andrew

Andrew started Keep Albany Boring in September 2010.

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Wolff’s Biergarten in Schenectady is open

If somehow you’ve missed the news, the Wolff’s Biergarten in Schenectady is now open.
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DJ QBert at the Putnam Den

On Friday November 7, DJ Qbert will be annihilating the turntables at the Putnam Den. DJ QBert is an incredible turntablist who has been a DMC World Champion four times over. Just watch the video above to get an idea of what QBert is known for. Also on the show is Jeremy Ellis, master of
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The Shop, Troy

I was thrilled when I got notice that The Shop (which is not The Shoppe, also in Troy’s downtown) has opened it’s doors. The space itself is great. They did a superb job allowing the space’s past life as a hardware store shine through in its current incarnation. When I stopped by, they were putting
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Capital Region Turkey Trots

Jack Berkery has created a list of all the Thanksgiving day runs in the area. If the Troy Turkey Trot is way too big of an event for you, check the list and find a run that’s more your thing. Locations include Troy, Saratoga, Schenectady, Bethlehem, Cohoes, Clifton Park, Glens Falls, Hudson, Chatham, Ravena, and
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Quality events for this weekend

Friday October 24 Mike Glier at Opalka Gallery: Artist Mike Glier at Sage talking about his 35 year career. Better Pills, Lip Talk, Alexander Turnquist at the Low Beat: “mopecore post punk new wave dance rock”, “experimental pop” and “drone ambient”. Lip Talk is FKA Railbird. Primus at the Palace: That Les Claypool dude’s band.
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And North on After The Jump

And North founder Emma Tuccillo was recently featured on a podcast I love, After The Jump. Emma talks about her website And North which bills itself as a curated guide to upstate New York (which we’d most likely call the Hudson Valley – but that’s neither here nor there). Listen to the episode on HRN
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Quality events for this weekend

Friday October 17 Cretin Hop Halloween at Fuze Box: Rock and roll dance party and other general weirdness. Nightmares for a Week, Those Mockingbirds, Lives of the Obscure at BSP Kingston: Local legends NFAW are back after a little break. C. Amanda Boutahorse’s Cult Classics at the Hangar: : A burlesque tribute to Ghostbusters! Fusion
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Madison Theater’s venue to open October 25

The Madison Theater is opening its new 175-seat live entertainment venue with a jazz performance by Nancy and Spencer Reed Quartet on Saturday, Oct. 25. The venue was part of the original plan for the theater, and fills an awesome hole in mid-cap venues inside of Albany. Keep up with the Madison Theater on their
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Basilica Farm and Flea

Basilica Farm & Flea is set for Thanksgiving weekend, and is an awesome way to avoid the normal Black Friday shit-show. Seems like an excellent way to spend the weekend with family from out of town. The event will feature local, farm, vintage and handmade goods and promotes resources and talent from within the community.
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The Cretin Hop Halloween

This Friday at the Fuze Box is the Halloween edition of The Cretin Hop, a rock and roll dance party. This Halloween version will have treats, door prizes, costumes, candy and a live performance from Silver Dagger. Get out your costume a week early and give it a trial run over at the Fuze Box
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Fusion at the Albany Barn

This Friday, Fusion returns to the Albany Barn. Fusion includes a local all star lineup including a fashion design challenge, performances and art from regional artists, cocktails and food from Chef Ric Orlando, spirits from Albany Distilling, wine pairings, beer from Druthers, desserts by The Cookie Factory and coffee by Stacks Espresso Bar. Fusion is
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Superior Merchandise Co. Pop Up Shop

Troy’s Superior Merchandise Co. has announced they’re having a pop up shop at the Tavern Resturant. The event will take place on this month’s Troy Night Out, which is also Halloween. KAB did a preview of Superior Merchandise Co. earlier this year, and I’m happy to see things coming to fruition. This preview should give
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Quality events for this weekend

Friday October 10 Collar City Collage Night at Collar Works: Collaging, music and beverages. Visitors at EMPAC: A screening of the Steven Soderbergh film. Bobby Shmurda and the Twerk Team at the Armory: Should be a fun show if it’s real, as I haven’t seen any confirmation from the artists. Saturday October 11 Dead Winter
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New York State Cyclocross Championships in Saratoga

