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Quality events for this weekend

Friday May 22

Blood Warrior, Death Vessel, Liv Carrow at The Half Moon: Dreamy folky indie jams.

Tech N9ne at UCH: With Krizz Kaliko, Chris Webby, Murs, King 810, and Zuse.

Still//Life at Basilica Hudson: Opening reception for Still/Life.

Pixies at Brewery Ommegang: With TV on the Radio and John Grant.

Saturday May 23

Phoenicia Flea at The Graham & Co: Monthly flea market in a lovely Hudson Valley town.

IRIS Pre-Show Party at Fort Orange General Store: A fun pre-show party at FOGS, then roll over and watch the show.

Garden Party Festival in Sharon Springs: Celebrating the spring.

Sunday May 24

Phoenicia Flea at The Graham & Co: Monthly flea market in a lovely Hudson Valley town.

Garden Party Festival in Sharon Springs: Celebrating the spring.

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.

Cinderella, Birdman, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Charlie Chaplin’s The Gold Rush, Nobuhiko Obayashi’s House, and Unforseen at the Madison Theater: Just five bucks!

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

USS Slater Tours: Open all weekend. Take a tour of this awesome warship.

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

Big Sean at Upstate Concert Hall: Recap & Photos

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After a rescheduling in April that (disappointingly) shed J. Cole from the bill, Big Sean finally hit the Upstate Concert Hall on May 6th.

With support lent from Casey Veggies and Justine Skye, all the performers carried a lot of energy right into Big Sean’s set.

I arrived during Justine Skye’s set and immediately wished I had made it in earlier. Skye dutifully filled the opening act role by captivating the crowd with dancers, choreography, jokey stage banter, and even by pulling fans out of the crowd for a dance-off. If you’re unfamiliar with Skye, The FADER did a great feature that gives insight into the singer’s come-up.

Casey Veggies was a ball of energy onstage. Veggies, who is one of the original founders of OFWGKTA, isn’t living in the past or riding on his association with more famous rappers like Tyler, the Creator. He’s found his own lane musically and it’s working. Much of the crowd was familiar with his tunes and singing along, and the uninitiated remainder were still feeling it and nodding along.

Before Big Sean, the room buzzed with anticipation. The stage setup almost seemed as if it was too big for the UCH, with a full band stationed behind an enormous stage-wide wall of LEDs. Once Big Sean got onstage, I could tell that both the crowd and the rapper were having a lot of fun. Between songs, Sean talked about following his dreams out of Detroit and getting signed to GOOD Music. He enthusiastically encouraged the room to follow their dreams as well. Other crowd interaction included call/response of his famous ad libs (“Oh God”, “Little Bitch”, “Swerve”, etc.) and shouting out the members of his walled-off band. Throughout Sean’s 27-song set, he took the crowd on a journey from his hits, to his new stuff, to features, back to the hits.

If Sean is even remotely on your radar, catch a show. You’ll have a blast.

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Them Are Us Too at The Treehouse

Shoegaze duo Them Are Us Too will be playing The Treehouse on June 23 alongside Eternal Crimes, Bernard Herman, Uncivilization, and DJ Crom.

You can read about Them Are Us Too on The FADER as well as check out an interview with the memebers on Noisey.

Stay in the loop and RSVP for this show on the Facebook event page.

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2015 Alive at Five lineup

Thursday, June 11, 5pm: The Bad Plus Joshua Redman with the Chronicles

Thursday, June 18, 5pm: Chrisette Michele with Bell’s Roar

Thursday, June 25, 5pm: J Roddy Walston & The Business with Avers

Thursday, July 9, 5pm: Yonder Mountain String Band with the Blind Owl Band

Thursday, July 16, 5pm: Atlas Genius with Rival Galaxies

Thursday, July 23, 5pm: The Edgar Winter Band with Charmboy

Thursday, July 30, 5pm: Raelynn with Big Sky Country

Thursday, August 6, 5pm: Blue Oyster Cult with Blotto

Fore more info, check the Alive at Five website.

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Fort Orange and Spectrum 8 present the opening of IRIS

On Saturday, May 23 Fort Orange General Store is having a pre-show gathering before the 8pm showing of Magnolia Picture’s IRIS.

All are welcome to join us for a pre-show gathering at Fort Orange before the film. Guests are encouraged to dress up in the spirit of Iris– layer up your colorful accessories, and put on your more eccentric outfits. We’ll have a photo booth, drinks, and door prizes (including the famed lipstick “Pink Flamingo” by MAC’s Iris Apfel Collection). Show your movie ticket to receive 20% off your purchase in the shop.

IRIS portrays a singular woman whose enthusiasm for fashion, art and people are life’s sustenance and reminds us that dressing, and indeed life, is nothing but an experiment. Despite the abundance of glamour in her current life, she continues to embrace the values and work ethic established during a middle-class Queens upbringing during the Great Depression. “I feel lucky to be working. If you’re lucky enough to do something you love, everything else follows.”

Read more about the event via FOGS.

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Brew to host local tasting series

Brew has announced another round of great free tastings so you can try out some of their offerings without having to commit to a whole growler/six pack/bottle/can.

The series is as follows:

May 14 – 5 PM – 8 PM – Downstate Night w/ Chatham Brewing and Crossroads Brewing Company 5 PM – 8 PM

May 28 – 5 PM – 8 PM – Adirondack Night w/ Adirondack Pub & Brewery and Paradox Brewery

June 11 – 5 PM – 8 PM – Troy Night w/ Brown’s Brewing Company and Rare Form Brewing Company

June 25 – 5 PM – 8 PM – Northway Night w/ Shmaltz Brewing Company and Davidson Brothers Restaurant & Brewery

July 9 – 5 PM – 8 PM – Cooperstown Night w/ Ommegang and Butternuts Beer & Ale

July 23 – 5 PM – 8 PM – Albany Night w/ C.H. Evans Brewing Albany Pump Station and Nine Pin Cider

Check out the event on facebook and be sure to add these dates to your calendar!

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Rock N Roll Brunch XIV

Rock N Roll Brunch is back at The Low Beat for their May installment. Music will be provided by Andrew Joseph Weaver.

The menu, so far, is the following:

Craquelin

Chicken Empanadas
chimichuri

Spouted Lentil Pancakes
barbeque pork, hakurai turnip salad, sunny side egg, sesame seed sauce

Lamb Benedict
barley flatbread, braised lamb, radish, preserved lemon, poached egg, pistachio aioli
home fries

Cinamon Raisin Bagel French Toast
cream cheese icing, walnuts

Breakfast Bruschetta (vegan)
grilled bread, white beans, dandelion, lovage, seitan breakfast sausage, radish shoots, home fries
(add egg)

Biscuits and Gravy
choice of house made sausage or mushroom gravy, buttermilk biscuit, 2 eggs, home fries

Check out the event on facebook and get there early on Sunday!