Posts published in 2011

Living Walls in Albany

Posted on September 15, 2011 at 5:26 pm

Living Walls in Albany

It's alive! Rise and shine, giant elk. Wait, what are you doing here? A few weeks ago I decided to “donate” my building, above, to Living Walls: Albany. The project, spearheaded by the ubiquitous Samson Contompasis, is designed to raise awareness about the use of public space, explore the options that a smaller city like Albany has to offer, and give the people a chance to interact with public art. I'm glad I had the opportunity to offer the artists ... Continue Reading

Saratoga Wine & Food and Fall Ferrari Festival 2011

Posted on September 13, 2011 at 11:15 pm

Saratoga Wine & Food and Fall Ferrari Festival 2011

Thanks to All Over Albany, I won two tickets for the Saratoga Wine & Food and Fall Ferrari Festival in Saratoga Springs last Saturday. The event, presented by the Italian Trade Commission, the Saratoga Automobile Museum and The Committee For Excessively Long Festival Names encompassed a series of events showcasing wine, food and design. Chrissy and I spent an hour sampling chocolate, fermented grape juice, chocolate, elaborate snacks, and more chocolate. This time around I strategically opted to de-drunk for ... Continue Reading

St. Joseph’s Academy

Posted on August 23, 2011 at 10:10 pm

St. Joseph’s Academy

In late 2011 Albany Barn Inc. will begin transforming the abandoned St. Joseph's Academy building located in the heart of Albany's Arbor Hill Neighborhood into a 40,000+ square foot creative arts incubator and community art space. Two months ago I was contacted by Craig Shufelt on behalf of a new gallery, “Stage 1”, located near the Academy. Craig, with the support of Albany Barn, was looking for new artists with an urban feel to showcase their work. I had donated ... Continue Reading

Warrior Dash Northeast 2011

Posted on August 13, 2011 at 7:22 pm

Warrior Dash Northeast 2011

Once again, I headed to Windham, NY this past Saturday to watch hundreds of mud lovers plow through 3.2 hellish miles. The voracious 12 obstacles course ingested 40 waves of “Dashers” during the weekend, leaving few prisoners. Did I think I would be running this year? Maybe. Did I chicken out? Most likely. I enjoyed taking pictures of these intrepid runners jumping over fire last year, knowing that I wouldn't have to nose-dive in a pool of muck a minute ... Continue Reading

ASAP’s Second Annual Fort Orange Olympics

Posted on August 2, 2011 at 11:18 pm

ASAP’s Second Annual Fort Orange Olympics

A quick shout-out to the guys and gals of ASAP who organized a mighty fun “decathlon” last Saturday in Lincoln Park, Albany. This second iteration of the Fort Orange Olympics featured the best in 4th grade field day activities, favorites such as the shoe kick, dizzy bat and wheelbarrow race, all the way to the more adult keg toss. It was hilarious to watch and instructive as well. I can now add Dizzy Bat to the list of American games we ... Continue Reading

Camp Bisco X Recap

Posted on July 10, 2011 at 9:47 pm

Camp Bisco X Recap

This past Saturday I headed to Mariaville, NY to rekindle with Camp Bisco, Northeast’s largest electronic-rock festival. It had been five years since I last attended Disco Biscuits's musical creation and I found myself in the middle of a much bigger and louder maelstrom. The 10th annual music and arts festival boasted more than 100 performances on five stages over the course of three days and three nights. I was still on the West Coast the first two days but ... Continue Reading

Happy 4th of July 2011 from Catalina Island

Posted on July 4, 2011 at 7:50 pm

Happy 4th of July 2011 from Catalina Island

Howdy! I am enjoying a well deserved vacation on beautiful Catalina Island at the moment. The island, off the coast of California, has a lot to offer. The weather is gorgeous all year round and I'm quickly depleting my ice-cream quota for 2011. I brought no less than 3 cameras, so fear not (or do, actually), I'll have a lot more to post in the next few weeks. Come back for buffalo sightings, lovely vistas, botanical gardens, and underwater adventures. ... Continue Reading

Street Photography Ain’t Easy

Posted on June 6, 2011 at 10:31 pm

Street Photography Ain’t Easy

“GIVE HER YOUR CAMERA OR I'LL RIP YOUR FACE OFF!” is how I will remember my first foray into digital street photography a few weeks ago. Strong words, yelled squarely at my face by the gentleman above, a short instant after I took this photo. Granted, I did make a newbie mistake that sent my new camera flashing not once but three times at the young couple. There was no denying from there: I had, indeed, taken the picture and ... Continue Reading

Camp Bisco X is around the Corner

Posted on June 5, 2011 at 10:22 pm

Camp Bisco X is around the Corner

Camp Bisco, the Northeast's largest electronic-rock festival, is right around the corner. The 10th annual music and arts festival features 3 nights with over 100 performances at the Indian Lookout Country Club in Mariaville, July 7-9. I mention local shows on this blog now and then but most often after I get back with some photos. A quick shout-out won't hurt though, there is still time to get tickets. A 3-day pass will set you back a good $160 while ... Continue Reading

Future Rock at Red Square

Posted on May 23, 2011 at 6:10 pm

Future Rock at Red Square

Future Rock, the electrifying trio from Chicago, paid the Capital District a little visit a few weeks ago. I had the chance to catch this intense electronica band at Northern Lights last year, Red Square in 2009, Valentines in 2007, and Camp Bisco V in 2006. I guess that makes me a fan at this point, the kind that won't miss an opportunity to drag you along when they tour the 518. Future Rock fuses progressive house and dance rock, ... Continue Reading