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Arts Explorer: Week of June 3-7

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Arts Explorer: Week of June 3-7

Above: Donna Missal is set to perform a special Pride edition of Alive at 5 at Jennings Landing, Albany on Thursday, June 6, 5 PM. Free. 

MONDAY, JUNE 3

Downtown Schenectady Art Week
With events packing up the week, take the opportunity to explore a few today and plan for more to come. Take advantage of the open studio from 1 PM-3 PM at Create Community Studios. The Schenectady Traveling Student Art Show is open in Fenimore Gallery, Proctors through 6 PM. The reception takes place at 5 PM. Try out the Improv-Drop In class at Mopco Improv Theatre at 7 PM.
@ Downtown Schenectady | through June 8

Chelsea Grin
The Utah deathcore band and Warped Tour (RIP) favorites take on the Lucky Strike venue with supporting acts Slaughter to Prevail, Enterprise Earth, Traitors and Bodysnatcher.
@ Jupiter Hall, Albany | 6 PM | $18-$20

Screening: ‘The Death and Life of Martha P. Johnson’
Academy Award-nominated director David France’s “whodunnit” documentary focuses on the murder of self-described “street queen” Marsha P. Johnson, a legendary fixture in New York City’s gay ghetto, who was found floating in the Hudson River in 1992. Though the NYPD pegged her death as a suicide, her community rejected the claim. The film celebrates Johnson’s life and work, while analyzing her unexplained death.
@ Albany Public Library – Howe Branch | 6 PM | Free, registration required

Laveda, Haley Moley, The Age
Super Dark Collective presents this lineup of shoegaze, synth wave and soul. You truly can have it all. 
Desperate Annies, Saratoga Springs | 9 PM | Free

TUESDAY, JUNE 4

Exhibition on Screen” ‘Van Gogh and Japan’
Though the legendary impressionist painter never actually made his way to Japan, the country’s art and culture had an immense influence on his art. This documentary explores how the arrival of Japanese art in 19th century Paris galleries influenced the great artists of the generation and the effect it had on the troubled artist.
@ Proctors, Schenectady | 2 PM | $12

First Troy-Grown Farmer’s Market of 2019
Peruse fresh produce in support the local farmers and food community of the Capital Region.
@ 2nd Street Farm, Troy | 4 PM

Blood, Sweat and Irons: Becoming the ‘Collar City’
Tom Nardacci and RCHS historian Kathy Sheehan will discuss labor leader Kate Mullany (whose Troy home is now a National Historic Site) and the dangers, culture and impact of Troy’s garment industry history. Attendees will then use a production line to convert t-shirts into reusable bags in anticipation of 2020’s plastic bag ban. T-shirts will be provided but you are more than welcome to upcycle your own.
@ Rensselaer County Historical Society, Troy | 6 PM | $25 includes free drink and t-shirt

Mini Mansions
The sleek, brooding LA rock band has a new album, Guy Walks Into a Bar…, set for release in July. They’re continuing over a year of touring with a North America run. If you catch them at The Hollow, you may recognize its founding members from other major rock bands such as Queens of the Stone Age and The Last Shadow Puppets (project of The Arctic Monkeys’ Alex Turner).
@ The Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Albany | 8 PM | $12

 

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 5

Skeeter Creek, Raquel & The Wildflowers
The award-winning, crowd favorite country band Skeeter Creek will kick off this year’s Rockin’ on the River, a free summer music series in Troy. Along for the ride is Raquel & The Wildflowers, the full-band, country rock project of singer-songwriter Raquel de Souza, who recently made their band debut in early May.
@ Riverfront Park, Troy | 5 PM | Free

Kulton The Maker, Kortnee Simmons, Nkoula Badila, RRB
A jackpot lineup of multidisciplinary artists will perform a series of compelling and immersive sets. Visuals will be projected onto the artists using videos taken around the Hudson Valley. Kulton the Maker will screen his newest music video for “Separation Anxiety,” a collaboration with artist James Autery. The Yummy Kitchen food truck will be serving banh mi, crispy wings, soups and cooling Asian noodle dishes.
@ Time and Space Limited, Hudson | 6 PM | $5-$10 sliding scale

