Ravens Head Brewing to appear before BZA Dec 12th

From the Historic Albany Foundation:

As you know, Ravens Head Brewing Company has submited an application to the Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA). They will go before the Board of Zoning Appeals on Wednesday, December 12, 2012. The meeting begins at 5:30pm and is held in the Common Council Chambers on the second floor at City Hall. The application will be available via the Board of Zoning Appeals’ website shortly.

The application will be available here.

The HAF is also considering having a community meeting before the BZA meeting to ease the fear of many of the residents flying off the handle during the actual meeting, which is absolutely guaranteed to happen.

To keep up to date with this, check in at the Historic Albany Foundation website.

Quality events for this weekend vol. 66

Friday, November 16th

3rd Annual Orlo Goes Global: A Hair Show at the NY State Museum. Runway show featuring avant garde hair and creative makeup by the Orlo School of Hair Design and Cosmetology alumni and students. Also a benefit for the NYS museum after school program plus music by DJ Trumastr, desserts, a cash bar and a photo booth.

Dubbel Dutch at the Pearl Street Pub! Brooklyn-based label Mixpak’s own Dubbel Dutch is one of our favorite producers in the game and he’s been overdue for a visit to Albany. Pro tip: lock into WCDB at 6pm for your official pre-game music with Party With Tina and Knomad before catching Knomad play tonight alongside Dubbel Dutch himself and a handful of local DJs.

M.R. Poulopoulos and Rosary Beard at Desolation Road Studios. If you haven’t been to Altamont before, do yourself a favor and drive through the quaint village and listen to live music at the heart of it all. BYOB.

Ladyfest Fundraiser: at the Women’s Building at 373 Central Avenue. Fundraiser for Ladyfest Upstate featuring a showing of the film “Pariah,” with a panel discussion to follow.

Heather Styka and Water Liars: at the Hudson River Coffee House. Albany debuts for the Chicago-based singer-songwriter and the Mississippi/Missouri based group.

5th Annual B3nson Family Funsgiving: Celebrate tradition and all things grand with the local music collective at Valentine’s.

Zombie Prom: at Proctor’s. If you’re looking for an occasion to destroy your old prom dress with fake blood and give it new life in Zombie style, look no further than Proctor’s! With DJ Rana Ransom on the decks. Prom King and Queen will also be crowned at 11.

Just-In Time for Friday DJ Trumastr at Justin’s. Always a good Friday night choice.

Saturday, November 17th

Pride of New York Harvest Fest at 660 Albany Shaker Road. Nearly 100 vendors from throughout New York will be showcasing their goods available for sale and for sample.

New York’s Capital Region Vegetarian Expo at the Polish Community Center. This year’s expo will feature nationally renowned speakers on health, nutrition and animal rights, as well as other awesome stuff.

PJ Katz ’92 Renault Music Release Party at Valentine’s. Support local label Pig Food Records and area mastermind musician PJ Katz as he recreates his album with his live band. Check out KC’s album review and get acquainted if you haven’t already.

Concert at Jack’s Place featuring The Front Bottoms, Bear Language, Stellar Young and This Old Ghost.

Sunday, November 18th

2 for 1s at McGeary’s with DJ Trumastr. Every Sunday.

Tonight: Pasties, Pencils & Pints in Troy

Tonight over at 51 3rd Street in Troy is another installment of the byob renegade figure drawing class, Pasties, Pencils & Pints.

Tonight’s class features the first male model in the series, Sven Golly. The whole thing kicks off at 8:30pm and is a $10 suggested donation as always. There’s contests, prizes and a fun DJ tonight, as always. Bring a friend and have fun!

Find out all the details on the official facebook event, and be sure to like Pasties, Pencils & Pints on facebook as well.

onedotzero Double Feature: Code Warriors + Future Cities (+Ticket Giveaway)

Tomorrow night at EMPAC there’s a awesome double feature of film screenings taking place. The films look toward the future, with intricate renderings of the next generation of urban cityscapes; as well as into the past at works made with the open-source programming language, Processing. If you’re not the contest type, tickets are $6 for each screening and can be purchased right on the EMPAC website.

From EMPAC’s copy:

code warriors: a decade of processing
Celebrating 10 years of the open source programming language, Processing, which encompasses a development environment and an online community promoting software literacy within visual arts. Today, there are tens of thousands of students, artists, designers, researchers, and hobbyists who use Processing for learning, prototyping, and production.

future cities
An eclectic selection of short films, animations, and motion graphics presenting evocative visions of future cities and urban destinies. Juxtaposing utopian fantasies with nightmarish dystopias, Future Cities highlights the possible metropolis of tomorrow with sci-fi architectural visions, near future worlds, and the warped frontier of space.

Also, Evelyn’s Café will open at 6 PM and will be serving meals, snacks, and beverages as well as a selection of wines. To read more, check out the official event listing.

Hit the jump to check out both trailers and enter to win! Continue reading…

Careers, Sun Burdens, Young Prisms at Valentine’s: Photos

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This past Tuesday at Valentine’s there was a really great show over at Valentine’s featuring two amazing local acts Careers and Sun Burdens, as well as Young Prisms from SF. If you have a second, I seriously recommend checking out each band. I’m going to keep this extremely terse and simply let the photos do the talking on this one.

Hit the jump or hit the photo above to launch the gallery. Continue reading…

UAlbany bros arrested for waterboarding other bros in basement

From the Troy Record:

Upon arrival, officers saw several individuals laying face down on the basement floor with their faces submerged in water. They were being struck by wooden paddles and rubber hoses and told to “beg for mercy” while cold water from a garden hose was being poured on their heads.

I guess this is how you take out your anger when you’re not allowed to beat up a cars on St. Patrick’s day anymore.

KC’s Music Monday: Pig Food Records x Sub-Bombin

On a local lean this Monday, my soundtrack this afternoon comes by way of area labels Pig Food Records and Sub-Bombin.

Both labels have yet to disappoint me with any release they’ve shared with me thus far and are consistently churning out top-tier quality music from some of the area’s most talented hip hop and electronic artists. Both collectives are working to help put Albany on the map and their hard work shows and doesn’t go unappreciated.

First up, is a new music video for the single, “Scissors,” from Benn Grim. The track was produced by Metalheart and Chip Crane directed the video.

Next, Sub-Bombin has a new signee to their roster, Greg Tebbano (aka Kite Person), and Sub-Bombin will release his forthcoming debut, Tonight We Run EP, which is a collaboration with Sub-Bombin’s own Rawhead. In the meantime, you can stream a single, “Squadron Dogs,” and get acquainted.

Rawhead also recently came out with the third compilation of Beatwise & Alchemy available on Sub-Bombin. It’s the final installment of something quite special. Treat yourself to some of Rawhead’s signature take on instrumental hip hop.

Lastly, just under a month ago, I reviewed PJ Katz’ new record, ’92 Renault Music (available on Pig Food Records) and since then, not only have I binge-listened to the record but I’ve been counting down leading up to this weekend. This Saturday, Pig Food Records invites you to celebrate at the official release party with PJ Katz himself alongside his Fat Buckle Band, who will be recreating songs off the album live, as well as with Cidada and Eibol (by way of NYC), and Sub-Bombin’s Devin B, Midas and Great Master (DJ Nate Da Great and DJ Trumastr). The show is upstairs at Valentine’s and I, for one, would like to see you there.

Be sure to visit (and bookmark) both PFR and Sub-Bombin online to stay up on music that is being made in your own extended backyard.

Photo from Beatwise & Alechemy, courtesy of Sub-Bombin