like a hipster’s wet dream. This Saturday, the Soco Music
Experience, a music festival presented by Southern Comfort,
lands at the Altamont Fairgrounds. And it’s free. Totally
Heading up the main stage are Justice (pictured), the Grammy-nominated
French electro duo behind last year’s dance-tacular album
†. Another highlight: Brooklyn band MGMT, whose single
“Time to Pretend” has been just about everywhere this year.
Also on the main stage are instrumental jam-prog act Lotus,
garage-rockers the Heartless Bastards, and Athens, Ga.,
rockers the Whigs.
If that wasn’t enough to justify the ticket price, the show
will also feature a local-music stage sponsored by WEQX.
The Crayons, the Erotics, Skadee, Disasters of Hollywood,
and Severe Severe are all scheduled to perform.
The Soco Music Experience lands at the Altamont Fairgrounds
(Route 146, Altamont) this Saturday (Sept. 13). Admission
is free—but open only to those 21 and over. (Sorry kids.
Call your local Congressman.) Music begins at 2 PM. For
more information, visit southerncomfort.com/scmxny.
Annual Carrot Festival
cake. Carrot muffins. Carrot cookies. Carrot tzimmes. You
know you want them, and this Sunday, you can get them at
the 30th Annual Carrot Festival at Congregation Agudat Achim
This year’s festival has everything you’ve come to love:
arts and crafts, family fun, fresh produce from Schoharie
county, tasty Kosher foods and “delicious foods and baked
goods.” And there’s something else this year: the McKrells.
Those estimable performers of Irish music will be the featured
musical act of this year’s fest.
The 30th Annual Carrot Festival will be held Sunday (Sept.14)
from 10 AM-4:30 PM at Congregation Agudat Achim (2117 Union
St., Niskayuna). Admission is free. For more info, call
Came From Schenectady Film Festival
the folks at Proctors are trying their hand at a little
something known in the PR world as “niche programming.”
Basically: Sci-fi movies may not be your life’s great passion,
but if they are, well OMFG is this for you!
They’re pulling out all the stops this weekend with a 24-hour
sci-fi movie marathon dubbed It Came From Schenectady, after
Barry Longyear’s collection of short stories. The old vaudeville
theater and its new GE Theatre addition will become a temporary
oasis for sci-fi lovers. To date, the screening list (which
currently features nine movies with more to come) includes
the restored 50th anniversary edition of Forbidden Planet,
along with Blade Runner: The Final Cut, Barbarella, Tokyo
Gore Police, a short film collection, and more.
In addition to the films, the festival features Q&A
sessions with It Came From Schenectady author Longyear
himself and Star Crash producer Edie Meyers.
So zip up your Yoda footy pajamas, grab your plush Tribble
and a pack of red vines, and settle in for 24 non-stop hours
of geektacular entertainment.
It Came From Schenectady kicks off at Proctor’s (432 State
St., Schenectady) with Forbidden Planet at noon on
Saturday (Sept. 13) and runs till noon on Sunday (like we
said, 24 hours). Full festival passes are $35 in advance,
$45 at the door. Block passes, available for $20, provide
admission for one of three specific 8-hour festival blocks.
Only 400 event passes are available, so call ahead for reservations
(346-6204) or visit itcamefromschenectady.com for tickets,
screening schedules, and to vote for the viewers’ choice