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Andrew started Keep Albany Boring in September 2010.

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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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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
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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,
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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
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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
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Pasties, Pencils & Pints with Noelle Reign

Pasties Pencils & Pints back with their first event for 2015. PPP is a figure drawing-and-drinking event. You get a few minutes per pose and there’s contests and prizes throughout the event. There’s a cash bar, and art supplies are BYO. This PPP is on January 15th at 8pm at The Hangar in Troy. For
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Free admission at the Albany Institute on MLK Day

The Albany Institute of History & Art will offer free admission to the museum on Monday, January 19, 2014 from 10am-5pm. Their current exhibition list is quite extensive, and I know a lot of you haven’t been here since it usually costs money. Make the best of your day off and work this into your
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Submissions open for 2015 Knickerbocker Film Festival

The Knickerbocker Film Festival, which is now in its sixth year, is currently accepting submissions until March 6, 2015. Films up to 20 minutes are accepted. Instructions and details on submitting can be found at knickfilmfestny.com
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The Madison Theater to show ‘The Interview’

Starting this Friday, The Madison Theater will be screening The Interview. If you haven’t rented the movie over the holidays, you can see it in a theater for a dollar less than the rental. The Interview will be screened on Friday, Tuesday, and Thursday at 4:20pm, 7pm, 9:30pm, Saturday and Sunday 2pm, 4:20pm, 7pm, 9:30pm
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Peck’s Arcade is opening tomorrow

Peck’s Arcade, Vic and Heather’s new restaurant at 217 Broadway will be opening tomorrow, January 7. They’re currently accepting reservations via their website for tomorrow and beyond. Peck’s Arcade is in the same space that Tavern Noodle occupied during their two pop-ups. The menu, which is below, is mainly small plates with a few mains,
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Jim Breuer at Troy Music Hall: Ticket Giveaway

Jim Breuer is returning to the Troy Music Hall on January 23. In addition to sponsoring KAB this week, Troy Music Hall has offered up a pair of tickets to a lucky reader. If you’re not the contest type, tickets are for sale now and are all $27. From the event page: Jim returns to
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Fangirls Night Out at Earthworld Comics

On Friday January 9, Earthworld Comics is hosting a Fangirls Night Out, an event for women who are interested in comics or learning more about them. Artist, creator, and writer Jess Fink will be at this event! If you’re a woman who’s been interested in comics but had no idea how to start, this event
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Best things and stuff, 2014

There’s a lot of awesome things that I feel are valuable but might not be well known, so I’ve made a list. There’s no theme whatsoever, but hopefully you’ll find something on here that makes your life better for the new year. Great purchases Board Games: People seem to wince at the idea of a
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New Years Eve parties in and around Albany

Below is a list of events that I could find from places that have put together an event for NYE. Almost every bar has a vague event listing for “a DJ” and a $150 open bar, which is why those are explicitly excluded. If I missed anything actually worthwhile, please email or tweet me the
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Quality events for this weekend

Friday December 19 Holiday Toys & Noise at The Hollow: Toy drive with MIRK, Carl Daniels and The Black Box, Mike Lanahan & James Rock. Toy Drive with Bane, Born Low, After The Fall, Concrete, Firestarter at Bogies: Mosh for a cause. Nick Lowe at The Egg : With Ian McLagan. The Figgs Holiday Show
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Schenectady is getting a ‘Las Vegas-style’ casino

It will cost more than $300 million to build. It will be built on the riverfront of the Mohawk River. It will have over 1,000 slots and more than 60 table games. There will also be a 150-room Starwood Hotel. It will create about 1200 jobs. Blah blah blah.
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Plans unveiled for Heather Lavine and Vic Christopher’s new restaurant

After the wild success of the Tavern Noodle Pop-up, there has been a lot of questions as to what’s going to fill that space full time. Vic and Heather announced yesterday that they’re going to be opening a restaurant called Peck’s Arcade. Peck’s Arcade will focus on small plates, with drawing from eclectic global tastes.
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PSA: Tavern Noodle is back, tonight only, at 5pm

That’s all. Read more (not really) on facebook.
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VICE NEWS: “America’s Highest Paid College President is Dragging Her School Into Crippling Debt”

From VICE NEWS: “The real issue is that RPI is in terrible financial shape and students are getting shortchanged,” former RPI physics professor Jim Napolitano, a 1977 RPI alum who worked at the school for 22 years, told VICE News. He said Jackson had also stripped the faculty of their influence, when the school’s provost
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Perfume Genius at BSP Kingston

BSP Kingston recently announced that Perfume Genius will be playing on March 25 alongside the expirmental Norwegian outfit Jenny Hval. Perfume Genius got a Best New Track endorsement from Pitchfork for his song ‘Queen’, as well as having the same song listed at #8 in their Top 100 of 2014 list. Tickets are on sale
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Checking out The Brakes Coffeehouse & Provisions

