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Quality events for this weekend

Friday April 24

The Room at Madison Theater: Midnight showing of the worst movie ever.

Pete Francis at The Low Beat: With Funky Dawgz Brass Band.

Troy Night Out: Arts and culture in Troy. Tons to do, check the map.

The Nightingales of Berlin, Lecture by David Rothenberg at EMPAC: A look into the song of the nightingale and how it relates to music.

Earth Trio 2015: Michael Century, Susie Ibarra, David Rothenberg at EMPAC: A performance by three incredible musicians.

TNO After-Party at River Street Pub: Post TNO Dance party.

Over The Verrazano: A Troy Night Out musical experience: Jams from True and Vic at Peck’s.

Comedy Night at The Madison Theater: The fifth installment of the series featuring headliner Rich Williams.

Yes! at The Brakes: With Tony Mancus, Sara Deniz Akant, and Chris Schlegel.

Collar City Craft Fest at The Arts Center: Arts and crafts event!

Stupid Fucking Bird at Skidmore: An Adaptation of The Seagull by Aaron Posner.

Full Blown Chaos at Trickshots: And album releases for Protocol 7 & Sworn To Vengeance.

Saturday April 25

The Room at Madison Theater: Midnight showing of the worst movie ever.

Architeuthis Walks on Land + Miranda Cuckson at EMPAC: Improvisation from the unlikely duo of the viola and bassoon.

Improvgasm Saturday at The Low Beat: Improv.

Walter Salas-Humara at The Low Beat: With Canjo 10’s.

Rejection Project Public Writing Workshop at the Social Justice Center: Writing workshop focused on the concept of rejection.

Springtime Vintage Pop-Up Sale at Fort Orange General Store: “selection of clothing for women & men, accessories, decor & more”.

Collar City Craft Fest at The Arts Center: Arts and crafts event!

Electric City Couture Fashion Show at Universal Preservation Hall: Hope you got your tickets because it’s sold out!

Bogie’s BBQ Bash: With Concrete, Ghost Key, Church Tongue and From Within.

Mic Lanny, AJO, DEADSUMMER, SimeGezus, NAI, MikeArson, YoungReps, and Zenizen Pauly’s: With DJ Mercy and Tall Matt.

Mario at Legends: Platinum R&B artist performing downtown.

Sunday April 26

Rock N Roll Brunch XIII: Best brunch in the area, once a month. Don’t miss it.

Stupid Fucking Bird at Skidmore: An Adaptation of The Seagull by Aaron Posner.

All weekend

MOVE Music Festival: Tons of bands and music at almost every venue across Albany.

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.

Kingsman: The Secret Service, Get Hard, Home, Back to the Future, and The Room at the Madison Theater: Only five bucks!

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

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

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Landlady at The Low Beat: Ticket Giveaway

I posted last week that Landlady was coming to Albany this week, on Thursday.

The Low Beat has offered up a giveaway for two tickets to the show. If you’re not the giveaway type, tickets are currently on sale and are just $10. If you are the giveaway type, enter to win below.

Photo: Sasha Arutyunova

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Quality events for this weekend

Friday April 17

Word Fest Open Mic at UAG: Open mic with poets from Woodstock to Saratoga.

Bear Grass, Breakfast In Fur, & The Firs at The Treehouse: Pretty music.

Neutral Milk Hotel at MASS MoCA: Sold out.

Ramlord, Haggus, and Rota at The Low Beat: Metal.

Northern Faces at The Hollow: With Stellar Young and Royal Tongues.

Empire Bosoms at The Hangar : Burlesque tribute to 90s favorite Empire Records.

Caroline Rose at The Linda: Rockabilly jams. With Henry’s Rifle.

80’s Night & Costume Contest at The Hollow: Play anything night with DJ Trumastr.

The Cretin Hop at The Fuze Box: Rock and roll dance party.

Opera1 & Study no. 40.3.1 + Study no. 45.1 at EMPAC: “a collaborative effort between composers”.

Saturday April 18

Hudson Valley Hops at The Albany Institue: Local brewery showcase.

3rd Annual Word Fest Invitational Slam at Steamer 10: Poetry slam.

Public Writing Workshop at The Social Justice Center: Part one of two workshops from The Rejection Project.

Seth Glier at The Linda: Folk/pop.

X-Ambassadors and Good Fiction at RPI: Part of their Spring Concert Series.

Bing Bamboo Room Burlesque at The Low Beat: Saturday night staple.

Tour of The Battenkill: Pro/am race.

Sunday April 19

Gatherer at Jack’s Place (St. Rose): With Matt Dalton, and Havenfield.

Waka Flocka at UCH: With King Flee, AMJ, and Austin Watts.

Albany Toy Show at Wolf Road Holiday Inn: From the people that put on Albany Comic Con.

Tour of The Battenkill: Grand fondo, 5k.

Nine Pin Warehouse District Clean Up: Pick up trash, receive cider.

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.

Insurgent, Kingsman, 50 Shades of Grey and Forest Gump at the Madison Theater: Only five bucks!

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

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

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Local Tasting Series at Brew

Starting on May 14, Brew will be hosting six geographically themed tastings from 5-8 on the each night. The tastings are free.

