And North on After The Jump

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And North founder Emma Tuccillo was recently featured on a podcast I love, After The Jump. Emma talks about her website And North which bills itself as a curated guide to upstate New York (which we’d most likely call the Hudson Valley – but that’s neither here nor there).

Listen to the episode on HRN and check out And North for some great day-trip inspriation and ideas.


Quality events for this weekend

Friday October 17

Cretin Hop Halloween at Fuze Box: Rock and roll dance party and other general weirdness.

Nightmares for a Week, Those Mockingbirds, Lives of the Obscure at BSP Kingston: Local legends NFAW are back after a little break.

C. Amanda Boutahorse’s Cult Classics at the Hangar: : A burlesque tribute to Ghostbusters!

Fusion at the Barn: Great food, music, art and more to raise funds for the Barn.

The Jazz Connection at Tierra: 5-piece jazz group at the Madison Ave shop.

Radiation Blackbody, Thurn & Taxis, and Yoma at the Low Beat: Metal and the like.

Steven Wright at the Egg: Jokes from one of the weirdest and best comedians.

Newsies at Proctor’s: Last chance to catch this show.

Amon Amarth and Skeletonwitch at UCH: Synchronized headbanging.

Saturday October 18

Downtown Albany Block Party: Albany Modern Body Art celebrating their 5th birthday in style.

Light Up Troy at the Gas Holder: Benefit for Breast Cancer Awareness Month where they are transforming the Gas Holder into a 1930s version of Troy.

Stylin’ at Taste: Fashion show benefit for the Albany Damian Center.

John Waters at Basilica Hudson: John Waters’ One-Man-Show “This Filthy World, Volume 2″, as a benefit for The AIDS Council of Northeastern New York.

Sunday October 19

Rock and Roll Brunch at the Low Beat: It’s that time again for the best brunch around.

Silent Film Spectacular at APL: A pick up orchestra will be providing the score for the 1916 adaptation of 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea.

All Weekend

Apple Picking: It’s that time of year to hit up Goolds or Indian Ladder.

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.

Donnie Darko, Get on Up and Guardians of the Galaxy at the Madison Theater: Only five bucks!

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


Madison Theater’s venue to open October 25

The Madison Theater is opening its new 175-seat live entertainment venue with a jazz performance by Nancy and Spencer Reed Quartet on Saturday, Oct. 25. The venue was part of the original plan for the theater, and fills an awesome hole in mid-cap venues inside of Albany.

Keep up with the Madison Theater on their facebook page, and see the official flyer for the kick off event on their facebook. Tickets are currently available at the Madison Theater box office and are $18.

Basilica Farm and Flea

Basilica Farm & Flea is set for Thanksgiving weekend, and is an awesome way to avoid the normal Black Friday shit-show. Seems like an excellent way to spend the weekend with family from out of town.

The event will feature local, farm, vintage and handmade goods and promotes resources and talent from within the community. The event will kick off with a “Black Friday Soirée” at Basilica Hudson. Details are not fully fleshed out yet, so keep an eye on their website closer to the event date.

Learn more about the event on the Farm & Flea website and enjoy an off the beaten path way to celebrate Black Friday and Thanksgiving weekend.


The Cretin Hop Halloween

This Friday at the Fuze Box is the Halloween edition of The Cretin Hop, a rock and roll dance party. This Halloween version will have treats, door prizes, costumes, candy and a live performance from Silver Dagger. Get out your costume a week early and give it a trial run over at the Fuze Box on Friday. Learn out more on the event page.


Fusion at the Albany Barn

This Friday, Fusion returns to the Albany Barn. Fusion includes a local all star lineup including a fashion design challenge, performances and art from regional artists, cocktails and food from Chef Ric Orlando, spirits from Albany Distilling, wine pairings, beer from Druthers, desserts by The Cookie Factory and coffee by Stacks Espresso Bar. Fusion is a benefit for the Albany Barn.

Find more out on the Fusion website and have some fun this Friday night.


Superior Merchandise Co. Pop Up Shop

Troy’s Superior Merchandise Co. has announced they’re having a pop up shop at the Tavern Resturant. The event will take place on this month’s Troy Night Out, which is also Halloween.

KAB did a preview of Superior Merchandise Co. earlier this year, and I’m happy to see things coming to fruition. This preview should give you a great taste of what’s to come with Superior Merchandise Co.

Check out the event page for more details. See you there!