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Andrew started Keep Albany Boring in September 2010.

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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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Pearl Palooza 2016 Lineup Announced

Pearl Paloozahas announced the lineup for this years edition and it includes Galactic, Warpaint, Maybird, Bassh, The Greeting Committee, and Rechorduroys. Pearl Palooza is set for September 17 2016 1-8pm.
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Fall 2016 at EMPAC

EMPAC has announced their Fall 2016 season, and there’s some really great shows coming up. Lapalux is an incredible artist and I can’t wait to see him inside EMPAC. Jlin has also been a long time favorite of mine (Since Erotic Heat was released in 2011 on Bangs and Works Vol.2), and Qrion has been
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LarkFest 2016 Lineup Announced

The Lark Street Bid has just announced this year’s first wave of bands for Larkfest lineup, and it’s quite good. This year’s Larkfest is on September 24 and runs 10am to 6pm. The lineup includes The Relationship which is Brian Bell of Weezer, Ought from Montreal, Lower Dens from Baltimore, and Delicate Steve from New
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Quality events for this weekend

Friday July 29 Swamp Baby at The Tang: Part of the ‘Upbeat on the Roof’ series. Troy Night Out: Arts, music, food, drinks and more around Troy. Bohm Dialogue at Savoy Taproom: Jazz fusion. Mamadou Kelly and Rootbrew at BSP Kingston: West African sound. Bonus post-show dance party. Saturday July 30 DJ Brian DeGraw at
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Cans + Crayons at SMCo.

SMCo. has a neat event set for tomorrow. Here’s how it works: YOU buy one of our many delicious craft beers, WE provide you with limited edition coloring pages designed by local artists + lots of crayons to color them with! Coloring pages have been designed by Michael Conlin, Caroline Corrigan, Ira Marcks, Erik Savage,
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Quality events for this weekend

Friday July 22 Pony in the Pancake, Haley Moley, Great Mutations, Apostrophe S, and Albany Frequency DJs at Pauly’s: Big old Friday night dance party. Body Shine #4 at Fuze: Albany’s back-to-basics dance party. Chances With Wolves at The Half Moon: Dance party. Saturday July 23 Seasons Skateshop Presents: Albany at Fuze: Premiere of their
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Black Lives Matter at Dana Park by Shannon Straney

In the evening on Friday, July 8, 2016, a diverse crowd gathered in Dana Park in Albany, NY for a vigil organized by the Upstate New York chapter of Black Lives Matter. Amid speeches and chants, people came together in solidarity to call for action, change, and accountability. The event was held especially to honor
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Kingston Creative made a Pokemon Go city map for Kingston

Incredibly beautiful. Most cities don’t have maps this nice for anything, let alone a 2-week-old game.
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Kele at The Hollow

On Thursday, July 21 Kele Okereke will be performing at The Hollow with Bell’s Roar and DJ Mercy. Kele is a DJ and producer who is most well known as the singer of Bloc Party. Bloc Party and Titanics will be playing Alive at 5 earlier in the day July 21, so if you’re a
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Little Pecks Opening Thursday

little pecks will be officially opening Thursday. For the past week or so they were soft-open; serving coffee and without official hours. From the press release: Little pecks is an all-day café from the culinary team behind Peck’s Arcade, serving coffee, breakfast, lunch, snacks and drinks, including wine and beer. Joining the team as lead
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Seasons Premiere of “Albany” at Fuze Box

Season’s Skate Shop is premeiring their new video this Saturday at the Fuze Box. There will be live music from Jasper, Tall Matt DJing afterward and the video premiere itself. Sounds like an awesome night to me. For more info, head to the Season’s website.
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Quality events for this weekend

Friday July 15 Broken Field Runner, Slowshine, Hammerhawk, Hospital Corners, County Mike at WCPH: Super solid house show. Cretin Hop at Fuze: Rock and roll dance party. Get weird. Garage Bands at Albany Public Library Washington Ave: After work concert in a literal garage. With Rechorduroys and Coupons. Kingston Night Market at Kingston Waterfront: Pop-up
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Bier Abbey seized

From the TU: The Bier Abbey on Union Street in Schenectady was shut down Tuesday afternoon in a seizure by the state tax department over nearly $700,000 in unpaid sales taxes. It would appear that the tax department has been trying to resolve the issue behind the scenes for months, which Gazzale said the tax
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Quality events for this weekend

