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.


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.


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.


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.


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


Quality events for this weekend

Friday January 29

Troy Night Out: It’s that time again!

Eric Margan at SMCo.: TNO jams.

Collage Night at Forage + Sundry: TNO collage night with Ira Marcks and Caroline Corrigan.

Mad Laughs at Madison Theater: A night of comedy with Sorry Not Sorry, Jennifer McMullen, Joshua Knight, Jared Oswald, and Matt Bergman.

Graham Tichy Band at The Ruck: TNO rock and roll.

Over The Verrazano: TNO musical experience with Trumastr, Nate Da Great, and DJ Noodle.

Jordan Taylor & DJ Mercy at River Street Pub: TNO dance party.

January Troy Night Out at The Arts Center: Featuring an all new show from 4 artists, short plays, and readings.

Saturday January 30

Internet of Things Hackathon at Tech Valley Center Of Gravity: “The goal is to create the greatest IoT-related product in a 30 hour period”.

Free Day at MASS MoCA: If you haven’t been in a while, here’s your invite.

Labyrinth: A Tribute to David Bowie at Madison Theater: An honorary screening. Dressing up and singing encouraged.

80’s Night at Fuze Box: One time return of DJ Auryn.

Big Mean Sound Machine at The Hollow: Fusion jams, with Black Mountain Symphony.

EOM at McGeary’s: Featuring Kat Broadus, We Stole the Show, Algorhythm and Zeo.

Fuck Squad, Bria Monét, Bell’s Roar, Eest Coast at RPI’s Ground Zero: First show of 2016.

Sunday January 31

Die Hard: A Tribute to Alan Rickman at Madison Theater: An honorary screening of his first film.

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.