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Andrew started Keep Albany Boring in September 2010.

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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

THIS THURSDAY !! 🍻 https://t.co/5T4SJXcnjN — Matt Baumgartner (@BurritoBoy) April 18, 2016 @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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TVCoG to host Augmented / Virtual Reality Gaming Hackathon

Tech Valley Center of Gravity is hosting an AR/VR gaming hackathon on April 17 and 18, with over $1000 in prizes. The promise of augmented and virtual reality has been long in coming, and the technology has finally reached a level where broad applications are now possible. From entertainment through gaming and video to new
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Basilica Hudson announced full lineup for 24-Hour Drone

From Basilica Hudson: An immersive event and all-encompassing experience, 24-HOUR DRONE features musicians and sound artists experimenting within the spectrum of drone – sustained tones shaped by voice or instrumentation. 24-HOUR DRONE embodies Basilica Hudson at its most experimental and experiential – pushing the boundaries of what a communal, conceptual experience can be. Through 24-HOUR
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Post Malone at the Palace

The Palace Theatre has announced that Post Malone will be performing on May 6. Post Malone is a 20-year-old rapper from Texas, who seemingly became famous overnight by releasing 3 songs (White Iverson, That’s It, The Movie) produced by the incredibly good Atlanta-based producer duo FKi. Tickets are currently on sale and you can read
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Sponsor: Festival Cinema Invisible

My thanks to Festival Cinema Invisible for sponsoring Keep Albany Boring this week. Their event runs this weekend, from Friday through Sunday, at Proctors. Festival Cinema Invisible (FCI) is the only film festival in upstate New York that showcases films from Persian-speaking communities and beyond. FCI’s annual celebration brings together cinema enthusiasts and filmmakers to
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Quality events for this weekend

Friday April 1 First Friday: Art, culture, music, and more all over. Discofunk Happy Hour at The Low Beat: Funk, disco, soul. Commodifying Destruction at ACG: Gallery opening. “…cultivates a space where the viewer is compelled to consume”. Collage Night at Opalka Gallery: Creative meditation with Ira and Caroline. Atlas Revisited at EMPAC: Revisiting a
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Langhorne Slim, Tokyo Police Club announced for Tulip Fest

The first round of bands has been announced for this year’s Tulip Fest, which is on Saturday May 7. The acts for the main stage are Langhorne Slim & The Law, Tokyo Police Club, and The Parlor. The Local 518 Stage will have Olivia Quillio, Carl Daniels & The Black Box, Victory Soul Orchestra, and
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Apostrophe S at The Low Beat

Apostrophe S, a local experimental electronic musician is releasing an album on Sunday, and celebrating with a show at The Low Beat on Monday. Also on the show is Shyzmic Sirkus, Slowpace, and Jeremy Gold. Give the tune below a listen and mark your calendar.
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A Taste of Troy at Franklin Terrace Ballroom

This year’s A Taste of Troy event is set for April 12 at Franklin Terrace Ballroom. A Taste of Troy is an event that brings all of Troy’s favorites into one location where you can easily sample them all and find your new favorites. There will also be musical entertainment, raffles, silent auctions and more.
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Bearthoven and Battle Trance at EMPAC: Ticket Giveaway

EMPAC has an exciting show set for Thursday, April 7, featuring experimental jazz outfits Bearthoven and Battle Trance. EMPAC has been kind enough to give me a pair of tickets to give away to a lucky reader, and you can enter below. If for some reason you haven’t been to EMPAC in a while (or
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‘Smorgasburg Upstate’ Coming to Kingston

From their website: Smorgasburg will be launching a new weekly market at the Hutton Brickyards in Kingston, NY on Saturday, June 4. Situated on ten acres on the Hudson River waterfront, the weekly market will feature some of the Hudson Valley and upstate region’s most exciting chefs, food purveyors, and craft brewers alongside a curated
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Quality events for this weekend

Friday March 25 Troy Night Out: Arts, culture, and more on the last Friday of every month. Cannon The Brave at SMCo: Live music. Acoustic/indie/pop. Olivia Quillio at Forage+Sundry: Live music. Adir LC, Pinesheets, Woozles, Regrets Regrets at Ground Zero: Indie/folk/experimental show at RPI’s DIY spot. Abraham Ferraro Every Which Way at The Arts Center
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Downtown Albany Restaurant Week 2016

