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Andrew started Keep Albany Boring in September 2010.

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24-Hour Drone at Basilica Hudson

Basilica Hudson is hosting a 24-hour drone show from Saturday April 25 at 3pm until Sunday April 26 at 3pm. This event is presented in collaboration the Le Guess Who? festival in Utrecht, Netherlands. The artists on this show experiment in electronic, psychedelic, classical, non-western and instrumental drone music. The event will be a fully
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Geert Lovink at RPI

Geert Lovink, will be speaking at Rensselaer on Wednesday, April 1 at 6pm, and is free and open to the public. Lovink is a media theorist, Internet critic, and founding director of the Institute of Network Cultures. Lovink’s talk is titled “Critical Internet Cultures after Snowden”. During the lecture, Lovink will discuss current strategies and
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Youth FX at The Spectrum

Tomorrow, The Spectrum will be hosting Youth FX, Albany’s award winning teen filmmaking program, which is part of Grand Street Community Arts. All of the proceeds go to the program, and after the screenings there is a Q&A with the filmmakers. Among the wide range of topics the Youth FX filmmakers explored this past year
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Shana Falana at The Low Beat

Shana Falana is set to play The Low Beat on Thursday, April 2. Shana Falana recently premered a track from their upcoming album Set Your Lightning Free to great acclaim. Also on the bill are friends and favorites Moon Magick and Troy’s Eternal Crimes. Stream some music below and mark your calendar. This show is
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Quality events for this weekend

Friday March 20 LOOK! at Albany Center Gallery: Featuring 25 young artists, music from DJ Trumastr and much more. PechaKucha at Opalka Gallery: Interesting talks featuring 20 images for 20 seconds each. DD Dorvillier: “Extra Shapes” at EMPAC: “performance for lunging figures, a musical concert for loudspeakers, and a light show” Lower Dens at The
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Troy, NY posters by Phil Pascuzzo

Troy Cloth & Paper posted up a fun event for this month’s Troy Night Out, which features a spectator friendly production run of a really awesome poster designed by Phil Pascuzzo. From the event page: Every Troy Night Out we live-print a framable art print which has been designed by a different local artist. The
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Create Upstate 2015

Create Upsate, a two-day design conference in Syracuse, is is just under a month away. The schedule is available for you to take a look and see the topics that make up this year’s conference. Registration is still open so get your tickets soon. Similar conferences typically involve flights and much more planning than simply
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10 Songs Per Minute: Capital Region

The Capital Region was recently cast in The Cutting Room’s latest 10 Songs Per Minute videos. Great to see some local favorites in there as well as some that were previously unknown to me. Definitely give the video a watch. If you’re into this sort of music discovery service for a broader spectrum of music,
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‘Empac Shrugs Popularity to Promote Creative Liberty in Troy, N.Y.’

From The New York Times: As universities become, more and more, the American institutions best equipped to fund artmaking, Empac’s thoroughly academic approach may become more common, valuing exploration and incremental advancement of the field as ends in themselves. The whole article is a quick read, so get to it. Check out EMPAC’s schedule and
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Quality events for this weekend

Friday March 13 Albany St. Patrick’s Day Parade: Now featuring law enforcement. Vow of Hatred, Hometown Hate, and more at Bogies: Beatdown hardcore. Start Making Sense with HmfO at The Hollow: Talking Heads and Hall and Oates tribute bands. Talea Ensemble at EMPAC: US premiere of Enno Poppe’s Speicher. Saturday March 14 Perspective, a lovely
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Erykah Badu at SPAC

Erykah Badu will be playing SPAC on Sunday June 28 as part of Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival. Also on the bill is Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, Cassandra Wilson, Al Di Meola Electric Band, Christian McBride Big Band, Pedrito Martinez Group, Monty Alexander’s Harlem-Kingston Express, Theo Croker, Sheila E., Snarky Puppy, Ronnie Earl & The Broadcasters,
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Bill Nye at UAlbany

Bill Nye will be speaking at UAlbany’s SEFCU Arena on March 25. The talk is part of UAlbany’s World Within Reach Speaker Series. The first 1000 students get a free copy of his latest book, Undeniable. Tickets are available to the general public on March 13, March 23 and March 24 in the Campus Center
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Storytime Time at Cafe Nola

Storytime Time is back at Cafe Nola in Schenectady this Wednesday. Storytime Time is a comedic storytelling show that’s hosted by Ethan Ullman and features storytellers Talia Cass, Richard Lovrich, Kevin Kaszubowski, Michael McLaughlin and more. Storytime Time happens every second Wednesday. Read more on the facebook event go and check out the show! I
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Bear Grass – Clock In The Corner

