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Andrew started Keep Albany Boring in September 2010.

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Cans + Crayons at SMCo.

SMCo. has a neat event set for tomorrow. Here’s how it works: YOU buy one of our many delicious craft beers, WE provide you with limited edition coloring pages designed by local artists + lots of crayons to color them with! Coloring pages have been designed by Michael Conlin, Caroline Corrigan, Ira Marcks, Erik Savage,
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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
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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
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Kingston Creative made a Pokemon Go city map for Kingston

Incredibly beautiful. Most cities don’t have maps this nice for anything, let alone a 2-week-old game.
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Kele at The Hollow

On Thursday, July 21 Kele Okereke will be performing at The Hollow with Bell’s Roar and DJ Mercy. Kele is a DJ and producer who is most well known as the singer of Bloc Party. Bloc Party and Titanics will be playing Alive at 5 earlier in the day July 21, so if you’re a
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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
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Seasons Premiere of “Albany” at Fuze Box

Season’s Skate Shop is premeiring their new video this Saturday at the Fuze Box. There will be live music from Jasper, Tall Matt DJing afterward and the video premiere itself. Sounds like an awesome night to me. For more info, head to the Season’s website.
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Quality events for this weekend

Friday July 15 Broken Field Runner, Slowshine, Hammerhawk, Hospital Corners, County Mike at WCPH: Super solid house show. Cretin Hop at Fuze: Rock and roll dance party. Get weird. Garage Bands at Albany Public Library Washington Ave: After work concert in a literal garage. With Rechorduroys and Coupons. Kingston Night Market at Kingston Waterfront: Pop-up
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Bier Abbey seized

From the TU: The Bier Abbey on Union Street in Schenectady was shut down Tuesday afternoon in a seizure by the state tax department over nearly $700,000 in unpaid sales taxes. It would appear that the tax department has been trying to resolve the issue behind the scenes for months, which Gazzale said the tax
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Quality events for this weekend

Friday July 08 Fork in the Road at Tricentennial Park: Food trucks, music, beverages in the park. Dust Bowl Faeries at the Tang: “ethereal electro-acoustic gothic folk ensemble” The Acacia Strain at Trickshots: With Oceano, Knocked Loose, and Culture Killer. Shiri Zorn at Savoy: Actual Jazz on Lark. Bren, As soon as Morris & The
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“little pecks is a little open”

little pecks is a little open Coffee and some pastries available beginning 6AM Wednesday Full menu coming soon pic.twitter.com/jf2ysucyE7 — Peck's Arcade (@PecksArcade) July 6, 2016 little pecks had previously announced their opening day was to be Friday, but it seems like enough things are in place that the team will be getting the ball
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Heather LaVine and Vic Christopher win Eater’s 2016 Young Gun Award

From Eater: Each year, Eater puts on its search for the most inspiring young talent in the industry. We issue a public call for nominations, run selections by trusted industry experts, and then congratulate a new team of extraordinarily talented restaurant industry trailblazers. The winners are leading the charge for development and progress while making
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Drop Coffee Takeover at Superior Merchandise

Starting July 2, Drop Coffee will be taking over all things coffee at Superior Merchandise. Similar to a tap-takeover, SMCo. will be serving Drop Coffee’s entire line by pour over, batch brew, iced coffee, and espresso until they run out. Some background from Kinfolk’s excellent interview with Drop co-owner Joanna Alm: What do you take
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Quality events for this weekend

Friday June 24 Body Shine at Fuze Box: A “multi-cultural dance party showcasing the finest underground dance music from around the world”. I’m on the bill for this. Troy Night Out: City-wide celebration. Don’t miss Troy Cloth and Paper’s 5th Anniversary and the Spaghetti Sandwich Cart from Alleycarte. Bell Skinner and Candy Ambulance at SMCo:
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Quality events for this weekend

Friday June 17 Collage Night at SMCo.: “Glue and scissor social”. Kingston Night Market: Monthly street festival. Alan Fish and Friends at The Low Beat: Comedy show. Linear North, St. James and the Apostles, and Pony in the Pancake at River Street Pub: Rock/soul/surf. C.O.D., Hill Haints, Kulturkampf, Chloroform Party at Pauly’s: Punk/hardcore show. Cretin
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Upbeat On The Roof concert series and tours at tang teaching museum

