Items tagged with 'Palace Theater'

The Price is Right Live! returning to The Palace

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The Price is Right Live -- a traveling version of The Price is Right -- will be back at The Palace April 10. Tickets go on sale this Saturday (November 22) -- they're $32.75 and up.

The show was at the Palace back in 2013 and was so popular that a second date was added. So if you're interested in going, getting tickets sooner rather than later might not be a bad idea.

Show blurbage:

The Price Is Right Live! is the hit interactive stage show that gives contestants pulled right from the audience the chance to "Come On Down" to win appliances, vacations and even new cars by playing classic games from television's longest running and most popular game show. From Plinko to Cliffhangers to the Big Wheel, and even the fabulous Showcase, all the favorite games are played just like the TV show.

From what we can gather the live version doesn't work exactly like the TV version -- more audience members are involved in various ways, and the prizes are smaller.

The last time the show was here pre-registration was required to be a potential contestant. It looks like that's changed -- and contestants are now picked from a pool of people who register on site just ahead of the show. You don't have to be a ticket holder to put your name in to be a contestant, according to the show FAQ.

Gabriel Iglesias, Brian Regan at The Palace

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Gabriel Iglesias (left) and Brian Regan

Two recently announced shows:

Gabriel Iglesias
Comedian Gabriel Iglesias is set to play a stand-up show at The Palace December 5. Tickets go on sale the general public this Friday (October 10) -- they're $33 and up.

The self-described "fluffy" comedian has been on Comedy Central a bunch (that's him on the right). And earlier this year he released a stand-up film, The Fluffy Movie. He was last in town at The Palace in 2012, and in 2011 played two shows in one night at The Egg.

Brian Regan
Comedian Brian Regan is set for a stand-up show at The Palace on May 5, 2015. (That's like... next year.) Tickets went on sale this past Friday (October 3) -- they're $35.75 and up.

Regan's been around for a long time, with numerous tours and TV appearances. He recently popped up on Jerry Seinfeld's Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.

More comedy:
+ October 16: Lewis Black at The Palace
+ October 25: Amy Schumer at The Palace
+ November 20: Hannibal Buress at The Egg
+ December 13: John Oliver at The Palace

Palace Premier Movie Series 2014-2015

The Goonies Chunk

You'll neither have to plead nor do the truffle shuffle -- the schedule is below.

The schedule for the new season of The Palace's Premier Movie Series is out. It includes 18 dates, with films that range from classic classics (The Wizard of Oz) to holiday classics (It's a Wonderful Life) to cult classics (The Big Lebowski) to 80s classics (The Goonies) to modern could-be-classics (Frozen).

Tickets are $5 , but The Palace is also offering a season pass -- $45 for all 18 dates (half price). They're on sale now.

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Drawing: Joshua Bell with the ASO + Yono's

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Drawing's closed!

The Albany Symphony Orchestra opens its new season September 6 at the Palace with a concert featuring superstar violinist Joshua Bell. We have two tickets to the performance and we're giving them away. BUT WAIT. There's more: The winner will also receive a $100 gift certificate for dinner at Yono's (reservations recommended) -- which is, of course, just a short walk from the Palace.

To enter the drawing, please answer this question in the comments:

What is something classic about the Capital Region?

Could be a building, a tradition, whatever. We'll draw one winner at random. That person gets the pair of tickets and Yono's gift certificate.

The ASO performance at the Palace starts at 7 pm on Saturday, September 6. Tickets are $56 and up.

Important: All comments must be submitted by 5 pm on Friday, August 29, 2014 to be entered in the drawing. You must answer the question to be part of the drawing. (Normal commenting guidelines apply.) One entry per person, please. You must enter a valid email address (that you check regularly) with your comment. The winner will be notified via email by noon on Saturday and must respond by noon on Tuesday, September 2.

photo: Bill Phelps

Nas: Time is Illmatic at The Palace

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Hip hop titan Nas is set to be at The Palace October 3 for a concert and screening of the new documentary Nas:Time is Illmatic. Tickets go on sale this Friday (August 15) -- they're $40 and up.

The show at the Palace will be a screening of the doc followed by Nas performing the album Illmatic live from the start to finish.

It's been 20 years since the album's release. The doc looks at Nas' childhood and early career and the recording of Illmatic. Here's a Variety review following its release at the Tribeca Film Fest earlier this year.

John Oliver at The Palace

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Comedian John Oliver is set for a standup show at The Palace December 13. Tickets go on sale to the general public this Friday (August 15) -- they're $39.75.

