An evening of urban art, architecture, music, fashion and good food served up by local chef and Chopped Champion Ric Orlando? Yes please! In its third year, the Albany Barn annual fundraising event, FUSION 2014, promises to be the best one yet.
This year, in homage to the Arbor Hill neighborhood in which the Barn was “raised,” four local fashion designers have been chosen to create designs inspired by one of the buildings that anchored the community in its heyday. Architectural couture will reflect a historic popular restaurant and nightclub, a longstanding community market, the Arbor Theatre—a turn-of-the-century movie theater in the heart of the North Swan Street corridor—and St. Joseph’s Academy (home of the Barn itself).
“Fusion utilizes live installations and multimedia to include guests in the creative process–from inspiration to a fully realized work of art–over the course of the event. This year’s theme, “Arbor Hill’s vibrant past and bright future,” will inform everything from the music to the fashion to the cuisine prepared by Chef Ric Orlando,” says the Barn’s executive director, Kristen Holler.
In addition to inspired art installations and performances given by regional artists, Albany Distilling Co. will be on hand to provide the spirits for inventive cocktails, wine will be provided by Empire Wine and craft beers by Druthers Brewing Co. All this followed by desserts by the Cookie Factory and coffee from Stacks.
A jazz reception featuring DJ J. Hill, “mixing up old time jazz and blues,” will be held from 6 to 8 PM, after which Space, Time and Spacetime will take over the decks and play until the party’s over.
FUSION will be held at Albany Barn this Friday night, beginning at 6 PM. Cocktail attire is recommended. Cost of tickets vary from $75 to $200. For more info, call 935-4858 or go to the website.