Photos from the march and rally in Albany this past weekend...

Tedeschi Trucks Band at SPAC

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The Tedeschi Trucks Band is set to make a return appearance at SPAC July 3. Tickets go on sale this Friday, January 27 -- they're $25 and up. It's a pavilion-only show.

Also on the bill: The Wood Brothers and Hot Tuna.

It's the second summer in a row the blues rock band led by Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks has played at SPAC. They've made stops in this area a handful of times in recent years, including a few sold-out appearances. And The Wood Brothers and Hot Tuna have sold out at a show or two themselves around here.

So if you're interested in going, it's not a bad idea to get tickets sooner rather than later.

Also recently announced for SPAC this summer...
+ July 22: Rod Stewart with Cyndi Lauper (tickets on sale January 27)
+ July 1: Third Eye Blind with Silver Sun Pickups (tickets on sale January 26)

photo: Mark Seliger

Messages from the "Inaugurate Resistance" march and rally in Albany

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Thousands of people marched in Albany Saturday as part of the "Inaugurate Resistance" event, one of many similar marches around the country coinciding with the Women's March in DC.

We wandered through the crowd to ask a bunch of marchers why they were participating -- and what message they hoped to send by being there.

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Shirley Jackson gets shout out on SNL

You might have seen that RPI president Shirley Jackson was namechecked on Saturday Night Live this past weekend. The clip is above -- the part referencing Jackson starts at the 2:45 mark.

It's a Weekend Update segment in which Leslie Jones uses Hidden Figures as a prompt to talk about the way the contributions of African Americans often don't get taught in schools, and when that history is taught it's squished into a designated history month. It's an important point. And Jones is funny, as usual.

The segment portrays Jackson as the inventor of caller ID, which misrepresents her work at Bell Labs. Jackson, a physicist, did fundamental research on materials used for semiconductors -- work that helped clear the path for all sorts of telecommunications applications.

And, sure, it's a comedy segment, but to say "she wasn't even in tech"... Shirley Jackson is tech. The first African American woman to earn a doctorate from MIT. An accomplished research scientist. A chair of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. A president of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the country's foremost org for promoting science. President of RPI. And last year the recipient of the National Medal of Science.

Dan Savage at RPI later this week

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Author/sex advice columnist/podcaster Dan Savage will be at RPI this Friday, January 27. It's free and open to the public.

Savage is, of course, famous for his syndicated "Savage Love" column and his popular podcast. He was also one of the founders of the It Gets Better Project aimed at helping LGBT youth.

It looks like the RPI event will include a talk by Savage followed by audience Q&A.

It's in the EMPAC concert hall starting at 6 pm. It's not ticketed, but there should be available seating -- the concert hall holds 1,200 people.

photo via Dan Savage Facebook

LGBT Law Series at Albany Law

albany law school exteriorAlbany Law School starts a series of informational events about legal issues in LBGT communities next week. The lineup:

January 30: The State of LGBT Rights in 2017 panel discussion (6-7:30 pm) and reception (7:30-8 pm)

February 16: Legal issues facing LGBT older adults

March 23: Legal issues facing transgender individuals

April 20: Legal issues facing LGBT military personnel and veterans

All events are from 6-7 pm (except where noted) and include networking afterward. See the first link for registration info.

The series is presented by the LGBT Pro Bono Project of Albany Law School, Pride Center of the Capital Region, and In Our Own Voices.

Icy, Snowy Apocalypse Watch

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In the days of old, when winter's teeth were sharp and the snow built mountains, the people of this land would feel the rumble of an impending icy, snowy apocalypse. And they called for a sign, some indication, a measurement -- A METER, PERHAPS -- as they contemplated an ending in ice not fire.

So it has been, so it is again: Yes, gentle people, the Icy, Snowy Apocalypse Meter returns.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for this region starting at 1 pm Monday until 1 pm Tuesday. The paraphrased forecast:

Monday afternoon: Maybe some rain, then maybe rain and snow starting around 4 pm. Windy. Highs near 40.
Monday evening: Rain, snow, and sleet through the overnight. Windy. Snow and sleet accumulation of 1-3 inches. Highs in the low 30s.
Tuesday morning and day: Rain, snow, and sleet continue. Maybe another inch. Still windy. Highs in the upper 30s.
Tuesday evening: Maybe a little more precipitation. Lows just below 30.