Tang Teaching Museum has announced their concert series and tours for this summer. The lineup includes Olivia Quillio, Dust Bowl Faeries, Decoda, Terry Gordon Quintet, Swamp Baby, Red Haired Strangers, Hot Club of Saratoga, and Heavenly Echoes. They have also added a bunch of summer tours for most Tuesdays and Fridays throughout August 23. A
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Dali Mamma’s cooking classes, free yoga, and Sean Rowe

Downtown cafe Dali Mamma has a bunch in the works. This includes cooking classes, Dali After Dark (their Thursday night music series which Sean Rowe is playing June 24), free yoga on Tuesdays and Thursdays at SUNY Plaza. Head to their event calendar to see everything that’s going on.
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Upcoming screenings at Basilica Hudson

Basilica Hudson has announced their film series’ for 2016, two of which are free. River’s Pics! FREE Sunday Kid Matinees! — on Sunday’s June 26, July 31, and Aug 28 River’s Pics brings classics for the whole family featuring Music, Humor and Ballet. In a world of too many screens and portable devices, Basilica is
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SubBassProtoTon at EMPAC

From EMPAC: Although the SubBassProtoTon was used as a musical instrument for Atoui’s WITHIN, the box is more properly understood as a science-museum-style installation that allows visitors to explore some fundamental principles of sound while actually being immersed in the instrument itself. Anyone who interacts with the ProtoTon, regardless of age and musical or scientific
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Quality events for this weekend

Friday June 10 Yassou, Emily Ritz at The Half Moon: Dark post-pop jams. Ambersmoke, Bare Mattress, Bye, Another Michael at The Low Beat: Shoegaze, drone, synthpop, darkwave. Bad Mothers, Furnace Creek, The Kindness and EOJ at River St Pub: Indie/alt/rock show. Styles at BSP: Dance party. Fork in the Road at Tricentennial Park: Food trucks,
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Quality events for this weekend

Friday June 03 Half Light Presented by Exhuman at Fuze Box: Goth night! Hounds Of Hate, Krimewatch, Exit Order, Meter Feeder, High Card, Throat Culture, Bad Eric at Pauly’s: Presented by WCDB. Studio 54 at Oh Bar: Disco jams from DJ Tall Matt. Saturday June 04 Albany VegFest at PCC: Veg out. Caustic Method, Apastron,
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Sponsor: Proud New York Union Scholarship 2016

My thanks to Paul Giannetti and the Proud New York Union Scholarship 2016 for sponsoring KAB this week. The Proud New York Union Scholarship 2016 is a scholarship for students who have grown up in union homes in New York. From the Proud New York Union Scholarship website: To reward the sacrifices of union members
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Quality events for this weekend

Friday May 27 Troy Night Out: Arts, music, food and drink, etc., all over Troy. TNO Box Truck Extravaganza at Footsy Magoo’s: Box truck art exhibit. Erik Savage at SMCo.: Opening for “Maybe Someday, Probably Not”, with music from Rechorderoys. Rachel Baxter at Fort Orange General Store: Drawing installation and print sale. True Freak Music
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Coffee in Albany

I’ve written about coffee for a while, but there has been a substantial change in the coffee options in the past few years, so it’s worth looking at as a whole. Especially since some of what I’ve written in the past is not true anymore. I drink my coffee black and have been doing so
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Upcoming at SMCo.

