A visit to Nine Pin Cider Works: Photos

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A few days ago I stopped by Nine Pin Cider Works and spoke with Alejandro and his mother Sonya. Ever since I first heard about a cidery opening in Albany, I was very interested in learning who was behind it. I’m not into beer so having something made down the street from me that I would enjoy sounds awesome.

Sonya told me a bit about the inception of Nine Pin, when Alejandro was in school and didn’t have much to say about his schoolwork, but had a ton to share about his exciting job working at a new cidery in Vermont, Citizen Cider. Like many people I know, you get the bug and it’s not long before you get the grand idea of doing it all yourself, your own way. Fast forwarding quite a bit, there was a long process finding an apt space for the cidery. The list of criteria prevented them from seeing many places, let alone any they liked. Sonya said they had looked over in Troy and other surrounding areas, but the space most suited for their use, was an old marble countertop warehouse next to the Thatcher St Pub.

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The Mystery of the Albany Mummies: Photos

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In 1909, Sam Brown, a board member at the Albany Institute and spice and coffee trader for some reason bought two mummies from the Cairo Museum. One, from about 1000BC and the other, from about 305BC. This exhibit goes into detail about why this guy was interested in buying mummies, the actual process of mummification, daily life in Egypt 3000 years ago, and modern art influenced by Egyptian styling.

Without really giving too much away about the exhibit, it was really interesting to learn that a museum in Albany, NY owns two mummies. Not only that, but they were recently brought into Albany Med and were CT scanned and x-rayed to find out more about them. There’s a remarkable amount of New York related information woven throughout the exhibit as well.

Read more about this exhibit on the Albany Institute website and most importantly, stop in and check out the exhibit, which runs from tomorrow to June 8, 2014.

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Film Randoms: Gallery

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I dropped off a few rolls of film at McGreevy Pro Lab last week and I’m really happy with what I got back. The black and white stuff ranges from Christmas of 2010 to Spring of 2013 and the color stuff is all from 2013. No real theme here, but there’s some interesting and/or great shots of Albany that I thought I’d share.

Click the photo above or hit the jump. Enjoy. Continue reading…

NYCROSS Thursday Night Lights: Photos

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Last night was the first of a three week series of grass circuit cyclocross racing put on by NYCROSS. Thrown at Prospect park in Troy, this short circuit was awesome to spectate and there was some awesome racing and throw downs in each race.

The series is a fundraiser for NYCROSS and awesome for beginners to get their feet wet, or for racers to get some early season practice races in. The next race is Thursday, September 5th and there will be food trucks! Come out, heckle, race or just spectate.

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Behind the Scenes at Cirque Éloize’s Cirkopolis: Photos

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Let me just start this off with saying you still have time to catch the show. It’s running until August 24th and you can read all about it on Proctor’s website.

I had the opportunity to check out the show on opening night and simply put, I was blown away. There’s so much happening in the show, at such a fast pace that the hour and a half it takes place over seems incredibly short. I found myself constantly shaking my head at how crazy or technical some of the acts were. These performers are incredibly strong on their own and when they’re all in the same act together it only gets that much entrancing. It’s impossible to describe in any way that will give proper dues to the performers so all I can say is that if you’re into this kind of thing even a tiny bit, go see it.