andrew

Andrew started Keep Albany Boring in September 2010.

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Building a $30m gondola to connect the Amtrak station and Empire State Plaza is the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard

Solving problems with creative solutions is remarkable, especially when the problem to be fixed is squarely in the public interest.   The Capital Region has been remiss in fixing its horrible taxi service. Under our current system, drivers, dispatchers and cab companies have no reason to do a good job, as there is no form
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Social Change in Challenging Times dialogue at UAlbany

The public dialogue will take place on Saturday, December 3rd from 1 to 4 PM in Milne Hall 200. Free parking will be available in the Thurlow Lot, across from the UAlbany Downtown Campus.  We hope this dialogue motivates our attendees to take the tools and strategies they learn in the dialogue out into their families, neighborhoods, communities, and workplaces to
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Another project lined up for Lucas Confectionery team

According to the TU, Vic Christopher and Heather LaVine have purchased Bradley’s Tavern at 28 Fourth Street and are planning on turning it into “some version of what it was, a dive bar”. The building itself is beautiful, and with almost every other kind of bar in the area, a low key dive will be
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Quality events for this weekend

Black Friday, November 25 Troy Night Out: Get a start on your holiday shopping, and reward yourself after. Block Friday at Lucas Confectionery: Party at the compound, with w/ Intell Hayesfield & DJ Trumastr. The Felice Brothers at Bearsville Theater: Folk/country rock. The Erotics, Demons Alley, Black Cat Elliot, and Society High at The Low
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15th Annual Ghosts of Hardcore Past Cover Show

On Saturday December 17, the annual Ghosts of Hardcore Past cover show returns to The Low Beat and Pauly’s Hotel. This show is always a blast as local bands are having fun covering and performing as their favorite bands in a less serious way than a typical show. Head to the facebook event page and
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Seasons Black Friday Sale

My friends at Seasons Skate Shop are having a Black Friday sale at the shop. Avoid the malls and support a local business at the same time. Learn more about the sale on the Seasons website.
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Sponsor: Albany Center Gallery 40th Anniversary Gala

My thanks to Albany Center Gallery, a non-profit art space in downtown Albany for sponsoring KAB this week. They’re hosting their 40th Anniversary Gala tomorrow, November 19, at the Renaissance Hotel. From the event page: More than 250 enthusiastic community arts supporters will enjoy an evening of live music, dancing, auctions and raffles, complemented by
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Quality events for this weekend

Friday November 18 PechaKucha at Opalka Gallery: Short talks in the 20 slides for 20 seconds format. Sabrina Carpenter at The Hollow: Pop/indie. A Thankful Burlesque Revue at Fuze Box: Burlesque show. Cretin Hop at Fuze Box: Stick around after the above for the dance party. B3nson Family Funsgiving at Fuze Box and Pauly’s: The
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Last Rock N Roll Brunch is Sunday

Chef Josh Coletto’s sort-of-montly brunch at The Low Beat is unfortunately coming to an end this Sunday, November 20. Peep the full details on the event page, and show up early!
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Pack the Court for Black Women UAlbany

From the event page: Join us as we pack the court to defend two of the women who are being unjustly prosecuted by Albany DA Soares for reporting a crime committed against them. We will show solidarity and support to these women, showing that this kind of overzealous, racist, and retaliatory prosecution is unacceptable. This
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Quality events for this weekend

Friday November 11 Broncho, Sports, Jouska at BSP: Rock show. Warren Miller’s Here, There & Everywhere at Palace Theater: Shred. Charmboy, Thirty Silver, Sun Natives at The Low Beat: Rock show. DJ Jackie Thomas at The Half Moon: Dance party. Saturday November 12 Nine Pin’s Pressing Party at Nine Pin: Everything is being pressed. Eisa
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Albany Center Gallery 40th Anniversary Gala Ticket Giveaway

The Albany Center Gallery, a non-profit art space in downtown Albany is hosting their 40th Anniversary Gala on November 19 at the Renaissance Hotel. The ACG has been kind enough to give me a pair of tickets to give away to a lucky reader. From the event page: More than 250 enthusiastic community arts supporters
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Quality events for this weekend

