Next Saturday the Audubon Society of the Capital Region is hosting OktoBIRDfest, a fundraiser, at the Albany Pump Station/Albany Visitors Center.

Your donation gets you tastings from many breweries, distilleries, wineries and a cidery. There will also be raffles, live birds of prey (!!!), and much more.

Learn more about the event on the Audubon Society of the Capital Region’s website. You can save a little money by registering online in advance and enjoy some beers for the birds. Literally.


Pop Place at Tricentennial Park

For a few more days, Tricentennial Park is hosting an array of vendors in pop up shops. Pop Place is a fun way shot showcase awesome local shops and artists in a fun way, while encouraging people to check out what downtown has to offer.

Tonight is the “Experience: Pop Place” event and will will feature Fort Orange General Store, Semi-Lux, Capital Creative, Desolation Road Studios, South End Pallet Works, All Day She Plays, and The Rise and Shine Company. There will be music from Bell’s Roar and Olivia Quillio and food from Druthers Brewery, Dali Mamma & Cider Belly Doughnuts.

Check the event page and head over tonight at 5pm.

Photo: Capitalize Albany/facebook


Hannibal Buress at the Egg

One of my favorite comedians, Hannibal Buress just announced tour dates for the fall, and much to my surprise it includes Albany. Hannibal will be at the Egg on November 20 at 8pm. Tickets are $28 and are currently on sale.

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Wellington Hotel Annex to be imploded Saturday

UPDATE: This has been changed to Saturday from Thursday.

Jordan Carleo-Evangelist for the TU:

City officials have approved the plan by Columbia Development to implode the 11-story Wellington Annex on Thursday to make way for the new downtown convention center, the company announced Friday.

The explosive demolition by Maryland-based Controlled Demolition Inc. is scheduled for after the morning rush hour, Columbia said in a statement.

That building is a total eyesore. Sucks that it’s been neglected for so long, but at least it will have a pretty grand send-off. I’ll hopefully be on the Plaza to watch and record the implosion.

Photo: Boston Public Library/flickr


‘Nas: Time is Illmatic’ at the Palace

On Friday October 3rd, Nas will be at the Palace Theater in conjunction with a screening of his documentary Nas: Time is Illmatic. The show will begin with a screening of the film, and then Nas will perform Illmatic from start to finish. Seriously.

From the event page:

“Nas: Time is Illmatic” – which opens via Tribeca Film – follows the trajectory of his 1994 landmark debut album, “Illmatic.” It traces Nas’ influences and the insurmountable odds he faced in creating the greatest work of music from hip-hop’s second golden era. The documentary is directed by multimedia artist, One9, written by Erik Parker, and produced by One9, Parker, and Anthony Saleh. The film was supported by The Ford Foundation’s Just Films, Tribeca Film Institute’s Tribeca All Access program, and Hennessy V.S. to help bring Nas’ inspiring story of tireless pursuit of excellence to audiences nationwide.

Tickets start at $40 and go on sale on Friday August 15th at 10am via ticketmaster. Learn more on the Palace website.


Quality events for this weekend vol. 144

Friday Aug 1

First Friday: It’s the first Friday of the month. Which means there’s art and other art related things going on.

Vegan Vegout at Iron Gate: Featuring an all vegan menu with artwork by Caitlin McCourt.

The Cosmic Works of Roland Graves at the Machine: Art. Go look at it.

First Friday at The Hudson Disco-Tek: With art from Kateryne Lora and Michael O’Connor.

Big Picture and Unexpected Photography at the Barn: Dual show opening for First Friday.

The Tempest at the Ten Broeck Mansion: Presented by Confetti Stage.

Sean Rowe in Cohoes: Free. Which is rare, because Sean Rowe is really good.

Conor Oberst at Ommegang: With Dawes and The Baseball Project.

Saturday Aug 2

Basilica Back Gallery Opening: Multi artist show at Basilica Hudson’s new 2,000 square foot gallery space with a grip of performances.

All Weekend

The Track: It’s open. And fun.

Cirque Éloize at Proctors: Just watch the video.

Art Omi: Sculpture fields open now.

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.

Once Upon a Time in the West, The Good, The Bad and the Ugly, and An American Tale at the Madison Theater: Only five bucks!

Barons in the Attic – You Can’t Front on That

Barons in the Attic recently called it quits. They’ve released all their music for free on bandcamp and have just well as publishing a career introspective video into their band.

The (partial) description from the YouTube page

Barons in the Attic started in 2008 as many bands do; just some dudes messing around in a shitty house. In 2014 they decided they were tired of messing around in this formation so they changed course and ended the band. What plays above is a video homage to ourselves, a career retrospective on something too short to be a career, and a nice way to find some closure, at least for myself. I made this video, with help from some amazing friends and feel it (at least for me and hopefully the band and our closest friends) sums up a truly amazing part of our lives.

I’ve seen BitA few times and it’s always sad when a band calls it quits, but at least there’s this great video to revisit in years to come.