Friday July 08 Fork in the Road at Tricentennial Park: Food trucks, music, beverages in the park. Dust Bowl Faeries at the Tang: “ethereal electro-acoustic gothic folk ensemble” The Acacia Strain at Trickshots: With Oceano, Knocked Loose, and Culture Killer. Shiri Zorn at Savoy: Actual Jazz on Lark. Bren, As soon as Morris & The
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“little pecks is a little open”

little pecks is a little open Coffee and some pastries available beginning 6AM Wednesday Full menu coming soon pic.twitter.com/jf2ysucyE7 — Peck's Arcade (@PecksArcade) July 6, 2016 little pecks had previously announced their opening day was to be Friday, but it seems like enough things are in place that the team will be getting the ball
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Heather LaVine and Vic Christopher win Eater’s 2016 Young Gun Award

From Eater: Each year, Eater puts on its search for the most inspiring young talent in the industry. We issue a public call for nominations, run selections by trusted industry experts, and then congratulate a new team of extraordinarily talented restaurant industry trailblazers. The winners are leading the charge for development and progress while making
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Drop Coffee Takeover at Superior Merchandise

Starting July 2, Drop Coffee will be taking over all things coffee at Superior Merchandise. Similar to a tap-takeover, SMCo. will be serving Drop Coffee’s entire line by pour over, batch brew, iced coffee, and espresso until they run out. Some background from Kinfolk’s excellent interview with Drop co-owner Joanna Alm: What do you take
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Quality events for this weekend

Friday June 24 Body Shine at Fuze Box: A “multi-cultural dance party showcasing the finest underground dance music from around the world”. I’m on the bill for this. Troy Night Out: City-wide celebration. Don’t miss Troy Cloth and Paper’s 5th Anniversary and the Spaghetti Sandwich Cart from Alleycarte. Bell Skinner and Candy Ambulance at SMCo:
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Quality events for this weekend

Friday June 17 Collage Night at SMCo.: “Glue and scissor social”. Kingston Night Market: Monthly street festival. Alan Fish and Friends at The Low Beat: Comedy show. Linear North, St. James and the Apostles, and Pony in the Pancake at River Street Pub: Rock/soul/surf. C.O.D., Hill Haints, Kulturkampf, Chloroform Party at Pauly’s: Punk/hardcore show. Cretin
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Upbeat On The Roof concert series and tours at tang teaching museum

Tang Teaching Museum has announced their concert series and tours for this summer. The lineup includes Olivia Quillio, Dust Bowl Faeries, Decoda, Terry Gordon Quintet, Swamp Baby, Red Haired Strangers, Hot Club of Saratoga, and Heavenly Echoes. They have also added a bunch of summer tours for most Tuesdays and Fridays throughout August 23. A
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Dali Mamma’s cooking classes, free yoga, and Sean Rowe

Downtown cafe Dali Mamma has a bunch in the works. This includes cooking classes, Dali After Dark (their Thursday night music series which Sean Rowe is playing June 24), free yoga on Tuesdays and Thursdays at SUNY Plaza. Head to their event calendar to see everything that’s going on.
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Upcoming screenings at Basilica Hudson

Basilica Hudson has announced their film series’ for 2016, two of which are free. River’s Pics! FREE Sunday Kid Matinees! — on Sunday’s June 26, July 31, and Aug 28 River’s Pics brings classics for the whole family featuring Music, Humor and Ballet. In a world of too many screens and portable devices, Basilica is
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SubBassProtoTon at EMPAC

From EMPAC: Although the SubBassProtoTon was used as a musical instrument for Atoui’s WITHIN, the box is more properly understood as a science-museum-style installation that allows visitors to explore some fundamental principles of sound while actually being immersed in the instrument itself. Anyone who interacts with the ProtoTon, regardless of age and musical or scientific
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Quality events for this weekend

Friday June 10 Yassou, Emily Ritz at The Half Moon: Dark post-pop jams. Ambersmoke, Bare Mattress, Bye, Another Michael at The Low Beat: Shoegaze, drone, synthpop, darkwave. Bad Mothers, Furnace Creek, The Kindness and EOJ at River St Pub: Indie/alt/rock show. Styles at BSP: Dance party. Fork in the Road at Tricentennial Park: Food trucks,
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Quality events for this weekend

Friday June 03 Half Light Presented by Exhuman at Fuze Box: Goth night! Hounds Of Hate, Krimewatch, Exit Order, Meter Feeder, High Card, Throat Culture, Bad Eric at Pauly’s: Presented by WCDB. Studio 54 at Oh Bar: Disco jams from DJ Tall Matt. Saturday June 04 Albany VegFest at PCC: Veg out. Caustic Method, Apastron,
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Sponsor: Proud New York Union Scholarship 2016

My thanks to Paul Giannetti and the Proud New York Union Scholarship 2016 for sponsoring KAB this week. The Proud New York Union Scholarship 2016 is a scholarship for students who have grown up in union homes in New York. From the Proud New York Union Scholarship website: To reward the sacrifices of union members
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