Sorry guys. The fan belt was broken on this blog and I had to order special parts from a small mountain town in China which I had to go retrieve myself to get this thing repaired. The trek was long and I’ve gotten mugged more than a few times, but I am back no worse for the ware.
fake excuses aside here we go. *Turns ignition*
The First Friday Gallery Spin has been rescheduled for today as it usually falls on the First Friday event that happens in Albany every, you guessed it, first Friday. Stan Lee type alliterations aside, the reason for this change was that MoHu Fest, whatever that means, is happening this weekend. So instead of our usual activities we present to you a super charged day of cycling and art as you have never seen before.
“2011 marks the inaugural outing of this annual 9 day-long arts festival to be held every October in Albany, Schenectady, Rensselaer and Saratoga counties. MoHu features theatre, dance, music, visual and random acts of art throughout the region.”
I like that phrase “random acts of art.” It makes it seem like the greasers are going to come by and paint the Mona Lisa on any blank surface they can paying attention to the intricate brush work with the skill of a master artisan.
Written by Chris Belsole
What do fish, flowers, batman and really good food have in common? An awesome 1st Friday Ride.
This months 1st Friday Gallery Ride turned out to be pretty awesome. The weather was perfect for the whole ride from the start at the monument to the very end. We had an interesting group of riders with Chris and I at the helm. I totally wanted to check out the gallery at Dave Jones Locker along with the fish. So that was our first stop. The trip downDelawarewas nice. I love seeing those Sharrows on the road. It gives me hope thatAlbanyis going to keep moving forward as a bike friendly city.
Dave Jones had a really cool exhibit of NYC buildings painted on what seemed to be the side of old building’s brick facades and shutters. It was a really cool concept as far as I was concerned. From there were headed down to Lark toUAG. They had a really colorful flowers show and an awesome flower piece made out of the hubs of bicycles. Next was EBA Dance Theatre which had really colorful paintings of emotion. After that we headed down Lark to Central to New York Expressive Art where there was a very cool Batman painting.
At that point a discussion of where to go to dinner broke out. After riding around to a few different places, one was too pack, another closed, we finally ended up back on Lark & Spring at Kinnaree. Kinnaree was fantastic, if you are on Lark and want some Thai, Korean, Japanese, or Chinese food you have to check it out. It was one of my best meals inAlbany. Everyone in our group loved it. I can’t wait for a chance to stop in for another great meal. It ended the ride the perfect way with everyone full and in a great mood.
Written by Toni Cameron
Last Friday was a great 1st Friday ride. The streets were rather clear of snow, it wasn’t too cold in the beginning and the weather was great for the beginning of February. The meetup started at the monument at 6pm, which is normal, but the snow banks around the monument we not. Then again if your always downtown and see the massive piles of snow bigger than cars, it might be normal.
Three of us, Claire, Ken and I (Toni), hung around talking and we were joined by Jim. We stayed there till 6:30 getting cold and waiting to see if anyone else was going to join. At that point we decided to head to Broadway Arts Center, which meant going down the ‘hill’. The hill is State street which normally isn’t bad, but for one I hate that hill and two the slush on the road just sucked on State. We all made it safely to the bottom and checked out some very nice pieces at BAC. I particularly enjoyed the painting in the back room that had a cyclist in it. It caused a lot of where is waldo jokes around around for the night, except waldo in this case is a cyclist in the any kind of artwork.
After BAC we went to the Albany Center Gallery. The show was rather interesting with a mix of cute paintings and artwork by Radical. From there were headed up to Lark and picked up a cyclist who was heading home. After the ride down Lark we headed to Davey Jones Locker which had a great showing. The fish are always really cool, and I love looking at the sea horses. The art show was really great. I actually saw a few pieces that I might decide to purchase.
Once, everyone was ready to head out we went to the Wine-n-Diner for dinner and the show. Dinner was awesome. It was my third time there and I have it down what to get. I recommend the hummus appetizer and the Hawaiian burger. Both are great. Dinner was the last stop on the ride and from there we all went home, by that point it had gotten rather cold out. So, yeah it was an awesome 1st Friday ride. Good art, good conversation, great riding and great food. I hope to see ya’ll next month.
Written by Toni Cameron
1st Friday always starts off at 6pm with a meet-up at the Monument in Washington Park. Everyone slowly rode in and began talking about different bicycle related events ABC is planning. A decent amount of riders showed up and we had a few stop by just to chat before they went off on their own rides.
By 6:15 pm we set off from the Monument. The first stop on the ride was the Wine ‘n’ Diner on Delaware Ave. We spent some time there waiting for a few people to catch up from a stop at the Downtube. The art work was really interesting and the place was really busy.
From the Wine ‘n’ Diner we headed back down Delaware riding down the newly installed sharrows, down to Davey Jones Locker (Gallery). The photography inside was fantastic, along with an awesome painting of a squirrel with a lovely miniature hamburger. We spent a good amount of time there, and by the time we started to gather to leave, the sun was getting ready to set.
The next stop on the ride was Grand Street Community Arts Center, where they are getting ready for an auction later in the month. The ride down to the old church was fantastic, as we blew down the steepest part of Madison Ave. It’s usually a fun ride. While there, we met a former NYC bike messenger who just moved to the area and hopefully will be joining us on future rides. It seems everywhere we went last night we kept running into people who rode bikes. It was also great to hear that everyone knew that we met up at the monument for 1st Friday and Critical Mass. Hopefully we will see some new riders.
Our third to last stop was the Broadway Art Center, where we saw some fantastic photos and had a chance to speak with the artist, who was nice enough to keep the gallery open until we had a chance to look around.
The 1st Friday ride is such a great time, and its great when we ride somewhere and everyone is excited to see a pack of bikes rolling up.
The second to last stop was the “Warehouse” (Marketplace Gallery) on Broadway which was one of the coolest stops, as usual. Many of us signed up for a future Papergirl ride, put on by the artist responsible for much of the bicycle art there that night.
We ended the art tour here, but we continued our ride back up to Lark to spend some time getting food at Soho Pizza and having great conversation. Cheers to another awesome 1st Friday Ride. I hope to see you all at the next one.
Written by Toni Cameron