It seems like years since Red Poppies said they were losing their lease at 227 Lark St, but their space remained decorated and occupied, but closed. When I noticed some changes to their window I was thrilled that there was someone set to rescue yet another empty space on Lark Street. Now at 227 Lark
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Quality events for this weekend

Friday December 12 Collage Night at Collar Works: Holiday edition collaging. Fight Club Burlesque at the Hangar: Part of C. Amanda Boutahorse’s Cult Classics. Laurie Anderson at EMPAC: “a series of interconnected confessional stories set against a soundtrack of original music”. Chris Thomas King at The Linda: Blues/hip-hop fusion. Prismatic Mantis, Breath Collective, Rice &
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Neutral Milk Hotel at MASS MoCA

Neutral Milk Hotel will be playing at MASS MoCA on Friday, April 17. Also on the bill is the Dot Wiggin Band. Neutral Milk Hotel has said that this is the “last tour for the foreseeable future”. The return of Jeff Mangum and Neutral Milk Hotel — who influenced a generation of songwriters with a
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‘The Neighborhood That Disappeared’ at the Madison Theater

The Neighborhood That Disappeared, a documentary about the residents who were displaced when the Empire State Plaza was being built. If you’re interested in Albany, urban planning, politics and/or history, head over to the Madison Theater starting on Saturday at 7:30pm. In 1962, one of the most massive urban renewal projects in American history sterilized
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Shenendehowa Schools adopt locker room and bathroom policy for transgender students

From the official BOE document: The use of bathrooms and locker rooms based on the gender identity exclusively and consistently asserted at school/work requires schools to carefully consider numerous factors, including, but not limited to: • the gender identity of the student or staff member; • satisfactory documentation of gender status/identity; • in the case
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Drug Church announces new EP and releases new video

Drug Church has premiered a new video today on SPIN, as well as announced a new EP which is currently up for preorder. Drug Church is one of my favorite bands that happens to be from the Albany area. It’s a pretty refreshing take on as it’s grounded in hardcore but often goes on tangents
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Tavern Noodle Pop-up: Video

I shot and edited a quick video to document the behind the scenes happenings in preparation for the Tavern Noodle Pop-up. The place was opened for one day, with no plans beyond that one day. However, since the overwhelming success they’ve decided to bring it back, one day only, on December 18 at 5pm. The
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Quality events for this weekend

Friday December 5 Spirits Tasting at FOGS with Albany Distilling Co. and Installation by Mary Elise Rees: Get some holiday shopping done and taste some made in Albany spirits. Pharmakon at EMPAC: Big sound from Noise Artist Margaret Chardiet. Young Thug at the Armory: Raps yo. The Misfit Vocalists of Hip-Hop at Hudson River Coffee
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Santa Speedo Sprint

The Albany Society for the Advancement of Philanthropy (ASAP) and the Albany All-Star Roller Derby Team are hosting the 9th Annual Santa Speedo Sprint on Saturday, December 6, 2014, at 2 pm. The race is a benefit for the Albany Damien Center as well as the HIV/AIDS program at Albany Med. Over $150,000 has been
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Cymbals Eat Guitars at The Low Beat: Ticket Giveaway

UPDATE (December 14, 2014 2:15pm) This show is being rescheduled. On Sunday December 14, Cymbals Eat Guitars will be playing The Low Beat alongside SANDY Alex G, 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.
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Checking out Barkeater Coffee Roasters

Not too long ago while swiping around on Instagram, I noticed an account for a coffee roaster in East Greenbush. After a few emails, I headed across the river to East Greenbush to check out Barkeater Coffee Roasters. Barkeater Coffee Roasters is ran by Steven Pivonka out of a workshop on on his property. The
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Cocktails with Creatives

On Thursday December 4, The Upstate NY AIGA will be hosting a Cocktails with Creatives event at The Shop in Troy (and also simulatenously at Small Plates in Syracuse). From the event page: Whether you’re a designer yourself, work with them, or just want to get to know a few, this is a great opportunity
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Tavern Noodle Ramen Pop-up

On Sunday, December 7 at 11am, The Tavern will open it’s doors as Tavern Noodle, a Ramen Pop-up restaurant. Since there is nowhere to get ramen locally, it’s pretty common to mention ramen and have people assume you’re talking about the broke college kid food, which unfortunately is most people’s only experience with ramen. The
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Pharmakon at EMPAC: Ticket Giveaway

