Above: Jazz Festival with Camille Thurman in Niskayuna, Thursday, April 11 at 7 PM.


Lark Street Restaurant Week
Choose from lunch specials, three-course dinners, beer and wine specials and more at the 24 restaurants in the Lark Street area.
@ Lark Street, Albany | Through April 12 | menu items less than $20.19 each

2019 AIGA UPSTNY Portfolio Review
Emerging graphic designers will have a chance to practice interview skills and get valuable feedback from local design educators, professional designers and potential employers about their design work and résumé. Participants also have the opportunity to network and share their work with each other.
@ Proctors, Schenectady | 6 PM | Free

Hand Habits with Eleanor Friedberger
Meg Duffy has been a collaborator and studio musician for bands like Kevin Morby, Mega Bog, Weyes Blood and The War on Drugs. As Hand Habits, they released their latest project placeholder in March. Indie rock singer-songwriter Eleanor Friedberger (The Fiery Furnaces) will open, who dropped her fourth solo album Rebound last May.
@ The Church, Troy | 7 PM | $10

Front Biz, Better Pills, Lost Drones
Funky jams, post-punk and psych-garage rock from Albany.
@ Desperate Annie’s, Saratoga Springs | 10 PM | Free



Film Screening: “Undamming the Hudson River”
National Geographic filmmaker Jon Bowermaster is showcasing “Riverkeeper’s efforts to restore natural habitat by eliminating obsolete dams throughout the Hudson River Estuary.” The screening is followed by a Q&A featuring Troy Mayor Patrick Madden, Habitat Restoration Manager George Jackman, Ph.D. of Riverkeeper, boat captain and Vice President for Advocacy John Lipscomb of Riverkeeper, Troy Superintendent of Public Utilities Chris Wheland and Jon Bowermaster, a National Geographic filmmaker.
@ Revolution Hall, Troy | 5:30 PM | Free

Front Parlor Storytelling: “Losing It”
In this storytelling meet-up hosted by Mike DeSocio, writers, storytellers and listeners are encoraged to share the times you have lost faith, control or anything at all.
@ Ale House, Troy | 7:30 PM | Free



Girl Blue, Brother Kody, Ryan Zimmerman
Local singer-songwriter Girl Blue will celebrate the release of her new “Lolita” music video (out April 10) with indie-folk artist Brother Kody, the moniker of singer-songwriter Eddie Hotaling, and Americana soloist Ryan Zimmerman.
@ Parish Public House, Albany | 6 PM | $10

Jazz Festival with Camille Thurman
Camille Thurman will be featured in the upcoming jazz festival at Niskayuna High School, accompanied by members from the Middle School Stage Band, Middle School Jazz Ensemble, Studio Singers, High School Stage Band and the High School Jazz Ensemble.
@ Niskayuna High School | 7 PM | Free



“Women Modernists” 
The exhibit “Women Modernists” explores how Modernism moves away from past routines to embrace the avant-garde. Feature artists like Dorothy Dehner and Grace Hartigan will display alternative ways of capturing and understanding the surrounding world.  
@ The Hyde Collection, Glens Falls | 10 AM | $12 general admission, $10 seniors, free for students, kids and veterans

Curators’ Tour: ‘In Place of Now’   
Join writer Rone Shavers and Opalka Director Judie Gilmore, curators of “In Place of Now,” for a guided tour before it closes April 14. The exhibit brings together nine established and up-and-coming artists whose work pictures “otherness” in an effort to reinvent the past and reclaim the future.
@ Opalka Gallery, Albany | 5:30 PM | Free

Panel: Careers in the Arts
St. Rose alumni Katie Hammon (Bear Grass, Troy BID executive director), Kathryn Greenwood (director of art & culture program for Albany International Airport) and Scott Bartly (Creative Director/Partner, Bartley & Dick) will discuss what fueled their artistic passion while attending college, share advice about studying in the creative majors as well as the opportunities that exist in the world of the arts and local community.
@ Massry Center for the Arts, Albany | 5:30 PM | Free

Collar City Latinx Night: soleadx
A basic/intermediate Cha cha lesson with Isabel Burlingham and David Aloka including short choreography from 6-7 p.m. A latin beat set by DJ Intell Hayesfield will follow until 10 PM and a small food and drink menu. Cover includes the dance class, DJ set and drink selection.
@ Carmen’s Cafe, Troy | 6 PM | $15

Cold Chocolate
Cold Chocolate, the band from Boston that merges folk and bluegrass with hardcore rock, will be performing at Crandall Public Library on Thursday. The group will feature Ethan Robbins on guitar and Ariel Bernstein on percussion as they make their way up the East Coast.  
@ Crandall Public Library, Glens Falls | 7 PM

