Ticket Giveaway: Young Prisms at Valentine’s 11/6

Dellarocca Booking has put together your live soundtrack to watching the election (Tuesday, November 6) results in the form of Young Prisms, Careers, and Sun Burdens in the downstairs space at Valentine’s. I think hosting a show on such a night is a perfect fit – especially for those who want to periodically check in on election coverage, without being buried in Twitter or cable TV, and while simultaneously enjoying live music and drinks from the bar.

Young Prisms released their sophomore record, In Between, this year on Kainine Records, and the whole album is still available for streaming. Check ’em out.

Joining in on the fun is Careers, who you may have caught at Restoration Festival. Careers is comprised of local talent Meagan Duffy and Steve Stanley. You can also catch Sun Burdens, which is the new project of electronic musician Shane Sanchez, formerly of Ghoul Poon. You can check out his latest release here.

Fuzz Records also has a limited number of advance physical tickets without service fees. Stop in as you’re walking down Lark Street. You can also buy tickets online here.

We have a pair to giveaway so hit the jump to enter!

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Ticket Giveaway: CLUSTER at EMPAC 11/03

This Saturday, Chicago-based artist Kurt Hentschläger, known for his audio-visual performances and installations, will be performing at EMPAC. Hentschläger has been working with time-based media, film, video, animation, and sound since 1983 and EMPAC has been kind enough to offer up a pair of tickets so you can experience an awesome audio and visual event.

From EMPAC:

The next phase in Kurt Hentschlägerʼs generative video and audio work, CLUSTER moves the focus to group behavior and interaction, particularly swarm phenomena. A simple, yet absurd setting is proposed—3D human characters turn into a school of fish. In the weightless choreography, human figures appear mostly as a pulsing, amorphous mass, a cloud of blurry matter from body parts and light. By its never fully predictable generative nature, CLUSTER describes a meta-organism with a decidedly anti-individualistic character.

If you’re not the contest type, you can get tickets from EMPAC, and you should do so sooner rather than later as space for this is really limited. This is going to be an awesome performance, and word on the street is that people still talk about Hentschlägerʼs last performance at EMPAC, titled FEED.

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What’s going on with the Armory?

A bit over a week ago, a poorly managed queue for a foam party at the Washington Avenue Armory, and the resulting three injured cops and seven arrested partygoers has angered the city enough to cease-and-desist the venue. Albany is citing the venue’s lack of a cabaret license, which is what they need to operate a “night club”, but not host a concert.

Jordan Carleo-Evangelist for the Times Union:

A 2007 special-use permit issued by the BZA lists potential future uses as diverse as antique shows, concerts and circuses — but a dance club is not on the list.

That’s insane. An enormously huge venue such as the Armory simply isn’t a night club. The only common thread are DJs, which are obviously commonplace in a club, but if your venue can also host a roller derby game, it’s not a night club. If your “night club” can fit 5,400 people and has a dedicated box office, it’s not a night club.

Also:

Another event dubbed “The Wet and Reckless Tour” — the flier for which features a cartoon blood-alcohol detector with the needle spiked all the way to the maximum — is scheduled to visit the Armory Nov. 8. That party is listed as open to anyone 16 or older.

This event, which is hosting LA-based touring DJ and producer Dillon Francis among others has been simply moved to the Upstate Concert Hall, completely circumventing the shit-show of dealing with the city to host an event.

It’s obvious that Albany would react this way to anything that would get three of their officers hurt. But is it worth crippling the city’s second largest venue from hosting events within the city itself?

The Festival of the Dead, a Halloween bash that benefits the Family Trauma Fund at Albany Medical Center, will be held thanks to a last minute deal between the historic venue and the city, a spokesman for the armory said Friday afternoon.

Not canceling a benefit for the Family Trauma Fund at Albany Medical Center at the last minute doesn’t make the city “the nice guy”, it just shows they want to pick and choose who is able to use something not owned by them, which makes them a dick.

Why drive promoters and partygoers alike across town lines and move the cash flow from these patrons elsewhere? Fix the queue issue for these high capacity events, charge the Armory for their license and allow our city to move forward rather than crippling arts and culture all in the name of making an example out of someone.

Quality events for this weekend vol. 65


Photo from last year’s Halloween edition of OUTPOST1 at the Fuze Box

Last year, I wrote Keep Albany Boring’s Guide To Halloween.

This year, it’s mostly still relevant with the following facts remaining true: Halloween weekend is just like every other weekend (you can either have fun or not, choice is yours) and stressing out about your costume completely voids the spirit of Halloween. Also, Halloween pretty much lasts from now through to October 31st and there’s a lot going on.

Right now it’s 2pm with Halloween weekend itching closer and so far my costume is just wearing all black. I’ll get there. If you’re like me, perhaps more important than the costume, is figuring out weekend plans. Hopefully the following compiled list helps point you in the right direction.

Anything I missed, please leave as a comment.

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Recap: No and Electric Guest at Upstate Concert Hall

Earlier this week, I stopped by Tierra Coffee Roasters on Madison for a tasting of the two newest additions to their selection of fair trade and organic coffees. The spotlighted coffee came from two individual farms in Honduras and each had a distinctive taste that the staff talked in detail about from the background of the coffee to the taste influences of each blend. I’m no coffee aficionado so when I’m able to enjoy coffee black without even dreaming of adding milk, that’s how I rate coffee as amazing. Be sure not to miss their next tasting!

Anyhow, due to the coffee tasting, I missed out on catching the opening band, No Line & Circle, at Upstate Concert Hall and arrived just in time to catch the beginning of the band NO‘s set. The Los Angeles-based band hit the Twitter jackpot, with their username literally being “@no” and the band joked that aside from that, they are hard to find on the Internet. (This proved immediately true when I later tried to find their discography by way of Google). Also, I couldn’t help but think it’d be great if they’d collaborate with the band FUN on an ironically depressing song.

Hit the jump to read the rest of my review and also be sure to check out Step Up Presents upcoming show roster and add a few to your calendar.

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Local horror flick Creeping Crawling premieres tonight at the Madison Theater

Tonight marks the premiere of Jon Russel Cring‘s horror film Creeping Crawling, which was created right here in the Capital Region. Starring Raine Brown, Laura LaFrate, Anna Shields, Yury Tysykun, and Chuck Girard, this film has a really big cast. If you can’t make out it tonight, it will be doing a week long run, until November 1st.

From the copy:

Creeping Crawling… An Entomological Anthology of Terror is a feature length film about two college students, writing a paper on Colony Collapse, who interview famed Entomologist Dr. Tarkovsky. They learn the Doctor has strong opinions on the interaction of insects and humanity. He explains his theories in three tales, here are the breakdowns…

This movie sounds awesome and is obviously appropriate given that it is Halloween weekend. Stop in at the Madison Theater tonight nice and early at 6pm for the first showing to kick off your weekend properly. I can’t wait to check it out.

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