The schedule is as follows:

5/14: Downstate Night with Chatham Brewing and Crossroads Brewing Company.

5/28: Adirondack Night with Adirondack Brewery and Paradox Brewery.

6/11: Troy Night with Brown’s Brewing Company and Rare Form Brewing Company.

6/25: Northway Night with Shmaltz Brewing Company and Davidson Brothers.

7/9: Cooperstown Night with Brewery Ommegang and Butternuts Beer & Ale.

7/23: Albany Night with C H Evans Brewing Company and Nine Pin Cider Works.

More into about the events and Brew can be found on their website, brewalbany.com. Brew is located at 209 Lark Street.

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Quality events for this weekend

Friday April 10

Collage Night at Tiger Trap Studio: Fun art party night for grown-ups.

Ground Zero Spring Radtacular Extravaganza: First shows of spring. Dance jams for Friday Night.

The Price is Right at The Palace: See Plinko™, Cliffhangers™, and The Big Wheel™ live™ in™ person™.

Worthy at Putnam Den: Big ole dance party with Mapa, Sweat Pants Money, Kip Chapman, Jennifer Haley, and Kloud9.

Saturday April 11

Downtown Albany Restaurant Week: 15 restaurants offering 3-course meals for $20.15. This runs until April 17.

Accidents in a Very Busy Place: Kurt Vonnegut in Schenectady: A discussion on Kurt Vonnegut’s time in Schenectady.

Backstabbers Inc., Maggot Brain, Tiger Flowers, Hellkeeper at The Treehouse: Get heavy.

Saint Rose Camerata Season Finale: Free modern dance show with a chamber music collaboration.

Party Plates, Metalian, Anarchyboys, Sick Mind at The Low Beat: Punk, hardcore, metal. Also, Jeff The Drunk.

Pianoply at EMPAC: “Four accomplished pianists, four acoustically distinct venues, five grand pianos.”

Sunday April 12

Ground Zero Spring Radtacular Extravaganza!: First shows of spring. Mathy, indie jams for Saturday.

Roller Derby at the Armory: Albany All Stars vs. Central New York Roller Derby All Stars.

4th Annual Grown Up Easter Egg Hunt at Prospect Park: Awesome egg hunt and it’s for a great cause.

2015 Albany Word Fest at McGeary’s: Celebration of National Poetry Month.

Klozapin, Walter, Blood Of Spain, Broken Field Runner at The Low Beat: Punk jams.

My Gay Banjo & Bell’s Roar at Albany Social Justice Center: First show at the revamped SJC.

Mega Bog, EZTV, and Slowshine at The Treehouse: “A good show for everyone to have a good time at”

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. Check out this years CANstruction exhibit.

Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, Focus, Kingsman: The Secret Service, and Chappie at the Madison Theater: Only five bucks!

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

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

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Mary Norris at the NYS Museum

Mary Norris is the famed copy editor of New York Magazine, and is affectionately known as ‘The Comma Queen’. Mary will be reading from her new book in the Huxley Auditorium at the NYS Museum on Thursday, April 9 at 8pm. She will also be giving an informal seminar in Humanities 354 at UAlbany earlier in the day.

Mary was recently on one of my favorite podcasts reading an excerpt of her new book, titled Between You & Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen. Mary was also recently on an NPR Author Interviews segment if you’d like to hear more from her, or get a bit more acquainted with her.

If you’ve got any love for the art of putting words together, you’ll love the segments above. And I bet you would also love hearing her read from her new book on Thursday.

Mary will also be doing a Reddit AMA today, Tuesday April 7 at 11am.

Illustration by Javier Jaén; Karen A. Racz

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Quality events for this weekend

Friday April 3

First Friday Albany: Arts and culture event every month. Galleries, bars, restaurants and music venues will all have something special going on.

DISCOFUNK at The Low Beat: First Friday happy hour.

First Friday at Albany Institute of History & Art: Free to the public for First Friday.

Graham Tichy Band at Albany Elks Lodge #49: Show up early and get your swing dance lesson in.

Exhuman at Fuze Box: Goth night!

Gutterlife at Bogies: With This Is Home, The Sky Above, and The Hotel View.

Raging on the River at River St Pub: With Antiserum, Run DMT, and Dubloadz.

2015 Mohawk Hudson Regional Invitational at Albany Center Gallery: “The work of three inspiring local artists”.

Saturday April 4

Kung Fu and Twiddle at Upstate Concert Hall: New-funk. With Mister F.

Yarn at The Linda: Part of the American Roots Series.

Upper Hudson Valley NanoFest at The Hollow: Beer from nano-breweries. That’s even smaller than micro.

Driven at Troy Boys and Girls Club: With Jake “The Snake” and WWE Diva Ashley Massaro.

April Improv Mash-Up at The Low Beat: Featuring Dollars to Donuts, Sorry Not Sorry and the student team.

Revocation at Trickshot Billiards: With Parasitic Extirpation, Foaming At The Mouth, Incontinence, TYRANIZE, Inhumatus, Abhorrent Aggression, and Skeptic.

Sunday April 5

Easter Egg Hunt at HWFC: So cute.

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. Check out this years CANstruction exhibit.

Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, Focus, Kingsman: The Secret Service, and Chappie at the Madison Theater: Only five bucks!

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

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