A little while back, Bear Grass shared their video entry into NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert Contest. It’s a fun video for a great song and I’d recommend giving it a listen. If you like what you hear, check out their bandcamp for more. Bear Grass is Katie Hammon (lead vocals and guitar), Tommy Krebs (Guitar,
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Sponsor: Knotted at Takk House

My thanks to Knotted for sponsoring KAB this week. Knotted is a wedding show taking place at Troy’s awesome new space, Takk House. From the event on facebook: Knotted is a curated wedding showcase for the offbeat couple who doesn’t quite fit the traditional wedding market. This show is anything but that. Carefully curated Knotted
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Quality events for this weekend

Friday March 6 37th Annual Photography Regional at The Opalka Gallery: Amazing work from local photographers. First Friday Albany: Arts and culture event every month. Galleries, bars, restaurants and music venues will all have something special going on. Disco Funk at the Low Beat: Start your First Friday off right. Kitchens open too. Migos at
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Albany Law to host LGBT Law Day

From reddit user LGBT_Throwagay: Albany Law School is hosting an LGBT Law Day on March 21st, that provides free legal consultations with practicing attorneys on a wide variety of issues that affect the LGBT community. Healthcare proxies, end of life planning, powers of attorney, name changes, gender-marker changes, adoption, discrimination, immigration, child custody, healthcare policies
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105.7 is now Santa FM, 24/7 Christmas music

From the TU: “This might strike some as being risky in this environment of new media, but I’ve looked at the numbers and they don’t lie. There’s literally a clamoring for Christmas music 24/7/365/52,” says Townsquare Media’s Local Market President, Jake Demmin. Townsquare owns WQSH 105.7 FM. You can tune in online and make everyone
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Solid Sound 2015

Solid Sound Festival has announced the 2015 line up. This years festival will be June 26-28 and tickets are currently on sale, which includes three-day-passes and camping options. Pretty awesome lineup that has a great variety to it, especially the comedians. Bill Frisell Cibo Matto Charles Lloyd Quartet Expandable Brass Band The Felice Brothers Glenn
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Checking out Weird Beard Candle Co.

I was fumbling around on Instagram and noticed activity from a new candle company based in Troy. I love candles and to have a local candle maker is awesome. After a few emails and a little coordination, I visited Weird Beard Candle Company. Weird Beard is a creative husband and wife team. Taking an idea
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Parking and driving in Albany is going to suck tomorrow

From OGS: Approximately 500 buses from across the state will be arriving in downtown Albany area and dropping off passengers on Madison Avenue beginning at approximately 7a.m. and are expected to continue throughout the morning commute. From Capital New York: The roughly 9,000 students and many of their parents will participate in a rally organized
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Big Sean at the UCH

Step Up has announced Big Sean will be playing the Upstate Concert Hall on May 6. Tickets are currently on sale and start at $38. This show was originally scheduled for April 12, and any tickets bought for that show are going to be honored. Big Sean is currently touring in support of his third
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Quality events for this weekend

Friday February 27 Comedy’s Best Kept Secret Tour at the Parting Glass Pub: Comedy show in Saratoga. Troy Night Out: Art, culture, food, music and more in Troy. Mallory, The Firs, Tarot Kraut at 51 3rd: TNO art music jams. Two Cow Garage at The Low Beat: With Grainbelt. Tales of Love and Fear at
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Mouse on Mars at EMPAC: Ticket Giveaway

On March 7, EMPAC will host Mouse on Mars, a German electronic music outfit who have been making music since 1993. From EMPAC: A rare US performance by Mouse on Mars, one of the most influential and innovative duos in German electronic music. For the past 21 years, Jan St. Werner and Andi Toma have
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Quality events for this weekend

Friday February 20 New York In Bloom at the Museum: Imagine it’s spring at the annual flower show. Running at the Gas Holder: A circus inside of the famous Gas Holder Building. Winterpills at Caffe Lena: With The Suitcase Junket. Diet Cig, Secret Release, Earl Boykins, Party Boat at The Low Beat: Rock and roll.
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An Evening of Films at the Albany Institute

The Albany Institute of History and Art is hosting An Evening of Films, tomorrow, February 19 as well as February 26. Local filmmakers will be showcasing and discussing their films and videos. The event kicks off at 6 and is free. You can read more on the Albany Institute’s event page.
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Lower Dens at The Half Moon

Baltimore-based Lower Dens is coming to The Half Moon Friday, March 20. Joining them will be Hudson’s own Palm and Sunatirene, also from Baltimore. The show is only $7. Pitchfork recently interviewed Lower Dens which will give you insight into the forthcoming album as well as members of the band. You can check out the
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Quality events for this weekend

