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Andrew started Keep Albany Boring in September 2010.

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Science Cafe at City Beer Hall

This is the best collaboration I’ve heard of in a long time. The NYSM invites you to grab a drink and join us for insightful, casual conversations at City Beer Hall in Albany, NY. At the brand new Science Café, you will have the opportunity to meet a Museum Scientist or Curator, briefly learn about
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Recordings from TEDxAlbany 2015

TEDx has posted the videos from the recent TEDxAlbany event at Overit. The playlist above contains the 10 talks from the day. Talks and speakers include: Dr. Valerie Rapson, speaking about STEM education Catherine Hill, speaking about immigration Emad Rahim, speaking about empathy and social violence Chad Orzel, speaking about exotic physics Heather Jacobsen, speaking
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Coffee with Creatives

Upstate NY AIGA is hosting another one of their fun Coffee with Creatives events on Feb 19 at 7:30am in Albany, Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, and Poughkeepsie. Whether you’re a designer yourself, work with them, or just want to get to know a few, this is a great opportunity to connect with your community. Grab a
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Unrestricted at ACG

ACG recently announced a cool show that will have it’s opening reception Friday at 5pm. Unrestricted is a showcase of personal work from artists that work at Vicarious Visions, a local video game company responsible for many games you’ve heard of. Many designers and artists have their side projects and other creative outlets, but they
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New at Brew

Brew on Lark has a few great specials and promotions starting up this month. Every week from 5-8pm there will be Tuesday Night Tastings with different brewers. So far tastings will include Shmaltz, Ithaca, Newburgh, and Bells. Brew and Noho/Soho pizza have teamed up for their Wednesday promotion, where you get a slice of pizza
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Quality events for this weekend

Friday January 29 Troy Night Out: It’s that time again! Eric Margan at SMCo.: TNO jams. Collage Night at Forage + Sundry: TNO collage night with Ira Marcks and Caroline Corrigan. Mad Laughs at Madison Theater: A night of comedy with Sorry Not Sorry, Jennifer McMullen, Joshua Knight, Jared Oswald, and Matt Bergman. Graham Tichy
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EMPAC Spring Schedule

EMPAC has posted their schedule for this coming semester. As usual, their programing is incredible and and I urge everyone to check the schedule and go to anything that may even remotely interest you. The first concert of the semester is tomorrow, and sounds awesome: The first of these performances will happen in EMPAC’s intimate
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Create Upstate 2016

Create Upstate, a conference in Syracuse for designers is back for another year. This year’s conference is set for May 12 and 13. Speakers include Kelli Anderson, Dan Cassaro, Ben Cline, Danielle Evans, Jonnie Hallman, and Becky Simpson. There are workshops as well that let you not just be inspired from the talks, but let
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518BLK.com

Ada Harper wrote me to spread the word about the website she’s started, 518Blk.com. From the about page: 518Blk.com is a site for the Capital District’s urban community to discover events and information relevant to them. It’s a place to start conversations and connect with like-minded people. My hope for this site is to bring
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Winter and Spring at Opalka Gallery

Opalka Gallery has announced their programs and events for the upcoming semester. All are free and open to the public. The events include an exhibition, film series, artist lecture series, and two other fun events. There’s an exhibition that opens today with a reception on Feb 5 from Kate Teale, a Brookln-based artist who created
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Quality events for this weekend

Friday January 22 Neighborhood of Make Believe at The Low Beat: Indie/folk/alt with Pony in the Pancake. Mammal Dap at Pauly’s: Instrumental rock/fusion with Doctor Magnum and LovePort. Driftwood with Grassroots Rebels at Madison Theater: Rock and roll. Jantsen at River Street Pub: EDM night. With Jantsen, Yheti, Luzcid, Brightside, and Honeycomb. Drinks & DIY:
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Quality events for New Year’s Eve (and New Year’s Day)

Last updated: December 30, 2015 03:50PM Thursday December 31 Totally Super Fancy NYE at Lucas Confectionery, Pecks Arcade and Tavern Bar: 10,000 square feet of food, drinks, dancing, photo booth and champagne toast. All inclusive. Central Ave New Years at Pauly’s and The Low Beat: An hour of free beer, six bands, two venues. 2016:
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Quality events for this weekend

Friday December 18 Dead Shall Rise, Embrace The Curse, Head Of Hydrus, Forgery at Fuze Box: Metal show. Holiday Sip and Shop with Two Roads Brewing Co at SMCO: Finish the holiday shopping and sample some beers. Saturday December 19 Sean Rowe at Takk House: Hometown holiday show to benefit the homeless. With TheSea TheSea.
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Quality events for this weekend

Friday December 11 80s vs 90s at City Beer Hall: With DJ Trumastr. Gun Outfit, Rota, Snakecharmer, A Joseph Weaver at The Treehouse: Rock out. Comrade Nixon, Bare Mattress, Asa Morriss And…, and Moon Worship at Pauly’s: Punk, darkwave, no wave. Stigmata, War-time Manner, Steel Nation, Brick By Brick, Meth Mouth at Fuze Box: Stigmata
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Babes in Troyland Flea Market

