Sponsor: Planned Parenthood Mohawk Hudson


My thanks to Planned Parenthood Mohawk Hudson for sponsoring Keep Albany Boring this week. PPMH will be offering free HIV testing at it’s 10 locations on World AIDS Day, which is next week, on December 1.

Planned Parenthood Mohawk Hudson will offer free rapid HIV testing at each of its 10 locations on December 1st, 2015 in honor of World AIDS Day. Join us at a PPMH health center during regular clinic hours on Dec. 1st for a fast and confidential HIV test.

PPMH health centers are located in: Amsterdam, Clifton Park, Cobleskill, Glens Falls, Johnstown, Oneida, Rome, Saratoga, Schenectady, and Utica.

An estimated 34 million people around the world have HIV. 1 in 6 people infected with HIV don’t know their status. There are effective treatments that can help manage HIV, but you have to #KnowYourStatus. Take the test. Take Control.

For clinic hours, or location information for PPMH health center near you, call: (518) 374-5353 or (315) 724-6146

People in our communities rely on Planned Parenthood Mohawk Hudson for quality, confidential health care. PPMH serves more than 20,000 women and men each year at 10 licensed health centers in the Capital Region and Mohawk Valley. Medical services include annual exams, birth control, cancer screening, abortion care, HIV testing, and sexually transmitted infections testing/treatment.

No judgement, no assumptions, just great health services. #CareNoMatterWhat.

Head to planonit.org. Know your status.


Quality events for this weekend

Friday November 27

Troy Night Out: Black Friday edition.

Tony Quattro at Putnam Den: With Kip Chapman, Sweatpants Money and more.
Basilica Farm & Flea: Huge maker market, farm stand, and more.

DJ Far East at BSP: DJ night in Kingston.

Grainbelt at The Low Beat: Black Friday Happy Hour tradition.

Pretty Much the Best Comedy Show at Proctors: Featuring Andrew Ginsburg, Maria Heinegg, Ethan Ullman and Thomas Attila Lewis.

Carl Daniels and the Black Box at The Low Beat: With Palaver, and The Stable Gentlemen.

Black Friday Fair Trade Market in Delmar: Ethical gift market.

Small Business Saturday November 28

Basilica Farm & Flea: Huge maker market, farm stand, and more.

SBS at SMCo.: Free totes for the first 100 customers.

Good Karma Sale at Forage + Sundry: Store wide sale and giveaways.

Small Business Saturday in Schenectady: Shop local and see what Schenectady’s got to offer.

The Refrigerators at Nanola: Dance the holiday shopping blues away.

Closing Reception For Existing at UAG: Art, DJ, potluck.

George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic at Upstate Concert Hall: It’s George Clinton!

Small Business Saturday & Food Drive at Fort Orange: Shop and donate for a discount.

Crazy Swedes at The Low Beat: With Bump and Belle-Skinner.

Black Friday Fair Trade Market in Delmar: Ethical gift market.

Sunday November 29

Blue Streak Blvd at The Low Beat: Alt/punk show. With Counting Consequences, At Bay, Boy Go Fast.

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 locally owned theater.

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


Things to do tonight

It’s Thanksgiving eve. Time to try to make yourself feel like you didn’t totally waste your time by coming home a day early, or you’ll just totally reaffirm why you moved away. Or maybe you’re interested in just having a fun night with people you don’t see that much. Either way, here’s some things to do that aren’t just going to Suzie’s again.

Mitski, Palehound, Pwr Bttm at BSP Kingston: Indie/alt.

Serving Your Musical Needs with DJ Trumastr at Brown’s: Music, beer, and dancing.

Murphy’s Law, Bruise Bros, Murderers Row at Trickshots: Hardcore/punk show.

Manfred Kidd, Bear Grass, Linear North, Becoming a Ghost at Fuze: Pretty music.

ANTI-Thanksgiving Party at Pauly’s: Music to dance to. With Bell’s Roar, Brahja Waldman, and the Albany Frequencies DJ Crew.

Give Thanks To The 80’s at City Beer Hall: With DJ Rana Ransom.


Sessions at Overit

Overit, who has recently finished setup of their studio has launched Sessions at Overit, a great way to showcase artists and their facility in tandem.

Sessions at Overit is a web series created to showcase international talent in the music industry. We ask bands to perform a few songs in our Albany, NY recording studio and talk a little about what inspires them.

You can view the full sessions on their website. Sessions so far include Philm, Greg Nash, Sit Kitty Sit, John Brodeur, and Owl. I just checked out the most recent session and it’s a really incredible effort on all those involved to create these sessions.


Small Business Saturday at FOGS

Fort Orange General Store is gearing for Small Business Saturday, and has even set up a food drive for the day too.

After you’ve recovered from Thanksgiving and Black Friday, come down to FOGS for Small Business Saturday. We’ll be open from 10am-9pm and stocked with tons of new stuff for the holidays. Bring a shelf-stable food or hygiene product to donate to our food drive and receive 10% off your purchase! Your donations will be brought to a food pantry in the Delaware Ave. neighborhood. It’s shaping up to be a great day, and we’d love to see you!

Get some holiday shopping taken care of, donate for a good cause and avoid the mall! Find out more on the facebook event page.


Basilica Farm & Flea set for Thanksgiving Weekend

Basilica Farm and Flea is back and this year’s market is set for Nov 27-29.

Created as an alternative to “Black Friday” culture, the annual market brings together a collection of quality products presented by a diverse group of about 125 regional makers, farmers, chefs and vintage collectors to promote the talents and resources within our community.

This event features many options for food and bar items, a cocktail soirée, the event and marketplace, maker workshops, and more.

Learn more on the Basilica Farm and Flea website, and make a day out of it while avoiding the malls.