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Quality events for this weekend

Friday January 16

Joyce Manor, Quarterbacks, and Laura Stevenson at BSP Kingston: Hope you already have tickets because this is sold out.

Evan Harker, Language Arts, Matt Durfee, and Carl Daniels at Pauly’s: Fun jams.

Wine and Dine for the Arts Festival at Hilton Albany: Food and wine.

Monster Jam at the TU Center: Monster trucks.

Rae Sremmurd and T.Mills at UCH: Rap show.

Extraordinary Night of Guitars at Caffe Lena: Featuring Dan LaVoie, Shun Ng, and Trevor Gordon Hall.

Fish Fry & Falafel Dinner at the Free School: An affordable dinner and cake auction to benefit the Free School’s class trip.

Saturday January 17

Hattie’s 14th Annual Mardi Gras at the Canfield Casino: Fun party for a cause.

Wine and Dine for the Arts Festival at Hilton Albany: Food and wine.

Comic Jam with Ira Marcks at the Troy Public Library: Learn to draw comics or improve your skills with Ira.

Locksley at Vapor: Free show, with The Lucky Jukebox Brigade.

Hand Habits, Battle Ave, Happy You, Shana Falana at The Tree House: Rad show, but you gotta figure out where it is.

TV Rex at Pauly’s: : 70s Rock ‘n Roll all night.

Bing Bamboo Room Burlesque at The Low Beat: You know what it is.

Sunday January 18

Sean Rowe at Caffe Lena: Sold out, but you can try your luck or hit the Monday 3pm show.

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.

The Interview, Horrible Bosses, Hunger Games, and Fargo at the Madison Theater](http://www.themadisontheater.com/): Only five bucks!

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

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Peck’s Arcade: Review

Last Thursday, one day after opening, I went to Peck’s Arcade with a friend for dinner.

In the kitchen is Chef Nick Ruscitto and sous chef Matt Sciubba, the same two behind Tavern Noodle. Peck’s is already in their element pulling off a higher level dining experience.

We were seated towards back of the restaurant, facing the kitchen. I was able to ask Chef Nick about the menu, and he didn’t bat an eye when I had said that both of us are vegan. Both chefs commented that it was fun and easy for them to modify the dishes. This being a non-issue put me at ease throughout the course of my meal.

We ended up eating essentially everything that they were able to make for us, for a total of nine courses. Each dish came with it’s own set of flavors and texture, and each dish was as enjoyable as the last. Even the bread they served was excellent, and it’s no surprise it too is made in-house.

The food had intense levels of complexity and consideration for being so simply described. Seemingly small touches set the dishes over the top. The carrot risotto had deep fried rosemary; the hazelnuts popped in the wild mushroom dish; the togarashi was amazing on the broccoli; the black garlic was incredible on the celery root. The list goes on, and words can do it no justice.

The Peck’s machine was humming along. Vic was in the DJ booth providing the soundtrack for the night. Heather was bouncing around and in charge as always. Scott was behind the bar. The staff was attentive without being overbearing. The kitchen staff was calm and in control.

The attention to detail is obvious in everything at Peck’s. Even the hours are set up so the same staff works together each night to deliver a consistent, high quality experience. Head over to Peck’s Arcade as soon as you can. There’s a superlative dining experience to be had and you’re missing out if you haven’t been.

Peck’s Arcade is open 5 to 10pm Wednesday and Thursday, 5 to 11pm Friday and 4 to 11pm Saturday. You can find their menu and more information at pecksarcade.com

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Quality events for this weekend

Friday January 9

Fangirls Night Out at Earthworld Comics: Comic night for the ladies. With Jess Fink.

Joe Budden at Bogies: Rap show.

Youth Speak Out & Vigil for Leelah Alcorn at Dana Park: Remembering and raising awareness.

Wild Adriatic at Rustic Barn Pub: Indie jams.

Male Patterns at Pauly’s: Record release show. With Gay Mayor, Scuzz, and Sick Mind.

Saturday January 10

Brick By Brick at Trickshots: With Gunther Weezul, Hammer Fight, and Assault On The Livin.

AASRD Home Season Opener: The Perfect Storm at The Armory: First roller derby game of the season.

Moulin Rouge Burlesque at Rocks: Quick trip to 1890s Paris.

The Throwaways at Proctors Theater: “exploration of the devastating impact of police brutality and mass incarceration on the black community”

B-Scene Birthday Bash at The Low Beat: Up the punx.

