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Year In Pictures 2008

Creating the Future

(clockwise from top left) Students from Albany High School’s first playwriting class performed their works for the Promising Playwrights Festival; a few days before the scandal that ended his term, then-Gov. Eliot Spitzer and Silda Wall Spitzer celebrated with the new state author Mary Gordon and state poet Jean Valentine (center, l-r); performance artist C. Ryder Cooley explored the boundaries between man and animal in a series of regional, um, happenings; and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute president Shirley Ann Jackson, surrounded by dignitaries and muckety-mucks, opened the new EMPAC building on the RPI campus.

Photo: John Whipple
Photo: Shannon DeCelle
Photo: Martin Benjamin
Photo: Shannon DeCelle

Honoring the Past

(clockwise from top left) The New York State Museum displayed a 1960s-era model of a futuristic Albany that was, thankfully, only partially built; for two weeks in August, a Tokyo-based film company—and producer Shohei Kotaki—filmed the feature Orion in Midsummer aboard the Albany-docked U.S.S. Slater; Mark O’Connor previewed his newest work, Hudson River String Quartet, commissioned for the Hudson River Quadricentennial, at the Clifton Park-Halfmoon Library Center; and after a $10 million expansion, the Arkell Museum in Canajoharie opened new doors to a collection eight decades in the making.

 

Photo: John Whipple
Photo: Joe Putrock
Photo: Joe Putrock
Photo: John Whipple

Remain in Spotlight

(this page, clockwise from top left) David Byrne did the Eno/Byrne thing at the Egg—minus Eno—but with some fine angelic threads; the Armory received a proper haunting thanks to Dream Theater (singer James LaBrie is pictured); Rick Nielsen and Cheap Trick loved you to love them at SPAC; Robert Randolph waged a three-pedal-steel assault on the Empire Plaza.

 

Photo: Martin Benjamin
Photo: Julia Zave
Photo: Joe Putrock
Photo: Julia Zave

(facing page, clockwise from top left) New Pornographers chanteuse Neko Case brought her Canadian Americana to the Egg; Lyn-Z of Mindless Self-Indulgence kept it tasteful at Revolution Hall; Marco Benevento brought his trio and all his circuit-bent gadgets to Revolution Hall; Girl Talk was careful to wear protection at Skidmore; the Police were in top form at SPAC.

Photo: Joe Putrock
Photo: Joe Putrock
Photo: Julia Zave
Photo: Martin Benjamin
 
Photo: Joe Putrock

Rock Locally

(clockwise from top left) Goodship brought the beat-heavy good shit to “official unofficial” Troy Night Out afterparties all year long; Charlie Everywhere hit the scene with a one-two “street-beat psych-pop” punch; Aficionado waged prog-rock warfare with an epic concept album Circus Music; the B3nson Family (including Sgt. Dunbar and the Hobo Banned, Scientific Maps, Beware! The Other Head of Science, and other local acts) all but coined their own currency in the name of music and friendship; Katie Haverly and Vox Celeste splashed in the superlatives with their latest, Around the Bend.

Photo: Alicia Solsman
Photo: Joe Putrock
Photo: Leif Zurmuhlen
Photo: Leif Zurmuhlen
 
Photo: Alicia Solsman

You Lose

(clockwise from top left) Former New York State Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno surprised the Capitol by hurriedly retiring under the cloud of an F.B.I. investigation; Republican Roger Cusick’s hastily-put-together campaign against Albany District Attorney David Soares was driven by attack politics that weren’t enough to pull off a victory; 20th Congressional District candidate Republican Sandy Treadwell was unable to overcome his trust-fund image and was defeated by popular incumbent Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand in a landslide; and former Gov. Eliot Spitzer’s fall from grace was one of New York’s great moments of political tragedy.

Photo: Martin Benjamin
Photo: Alicia Solsman
Photo: John Whipple
Photo: Chris Shields

I Protest!

(clockwise from top left) A protester at the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minn., faced off against a small army of riot police; Dania Chavez, a peer member with Housing Works, came to Albany to demand more state support for people living with HIV/AIDS; to mark the grim milestone of 4,000 troops killed in Iraq, protesters from around the state gathered in downtown Albany to call for an end to the war; and immigration-rights advocates gathered from across the state to support initiatives that would ease the lives of immigrants.

Photo: Chet Hardin
Photo: Shannon DeCelle
Photo: Shannon DeCelle
Photo: Shannon DeCelle

Out and About

(clockwise from above) Volunteer John Gharime served up fresh popcorn at the first annual Ballston Spa Film Festival; a trio of tiny trumpeters tooted their horns at Albany’s St. Patrick’s day Parade; (l-r) Ashley Lane and Amanda McConkey donned pink cocktail attire and indulged in pink drinks and pink sweets at Upstate Magazine’s Pink Party, a fundraiser celebrating local artists; Trashion brought garbage-to-glam couture to Troy and turned Revolution Hall’s stage into a catwalk to raise money for the local arts community.

 

Photo: Alicia Solsman
Photo: Shannon DeCelle
Photo: Alicia Solsman
Photo: Alicia Solsman

That’s Troy

(clockwise from top left) Opposing sides faced off outside the Sanctuary for Independent Media as the nonprofit arts space played home to the controversial artwork of Iraqi-born artist Wafaa Bilal; Republican Harry Tutunjian, Troy’s mayor, debuted his spiky new hairdo at the announcement of a planned research facility, accompanied by power-brokers Gov. David Paterson, then-Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno, Albany Mayor Jerry Jennings, and RPI President Shirley Jackson; the man, the myth, the legend: Robert “Three-Job Bob” Mirch kicked back and enjoyed the notoriety that comes from being Rensselaer County’s premiere political brawler; and Sgt. David Dean helped to found Troy’s controversial and results- driven plainclothes operation, the Street Crimes Unit.

Photo: Alicia Solsman
Photo: Shannon DeCelle
Photo: Shannon DeCelle
Photo: Shannon DeCelle

You Win

(clockwise from top left) Former Assemblyman Paul Tonko waited until the last minute to announce his candidacy for the 21st Congressional District, then swooped in for an easy victory; Albany District Attorney David Soares squared off against a motley coalition of political insiders for a win against Republican Roger Cusick that secured Soares’ second term; a little girl at a primary rally in Harrisburg, Penn., held an Obama sign above a crowd of the future president’s fervent supporters; and U.S. Rep. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-Greenport) trounced her floundering opponent, Sandy Treadwell, in her bid to continue representing the 20th.

Photo: Joe Putrock
Photo: Shannon DeCelle
Photo: Shannon DeCelle
Photo: David King

 


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