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Quality events for this weekend

Friday February 27

Comedy’s Best Kept Secret Tour at the Parting Glass Pub: Comedy show in Saratoga.

Troy Night Out: Art, culture, food, music and more in Troy.

Mallory, The Firs, Tarot Kraut at 51 3rd: TNO art music jams.

Two Cow Garage at The Low Beat: With Grainbelt.

Tales of Love and Fear at EMPAC: Site specific performance for the Concert Hall. Read EMPACs description.

REVIVAL by C. Ryder Cooley at Peck’s Arcade: Performance art and short stories.

A Modern Dance Concert at the Arts Center for the Capital Region: Dance performance as part of TNO.

Exitpost, Richie Quake, Opaque Body, Use Secret at Ground Zero: Experimental and electronic leaning jams.

And The Kids, Breakfast In Fur, The Sun Parade at BSP Kingston: Cheap awesome show in Kingston.

Saturday February 28

UAG Black & White Gala at Normanside Country Club: Music, poetry, art, and more to keep the UAG moving.

On Animation and Workflow at EMPAC: A screening and discussion of the processes of animation and film.

Nine Pin’s Anniversary Party at Nine Pin: Nine Pin turns one!

Mirk and Bells Roar at Mother’s: Local favorites at RPI.

Pretty Much The Best Comedy Show Presents James Goff at Proctors: Great comedy show over in Schenectady.

Bing Bamboo Room Burlesque at The Low Beat: Celebrating ten years of burlesque.

Comedy at the Madison Theater: Featuring headliner Mark Walton.

Palemen, Goldee Dust, Jennifer Haley at Spring Street Gallery: A night of art and music.

Storyboard P and the Warriorz at MASS MoCA: Dance performance.

E. O. M. at McGeary’s: With Nobody Likes a Racist and Mic Lanny.

Sunday March 1

Roller Derby at the Armory: Albany All Stars Roller Derby vs Mid-Hudson Misfits and Trauma Authority vs The Quadfathers.

All weekend

Ice Skating at the Plaza: Rinks open 11am-8pm.

Art Omi: The sculpture fields are awesome.

Day trip to MASS MoCA: Pretty drive and a great museum.

The NYS Museum: Bunch of great exhibits and it’s right in your backyard.

Into the Woods, Jupiter Ascending, Paddington, The Terminator at the Madison Theater: Only five bucks!

Movies at The Spectrum: First run, independent movies at a locally owned theater.

Farmer’s Markets: Troy, Delmar, and Saratoga on Saturday, and Schenectady and Saratoga on Sunday.

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Mouse on Mars at EMPAC: Ticket Giveaway

On March 7, EMPAC will host Mouse on Mars, a German electronic music outfit who have been making music since 1993.

From EMPAC:

A rare US performance by Mouse on Mars, one of the most influential and innovative duos in German electronic music. For the past 21 years, Jan St. Werner and Andi Toma have been making electronic music that defies genre labels and classification, mixing IDM with krautrock, disco, pop, ambient, and avant-garde styles. Their music has been reinterpreted by orchestras and remixed by DJs, performed in concert halls and shown in museums.

You can read more about the show and get your tickets on the EMPAC event page. Also, you can enter the giveaway for a pair of tickets below. Mouse on Mars will be playing at 10pm, which is quite a bit later than most EMPAC shows to get that proper late night vibe.

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KC’s Music Monday: Nobody Likes A Racist

Earlier this month, Nobody Likes A Racist debuted two tracks online via no record labels, no co-branding, no politics and “no reason not to – just two pals making music.”

With Dez on the mic and Trumastr providing the beats, this collaboration naturally came out awesome. I always appreciate when musicians are able to set aside their main projects and other endeavors to challenge their talents in new ways. It doesn’t happen enough.

The good news: this collaboration works well – and makes me want to hear more from the duo. Excuse my clear bias, but Dez and Trumastr have been two of several leaders in the local hip hop scene with mutual missions to consistently strive to set the quality bar high for local music, and it’s really refreshing for the two to team up to make music just for the fun of it.

“Rooting For Everybody” is my favorite of the pair, and discusses different elements of the hip hop scene in Albany with top notch lyricism and delivery. The beat is catchy, and fits the vocals well. “Morocco Portugal” compliments the project well, and is a nice contrast from “Rooting For Everybody.” Both are slam dunks in my book.

This Saturday, McGeary’s will host performances by Nobody Likes A Racist and Mic Lanny for the monthly EOM event – and also has been hijacked to double as my going away party. I will be relocating to Denver, Colorado at the beginning of March, but hope to continue contributing to KAB on occasion. Hope to see you there!

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Quality events for this weekend

Friday February 20

New York In Bloom at the Museum: Imagine it’s spring at the annual flower show.

Running at the Gas Holder: A circus inside of the famous Gas Holder Building.

Winterpills at Caffe Lena: With The Suitcase Junket.

Diet Cig, Secret Release, Earl Boykins, Party Boat at The Low Beat: Rock and roll.

The Cretin Hop at The Fuze Box: Rock and roll dance party.

Saturday February 21

Pupppy, Jordaan Mason, Gregory McKillop, and Henry’s Rifle at Ground Zero: Folk, punk, rock, etc., at RPIs most DIY venue.