Good Fiction, Spaceland, and Matt Malone at The Fuze Box: Dance jams.

Burnell Pines at BSP Kingston: With , Adrien Reju, and The Daydreamers.

Sunday January 11

SINew Years Eve at Fuze Box: Service industry New Years for those who were working on the real one.

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.

The Interview, Horrible Bosses, Hunger Games and Fargo at the Madison Theater: Only five bucks!

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

The Madison Theater to show ‘The Interview’

Starting this Friday, The Madison Theater will be screening The Interview. If you haven’t rented the movie over the holidays, you can see it in a theater for a dollar less than the rental.

The Interview will be screened on Friday, Tuesday, and Thursday at 4:20pm, 7pm, 9:30pm, Saturday and Sunday 2pm, 4:20pm, 7pm, 9:30pm and 4:20pm Wednesday.

You can stay up to date with The Madison Theater on facebook.

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Fangirls Night Out at Earthworld Comics

On Friday January 9, Earthworld Comics is hosting a Fangirls Night Out, an event for women who are interested in comics or learning more about them. Artist, creator, and writer Jess Fink will be at this event!

If you’re a woman who’s been interested in comics but had no idea how to start, this event is for you.

Learn more on the Fangirls Night Out event page, and be sure to keep up with Earthworld Comics on facebook, twitter and instagram. Earthworld Comics is located at 537 Central Avenue, Albany, NY 12206.

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New Years Eve parties in and around Albany

Below is a list of events that I could find from places that have put together an event for NYE. Almost every bar has a vague event listing for “a DJ” and a $150 open bar, which is why those are explicitly excluded. If I missed anything actually worthwhile, please email or tweet me the info and I will add it.

The Confectionery: Open bar, wine tasting, DJ, food station, photobooth and more.

Old English: Open bar, passed hors d’oeuvres and champagne at midnight.

Pauly’s Hotel: With Oobleck, and Dr. Magnum.

Putnam Den: Wild Adriatic, North & South Dakotas, Evac Protocol, and Leila.

The Palace: Moe.

Proctors: First Night Funny comedy show as well as the ball drop.

Franklin Plaza: Fancy party with The Accents providing the tunes as well as food stations and cocktails.

The Ruck: All inclusive dinner and beer menu.

Jose Malone’s: Alex Torres & His Latin Orchestra and DJ XTREME.

The Low Beat: All request night with The Deadbeats.

Umana Restaurant & Wine Bar: Prix fixe menu and special wines.

The Half Moon, Hudson: With the Voodoo Revue & Marc Anthony Thompson.

The Hollow: With Northern Faces, Stellar Young, The Slaughterhouse Chorus.

Kingston: City wide party.

Fuze Box: With Mirk and Stoop Kidz.

Saratoga: First Night with Nat Osborn Band, The Orange, Bear Grass, Great Mutations, Beaked Whale, and Olivia Quillio.

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Quality events for this weekend

Friday December 19

Holiday Toys & Noise at The Hollow: Toy drive with MIRK, Carl Daniels and The Black Box, Mike Lanahan & James Rock.

Toy Drive with Bane, Born Low, After The Fall, Concrete, Firestarter at Bogies: Mosh for a cause.

Nick Lowe at The Egg : With Ian McLagan.

The Figgs Holiday Show at The Low Beat: With Blockhouses.

WEQXmas Party with Robert DeLong at Putnam Den: With Kip Chapman, Evac Protocol, & Kill Rex.

Saturday December 20

Rebecca Peacock Trunk Show at Fort Orange: Jewelry on display and a great way to finish holiday shopping.

Pony in the Pancake at The Low Beat: With Party Boat, Great Mutations, Los Espejos.

TK Wonder at BSP Kingston: With Simi Stone and DJ Sterling.

Pretty Much the Best Comedy Show with Dan St Germain at Proctors: Great comedy show.

Sunday December 21

Rock N Roll Brunch IX at The Low Beat: The best brunch around.

The Trial Before Christmas screening at Rev Hall: Big screen video showing.

Toy drive with Vanna, Texas In July, Sirens & Sailors, Restless Streets, The Primrose Path, Sworn To Vengeance at Bogie’s: Hardcore show for a cause.

Moon Worship, Yoma and Che Guevara T-Shirt at The Low Beat: Experimental jams.

Clover, Dead Empires, Castaway, T.H.E.M., Widows Walk at BSP Kingston: Hardcore/metal.

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.

Gone Girl, Die Hard and Big Hero 6 at the Madison Theater: Only five bucks!

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