Crossgates to ban smoking anywhere on it’s property

Starting March 30th, 2012, which is “World No Tobacco Day”, Crossgates is officially making it’s property smoke free. Going to the mall is bad enough but having to walk through the plumes of disgusting cigarette smoke outside each entrance is one of the few things that can actually make the mall worse. Good move, Crossgates.

Here’s the letter they gave to the stores within the mall.

Thanks for the photo Katie!

Quality events for this weekend vol. 37

Friday March 2

1st Friday Albany – March [fbook]

Friday + Saturday WCDB 34th Anniversary Music Festival [fbook]

With The Punches, State Champs, Growing Pains, The Summer Switch at Jack’s Place (St. Rose) [fbook]

Trumastr Jones and the Temple of Boom with Kido, Party w/ Tina and DJ OFI at HRCH [fbook]

Saturday March 3

On Deck – Skateboard Art Show at Spring Street Gallery fbook]

Jean-François Peyret’s RE: Walden at EMPAC fbook]

A Little Bit of Everything with DJ Trumastr and Jonathon Vegus at Quintessence fbook]

Albany All Stars Roller Derby [fbook]

Sunday March 4

1st Open Mic Night at Lark Tavern, hosted by Carl Daniels fbook]

S.I.N. at McGeary’s with DJ Trumastr fbook]

Interestingness in the local news vol 51

it snowed.

troy record does the 5 questions thing with total (local) babe whos on americas next top model laura lafrate [tr]

highspeed chase to fatal hit and run to flee with a car full of friends on a suspended license bro pleads not guilty [tu]

crazy chick thats a ua student breaks into ex bfs house and goes ratchet [tu]

two locals win lotto [tr]

corning tower fire caused by space heater under desk [tr]

OVER: Ticket Giveaway: Langhorne Slim and Babe City, Tomorrow at Valentines

After my enthusiastic post, Hello Pretty City was kind enough to give us TWO pairs of tickets to give away for the amazing show that will be happening tomorrow.

To enter: Just fill out the form below (and like the pages if you are nice) and I’ll pick two winners (each get a +1) tomorrow at 4pm. Don’t enter if you can’t go and be sure to put in a phone number or an email because you’ll need to respond somewhat quickly.

Hit the jump for the entry form. Continue reading…

Tomorrow: Langhorne Slim with Babe City at Valentines

Tomorrow night marks the emergence of Albany’s pop-up supergroup, aptly titled Babe City, which consists of Caroline Corrigan, formerly of the Red Lions and who just returned form a quick Euro tour with End of a Year. Olivia Quillio and Meg Duffy, both of self-titled fame, and MaryLeigh Roohan of MaryLeigh & the Fauves, which requires no introduction.

They’re opening for Langhorne Slim, a singer/songwriter from Pennsylvania that graduated from the highly acclaimed Purchase College Music Conservatory. I have no idea what they sounds like and I’m going to stay ignorant until tomorrow night, where I am sure I will be pleasantly surprised. The wiki says they’re “featured artist on Season 2 of “Sun Studio Sessions,” distributed nationally to PBS affiliate stations” so if you are an NPR cool-dad, know an NPR cool-dad or listen to NPR cool-dad music like that “Bonny Bear” guy who won a Grammy, you will love it. Oh! Apparently there is a banjo. I’m excited.

Official event listing on the Valentines website.

Interestingness in the local news vol 50

the twerk team brought quite a crowd to irish mist, 354 people in the 140 capacity bar, shots fired, ongoing investigation [tu]

albany common council bans smoking in more places, gets praised by me because smoking is disgusting [ynn]

another incident with a person getting doused with bleach [tu]

the kid who hit and killed a guy after he “popped out behind a parked car” was actually in a high speed chase [tu]

bored kids in schaghticoke go on a “graffiti bombing spree” [therecord]

new website shows bars that have been disciplined by the SLA [therecord]

warm winter takes toll on maple tress syrup production, makes me sad [therecord]

big scary teen bro from copake got arrested for sending a threating text [therecord]

fracking ban re-proposed [ynn]

guy tresspasses into hopsital, goes porn browsing [ynn]

troy stewart’s sells $1m scratch off [ynn]

Today: Free Pancakes at IHOP until 10pm

If you’re a glutton for punishment and you “enjoy” IHOP, today is your Christmas. IHOP is celebrating “national pancake day” in which you get a free short stack in hopes that you will donate to one of the charities they have collection bins for.

The closest IHOP is at 16 Wolf Road. The rest of the details on the facebook event.