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Richard Barone and Bell’s Roar at The Low Beat

WEXT 97.7 is putting on an awesome show on Saturday September 13th. Richard Barone will be performing songs from his solo albums, The Bongos catalogues, a few tributes and stories as well. Bell’s Roar will be opening up the show.

Richard Barone has a crazy long history and it’s super interesting. I’d recommend flipping through his Wikipedia and learning more if you’re unfamilliar.

You can grab a free four song sampler from Richard on his website and you can buy tickets on the event page.

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Quality events for this weekend vol. 148

Friday August 29

Troy Night Out: Last one of the Summer. Sidewalk sale theme going on. Check the Grocery for tacos and Collar City Hard Pressed for juice and juice cocktails.

Ecstatic Age at Collar Works: “The environment will combine all the trappings of a rave [...] with the tangible fixtures related to comfort and healing, such as crystals, cushions, and blankets.” With yoga, hypnosis, as well as Bell’s Roar, Claymation, DJ WILDECRIST, Kolya, Moon Magick, Sun Burdens, Swamp Baby, Viki Viktoria, We Are Architects, Weird Fears. Phew.

Roomful of Teeth at MASS MoCA: Grammy winners. Go early and enjoy the museum.

Earth Rhythm Explosion at the Albany Barn: Live music with Atito Gohi of Ahsoego Ahsoego and Jordan Taylor Hill.

Saturday August 30

SeaChange Launch at the Troy Farmer’s Market: Paper boat launch from the South side of the Farmer’s Market.

MaryLeigh Roohan at Caffe Lena: Last local show for a minute.

Thumpers at the Hollow: Free EQX show. With Accents.

This Renissance at the Putnam Den: With Stellar Young, So Last Year, City Under Seige, Good Guys, Bad Guys. Free if you’re over 21.

Corrin Campbell at the Low Beat: With Two Guys.

All Weekend

The Track: Travers weekend, stuff will be bonkers.

Art Omi: The sculpture fields are always 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.

Goldfinger, Casino Royal, Golden Eye and Live and Let Die at the Madison Theater: Only five bucks!

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Recap: Pretty Much the Best Comedy Show at Proctors

Last night debuted the new monthly comedy series Pretty Much the Best Comedy Show at Proctors.

Much like the entire theater, the basement of Proctors is well-kept and last night’s event revealed that the space is a somewhat hidden asset to the theatre. Being able to utilize the space for an underground and local comedy show is a perfect fit and I’m looking forward to the monthly series continuing. You can check out their upcoming events schedule over on the Proctor’s calendar and the series’ Facebook page.

Each of the comedians that performed captured my attention fully and each one got me laughing. Not a polite smile or silent laugh here and there, but little bursts of actual, audible laughter deep from my stomach. And luckily, I wasn’t the only one in the packed audience having that reaction. It was great to see a full house in attendance, and to see the audience warm up a little bit more with every joke or story.

With performances by Ethan Ullman, Thomas Attila Lewis, Jay McBride, a special guest named Brock, and the headliner, LA-based comedian Ahmed Bharoocha, the evening line-up was stacked and each performance was truly enjoyable. The headliner, Ahmed, was absolutely fantastic. I love when a comedian is able to stray into new material and be adaptive and interactive with the audience, and Ahmed excelled in that department. Be sure to check out his YouTube comedy sketch series Dead Kevin, which can now be found on Comedy Central’s website.

Thanks again to Ethan Ullman and the organizers of Pretty Much the Best Comedy Show for the great show last night!

Pretty Much the Best Comedy Show at Proctors

Tomorrow starts the new monthly comedy series Pretty Much the Best Comedy Show at Proctors.

LA-based comedian Ahmed Bharoocha is the headliner. He’s known for his YouTube comedy sketch series Dead Kevin, which Comedy Central just picked up for their website. The show will also feature Ethan Ullman (as heard on the Howard Stern Show), Thomas Attila Lewis (Vince Vaughn’s Wild West Comedy Fest) and guest who may or may not be special.

Tickets are available via the Proctors website and you can find more details on the event’s website. Also, head over to Pretty Much the Best Comedy Show’s facebook and give them a like to stay in the loop with future shows.

Wellington Hotel Annex: Video

Here’s my video from the Wellington Hotel Annex implosion, which happened earlier today.

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Quality events for this weekend vol. 147

Friday August 22

Collage Night at Collar Works: Your favorite collage night at the new Collar Works gallery space!

Titus Andronicus at the Low Beat: With Pelican Movement and Liquor Store.

Capital Carshare Block Party: Go learn about the new car share and get some food, music, and art in at the same time.

The Cretin Hop at Fuze Box: Punk, metal, 80s and general weirdness.

C. Amanda Boutahorse’s Cult Classics Burlesque at the Hangar: A Tribute to Labyrinth.

The Lego Movie in West Capitol Park: Enjoy the last bits of summer with a free movie outside.

Pete Donnelly and Brett Newksi at Spring Street Gallery: Pete from the Figgs up in Saratoga.

Saturday August 23

Wellington Annex Demolition: They’re blowing up a huge building downtown sometime around 9:30am.

Eastbound Jesus at Putnam Den: With The Lucky Jukebox Brigade.

Carl Daniels and The Black Box at the Fuze Box: With Not An Airplane and Immaculate Heart.

Polly No. 1 at River St Pub: With Rx. Crystal Gates, Power Animal System, b0ynature, Promised Heights, WILDECRIST, Sea Change.

BUMP at Basilica Hudson: Interactive whale exhibit from Frank and Dan DenDanto.

Sunday August 24

Scum Couch, Noxious Foxes at the Low Beat: Experimental and instrumental.

All Weekend

The Track: Travers weekend, stuff will be bonkers.

Art Omi: Sculpture fields are open.

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.

Jaws, On Golden Pond, 12 Angry Men, Jaws at the Madison Theater: Only five bucks!

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Stacks to host Latte Art Competition

On Thursday, September 4, Stacks Espresso Bar with the Capital Region Coffee Collective will be hosting the area’s first Thursday Night Throwdown latte art competition. The competition is a fun bracket style shootout. These friendly competitions are created with the goal of cultivating the coffee culture in the area.

Sign up is at 5:30pm and first competition pour is at 7pm. It’s totally free for spectators and only $5 to enter.

There will also be beer compliments of Rare Form Brewery as well as prizes and giveaways from Cafe Grumpy and Barrington Coffee Roasting Company.

For all the details check out the full flyer below. Be sure to stop by and meet some other coffee nerds, have a beer and possibly win some fun prizes.

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