Starting April 9 and ending April 15, you can grab a great deal on many restaurants downtown. The full list is below, and you can find out more info at downtownalbany.org. Click any of the participating restaurant’s names below to see their menu and hours. Aji Steak Stone & Sushi ama cocina C.H. Evans Brewing
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DMA’S at The Hollow: Ticket Giveaway

Much hyped Austrailian trio DMA’S are set to play the Hollow on March 26, in support of their new album Hill’s End. Tickets are currently on sale. Listen below, and check out a recent VICE feature to learn more about DMA’S. DMA’s have been kind enough to give us a pair of tickets to giveaway!
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Alleycarte Announces Hot Dog Taco Pop Up

Alleycarte, the Peck’s Arcade food cart, has announced their latest pop up and it involves tacos. And also hot dogs. HOT DOG TACO 5pm Friday #TroyNightOut Franklin Street Alley #TroyNY pic.twitter.com/pFYyPkwd7I — Alleycarte (@alley_cart) March 24, 2016 Alleycarte usually sells out every time, so show up early or risk being disappointed.
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Upstate Collage Night at Opalka Gallery

Next Friday, April 1 from 6-9, artists Ira Marcks and Caroline Corrigan are hosting an evening of collaging at Sage’s Opalka Gallery. Upstate Collage Night is an evening of ephemera featuring a refined collection of vintage magazines to cut up and remix. It is hosted by Caroline Corrigan and Ira Marcks; two people dedicated to
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Festival Cinema Invisible: Ticket Giveaway

Festival Cinema Invisible, a film festival that showcases films from the Middle East, is coming to Proctors on April 1 through April 3. FCI is the only film festival in upstate New York that showcases films from Persian-speaking communities and beyond. FCI’s annual celebration brings together cinema enthusiasts and filmmakers to discover the best “invisible
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Half Moon Market Returning to Washington Park Lake House

The Half Moon Market, which made it’s debut last fall is set to return for the spring, on Saturday April 23 and Sunday April 24 from 11-6pm. The Half Moon Market is a unique two-day marketplace event featuring some of the region’s best artists and makers of handmade goods. The Half Moon Market is independently
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Cannon the Brave at SMCo.

Superior Merchandise has been having fun with TNO the past few months. This month on Friday, SMCo. will host musical guests Cannon the Brave. In addition the Cannon the Brave, TNO will also be celebrating the book launch of local author Kennedy Eldon Hand. See more info on the Facebook event and mark your calendar
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Quality events for this weekend

Friday March 18 Big Mean Sound Machine, The Big Takeover at BSP: Afrobeat, funk, jazz, fusion. The Living Roots Trio and Pandafan at SMCo.: Folk, Americana, indie. Walking X-Ray, Hill Haints, Rechorduroys at River Street Pub: Garage rock and pop jams. Awesome Tapes From Africa at The Half Moon: Wild super rare jams. Deer Tick
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Alleycarte Announces Taco Pop Up

Alleycarte, the Peck’s Arcade food cart, has announced their latest pop up and it involves tacos. Groucho's Cosmic Tacos Landing on Earth Thursday 3-17 at 11am 211 Broadway @littlepecks #TroyNY Out of This World pic.twitter.com/TiT1fP5SAr — Alleycarte (@alley_cart) March 16, 2016 Alleycarte sold out last time they had tacos so show up early or risk
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Troy Kitchen’s Grand Opening

Troy Kitchen has set their official ‘open for real’ date, and it’s this Friday, March 18 at 5pm. Troy Kitchen is located at 77 Congress, in what was the Pioneer Food Co-Op and has more recently been a vacant building. Vendors at the Troy Kitchen offer Korean BBQ, lobster rolls, Mexican cuisine, cupcakes, and a
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WCDB’s 38th Birthday Show at The Low Beat

WCDB is celebrating their 38th year in style with a party at The Low Beat on April 9. The anniversary show will feature Speedy Ortiz, Daddy Issues, Candy Ambulance and Noods. The night before WCDB is also hosting a Jazz Night at The Low Beat. Tickets are currently on sale and you should get yours
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