CapCity Slam #150
This month’s edition of CapCity Slam will feature special guest Ashley Nina Ciera and DJ poetik selektions a.k.a. Karyn Dyer. Sign-up for the open mic (10-slot max) begins at 7 PM, followed by Poetry Slam #150. In the meantime, the core Slam team will be making their way down to North Carolina for a competition. Listen, watch, read, or observe–all you’re asked to do is be present.
@ Albany Barn | 6:30 PM | $3-$20 suggested donation

‘Shaken, Stirred, Dead’: Dinner Theatre Show
The Murder Mystery Company will keep their dinner theatre guest on their toes with an entertaining and interactive murder mystery.
@ Rivers Casino & Resort, Schenectady | 6:30 PM | $30

And Still We Rise: Capital Pride Singers
The Capital Pride Singers commemorate 50 years since Stonewall with a choral concert.
@ RPI Chapel and Cultural Center, Troy | 7:30 PM | $10

The McKrells
Kevin McKrell and his band will play some Celtic tunes to help celebrate the 10-year anniversary of Mad Jack Brewing.
@ Mad Jack Brewing Company, Schenectady | 7:30 PM | Free

Belle-Skinner
The haunting, nostalgic stylings of singer-songwriter Belle Skinner make for a good late night show to break up the week. Netflix will be there tomorrow.
@ The Berlin Lounge, Troy | 9 PM | Free

 

THURSDAY, JUNE 6

Donna Missal, LPX, Lauren Ruth Ward
It’s a special Pride edition of Alive at 5 led by the queer, seductive singer-songwriter Donna Missal, MS MR’s Lizzy Plapinger with her solo pop project LPX and indie Americana act Lauren Ruth Ward. The summer music series celebrates 30 years of free, outdoor live music this season.
@ Jennings Landing, Albany | 5 PM | Free

Hudson Valley Film Commission: ‘So You Want To Be In The Movies’
Hudson Valley Film Commission founder and director Laurent Rejto will talk about the regional film and TV industry, answering questions like: What kind of crew members do productions hire? How can I get work as an actor? What kind of vendors do local productions need? How can I rent my house as a location? How do I get myself or my business involved?
@ Tivoli Free Library-East Room | 6 PM | Free

Yaddo presents Amy Hempel
Author Amy Hempel will present her new short story collection “Sing To It” with Elaina Richardson, president of Yaddo, the artist community estate in Saratoga Springs. While reservations have sold out, limited standing room will still be available the night of the event.
@ Northshire Bookstore, Saratoga Springs | 6 PM | Free

Popa Chubby
The hard rock blues guitarist has been described as “the Stooges meets Buddy Guy, Motörhead meets Muddy Waters, and Jimi Hendrix meets Robert Johnson.” Do with that what you will.
@ Van Dyck Lounge, Schenectady | 6:30 PM | $22

PREVIEW: ‘The Most Spectacularly Lamentable Trial of Miz Martha Washington’
Martha Washington lays on her deathbed, cared for by the slaves that will be freed at the time of her death, slipping in and out of consciousness in this Black Theatre Troupe of Upstate NY production. Through Scrooge-esque vignettes, the audience is taken on a dark ride through America’s tragic past and its “original sin” of slavery, in which Martha is confronted with hard truths and faced with the moral culpability in perpetuating the system of life that has sustained her. Tonight’s show is a free preview and the play runs June 7-16 (Thurs.-Sat. 8 PM). Tickets are $15, $10 for students and veterans
@ The Sage Colleges-Meade Little Theatre, Troy | 8 PM | Free

Sam Green & Yo La Tengo: ‘The Love Song of R. Buckminster Fuller’
The hour-long “live documentary” from Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Sam Green explores Fuller’s utopian vision of radical social change through design revolution.The project is a collaboration between Green and indie band Yo La Tengo. Green will narrate the film in person and cue images while Yo La Tengo performs their original score.
@ Arthur Zankel Music Center, Saratoga Springs | 8 PM | $25

 

FRIDAY, JUNE 7

‘Interact’ Artist Reception
Artists Ali Herrmann, Danielle Klebes, Reinhardt Moore, Steve Rein Lisa DeLoria Winblatt, and Jeff Wigman explore how audiences process art in this provocative exhibit running until June 24. Artist reception is open to the public.
@ Albany Center Gallery, Albany| 5-8 PM| Free

