6th Annual Beat*Shot spins for J Dilla

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At the Hollow on February 1st, Beat*Shot and Sub-Bombin Records will honor one of the greatest producers of all time, J Dilla, with their 6th annual Beat*Shot spins for J Dilla event. J Dilla died at the age of 32 from a rare blood disease, and the night will benefit the foundation set up in his name, which helps fund inner-city music programs.

This show is a tribute to J Dilla with live music, emcees, poetry, singers and much more. Even the food menu will be Dilla themed. Acts include Boog Brown, J-Live, Oddissee, Midas and Rawhead and Great Mastr.

To get a sense of the influence Dilla had, check out the Notable Music Tributes section of his wiki.

Read more and rsvp on the facebook event page. See you there!

Tonight: The 7 Person Chair Pyramid High Wire Act (A Play)

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There is an awesome sounding show happening tonight at the Contemporary Artists Center in Troy. Self described as “a DIY hodge-podge of experimental theater, puppetry, adventure, dance, ingenious nomadic set design, and the history of science”, there’s a nil chance those in attendance won’t be entertained.

From the event page:

“In the wilds of Siberia, Charles Darwin goes off search of the Yeti. The Yeti (if she exists) enters a radio station’s dance contest, hoping to win an all-expenses-paid vacation to a place that doesn’t exist yet. Darwin’s research companion—a little brown bat—falls in love with the radio station’s electromagnetic emissions—but how could that ever end happily? Meanwhile, Siberia’s caves are home to a secretive tribe of ropemakers—but their disintegrating family structure may cause their ancient craft to be lost forever. Through the lens of the real life allegory of the Flying Wallendas’ famous high-wire act, two performers on a tiny stage unfold Darwin’s laboratory, unfurl anatomic diagrams of the yeti, and try to tease out the difference between miracles and non-miracles.”

The show kicks off tonight at 8, and is $7. Hit the event page for more details.

Quality events for this weekend vol. 117

Friday January 17

Catch a movie at the Madison Theater: Reopening today!

Drew and the Grand Spectacular at Tierra: With Brandon Powers-Green and Bess & Adian.

Sokea Piste, Aggressive Response, Kitty Little and Male Patterns: Punk jams.

Wine and Dine for the Arts: Tons of wine, spirits, beer and food.

Saturday January 18

Ryan Moore, Carl Daniels and Laura Murphy at Tierra: More tunes at Tierra.

Wild Adriatic CD Release at The Hollow: Kicking off the new album.

ESDC Annual Performance at The Egg: Modern dance show celebrating the resident dance company at the Egg.

Wine and Dine for the Arts: Tons of wine, spirits, beer and food.

Sunday January 19

No Tomorrow, Pointblank, Chloroform Party, Neutron Rats at Valentine’s: Another ripper.

The New Madison Theater opening Friday: Photos

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Yesterday, I stopped by the Madison Theater to check out the changes that have been taking place over the past few months, and to talk about what to expect when they re-open. To make a long story short, Tierra Farm has bought the theater since the landlords wouldn’t guarantee a renewed lease for the coffee shop. The farm is no stranger to real estate, so working out a way to purchase the building wasn’t anything out of the ordinary to them. However, the whole operating a movie theater thing is.

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