Chances With Wolves at The Half Moon: Celebrating The Half Moon’s second year.

Winter Gala at O’Briens: Benefit for Troy Savings Bank Music Hall.

Poet’s Night at Professor Java’s: With special guest Bob Foltin.

Mark Fell and Keith Fullerton Whitman at EMPAC: Pioneers of electronic music at the coolest venue.

Capitle, Vertebrae, The Plague, and Phantom Signals at The Low Beat: Memorial show for Phil Samuels.

Rock and Roll Buelesque at The Low Beat: You know what it is.

Albany Symphony Orchestra at Troy Music Hall: ASO takes on Brahms’ Third Symphony.

Sunday February 22

Rock N Roll Brunch at The Low Beat: It’s time again for Albany’s best brunch.

Hollow Earth, Hush, Divider, Throat Culture at Fuze Box: Metal that is heavy.

Mavis Staples at Helsinki Hudson: Famed R&B and gospel singer.

Treasure Island at The Spectrum: Two showings only.

All weekend

Ice Skating at the Plaza: Rinks open 11am-8pm.

Art Omi: The sculpture fields are awesome.

Day trip to MASS MoCA: Pretty drive and a great museum.

The NYS Museum: Bunch of great exhibits and it’s right in your backyard.

Into the Woods, Unbroken, Paddington, The Terminator at the Madison Theater: Only five bucks!

Movies at The Spectrum: First run, independent movies at a locally owned theater.

Farmer’s Markets: Troy, Delmar, and Saratoga on Saturday, and Schenectady and Saratoga on Sunday.

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An Evening of Films at the Albany Institute

The Albany Institute of History and Art is hosting An Evening of Films, tomorrow, February 19 as well as February 26. Local filmmakers will be showcasing and discussing their films and videos.

The event kicks off at 6 and is free. You can read more on the Albany Institute’s event page.

Lower Dens at The Half Moon

Baltimore-based Lower Dens is coming to The Half Moon Friday, March 20. Joining them will be Hudson’s own Palm and Sunatirene, also from Baltimore. The show is only $7.

Pitchfork recently interviewed Lower Dens which will give you insight into the forthcoming album as well as members of the band.

You can check out the show listing on The Half Moon’s website and like their page on Facebook to stay in the loop with other events.

Also upcoming at The Half Moon: The Half Moon Hudson’s Two Year Anniversary Party with Chances With Wolves 2/21, Lady Moon & The Eclipse and King Holiday 2/28, Charlie Parr and JD Wilkes 3/3, Jenny Hval and Slow Collins 3/9.

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Quality events for this weekend

Friday February 13

C. Amanda Boutahorse’s Cult Classics at the Hangar: Burlesque tribute to The Royal Tenenbaums.

And You Were Wonderful, On Stage at EMPAC: “A performance with multiple actors, dancers, and stage sets that attempts to integrate the process of filming into the production itself, the event will be live-streamed and take on the format of a TV variety show.”

ComFest 2015 at Skidmore: With Tig Notaro and Chris Thayer.

The Heavy Pets at the Hollow: With Beau Sasser’s Escape Plan.

The Alaskan EP Release Show at Bogies: With Animal, RVNT, Adhara, Castaway and In Trenches.

Saturday February 14

7th Annual Beat*Shot Spins for J Dilla at Ships Pub: “celebrate the life and body of work of one of the most prolific and well-known Hip Hop producers of all time.”

ComFest 2015 at Skidmore: With Baby Wants Candy and Gentlemen Party.

The Love Story at Takk House: Masquerade ball.

Eternal Crimes, Soft Fangs, Hybrid Sessions at Ground Zero: Post punk, indie, etc., jams.

MaryLeigh Roohan at Vapor: With Bear Grass and Anthony Fallacaro.

Moon Hooch at the Hollow: With Ampevene.

80s Night at Fuze: Love tunes.

LEGS at MASS MoCA: Indie.

Blues Spot Night at Hudson River Coffee House: Blues dancing lessons before the dance party.

LEGO Building Challenge at the Albany Institute of History and Art: LEGO!

The Gender Defenders at the Palace: Comedy show.

Gem, Mineral and Fossil Show at the NYS Musesum: Geek out.

Sunday February 15

Raise the Roof Gala at Franklin Plaza: A benefit for St. Paul’s.

Gem, Mineral and Fossil Show at the NYS Musesum: Geek out.

LEGO Building Challenge at the Albany Institute of History and Art: LEGO!

All weekend

Flurry Festival in Saratoga: “Three days of international traditional music, singing, jamming, dancing, concerts, storytelling, and more!”

Ice Skating at the Plaza: Rinks open 11am-8pm.

Art Omi: The sculpture fields are awesome.

Day trip to MASS MoCA: Pretty drive and a great museum.

The NYS Museum: Bunch of great exhibits and it’s right in your backyard.

Into the Woods, Taken 3, Unbroken, and The Notebook at the Madison Theater: Only five bucks!

Farmer’s Markets: Troy, Delmar, and Saratoga on Saturday, and Schenectady and Saratoga on Sunday.