This weekend there will be a winter clubhouse flea at Takk House. If you’ve missed all the other holiday markets or haven’t found what you’re looking for, this may be your last chance. “Babes in Troyland” will fill three floors of the Takk House, located at 55 Third St. Troy, with more than 30 antique,
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What Moon Things at The Low Beat

WCDB and The Low Beat have just announced What Moon Things will play Jan 21 alongside Dirty Dishes. “There are moments that remind me of Fugazi and there are elements of Modest Mouse and Pavement and other ‘90s indie-rock giants, but these guys are way heavier and more masculine.” – Ethan Donway, The Sound of
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Florist’s ‘White Light Doorway’ on NPR’s Songs We Love

Upstate New York based Florist has had their latest single featured on NPR yesterday. This single is off their upcoming full-length The Birds Sang Outside. Check out the write up from Piotr Orlov and make sure to hit that play button. Photo: Florist Facebook
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Gun Outfit, Rota, Snakecharmer, A. Joseph Weaver at The Treehouse

Olympia Washington based Gun Outfit will be headlining a show at The Treehouse alongside great local talent. Gun Outfit has garnered some positive press lately from Stereogum and NPR. From NPR: As the Olympia punks in Gun Outfit have stretched out and let their hair down, the band’s vibe has followed suit, getting looser with
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Neil deGrasse Tyson at Proctors

Neil deGrasse Tyson will be coming to Proctors on April 11. Dr. Tyson, director of the Hayden Planetarium, hosts Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey and is the former host of NOVA ScienceNOW on PBS. He makes his debut at Proctors in Schenectady for a night of science and live audience Q&A. Tickets go on sale Dec
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‘Blue birds and book jackets’

There’s a great profile of Phil Pascuzzo and his work from Nicole Foster on the TU’s Pine Hills blog. Highly recommended.
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5-year-old Schenectady arson victim who lost siblings and father wants only cards for Christmas

Two years ago, an act of arson ripped apart a Schenectady family. Safyre, 5 years old, was the sole survivor of the arson, and she has burns on 75% of her body. She lost her father, 32, her brothers 2 and 11 months, and her sister, 3. The internet has been passing around her story
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‘Cultural Corridor’ Proposed for Northern Berkshires

From the New York Times: The project, intended to draw more visitors to the northern Berkshires and to help the economy of North Adams in particular, would include a new contemporary art museum, the renovation of a 1938 movie palace and the building of what Mr. Krens calls a museum for “extreme model railroading and
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Quality events for this weekend

Friday December 4 First Friday: Art, music, and more around Albany. Discofunk at The Low Beat: Happy hour dance music. Howdy Doody at Collar Works: Opening reception for the new space too. Burnt Hills, Moon Magick, and Private Parts at The Low Beat: Dreamy, psychy, noisy music. Dan Deacon and Landlady at BSP Kingston: Barely
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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,
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Mythbusters at Proctors

Tomorrow night, Proctors is hosting Mythbusters Jamie and Adam Unleashed. “MythBusters Jamie & Adam Unleashed” brings you face to face with the curious world of Jamie and Adam as the duo matches wits on stage with each other and members of the audience. If you’re in town for the holiday or are looking for something
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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
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Sponsor: Albany Center Gallery’s POP! Gala

My thanks to Albany Center Gallery’s POP! Gala for sponsoring KAB this week. POP! Gala is an art themed party at Renaissance Albany featuring amazing food, drinks, silent auctions, and of course art. This event is tomorrow night. POP! Art themed party, with amazing food from Renaissance Albany, select artwork from our regional artists, silent
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Quality events for this weekend

Friday November 20 Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company at Opalka: Modern dance interpretations of the wonderful video games exhibit at Opalka. Cretin Hop at Fuze: Rock and roll dance party. Raging on the River at River St Pub: With TrollPhace, Creation and many more. The Chronicles at Madison Theater: With Girl Blue and One Red Martian.
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Thanksgiving Eve Show at Fuze Box

Fuze Box has a fun show slated for the day before Thanksgiving with Manfred Kidd, Titanics, Linear North, and Becoming a Ghost. The show is $5 and kicks off at 7pm. Treetops by Manfred Kidd Terrain (Single) by Titanics Mine is Yesterday, I Know Tomorrow by Linear North
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TEDxAlbany announces lineup and open registration

TEDxAlbany, an independently-organized TED event is returning to Overit on Thursday December 3. They recently announced the lineup of speakers that will cover subjects like STEM, immigration, literacy, nutrition, and beyond. Benita Zahn, an anchor and reporter for NewsChannel 13 will MC the event. The event will take place at Overit, 435 New Scotland Ave,
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Quality events for this weekend

Friday November 13 Homeless And Hunger Outreach Benefit at The Low Beat: With Rearview, Haley Moley, Hill Haints, and The Kindness. Death Vacation, Rogue Troopers, The Early Grabs at Pauly’s: Punk/d-beat/thrash/hardcore. Tim Hecker at EMPAC: Experimental electronic music pioneer. Def Perception Album Release Party at Ships: With JB!! aka Dirty Moses, Masai, V. Marie, DJ
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Trellis to Table: A Podcast for Farmers and Brewers

A friend recently reached out about a new project he was doing. It’s a podcast called Trellis to Table and it’s focus is craft brewing starting at the farm stage. Since I don’t really know anything about craft brewing or farming, I figured I’d let Simon take it away from here. From Simon of Trellis
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Twenty-Two Second Street Wine Co.

