Soul Cafe Albany call for volunteers

This is a great idea and deserves to have an Albany chapter. If this is your thing be sure to email Renée or check out the event page.

The Soul Café is a popular monthly community meal happening at the Oakwood Community Center in Troy. We are planning to do this in Albany in an effort to bring together the diverse neighborhoods and build strong relationships in the community.

The dinners are run by volunteers. We are looking for people who want to cook, serve, clean, and do whatever else is needed. The volunteer cooks plan a menu, get ingredients, and prepare a meal together. The Soul Café is an open-hearted pay-what-you-can model with a suggested base donation of $3.00. The money each month is rolled into purchasing food and supplies for future meals.

A call for volunteers potluck with a preview of what to expect will be held on Monday, June 2nd from 6 – 8 PM at the Westminster Presbyterian Church, 262 State Street (parking lot entrance at 85 Chestnut Street). Please bring a dish to share along with your creativity and enthusiasm. We will talk about the different volunteer opportunities as we plan ahead.

The first Soul Café Albany will take place on Monday, June 30th from 6 – 8 PM at the same location.

For more information, please contact Renée McAllister:

Photo: Lizzie Johnston/flickr

Rare Form Brewing opening today


Rare Form Brewing Company, located at 90 Congress Street in Troy will open their doors today at 4:30pm. The project started many months ago with a shell of a building which has been completely transformed into a gorgeous brewery. Jenny Kemp and Kevin Mullen with the help from a few friends have tackled almost all the work themselves, even the plumbing and electric. There’s a lot attention to detail in the brewery, such as the lights on the taps, the Rare Form colors on the bar, the custom tap handles, growlers and more.

The building that houses Rare Form has more going on than just the brewery. It will have four storefronts, with the other three being a deli, art gallery, and a restaurant/cocktail bar. Collar Works, the art gallery also opens today.

Check out Rare Form tonight during Troy Night Out and be sure to “test” all their beverages for science.

Quality events for this weekend vol. 134

Friday May 23

Breakfast in Fur, Psymon Spine, Slowshine at The Low Beat: Psych rock jams.

The Cretin Hop at the Fuze Box: Rock and roll dance party.

Modest Mouse and Brand New at Ommegang: Both shows are sold out. Hope you already have your ticket.

Creating Clarity in Complexity at EMPAC: Sit in on the president of RPI’s commencement speech. Featuring Ginni Rometty, Sir Timothy Berners-Lee, and Mary-Claire King.

Saturday May 24

Modest Mouse and Brand New at Ommegang: Both shows are sold out. Hope you already have your ticket.

Husky Burnette, Linear North, The Savage Randys at the Low Beat: Blues, indie and related.

MASS MoCA 15-year Anniversary Party: Art, food, music and much more.

Sunday May 25

Extreme Magick: Disposable Power at CAC Woodside: Music and video event with performances by Extreme Animals, Power Animal Systems, Disposable Rocket Band, Moon Magick, Walking X-Ray.

All Weekend

The NYS Museum: Bunch of great exhibits and it’s right in your backyard.

Caddyshack, Little Shop of Horrors, Stripes, The Jerk at the Madison Theater: Only five bucks!