Oliver is famous for his many years on The Daily Show, of course. But he recently left the show for his own show on HBO: Last Week Tonight. And it's already included some great segments -- you can watch many of them on YouTube.

He was last in town for a show at The Egg in January of 2013.

photo via John Oliver FB

Ray LaMontagne at The Palace

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Singer/songwriter Ray LaMontagne is set to play at show at The Palace November 9. Tickets go on sale August 15 -- they're $35 and up.

It's been a decade since the release of "Trouble," the song that was played seemingly everywhere and made LaMontagne popular. He has a new album out this year that was produced by Dan Auerbach from The Black Keys.

LaMontagne also apparently has a reputation for being "enigmatic", in part because he lives in "a farmhouse in the remote hills of Western Massachusetts." Ashland, apparently. (How he ever manages to return to civilization after roaming the far reaches of... MASSACHUSETTS!... is obviously some sort of miracle.)

The opener for the show at the Palace is the duo The Belle Brigade.

Live Nation advertises on AOA.

photo: Ray Lamontagne Facebook

Lewis Black at the Palace

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Comedian Lewis Black will be back in town for a show at The Palace October 16. Tickets go on sale this Friday, May 2 -- they're $29.50/

Black has performed here a bunch of times over the last few years. He can't stay away! This place must make... him... very... happy? Is that possible? (Actually: His secret -- he's always angry. Wait, that's another guy...)

Earlier on AOA: Lewis Black on Albany

More comedy
+ Maria Bamford will be at The Egg May 9.
+ Eddie Izzard will be at The Palace May 12
+ Steven Wright will be at The Egg October 17. Tickets go on sale this Friday, May 2.
+ The Amy Schumer show at The Palace has been rescheduled for October 25.

The Palace advertises on AOA.

Queens of the Stone Age at The Palace

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Rock band Queens of the Stone Age is set to play a show at The Palace July 13. Tickets go on sale this Saturday (April 19) -- they're $39.50 and up. (There's also a presale starting Wednesday.)

The band is touring in support of the album is released last year, ...Like Clockwork, which included contributions from Dave Grohl, Alex Turner, Trent Reznor, and... Elton John. The album got very good reviews.

Lucinda Williams
Also announced: Lucinda Williams at The Egg June 17. Tickets go on sale this Friday (April 18) -- they're $35 and up.

photo: Nora Lezano

America's Test Kitchen Live at The Palace

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Christopher Kimball

The Palace announced today that America's Test Kitchen Live -- a stage show from the popular PBS TV cooking show -- will be at the theater April 13 at 3 pm. Tickets go on sale to the general public Friday (February 28) -- they're $35 and up.

America's Test Kitchen is produced by the same people behind Cooks Illustrated, the popular magazine devoted to careful testing of recipes, cooking techniques, and kitchen gadgets. Event blurbage:

As host of America's Test Kitchen for the past 14 seasons, as well as editor of the popular Cooks Illustrated magazine, Christopher Kimball will share his strong and entertaining opinions on culinary trends and cooking equipment. He'll take questions from the audience as well as test their knowledge of unusual ingredients in an interactive segment during the live show. America's Test Kitchen Live with Christopher Kimball will deliver a fun and informative evening for fans and foodies around the country.
Dan Souza is a senior editor of Cook's Illustrated and an on-screen test cook for America's Test Kitchen. In addition to his work on Cook's Illustrated, Dan has contributed content to a dozen America's Test Kitchen cookbooks, most recently executing and editing the test kitchen experiments for The Science of Good Cooking (October 2012). Dan cut his culinary teeth as an apprentice in Hungary before graduating first in his class from the Culinary Institute of America (CIA). After cooking in restaurants in New York City and Boston, however, he found his true calling: applying good science to create great recipes for the home cook.

(This NYT Mag article from a few years back is an interesting look at Kimball and the Cooks Illustrated empire. )

The Palace event also has a VIP ticket that includes a book and meet-and-greet with Chris Kimball's bowtie. It's $85.

photo: America's Test Kitchen FB

Steve Martin (and his banjo) at The Palace

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Mr. Martin, along with Edie Brickell and the Steep Canyon Rangers.

The Palace announced today that Steve Martin will be at the theater June 20 for "an evening of music and comedy" with the Steep Canyon Rangers and Edie Brickell. Tickets go on sale to the general public this Friday (February 21) -- they're $39.50.

