Albany Bicycle Coalition: Bicycle Month 2011 Events

The Albany Bicycle Coalition is a rad organization which you may have never hear about that helps Albany to move forward with regard to bicycling. Most likely they’ve helped get bike racks in front of your favorite spots in the city. They always do May Bike Months and here’s the schedule for this years! The rest of this post is copy-pasta from their press release.

The Albany Bicycle Coalition (ABC), a not-for-profit organization supporting bicycling in the Capital Region, has announced its roster of events for the May 2011 – Bicycle Month 2011. ABC’s Bicycle Month 2011 runs from April 29 to June 12, 2011.

The events include a kick-off Bike Expo 2011, several urban rides including an historic mansion tour, bicycle-themed movies, tune-up clinics, a blessing of the bicycles, and art tours. It wraps up with a three-night camping outing at Thompsons Lake State Park.

More info of course, on their website.

2011 Tulip Fest Survival Guide

Are you one of the millions that are just like, oh so mad that the City of Albany will continue to enforce laws on May 7th and 8th? Are you going to brave the beer tents where the median mass of each patron is twice that of yourself? Do you need a place to go where there will be cars that you can punch in the face in the name of a made up Albany holiday? Well listen here rule breaker; I’ve commissioned a team of scientists to formulate a way just for you to be able to see some band you don’t know and be drunk simultaneously. Behold the science that awaits you below.

Tang Gallery at Skidmore

Illuminated creature-like structures pulled me into the Alumni Invitational 3 room upon entering the Tang Gallery at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs. These perfectly constructed and stunningly beautiful creations are a collaboration of art and design, which showcase Johnny Swing’s thoughtful and environment-friendly use of satellite dishes and various types of glass jars. The figures are large without being ominous. They are oddly inviting, asking you to walk through the black, metal arches and plant yourself underneath the span of radiant and peaceful light.

After swinging through the metallic archways, I was faced with Bradley Castellanos’ large color photos that he cropped, cut, and layered with oil, acrylic paint, and resin. His works explore the conflict between beauty and destruction. He takes devastated scenes (typically demolished man-made structures embedded in nature) and makes them beautiful and vibrant by overlapping different techniques onto the photo, such as adding unnatural colors, like turquoise, to natural scenes. Bones and rib cages entwined in vines and tree trunks made his piece “Choke” stand out the most.  It gave me the vibe that nature is evil, which is quite contradictory to the typical view of nature being a place of innocence and tranquility.

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Local tweeter looks for a #winning

When it comes to Twitter celebs there are a handful of obvious choices – such as @MCHammer, @snacksthecat, @big_ben_clock, and @Sn00ki – but one local tweeter, @patrickdodson, is looking to get on their level by #winning the @timesunion Best of 2011 “best local tweeter” category. His name appears on the ballot alongside the Times Union itself.

“I like to think I’ve been ‘tweeting’ my whole life, just never via web until 2008,” said Dodson, a 23-year-old photojournalist who splits his time between Albany and the Berkshires. “I use Twitter skills IRL too, by speaking @ people and emphasizing certain words similar to hash-tagging.”

UAlbany’s fresh paint job

If you’re walking around UAlbany’s campus today, look up from your cell phone screens and take notice of the fresh stencil work that appeared overnight, scattered throughout the podium.

On roughly 25-30% of the cement columns, reads the message, clear in purple spray paint (for “school spirit”):  “Did you know 99% of UAlbany students were NOT part of the Kegs N’ Eggs riot but were punished for it.”

The stencil is designed as a riff on the University Counseling Center’s infamous “Did You Know?” social norm campaign.

Edward Durell Stone, the renowned architect of the uptown campus’ unique design, must be cringing in his grave, as this chronic daily headache returns to the University and its reputation. 

Looks as though many are making it clear that the Kegs ‘N Eggs and Fountain Day fiasco from a couple weeks back is far from over.  This quasi-experiment very well could be foreshadowing that the still-pissed-off students are continuing to rally in response to the cancelation of Fountain Day.  There’s potential something big could go down in the weeks ahead.  Any else got Shoenice revenge theories?