This Friday, EMPAC is hosting Pharmakon, an industrial project by noise artist Margaret Chardiet. EMPAC has been kind enough to offer up two tickets for us to give away to the show. From EMPAC: An intensely intimate and confrontational performance by Pharmakon, a death industrial music project from Margaret Chardiet. Chardiet describes her drive to
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Slick Rick at the Putnam Den

This Friday, Slick Rick will be at the Putnam Den in Saratoga, alongside DJ Trumastr and Oddy Gato. The Putnam Den is proud to present the Great Adventures of Slick Rick tour on Friday, November 28th. It is a rare and special occasion for an artist of Slick Rick’s calibre to perform in an intimate
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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 year or so that 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 all my coffee black and have been
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Self Defense Family at the Low Beat

On Sunday December 7, Self Defense Family will be playing at The Low Beat alongside Soft Powers, Blood of Spain, and Broken Field Runner. This is Self Defense’s first show back in Albany in a really long time, and is probably their last for a long time, so don’t sleep.
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Quality events for this weekend

Friday November 21 POLLY: Bounty at River St Pub: Wild dance party that isn’t like any other. With b0ynature, DJ Celestine, GOLDEE DUST, Party With Tina (me) and WILDECRIST. 7th Annual B3nson Family Funsgiving at the Low Beat and Pauly’s: Holiday celebration show with The Parlor, Bear Grass, Secret Release, Rival Galaxies, Hammer Hawk, Neighborhood
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TEDxAlbany 2014

TEDxAlbany recently announced the speakers for this year’s event, which will be held December 4. If you’re not familliar with TEDx events, you can watch videos from last years TEDxAlbany to see what it’s about. The description of TEDx: In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that
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Tasting with Tandem Coffee Roasters at Brew

On Black Friday, Tandem Coffee Roasters will be holding a tasting of their coffees at Brew from Noon to 2pm. About two weeks ago I went to visit them in Portland, Maine, so this is a no brainer if you’re in the area. If you like coffee, stop by. Tandem recently won a prestigious Good
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The Albany Patch

A lot of times when friends come to visit, they pine for some sort of Albany souvenir. There are some, but none are really that great and it’s the same with Albany postcards. When I saw the first photo of The Albany Patch, I was stoked. The story behind the patch: For quite some time
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Quality events for this weekend

Friday November 14 Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company at Sage: Modern dance performance. Homeless and Hunger Outreach Show at Pauly’s and The Low Beat: Benefit show for a great cause with great music. The Weight (playing the music of The Band) at the Massry Center: With local favorite Sean Rowe. Jacqueline Kiyomi Gordon at EMPAC: The
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Holiday Market at Superior Merchandise Co.

On Black Friday, Superior Merchandise Co. will be hosting a holiday market at 147 Fourth St that will hopefully allow you to avoid the malls and stripmalls while shopping a great selection of high quality goods. The market includes good from Superior Merchandise Co., Flower Scout, Owlkill Studio, Fort Orange General Store, Sarah K. Benning,
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Young Thug at the Armory

Young Thug will be at the Washington Ave Armory on Friday, December 5. Tickets are $32 and are current available.
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Hardcore Against Hunger at Bogie’s

On November 21 Bogie’s is hosting their annual Hardcore Against Hunger Thanksgiving food drive show. On the bill for the night is Turnstile, Homewrecker, Pharoah, Trife Life, From Within, and Doublecross. Pressure To Succeed by Turnstile Read more on the facebook event page and be sure to bring a canned item with you to the
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Homeless and Hunger Outreach Show

This Friday the Low Beat and Pauly’s Hotel are hosting a Homeless and Hunger Outreach Show. The show will benefit the Capital Region Coalition to End Homelessness and The Food Pantries. On the show is Beaked Whale, Iguana Mañana, Rustle Crow, The Blitz, The Grassroots Rebels, The Mysteios and Kimono Dragons. Wire/Send Up A Spark
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8th Annual Albany Cranksgiving

The 8th Annual Albany Cranksgiving will take place on November 22 at 7pm. Cranksgiving is part bike race and part food drive that directly benefits the Homeless Action Network of Albany. You’ll need a bike, bag, twenty bucks and lock to participate. Racers are given lists of groceries to purchase at different grocery stores around
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William Gibson at EMPAC: Recap

The following is a guest post from Scott Birdsey. Legendary science fiction author William Gibson has a new book out called The Peripheral, and appeared in support of if at EMPAC on Sunday night. Mr. Gibson did a few readings from the new book, and took questions from the audience, which was a diverse mix
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Quality events for this weekend

Friday November 7 First Friday: A night of art, music and more. Storied Playthings: Toy Portraits by Jennifer Maher: First Friday opening up in Ballston Spa. Public House 42 Grand Opening: Celebrating their first day in business. Many Trails at Parish Public House: With Linear North, William Hale and Sun Voyager. DJ Qbert at the
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