Martin is pretty much your typical actor/comedian/author/banjo playing renaissance man. He and Edie Brickell recently won a Grammy for best American roots song (and were nominated for best Americana album). There's a clip of Martin and the gang post jump.

From the Palace event blurbage: "The concert will showcase new material performed by Martin and Brickell, including selections from their album 'Love Has Come for You' along with the unique hybrid of bluegrass and comedy that Martin and The Steep Canyon Rangers have been delighting audiences with at their sold-out, critically acclaimed shows."

Martin was last at the Palace in 2011, but that was "A Conversation with Steve Martin" as opposed to "An Evening of Music and Comedy with Steve Martin and Other People."

By the way: The Palace's new digital projector will be up and running for a slate of movies March 1. [Biz Review]

screengrab: Steve Martin YouTube

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Diana Ross at The Palace

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Yet another concert announcement: Diana Ross is set to play The Palace June 24. Tickets go on sale to the general public this Friday (February 14) -- the price range is $45-$175. (The upper end is for the "Gold Circle," which we can only guess is actually made of gold.)

Ross is, of course, one of the most famous and popular singers of American pop music ever, and an influence on a huge range of artists. It sounds like the Palace show will be her singing the hits -- of which there were many, both with The Supremes and solo.

photo via Diana Ross FB

Family Feud Live at The Palace

family feud liveCheesy but possibly fun: A live, audience participation version of The Family Feud is coming to the Palace May 2. Tickets went on sale today (February 7) -- they're $27.50 and up.

From what we can gather, the stage show more or less works like the TV show except that the "families" are people drawn at random from the crowd. The show cycles through the game twice. In between there's other audience participation stuff and prizes.

The random "family" thing is a bit weird -- it seems like it'd be more fun to have people team up on their own, but maybe that doesn't work in practice.

At any rate, the Palace show is on a Friday at 8 pm, so you won't have to be staying home sick from school to watch it.

By the way: There was a live version of the Price is Right that stopped at the Palace twice last year, and was apparently quite popular. So maybe this will be, too.

Amy Schumer at the Palace

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Update: The show has been rescheduled for October 25 "due to television commitments."
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Comedian Amy Schumer will be at The Palace for a standup show March 13. Tickets go on sale to the general public this Friday, December 6 -- they're $37.50 and $45.

Here's how Schumer described her standup act to the St. Louis Post Dispatch last year:

[P]eople always say I look sweet but say some cutting stuff with a smile. I am sweet, but it's an adult show. ... I don't like the observational stuff. I like tackling the stuff nobody else talks about, like the darkest, most serious thing about yourself. I talk about life and sex and personal stories and stuff everybody can relate to, and some can't.

In addition to her standup, Schumer also has a show on Comedy Central, Inside Amy Schumer, which is set to return for a second season next spring with a bunch of notable guest stars (including Paul Giamatti, Parker Posey, Questlove, and Mike Birbiglia). And Judd Apatow is directing a movie that she wrote and will star in.

Schumer played The Egg this past spring and the show sold out. The Palace has a lot more seats, but even so, if you'd like to go, it's probably better to get tickets sooner rather than later.

Bonus bit: Amy Schumer is related to Chuck Schumer -- they're second cousins.

photo via Amy Schumer FB page

Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight at the Palace

The Palace announced today that Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight -- the HBO film that shot in Albany and Schenectady last year -- will be screened at the theater December 4. The film premiered on the cable channel back in October.

Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight is based on the Howard Bingham book of the same title -- it's about Ali's refusal to fight in the Vietnam War, and specifically, the Supreme Court's handling of the case. In fact, Ali apparently only appears in the film via archival footage. Most of the action seems to center on the justices and their clerks.

The movie was directed by Stephen Frears, and stars Christopher Plummer, Danny Glover, Frank Langella (they play justices), and Benjamin Walker (a clerk). It got "generally favorable" reviews.

The Palace screening is at 7 pm on December 4. Tickets are free -- they're available at the Palace box office on first come, first serve basis.

Earlier on AOA: Gawking at the shoot of Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight in Albany

Palace classic movies series 2013-2014

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From Roman Holiday.

The Palace Theatre has released the slate for the next season of its classic movie series. It includes 15 films and ranges from old classics such as Roman Holiday to more recent favorites such as Back to the Future and Pulp Fiction. The screenings are Monday nights (with a few exceptions), and start in October.

Tickets are $5 , but The Palace is also offering a season pass -- $37.50 for all 15 films (half price). They're on sale now.