Friday November 04 Jlin and Qrion at EMPAC: Electronic heavyweights at the best venue. Late show. Do not miss this. First Friday Albany: Arts, culture, music, and more around Albany. Arbor Hillstory at Albany Barn: Jamel Mosely “explores the people and stories of Arbor Hill’s past and present through candid interviews and photo sessions” UNtrash
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Stacks Espresso on Broadway announces grand opening, free drink day

Stacks Espresso, the best coffee shop in Albany is opening their second location in the Arcade Building at 488 Broadway. Their soft opening will be on Monday November 7 and starting then, they will be open from 7 to 7 daily. The official grand opening is on Thursday November 17 and they will be celebrating
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Local label releases Donnie Darko OST cover cassette

Local cassette label Bee Side Cassettes has released an awesome project where local and semi-local bands have covered the Donnie Darko Soundtrack, twice. Artists featured on the soundtrack are free cake for every creature, No One and the Somebodies, Bilge Rat, ylayali, Morus Alba, Jorge Verde, Meaner Pencil, Holling, the Wicker Women, Tim Woulfe, Crie,
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Quality events for this weekend

Friday October 28 October Troy Night Out: Halloween theme. Surprise. Screenprint Biennial at The Arts Center: Screenprint based art. The Free School Haunted House: Family friendly, fundrasing for the Junior High. Hemlock’s Bicentennial BeWITCHing Ball in Troy: Steampunk halloween. Spooky Cans + Crayons at SMCo.: Drink, color, chill. The Mad Hatter’s Ball at 90 State:
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Jlin+Qrion at EMPAC Ticket Giveaway

On Friday November 4, EMPAC is hosting an awesome night of music with Jlin and Qrion. From the event site: Jlin is one of the most prominent female electronic producers of the current generation. She grew up in Gary, Indiana, and made her first tracks while working at a steel mill. Drawing on the legacy
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Quality events for this weekend

Friday October 21 Burlesque Revue at Fuze Box: Presented by Pop Culture Provocateurs. Cretin Hop at Fuze Box: Outsider dance party. Come early for burlesque, stay and get really weird. Mister F with lespecial at The Hollow: “Dance fusion”. Shana Falana ‘Here Comes The Wave’ release show at BSP: With Monogold, The Black Ships. Palm,
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Kanye West’s Saint Pablo Tour coming to TU Center December 11

**Event Announcement** @KanyeWest has added a second leg to his #SaintPablo tour, bringing it to the #TUCenter on December 11! pic.twitter.com/tr94MrOZce — Times Union Center (@TUCenter) October 18, 2016
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Quality events for this weekend

Friday October 14 Troyasia Night Market at 4th St: Downtown Troy’s Asian night market. Night of the Living Dead at Madison Theater: With opening lecture from David Schmid. Fusion at Albany Barn: Anti-gala to celebrate art and industry. Candlelight Walking Tours in Schenectady: Check out the Stockade after dark. Jouska, The Spirit of Violence, Lake
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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 Oct 8 and 9 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 October 07 First Friday Albany: Art, culture, food, music, and more. Inside-Out Tour at The Tang: Learn how the museum works. Earl Sweatshirt + Jungle Pussy at Skidmore: This year’s “Big Show” from the SEC. Brooks Strause and Extravision at SMCo.: Folk jams. Kimono Dragons at The Low Beat: Album release party. Exhuman at
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Coffee School at SMCo.

Superior Merchandise has a bunch of great educational coffee classes set for the next few months. If you’re serious about upping your coffee game but haven’t gotten around to tackling it, or have had difficulty brewing at home in the past, this is for you. 10/10 – Intro to Coffee Tasting 10/24 – Advanced Coffee
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Comedian Zach Sherwin at Proctors: Ticket Giveaway

On October 15, Proctors is hosting another edition of Pretty Much The Best Comedy Show with Zach Sherwin. Zach Sherwin is a rapper, comedian, writer, and actor. His television credits include appearances on “Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell” (FX, FXX) and “The Pete Holmes Show” (TBS), and his music videos have been viewed millions
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2016 AIGA UPSTNY Design Crawl

