Alive at 5, June 28th: Photos

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Took the camera with me for a walk today, hung around for a bit at the amphitheater then headed home. Nothing anyone doesn’t know; just enjoy the photos!

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Jillian’s of Albany listed for $1.6M

As reported by The Business Review, Jillian’s is officially on the market.

It seems to be not the best investment of all time:

Spillenger paid $2.4 million to New Boston Albany L.P. for the property in January 2010. He, John Botti and Mike Diraddo paid $800,000 for the business in 2007. Spillenger has 81 percent ownership; Botti has 19 percent ownership. Diraddo sold his stake in 2009 and later opened Wolf’s 1-11 Restaurant & Games in Colonie.

The building itself is in great shape, the sound there is among the best in Albany for a live show, but there’s definitely a reputation about the place that they can’t seem to shake. Perhaps John DeJohn’s Legends on Pearl, which has flaunted the no-cover-ever-and-a-dj approach since opening, has taken a considerable amount of business away from Jillian’s, who constantly has a revolving lineup of live acts in there. Legends has absorbed almost all of the bro crowd on Pearl Street leaving a huge opportunity for someone to do something different that could be actually valuable to Pearl Street and Albany as a whole.

Bicycle Film Fest is this weekend in NYC

If you’re into bicycles, even a little, and have been searching for a reason to take a trip on the Crime Bus to NYC, you’ve just found it. There’s three days of great films to see that oftentimes don’t get released after the festival. Not to mentions tons other bicycle related happenings over the course of the festival. I’ve been quite a few times and have really enjoyed it every time. A lot of work goes into making this happen, it’s not to be missed!

For the full scoop, check the BFF website.

KC’s Music Monday: Camp Bisco XI Preview

Photo © Andrew Franciosa

Arguably my favorite part about attending a music festival is the undeniable factor that the nature of the beast is designed to enable a unique experience for every person in attendance. You can map out which performers you’d like to see or ditch any intention of a plan and see whatever comes your way. Or a little bit of both. Some people attend solely for the ‘experience’ and don’t place much emphasize on checking out the music itself (don’t be one of those people) but again, to each their own. Much like life itself, Camp Bisco is what you make of it.

Last year, Andrew and I attended, had an absolute blast and followed our own compasses. Not to preach too much on a how-to-attend-a-festival-guide level or anything, but I seriously do recommend making the experience your own. If you want to see a band or DJ, go see them, regardless of if your friends want to go with you or not. If you want to call it a night to rest for the next day, do so. You don’t have to get carried away to have a good time. There will be plenty going on at all times, so don’t feel like you’re missing out on anything if you chose stage A over stage B.

For today’s post, I picked out some artists from this year’s line-up that I’m looking forward to. Feel free to post in the comments who you’re excited for and let us know if you’re attending this year. More to come next week.

Be sure to check out our coverage from last year (day one, two, three) and stay up on Camp Bisco for upcoming announcements and other details as the festival dates creep closer.

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Bon Iver to perform at Brewery Ommegang, September 17th

Brewery Ommegang in Cooperstown has added another huge show to their concert series, with everyone’s favorite grammy winner and sleepy time music creator, Bon Iver.

Anais Mitchell is also on the bill. Tickets are $39.50 advance, $45 day of, and camping is an extra $15. You can buy tickets online.

For more info, check the official facebook event.

KAB is brought to you by…

We’ve got a bunch of sponsors that help keep things moving over here at KAB, and they’re all awesome. If you are interested in advertising, feel free to drop me a line using the contact page and we will get something worked out!

Collar City CrossFit: Each group class is ran by a certified trainer, complete with a warm up and cool down, and you’re in and out in an hour. The workouts are all scaled to your ability, but will have you pushing yourself to your max. I’ve been there about two weeks and feel and look different already (seriously). And your first class is free! If you’re ready to make some positive change in your life, this is the place to start.

The City Beer Hall: This place has become a real asset to this city. They’ve got a great craft selection on tap and even more bottles for you to choose from. Also, their food is insanely good, and if you’re not that hungry you can always opt for the free pizza you get with each drink. Everyone knows about their amazing patio, and they of course have plenty of space inside. Also, on June 30th, they’re starting their ‘Beer Brunch’, and then later that night they’ve got a free pig roast.

Camp Bisco: The biggest 3-day-festival reasonably close to Albany with an insane amount of acts. There really is something for everyone, and not to mention three days of camping. We had a ton of fun there last year and expect this year to be no different.

518Prints: The only place to go if you need shirts printed. Period.

HVCC Sacrifices Grant Money

In a really solid piece from today’s Record, Danielle Sanzone reports on how some changes to an Animal Advocacy program at Hudson Valley Community College led to the partial return of grant money provided by Bob Barker, of The Price is Right fame and a long time animal rights activist.

Sanzone:

Approximately $62,500 of the grant was used to develop curriculum, market the program, recruit students, support professional development/student conference attendance and events, and offer lectures related to animal advocacy, outreach, policy and law to both students and the community, said college spokesman Dennis Kennedy, noting that this was all done in accordance to the agreement made with Barker.

However, she felt that the program took a different direction during the spring semester, with less of a focus on advocacy and more of a focus on law and policy, which, she said, confused, frustrated and discouraged students. “Simply, this new direction is not what I registered for.”

Knowing absolutely nothing about this program or anyone involved in it, I’ll be cautious to presume too much (and maybe Ms. Sanzone can inform this post).

This seems like an awesome opportunity that was provided to and by HVCC. They managed to secure funding to develop a program that covers a very niche area. Which is utterly fantastic and exactly what we should be encouraging our universities and colleges to do.

But my guess (and it’s just that) is there was some concern over what the program would look like moving forward. The term “advocacy” comes with some political connotations. It’s undervalued and misunderstood in higher education so to have a program that was partially devoted to that may have concerned administrators. Advocacy can mean various things – to grassroots organizing and mobilizing people for collective action to traditional lobbying and research. The problem is most folks see value in the latter. So programs get watered down and redeveloped to serve a more conventional purpose – thus “Animal Law and Policy.” Ugh, how dry.

Either way, it’s pretty cool to see that even with the return of the start-up money, that the university is dedicated to maintaining the program in some shape or form. I’ve never even heard of another school with a program like this, so at least they are still providing this unique certification to their students. Hopefully, the faculty and administrators will address the concerns of the students.

Photo: Flux Axiom via Flickr