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Quality events for this weekend

Friday February 12

Porches, Battle Ave, Robert Earl Thomas at BSP: No advance tickets. Get there early.

Nate Wooley at EMPAC: Renowned jazz/improv trumpet player.

A Burlesque tribute to The Goonies at The Hangar: Another one in C. Amanda Boutahorse’s Cult Classics series.

National College Comedy Festival at Skidmore: Big ol’ comedy show.

Foghorn Stringband at The Linda: American Stringband music. With folk musicians Mike & Ruthy.

Girth Control and Henry’s Rifle at The Low Beat: Built4BBQ happy hour. Stick around for Kimono Dragons, Hammer Hawk and Colorway.

Flower Scout Workshop at SMCo.: Make an arrangement and drink some drinks.

Inkredibly at Wolff’s Biergarten: Drinks, games, giveaways and most importantly, a photo booth in an Airstream.

RAQ at The Hollow: With Schoolbus Yellow.

Indrajit Banerjee at Madison Theater: Renowned sitarist.

Wine & Paint at The Free School: Art school for adults.

Saturday February 13

Miho Hatori, Patrick Higgins, Arto Lindsay at The Half Moon: Vibe out.

The 23rd Annual Gem, Mineral & Fossil Show and Sale at The NYS Museum: Rock out.

Flower Scout Workshop at SMCo.: Make an arrangement and drink some drinks.

12th Planet at River Street Pub: Rage on the river.

The Tichy Boys and Johnny Rabb at The Hangar: Winter dance party featuring the music of Buddy Holly, Richie Valens, and the Big Bopper.

Nuclear Santa Claust, Meticulous Women, The Jagaloons, Lone Ranger at The Low Beat: Rocking and rolling.

Valentine’s Ball at Fuze Box: 80s Night meets Valentines Day.

Immune Fiction, Making the Stars Move, Sojii, Candy Ambulance, Nice Try, Kid at Pauly’s: Punk, rock, indie, etc.

Henry Phillips at Madison Theater: Comedy, two shows.

Hairband Riot at The Hollow: All metal tribute to the Bee Gees.

Sorry Not Sorry & Am I Right? at The Low Beat: Improv Saturdays at The Beat. Early.

Terrarium Workshop at Forage + Sundry: Make your own terrarium.

Craft Night at The Barn: Guided DIY, Valentine’s theme.

Albany Devils vs. Rochester Americans at TU Center: AHL hockey.

National College Comedy Festival at Skidmore: Big ol’ comedy show.

Sunday February 14

The 23rd Annual Gem, Mineral & Fossil Show and Sale at The NYS Museum: Rock out.

The Lovely Feast at Takk House: Something different for your Valentine’s Day.

Asili & Vaccaro at Umana: Kick your V-day game into overdrive.

Albany Devils vs. Bridgeport Sound Tigers at TU Center: AHL hockey.

Within The Ruins (and many more) at Trickshot Billiards: Valentine’s day metal show. Ladies free.

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.

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Quality events for this weekend

Friday February 5

First Friday Albany: Arts and culture event all around Albany, check that map.

UNRESTRICTED at Albany Center Gallery: Artists from Vicarious Visions showcasing their personal work.

Disco Funk Happy Hour at The Low Beat: Start your weekend off right with some funk and soul.

Normal Instruments and Lord Electro at The Hollow: Improvisiation.

Harsh by Harsh West 2: Bat Country at Fuze Box: Goth night!

Immaculate Heart, Dollys, PineSheets, and Bare Matress at The Treehouse: Indie/pop/darkwave/experemental/etc.

The Further Unsound at The Low Beat: Release party for their new album, “Along For The Ride”.

Carinae, The Johannas, Crisco Dreams, Hunter at Ground Zero: Another fun show at RPI’s DIY spot.

Study no. 50 at EMPAC: Performed by the Williams Percussion Ensemble and directed by Matthew Gold.

ACTIVATE: Opening Reception at Albany Barn: Celebrating the role of art in activism.

Defeated Sanity, Iniquitous Savagery, Iniquitous Deeds, The Killing Condition, Tyranize and Foaming At The Mouth at Trickshots: Metal x 6.

Saturday February 6

Gay Mayor Throat Culture Neutron Rats Hill Haints at The Low Beat: J Krak’s 38th birthday punk breakfast show, featuring Berben & Wolff’s breakfast. Early.

Molly Ringwald at Proctors: 30-year Breakfast Club anniversary Q&A.

Cosplay with Phi Phi O’Hara at Rocks: Cosplay party at Rocks. Probably the most fun looking event page I’ve seen in a while.

