Aimee Mann was recently on a podcast I love called Song Exploder, which is “a podcast musicians take apart their songs, and piece by piece, tell the story of how they were made”. This ends up giving you a much deeper look into the song, and those responsible for it’s creation. This episode was recorded live on a cruise organized by tonight’s opener, Jonathan Coulton.
Friday April 21
TGIF Yoga at Heartspace: Community class, In both Albany and Troy.
The Nile Project at The Sanctuary for Independent Media: Music from musicians from 11 Nile countries.
The Heavy Pets & Backup Planet at The Hollow: Rock/funk/fusion.
90s Night at Fuze: Throwback night.
The Vinyl Exam at Savoy: Vinyl night.
Saturday April 22
March for Science at NYS Capitol: Promoting all things scientific.
Body Shine Vol. 12 at Fuze: Proper dance party.
Yoga at The Pride Center: Sliding scale, all welcome.
Earth Day at Honest Weight: Music and much more from open to close.
Earth Day in the Pine Bush: Volunteer to get the Pine Bush into great shape for the summer.
Tour of the Battenkill Spring Preview Ride in Greenwich: 75 mile supported ride.
Pop Up Record Shop with Dogfish Head at Pint Sized: Peruse some records for your collection, maybe win a record player.
Albany Craft Beer Festival at The Armory: A celebration of beer.
The Last Ten Seconds Of Life at Fuze Box: Metal matinée.
Mundy’s Bay, The Plastic Faction, eisha, Bare Mattress at Pauly’s: Alt-rock/indie/darkwave/etc.
Steven Wright at Ulster PAC: Stand up legend.
Chortle Kombat at Mopco Theater: Improv show.
Hacksaw Jim Duggan at Cohoes Music Hall: Stand up.
Mike Lebovitz at Proctors: Stand up, part of Pretty Much the Best Comedy Show series.
The Nude Abides at The Hangar: Big Lebowski burlesque.
Sunday April 23
Capital Region Grown Up Egg Hunt at Jenning’s Landing: Proceeds going to ACG and In Our Own Voices.
World War I Exhibition Opening Reception at NYS Museum: A tour of the new exhibition.
Herobust at River Street Pub: Part of the Raging on the River series.
Lung, Good Hair, Odd Body at Pauly’s: Indie/punk/alt.
Melissa Etheridge at Troy Savings Bank Music Hall: Full band show.
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.
Second-run movies at the Madison Theater: Only five bucks!
Movies at The Spectrum: First run, independent movies at a small centrally located theater.
Farmer’s Markets: Troy, Delmar, and Saratoga on Saturday, and Schenectady and Saratoga on Sunday.
On Monday April 24, Mariam Ghani will be introducing several films from the Afghan Film Archive as part of her ongoing research project What we Left Unfinished. Learn more here.
On Tuesday April 25, Trajal Harrell will be presenting The Return of La Argentina, which is a dance performance that mixes postmodern/voguing with the Japanese dance/theater form “butoh”. Learn more here.
Lastly, on Wednesday April 26, they are screening NASA’s first 4k video stream from the ISS. Insane. Learn more here.
Also, they have on offer a five-day summer workshop focused on Wave Field Synthesis and High-Order Ambisonics. The workshop is full, but there are now lecture-only components. Learn more, and register or jump on the waitlist as soon as you can if you are interested as space is very limited.
AIGA Upstate NY has announced a week long celebration of design, taking place April 30 to May 6 across much of Upstate NY. The week culminates with a three day design conference in Ithaca called Create Upstate.
One fun event on the calendar that caught my eye was the 16x16x16 event at Brown’s Brewing in Troy.
Please join AIGA Upstate NY for a fun 2017 Design Week evening in Troy, NY with a new event we’re calling 16x16x16: 16 speakers showing 16 slides for 16 seconds each. Also, there will be 16 oz. beverages available. This will be a fast-paced, fun event with each speaker spending about 4.5 minutes talking about 16 slides on their choice of topic. Lite fare will be served; the Taproom’s full menu will also be available.
Head to the AIGA Upstate Design Week website for the full schedule and mark your calendar accordingly as there’s a lot going on!