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 by pro-charter group Families for Excellent Schools, which will push for an “end to New York’s failing schools crisis.”

Five hundred buses means an insane amount buses, people, and traffic. Also, it’s snowing. Plan accordingly.

Thanks to reddit user albanydigital for the heads up.


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 EMPAC: Site specific performance for the Concert Hall. Read EMPACs description.

REVIVAL by C. Ryder Cooley at Peck’s Arcade: Performance art and short stories.

A Modern Dance Concert at the Arts Center for the Capital Region: Dance performance as part of TNO.

Exitpost, Richie Quake, Opaque Body, Use Secret at Ground Zero: Experimental and electronic leaning jams.

And The Kids, Breakfast In Fur, The Sun Parade at BSP Kingston: Cheap awesome show in Kingston.

Saturday February 28

UAG Black & White Gala at Normanside Country Club: Music, poetry, art, and more to keep the UAG moving.

On Animation and Workflow at EMPAC: A screening and discussion of the processes of animation and film.

Nine Pin’s Anniversary Party at Nine Pin: Nine Pin turns one!

Mirk and Bells Roar at Mother’s: Local favorites at RPI.

Pretty Much The Best Comedy Show Presents James Goff at Proctors: Great comedy show over in Schenectady.

Bing Bamboo Room Burlesque at The Low Beat: Celebrating ten years of burlesque.

Comedy at the Madison Theater: Featuring headliner Mark Walton.

Palemen, Goldee Dust, Jennifer Haley at Spring Street Gallery: A night of art and music.

Storyboard P and the Warriorz at MASS MoCA: Dance performance.

E. O. M. at McGeary’s: With Nobody Likes a Racist and Mic Lanny.

Sunday March 1

Roller Derby at the Armory: Albany All Stars Roller Derby vs Mid-Hudson Misfits and Trauma Authority vs The Quadfathers.

All weekend

Ice Skating at the Plaza: Rinks open 11am-8pm.

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.

Into the Woods, Jupiter Ascending, Paddington, The Terminator at the Madison Theater: Only five bucks!

Movies at The Spectrum: First run, independent movies at a locally owned theater.

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


KC’s Music Monday: Nobody Likes A Racist

Earlier this month, Nobody Likes A Racist debuted two tracks online via no record labels, no co-branding, no politics and “no reason not to – just two pals making music.”

With Dez on the mic and Trumastr providing the beats, this collaboration naturally came out awesome. I always appreciate when musicians are able to set aside their main projects and other endeavors to challenge their talents in new ways. It doesn’t happen enough.

The good news: this collaboration works well – and makes me want to hear more from the duo. Excuse my clear bias, but Dez and Trumastr have been two of several leaders in the local hip hop scene with mutual missions to consistently strive to set the quality bar high for local music, and it’s really refreshing for the two to team up to make music just for the fun of it.

“Rooting For Everybody” is my favorite of the pair, and discusses different elements of the hip hop scene in Albany with top notch lyricism and delivery. The beat is catchy, and fits the vocals well. “Morocco Portugal” compliments the project well, and is a nice contrast from “Rooting For Everybody.” Both are slam dunks in my book.

This Saturday, McGeary’s will host performances by Nobody Likes A Racist and Mic Lanny for the monthly EOM event – and also has been hijacked to double as my going away party. I will be relocating to Denver, Colorado at the beginning of March, but hope to continue contributing to KAB on occasion. Hope to see you there!



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.


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: Western themed goth night!

Saturday February 7

Awkwafina at Proctors: Comedy Show. From Girl Code on MTV.

Capital Area Indie Fest at the Linda: Carl Daniels and the Black Box, Chris Dukes Band, Ashley Sofia, Stockade Kids, Holly and Evan, Accents
Legendary Losers, and Sandy McKnight & the Idea.

Saratoga Fat Bike Rally at Saratoga Spa State Park: Fat bikes in the snow.

FAQ Circus at the Troy Atrium: Three preview performances.

Jay Farrar and Anders Parker at the Egg: Alt-country guitar jams.

Like It Rough at Fuze: With Done With You, Loser’s Circle, Damn Kids, Order of the Circle, and New Red Scare.

Steve Earle at MASS MoCA: Alt-country.

Straight Acting at Rocks: “NYC’s Sissiest New Party”.

February Foreplay Improv at The Low Beat: With Sorry, Not Sorry and Dollars to Donuts.

Sunday February 8

Lecture with Professor Steven Leibo at Opalka Gallery: Discussing the climate crisis.

Roller Derby at the Armory: Albany All Stars vs. Assault City Doubleheader.

Vegan Potluck at Oakwood Community Center: Hosted by the Albany Vegan Network.

All Weekend

Ice Skating at the Plaza: Rinks open 11am-8pm.

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.

Into the Woods, Taken 3, Unbroken, and Gone with the Wind at the Madison Theater: Only five bucks!

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


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 putting the idea of ramen into the heads of people in the Capital Region.

Photo: Daniel Go/flickr


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 Project, panel discussion on rape culture, a look at “gaslighting” and a look at students’ attitudes regarding hookup culture, sex, and dating. You can see more details on the events on the UA Event Calendar.

All events during Sexuality Week are free and open to the public and you can read more about tonight’s event on the official event page.