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Quality events for this weekend

Below is everything I could find for this weekend. This is why I generally pick the events that I believe are the best and don’t just always post everything that’s happening. Have a good weekend!

Friday October 31 Halloween 2014

Masquerave at the Armory: With Araabmuzik and Just Blaze, with support from Rome Thrasher, Kenetic, and Bandikook.

Unity 32: Halloween at Fuze Box: The rave after the rave at the Armory.

Night of the Walking Dread at Vapor: With DVDJ Dread. Cash for best zombie.

Halloween Dance Party at Bobby Ts: Drink specials and dancing.

Down the Hall at Sage: Immersive theater event.

Trick or Treat at HWFC: Family oriented event with snacks and activities.

Lark Street Bid Halloween at the Park Playhouse: Hope you’ve got tickets.

Eighth Annual Halloween Bash at Pinto and Hobbs: Karaoke with Sid Stein.

Halloween Bash at The Hollow: Red carpet, costume contest, drink specials, Wild Adriatic, Mirk, Lucky Jukebox Brigade and DJs.

Built4BBQ’s Whole Hog Halloween at Pauly’s Hotel: Henry’s Rifle album release with Rival Galaxies, Kimono Dragons, Hammer Hawk, and DJ Mercy.

Consider The Source with Mister F at the Parish Public House: EP release show.

Pollyween: No Limit at River Street Pub: A Halloween party in another dimension. If you’re looking for an off the beaten path type of event, here you go.

Superior Merchandise Co. Pop-Up at The Tavern Restaurant: A preview of Superior Merchandise Co. and the Tavern Resturant all at once.

Halloween Costume Party at the Beer Diviner: Bonfire, music, prizes and really good beer.

Troy Night Out: The October TNO is always on point, expect a ton of costume parties and bars to be more festive than usual for TNO.

Fictively Fact at Collar Works: TNO gallery opening with Ira Marcks and Seamus Liam O’Brien.

Pups Night Out at Henry Loves Betty: Dogs. Costumes. Yes.

Jalloween Fright Festival: With a costume contest and music from DJ Trumastr in Saratoga.

Noche De Los Muertos at the Upstate Concert Hall: With Voltran, Kip Chapman and Alex Torres and his Latin Orchestra.

Renissance at the Egg: Progressive Folk Rock.

Eastbound Jesus at Putnam Den: With The Sea The Sea.

Nixon’s Spirit, Society High, Horror Business at The Low Beat: Punk it up.

Hardcore Halloween at Bogies: With Wartime Manner, Brick By Brick and more.

Waterworks Halloween Costume Contest: $2000 in prizes. Best, worst, scariest, sexiest, most original, and best group costume.

Sirsy at Trick Shot Billiards: With a costume contest as well.

Hunter Hayes at the TU Center: Yee-haw!

Albany Halloween Pubcrawl: Three days of excessive drinking in costume. Starts at the City Beer Hall.

Saturday November 1

Chuck Palahniuk at Skidmore: In support of his new book Beautiful You.

Killswitch Engage at the UCH: With All That Remains, Death Ray Vision, and City of Homes.

Monster Ball at Vapor: With DJ Playground. Prizes for best male, female, couple and group costumes.

The Day After: Zombie Invasion at Bogies: Costume contest and a grip of bands.

80s Halloween at the Fuze Box: DJ Feral, Don Stone and Neo holding down the 80s tunes.

Northern Faces at The Hollow: Rock jams. With Northern Faces, The North & South Dakotas, and Carl Daniels and the Black Box.

Vilma Mare : Queen of Serpents at The Foundry: Visiting artist series about wearable design.

AKOUSMA @ EMPAC: Acousmatic music in the open spaces at EMPAC.

An Evening with Bruce Hornsby at Troy Music Hall: Grammy winning singer/keyboardist.

Bing Bamboo Room Burlesque Halloween Hangover: Celebrating 10 years.

Halloween Hangover Party & Costume Contest: Try your luck again at winning the contest! With DJ Shawn Gillie and Dave Barna.

