Santa On Trial

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Did Clement Clark Moore really write “Twas the night before Christmas?”
Or was it written by Major Henry Livingston? Find the facts for yourslef, in the posthumous trial happens Sunday, Dec. 7 at 2 at the Rensselaer County Courthouse.

Brought to you by that force of nature and Troy advocate, Duncan Crary.

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Friday Night Tip: Mundo Nuevo Live at Carmen’s Cafe 198 1st St. Troy corner 1st and Adams

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Mundo Nuevo

Mundo Nuevo Returns to Carmen’s
The best in Latin music, plus the best in Cuban food!

Shows @ 6 & 8, $5 cover each

Tapas Specials: Friday night, and maybe over the weekend too

Tilapia over saffron rice w/ garlic-wine sauce

Cubano Sandwich by popular demand— pork, ham & swiss w/ mustard & pickle on Cuban bread

Picadillo

Pernil Pork, slow roasted for 14 hours…served with arroz con gandules. that’s herbed rice with
pigeon peas

Music This Fall: Who Plays When

Sensemaya – 9/19
Mundo Nuevo – 10/24
Elizabeth Kasius & Heard– November TBD
The Nellies – Victorian Stroll
Mundo Nuevo – 12/19

 

Meet the Artist: Francelise Dawkins—Collages

Thursday August 7th 5-8pm at Carmen’s Cafe 198 1st Street, Troy NY (corner First and Adams)

Francelise Dawkins—Meet the Artist, discuss her work.

Since she was a young girl, Francelise has collected fabrics. As an artist, she snips and sews collages— sometimes figural, sometimes abstract. Meet her this Thursday, Aug. 7, from 5-8 pm and discuss her work over Tapas and Sangria.

Yes, we’ve done it again, Carmen’s has scored another amazing artist and is showing some of her best and prettiest work. It’s the perfect time to take some home with you— at Carmen’s we don’t charge the artist a commission, so all proceeds go directly to Francelise.

First Time! Besides serving Tapas Samples, we’ll be serving Tapas Dinners! Limited selection, but if someone should, say, ask for an authentic Cubano Sandwich – we’d be happy to oblige!

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Francelise Dawkins

“Collages, whether made of words, paper, objects or cloth, have always been my means of expression. In 1988, I first coined the term “Silkollages” to introduce my meditative concept in textile collages to interior designs. Then in 1992, I added “Ethnikollages” to re-activate cultural interests. My collages are either embroidered into miniature quilts, or framed into window boxes. When large and three-dimensional, they become hanging art quilts or soft installation pieces. Abstract or representational life forms as dancing shapes seem to multiply in my work. I draw them out of colorful cloth from Asia, Africa and Europe to visually create a blurring of boundaries between such cultures. As a collage maze is formed, the viewers are invited to enter it. If my playing on fabric brings the viewers to rethink the multiplicity expressed, an expansion of their own true awareness might occur. What I seek is an element of uncensored, emotional surprise, beyond multicultural reality. I am on a spiritual exploration, deepening my sense of what it really means to belong to the human race. It is about exploring that sense of oneness, born out of welcoming the difference we are.”

Carmen’s Cafe Cuban Celebration Wednesday Feb. 5 1—3pm

Cuban Celebration:

Wednesday Feb. 5 from 1-3
Featuring tastes of their new products:

Fentiman’s Botanical Sodas

Cuban Bread from Papito’s Bakery

New Tapas Samples

Celebrate Carmen’s expanded hours:
Wednesday, Thursday: 11-6
Friday: 11-10
Saturday & Sunday: 9-4
Free Weekday Delivery to Downtown Troy w/ $15 Minimum

Cuban Bread

Cuban Bread
straight from the source
We are now importing Pan Cubano, made the Cuban way, all the way from the source— Papita’s Cuban Bakery in New Jersey’s Little Havana! We drove down specifically to get these beauties, and we’ll be bringing them in fresh twice a week so our flavors are more authentic.

The little ones are Media Noches (middle of the night), a sweeter bread, more like Challah, but just as tasty!

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Tapas Samples!
Try tastes of our famous tapas— we’ll have Jamon Serrano, Marinated Manchego with Marcona Almonds, fine cheeses and fresh fruits. We’ll pass out sips of Sangria and our fruit soft drinks!

Fentiman's Sodas

Fentiman’s Sodas
Imported from England, these botanical soft drinks feature complex combinations of flavors, distilled and fermented from herbs and spices.

Reduced sugar, eminently satisfying, they are a delicious alternative to mass-market soft drinks.

