Mark Fell and Keith Fullerton Whitman at EMPAC: Ticket Giveaway

EMPAC is brining Mark Fell and Keith Fullerton Whitman to Troy on February 21. The kind folks at EMPAC have given us a pair of tickets to giveaway, which you can enter to win below.

The US premiere of a new duo project from two of the most restless innovators in electronic music. Mark Fell and Keith Fullerton Whitman are each known for their fluid approaches to electronic music making. Born of the techno generation, both have infused, deconstructed, and transcended their early mastery of vernacular dance styles with a more academic ear toward the legacy and promise of computer music. Exploring the technical, conceptual, and aesthetic notions of music synthesis, the duo is extending their shared approach to the project after an inaugural run of European performances in fall 2014.

You can read more about the collaboration via Fact and you can grab tickets via EMPAC.

Enter to win a pair of tickets below.

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Tonight: Free show with K.Flay, Titanics, & Bell’s Roar

WEQX is hosting a free show tonight at the Upstate Concert Hall. Doors are at 7pm and Bell’s Roar kicks off the night at right at 8pm.

You can read more about the event on the facebook event page.


Quality events for this weekend

Friday February 6

1st Friday Albany: Art, culture, events, etc.

Albany Frequencies Disco Funk Happy Hour at The Low Beat: Disco jams after work.

Wet Dreams, Maggotbrain, Pointblank, Soaker, and Chloroform Party at The Low Beat: Hardcore and metal. Happy Birthday J.

Wild Adriatic and Conehead Buddha at the Hollow: Local favorites.

Exhuman at Fuze: Western themed goth night!

Saturday February 7

Awkwafina at Proctors: Comedy Show. From Girl Code on MTV.

Capital Area Indie Fest at the Linda: Carl Daniels and the Black Box, Chris Dukes Band, Ashley Sofia, Stockade Kids, Holly and Evan, Accents
Legendary Losers, and Sandy McKnight & the Idea.

Saratoga Fat Bike Rally at Saratoga Spa State Park: Fat bikes in the snow.

FAQ Circus at the Troy Atrium: Three preview performances.

Jay Farrar and Anders Parker at the Egg: Alt-country guitar jams.

Like It Rough at Fuze: With Done With You, Loser’s Circle, Damn Kids, Order of the Circle, and New Red Scare.

Steve Earle at MASS MoCA: Alt-country.

Straight Acting at Rocks: “NYC’s Sissiest New Party”.

February Foreplay Improv at The Low Beat: With Sorry, Not Sorry and Dollars to Donuts.

Sunday February 8

Lecture with Professor Steven Leibo at Opalka Gallery: Discussing the climate crisis.

Roller Derby at the Armory: Albany All Stars vs. Assault City Doubleheader.

Vegan Potluck at Oakwood Community Center: Hosted by the Albany Vegan Network.

All Weekend

Ice Skating at the Plaza: Rinks open 11am-8pm.

Art Omi: The sculpture fields are awesome.

Day trip to MASS MoCA: Pretty drive and a great museum.

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

Into the Woods, Taken 3, Unbroken, and Gone with the Wind at the Madison Theater: Only five bucks!

Farmer’s Markets: Troy, Delmar, and Saratoga on Saturday, and Schenectady and Saratoga on Sunday.


F.A.Q. Circus performing in Troy’s Gasholder Building

On Saturday February 7, F.A.Q. Circus is performing three free twenty-minute shows at The Atrium in Troy, as a preview to their 55 minute shows inside of the Gasholder building. The shows in the Gasholder building will take place on Friday February 20 and Saturday February 21.

Founded in 2012, F.A.Q. Circus is a collective of contemporary circus performers who push the boundaries of what Americans typically think of as a circus. The company does not use animals or feature large bright colored costumes. Instead, their focus is on the incredible capabilities of the human body demonstrated through contortion, gymnastics and juggling. The venues, too, are smaller and more intimate than the typical American arena productions where large-scale circus normally occurs.

Tickets are on sale now and you can find out more info via Duncan Crary.


Saratoga Fat Bike Rally

This Saturday is the Saratoga Fat Bike Rally which is being held at the Saratoga Spa State Park.

The Saratoga Fat Bike Rally sprang out the minds of three individuals one night in February, 2014 while riding around the Saratoga State Park. Three hours and maybe a couple of Craft Brews later, we had a mission. Jim Adams, Shawne Camp, and Tony Ferradino set out to tell the world about Fat Bikes and to share our passion with other Fat Bikers. Our original ideas were very grand and involved complicated event planning and strategic alliances with every bike manufacturer known. In the end we decided we just wanted to ride our Fat Bikes with other enthusiasts.

So, together with Saratoga Winter Fest and the Annual Pond Hockey Tournament, we’ve lined up a bunch a special activities, vendors with bikes, and lots of our friends to attempt to show you one hell of good time. And we all get to ride bikes in the snow. What could be better. And the day now ends with a Fat Bike Pub Tour (and dinner if you want).

If you like riding your bike in the snow and want to meet other enthusiasts and have a few beers afterward, this is for you.

Photo: Saratoga Fat Bike Rally Facebook

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Knotted at the Takk House

The Takk House is throwing a wedding event that aims to be not like a wedding event. Knotted will take place March 7, 2015 from 12–4pm at the Takk House in Troy.

From the event page:

Knotted is a curated wedding showcase for the offbeat couple who doesn’t quite fit the traditional wedding market. This show is anything but that. Carefully curated Knotted is a collection of independent artists, musicians, planners, decorators and foodie superheros! This is a party. Not a convention.

Tickets are just $5 in advance and on sale now. If this is in your wheelhouse, you’ll love this, and if you know someone getting married, pass the link along. I’m really happy to see this awesome space in Troy getting used in various rad ways.


Former Miss Albany Diner to become ramen shop

Now that David Chang himself has declared “RAMEN IS DEAD”, it’s time for Albany to get their first ramen resturant among a sea of pho and noodle shops. I’m excited to see added variety among the options for noodles in the area, regardless of timing. Thanks to Tavern Noodle for doing the market testing and putting the idea of ramen into the heads of people in the Capital Region.

Photo: Daniel Go/flickr