The winter weather advisory has the snow and sleet accumulations pegged at 2-5 inches for valley areas and 4-8 inches for higher elevations. (See probabilistic snowfall maps.) It's also predicting slippery conditions and hazardous travel at times.

The driver of this event is a storm moving up the coast. And as you know, those notoriously tricky to forecast because small changes in track or other variables can make a big difference in what happens in here. (And the NWS Albany forecast discussion indicates the models aren't in agreement about what's going to happen.)

So we're going to rate this as a "that's something" icy, snowy apocalypse. That rating isn't so much because of the potential snow, but rather the possible slush and ice that could make commutes Monday evening and Tuesday morning messy. (We'll always take snow over ice.)

Ice melt at the ready, hardy upstaters!

Media freakout/hurry, buy milk and bread and eggs forecast: Eh, winter is no longer great.

By the way: It's good to see the National Weather Service has acquired its own prototype icy, snowy apocalypse meter.

Necessary note: You should take this all with an enormous bag of rock salt. AOA has absolutely no weather forecasting expertise. At all. That said, the world will probably not end because of some snow. Most likely.

Thousands at march in Albany, Cuomo issues state regulation for contraceptive coverage, two submissions for 1 Monument Square redevelopment

March and rally in Albany
The Inaugurate Resistance" march and rally in Albany this past weekend drew 7,000 people, according to organizers. Participants were there to support a range of causes, from reproductive rights to respect for Muslims to civic engagement. Jamaica Miles of Citizen Action, which organized the event, of the turnout: "It made me feel optimistic and inspired and motivated and proud of all the work that we did to make sure this event happened." [AOA] [Daily Gazette] [TU]

March in Washington
Riding the bus to the Women's March in DC on Saturday with a contingent of people from the Capital Region. [TU]

Chuck Schumer at the inauguration
From Chuck Schumer's speech at the presidential inauguration (he was in the lineup of speakers because of his role as Senate minority leader): "In such times, faith in our government, our institutions, and even in our country can erode. Despite these challenges, I stand here today confident in this great country for one reason: you, the American people." The Washington Post's Jennifer Rubin: "Schumer provided an inclusive portrait of America, but one that require we sacrifice to improve the country." [TU] [Washington Post]

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The week ahead

San Fermin and NOW Ensemble

Ellis Ludwig-Leone of San Fermin + NOW Ensemble will be at Troy Music Hall this week.

Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather (messy start), to lies, to coffee, to hoops, to music...

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Photos from the "Inaugurate Resistance" march and rally in Albany

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Organizers said the crowd included 7,000 people.

Thousand of people turned out in Albany Saturday for the "Inaugurate Resistance" march to protest the presidential administration of Donald Trump and rally for issues ranging from civil rights to the environment to health care. The local event, organized by Citizen Action, was one of many similar marches around the country coinciding with the Women's March in DC.

Among the signs: "I Stand With Planned Parenthood," "We Are Not Fake News," "We Stand For Black Lives," "Climate Change is Real," "Keep Your Tiny Hands to Yourself," "Defend Public Education," and "Resist Bigly."

Here are a bunch of photos from the march and rally...

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Taking in The People's Art

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"Number 12" by Jackson Pollock

Let's look at some art. That sounds like a good idea today.

We got a chance this week to finally check out The People's Art at the State Museum this week. It's an exhibit of works from Empire State Plaza Art Collection. Blurbage (link added):

Beginning in 1965, Governor Nelson Rockefeller assembled a commission of art experts to select the works for the Plaza and personally signed off on each acquisition. The exhibition The People's Art: Selections from the Empire State Plaza Art Collection is a collaboration of the State Museum and the New York State Office of General Services. It features 20 works by 17 artists and includes paintings and sculpture by modern masters such as Mark Rothko, Jackson Pollock, Helen Frankenthaler, Franz Kline, David Smith, and Alexander Calder.

