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EMPAC Spring Schedule

EMPAC has posted their schedule for this coming semester. As usual, their programing is incredible and and I urge everyone to check the schedule and go to anything that may even remotely interest you.

The first concert of the semester is tomorrow, and sounds awesome:

The first of these performances will happen in EMPAC’s intimate Studio 2 on January 28 with solo clarinetist Rane Moore and solo cellist Okkyung Lee. Dislocating their instruments from their traditional orchestral context, each performer will present an evening of contrasting solo performances meant to expand the sonic range of their respective instruments.

Again, check the schedule and mark your calendar.

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Create Upstate 2016

Create Upstate, a conference in Syracuse for designers is back for another year. This year’s conference is set for May 12 and 13.

Speakers include Kelli Anderson, Dan Cassaro, Ben Cline, Danielle Evans, Jonnie Hallman, and Becky Simpson.

There are workshops as well that let you not just be inspired from the talks, but let you cut your teeth at a new skill. Workshops include Designing Sustainable Websites, One App, Two Apps: Avoiding the Pitfalls of Screens Big & Small, Like A Boss, Selfish Accessibility, Modern Calligraphy for Beginners, and Chalk Lettering.

If this seems like your kind of conference, head to the Create Upstate website and get yourself reigstered.

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Ada Harper wrote me to spread the word about the website she’s started, 518Blk.com.

From the about page:

518Blk.com is a site for the Capital District’s urban community to discover events and information relevant to them. It’s a place to start conversations and connect with like-minded people.

My hope for this site is to bring attention to noteable events and positive people in this area. With enough support, I hope to begin having 518Blk.com events, so thanks in advance and tell a friend!

Bookmark it, tell a friend, and be sure to check it out.

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Winter and Spring at Opalka Gallery

Opalka Gallery has announced their programs and events for the upcoming semester. All are free and open to the public. The events include an exhibition, film series, artist lecture series, and two other fun events.

There’s an exhibition that opens today with a reception on Feb 5 from Kate Teale, a Brookln-based artist who created a huge charcoal wall drawing as part of her solo exhibition. There’s also a collage night hosted by Ira Marcks and Caroline Corrigan and a PechaKucha night.

Check the full schedule and add the ones that interest you to your calendar.

Image: Kate Teale

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Quality events for this weekend

Friday January 22

Neighborhood of Make Believe at The Low Beat: Indie/folk/alt with Pony in the Pancake.

Mammal Dap at Pauly’s: Instrumental rock/fusion with Doctor Magnum and LovePort.

Driftwood with Grassroots Rebels at Madison Theater: Rock and roll.

Jantsen at River Street Pub: EDM night. With Jantsen, Yheti, Luzcid, Brightside, and Honeycomb.

Drinks & DIY: Winter Blues & Hot Glues at Albany Barn: Low key night out and it benefits The Barn.

DJ Mercury and Grandwizard Rasheen at Putnam Den: Old school hip-hop and reggae night.

Saturday January 23

Winter Festival at Grafton Lakes State Park: Outdoor festival to get you and yours outside and active. There’s also a Polar Plunge and Fat Bike ride.

All in the Timing Live at The Shop: Five short plays.

Josh Gondelman at Proctors: Part of Pretty Much the Best Comedy Show.

Winona Ryder, Bye, Secret Release, Russel the Leaf at UAG: Cheap show, good music.

Albany Devils vs. St. John’s Icecaps at TU Center: Hockey!

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.

Second-run movies at the Madison Theater: Only five bucks!

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

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

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Quality events for New Year’s Eve (and New Year’s Day)

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Thursday December 31

Totally Super Fancy NYE at Lucas Confectionery, Pecks Arcade and Tavern Bar: 10,000 square feet of food, drinks, dancing, photo booth and champagne toast. All inclusive.

Central Ave New Years at Pauly’s and The Low Beat: An hour of free beer, six bands, two venues.

2016: A Beer Odyssey at Rare Form: An evening of drinks and food at Rare Form with Sci-Fi on the big screen.

New Year’s Eve at McGeary’s: McGeary’s does NYE right. With DJ Lady Luck.

moe. in Albany, NY for New Years!: Jam out and ring in the new year.

New Years Eve at Rocks: No cover, a buffet, DJ Larceny.

Uptown Kingston NYE in Kingston: Three venues, three different parties.

New Year’s Around The World at The Hill at Muza: Celebrating with countries around the world as they ring in the new year.

Skeeter Creek at Proctors GE Theatre: “The area’s #1 country band”, with DJ Mickey C.

First Night of Funny at Proctors: Comedy show with Sean Donnelly, Ray Harrington, Erin Jackson and Mike Gaffen.

The Refrigerators at The Desmond: With The Audiostars, DeeJay Element & Jake Allen, and Emcee JWill.

‘Leave Your Legacy’ Bash at The Hollow: WEQX Party with Rustic Overtones and Mirk. Open bar options.

Noche Vieja at The Half Moon: Food, cocktails, music.

SIRSY at First Night Saratoga: At Saratoga Springs Center. Early/late shows.

Dinner and Comedy Show at Pearl St Pub: A nice dinner and comedy show before things get crazy. With Frank Vignola, Angela Cobb, Tony Rogers, and Michael Raive.

New Years Eve Masquerade at Pearl St Pub: Dance music, costumes, and an open bar.

New Years Eve at Saratoga National: Food, music from DJ Trumastr, open bar.

Times Square Experience at City Line Tavern: Open bar, red carpet, hand rolled cigars, “NYC-inspired street food”, scotch tasting, etc., and music from DJ Nate da Great.

New Year’s Eve at Graney’s Stout: If you are looking for a guaranteed shitshow, this is it. With DJ NV and DJ Kip Chapman.

Eastbound Jesus and Lucid at Putnam Den: Rock and roll party at the Den.

Friday January 1

“When The Smoke Clears” Art Show and Fundraiser at Hinckel Brewery: Art, music and performances all raising money for victims of the Park St fire.

First Friday Albany: Art, music and culture all around the city.

moe. in Albany, NY for New Years!: Jam our and dance off your hangover.

Particle with Mister F at The Hollow: moe. afterparty.

Food For Thought: Artist’s Reception at Albany Barn: Art inspired by food, wine, culinary arts and dining. Also food vendors will be sampling and selling.

Discofunk at The Low Beat: Happy hour jams.

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Quality events for this weekend

Friday December 18

Dead Shall Rise, Embrace The Curse, Head Of Hydrus, Forgery at Fuze Box: Metal show.

Holiday Sip and Shop with Two Roads Brewing Co at SMCO: Finish the holiday shopping and sample some beers.

Saturday December 19

Sean Rowe at Takk House: Hometown holiday show to benefit the homeless. With TheSea TheSea.

14th Annual Ghost of Hardcore Past Cover Show at Low Beat and Pauly’s: The annual staple.

EQX-mas with Matt & Kim at Upstate Concert Hall: Fun holiday show with Good Old War and Grizfolk.

Polly at 51 3rd St: Outsider dance party. Donations go to the kids!

Incontinence at Parish Public House: Metal show. With Glass Skeleton Death March, Skeptic, and Goblet.

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.

Second-run movies 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.