Twenty-Two Second Street Wine Co. will open it’s doors for business today at 3pm. Heather Lavine and Vic Christopher’s latest project aims to be the wine shop everyone wishes was in their neighborhood. The store will stock around 150 wines focusing on small natural and organic producers. Bottles start at $7 and go up from
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Nine Pin Cider’s 2nd Annual Pressing Party

Last year, Nine Pin Cider pressed 87 different varieties of apples into a cider called “The Cider Monster” and on November 14 after a year of aging, that cider will be released with much fanfare. In addition to that, they’ll be pressing next year’s Cider Monster, and have all sorts of “pressing”. There’s a bench
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Tim Hecker at EMPAC: Ticket Giveaway

EMPAC has another awesome performance on the horizon. Tim Hecker is set to perform on Friday, November 13 and EMPAC has been kind enough to offer a pair of tickets to give away. Enter below! From the event page: Canadian electronic musician Tim Hecker returns to forge a new performance of sound and light. Hecker
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The Excelsior Pub’s Grand Opening

The Excelsior Pub, a bar that serves all New York beer, wine and spirits has reopened at 54 Phillip Street, across from the Hill Street Cafe. The Excelsior Pub closed on August 24, 2014 and has reopened almost exactly a year later. They’ve been open for a little bit but have been hammering out the
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Tonight: Lucas Confectionery 3 Year Anniversary Celebration

Three years ago today, the Lucas Confectionery opened it’s doors for the first time. The Troy institution is having an anniversary celebration tonight with complimentary sparkling wine, cake, music and even a coupon for the new wine store at 22 2nd St, which opens on Wednesday. Check out more details on the facebook event, and
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Sponsor: Albany Center Gallery’s POP! Gala

My thanks to Albany Center Gallery’s POP! Gala for sponsoring KAB this week. POP! Gala is an art themed party at Renaissance Albany featuring amazing food, drinks, silent auctions, and of course art. POP! Art themed party, with amazing food from Renaissance Albany, select artwork from our regional artists, silent auction and raffles, craft beer,
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Quality events for this weekend

Friday November 6 It’s First Friday! Natasha Smolovich at The Brakes: First Friday art exhibition with live music from Sam Gleason and Alenni Davis. TELLING at Albany Center Gallery: Opening reception for a show featuring work from Jane McCambley, Theresa McTague, Josette Pastore, and Alana Sparrow. bell’s roar Album Release Show at The Low Beat:
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Tonight: Albany Surf Invasion at The Low Beat

Tonight at The Low Beat is a fun surf rock show featuting The Televisionaires, The Jagaloons, and Lone Ranger. If this is your type of event, head to The Low Beat at 8pm tonight! AGAVE by the televisionaries Lone Ranger EP by Lone Ranger
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Ignite, a job fair for volunteer opportunities

Later today, Serve Albany presents an event called Ignite, which is a way to help those interested find a volunteering opportunity. On November 5, 2015, Serve Albany will host a unique event aimed at making it as easy as possible for Albany residents to become volunteers. This second annual Ignite event will bring together some
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Quality events for this weekend

Friday October 30 Troy Night Out: Art, music, culture and more around Troy. Compositions by Samantha Combs at Fulton St Gallery: With live music by Ryan Leddick. Halloween Troy Night Out at SMCo.: Drink specials and music from The WonderBeards. Elizabeth Orr “Mt. Rush” at EMPAC: “a moving-image work that interprets the language and visuality
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Sponsor: The 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 October 24 and 25. From the event description: The market is named for the Half Moon, the ship sailed by Henry Hudson in 1609. The Half Moon
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Quality events for this weekend

Friday October 23 Burlesque To The Future at The Hangar: Another fun burlesque show from C. Amanda Boutahorse’s Cult Classics series. Cretin Hop Halloween at Fuze: Rock and roll dance party. Halloween style. Griz at Upstate Concert Hall: Electronic soul/funk. Sold out. Rocky Horror Picture Show at The Palace: It must be almost halloween. Spellbound
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A 50-acre field in Geneva NY is the worlds largest collection of Apple varieties

From Aaron Lowinger, writing for The Public: Earlier this month, in a room outside a greenhouse, two men sat beneath a cloud of fruit flies, using oversized knives to cut into the flesh of grape-sized, lime-green fruits. Generically, even colloquially, speaking: southern crab apple. Untold years of research, unknown hours of searching through tough terrain,
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Advance Base at The Low Beat

Advance Base is playing The Low Beat on October 22 with support from Amy Bezunartea. Advance Base is new music by Owen Ashworth, as he retired the songs and name of Casiotone for the Painfully Alone in 2010. Walking the line between electronic pop & more traditional singer/songwriter forms, Owen Ashworth builds minimalist, heavy-hearted, &
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