Andrew Bird at the Troy Music Hall October 13th

This is pretty awesome. I’m definitely excited to not only have another operating music venue in the immediate area (Revolution Hall, what the hell happened?!), but Andrew Bird is a long time favorite of mine.

Pure copy pasta form the press release:
ANDREW BIRD to perform at Troy Savings Bank Music Hall on THURSDAY, OCTOBER 13th.

Higher Ground Presents is pleased to welcome ANDREW BIRD to the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall on Thursday, October 13th at 8pm. Dosh opens the show.

Time: Doors 7pm, Show 8pm
Date: Thursday, October 13, 2011
Location: Troy Savings Bank Music Hall
Ages: all ages
Tickets: $33.50 (plus all applicable fees)
Tickets go on sale Friday, May 6th at 11am
Purchase at www.troymusichall.org, by phone: 518-273-0038 or in person at Troy Savings Bank Music Hall Box Office, 30 Second Street, Albany, NY

If you like things that are good, and are unfamilliar with Andrew Bird, please do yourself a favor and check the video below.

Quality events for this weekend vol 1

it’s gorgeous out and you need something to do? thank me later

art!
friday 5pm, April Troy Night Out [fbook]

friday 5:30pm Knock it Off Art Event at the Albany Center Gallery [fbook]

thurs, friday, and sat (apr 28/29/30)
8pm: Francisco López: Hyper-Rainforest at EMPAC. [link]

music!

friday 10pm, Jungala with LDFD at Cabaloosas, New Paltz [fbook]

friday 8pm, Undefined Arguments, If Madrid, My Favorite Fence at the HRCH [fbook]

friday 8pm, screening of clevelands screaming, a punk/hc documentary at valentines [fbook]

bikes!

friday: critical mass 5:15 at hj & state

sunday: bike expo, corning preserve 9 to 4

Recap: Hyper-Rainforest @ EMPAC

Last night kicked off the world premiere of Hyper-Rainforest, a sound projection and sonic stimulation created from unmodified sound bites captured directly from rainforests all over the continents.  The piece was developed in residence at (and commissioned by) the Experimental Media And Performing Arts Center over in Troy, a.k.a. literally the coolest building bordering Albany county lines.

Over the past 20 years, Francisco López has worked extensively doing field recordings and submerging himself in the rich, natural sounds that rainforests provide.  López is internationally recognized as one of the major players in the world of sound art and experimental music.
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Quality events for your consideration vol 5

wednesday 4/27
7pm, Kevin Devine at SUNY Albany [fbook] (suny kids only)

thursday 4/28
9pm, 80s Night w/DJ Trumastr at Putnam Den in Saratoga [fbook]

7pm, The Room at Proctors [fbook]

friday 4/29
5pm, April Troy Night Out [fbook]

10pm, Jungala with LDFD at Cabaloosas, New Paltz [fbook]

8pm, Undefined Arguments, If Madrid, My Favorite Fence at the HRCH [fbook]

5:30pm Knock it Off Art Event at the Albany Center Gallery [fbook]

thurs, friday, and sat (apr 28/29/30)
8pm: Francisco López: Hyper-Rainforest at EMPAC. [link]


photo francisco lópez

History of the World: Owen Sherwood + Andrew DeGraff

This is a guest post from Caroline Corrigan. Thanks Caroline!

While some argue that Troy is trying desperately to cling on to the shred of hipness it held in the Capital Region for a few years, there are some things that are still making it a beautiful, cool, historic city. Things like the year-round farmer’s market, its tight walkability, a handful of antique shops and small boutiques, The Troy Bike Rescue, Brown’s Brewery, and The Arts Center.

But wait, you’ve never heard of The Arts Center? After working there for nearly two years, I’m not surprised. There’s a combination of issues—people not crossing the Hudson for fear of the unknown “Troilet,” perhaps a lack of funding for advertising, and having only maintained an audience base of people between the ages of 40-60. As one of the only twenty-somethings on staff at The Arts Center, I’ve struggled to get friends through the door for our art openings, performances, classes, and have even bugged some of my really talented friends to teach photography and cooking workshops (ahem, Andrew is teaching a photography class in May). Slowly but surely, I’m working hard to make sure people are aware of this place, and some of the great things that we do.

I’ve got one.

Come to the opening reception for History of The World: Owen Sherwood + Andrew DeGraff in the Main Gallery next Friday, April 29th. Yes, there will be free food. Yes, there will be wine. Yes, the artists will be there.

History of the World features illustrators and artists Owen Sherwood and Andrew DeGraff in a vibrant collection of drawings, paintings, and site-specific wall-based works. The combination of draftsmanship, fantasy, surrealism, humor and an oddball-pop sensibility offers up a special glimpse into the world of these two artists, transforming the gallery into a walk-in sketchbook. For fans of the more graphic shows from Marketplace Gallery, like the Just Seeds poster exhibition, or fans of local artists like Radical!, this show will impress you, make you laugh, and make you think, “shit, these guys are so good!”

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