The Upstate NY Chapter of AIGA is hosting their annual Design Crawl tomorrow in Troy. The idea is that of a bar crawl, but visiting where local designers work as well as bars. Come out and see where local creatives work, then join us as we tip a few and ‘crawl’ to another studio, then
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Quality events for this weekend

Friday September 30 September Troy Night Out: Art, music, food, and more in Troy. Over the Verrazano ft Intell Hayesfield at Peck’s Arcade: Good music at the spot in Troy. Drinks with Plants at Forage + Sundry: Grand opening for the new location. Tacos + Games at SMCo.: Get your game/taco on. Life of Agony
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North Albany Oktoberfest 2016: 4xVIP Ticket Giveaway

The North Albany Oktoberfest block party and celebration is this Saturday, October 1 from 11am-7pm and tickets are currently on sale. If you are not the contest type, pick up your tickets early to save a few bucks and get a commemorative stein. As always, this year’s Oktoberfest features food, beer, weiner dog races, competitions,
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‘Trois Hommages’ at EMPAC

I’m a firm believer that a book or movie is best experienced cold. Going in with zero knowledge whatsoever of the subject matter is typically impossible but when it happens, it’s magical. Simply sitting there and accepting what’s happening with no expectation or preconceived notions as the work progresses is something that hasn’t happened to
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Sponsor: Vaud and the Villains at Troy Savings Bank Music Hall

Troy Savings Bank Music Hall has a fun show set for Friday September 23 at 8pm with Vaud and the Villains. “Vaud & the Villains’ exuberant fusion of vintage New Orleans jazz, R&B and gospel music, wildly inventive arrangements and dynamic theatrical performance is simply a wonder to behold.” – *Randy Lewis, Los Angeles Times
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Quality events for this weekend

Friday September 23 Body Shine #6 at Fuze Box: Proper dance party. Vaud & the Villans at Troy Savings Bank Music Hall: This week’s sponsor. Big band. Fall Open House at Collar City Athletics: Free day at my gym. Dryer, Asa Morris & The Mess, Hill Haints at The Low Beat: Rock/lo-fi/indie/alt. Is This All
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Lapalux at EMPAC: Ticket Giveaway

Lapalux is coming to EMPAC on October 6, and is exploring “a new audio-visual experience” for the performance. EMPAC was kind enough to give me a pair of tickets to give away to one lucky reader. If you’re not the contest type, tickets are currently available from EMPAC. From EMPAC: Considered “one of the finest
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Trash Talk at Fuze Box Halloween Night

Incredible show lined up for Halloween night. Trash Talk, Antwon and Black Noise. Learn more and stay up to date on the facebook event.
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Girl Blue “I Am Not A Star”

Girl Blue – real name Arielle O’Keefe – has been gaining ground around the Capital Region. Putting on performances that are at once sensitive and dynamic, she is poised to release her debut EP “I Am Not A Star” on October 5, 2016. The music video for her first single, Fire Under Water, premieres today,
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LarkFest schedule announced


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Lucas Confectionery team taking over Minissale’s

Steve Barnes writing for the TU: The decor at Donna’s will remain largely the same as Minissale’s, LaVine said; improvements will be made to the kitchen, particularly the purchase of new equipment for Nick Ruscitto, the head chef at Peck’s Arcade, who will switch to running the kitchen at Donna’s. Matt Sciubba, currently sous chef
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Louis CK at The Palace

Louis CK is performing at The Palace Theater on October 19 at 8pm. Tickets are currently available and going quick.
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‘Comedy on the Edge’ at Pearl Street Pub

The Pearl Street Pub is settling into their new digs, and is back with their series Comedy on the Edge. This show is set for October 1 and is featuring headliner Angela Cobb who’s appeared at Broadway Comedy Club, ComedyTime TV, She-Devil Comedy Festival, Stand-Up 360 Comedy Festival, Westchester Comedy Festival, with support from Allan
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Quality events for this weekend

Friday September 16 Artists’ Reception at UAlbany Art Museum: For Future Perfect: Picturing the Anthropocene, featuring the work of 14 artists. “Fifty Ways to Love Your Framers” at Tang Teaching Museum: “Gordon Lloyd delivers the Judge David Aldrich Nelson Lecture in Constitutional Jurisprudence”. Collar City Beer Invitational at Takk House: Rare beer festival. Garage Bands
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Jim “Kimo” West at Proctors: Ticket Giveaway

