Cuomo challenges stop-and-frisk with legislature to decriminalize possession of <25g of marijuana

Today Andrew Cuomo announced a plan to reduce the number of people searched and subsequently arrested by Mayor Bloomberg’s racist stop-and-frisk policy.

The legislations calls for the penalty of possession of fewer than 25 grams of weed to be changed from a misdemeanor to a violation. Marijuana was decriminalized in New York State in 1977; possession of fewer than 25 grams of marijuana is a violation but once someone stopped-and-frisked, and asked to empty their pockets and their stash becomes public, it instantly becomes a misdemeanor that can result in arrest. There were over 50,000 marijuana arrests last year in New York City.

Read the full scoop at The New York Times.

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Caleb Lionheart + After The Fall Split 7″ Release Show: Recap and Photos

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Last night was the release show for the Caleb Lionheart/After The Fall split 7″. There were a lot of familiar faces in attendance as well as a good turn out, which was exactly what I had expected. I unfortunately missed the opening bands but made it to Valentine’s in time to catch the last four Caleb Lionheart songs. It’s amazing to see locals and out of towners alike singing to two of my long time favorite Albany bands. Caleb and ATF both always do an amazing, high-energy job every time they play live. You owe it to yourself to catch them both as soon as you can.

The split itself is a long time coming and both bands contributions to it are awesome. You can stream Caleb Lionheart’s side as well as After The Fall’s on their bandcamps. Also you can buy the split on the Better Days Records website.

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Ticket Giveaway: EPROM with NastyNasty and Sleepyhead

The good folks over at the Interstellar Pig shared with us a pair of tickets for you to win for the upcoming EPROM affair at the Upstate Concert Hall (formerly known as Northern Lights). EPROM will be joined by NastyNasty, Sleepyhead, OUTPOST1 alum Tony Quattro and Klytrix. It all goes down on Saturday, June 16th.

You can find full event details and artist bios over on the event page. Also be sure to show love to Interstellar Pig and check ’em out on Facebook.

As always, don’t enter if you can’t attend and be sure to check your phone early afternoon on Friday when we’ll pick a winner. Hit the jump to enter!

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St. Joeseph’s on the brink of sale (Update: It’s a brewery)

Update: The potential buyers are New Jersey based Ravens Head Brewing, and they want to turn it into a brewery/restaurant/event space. AOA lays out the plan and details. The meeting is tonight at 5:30 at the Ten Broeck Mansion.

In passing, the Times Union dropped this little guy in an article discussing the new fascination with rehabing churches after the whole St. Patricks vs. Price Chopper thing.

St. Joseph’s is on the verge of being sold to a firm that would use the building. A meeting is set for Tuesday, June 5, with the neighborhood to discuss the proposal.

It’s been over ten years since the city of Albany took St. Josephs from Elda Abate (who, surprise, owns Elda’s on Lark) and the community rejected plans for her noon to 4am operating time for a banquet facility. The Historic Albany Foundation is close to raising $300,000 to receive a matched grant from the state for further restorations of the structure.

The panel begins at 5:30pm and is scheduled at the Ten Broeck mansion. If you know of anything regarding the buyer leave it in a comment or you can anonymously submit with the contact form (and a fake email) above.

Quality events for this weekend vol. 47

It’s finally the weekend.

Friday, June 1st

1st Friday Albany: It’s the first! Go enjoy the rich art community that’s in your city. (If I were you I’d end my night here.)

Capital Pride Week: Bunch of events starting this weekend for you to enjoy alongside the Parade next Sunday.

Chip Berry, Party With Tina and Party Horn at McGeary’s: Chip Berry is turning 21 and there’s a good old dance party at everyone’s favorite bar to celebrate!

The Dance Convention 2 with DJ Joker, Party With Tina and DJ Trumastr: A dance party in a diner. Trumastr has a ridiculous sound system and we’re definitely going to hear it be put through the paces.

Saturday, June 2nd

Brunch at Xs to Os Vegan Bakery: It’s every other week so don’t miss out. It’s always really good.

Tight Knit Flea: While you’re in Troy for brunch, stop over for some flea market action.

16th Annual Open Air Flea Market in Scotia: Tons of sellers, tons of goods. Get something neat for yourself.

Fuzz Records Grand Opening: I love this place. Join em for their grand opening! DJs throughout the day and acoustic acts into the night.

Man Man with Raleigh Moncreif at Valentines: Hooray for awesome bookings. Dellarocca booking and WCDB are co-hosting this rad bill, and you can (maybe already did) win tickets right here on KAB.

Sunday, June 3rd

After The Fall and Caleb Lionheart record release with Xerxes, Mountain Man, Bad Friends at Valentines: Get your local band fill with the best in Albany.

Tierra Coffee Roasters to begin serving beer

This coming summer, Tierra Coffee Roasters (formerly the Muddy Cup) will be serving Wolaver’s organic beer as well as wine. This is a really great idea anad will be especially helpful with night time events, such as open mic nights or poetry readings, where people can only drink so much coffee or tea.

Beer won’t be sold after 10pm so this clearly isn’t going to be the place to get ‘totally shitfaced bro’, but instead enjoy an organic beer or glass of wine instead of another iced coffee. I’ve been saying for a while now that the Hudson River Coffee House would be a perfect venue for live music if they served beer or wine. Plus, it could bring in a lot of money on its own, and keep people from leaving to go to a bar or elsewhere to drink a beer.

Read the full story at the TU.

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Ticket Giveaway: Man Man at Valentine’s, Saturday June 2nd

Dellarocca Booking and 90.9FM WCDB have a show coming up this weekend and were gracious enough to share a pair of tickets for a giveaway. This Saturday, June 2nd, upstairs at Valentine’s will host Man Man, with special guests Raleigh Moncrief.

From Dellarocca’s site:

Man Man, is a band that probably needs absolutely no introduction, but we still feel like talking about them. They put out the fantastic Life Fantastic last year. Their music has been featured on Weeds, and their lead singer, Honus Honus, is in Mister Heavenly with that guy from Modest Mouse and the Shins. And they have done a whole bunch of other great things. This is going to be a great show and we are super excited for it.

Doors are at 7:30 and the show starts at 8:30pm. You can check out more information over on the event page.

Winner will be picked this Friday. Contest entry form is after the break. And as always, don’t enter if you can’t attend, and good luck!

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