Skidmore Community Chorus & Vocal Chamber Ensemble
A concert by Skidmore Community Chorus and Vocal Chamber Ensemble at the Zankel Music Center.
@ Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs | 7 PM  | $8 adults, $5 seniors, free for students and kids

Short Shadows: Second Time Around
In the final installment of EMPAC’s “Short Shadows” series, see the trio of films “Stains and Scratches” (2018) by Deimantas Narkevičius, “all voices are mine” (2018) by Basir Mahmood and “Segunda Vez” (2018) by Dora Garcia. Each artwork aims to “shine a light on cultural and historical events that may otherwise remain in shadow.”
@ EMPAC, Troy | April 11, 7 PM | $6



The Suitcase Junket at Caffe Lena  
Matt Lorenz, artist, innovator and one-man band, creates conventional sounds with unconventional instruments. Rummaging through dumpsters, junk drawers and foreign clutter, Lorenz will put on a show of original rock anthems, blues manifestos, mountain ballads and more, all from the sounds of another’s rubbish.
@ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs | 8 PM | $12.50-$25


R&B/Hip Hop Cover Show
A showcase of St. Rose R&B musicians David Cuttino, Jordyn Harrison, Tiara Johnson, Kayla Carpenter, Tania Higdon, Najah Holland, Vonyéa Williams, Jay Mekhi and Mark Manning. 
@ College of St. Rose (Studio G3), Albany | 8 PM | Free



Art & Words: An Exhibition of Art & Poetry Inspiring One Another
With April being National Poetry Month, Emerge Gallery has decided to host 26 artists and 21 poets as part of their exhibition, Art & Words. The featured artists and poets will show work inspired by one another as a means to merge the two creative forms into something that can be jointly celebrated and appreciated.  
@ Emerge Gallery and Art Space, Saugerties | April 6-28



Photo: Kiki Vassilakis

Call for muralists: Albany Center Gallery (ongoing)
Always on the hunt for talented artists for mural painting and teaching around the Capital Region. The aim is to create beautiful, thoughtful and educational paintings to uplift and inspire local communities.

How to apply: Submit resume and artwork samples with the artist contact information, resume, artwork samples (up to 10 digital images), mock-up images of your murals (if you have them, not required), a summary of your interest and passion about this mural program and a description of our previous experiences in the arts.

The Hyde Collection is looking for entrants for its Plein Air Festival

The juried Plein Air Festival runs August 7-11, culminating with The Hyde’s annual Community Day, a free admission day filled with art activities and fun at the Museum inspired by the permanent collection and special exhibition From the Rooftops: John Sloan and the Art of the New Urban Space.

Community Day will feature a pop-up art show of juried Plein Air artists’ artworks, a plein air “Art Battle” activity open to all creative community members, and an award ceremony honoring juried Plein Air artists and Art Battle participants.

Interested artists should read the Artist Entry Form Guidelines and submit the Entry Form by April 15.
Read: Plein Air Festival Artist Entry Guidelines
Application: ENTRY FORM

For questions, contact Jenny Hutchinson, Curator of Education and Programming, jhutchinson@hydecollection.org, 518-792-1761, ext. 327

Sand Lake Center for the Arts announces One Act Play Festival 2020 submissions

The Sand Lake Center for the Arts in Averill park is calling for submissions of one-act plays to their One Act Play Festival (January 9-12, 2020) by July 1.

Typed entries must be unpublished, not professionally produced and run from 10-15 minutes with a front page featuring your name, address, phone number(s) and email address. Do not include personal identification on other pages. Setting should be made clear in the exposition or the dialogue of the play. Fewer than five characters are recommended and minimal set pieces and costumes are essential. All themes and subject matters are welcome, from G to PG-13 ratings. No more than two submissions per playwright. All playwrights will be notified of decisions by Sept 2019.

Residents of one of the following counties are eligible to submit: Albany, Columbia, Fulton, Greene, Montgomery, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, Washington or the areas of Bennington, North Adams, and Pittsfield. There is no entry fee. Royalties will not be paid.

To submit by post, send four hard copies of each play to:
SLCA One Act Play Festival
PO Box 179
Averill Park, NY 12018

By email: info@slca-ctp.org, Subject line: SLCA One Act Play Festival

For additional questions regarding the One Act Play Festival, please email Managing Director Brian Sheldon at brian@slca-ctp.org with SLCA One Act Festival in the subject line.