On Sunday, October 19, Saratoga will host the New York State Cyclocross Championship at the Columbia Pavillion in the Saratoga Spa State Park. If you’re into racing, you’re probably already signed up for this, and if you’re on the fence, this is an awesome event to get your toes wet. There’s vendors and fun things
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The Aquarium Drift by Ira Marcks

Local illustrator Ira Marcks is currently Kickstarting his latest fully illustrated novella about a sailor on a wild journey to the edge of the known world. Ira is an artist and illustrator who has taught visual storytelling for over five years in the Capital Region. Through his own workshops and various classes he has definitely
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Tess bought DiCarlo’s

From the Albany Business Review: According to the state Liquor Authority, Teresa Collins is president of the corporation that sought to change the name of the business listed on the liquor permit. A conditional approval was granted Sept. 23. Collins, who goes by the first name Tess, is co-owner of McGeary’s, an Irish pub in
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Quality events for this weekend

Friday October 3 Nas at the Palace: Screening of Time is Illmatic followed by a performance. First Friday: Art shows and more all around Albany. 15 Minutes Max Film Festival at the Madison Theater: Short student films. Maggot Brain, Bardus, No Way, Doublecross at the Low Beat: Metal. Bear Grass, Rosary Beard, and The Firs
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Adult Rappers

Adult Rappers is a documentary that was Kickstarted in 2012, about adults who rap. It includes really great artists, including a select few from Albany. The tagline from the Kickstarter sums up the project pretty succinctly: Rappers get old. Their music stays the same age. We interview rap personalities past, present and future; from indy
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Tonight: Pretty Much the Best Comedy Show with Sean Donnelly

Tonight, Proctors will host another installment of Pretty Much the Best Comedy Show. Tonight’s headliner is Sean Donnelly who was featured on the 2014 season of Last Comic Standing, David Letterman and Adam Devine’s House Party. Read our recap of the last PMtBCS and head out to Proctors tonight! The openers at the last show
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Saratoga AIGA Design Crawl

The Upstate NY chapter of AIGA is hosting their 3rd annual Design Crawl on Tuesday, October 28, in Saratoga Springs. These design crawls allow you to see where local creatives work, check out the local watering holes, as well as the opportunity to meet and hang out with others interested in design. The Saratoga Design
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Pizza Night at Soul Cafe Albany

Tonight at Soul Cafe is pizza night! Soul Cafe is a volunteer run community meal that operates by using donated food from the Honest Weight Food Coop and other local businesses. The dinners take place at Westminster Presbyterian Church, and there is a $3 suggested donation. Learn more about Soul Cafe (and tonight’s pizza night)
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Sponsor: A Couple of Blaguards at Proctors

My thanks to A Couple of Blaguards at Proctors for sponsoring Keep Albany Boring this week. A Couple of Blaguards is a comedy about growing up in poverty in Ireland. The show runs September 26 – 28 and October 3 – 5. From the event page: Frank McCourt and Malachy McCourt’s A Couple of Blaguards
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Quality events for this weekend

Friday September 26 Troy Night Out: Art, food and culture in Troy. The Space Between at Show Map Clement Frame Shop: Works by Jillian Platt & Tony Iadicicco. TNO Taco Shop at the Grocery: Tacos and beer. TNO After Party at O’Briens: With DJ Jennifer Haley, Goldee Dust, DJ Wildecrist, DJ Dipset Taliban, and b0ynature.
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Intensive: October at EMPAC

On October 4, EMPAC is having what’s essentially their fall festival. The Intensive is showcasing four performances in a single day from their artist-in-residence program. These pieces include a band in a mirrored box, a talking car, a performance on a moving bus and a solo performance from Mick Barr. Again, if you haven’t been
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Brew: Grand opening, tastings, and $25 gift card giveaway

Even though Brew has been open for a bit, tomorrow is their grand opening and they’ve got some events planned. Mayor Kathy Sheehan will be present (with the novelty scissors) for a ribbon cutting ceremony at 2pm. Afterward Stumptown Coffee Roasters will be holding a public cupping and tasting from 2:30 to 5, and after
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Wolff’s Biergarten Oktoberfest: Ticket Giveaway

