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Sufjan Stevens at The Palace

The Palace recently announced Sufjan Stevens will be playing on April 15 at 8pm. Tickets start at $30 and go on sale Friday January 30, and can be purchased on The Palace website.

This tour is in support of Stevens’ forthcoming record Carrie & Lowell, and is his first album release since 2010.

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Friday: Grand Re-Opening of Ms. Dixie’s Tattoo

I’m happy to see that 2015 is carrying the momentum of last year, with more new local businesses consistently popping up, in both Albany and Troy alike.

Next to join the roster is Ms. Dixie’s Tattoo, which has recently relocated from its original location in Troy, to 7 Hill Street, nestled in Troy’s original Little Italy neighborhood. The tattoo shop was founded in 2012 by Jessica Gahring, who appeared on TLC’s NY Ink. With the addition of artists Nick Reinert and Chris Conlon, I’ve seen some really spectacular tattoos come out of the shop since its been on my radar, and I highly recommend those in the market for a new tattoo to get in touch.

Ms. Dixie’s Tattoo will be hosting an official ribbon cutting with Mayor Rosamalia at 4pm in front of the new studio, with a reception to follow. The celebration will feature live music from DJ Kloud9, as well as the displayed works of photographer Tony Colasurdo. The shop’s gallery will act as another home to showcase the work of more local artists in the days to come as well, and is hosting its first gallery show in conjunction with its grand re-opening and Troy Night Out.

For more information about the re-opening party and to get acquainted with the shop’s talented artists, please pay a visit, either online or stop by the shop this Friday, beginning at 4pm.

Image courtesy Ms. Dixie’s

Migos at the Armory

The Washington Avenue Armory has announced that Migos will be performing on Friday March 6.

The Fader has a ton of great articles about Migos, so if you’re looking to hear and learn more about them, head to the Fader.

Tickets start at $25 and are on sale now.

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Quality events for this weekend

Friday January 16

Joyce Manor, Quarterbacks, and Laura Stevenson at BSP Kingston: Hope you already have tickets because this is sold out.

Evan Harker, Language Arts, Matt Durfee, and Carl Daniels at Pauly’s: Fun jams.

Wine and Dine for the Arts Festival at Hilton Albany: Food and wine.

Monster Jam at the TU Center: Monster trucks.

Rae Sremmurd and T.Mills at UCH: Rap show.

Extraordinary Night of Guitars at Caffe Lena: Featuring Dan LaVoie, Shun Ng, and Trevor Gordon Hall.

Fish Fry & Falafel Dinner at the Free School: An affordable dinner and cake auction to benefit the Free School’s class trip.

Saturday January 17

Hattie’s 14th Annual Mardi Gras at the Canfield Casino: Fun party for a cause.

Wine and Dine for the Arts Festival at Hilton Albany: Food and wine.

Comic Jam with Ira Marcks at the Troy Public Library: Learn to draw comics or improve your skills with Ira.

Locksley at Vapor: Free show, with The Lucky Jukebox Brigade.

Hand Habits, Battle Ave, Happy You, Shana Falana at The Tree House: Rad show, but you gotta figure out where it is.

TV Rex at Pauly’s: : 70s Rock ‘n Roll all night.

Bing Bamboo Room Burlesque at The Low Beat: You know what it is.

Sunday January 18

Sean Rowe at Caffe Lena: Sold out, but you can try your luck or hit the Monday 3pm show.

All weekend

Ice Skating at the Plaza: Rinks open 11am-8pm.

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.

The Interview, Horrible Bosses, Hunger Games, and Fargo at the Madison Theater](http://www.themadisontheater.com/): Only five bucks!

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

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Peck’s Arcade: Review

Last Thursday, one day after opening, I went to Peck’s Arcade with a friend for dinner.

In the kitchen is Chef Nick Ruscitto and sous chef Matt Sciubba, the same two behind Tavern Noodle. Peck’s is already in their element pulling off a higher level dining experience.

We were seated towards back of the restaurant, facing the kitchen. I was able to ask Chef Nick about the menu, and he didn’t bat an eye when I had said that both of us are vegan. Both chefs commented that it was fun and easy for them to modify the dishes. This being a non-issue put me at ease throughout the course of my meal.

We ended up eating essentially everything that they were able to make for us, for a total of nine courses. Each dish came with it’s own set of flavors and texture, and each dish was as enjoyable as the last. Even the bread they served was excellent, and it’s no surprise it too is made in-house.

The food had intense levels of complexity and consideration for being so simply described. Seemingly small touches set the dishes over the top. The carrot risotto had deep fried rosemary; the hazelnuts popped in the wild mushroom dish; the togarashi was amazing on the broccoli; the black garlic was incredible on the celery root. The list goes on, and words can do it no justice.

The Peck’s machine was humming along. Vic was in the DJ booth providing the soundtrack for the night. Heather was bouncing around and in charge as always. Scott was behind the bar. The staff was attentive without being overbearing. The kitchen staff was calm and in control.

The attention to detail is obvious in everything at Peck’s. Even the hours are set up so the same staff works together each night to deliver a consistent, high quality experience. Head over to Peck’s Arcade as soon as you can. There’s a superlative dining experience to be had and you’re missing out if you haven’t been.

Peck’s Arcade is open 5 to 10pm Wednesday and Thursday, 5 to 11pm Friday and 4 to 11pm Saturday. You can find their menu and more information at pecksarcade.com

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Sponsor: Jim Breuer at Troy Music Hall

I’d like to give a warm thank you to the Troy Music Hall for sponsoring KAB this week.

The Troy Music Hall is bringing comedian and actor Jim Breuer to town on January 23. Tickets are $27 and are on sale now. You can also enter to win a pair of tickets right here from us.

Also, be sure to check the hall’s schedule for this season of shows, which includes Linda Eder, Lily Tomlin and more.

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Quality events for this weekend

Friday January 9

Fangirls Night Out at Earthworld Comics: Comic night for the ladies. With Jess Fink.

Joe Budden at Bogies: Rap show.

Youth Speak Out & Vigil for Leelah Alcorn at Dana Park: Remembering and raising awareness.

Wild Adriatic at Rustic Barn Pub: Indie jams.

Male Patterns at Pauly’s: Record release show. With Gay Mayor, Scuzz, and Sick Mind.

Saturday January 10

Brick By Brick at Trickshots: With Gunther Weezul, Hammer Fight, and Assault On The Livin.

AASRD Home Season Opener: The Perfect Storm at The Armory: First roller derby game of the season.

Moulin Rouge Burlesque at Rocks: Quick trip to 1890s Paris.

The Throwaways at Proctors Theater: “exploration of the devastating impact of police brutality and mass incarceration on the black community”

B-Scene Birthday Bash at The Low Beat: Up the punx.

Good Fiction, Spaceland, and Matt Malone at The Fuze Box: Dance jams.

Burnell Pines at BSP Kingston: With , Adrien Reju, and The Daydreamers.

Sunday January 11

SINew Years Eve at Fuze Box: Service industry New Years for those who were working on the real one.

All weekend

Ice Skating at the Plaza: Rinks open 11am-8pm.

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.

The Interview, Horrible Bosses, Hunger Games and Fargo at the Madison Theater: Only five bucks!

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