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Create Upstate 2015

Create Upsate, a two-day design conference in Syracuse, is is just under a month away. The schedule is available for you to take a look and see the topics that make up this year’s conference.

Registration is still open so get your tickets soon. Similar conferences typically involve flights and much more planning than simply driving west for a little bit, so supporting a great conference in your backyard is a solid move.

Below is Doug Bartow’s talk from last year’s Create Upstate to give you an idea of what the conference is about.

10 Songs Per Minute: Capital Region

The Capital Region was recently cast in The Cutting Room’s latest 10 Songs Per Minute videos. Great to see some local favorites in there as well as some that were previously unknown to me. Definitely give the video a watch. If you’re into this sort of music discovery service for a broader spectrum of music, simply subscribe to the channel to stay in the loop.

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‘Empac Shrugs Popularity to Promote Creative Liberty in Troy, N.Y.’

From The New York Times:

As universities become, more and more, the American institutions best equipped to fund artmaking, Empac’s thoroughly academic approach may become more common, valuing exploration and incremental advancement of the field as ends in themselves.

The whole article is a quick read, so get to it. Check out EMPAC’s schedule and get to the next show you can.

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Quality events for this weekend

Friday March 13

Albany St. Patrick’s Day Parade: Now featuring law enforcement.

Vow of Hatred, Hometown Hate, and more at Bogies: Beatdown hardcore.

Start Making Sense with HmfO at The Hollow: Talking Heads and Hall and Oates tribute bands.

Talea Ensemble at EMPAC: US premiere of Enno Poppe’s Speicher.

Saturday March 14

Perspective, a lovely hand to hold, Trashlord, and Infinity Girl at Ground Zero: Outsider indie jams.

Joell Ortiz at Bogies: Rap show with tons of local support.

The Color Out of Space at EMPAC: Projection of the buildings facade.

White Museum at Hirsch Observatory: A film projected into the sky from the observatory.

Sunday March 15

Winter DH Mountain Bike Race at Oak Mountain: Race downhill, in the snow, on your bike.

Dweeb Supreme Tour at Pauly’s Hotel: Fresh off tour, here’s a hometown show featuring JB!! aka Dirty Moses, Oddy Gato, Masai, DJ Trumastr and more.

The College of Saint Rose Masterworks Chorale, featuring Wind Ensemble and Symphony Orchestra: Performing Anton Bruckner’s “Mass No. 2 in E Minor” and Antonín Dvořák’s “Te Deum”.

One Giant Try It! at The Arts Center: An interactive open house.

Taking Back Sunday: With The Menzingers and Letlive.

All weekend

Art Omi: The sculpture fields are 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 Spongebob Movie, American Sniper, The Wedding Ringer and Akira Kurosawa’s Ran at the Madison Theater: Only five bucks!

Movies at The Spectrum: First run, independent movies at a locally owned theater.

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

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Erykah Badu at SPAC

Erykah Badu will be playing SPAC on Sunday June 28 as part of Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival.

Also on the bill is Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, Cassandra Wilson,
Al Di Meola Electric Band, Christian McBride Big Band, Pedrito Martinez Group, Monty Alexander’s Harlem-Kingston Express, Theo Croker, Sheila E., Snarky Puppy, Ronnie Earl & The Broadcasters, Heads of State featuring Gary Bartz, Larry Willis, Buster Williams & Al Foster, Django Festival All-Stars, Etienne Charles and much more.

Lean more on the official event page and grab your tickets asap!

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Bill Nye at UAlbany

Bill Nye will be speaking at UAlbany’s SEFCU Arena on March 25.

The talk is part of UAlbany’s World Within Reach Speaker Series. The first 1000 students get a free copy of his latest book, Undeniable.

Tickets are available to the general public on March 13, March 23 and March 24 in the Campus Center West Lounge from 11am-4pm, with the remaining tickets being distributed on March 25 in the PE Building (across from the arena) starting at 3pm.

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Storytime Time at Cafe Nola

Storytime Time is back at Cafe Nola in Schenectady this Wednesday. Storytime Time is a comedic storytelling show that’s hosted by Ethan Ullman and features storytellers Talia Cass, Richard Lovrich, Kevin Kaszubowski, Michael McLaughlin and more. Storytime Time happens every second Wednesday.

Read more on the facebook event go and check out the show! I attended the show with Annie Lederman and every single story was hilarious and the show as a whole is really entertaining. Definitely a really fun event.