Holiday Market at Superior Merchandise Co.

On Black Friday, Superior Merchandise Co. will be hosting a holiday market at 147 Fourth St that will hopefully allow you to avoid the malls and stripmalls while shopping a great selection of high quality goods.

The market includes good from Superior Merchandise Co., Flower Scout, Owlkill Studio, Fort Orange General Store, Sarah K. Benning, The Rise and Shine Company, The Foxes Keep, Pepco Studio, Junie B Love and Don’t Worry About it Records. There will also be a photobooth from Takk House and treats from Momofuku Milk Bar.

Read more on the facebook event and be sure to head over to SMCo. on Black Friday.

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Young Thug at the Armory

Young Thug will be at the Washington Ave Armory on Friday, December 5. Tickets are $32 and are current available.

Hardcore Against Hunger at Bogie’s


On November 21 Bogie’s is hosting their annual Hardcore Against Hunger Thanksgiving food drive show. On the bill for the night is Turnstile, Homewrecker, Pharoah, Trife Life, From Within, and Doublecross.

Read more on the facebook event page and be sure to bring a canned item with you to the show.


Homeless and Hunger Outreach Show

This Friday the Low Beat and Pauly’s Hotel are hosting a Homeless and Hunger Outreach Show. The show will benefit the Capital Region Coalition to End Homelessness and The Food Pantries. On the show is Beaked Whale, Iguana Mañana, Rustle Crow, The Blitz, The Grassroots Rebels, The Mysteios and Kimono Dragons.

Read more on the Facebook event and head over Friday with a can of food to donate!


8th Annual Albany Cranksgiving

The 8th Annual Albany Cranksgiving will take place on November 22 at 7pm. Cranksgiving is part bike race and part food drive that directly benefits the Homeless Action Network of Albany.

You’ll need a bike, bag, twenty bucks and lock to participate. Racers are given lists of groceries to purchase at different grocery stores around Albany. You get the list, figure out the fastest route and start riding and shopping when they say go. Once you’re done, the food all gets donated.

You can read more about the Albany Cranksgiving on facebook, or Cranksgiving in general at

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William Gibson at EMPAC: Recap

The following is a guest post from Scott Birdsey.

Legendary science fiction author William Gibson has a new book out called The Peripheral, and appeared in support of if at EMPAC on Sunday night. Mr. Gibson did a few readings from the new book, and took questions from the audience, which was a diverse mix – academics and punks, literati and nerds.

To pay tribute, I wore my black MA-1 bomber jacket, which was the iconic wardrobe mainstay of Cayce Pollard, the main character of Gibson’s 2004 novel Pattern Recognition. Gibson’s stories occupy a space between fiction and non-fiction, and that jacket is the perfect example: Buzz Ricksons, the high-end Japanese designer of the jacket referenced in the book, didn’t actually make the MA-1 in the color black in real life – but decided to shortly after the book came out and found themselves flooded with requests. Mine was a cheaper Alpha Industries model, but did the job.

Gibson read chapters from the new book, which is set in two timelines – one near-future, which includes veiled references to Walmart and Google Glass – and a more alienating far-future, about 100 years from now. EMPAC is very much a great environment for William Gibson. This is the guy who coined the phrase ‘cyberspace’ in Neuromancer, years before Al Gore would invent the internet. But Gibson was down to earth about EMPAC, focusing on the podium of all the things – that it was the tallest he’d ever used, and that it was even adjustable. The Peripheral feels a bit like this – epic in its scope and vision into where our society is going, but stopping along the way to explore the odd little details.

After the reading, Mr. Gibson took several questions from the audience, summarized below.

On whether video game storylines are becoming on par with literature:
“Pong was the only video game I was any good at. When they went to Tetris I said ‘no, that’s too complicated’.”

On what music he listens to:
“It disappoints people.”

On whether Neuromancer will ever be made into a movie:
“People don’t realize, the end point of the novel IS the novel.”

On whether or not any other careers were considered:
“I’d been an aspiring cartoonist as a kid. The only thing that remains of that is how I’ll sign your books tonight.”

Myself, I wasn’t able to get my copy of the Peripheral signed – I’d bought an electronic version of it the previous week from Apple. Exactly the stuff that makes William Gibson tick.


Quality events for this weekend

Friday November 7

First Friday: A night of art, music and more.

Storied Playthings: Toy Portraits by Jennifer Maher: First Friday opening up in Ballston Spa.

Public House 42 Grand Opening: Celebrating their first day in business.

Many Trails at Parish Public House: With Linear North, William Hale and Sun Voyager.

DJ Qbert at the Putnam Den: Jeremy Ellis, Paul Nice, J5k & $@LT, Bad Manners

It’s Space, Weird Owl, Moon Magick: Fun night of music in New Paltz.

Psymon Spine at Skidmore: Psych tunes. With Zula.

Warren Miller’s No Turning Back at the Palace: Extreme ski video, brah.

The Indobox & lespecial at the Hollow: Dance rock.

Art at APL Opening Reception: In collaboration with The College of Saint Rose’s MFA Program in Creative Writing.

Bobby Long at the Linda: With MaryLeigh Roohan.

HOME BODY and Aleister Mraz at the Hudson Disco-Tek: Dance party!

Expanded Piano at EMPAC: Like being inside a piano.

Lucy Kaplansky, Richard Shindell & Larry Campbell at the Egg: Folk.

Lawn Sausages at the Hangar: With Off The Record.

Saturday November 8

ASAP Fall Ball at 60 State Place: ASAP’s ten year anniversary celebration.

Arenacross at the TU Center: Braaaaaap.

EQX Acoustic Showcase at Caffe Lena: With Matt Durfee, Henry’s Rifle and Carl Daniels.

Warren Miller’s No Turning Back at the Palace: Extreme ski video, brah.

Make Me Laugh Semi-finals: Local comedians competing for your laughter and a spot at the finals.

Pride of NY Harvest Fest at the Desmond: Celebrate New York’s wines.

Sunday November 9

Albany Comic Con at Wolf Road Holiday Inn: Comics, costumes, comic professionals, panel discussions, and more.

He Is Legend and Maylene & The Sons Of Disaster at Bogie’s: With Wounds, Fiction For Bandits, Grain vs Me, Nasty Midnight, Auburns Rust, and One Day Waiting.

William Gibson at EMPAC: Legendary sci-fi author.

Pride of NY Harvest Fest at the Desmond: Celebrate New York’s wines.

All weekend

Apple Picking: It’s that time of year to hit up Goolds or Indian Ladder.

Art Omi: The sculpture fields are always 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.

The Equalizer, Dirty Dancing and The Boxtrolls at the Madison Theater: Only five bucks!

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