SMCo. has a few events in the works, and they’re all in the next few days. • Tomorrow, May 25: Peaer, Better Pills, Thomas Quinttus, Russel the Leaf: Lo-fi, alternative, indie, rock. • Friday, May 27: TNO with Erik Savage: Maybe Someday, Probably Not reception. With live music 8-10pm from Rechorderoys, Carl Daniels, and Yellow
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Rideshare Rally Wednesday at Takk House

On Wednesday at 5:30pm at Takk House in Troy, a group of local business owners and members of the community will be hosting a panel discussion in support of ridesharing legislation currently under consideration. Josh Gold, New York policy advisor for Uber, and a representative from Lyft will be in attendance, in addition to elected
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Quality events for this weekend

Friday May 20 The Paul Green Rock Academy Presents Bowie! at BSP: Tribute show. The Figgs with The Upper Crust at Helsinki Hudson: Local rock legends. Hammer Hawk at The Low Beat: Album release show, with Victory Soul Orchestra, Veneer, and Slaughterhouse Chorus. Saturday May 21 The Paul Green Rock Academy Presents Bowie! at BSP:
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2016 Alive at Five Lineup Announced

Mayor Sheehan announced the 2016 location and lineup for this year’s Alive at Five. The location has moved to Broadway at Tricentennial Park due to construction at the Corning Preserve. The lineup is as follows: June 9: Dr. John & The Nite Trippers with Jocamo June 16: The Joy Formidable with Good Fiction June 23:
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Berben and Wolff’s Vegan Delicatessen opening Tuesday

Berben and Wolff’s Vegan Delicatessen will be opening it’s doors for a soft opening on Tuesday May 17 at 227 Lark Street. Berben and Wolff’s have been supplying the seitan to local restaurants such as New World, The Ruck, Madison Cafe, and more for a while and I’m incredibly excited for them to have their
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Quality events for this weekend

Friday May 13 Fork in the Road at Tricentennial Park: Food truck event. Upstate Rubdown, Olivia Quillio & Micah Resney at The Hangar: Folk/indie/home grown/pop. Tarek Atoui’s Within at EMPAC: “multi-year research and performance project to develop tools and techniques for performing sound to a hearing-impaired audience” Breakfast For The Boys, The Vibe Theory, Karma
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El Mariachi Tapas Restaurant “Coming Soon” to 271 Lark


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Science Cafe at City Beer Hall

The New York State Musesum has set up another installment of Science Cafe at The City Beer Hall for May 12 (that’s tomorrow). Let’s Toast to Evolution! with Dr. Lisa Amati- State Paleontologist, Curator of Invertebrate Paleontology Grab a drink and join a rousing conversation about evolution at the City Beer Hall in Albany, NY.
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Fort Orange General Store to close mid-June

The wonderful team (and friends of mine) behind the Fort Orange General Store posted to their blog that they will be closing the store mid-June. It is a bittersweet moment today that we announce that as of mid-June, we are saying goodbye to our beloved neighborhood shop, Fort Orange General Store. Keep an eye out
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Quality events for this weekend

Friday May 06 First Friday Albany: Arts, culture, music, food, and more all around albany. Discofunk at The Low Beat: Disco/funk/soul happy hour. MFA Thesis Exhibition Reception at UAlbany Art Museum: Showing the work of the Spring 2016 MFA candidates. 2016 Mohawk Hudson Regional Invitational at Albany Center Gallery: Presenting the work of 4 local
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WCDB Presents Protomartyr, Big Ups, Dirty Dishes, Washer, Jouska

On Friday, WCDB is hosting a rad show at both Pauly’s Hotel and The Low Beat. Your wristband gets you into both venues and helps minimize the time you wait for for the bands to set up. Tickets are currently still on sale, and you can learn more on the event page.
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Tonight at EMPAC: Nik Bärtsch’s MOBILE

Tonight, EMPAC has an awesome sounding performance. Nik Bärtsch’s Swiss jazz quartet MOBILE uses these basic musical concepts within a ritualistic framework to produce a sound that is sometimes funky, sometimes ambient, and always obsessively charged. Tickets are still on sale, and you can learn more on EMPAC’s event page.
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Quality events for this weekend

Friday April 29 Troy Night Out: Art, music, food, drinks, and more. Lucky Jukebox Brigade and Nick Shattell at SMCo.: Good tunes and cheap local cider. Algorave at TVCoG: “live audio-visual performance”. Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company at The Egg: Modern dance performance. An Evening of Historic Fun at Ten Broeck Mansion: With Mayor Sheehan. Collar
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Tomorrow: Drafts + Draughts pregame for the Ellen Lupton Lecture

