Quality events for this weekend vol. 59

Friday September 14th

Jill’s 2nd Annual Birthday Jock Jamat Justin’s: DJ Trumastr returning for round number two of Jill’s Jock Jam themed birthday party.

NUDISCO at Fuze Box: Back to school business with Rana Ransom.

On Walls at the Dead Presidents Lounge: Photography opening featuring the work of Bob Anderson.

Wu Block at the Upstate Concert Hall: Wu-Tang D-Block collaboration, featuring Ghostface. Guaranteed awesome time.

Saturday September 15th

LarkFest: Upstate’s largest one day street festival. Two stages of music, tons of vendors and food. Remember: no pets, coolers or outside alcohol permitted.

Reign Supreme, Before I Had Wings, Breakaway, Know Your Enemy at Bogies: Free hardcore show after LarkFest. Rumor has it there will be a barbecue out front as well.

Snotty Kids and Bourbon Scum Split Cassette Release Show at Valentine’s: Rock and roll extravaganza after LarkFest at everyone’s favorite rock and roll bar.

Hungry Hip-Hop Junkie in the City #10: 4 turntables, a microphone, and more. Get your hip-hop fix with the area’s best.

9th Annual Autism Walk and 5K Run. Members, volunteers, and all those effected by autism come together to help raise awareness and money for a great cause.

Sunday September 16th

Kirkland Cyclocross, Race #1 in the NYCROSS.com Series: Dust off your cross bike and race as hard as you can in the first race of the series. Or you can just show up, heckle and spectate.

2-for-1s and 1s and 2s with DJ Trumastr at McGeary’s: Two for one, McGeary’s, Trumastr.

Florence and the Machine at SPAC: The lawn is now open!

The NYS Museum: Now opened on Sundays and closed on Mondays. If you haven’t been in a while…

MOHU Arts Festival 2012

MOHU Arts Festival is starting Friday October 5th. Over 100 venues, artists and arts organizations from all over the Capital District come together to show off the strength and diversity within the arts scene in this area. There will be performances, workshops, lectures, gallery openings, and tons more.

There’s a kickoff party on October 4th which all proceeds will go to support MOHU, and the festival wraps up with Drums Along the MOHU, which will take place at The Egg.

Events are up at MOHU website and will continue to be added throughout the festival. Keep watch on that site and make sure to check some of these events out!

EMPAC Fall schedule announced

The fall schedule has tons of performances, screenings, exhibitions, talks, concerts, all which push the boundaries of art science and technology. Some notable events include a composition performed on seven bassoons, a Norwegian dance company residency, a discussion of visual perception and much more.

If you haven’t been going to as many of these as you can, you are selling yourself short. A fair deal of them are free and the ones that aren’t are cheap!

See the full schedule on the EMPAC website.

Woz at GlobalFoundries

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This past Thursday, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak visited GlobalFoundries to talk about the future of Tech Valley, along side Peter Schultz, Daniel Pickett, and John Cavalier.

There was a ton of great discussion of what’s happening in this area and what needs to happen to keep things going and make Tech Valley become a big competitive force. There was a lot of focus on infrastructure being improved to keep up with the innovation as well as discussion of the importance of proximity of schools to technology company campuses. The most important to me, was the big stress on further educating employees by letting them work on their personal projects after work, with resources paid for by the companies.

InnovationTrail has a great article of 5 tips that Woz thinks Albany needs to thrive. Business week talks about the importance of venture capital firms to success of the area. Also, the BusinessReview has a great recap of the event as well.

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This Thursday: Metroland & Sea Party Cruise with Eastbound Jesus

This Thursday, the Metroland is throwing party, on a boat, with Eastbound Jesus. There’s not too much more to add except this is better than your current plans for Thursday, and you should not be be a hermit, and come party on a boat. They will be featuring Adirondack Dirty Blonde Ale and Adirondack Beavertail Brown Ale on draft and will also will have Adirondack Bear Naked Ale in bottles. There’s also going to be giveaways throughout the night.

You can check out what to expect by checking out a gallery from another Dutch Apple party cruise right here on KAB.

There are very few tickets left which you can get here. $10 presale, or $15 day-of. Boarding is at 6:30 and the cruise is from 7-10. The last one was super fun and I will be on the boat with a camera. Say hello, I’ll have KAB stickers!

New Spot Review: The Flying Chicken

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A few weeks ago, a new soul food spot opened up on Fourth Street in Troy, called The Flying Chicken. The space, in it’s former life, was a pizza spot, that was directly across the street from two others. The guys at The Flying Chicken turned the place inside out and gave it a huge makeover. The inside is gorgeous and totally looks like you’re in a homely restaurant in the South. There’s also a pinball machine and an arcade game tucked away for you to play while waiting for your food, or after you’re done eating.

Onto the food. Many of you may know I am strongly vegan-leaning, so I brought the omnivorous girlfriend, Ruth, along to help out with the review.

I got the two vegan things on the menu, the collards and the rice and bean bowl. I love collards and these were no exception. They tasted even better because I didn’t have to cook them. The rice and beans was great too and I’m not usually a big fan. Not to mention there was a ton of different hot sauces to try which made it even tastier. It’s rare for me to come across a hot sauce I haven’t tried and there was two here. Victory. Also, there’s a ton more vegetarian options if you’re in that spectrum. Mac and cheese, deep fried grits, etc. There’s surprisingly a lot of options for the veggie crowd. Check the photo of the menu in the gallery. Oh, and they have 20+ flavors of Day’s soda; I got watermelon and it went perfect with the food.

Ruth got a whole gamut of treats. Thigh, drumstick, mac and cheese, hushpuppies, deep fried grits, and a biscuit. She loved the chicken and ate both pieces right away and then moved onto all the other treats. She’s not usually into grits because of the texture but once they were deep fried, they passed the test. Also the hushpuppies went over really well too. A resounding A+ for The Flying Chicken from Ruth.

Also worth noting, there was a guy who stopped in and after a few bites told Ian at the counter “Looks like I’ve got a new spot, this is delicious”.

The Flying Chicken is located at 122 4th Street in Troy and is open 11:30am to Midnight Sunday through Thursday, and 11:30am to 2:30am Friday and Saturday.

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RestFest 2012: Photos and Recap

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So, it’s quite possibly the worst Monday of the year; the one where you’re back at work and RestFest is officially over. I was unfortunately able to make it to the festival only on Friday, because of work. But even on the first day, everything was working perfectly and seeing The Kamikaze Hearts was incredible.

St. Joesph’s church was decked out top to bottom and even though there was a ton of people and amenities, the size of the building allowed people to hang back on the pews and not be crammed in up by the stage. The merch space was really great and really entertaining to browse and see what all the bands had to offer. And I can’t not mention The Kamikaze Hearts selling their album on a silk-screened metal USB drive that doubles as a bottle opened. Really an awesome idea, especially that computers aren’t even shipping with CD drives anymore.

The sound was great, the lighting really made the church look amazing and the food available was cheap and delicious. It was pretty awesome to be able to get a Hennepin and vegan zucchini bread in an old church while seeing amazing bands.

If you missed this years show, you truly did miss out. Pay attention if there is a RestFest next year and attend it. It’s way too awesome to miss.

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