Tonight: Soul Cafe Monthly Community Dinner

Tonight marks the first Soul Cafe community meal, which takes place at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 262 State Street in Albany. This month’s theme is Cuban Night, with a menu created by Chris Faraci of Carmen’s Café in Troy.

Soul Cafe is a volunteer-run dinner and there is a suggested donation of $3.

Read more on the event page and check out Soul Cafe if you can!

Quality events for this weekend vol. 139

Friday June 27

Brew pop-up shop at Fort Orange General Store: See what this Brew place is going to be all about.

Actuator release party at Pauly’s: Hip-hop show to celebrate an EP release.

The Cretin Hop at the Fuze Box: Punk rock dance party.

Ramshackle Glory at the First Unitarian Church: With Steve Layman and Henry’s Rifle.

Troy Night Out: Duh! Also be sure check out Troy Taco at the Grocery and the open house for the new apartments at 9 First Street.

Saturday June 28

Hudson River Exchange: Big maker market in Hudson. Surprise.

Dope Jams 8-year-anniversary: Serious party for serious tunes.

Hush, Maggot Brain, Bad Friends, and Clover at Low Beat: Hush’s album release show.

Sunday June 29

Hudson River Exchange: Big maker market in Hudson. Surprise.

All Weekend

Play Me, I’m Yours: Citywide art/sculpture/music exhibit is now open.

Art Omi: Sculpture fields open now.

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.

Mary Poppins, Big, Romancing the Stone at the Madison Theater: Only five bucks!

Brew pop-up shop at Fort Orange General Store

Tomorrow night, there will be a Brew pop-up shop at the Fort Orange General Store. There will be cold brewed coffee, tastings, growler sign ups as well as whole bean coffees to take home. The event starts at 5pm.

If you’ve been living under a rock, Brew is going to be a craft beverage shop on Lark St in the same space that Fuzz Records was in. They’re currently heavily renovating the space, and you can check their progress on their instagram.

More info on the event page.

Bike share program coming to Albany (and Schenectady, Troy, and Saratoga)

As reported by CBS6:

The Capital District Transportation Committee will launch a pilot program in Schenectady in July, followed by Troy, Saratoga Springs and Albany.

The bike-sharing program will spend a week in each city and will allow registered riders to grab one of 25 bicycles at kiosks. Committee officials say they’ll use the weeklong stints to gauge regional interest in the program, which is being run by Buffalo BikeShare.

This sounds awesome and is the perfect solution for many people who would love to ride bikes when it’s nice out, but don’t care for the maintenance and storage side of owning a bicycle. When you see one of these things around, grab a bike and take it for a ride and maybe these kiosks will become permanent.

Check out the Buffalo Bikeshare website to get an idea of the operation.

Early bird tickets available for Level Up Conference

Level Up, a creative tech conference taking place on October 8 and 9 in Saratoga has put for sale their first set of tickets. If you’re likely to attend such a conference, you can save $50 by purchasing your tickets before tomorrow.

Speakers for Level Up include talented designers from Amazon, SoundCloud, Quora, Seven Heads Design, Appropriate, Inc., UserScape and more.

Learn more about Level Up on their website.