Recap: Lightning Bolt, Girls of Porn, Beware!

If you were looking to relax from your work week, hanging out at Valentine’s last night was definitely not going to help you find anything remotely close to calm solace, to say the least.  The bill for this show garnished a necessary, chaotic, pick-me-up many had been waiting for all month. For those anticipating kicking the weekend off on a weird, PBR-and-synth-infused note, Valentine’s was the place to be. Sweaty, loud and packed to nearing capacity.

Upon arriving at Valentine’s, scoping out the crucial (upstairs or downstairs?) and haphazardly ducking up the stairs and into the crowd, it dawned on me fairly quickly that I’d be kicking myself later for forgetting my earplugs.

The only normalcy of this evening was that the show took some time to get off on its feet.  An hour plus in and the first and only band to grace the actual stage got started.  Everything else about last night as a whole felt weird, or at least a little bit off, to me.  Good weird or bad weird, musically for me it varied, but I’ll leave it up to you.

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Protest today at the NYS Capitol

Today, there are 15 buses from across New York unloading people who are set to protest the proposed budget from Governor Cuomo. This is a last ditch effort to have Cuomo reconsider the $100M cuts to the State Universities across New York, while simultaneously letting the higher income tax surcharge expire for the states highest earners.

The rally is set for 1pm and is expected to be over a thousand strong. There will be updates throughout the day here with pertinent information.

First edit: Today marks the monumental day when the State Capitol of New York placed their largest order for delivery pizza. [lohud] [thanks for the tip off Donges]

Made to Perplex Us?

Alexandra LoSordo is joining the KAB team with reviews of local art shows. Welcome!

I was overcome with nothingness when I was exposed to Robert Swainston’s exhibit in the Massry Center for the Arts at the College of Saint Rose, which registered as strange to me considering I’m a very emotional person. At first glance, his use of lithography, silkscreen, woodblock, and etching seemed unimpressive – just blocks of color, overlapped with more blocks of color, while occasionally incorporating images. However as I got closer to each piece, I found I was immersed in his creation of another dimension, which was made apparent in his use of bends, folds, and cut outs of the various materials.

With every longer gaze, I appreciated the show more. I especially enjoyed his combination of natural elements (such as animal print and tree bark patterns) with prints and mixed media in linear forms. Continue reading…

Way cooler than Amtrak

As as design and typography nerd, I see this image all the time. Today, I finally figured it’s time to figure it out, one super easy google search later, and the mystery is solved.

Long story short, Boston and Albany was a railroad company, which was fully operational starting in 1835. It’s seen a whole bunch of changes and is now mostly operated by Amtrak, except for the far east of it. Unfortunately, most of the history lies in Boston where B&A was started. Read the full history over at the Boston and Albany Wikipedia article.