Cage Wars at the Armory: People hurting one another for fun.

Albany Halloween Pubcrawl: Three days of excessive drinking in costume. Starts at the City Beer Hall.

Sunday November 2

Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson: Performing the best of Jethro Tull and his new album.

Love and Theft at the UCH: With Joel Crouse and DJ DU.

Harlem Wizards at The Armory: Family oriented bball game/performance.

Albany Halloween Pubcrawl: Three days of excessive drinking in costume. Starts at the City Beer Hall.

DJ QBert at the Putnam Den

On Friday November 7, DJ Qbert will be annihilating the turntables at the Putnam Den. DJ QBert is an incredible turntablist who has been a DMC World Champion four times over. Just watch the video above to get an idea of what QBert is known for. Also on the show is Jeremy Ellis, master of the drum machine, legendary DJ Paul Nice, J5K and $@LT.

This line-up is absolutely killer and is not to be missed, as it’s not just another night out with a DJ. Read more on the event page and grab your tickets soon.

The Shop, Troy

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I was thrilled when I got notice that The Shop (which is not The Shoppe, also in Troy’s downtown) has opened it’s doors.

The space itself is great. They did a superb job allowing the space’s past life as a hardware store shine through in its current incarnation. When I stopped by, they were putting the finishing touches on the space, but the drink and food menu were fleshed out and looking great. There is a front bar room for those looking to grab drinks with friends, and a separate back dining where you can sit and grab some food.

The bartender Nate fixed me The Forester, which is a homemade thyme-maple infused bourbon with Creme Yvette and lemon juice, and it was delicious. I also had a Tommy Gun (Tullamore Dew, Cointreau, apricot jam, and ginger infused simple syrup) which was excellent. The cocktail menu has a great selection of actual cocktails, not two-ingredient “cocktails” in a pint glass. Also on their drink menu are beer cocktails which are a nice way for beer drinkers to enjoy something new without jumping straight into the deep end. The Shop also boasts a beer list that includes nitro brews, many drafts, cans, bottles and of course wine as well.

Their Grand Opening is scheduled for 4:30pm on Halloween, which is also Troy Night Out. I strongly recommend checking this place out as soon as you can. It’s already a part of my to-do list whenever I’m in Troy. These bars with great cocktails are a new thing for the area and as someone who doesn’t drink beer, I couldn’t be happier.

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Capital Region Turkey Trots

Jack Berkery has created a list of all the Thanksgiving day runs in the area. If the Troy Turkey Trot is way too big of an event for you, check the list and find a run that’s more your thing. Locations include Troy, Saratoga, Schenectady, Bethlehem, Cohoes, Clifton Park, Glens Falls, Hudson, Chatham, Ravena, and Castleton.

Photo: US Navy/flickr

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Quality events for this weekend

Friday October 24

Mike Glier at Opalka Gallery: Artist Mike Glier at Sage talking about his 35 year career.

Better Pills, Lip Talk, Alexander Turnquist at the Low Beat: “mopecore post punk new wave dance rock”, “experimental pop” and “drone ambient”. Lip Talk is FKA Railbird.

Primus at the Palace: That Les Claypool dude’s band.

Saturday October 25

Oneonta Punk at Oneonta Theater: A zillion bands.

Queen of the Beat at Fuze: All women playing the tunes for the night.

Festival of the Dead at the Armory: DJs and more.

Sunday October 26

Wicked Creepy Cyclocross Race in Bennington VT: Get your bike race on.

Oneonta Punk at Oneonta Theater: A zillion bands.

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.

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Tonight: “Metropolis” with live score by lastdayshining

Tonight, the main branch of the Albany Public Library, is featuring a showing of the silent film “Metropolis” from 1927. The film will be accompanied with a live score from locals lastdayshining. If you’ve never been to an event like this, it truly is an interesting display of talent and creative interpretation.

The performance is free to the public and begins at 7pm. For more info, check out the event on FB.