This week was brought to you by beer, music, macarons, the unofficial end of the summer and the unofficial start of the Tournament of Pizza. It was also brought to you by the Restoration Festival, going on all weekend at St. Joe's in Albany. Tickets are now available at the door. This year's line-up includes Sharon Van Etten, The Kamikaze Hearts, The Loom, Better Pills, Mount Eerie, Willie Mason, The Parlor and more. Friday $25, Saturday $40, Sunday $25. A weekend pass is only $50. It's always a great time.
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Stuff to do
+ Live Nation,bringing Florence and the Machine to SPAC on September 16th. They've just opened up the lawn for seating. You can get your tickets here.
+ The Mop and Bucket Improv Company -- where making stuff up isn't lying, it's a gift for fiction. They've got one more show at The Adelphi Hotel in Saratoga this Thursday night. Beginning September 14th you can catch them every Friday at 8pm Underground at Proctors. Shows are based on audience suggestions, so every week there's something fresh and fun.
+ The Hellions of Troy
+ The Albany All Stars
+ The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's Light the Night Walk at Siena College on September 29th. Walk to help fight blood cancer.
+ Downtown Albany's Annual Jazz Fest Competiton, Friday September 7th from 5pm-9pm. Eight local jazz acts at venues around downtown Albany and no cover charge. Vote for your favorite.
Food and Drink
+ The Wine Bar and Bistro on Lark has a new fall menu with yumminess like grilled short ribs au poivre with balsamic and mushroom confit and mussels in lobster broth with white wine and applewood bacon. Late summer is a great time for dinner under the wisteria on the patio. The Albany Gastropub is serving Sunday brunch and has live acoustic music every Friday night.
+ The Schenectady Greenmarket. Sundays from 10am to 2pm around City Hall in Schenectady.
+ New World Bistro Bar's launches its new Fall Menu on September 20th. You can get a preview on their Facebook page or at the blog at their newly designed website.
+ The folks at City Beer Hall are now doing Saturday and Sunday brunch starting at 11AM.
+ Delmar Farmers Market runs Saturdays, June through December 9AM-1PM, at the Bethlehem Middle School. Great food and friends. It's all there.
+ Our Daily Eats -- serving up fresh basil pesto, roasted nuts and seeds. They also have four granolas. Available at the Delmar Farmers Market, Schenectady Greenmarket and the Empire State Plaza Wednesday Farmers Market. Local retailers are listed on their website.
+ Honest Weight Food Coop is gearing up for the annual Local Harvest Festival, September 23rd in Albany's Washington Park from 1pm-4pm. More than 45 local food vendors and restaurants plus a terrific music line up.
+ Albany Law School, offers free legal clinics for military veterans this fall, with the law school's Veterans' Rights Pro Bono Project. The first session of the fall semester is Sept. 15.
+ Sunmark Federal Credit Union is celebrating its 75th birthday! Check out their website to see how to put more money in your pocket.
Stuff to Try
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