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Best of 2018: Arts and Entertainment

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Best of 2018: Arts and Entertainment

BEST GALLERY: Albany Center Gallery

Under Tony Iadicicco, this downtown Albany gallery has relocated to a gorgeous new space and taken on captivating programing that encourages gallery goers to get out of their safe space.

BEST POET: D. Colin

The host of Troy Kitchen’s Poetic Vibe is known to many in the Capital Region as “The Real Deal,” the kind of poet that comes around once every generation. She’s ranked nationally for her slam poetry, and her book “Dreaming in Kreyol” is a must-read.

D. Colin – “I Am Not A Slam Poet” from Robert Cooper on Vimeo.

 

BEST AUTHOR: John Rodat

This first-time author also happens to have written for The Alt on multiple occasions. Coincidence? Yes, probably. Rodat’s satiric fantasy novel is a distillation of the wit, sardonic humor and infectious creativity that makes the man himself. Pick up a copy of “Genius and Magic (Chronicles of M.A.B.I.A.).” You’ll thank us. Did we mention he beat literary legend William Kennedy?

BEST VIDEOGRAPHER: Chromoscope Pictures

This trio of dedicated dudes make music videos, documentary series and short films for some of your top-ranking local artists like Dark Honey, Girl Blue, Wild Adriatic and Sean Rowe. They’re childhood friends turned seasoned pros who have nailed down an artistic and polished look that the community trusts and adores.

BEST ILLUSTRATOR: IRA MARCKS

Last year we picked him to draw the cover of our Brewery Guide; this year you’ve named him Best Illustrator. That means we have really good taste, right?

BEST ACTOR:Tom Templeton

You might’ve seen (and liked) Templeton this year in Paris Time at the Capital Repertory Theatre. According to our theater critic Amy Durant, the actor played “the unctuous Phillipe,” the French colleague of an American businessman, “to a tee, providing the one true gasp-worthy moment of the evening.”

BEST ACTRESS: Janet Kimlicko

Janet Kimlicko of the NorthEast Theatre Ensemble has a large fanbase that includes our theater critic Amy Durant. She had this to say of Kimlicko’s performance in “The Seagull” at Mabee Farm: “Kimlicko is a thrilling Arkadina; she brings out the consummate drama queen with a broken child inside and her work here is stunning.”

BEST PHOTOGRAPHER: Kiki Vassilakis 

We’d gush about Kiki but we do it so often that doing it here would just be overkill. Once again, excellent choice, readers.


BEST ARTIST and BEST GRAPHIC DESIGNER

Mike Schinnerer’s obsession with aesthetics—and his ability to actualize his vision—is unrivaled in the region. Take a look at his work on the Ronald McDonald House’s annual The Masquerade event to get an idea of just how complete his projects can be. 

 

BEST DIRECTOR: Jamie Spaulding

Speaking of Chromoscope, one of the three amigos has landed in first place as best film director. Way to be, Jamie.

BEST THEATER DIRECTOR: Krysta Dennis

A professor at Siena College, Dennis recently directed the powerful Votes for Women and Burden of the Ballot which focus on the women’s suffrage movement. Dennis also serves as producer for Will Kempe’s Players.

BEST PAINTER: Scott Somerville

Maybe you know this Saratoga artist from The LateShift, but the musician is also an avid photographer, illustrator, graphic designer and painter. Scotty’s got a lot going for him.

BEST BURLESQUE PERFORMER: Teasy Roosevelt

Fearless, funny, and flagrant Teasy Roosevelt has turned the art of burlesque into satire, political commentary and a really, really, good time.

BEST FASHION DESIGNER: Daniel Mozzes

The last two years have been big for Mozzes, who was invited to show at Harlem Fashion Week in 2017. “All the people outside Albany can see my creativity and my crazy mind of design,” Mozzes told The Times Union last year.

BEST COMEDIAN: Erin Harkes

Celebrated singer-songwriter Erin Harkes has been focusing on her comedy as of late. She hosts Funny Bone’s Chicks are Funny! and gigs regularly around Saratoga Springs and Lake George all summer.

BEST DANCER and BEST CHOREOGRAPHER

When Nadine Medina isn’t busy at The Troy Dance Factory, she’s designing and selling her own jewelry. She’s the kind of person who makes Troy, Troy.

BEST SET DESIGNER: Michael McDermott

McDermott is a multi-talented member of Will Kempe’s players known for his acting, directing and producing. He wins here for his ability to create an environment where actors can thrive.

BEST THEATER: Proctors

The biggest Broadway shows, comedy, film, music and a performing arts education center for kids all in the same building. This local theater has become the heart of Schenectady and it appears to be on its way to becoming the heart of the Capital Region.

BEST LOCAL PRODUCTION: “Sister Act” at SLOC

SLOC’s production of Alan Menken’s adaptation of the hit 1992 movie of the same name really blew off your habits.

BEST TOURING PRODUCTION: “Fun Home” at Proctors

The theatrical adaptation of Alison Bechdel’s graphic memoir about her the exploration of her own sexuality and her discovery of her father’s past has captured the hearts and minds of Capital Region audiences.

BEST COMEDY SERIES: Spontaneous Broadway at Mopco

This freeform, interactive experience is a joy to watch and participate in.

BEST COMEDY CLUB: Mopco

Our readers have made it clear that MopCo is the best local institution for comedy.

 

BEST MUSEUM: New York State Museum

From old favorites like the Sesame Street installation and the Cohoes Mastodon to newer additions like the Fort Orange exhibit, the New York State Museum is like an old friend who keeps getting new toys.

BEST POETRY NIGHT: Poetic Vibe at Troy Kitchen

  1. Colin’s Poetic Vibe has a reputation for being the place to catch the best slam poets as well as the area’s most interesting up-and-comers.

BEST MOVIE THEATER: Spectrum 8

The popular movie house won this category last year, too, though we need to note that this year it faced a little less competition. The Madison Theater in Albany’s Pine Hills neighborhood, last year’s runner-up, abruptly closed this past winter; it will eventually reopen as a “movie-eatery” run by Cosmic Cinemas.

BEST DRIVE-IN THEATER: The Malta Drive-In Theatre

This Saratoga County institution has a ‘50s vibe and two screens on which to witness fantastic double billings all summer long.

 

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