youth-powered urban agriculture program. Sliding scale payment and it includes drinks!

Sunday, March 31st

Easter. With your family.

Rave on, bro: Washington Avenue Armory wins in court, concerts to resume

From the press release:

The Washington Avenue Armory has won an important court ruling on Thursday when a New York State Supreme Court justice ruled in its favor against the City of Albany, allowing the Armory to resume hosting concerts and events inside the historic arena.

The ruling allows for the Armory to host concerts, including tonight’s Stuff Your Face With Bass: White Massive (doors open at 7 p.m.). Tickets are available by visiting and using TicketWeb or at the Armory’s box office.

As I’ve been saying all along, a having a DJ perform doesn’t turn an arena into a night club. Having concerts within Albany itself is an enormous positive for the city. While many people will bitch about the types of concerts being held, the truth is that these will take place regardless of venue, and having the revenue pumped into your city is a good thing.

Read the full press release here.

4th Wednesdays: Storytime Time

Tonight at More Bread & Jam in Cohoes, Ethan Ullman (from Laughs on Lark) hosts “Storytime Time”. Billed as “not quite a comedy show” it’s a neat event where you can hear some great stories. This week is features Kristin Van Steemburg, Sandy Beach, Jon Tenace, Michael Mclaughlin and Sharon Dyer. It’s a great event for those itching to get out of the house on one of the first sunny days in a long while.

For more info and to stay in the loop, check the Storytime Time page on facebook.

Pig Food Records announces Ear Food Volume 1

Our friends at Pig Food Records have put together a video in advance of their upcoming release, Ear Food Volume 1. The beat tape showcases the masterful production of PJ Katz with 23 brand new instrumentals. Katz’s latest release was ’92 Renault Music, this past October, which is also available via PFR.

Katz’s Ear Food Volume 1 will be exclusively available locally at Seasons Skate Shop, Fuzz Records, Some Girls boutique and at Tree Shurts 5th annual 420 party at Red Square.

Get into it:

Downtown Albany BID looking to restore ghost signs

Michael DeMasi for the Business Review:

The BID is inviting local and regional artists to repaint the signs for the exhibit, called All Signs Point to Downtown.

“We’ve had some great response” BID Executive Director Georgette Steffens said. “People just have this affection for the retail center that downtown used to be.”

So far, the BID has permission from about a half-dozen property owners to paint ghost signs, and is trying to get a few more to agree to give painters access to the buildings.

This is awesome. Not only is this digging deep into Albany history and restoring it, but it’s also satisfying to the design and type nerd that I am. I think many others will also be very happy to see these signs come back to life.

See more ghost signs in Chuck Miller’s Ghost Signs of the Capital District set.