This Saturday, September 27th is the annual North Albany Oktoberfest, put on by Wolff’s Biergarten. Oktoberfest runs from 11am-7pm and is a street festival with all sorts of activities throughout the day, German food and of course, beer. This year’s Oktoberfest will include a tug-of-war, a dachshund race, Miss Oktoberfest pageant, three legged race, a
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Bobby Shmurda and the Twerk Team at the Armory

On October 10, 20-year-old Bobby Shmurda will be performing at the Armory, along side the Twerk Team. The facebook event indicates that Bobby will be performing twice and that it won’t be set up like a traditional concert. And before the 10th, you ought to learn the Shmoney Dance. Tickets are $30 and should be
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Tonight: Woodside Pecha Kucha

Tonight at CAC Woodside the latest installment of the Capital Region Pecha Kucha. Pecha Kucha Nights are informal and fun gatherings where creative people get together and share their ideas, works, thoughts, holiday snaps — just about anything, really. Pecha Kucha 20×20 is a simple format where each presenter shows 20 images which they discuss
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Quality events for this weekend

Friday September 19 Bad Scene Forever Fest at the Icehouse: Violent Sons, lovechild, Aviator, Placeholder, Trife Life, Trenchfoot, Space Camp, Slowshine, and Throat Culture. Garage Bands at the Albany Public Library: With Hammer Hawk and Hill Haints. Those Darlins, Palm, Florist at BSP Kingston: Rock and roll from Nashville. Basilicascope Film Fest: Straight to Hell
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OktoBIRDfest

Next Saturday the Audubon Society of the Capital Region is hosting OktoBIRDfest, a fundraiser, at the Albany Pump Station/Albany Visitors Center. Your donation gets you tastings from many breweries, distilleries, wineries and a cidery. There will also be raffles, live birds of prey (!!!), and much more. Learn more about the event on the Audubon
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Pop Place at Tricentennial Park

For a few more days, Tricentennial Park is hosting an array of vendors in pop up shops. Pop Place is a fun way shot showcase awesome local shops and artists in a fun way, while encouraging people to check out what downtown has to offer. Tonight is the “Experience: Pop Place” event and will will
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Laurel Halo at EMPAC: Recap

This past Friday, upstate New York was gifted with another performance from an artist proudly of the Hyperdub roster. Laurel Halo is a brilliant producer and live electronic musician whose music gets you thinking as much you get lost in it. I first saw Laurel Halo at TURRBOTAX®, a monthly club night in New York
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Troy Restaurant Week starts today

Troy Restaurant Week kicks off today, and features different menu items between $5 and $30 in $5 increments. $5 will get you select lunch items, $10 will get you entress, $20 gets you into dinner territory and $30 gets you big dinners to share. Check the restaurant week price and food list and be sure
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Quality events for this weekend

Friday September 12 Screen Print Biennial Opening Reception at The Arts Center: An incredible exhibit featuring absolutely incredible artists and artwork. Laurel Halo at EMPAC: Another Hyperdub artist at EMPAC. Go to this if you like electronic music in any capacity. Jocelyn Arndt at the Hollow: With Jenna Paone, Myron James, and Carl Daniels and
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Hannibal Buress at the Egg

One of my favorite comedians, Hannibal Buress just announced tour dates for the fall, and much to my surprise it includes Albany. Hannibal will be at the Egg on November 20 at 8pm. Tickets are $28 and are currently on sale.
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Sean Rowe ‘Madman’

Local hunter-gatherer turned world traveling song-man Sean Rowe has a new album out, and will be performing locally in support of his new album. The new album is called Madman, and is available via iTunes. Tickets are currently on sale for Rowe’s local show, which will be at CAC Woodside on Friday October 3. There
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Rensselaerville Cycling Festival and Grand Fondo

The Rensselaerville Cycling Festival and Grand Fondo is cycling focused event happening on Sunday September 28th in Rensselaerville. The festival portion will offer live music, market vendors, a barbeque and more. If you’re the type of person who would rather ride their bike, they’re offering a ride in four distances (85, 55, 25 and 8
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Kode9 at EMPAC: Recap