The schedule is after the jump.

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Jerry Seinfeld back at the Palace

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Jerry Seinfeld is set to perform a stand-up show at the Palace October 4. Tickets are $48 and up -- they go on sale August 9.

Seinfeld was last in town in October 2011 for a show at the Palace. And his previous visit to that was in October 2009. Obvious conclusion: Jerry Seinfeld loves Albany in October. (What is the deal with Albany in October...)

In addition to sleeping on what is surely an enormous bed of money from his sitcom, Seinfeld lately has been doing a fun online video series: Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee. The one with Alec Baldwin is a good place to start.

Trailer Park Boys at the Palace

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Merry Christmas, eh.

The Trailer Park Boys are scheduled to bring a new live show to the Palace December 12. Tickets are $35 and up -- they go on sale this Friday, June 28. (There's also a pre-sale.)

The Trailer Park Boys are a Canadian mockumentary group that's created a TV series and movies around characters who live in a trailer park in Nova Scotia. From the blurbage for this live tour:

When Bubbles tries to spread the true meaning of Christmas to the world, his good-hearted plans are botched by Julian wanting to cash in on the Festive season and Ricky's relentless pursuit to meet the real Santa. And if that wasn't enough, all three of them have to deal with the very intoxicated Jim Lahey and his cheeseburger-eating sidekick, Randy.

The group played a show at The Egg last year -- and it sold out. So if you're interested in going to see them at the Palace, you might want to think about getting tickets sooner rather than later.

Bill Maher at the Palace

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Comedian Bill Maher is schedule for a stand up show at Palace November 10. Tickets go on sale this Friday (April 12) -- they start at $39.50.

As you know, Maher is famous for his comedy and commentary on politics, religion, and current events. His show on HBO -- Real Time with Bill Maher -- is now in its 10th year.

photo: Alberto Tolot

The Price is Right Live at the Palace

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And they bring the wheel. Of course.

The Price is Right Live -- a traveling version of The Price is Right -- is coming to the Palace May 31. Tickets are $32.75 -- they go on sale March 29.

While we have seen The Price is Right many times (though probably not in at least a decade), we weren't familiar with this traveling version. Blurbage:

The Price Is Right Live! is the hit interactive stage show that gives contestants pulled right from the audience the chance to "Come On Down" to win appliances, vacations and even new cars by playing classic games from television's longest running and most popular game show. From Plinko to Cliffhangers to the Big Wheel, and even the fabulous Showcase, all the favorite games are played just like the TV show.

Apparently the show has been produced at a series of places around the country: Las Vegas, Foxwoods, Atlantic City, Branson. From what we can gather the live version doesn't work exactly like the TV version -- more audience members are involved in various ways, and the prizes are smaller. (Here's the Yelp profile for the Las Vegas show.)

To be a potential contestant you have to register ahead of time -- but you don't have to buy a ticket (you'll need a ticket to watch the show in the theater).

Really, the best part about this show may be that you don't have to stay home sick from school to watch it.

Aziz Ansari at the Palace

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Comedian Aziz Ansari will be at the Palace May 14 for a standup show. Tickets are $27 and $32 -- they're on sale now.

Of course, Ansari stars on Parks and Recreation. But he's appeared in a bunch of other shows and movies, as well comedy specials. And during the last year, he's gone the Louis CK route and posted one of his standup specials for a $5 download.

Here's a recent Ansari interview The AV Club. And here's a gif of him making Michelle Dockery laugh.

photo via Aziz Ansari website

Kevin James at the Palace; and the parade of comedians

Kevin James tour publicity photoComedian Kevin James will be at the Palace June 2 for a stand up show. Tickets are $28 and up -- they go on sale this Friday (March 1).

James is, of course, the guy from the King of Queens sitcom. And now he's the guy from Movie That Will Get Bad Reviews But Still Make a Surprisingly Large Amount of Money.

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By the way: Albany apparently has become a popular stop on the comedy circuit. Among the comics making a stop here over the next few months: Mike Epps, Lewis Black, Demetri Martin, Ron White, Amy Schumer, Stephen Lynch, and Tracy Morgan. Not to mention a handful who've already made a stop in recent months: Kevin Hart, Marc Maron, Jeff Dunham, and Lisa Lampanelli. (And we're sure there are others.)

Trey Anastasio at the Palace

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The Trey Anastasio Band, specifically.

