First Look at the Albany Barn

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On Friday, the Albany Barn held a sneak peek event to showcase what they’ve been up to for the past few years. They have completely renovated St. Josephs Academy, which was a long vacant school located at North Swan and Second Street. The barn has apartments for artists to live in as well as studios for non-residents to use. If you are unfamiliar, I strongly recommend reading their about page to get a better feel for the whole project.

The preview of the space was incredible. The gym was turned into a performance area with a stage, a balcony, and studios throughout. They had residents (and non-residents) performing on stage while people perused the barn and checked out the artwork of the residents. The show was laid out very well and it was really special to be able to check out the whole space, while checking out art (and the artist’s bios) the whole time.

I’m incredibly excited to have a place like this exist here, and I am even more excited to see what they have planned for the future. Thanks to everyone involved for making this event as good as it was.


Quality events for this weekend vol. 127

Friday April 4

First Friday: Art and all sorts of other raddery.

A Secret Show at Fuzz Records: Raechelle Gonzalez throwing an art show in association with Postsecret.

Diamond Sea: Artist Reception at Patsy’s Pinups: Art by Rana at an aweseome beauty salon.

The Figgs at the Low Beat: Official grand opening show.

Life in Color at the TU Center: A big ole neon paint rave.

Lil Durk at the Armory: Raps.

Saturday April 5

Cloud Nothings at the Low Beat: WCDBs 36th Birthday with Cosmonauts, Tweens and more.

Tour of the Battenkill: Our areas biggest bike race. Fun to spectate and watch people suffering while hanging out on the side of the roads.

Drag show at Waterworks: With Detox from RuPaul’s Drag Race.

Sunday April 6

All Weekend

The NYS Museum: Bunch of great exhibits and it’s right in your back yard.

Monsters Vs Aliens, ET, Alien and Prometheus at the Madison Theater: Only five bucks!

Day trip to MASS MoCA: Go.


Armory wins rave appeal

Raves could be back on the calendar at the Washington Ave Armory. The Third Judicial Department ruled that the Albany Board of Zoning Appeals’ determination that raves are not a permitted use of the Armory was “irrational and unreasonable” and must be annulled.

The Court was careful to point out that raves and similar dance parties may still be impressible under other provisions of the Code. The Court was only reviewing the BZA’s interpretation of the term auditorium.

While the Armory may have won the appeal, it looks like the BZA may be able to prevent raves under other sections of the Code of the City of Albany. It’s obvious this fight is not over.

To read more, you can read the PDF of the full decision.

This was a guest post by Jessica Klami Esq., who will occasionally help KAB decode the legal system. Follow her on twitter for other law related content!

Hudson Valley Hops Brewed in History

Hudson Valley Hops 2014: Ticket Giveaway

On Saturday, April 12, 2014 from 4–7pm, the Albany Institute of History & Art presents their third annual Hudson Valley Hops event.

From the event listing:

There will be an exhibition of historic local brewery artifacts, a series of talks by beer historians and brewery experts, local craft beers, good food, and a commemorative glass for participants.

Breweries include: Adirondack Brewery, Brown’s Brewing Company, Chatham Brewing LLC, C.H. Evans Brewing, Crossroads Brewing Company, Druthers, Old Saratoga Brewing Company, Ommegang Brewery.

Sponsors include: The Ginger Man, Hilton Albany, The Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Iron Gate Cafe, Lionheart Pub, El Mariachi Mexican Restaurant, Mazzone Hospitality, The Restaurants at the Desmond, Spectrum Theatres, Times Union, Washington Tavern

This is an awesome event for any beer lover, and the fact it’s all local New York breweries makes this even cooler. For more information check the event on the Albany Institute’s website or the official flyer.

To enter to win a pair of tickets (which were graciously provided by The Albany Institute of History and Art) hit the jump and fill out the form below!

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