Confusician, Midi Forts
Enjoy an evening of electronic and psych beat tunes, presented by Super Dark Collective.
@ Pint Sized, Albany | 7 PM | donations suggested

Exhibit opening: ‘Renoir: The Body, The Senses’ and ‘Janet Cardiff: The Forty Part Motet’
Get familiar with Renoir’s revolutionary human figure studies, which inspired the next generation of modernist art . Canadian artist Janet Cardiff’s 2001 sound installation will also be open. Visitors can weave through a ring of speakers to hear individual singers’ voices or stand in the center to be struck by full piece.
@ The Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Mass. | 7:30 PM | Free, RSVP required

Cam’ron w/ DJ King Bully, DJ Dread, DJ Supreme (+ Keisha Renee)
The Grammy-nominated, multi-platinum-selling rapper Cam’ron is known as one of the “anti-heroes” of hip-hop. He’ll play Saratoga with support from local DJs and Moet bottle service will be flowing all night.
@ Putnam Place, Saratoga Springs | 8 PM | $35-$40

Sleep
Skyloft will serve holy church for all the Weedians and their Desert Legion Smoke-Covenant as Al Cisneros and Matt Pike come to town preaching the word of the slow riff and power bong. @ Skyloft, Albany | 8 PM | $35

 

OPPORTUNITIES

ONGOING: The Collaborative magazine call for art and columnist submissions
The Collaborative is always looking for submissions of art in any medium (but ultimately digitally scanned or photographed to be featured in the print issue) for our full-page gallery feature of the magazine. Artists can send their work with a short artist bio and their best point of contact to kcusack@proctors.org.

If you are an artist living and working in the Capital Region, we want to work with you. The columnist section of the magazine covers writing, music, food, film, visual arts, style, theatre, dance and the creative economy. If you would like to share a recent discovery of artistic methods or resources, an anecdote about overcoming creative challenges, a “how-to” or epiphany, send a column submission of roughly 500 words to dking@proctors.org or kcusack@proctors.org. The columnist section is a resource for artists to learn from and connect with one another, come be a part of it.

OPEN CALL FOR COMEDIC STORYTELLERS: Mopco Improv Theatre
Storytime Time—the live comedy storytelling series hosted and curated by comedian/storyteller Ethan Ullman (“The Howard Stern Show” Kevin Allison’s “RISK!” podcast)—is looking for local comedians, storytellers, poets, performers and other funny people of all skill levels with comedic stories to share on stage.

Pitch stories to comedicstories@gmail.com with your name, phone number and a brief synopsis of your story—include a beginning, middle, and end (no cliffhangers!) Stories must be true, at least somewhat funny, and 8-10 minutes in length. If your story is selected, you’ll be invited to perform your story at an upcoming Storytime Time event at the Mopco Improv Theatre in Schenectady.

AUDITIONS: Composite’s Devised Theatre Program
The unique project, directed by Stephanie Remmert, is in search of five actors to help create an original theatre performance about Identity through exercises, interviews and writing prompts. There’s no need to prepare anything. Just dress comfortably for movement and bring a bottle of water. Taking place June 3, 6 PM at Creative Action Unlimited (6 Greenwood Dr.) in East Greenbush, auditions will consist of participatory devised theatre exercises facilitated by Remmert.

Actors of all genders, races, ethnicities and abilities* are strongly encouraged to audition. Previous devised theatre experience is welcome, but not required. (*if you have mobility challenges, please contact Stephanie in advance to discuss audition arrangements)

Rehearsals will be scheduled based on availability of the cast and performances are scheduled for September 20-21 at the Arts Center of the Capital Region, Troy. Contact stephanie.weberremmert@gmail.com with any questions.

The Third Annual Hudson NY Shorts
A short film festival featuring local and global filmmakers urging their audience to think, feel and expand.. With two program times of 70 minutes, each will include narrative and documentary shorts in genres including comedy, LGBTQQI, music video, drama, animation and experimental.

Industry professionals will judge the Best in Festival Short Film to be awarded $500. The Winning Screenplay will receive a reading and production consultation by HNYS. Submissions accepted by June 8.

 

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