There are a few more selections after the jump if you're curious about what's included. It's on display through the beginning of this September.

Between this exhibit, the new Ice Ages exhibit (which just opened), and Hudson Valley Ruins, it's a good time to stop by the State Museum if you haven't been in a while -- especially now that we're in the gloomy mid winter period (meteorological period rather than artistic).

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The @Hudson Park residential conversion in Albany gets planning OK

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Another residential conversion -- this one will add 75 apartments to the Hudson/Park neighborhood -- got the OK from the Albany planning board Thursday evening.

Here's more about that project, along with bits about the stalled Gallery on Holland project and the proposed large mixed-use project next to Quackenbush Square.

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Stuff to do this weekend

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Monster trucks are at the TU Center this weekend.

We do solemnly swear that we will faithfully execute the task of finding you stuff to do this weekend, and will, to the best of our ability, preserve, protect and defend your right to an interesting weekend.

Hey, we take this job seriously.

So, after the jump, a list of Capital Region happenings we thought might interest you, from monster trucks and comedy to music and theater, to markets and museums.

Planning something you don't see here? Drop it in the comment section so we can all see.

And whatever you're up to, hang in there, and have a fantastic weekend.

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Inauguration reactions, Sheehan: Albany is "committed to being a sanctuary city," remembering PK Miller

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Many "New York Republicans at the presidential inauguration festivities" articles:
+ Local state Senator George Amedore on Trump: "We need a fighter in Washington to cut through the bureaucracy and the partisanship ... When you're in the ring and fighting every day tooth and nail because you got everything on the line, you may throw some punches or when a punch is thrown at you, you throw it back." [TU]
+ Chris Collins, the Congressman from western New York who was an early Trump supporter: "The inauguration tomorrow is really going to be the beginning of the change in this country." [TWCN]
+ State Senate majority leader John Flanagan on Trump being from New York: "Our new president! I don't know if I'm going to get tired of saying that. That's pretty cool stuff, right?" [TWCN]

Local protest
There's an "Inaugurate Resistance" series of events planned in Albany Saturday, including a march down Washington Ave to West Capitol Park. [Citizen Action]

Immigrants
State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman issued "a legal roadmap for improving public safety by protecting vulnerable immigrant communities" for municipalities around the state. The AG's press release included a statement from Albany mayor Kathy Sheehan: "We are committed to being a sanctuary city and these guidelines will assist in our efforts to protect immigrants' rights and develop relationships that enhance public safety in our city." [TU] [NYS OAG]

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Just down the road for Albany: paying for parking by license plate and mobile app

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One of the current pay-and-display meters.

Mobile phones are re-centering the way we look at the world, becoming our primary connection to all sorts of aspects of our everyday lives: friends and family, shopping, media, transportation and... parking*.

The Albany Parking Authority is currently sorting through potential vendors for a new system that would allow people to pay for metered parking via mobile app.

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Deconstructing the Beatles, two ways

Beatles expert Scott Freiman

Musicologist Scott Freiman will be back at Proctors February 11 for two presentations of "Looking Through A Glass Onion: Deconstructing The Beatles' White Album." Tickets are $35.

Show/presentation blurbage:

In Looking Through A Glass Onion: Deconstructing The Beatles' White Album, composer/producer Scott Freiman takes Beatles fans young and old into the studio with the Beatles as they create their bestselling album -- The Beatles (commonly referred to as the White Album).
Using rare audio and video clips, as well as anecdotes about the creation of the songs, Mr. Freiman allows the audience to see and hear the evolution of these groundbreaking songs (including "Revolution," "While My Guitar Gently Weeps," & "Blackbird") and discusses the songs' lasting influence on popular music. Musicians and non-musicians, Beatles fanatics and casual listeners will all enjoy Mr. Freiman's presentation.

The presentations are at 1:30 pm and 7:30 pm in the GE Theatre.

Freiman's brought this series to Proctors a few times before and at least a few of the dates in the past have sold out.

