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Quality events for this weekend

Friday July 22

Pony in the Pancake, Haley Moley, Great Mutations, Apostrophe S, and Albany Frequency DJs at Pauly’s: Big old Friday night dance party.

Body Shine #4 at Fuze: Albany’s back-to-basics dance party.

Chances With Wolves at The Half Moon: Dance party.

Saturday July 23

Seasons Skateshop Presents: Albany at Fuze: Premiere of their new video, and a hell of party after.

Troy Waterfront Farmer’s Market at Riverfront Park: Moved due to construction.

From One Hero To Many, A Community Workshop:

No Hands, Blood of Spain, Scum Couch at 51 3rd Troy: Punk it up.

Jack & Amanda Palmer at Basilica Hudson: “An Evening With”.

Chaos Chaos, Mega Bog, Chris Garneau, Emily Ritz at BSP Kingston: Indie/pop.

Sunday July 24

Troy Flea 2016 at Troy Riverfront Park:

Suarez Family Brewery Game Night at SMCo.: Celebrate a new brewery with fun games and Alleycarte.

Ephraim Asili and LunarMoss at The Half Moon: Patio session.

Slipknot and Marilyn Manson at SPAC: Twizz out.

Off Hours, Yugennui, Caskets Filled With Flowers, Noema at Relief Theater: Fun show with a few touring bands.

All weekend

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.

Second-run movies at the Madison Theater: Only five bucks!

Movies at The Spectrum: First run, independent movies at a small centrally located theater.

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

Black Lives Matter at Dana Park by Shannon Straney

In the evening on Friday, July 8, 2016, a diverse crowd gathered in Dana Park in Albany, NY for a vigil organized by the Upstate New York chapter of Black Lives Matter. Amid speeches and chants, people came together in solidarity to call for action, change, and accountability. The event was held especially to honor the memories of Alton Sterling, Philando Castile, and others who have become victims of police shootings and violence.

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Little Pecks Opening Thursday

little pecks will be officially opening Thursday. For the past week or so they were soft-open; serving coffee and without official hours.

From the press release:

Little pecks is an all-day café from the culinary team behind Peck’s Arcade, serving coffee, breakfast, lunch, snacks and drinks, including wine and beer. Joining the team as lead barista is Katryn Malen, formerly of Stacks Espresso Bar in Albany.

At the helm of the kitchen will be the duo of executive chef Nick Ruscitto and executive pastry chef Greg Kern, who describes little pecks as “many ideas coming together in one space, which is one of the great things about working with this team. I’ve been able to experiment with some new food ideas and be more involved with the opening of a business – it’s been interesting having a role beyond that of making food.”

The cafe will be open seven days a week from 6:00am Monday-Friday, and 8:00am on Saturday and Sunday, for breakfast and lunch with closing times based on customer demand, and at minimum 9:00pm. In addition to seating in little pecks, diners will also have access to a four-season garden area with retractable roof, to be shared with Lucas Confectionery, as well as the Library at Peck’s Arcade. The team expects to do equal parts orders to stay and take-away, and will also focus on outside catering. Coffee will be provided exclusively by Tandem Coffee Roasters of Portland, Maine.

Can’t wait to swing by.