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Andrew started Keep Albany Boring in September 2010.

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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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Submissions open for 2015 Knickerbocker Film Festival

The Knickerbocker Film Festival, which is now in its sixth year, is currently accepting submissions until March 6, 2015. Films up to 20 minutes are accepted. Instructions and details on submitting can be found at knickfilmfestny.com
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The Madison Theater to show ‘The Interview’

Starting this Friday, The Madison Theater will be screening The Interview. If you haven’t rented the movie over the holidays, you can see it in a theater for a dollar less than the rental. The Interview will be screened on Friday, Tuesday, and Thursday at 4:20pm, 7pm, 9:30pm, Saturday and Sunday 2pm, 4:20pm, 7pm, 9:30pm
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Peck’s Arcade is opening tomorrow

Peck’s Arcade, Vic and Heather’s new restaurant at 217 Broadway will be opening tomorrow, January 7. They’re currently accepting reservations via their website for tomorrow and beyond. Peck’s Arcade is in the same space that Tavern Noodle occupied during their two pop-ups. The menu, which is below, is mainly small plates with a few mains,
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Jim Breuer at Troy Music Hall: Ticket Giveaway

Jim Breuer is returning to the Troy Music Hall on January 23. In addition to sponsoring KAB this week, Troy Music Hall has offered up a pair of tickets to a lucky reader. If you’re not the contest type, tickets are for sale now and are all $27. From the event page: Jim returns to
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Fangirls Night Out at Earthworld Comics

On Friday January 9, Earthworld Comics is hosting a Fangirls Night Out, an event for women who are interested in comics or learning more about them. Artist, creator, and writer Jess Fink will be at this event! If you’re a woman who’s been interested in comics but had no idea how to start, this event
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Best things and stuff, 2014

There’s a lot of awesome things that I feel are valuable but might not be well known, so I’ve made a list. There’s no theme whatsoever, but hopefully you’ll find something on here that makes your life better for the new year. Great purchases Board Games: People seem to wince at the idea of a
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New Years Eve parties in and around Albany

Below is a list of events that I could find from places that have put together an event for NYE. Almost every bar has a vague event listing for “a DJ” and a $150 open bar, which is why those are explicitly excluded. If I missed anything actually worthwhile, please email or tweet me the
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Quality events for this weekend

Friday December 19 Holiday Toys & Noise at The Hollow: Toy drive with MIRK, Carl Daniels and The Black Box, Mike Lanahan & James Rock. Toy Drive with Bane, Born Low, After The Fall, Concrete, Firestarter at Bogies: Mosh for a cause. Nick Lowe at The Egg : With Ian McLagan. The Figgs Holiday Show
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Schenectady is getting a ‘Las Vegas-style’ casino

It will cost more than $300 million to build. It will be built on the riverfront of the Mohawk River. It will have over 1,000 slots and more than 60 table games. There will also be a 150-room Starwood Hotel. It will create about 1200 jobs. Blah blah blah.
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Plans unveiled for Heather Lavine and Vic Christopher’s new restaurant

After the wild success of the Tavern Noodle Pop-up, there has been a lot of questions as to what’s going to fill that space full time. Vic and Heather announced yesterday that they’re going to be opening a restaurant called Peck’s Arcade. Peck’s Arcade will focus on small plates, with drawing from eclectic global tastes.
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PSA: Tavern Noodle is back, tonight only, at 5pm

That’s all. Read more (not really) on facebook.
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VICE NEWS: “America’s Highest Paid College President is Dragging Her School Into Crippling Debt”

From VICE NEWS: “The real issue is that RPI is in terrible financial shape and students are getting shortchanged,” former RPI physics professor Jim Napolitano, a 1977 RPI alum who worked at the school for 22 years, told VICE News. He said Jackson had also stripped the faculty of their influence, when the school’s provost
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Perfume Genius at BSP Kingston

BSP Kingston recently announced that Perfume Genius will be playing on March 25 alongside the expirmental Norwegian outfit Jenny Hval. Perfume Genius got a Best New Track endorsement from Pitchfork for his song ‘Queen’, as well as having the same song listed at #8 in their Top 100 of 2014 list. Tickets are on sale
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Checking out The Brakes Coffeehouse & Provisions

It seems like years since Red Poppies said they were losing their lease at 227 Lark St, but their space remained decorated and occupied, but closed. When I noticed some changes to their window I was thrilled that there was someone set to rescue yet another empty space on Lark Street. Now at 227 Lark
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Quality events for this weekend

Friday December 12 Collage Night at Collar Works: Holiday edition collaging. Fight Club Burlesque at the Hangar: Part of C. Amanda Boutahorse’s Cult Classics. Laurie Anderson at EMPAC: “a series of interconnected confessional stories set against a soundtrack of original music”. Chris Thomas King at The Linda: Blues/hip-hop fusion. Prismatic Mantis, Breath Collective, Rice &
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Neutral Milk Hotel at MASS MoCA

Neutral Milk Hotel will be playing at MASS MoCA on Friday, April 17. Also on the bill is the Dot Wiggin Band. Neutral Milk Hotel has said that this is the “last tour for the foreseeable future”. The return of Jeff Mangum and Neutral Milk Hotel — who influenced a generation of songwriters with a
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‘The Neighborhood That Disappeared’ at the Madison Theater

The Neighborhood That Disappeared, a documentary about the residents who were displaced when the Empire State Plaza was being built. If you’re interested in Albany, urban planning, politics and/or history, head over to the Madison Theater starting on Saturday at 7:30pm. In 1962, one of the most massive urban renewal projects in American history sterilized
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Shenendehowa Schools adopt locker room and bathroom policy for transgender students

From the official BOE document: The use of bathrooms and locker rooms based on the gender identity exclusively and consistently asserted at school/work requires schools to carefully consider numerous factors, including, but not limited to: • the gender identity of the student or staff member; • satisfactory documentation of gender status/identity; • in the case
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Drug Church announces new EP and releases new video

Drug Church has premiered a new video today on SPIN, as well as announced a new EP which is currently up for preorder. Drug Church is one of my favorite bands that happens to be from the Albany area. It’s a pretty refreshing take on as it’s grounded in hardcore but often goes on tangents
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Tavern Noodle Pop-up: Video

I shot and edited a quick video to document the behind the scenes happenings in preparation for the Tavern Noodle Pop-up. The place was opened for one day, with no plans beyond that one day. However, since the overwhelming success they’ve decided to bring it back, one day only, on December 18 at 5pm. The
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Quality events for this weekend

Friday December 5 Spirits Tasting at FOGS with Albany Distilling Co. and Installation by Mary Elise Rees: Get some holiday shopping done and taste some made in Albany spirits. Pharmakon at EMPAC: Big sound from Noise Artist Margaret Chardiet. Young Thug at the Armory: Raps yo. The Misfit Vocalists of Hip-Hop at Hudson River Coffee
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Santa Speedo Sprint

The Albany Society for the Advancement of Philanthropy (ASAP) and the Albany All-Star Roller Derby Team are hosting the 9th Annual Santa Speedo Sprint on Saturday, December 6, 2014, at 2 pm. The race is a benefit for the Albany Damien Center as well as the HIV/AIDS program at Albany Med. Over $150,000 has been
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Cymbals Eat Guitars at The Low Beat: Ticket Giveaway

UPDATE (December 14, 2014 2:15pm) This show is being rescheduled. On Sunday December 14, Cymbals Eat Guitars will be playing The Low Beat alongside SANDY Alex G, and What Moon Things. Dellarocca Booking has hooked us up with a pair of tickets to giveaway to this awesome show, and you can enter to win below.
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