Sgt. Pepper's
There's another local opportunity to catch Freiman's Beatles deconstruction coming up: The Spectrum will be screening a film version of "Deconstructing the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band Album" February 6 at 7 pm. Tickets are $15 and available online.

The Spectrum advertises on AOA.

photo via Scott Freiman's website

A good contractor for installing a fence?

wood stockade style fenceErica emails:

I'm writing to ask for any recommendations for fencing companies. I know there are a number of options in the Albany area but I'd like to get a recommendation from someone who's had good experience with a company. The AOA community has been great with other topics so I thought I'd give this a shot too. Thanks!

As Erica mentions, there do seem to be at least of handful of companies out there that install fencing. So if you have suggestions, great.

To extend Erica's a question a little bit... We're also curious if there are companies that specialize in various types of fencing, whether it's wood or metal. Or if there are companies that tend do a lot of work on styles of fencing that go beyond the typical stockade style or chain link.

So, got a suggestion for Erica? Please share! And as with any question like this, a sentence or two about why you're recommending a company can be a big help.

"There's an enormous disconnect with younger citizens in understanding the impact that local governments have"

Voter turnout among young adults is tends to be low in most elections, and as this article over at Governing highlights, it's usually very low in local elections -- especially compared the turnout among older adults. It references a study of voter turnout by age in a bunch of cities around the country, and looks at some ideas for increasing turnout among young adults. (We want to see if we can turn up this data for Albany and other places around here -- we suspect it's generally true here, too.) [Governing]

New online home for the Cohoes Mastodon

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Where the Cohoes Mastodon lived before the place it lived before the current State Museum. (Yep, so two places ago.)

The State Museum has launched a new mini website for the Cohoes Mastodon exhibit and it's worth a look.

The site is full of interesting facts and explainers about mastodons generally (they're not mammoths!), and the Cohoes Mastodon specifically -- including a biography of his relatively short, hungry life. And it's illustrated with a bunch of large-format photos and diagrams, some of them interactive.

The online exhibit also includes a section about the exhibit. (An exhibit exhibit?) And it's various homes since the mastodon skeleton was discovered in Cohoes 1886 at Harmony Mills. The photo above is from that section -- it's from the old Geological and Agricultural Hall that was once at State and Lodge.

Earlier on AOA: Ice Ages at the State Museum

Death Wish Coffee founder at Startup Grind

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Mike Brown -- the founder of the Round Lake-based Death Wish Coffee Co. -- is the speaker for the next event in the local Startup Grind series January 26 in the Rensselaer Technology Park. Tickets are $20 (or 2 for $30) ahead / $25 at the door / free for current students.

You probably already know the outline of the Death Wish story. Brown started the brand -- "the world's strongest coffee" -- out of the Saratoga Coffee Traders location in Saratoga Springs. And then got a huge boost last year when Death Wish won a contest for a free TV spot during the Super Bowl. Business has been booming since. (The coffee is available online and at retail outlets such as supermarkets.)

The Startup Grind event page says Death Wish now has revenue of $14 million a year.

The event next Thursday, January 26 is at Pat's Barn in the Rensselaer Tech Park. Networking at 6 pm, talk at 7 pm.

Earlier on AOA:
+ Next up for Death Wish Coffee: NASCAR
+ Death Wish Coffee Vodka
+ Death Wish Coffee gets a Super Bowl ad

Albany JCC evacuated after bomb threat, driver charged in fatal hit and run, Cuomo/Trump discuss ACA, homelessness

Bomb threat at Albany JCC
The Albany Jewish Community Center was evacuated and closed for several hours on Wednesday after a bomb threat. The threat, made by phone, turned out to be a hoax and one of many threats made on Wednesday to JCCs across the country. [TWCN][TU]

Hit and run driver charged
An Albany man could face up to seven years in prison for allegedly leaving the scene of the automobile accident that killed National Guard Master Sgt. Rudolph Seabron in Colonie earlier this month. 33-year-old Brian Tromans of Albany man pleaded not guilty on Wednesday to felony charge of leaving the scene of a fatal motor vehicle accident without reporting. [TU][Gazette][News10][TWCN]

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