Proctors has a concert coming up on Saturday September 17 with Jim “Kimo” West to help say goodbye to summer. Proctor’s has been nice enough to offer us a pair of tickets to give away. Best known as long-time guitarist for the worldʻs most successful musical comedy artist, “Weird Al” Yankovic, Jim “Kimo” West is
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Opalka Gallery’s Free Fall Films

Sage’s Opalka Gallery kicks off their film series this week. All films are free and open to the public.
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Humans of New York at UAlbany

Brandon Stanton from the Humans of New York photo project will be speaking at UAlbany’s SEFCU Arena on Saturday October 8. The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required.
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Neil deGrasse Tyson at Proctors

Neil deGrasse Tyson is coming back to Proctors on Monday April 24, 2017. Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson returns to Proctors with an all-new show: “The Cosmic Perspective.” There is no view of the world as emotionally potent as the one granted by a cosmic perspective. It’s one that sees Earth as a planet in a
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Shindig at Catskill Animal Sanctuary

On September 17 Catskill Animal Sanctuary is hosting Shindig an event featuring rescued animals, music, cooking demos, speakers, and more. What do you get when you combine rescued animals, bands, cooking demos, vendors, speakers, and hayrides? The best Shindig yet! Don’t believe us? This year we have terrific guest speakers like Dr. Milton Mills and
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Quality events for this weekend

Friday September 09 Fork in the Road September at Tricentennial Park: Food, music, drinks. Tugboat Roundup in Waterford: New, old, historic. Light the Night at Spring Street Gallery: Art, food, music celebrating Breathing Lights. Cymbals Eat Guitars at The Low Beat: With Hill Haints. Blue Museum, Sweet Clementines, Harrison at BSP: EP release show. Folk/alt/rock.
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Quality events for this weekend

Friday September 02 Rob Hamilton “108 Troubles” at EMPAC: A 3D audio environment made with a 496-channel wave-field audio system. First Friday Albany: Art, music, culture, etc. If This, Then That Exhibit at Albany Center Gallery: Presenting the work of three local colorists. Soulia and The Sultans and The Horned Angels at BSP Kingston: Jazz/lounge
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Checking out Grassroot Givers

Grassroot Givers is a non-profit organization in Albany that has taken the idea of adaptive-reuse to the next level. I stopped by Grassroot Givers’ location at 274 Washington Ave (remember that YMCA?) after seeing a post on reddit about the organization, their mission, and of course, the pools. The amount of items they have is
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Quality events for this weekend

Friday August 26 Cannon the Brave at SMCo: Finishing up their tour. Indie pop, part of TNO. Tyler The Creator at the Upstate Concert Hall: This is cancelled. Don’t go. Of Then and Beyond at Troy Public Library: Steampunk fashion show. Urban Oasis Summer Celebration at City Beer Hall: Island themed party on the patio.
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Rensselaerville Ride

The Carey Institute for Global Good has set up a fun event in Rensselaerville for September 16, 17, and 18. The three-day event features a time trial hill climb, four cycling rides, kids’ events, live music, food from Slidin’ Dirty and the Carriage House Restaurant, and hard cider and beer from Indian Ladder Farmstead Cidery
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Quality events for this weekend

Friday August 19 Collectors’ Show and Sale at Albany Center Gallery: Art sale to benefit the gallery. Curator’s Tour at the Tang: Have Emily tell you about the exhibition she curated. Garage Bands at Albany Public Library: Hip-hop night. Upbeat on the Roof with Heavenly Echoes at the Tang: Gospel. Brian Patneaude Quartet at Savoy:
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Quality events for this weekend

Friday August 12 Mamadou Kelly and Last Good Tooth at The Half Moon: “one of Mali’s music leaders”. Start the Reactor, Rum Ham, Intheshit, Inhumatus at The Low Beat: Grind/death/heavy. Girl Blue featuring Jimi Woodul at Savoy: Singer/songwriter. Eastern Electric, Tvil, Pity Clinic at Fuze: Emo/hardcore/indie. Saturday August 13 Markets at Round Lake: “ latest
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