Friday February 13 C. Amanda Boutahorse’s Cult Classics at the Hangar: Burlesque tribute to The Royal Tenenbaums. And You Were Wonderful, On Stage at EMPAC: “A performance with multiple actors, dancers, and stage sets that attempts to integrate the process of filming into the production itself, the event will be live-streamed and take on the
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Mark Fell and Keith Fullerton Whitman at EMPAC: Ticket Giveaway

EMPAC is brining Mark Fell and Keith Fullerton Whitman to Troy on February 21. The kind folks at EMPAC have given us a pair of tickets to giveaway, which you can enter to win below. The US premiere of a new duo project from two of the most restless innovators in electronic music. Mark Fell
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Tonight: Free show with K.Flay, Titanics, & Bell’s Roar

WEQX is hosting a free show tonight at the Upstate Concert Hall. Doors are at 7pm and Bell’s Roar kicks off the night at right at 8pm. You can read more about the event on the facebook event page. Single by Bell's Roar Stepping Out (Single) by Titanics
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Quality events for this weekend

Friday February 6 1st Friday Albany: Art, culture, events, etc. Albany Frequencies Disco Funk Happy Hour at The Low Beat: Disco jams after work. Wet Dreams, Maggotbrain, Pointblank, Soaker, and Chloroform Party at The Low Beat: Hardcore and metal. Happy Birthday J. Wild Adriatic and Conehead Buddha at the Hollow: Local favorites. Exhuman at Fuze:
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F.A.Q. Circus performing in Troy’s Gasholder Building

On Saturday February 7, F.A.Q. Circus is performing three free twenty-minute shows at The Atrium in Troy, as a preview to their 55 minute shows inside of the Gasholder building. The shows in the Gasholder building will take place on Friday February 20 and Saturday February 21. Founded in 2012, F.A.Q. Circus is a collective
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Saratoga Fat Bike Rally

This Saturday is the Saratoga Fat Bike Rally which is being held at the Saratoga Spa State Park. The Saratoga Fat Bike Rally sprang out the minds of three individuals one night in February, 2014 while riding around the Saratoga State Park. Three hours and maybe a couple of Craft Brews later, we had a
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Knotted at the Takk House

The Takk House is throwing a wedding event that aims to be not like a wedding event. Knotted will take place March 7, 2015 from 12–4pm at the Takk House in Troy. From the event page: Knotted is a curated wedding showcase for the offbeat couple who doesn’t quite fit the traditional wedding market. This
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Former Miss Albany Diner to become ramen shop

Now that David Chang himself has declared “RAMEN IS DEAD”, it’s time for Albany to get their first ramen resturant among a sea of pho and noodle shops. I’m excited to see added variety among the options for noodles in the area, regardless of timing. Thanks to Tavern Noodle for doing the market testing and
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Laverne Cox at UAlbany

To kick off Sexuality Week at UAlbany, transgender actress Laverne Cox will be giving a talk tonight at 8pm in the Performing Arts Center. Tickets are first-come, first-served and will be distributed at the main entrance to the Performing Arts Center starting at 6pm. Other Sexuality Week events include Sexuality Week Film Festival, The Clothesline
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Capital Region Bike Share Symposium

This Friday, February 6 is the Capital Region Bike Share Symposium at UAlbany’s Alumni House. If you’re interested in attending, learning and talking about the proposed Bike Share, be sure to RSVP and head over to the Alumni House on Friday. Read more about the Bike Share via The New York Times
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Quality events for this weekend

Friday January 30 Collar City Film Fest at Collar Works: Part of Troy Night Out, screen a bunch of great independent films. Broncho, Dreamers, and Party Boat at Vapor: Free indie rock show. Taina Asili & DJ Trumastr at The Hollow: Release party for their new album. Kimono Dragons, Victory Soul Orchestra at The Low
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St. Vincent at the UCH

St. Vincent will be at the Upstate Concert Hall on Saturday, March 7. Performing with her is Norwegian singer/composer/lyricist Jenny Hval. Tickets are currently on sale, and are $25.
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Waka Flocka at the Upstate Concert Hall

The Upstate Concert Hall just announced that Waka Flocka will be playing April 19 at the UCH. Tickets go on sale January 30 at 10am, and are $20 in advance.
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Sponsor: Capital CarShare #LoveShare

My thanks to Capital CarShare for sponsoring KAB this week. Capital CarShare offers very affordable car rentals in Albany and are great for people who don’t have a car and don’t always need one, among a million other use cases. Capital CarShare is having a contest in which you can win an awesome Valentines Day
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Tonight: Latte Art Competition at Stacks

Tonight, the Capital Region Coffee Collective is is hosting their second latte art competition at Stacks Espresso Bar. Beer has been provided by Rare Form and it’s free for spectators. If you’re a barista, its $5 and sign ups are at 5:30pm and first pour is at 7pm. The competition is a fun bracket style
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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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