Salads

Salads!
Cleanse your palate– build your body right
with Carmen’s half and whole Garden Salads

Chicken B.L.A.T

Sandwiches!
All w/ our own cole slaw:
Cubano– star of the show!
Sliders– Cuban burgers w/caramelized onions
Black Bean Burger– fresh and tasty, vegetarian, w/ lettuce, onion, & tomato on artisan roll
Cuban Roast Beef– marinated in seasoned herbs, roasted to perfection
Grilled Cheese– on artisan bread, w/ zucchini, caramelized onions and our own fresh jalapeño jelly

Vegetarian Huevos Flamenco
Vegetarian Huevos Flamenco

Soups!
All home made and tasty

Flamenco– yes, our favorite egg dish starts with a stew! And it’s still great without the eggs. Available w/ chorizo or vegan
Tomato Basil Bisque– creamy and delicious
Chicken Noodle– Cuban style w/ tomato broth and cilantro
Caldo Gallego– Cuban beans & greens w/ chorizo

Cubano

Cubano
with real Pan Cubano!
We have always built great Cubanos, now they are even better! We start with Pan Cubano, authentic Cuban bread (or a Media Noche if you prefer, a bit sweeter and just as delicious.

We layer it with Pork, Ham, Swiss Cheese, and Pickles, add a dab of Mustard and wow, what a flavor!

Chef Chris Faraci

Rising Star Chef Chris Faraci
Chris won Rising Star honors at the Albany Wine and Food Festival last year, and it couldn’t have happened to a nicer, more deserving fellow.

Chris has been cooking professionally since his early teens. His passions are Cuban foods and smoked meats. Check out his cooking tips.

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Flan!
What’s Carmen’s without Flan for dessert? What a great way to top off a meal

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Cuban Valentine’s with Mundo Nuevo!
Next Friday, Feb. 14. Reserve early for this heartful evening with our favorite musicians

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A Splash of Color in South Troy

Tonight! A Splash of Color Right here in the South Troy Arts District!

The South Troy Arts District

A Splash Of Color at Carmen’s Café

Albany artist Willie Marlowe is displaying her work at Carmen’s Café, 198 First Street, Troy, through November 25.  The show, entitled “A Splash Of Color,” is curated by Jim Lewis.

Ms. Marlowe is a Professor Emerita, Sage College of Albany.  She is known for abstract canvases and collages with strong colors in interesting combinations.

“I always think of myself as an abstract painter, but travel has been a big influence, as well as archaeology, ancient and primitive art,” said Ms. Marlowe. “I love the idea that with each painting, I get to go somewhere I have never been before– each painting is a new adventure. I always want make the next painting, to live in it as it takes shape and to see it when it is finished.”

While it may seem at first glance that her works are dashed…

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The glass works of Joe Cardamone / Glass Fusion studios of Vermont

Stained & Fused Glass: July 15—Oct 15
Opening Receptions: July 26 5—9PM

The glass works of Joe Cardamone / Glass Fusion studios of Vermont

Joe Cardamone is a stained glass artist living in Bennington, Vermont. He incorporates both the leaded and copper  foil method of stained glass. Joe ran a  successful retail stained glass business  in Baltimore, Maryland for 3 years before  moving to Vermont in 2005. Joe has created  over 200 custom stained glass windows,  repairs and restorations. In addition, Joe has  taught classes in his studio to hundreds of
participants, and is now expanding his  glass knowledge and offerings into  “warm glass” also know as fused glass.

Art! Located at 200 First Street, Troy NY 12180
Phone 518/326-3946
Hours Wed & Thurs 10-5 Friday 11-8:30 Sat and Sunday 10-3
Open for appointments call 694-2017.
Email: Art-Gallery@nycap.rr.com
(Plenty of on-street parking)

Annual Christmas Eve Potluck at Carmen’s Café Monday, December 24, from 5-10

Annual Christmas Eve Potluck at Carmen’s Café Monday, December 24, from 5-10

As the Potlatch tradition of the Northwest Native Americans was explained to Carmen:
When you have a good year, you naturally want to share it with your neighbors. You might invite them over for a celebration, and give them gifts like blankets to show your friendship.

Maybe the next year is great for them, so now they invite you over. They feed you, then give YOU blankets— the ones you gave them, plus some other new ones. By the tradition, their blankets are just as powerful a gift as yours, but the ones they give back to you are extra special— they have been given before, so have twice as much love woven into them. This can grow to hundreds of blankets, given back and forth year by year, a symbolic expression of a cherished relationship.

Carmen’s Café is Cuban-American, not from the Northwest, but they love the idea of Potlatch, that the spirit and intention of goodwill is more important than monetary value. They invite one and all to their annual Holiday Potluck on December 24 from 5-10. Carmen will lay out a basic spread— rice and beans, with picadillo, salad, plantains and yucca, with flan for dessert and sangria and spiced cider to refresh. Bring your own addition to share with all— drinks and desserts, main dishes and sides. Enjoy the spirit of giving and say a holiday hello to your neighbors.