Quality events for this weekend vol. 80

Friday April 5th

1st Friday Albany: It’s the beginning of the month and it’s FINALLY nice enough to walk around outside. Go check out art galleries, get a drink and a bite to eat on Lark. Highlights include the benefit group show for Lauren Tanski at Dead Prez and the work of Roland Graves at Fuzz Records, with an acoustic performance by Prima.

Vinylmania at Elda’s: 40s, 50s, and 60s dance music played on actual records. Stop here after your 1st Friday.

Behemoth Music Festival at the Putnam Den: Total Slacket, U.S. Girls, Driftwood, Los Elk and Edith Pop.

Paula Wagner at Skidmore: The talk focuses on entrepreneurship and entertainment. Paula currently sits on the National Board of Directors for the Producers Guild of America.

Saturday, April 6th

An Evening with the Ballets Russes at Skidmore: Showcasing three famous ballets from Diaghilev’s “Ballets Russes”.

DANCE MOViES at EMPAC: The official premiere of the 2011 commissions with a reception and panel afterward.

Trooper Brinkerhoff Memorial Bike Race in Coxsackie: The last in a three part cycling race.

Sunday, April 7th

Service Industry Night with DJ Trumastr at McGeary’s: 2-for-1 drinks and the best DJ around.

Canstruction at the NYS Museum: Check out some of the intricate sculptures teams made out of cans that will be donated to the food bank.

Ticket Giveaway: Hudson Valley Hops 2013

On Saturday, April 20, 2013 from 4–7pm, the Albany Institute of History & Art present their second annual Hudson Valley Hops event.

From the event listing:

Discover the history of beer and brewing in Albany, New York, while enjoying samples from local breweries. This year’s brewers are Adirondack Brewery, Brown’s Brewing Company, Brewery Ommegang, Chatham Brewing LLC, C.H. Evans Brewing, Crossroads Brewery, and Keegan Ales. Our speakers this year include Kathy Quinn speaking about the history of The Quinn and Nolan Brewery, Craig Gravina speaking about the history of brewing in Albany, and Dietrich Gehring on heritge hops.

This is an awesome event for any beer lover, and the fact it’s all New York breweries makes this even cooler. For more information check the event on the Albany Institute’s website.

To enter to win a pair of tickets (which were graciously provided by The Albany Institute of History and Art) hit the jump and fill out the form below!

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Review: FLOW From the Garden

This past week, I stopped into FLOW From the Garden for their Wine Wednesday Dinner. The spot caught my eye as I was walking by in early February and saw that something was ready to open, so I was happy to finally be able to check it out.

The wine class requires a reservation, and starts promptly at 7pm. Guests are asked to show up a bit early so they can get everyone’s dinner order in and start on time: a reasonable request. I got there at 6:45ish and there was a handful of people already there drinking a glass of wine before the class and chatting. I really like the idea of the long table, which seats about half of the 20 possible seats. There’s people who will want to use an outing like this as a date, but it’s also really fun to meet new friends and this atmosphere is a perfect place to do so.

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Knickerbocker Film Festival opens today

Albany’s own Knickerbocker Film Festival is upon us once again. The films will be screened starting today, April 2 at the Linda and April 3 at Spectrum. Both screenings start at 6:45pm. The film festival’s awards reception, along with the Knickerbocker Ledger’s Capital Region 30 Under 30 Reception, will take place on April 4 at 7pm at Elda’s. The awards reception includes complimentary food and beverages.

Admission to the screenings are $10, and admission to the awards reception is $30.

The list of films that have been selected and more information are available at knickfilmfest.com

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Friday, March 29th

Troy Night Out: Art and all sorts of fun stuff going on in Troy. It’s the end of a the month, and closer than ever to spring, and it’s the nicest day in the forecast. Get to Troy and walk around see some stuff, and have some drinks. Also, perfect opportunity to test out the TNO app. Check out Abraham Ferraro’s exhibit This Way at the Fulton Street Gallery, the Louisiana Sampler at Collar Works, and of course, the TNO after-party at Daisy Baker’s.

Space Disco at Elda’s: Free, and good dancing music that you haven’t heard on the radio for the past three months.

Peter Veans Quintet at EMPAC: Experimental jazz performance in the areas best venue.

SYFWB at the Armory: Congrats on the court decision.

Ross Bennett w/ Chris Coccia at the Comedy Works: Comedy is one of the best ways to start your weekend and one of my favorite events to attend. Do it.

Saturday, March 30th

EOM 6 with Moses Rockwell, Hassan Mackey, Sev Statik: It’s the end of the month, so of course Trumastr has you covered with the good music.

The Slaughterhouse Chorus, Warm Soda, The End Men, Party Boat and the Jack Russell Terrorists at Valentines: Americana and the like at Albany’s favorite live music venue.

Ross Bennett w/ Chris Coccia at the Comedy Works: Comedy is one my favorite events to attend. It should be yours too.

Youth Organics’ Secret Cafe at the Free School: Fundraiser for the spring and summer youth-powered urban agriculture program. Sliding scale payment and it includes drinks!

Sunday, March 31st

Easter. With your family.

Rave on, bro: Washington Avenue Armory wins in court, concerts to resume

From the press release:

The Washington Avenue Armory has won an important court ruling on Thursday when a New York State Supreme Court justice ruled in its favor against the City of Albany, allowing the Armory to resume hosting concerts and events inside the historic arena.

The ruling allows for the Armory to host concerts, including tonight’s Stuff Your Face With Bass: White Massive (doors open at 7 p.m.). Tickets are available by visiting AlbanyArmory.com and using TicketWeb or at the Armory’s box office.

As I’ve been saying all along, a having a DJ perform doesn’t turn an arena into a night club. Having concerts within Albany itself is an enormous positive for the city. While many people will bitch about the types of concerts being held, the truth is that these will take place regardless of venue, and having the revenue pumped into your city is a good thing.

Read the full press release here.

4th Wednesdays: Storytime Time

Tonight at More Bread & Jam in Cohoes, Ethan Ullman (from Laughs on Lark) hosts “Storytime Time”. Billed as “not quite a comedy show” it’s a neat event where you can hear some great stories. This week is features Kristin Van Steemburg, Sandy Beach, Jon Tenace, Michael Mclaughlin and Sharon Dyer. It’s a great event for those itching to get out of the house on one of the first sunny days in a long while.

For more info and to stay in the loop, check the Storytime Time page on facebook.