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Quality events for this weekend

Friday April 17

Word Fest Open Mic at UAG: Open mic with poets from Woodstock to Saratoga.

Bear Grass, Breakfast In Fur, & The Firs at The Treehouse: Pretty music.

Neutral Milk Hotel at MASS MoCA: Sold out.

Ramlord, Haggus, and Rota at The Low Beat: Metal.

Northern Faces at The Hollow: With Stellar Young and Royal Tongues.

Empire Bosoms at The Hangar : Burlesque tribute to 90s favorite Empire Records.

Caroline Rose at The Linda: Rockabilly jams. With Henry’s Rifle.

80’s Night & Costume Contest at The Hollow: Play anything night with DJ Trumastr.

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

Opera1 & Study no. 40.3.1 + Study no. 45.1 at EMPAC: “a collaborative effort between composers”.

Saturday April 18

Hudson Valley Hops at The Albany Institue: Local brewery showcase.

3rd Annual Word Fest Invitational Slam at Steamer 10: Poetry slam.

Public Writing Workshop at The Social Justice Center: Part one of two workshops from The Rejection Project.

Seth Glier at The Linda: Folk/pop.

X-Ambassadors and Good Fiction at RPI: Part of their Spring Concert Series.

Bing Bamboo Room Burlesque at The Low Beat: Saturday night staple.

Tour of The Battenkill: Pro/am race.

Sunday April 19

Gatherer at Jack’s Place (St. Rose): With Matt Dalton, and Havenfield.

Waka Flocka at UCH: With King Flee, AMJ, and Austin Watts.

Albany Toy Show at Wolf Road Holiday Inn: From the people that put on Albany Comic Con.

Tour of The Battenkill: Grand fondo, 5k.

Nine Pin Warehouse District Clean Up: Pick up trash, receive cider.

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.

Insurgent, Kingsman, 50 Shades of Grey and Forest Gump 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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Landlady at The Low Beat

Landlady will be playing The Low Beat on Thursday April 23, alongside Dearest Vendetta.

Landlady features Adam Schatz from Man Man, Ian Chang (from Son Lux), Will Graefe (from Star Rover and Jesse Harris’s band), Booker Stardrum (from Cloud Becomes Your Hand and People Get Ready), and Ian Davis (the arranger and leader of Relatives). Landlady released their first album last summer to great acclaim from The New York Times, Pitchfork and Paste.

Listen in to a few tunes below and if you like what you hear, grab some tickets and head out on April 23. Tickets are currently on sale and are just $10.

Photo: Sasha Arutyunova

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Cymbals Eat Guitars at The Low Beat: Ticket Giveaway

On April 30, Cymbals Eat Guitars will be playing The Low Beat alongside slowshine, and What Moon Things.

Dellarocca Booking has hooked us up with a pair of tickets to giveaway to this awesome show, and you can enter to win below. And if you’re not the contest type, tickets are currently available, and are only $12. Dellarocca Booking always puts on great shows up here and this one will be no different!

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A-Holes: A Type Book on Kickstarter

Curtis Canham, a local designer and typography enthusiast is making a book about the negative space in the letter A, or more simply put, A-holes. The book and campaign has gotten press from Fast Co., Design Taxi, and Creative Bloq. Curtis even sent two A-Hole cakes to acclaimed typographer, Jessica Hische to promote the book.

If you’re interested in typography, head over to the Kickstarter page and check out the project. Current rewards include the book, t-shirts, an A-hole postcard, and more. At the time of publishing, the book is 65% funded with 12 days to go. Be sure to check out the sample of the book which shows how great the finished book will be.

You can help make this fun typography book a reality and get some goodies while you’re at it!

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Local Tasting Series at Brew

Starting on May 14, Brew will be hosting six geographically themed tastings from 5-8 on the each night. The tastings are free.

The schedule is as follows:

5/14: Downstate Night with Chatham Brewing and Crossroads Brewing Company.

5/28: Adirondack Night with Adirondack Brewery and Paradox Brewery.

6/11: Troy Night with Brown’s Brewing Company and Rare Form Brewing Company.

6/25: Northway Night with Shmaltz Brewing Company and Davidson Brothers.

7/9: Cooperstown Night with Brewery Ommegang and Butternuts Beer & Ale.

7/23: Albany Night with C H Evans Brewing Company and Nine Pin Cider Works.

More into about the events and Brew can be found on their website, brewalbany.com. Brew is located at 209 Lark Street.

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Quality events for this weekend

Friday April 10

Collage Night at Tiger Trap Studio: Fun art party night for grown-ups.

Ground Zero Spring Radtacular Extravaganza: First shows of spring. Dance jams for Friday Night.

The Price is Right at The Palace: See Plinko™, Cliffhangers™, and The Big Wheel™ live™ in™ person™.

Worthy at Putnam Den: Big ole dance party with Mapa, Sweat Pants Money, Kip Chapman, Jennifer Haley, and Kloud9.

Saturday April 11

Downtown Albany Restaurant Week: 15 restaurants offering 3-course meals for $20.15. This runs until April 17.

Accidents in a Very Busy Place: Kurt Vonnegut in Schenectady: A discussion on Kurt Vonnegut’s time in Schenectady.

Backstabbers Inc., Maggot Brain, Tiger Flowers, Hellkeeper at The Treehouse: Get heavy.

Saint Rose Camerata Season Finale: Free modern dance show with a chamber music collaboration.

Party Plates, Metalian, Anarchyboys, Sick Mind at The Low Beat: Punk, hardcore, metal. Also, Jeff The Drunk.

Pianoply at EMPAC: “Four accomplished pianists, four acoustically distinct venues, five grand pianos.”

Sunday April 12

Ground Zero Spring Radtacular Extravaganza!: First shows of spring. Mathy, indie jams for Saturday.

Roller Derby at the Armory: Albany All Stars vs. Central New York Roller Derby All Stars.

4th Annual Grown Up Easter Egg Hunt at Prospect Park: Awesome egg hunt and it’s for a great cause.

2015 Albany Word Fest at McGeary’s: Celebration of National Poetry Month.

Klozapin, Walter, Blood Of Spain, Broken Field Runner at The Low Beat: Punk jams.

My Gay Banjo & Bell’s Roar at Albany Social Justice Center: First show at the revamped SJC.

Mega Bog, EZTV, and Slowshine at The Treehouse: “A good show for everyone to have a good time at”

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. Check out this years CANstruction exhibit.

Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, Focus, Kingsman: The Secret Service, and Chappie 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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Ramp Fest 2015

The fifth annual Ramp Fest is coming back to Basilica Hudson 12-4pm on Saturday May 2. Ramps, also known as the spring onion are an early spring vegetable native to our area.

There will be chefs from the Hudson Valley and NYC creating dishes that focus on the ramp. There will also be other food, music and live music.

Tickets are currently on sale, and if you can’t make it, be sure to look out for ramps on your favorite restaurants Spring menu.

Photo: Flickr/Gary Wong