Sun Ra’s ‘Space Is the Place’ at the UAG

On Wednesday, February 12th, the Albany Sonic Arts Collective presents a night of film and music at the UAG. The film portion kicks off at 7 with Sun Ra‘s 1974 sci-fi film Space Is the Place.

The following is the first sentence of the plot of the film:

Sun Ra, who has been reported lost since his European tour in June 1969, lands on a new planet in outerspace with his crew “The Arkestra” and decides to settle African Americans on this planet.


The musical portion of the night kicks off at 9 with crazy synth-dude M. Geddes Gengras. Each portion of the night is a suggested donation of $5 and will be a rad way to enjoy the arts on a random Wednesday in February.


Carmen’s Cuban restaurant in Troy to extend hours and menu

Great news sent over from Duncan Crary:

Carmen’s will now be open five days instead of three. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday additions include soups, salads, sandwiches and light dinners, with local delivery available with a $15 minimum order. Friday night is still Tapas Night, and the full weekend menu is still offered. New hours will be: Wednesday and Thursday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Friday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Before this they were open for lunch during the week and dinner on Fridays. Hope I actually get a chance to finally check this place out as many of my friends have had only great things to say about Carmen’s. Stay up to date with them via their facebook page.

Moon Magick and Fountainsun at the UAG: Video

This past Friday, the UAG played host to an awesome show with Moon Magick and Fountainsun. Moon Magick is made up of two friends of mine, Phil and Laura. They played twenty-three minutes (the correct amount of time for any band to play) worth of etherial, electronic music with a smattering of effect-laden guitar. Let the video above give you a better idea of what they sound like.

Fountainsun, the newest project from Dan Higgs of Lungfish fame, was an awesome experience to say the least. It started slowly and softly and eventually included lyrics, mostly in the form of spoken-word poetry. Dive straight into the last bit of the performance below.