8th Annual Beat Shot Spins for J Dilla: Remembering J Dilla. Proceeds go to his foundation.

Roller Derby at the Armory: AASRD Brawl Stars vs. ACRD Battery Brigade.

Cannon the Brave at Eden Cafe: Fun free show in Loudonville.

Open Mic at Ground Zero: First one of 2016.

David Shine & Friends at Madison Theater: Comedy show.

Harlem Nights at The Linda: Games and grandeur for a good cause.

Albany Devils vs. Hartford Wolf Pack at TU Center: AHL hockey.

Saratoga Chowderfest: You know.

Super Bowl Sunday February 7

Beat*Shot Presents: Rootin’ For Cam Newton While Supporting Black Business And Drinking Your Juice In The Hood at Johnnie’s: Enough said.

Penetration, Outnumber The Living, Strike Against All, More Than Human, I Glow In The Dark at The Low Beat: Metal show.

Mister F and Ampevene at The Hollow: Prog/jam rock.

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 and they have a seriously solid snack selection.

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

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

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Science Cafe at City Beer Hall

This is the best collaboration I’ve heard of in a long time.

The NYSM invites you to grab a drink and join us for insightful, casual conversations at City Beer Hall in Albany, NY. At the brand new Science Café, you will have the opportunity to meet a Museum Scientist or Curator, briefly learn about his or her research and have a rousing discussion. This program’s presenter is Dr. Jeremy Kirchman, Curator of Birds at the New York State Museum and Affiliate Professor of Biology at the University at Albany.

Mark your calendar for Tuesday Feb 9 at 6pm, and get there early. I have a feeling this is going to be a hit. For more info, visit the New York State Museum website.

Recordings from TEDxAlbany 2015

TEDx has posted the videos from the recent TEDxAlbany event at Overit. The playlist above contains the 10 talks from the day.

Talks and speakers include:

  • Dr. Valerie Rapson, speaking about STEM education
  • Catherine Hill, speaking about immigration
  • Emad Rahim, speaking about empathy and social violence
  • Chad Orzel, speaking about exotic physics
  • Heather Jacobsen, speaking about nutritional research and dieting
  • Colleen Costello, speaking about the use of light to minimize hospital-acquired infection
  • Jaye McBride, speaking about life as a transgender comedian
  • Ty Allan Jackson, speaking about literacy in low-income regions
  • David Haight, speaking about reversing farmland loss in New York State
  • Sandhyaa Iyengar, speaking about early literacy and its impact on life-long learning

To learn more about TEDx, head to the TED website.

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Coffee with Creatives

Upstate NY AIGA is hosting another one of their fun Coffee with Creatives events on Feb 19 at 7:30am in Albany, Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, and Poughkeepsie.

Whether you’re a designer yourself, work with them, or just want to get to know a few, this is a great opportunity to connect with your community. Grab a cup of coffee and let’s chat!

Albany’s will take place at Bread & Honey, 809 Madison Ave. Head to the event page and get yourself registered to start your day off a little differently than usual.

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Unrestricted at ACG

ACG recently announced a cool show that will have it’s opening reception Friday at 5pm. Unrestricted is a showcase of personal work from artists that work at Vicarious Visions, a local video game company responsible for many games you’ve heard of. Many designers and artists have their side projects and other creative outlets, but they rarely get shown, let alone their own show.

The artists at VV have been recognized for their work on groundbreaking video games including Skylanders: SuperChargers and Guitar Hero – but are excited to come together for the first time to share their most personal work. Unrestricted is a glimpse into the inspirations and passions that fuel their creativity.

Artists include: Jeff Bellio, Bill Castagna, Steve Derrick, Kevin Dobler, Arzu Fallahi, Wyatt Glen, Matt Helsom, Eric Johnson, Brian Labore, Danielle Morales, Scott Moore, Dave Phillips, Christian Portwine, and Daniel Williams.

For more info, check the event page from ACG.

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New at Brew

Brew on Lark has a few great specials and promotions starting up this month.

Every week from 5-8pm there will be Tuesday Night Tastings with different brewers. So far tastings will include Shmaltz, Ithaca, Newburgh, and Bells.

Brew and Noho/Soho pizza have teamed up for their Wednesday promotion, where you get a slice of pizza with a 64oz growler fill from 5-8pm.

In addition to these, Brew is now featuring a coffee roaster of the month and if you buy a bag of their beans, you get a free coffee with it. And in a similar vein, there is now a growler happy hour Monday through Thursday 12-4pm.

Stop by, stay stocked up on your beverages of choice and you’ll get a little bonus while doing so.

For more details, visit brewalbany.com.