EMPAC: back-to-back performances Friday

EMPAC is opening its doors on Friday, free of charge, for two performances developed in residency, in the forms of a work-in-progress performance piece and sharing the results of a hands-on sound workshop that took place over the course of six days.

If you haven’t been to EMPAC yet this season, these two events are the perfect opportunity for you to expose yourself to something original and creative without putting any strain on your budget.


Image artwork by Adam Shecter

TOOL IS LOOT is a “duet made via a curious process of disorientation.” Essentially, during the course of one year, choreographers/dancers Wally Cardona and Jennifer Lacey worked separately on the same conceptual project, asking various “outsiders” their take and opinions on creative dance. They then took their research to create a collaboration developed in residence, posing the question “what comes after you don’t know anymore?” I don’t know but I’m curious to find out what they came up with; I think their project is based around a really cool idea for an experimental philosophy turned into performance piece. 7pm.

Second, beginning at 8:30pm, there will be the showcase of Compositions for a Sound Dome, where eight composers, led by Hans Tutschku, participated in a workshop called Composing for Large Scale Multi-Channel Loudspeaker Environments. The musicians were immersed in an experimental study of composition, sound, music and space in response to the challenge of working with the insanely awesome and advanced sound setup and technologies of EMPAC.

Both performances are free to the general public.

Preview: across the street art

Within a 30-second walk from one block to another, Lark Street will play host to two very different shows in two very different spaces that are totally worth checking out tonight during the June edition of Albany’s First Friday. Among the complete list of events, the Planned Parenthood building and the Icarus Dreams Gallery will be transformed, literally overnight in some cases, into two diverse art collections with almost opposite and unique vibes that showcase local talent and local volunteer efforts.

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During a conversation on the stoop outside of the Icarus Dreams Gallery and over some time-killing (and necessary) Thai food, I learned about the background and mission of the Albany sector of the United States Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI) for the first time. For those (like myself) not previously in the know, USCRI is a nation-wide committee, based in D.C., that assists refugees with resettlement into the American culture, economy and daily life.

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Remembering Gil Scott-Heron

The music and poetry world suffered a harrowing loss this past Friday with the news of Gil Scott-Heron‘s death. Credited with influencing hip-hop as a whole and being one of the last great revolutionaries of our time, he will be sorely missed by many. Below are a few of my favorites of his.

Trains, Adultery and Whiskey: A vague review of Water for Elephants

The following is a guest post from Corey Core.

I want to preface by stating that I have not read the book which the film is based on. I am only reviewing the film, because I’m probably never going to read the book.

Water for Elephants has a rather boring poster. It looks like a cheap ploy to get people into the theatre to see Robert Pattinson in the wake of the Twilight epidemic. I was reluctant to see a film starring said actor. To be honest, I’m not really a fan of Reese Witherspoon, either. Also, no water, and only one elephant hiding in the background, just a vague reference to the circus and the glimpse of a box car. I try to stay up-to-date on upcoming movies and I had not heard or read anything about the film, beyond the fact that it had a lousy poster. But as we know, we’re not supposed to judge things based on their ‘cover,’ and I’m a big fan of circus-based films like Big Fish and Big Top Pee Wee.

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EMPAC: Celeste Boursier-Mougenot: untitled (Series #3) + index (v.4)

That’s a mouthful, yeah?

EMPAC has another really awesome exhibit coming up. Opening May 11th, Céleste Boursier-Mougenot has set up two continuously playing sound installation in EMPAC’s lobbies.

Copypasta from EMPAC:

Two continuously playing sound installations by French artist Céleste Boursier-Mougenot create a special sonic atmosphere in EMPAC’s lobby spaces. The first installation untitled (Series #3) unfolds on the mezzanine. A current moves floating bowls, dishes, and glasses in several pools of water, and as these objects touch, the space is filled with their fleeting, floating music.


Image: Celeste Boursier-Mougenot

Full details at the exhibition’s website.