Elysia Crampton at EMPAC: Ticket Giveaway

Incredible electronic music producer Elysia Crampton is performing this Friday, May 26 at EMPAC. The wonderful folks at EMPAC have given me a pair of tickets to give away to a lucky reader. You can read their event description, enter the giveaway, and check out some of Elysia Crampton’s music below, as well as read reviews of Demon City from Pitchfork and Resident Advisor.


A force within Latinx culture and the rising genderqueer electronic aesthetic (alongside Arca, Lotic, Rabit, etc.), Elysia Crampton has described her style as “severo,” a word suggestive of the raw textures and violent juxtapositions she creates with source material ranging from American pop to cumbia, hip-hop, ratchet, and South American metal. A descendent of the Aymara people indigenous to Bolivia, Crampton made waves with last year’s Elysia Crampton Presents: Demon City. A sister piece to the theatrical production Dissolution of the Sovereign: A Timeslide into the Future, the album was written in the style of an epic poem, taking inspiration from the story of the Aymara revolutionary Bartolina Sisa, whose severed limbs were paraded through the Andes after her execution at the hands of Spanish colonists.

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Spring 2017 coming to an end at EMPAC

There’s only three events left at EMPAC for this semester’s programming. And as usual, they all sound really interesting and worth checking out.

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.

Spring Coffee School at SMCo.

Superior Merchandise in Troy has announced their spring semester of coffee classes. In addition to learning about brewing at home, they’ve added a fun sounding Intro to Home Roasting class. This will be held on the back patio and will show attendees a demo and tasting of coffee roasted in a hot air popcorn popper, and talk about the process from green coffee to roasted coffee.

The class shedule is as follows:

April 3: Intro to Coffee Tasting // 6PM // $25
April 10: Advanced Coffee Tasting // 6PM // $30 (“Intro to Tasting” class strongly suggested*)
May 1: All Things Aeropress // 6:30PM // ($25, $50 with aeropress)
May 15: Brew Better at Home // 6PM // $30
June 5 (raindate — June 12): Intro to Home Roasting // 6PM // $25

Learn more about Coffee School and other fun events they’re putting on SMCo.’s events page.

Another project lined up for Lucas Confectionery team

According to the TU, Vic Christopher and Heather LaVine have purchased Bradley’s Tavern at 28 Fourth Street and are planning on turning it into “some version of what it was, a dive bar”. The building itself is beautiful, and with almost every other kind of bar in the area, a low key dive will be a welcome addition to Troy’s nightlife scene. The upper floors, which are vacant, would make for killer apartments.