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 the memories of Alton Sterling, Philando Castile, and others who have become victims of police shootings and violence.

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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, Head Of Hydrus, Construct Paradise, and Breathe The Skyline at Fuze Box: Metal.

Freihofer’s Run for Women at ESP: Morning race.

Wolff’s to Wolff’s Bicycle Ride: Albany to Troy bike ride.

The Sandlot at Madison Theater: 35¢ matinee screening.

Asa Morris & the Mess, The Stable Gentlemen, Totally Gnarly, and The Escape at Putnam Den: Rock/folk/alt.

Spooky Hat, Blue Ranger, Comfy, Another Michael, Loveport, and Slayer Kitty at WCPH: Alt/rock/indie.

Botanica with DJ Ephraim Asili at The Half Moon: Dance party.

Improv Jam at The Low Beat: Sorry Not Sorry’s first open improv jam.

Sunday June 05

Art on Lark: This has been moved to July 16.

Albany Comic Con at Radisson Hotel Albany: You know.

Bill Burr at Palace Theater: Comedy show.

All weekend

Art Omi: The sculpture fields are awesome.

Day trip to MASS MoCA: Pretty drive and a great museum.

The NYS Museum: Bunch of great exhibits and it’s right in your backyard.

Second-run movies at the Madison Theater: Only five bucks!

Movies at The Spectrum: First run, independent movies at a small centrally located theater.

Farmer’s Markets: Troy, Delmar, and Saratoga on Saturday, and Schenectady and Saratoga on Sunday.