Last night at EMPAC, Kode9 showcased that he is a humble performer. The iconic DJ and producer has been influencing the electronic music scene since the early 90s, and it was a truly special occasion that he was able to share his sounds with us on the absolute best sound system in upstate New York.
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TNT at Stacks Espresso Bar: Photos and Recap

Last Thursday, Stacks Espresso Bar on Lark Street had the areas first Thursday Night Throwdown; a latte art competition. Baristas were able to buy in for a few bucks and competed head-to-head in a bracket style competition. If you were knocked out in the first round, you were able to re-buy in for a few
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Quality events for this weekend vol. 149

Friday September 5 Albany First Friday: Art, music, food and more all around. Check Brew for art by Caitlin McCourt, 275 State St for a modern dance performance by Claire Jacob-Zysman and Dancers and the UAG for their annual member’s show. Welcome Back Glam Party at Some Girls: Play dress up over in Troy. Bear
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Richard Barone and Bell’s Roar at The Low Beat

WEXT 97.7 is putting on an awesome show on Saturday September 13th. Richard Barone will be performing songs from his solo albums, The Bongos catalogues, a few tributes and stories as well. Bell’s Roar will be opening up the show. Richard Barone has a crazy long history and it’s super interesting. I’d recommend flipping through
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Quality events for this weekend vol. 148

Friday August 29 Troy Night Out: Last one of the Summer. Sidewalk sale theme going on. Check the Grocery for tacos and Collar City Hard Pressed for juice and juice cocktails. Ecstatic Age at Collar Works: “The environment will combine all the trappings of a rave [...] with the tangible fixtures related to comfort and
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Pretty Much the Best Comedy Show at Proctors

Tomorrow starts the new monthly comedy series Pretty Much the Best Comedy Show at Proctors. LA-based comedian Ahmed Bharoocha is the headliner. He’s known for his YouTube comedy sketch series Dead Kevin, which Comedy Central just picked up for their website. The show will also feature Ethan Ullman (as heard on the Howard Stern Show),
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Wellington Hotel Annex: Video

Here’s my video from the Wellington Hotel Annex implosion, which happened earlier today.
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Quality events for this weekend vol. 147

Friday August 22 Collage Night at Collar Works: Your favorite collage night at the new Collar Works gallery space! Titus Andronicus at the Low Beat: With Pelican Movement and Liquor Store. Capital Carshare Block Party: Go learn about the new car share and get some food, music, and art in at the same time. The
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Stacks to host Latte Art Competition

On Thursday, September 4, Stacks Espresso Bar with the Capital Region Coffee Collective will be hosting the area’s first Thursday Night Throwdown latte art competition. The competition is a fun bracket style shootout. These friendly competitions are created with the goal of cultivating the coffee culture in the area. Sign up is at 5:30pm and
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Cymbals Eat Guitars tonight in Kingston

Cymbals Eat Guitars are playing BSP Kingston tonight at 9pm. From the NPR preview of the new album, Lose: Lose, Cymbals Eat Guitars’ third album, finds the band sticking to its old structural modus operandi — namely, stitching thunderous vamps together into rambling odysseys, then interspersing those numbers among marginally more focused songs — but
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Basilica Soundscape 2014

The full line up for the 2014 Basilica Soundscape has been published. The two-day festival will take place on September 12 & 13 at Basilica Hudson, a former glue factory in Hudson, NY. The line up is pretty eclectic in the best way possible and the whole event sounds like well thought out and super
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Wellington Hotel Annex to be imploded Saturday

UPDATE: This has been changed to Saturday from Thursday. Jordan Carleo-Evangelist for the TU: City officials have approved the plan by Columbia Development to implode the 11-story Wellington Annex on Thursday to make way for the new downtown convention center, the company announced Friday. The explosive demolition by Maryland-based Controlled Demolition Inc. is scheduled for
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Quality events for this weekend vol. 146

Friday August 15 RestFest at CAC Woodside: With Wild Adriatic, The Orange Careers, Juston Stens & The Get Real Gang, Kimono Dragons, The North and South Dakotas, Maybird, Secret Release. Screening: Programs I & II, Colony of Light at Basilica Hudson: Film screenings, and the artists will be present. Read the description for the full
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