I think those behind Drafts + Draughts have figured out the perfect pregame for a creative lecture. Drafts + Draughts is a laid-back hand-lettering pregame at the Madison Pour House. All you need to do is bring your favorite writing utensil and they provide the canvas. After the pregame, everyone will head over to the
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Cooking class at Dali Mamma

Dali Mamma, a low-key whole-foods lunch spot nestled in a side street in Downtown Albany is expanding into night and weekend hours with different events. (A possible sign of the tipping point/demand in residential downtown living?) Their first foray is an event 2:30 to 4:30pm this Sunday aimed at families and is a great Mother’s
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Tomorrow: David Bazan Living Room Show in Troy

There are still 12 tickets available for tomorrow’s David Bazan show in Troy. Pop into the facebook event for more info.
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Sponsor: Half Moon Market

My thanks to The Half Moon Market for sponsoring KAB this week. The Half Moon Market is a two-day indie marketplace in Albany’s Washington Park Lake House on April 23 and 24 from 11am-6pm. From the event description: The Half Moon Market is a unique two-day marketplace event featuring some of the region’s best artists
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Quality events for this weekend

Friday April 22 Revival Revival and Tequila Sunrise at River St Pub: CCR and classic rock covers. Saturday April 23 The Half Moon Market at Washington Park Lake House: This weeks sponsor. Indie craft market featuring regional makers, as well as food and beverages from great local institutions. 24-hour Drone: Experiments in Sound and Music
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Tonight: Latte Art Competition at Stacks

Stacks Espresso is hosting a latte art competition, which is also their two year anniversary celebration. Tonight’s event includes music from DJ Tall Matt, some beverages from Nine Pin, and a ton of coffee and merch to be given out. Find out more at the event page and get in your practice rounds at 5:30pm.
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Yeasayer, Young Magic at BSP

Heads up: there are still tickets available for the Yeasayer and Young Magic show at BSP on May 11. Give their full calendar a look as they’ve got many fantastic shows coming up.
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All Things Aeropress at SMCo.

Word has it there are a few tickets left for a great coffee class happening at Superior Merchandise on Monday April 25. Though many attempts have been made at revolutionizing coffee brewing methods, none have seemed to have as big an impact on our current coffee culture as the Aeropress. Invented in 2005 by Alan
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Troy Wolff’s Biergarten to open Thursday

https://twitter.com/BurritoBoy/status/722033074142359552 @BurritoBoy When does @WolffsBiergartn in Troy open? — Pat Q (@MindyourPandQ) April 18, 2016
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Quality events for this weekend

Friday April 15 Pound House Live at Madison Theater: Comedy show featuring DJ Douggpoint and Brent Weinbach. Clap Your Hands Say Yeah Living Room Show in Troy: Sold out. Wu Tsang and boychild: “Moved by the Motion” at EMPAC: “Performance collaboration”. Painted Zeros, IzzyTrue, Better Pills, and Whiner at River St Pub: Indie, alt, pop
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Brew launching their own beer

In addition to many new products and categories at Brew, they’re launching their own beer. The Brew Brew is a collaboration between Brew, Barkeater Coffee, and Chatham Brewing. Barkeater has been supplying Brew with their whole-bean Brew Blend for a while, so it’s a natural fit in the coffee maple amber ale, which will be
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Future at UAlbany

The UAlbany Student Association has announced that Future is headlining this year’s Parkfest. More artists are going to be announced soon, and tickets are free if you’re a current UAlbany student, and $15 for guests accompanied by a current UAlbany student. It is our pleasure to announce the headliner for Parkfest 2016, Future! More artists
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Quality events for this weekend

Friday April 8 Jazz Night at The Low Beat: Wee B3, Brian Patneaude, George Muscatello, Rich Syracuse, and Jeff ‘Siege’ Siegel, Chris Pasin, Brian Patneaude, David Gleason, Mike Lawrence, and Michael Benedict. On Screen/Sound: No. 14 at EMPAC: “a series of films from the 1930s and ’40s by early animation pioneers Mary Ellen Bute (1906-1983)
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