Doug Bartow at Create Upstate 2014: You Can Do World-Class Design Work In UPSTNY

Create Upstate, the Syracuse-based design conference that took place in May just published a video of Doug Bartow’s talk. Doug is both Principal and Design Director at id29 in Troy. If you’re unfamiliar with id29, they have clients such as Albany Distilling, Brown’s Brewing, Firefly Bicycles and many more.

Doug’s talk focuses on the design ecosystem in our area, and how it’s possible to do good meaningful work here. In the talk there’s some firms that I wasn’t aware of, some that I knew but didn’t know their work, and some that were just nice to see again.

Click play, sit back and enjoy.

Collage Night at Collar Works

Collage Night is back on August 22 and will be held in the new Collar Works gallery space at 137 4th Street. Dig through vintage magazines and books to create a fun collage while listening to tunes and enjoying the company.

There will be a pop-up shop from Fort Orange General Store and beverages provided by Rare Form Brewing. There’s a $7 material fee and the event is all ages, but bring an ID if you wish to imbibe.

For more info, check the official event page!

‘Nas: Time is Illmatic’ at the Palace

On Friday October 3rd, Nas will be at the Palace Theater in conjunction with a screening of his documentary Nas: Time is Illmatic. The show will begin with a screening of the film, and then Nas will perform Illmatic from start to finish. Seriously.

From the event page:

“Nas: Time is Illmatic” – which opens via Tribeca Film – follows the trajectory of his 1994 landmark debut album, “Illmatic.” It traces Nas’ influences and the insurmountable odds he faced in creating the greatest work of music from hip-hop’s second golden era. The documentary is directed by multimedia artist, One9, written by Erik Parker, and produced by One9, Parker, and Anthony Saleh. The film was supported by The Ford Foundation’s Just Films, Tribeca Film Institute’s Tribeca All Access program, and Hennessy V.S. to help bring Nas’ inspiring story of tireless pursuit of excellence to audiences nationwide.

Tickets start at $40 and go on sale on Friday August 15th at 10am via ticketmaster. Learn more on the Palace website.

Windham World Cup: Recap and Photos


Yesterday, I checked out the Windham World Cup. I unfortunately could only make Sunday’s races, but it was still really awesome to check out a huge caliber cycling event so close by.

The first race I caught was the Elite Women’s XCO (cross country) race. I posted up in the woods in a fast little technical section and the first lap through I was in shock at how quickly, smoothly and effortlessly these women were taking the section. The same thing with the men. Everything seemed effortless and spectating was awesome. From where we had posted up on the mountain, you could see a good deal of the huge course and keep track of who was where in the standings. The weather was beautiful and there was really no better way to spend the Sunday.

If you have even the smallest interest in cycling you should try to spectate at a cross country or cyclocross race. There’s tons in the area and there’s typically food trucks, vendors and more.

You can watch the cross country and downhill races both from Red Bull.

Quality events for this weekend vol. 145

Friday Aug 8

Michael Lindsay Hogg at Basilica Hudson: Film screening, reading and chat with acclaimed film and television director, artist, and author.

The Enders at the Low Beat: Burlesque in between sets. With Middle Son, New Red Square, Totally Gnarly.

Despicable Me 2 in West Capitol Park: Free movie in the park, as part of the Friday Night Flicks series.

Saturday Aug 9

Troy Farmer’s Market: Vendors, food and all sorts of goodies.

Screening: A Spell To Ward Off the Darkness at Basilica Hudson: With Ben Russell in person for discussion after the screening.

The Deadbeats at the Low Beat: Grateful Dead tribute.

Sunday Aug 10

Yoga in Troy’s Waterfront Park: Namaste y’all!

All Weekend

Windham World Cup: Mountain biking World Cup!

The Track: It’s open. And fun.

Cirque Éloize at Proctors: Just watch the video.

Art Omi: Sculpture fields are open.

Day trip to MASS MoCA: Pretty drive and a great museum.

The NYS Museum: Bunch of great exhibits and it’s right in your backyard.

The Matrix and Alice in Wonderland at the Madison Theater: Only five bucks!