Phish's Trey Anastasio is playing at show at the Palace January 26. The ticket pre-sale starts this Friday (December 7). General public tickets go on sale December 15 at 10 am. Tickets are $42.50.

The Albany show is part of a group of seven stops around the northeast announced this week. The tour press release says Anastasio will be "spotlighting" material from his new solo album.

Live Nation advertises on AOA.

photo via Trey Anastasio Facebook page

Lewis Black at the Palace

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Comedian Lewis Black will be back in town March 22 for a stand-up show at the Palace. Tickets go on sale this Friday (November 16). They start at $29.50.

Most people know Black from his commentaries on the Daily Show. The most recent election season has probably left him one or two things to talk about. (By the way: Black is also a playwright -- really. His work has been performed at places such as the Williamstown Theatre Festival.)

Earlier on AOA: Lewis Black on Albany

Yep, Live Nation advertises on AOA.

photo: Flickr user Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

The Beatles: RAIN back at the Palace

Beatles RAINThe Beatles tribute show RAIN will be back at the Palace March 18. Tickets are $30 and up. They go on sale this Friday (October 12).

The last time the show was in town, it sold out. So if you'd like to go, getting tickets sooner rather than later is probably a good idea.

From the blurbage for RAIN:

RAIN performs the full range of The Beatles' discography live onstage, including the most complex and challenging songs that The Beatles themselves recorded in the studio but never performed for an audience. Together longer than The Beatles, RAIN has mastered every song, gesture and nuance of the legendary foursome, delivering a totally live, note-for-note performance that's as infectious as it is transporting.

photo via RAIN website

Tedeschi Trucks Band at the Palace

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The Tedeschi Trucks Band will play a show at the Palace December 2. Tickets go on sale this Friday. They start at $39.

If you're thinking about going, you probably want to get tickets sooner rather than later. The blues rock band's show at The Egg last October sold out.

The Tedeschi Trucks Band is only about two years old. But the band's husband-and-wife leaders -- Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi -- were successful with their own, separate bands before forming the group. Its debut album won the 2012 Grammy for Best Blues Album.

Speaking of the blues... Two other nominees for that blues Grammy also have shows coming up here this fall: The Warren Haynes Band at The Egg on October 13, Keb' Mo' at The Egg on October 20.

Earlier on AOA: Some shows that are coming up, fall 2012

The Palace advertises on AOA.

photo credit: Taylor Crothers

Palace classic movies series 2012-2013

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The Palace has released the slate for the next season of its classic movie series. It includes 15 films and starts later this month. The screenings are Monday nights (with a few exceptions).

Tickets are $5, but The Palace is also offering a season pass -- $37.50 for all 15 films (half price). They go on sale starting this Friday.

The schedule is after the jump.

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Fiona Apple at the Palace

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The Palace has posted that Fiona Apple will be playing a show there October 19. Tickets go on sale to the general public this Friday (July 13). They start at $34.50.

Apple released her first album in seven years in June: The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do. (Hey, that's relatively short compared to When the Pawn...) It's gotten good reviews.

Why so long between albums? As she told NPR recently: "The only reason that it takes me seven years to do stuff is because I just don't really have a plan."

By the way: Morrissey is scheduled to play a show at the Palace the day before Apple. If you see the building weeping quietly in a corner that weekend, you'll have to understand. It will have been a very emotional 24 hours.

photo via Fiona Apple Facebook

Morrissey at The Palace

morrissey with catThe Palace announced today that Morrissey is set to play there October 18. Tickets go on sale this Friday -- they start at $29.50.

The stop is party of a US tour for Morrissey on which he's expected to play old hits and new stuff. He said recently he plans to retire in the next few years -- (updated) or he doesn't.

Morrissey was, of course, the singer for the Smiths before a solo career. They've been a huge influence in indie music. (It makes us laugh -- a bit ruefully -- that there are probably people who think "How Soon Is Now" is just the theme song for Charmed.)

Bill Cosby at The Palace

bill cosbyBill Cosby will be at The Palace November 10. Tickets go on sale this Friday (June 8) -- they start at $48.

The show is being touted as "an evening with the comedic legend," so we're guessing Cosby will be doing stand up. He's 74 years old now. But a review of stand up show from a year and a half a go reported that "he can still bring it." Maybe it's all the pudding pops and sweaters. [AP/The Hollywood Reporter]

Darrell Hammond at the Palace

darrell hammondComedian Darrell Hammond will be at the Palace April 27 for "an evening of comedy" (we're assuming that means he'll be doing standup). Tickets go on sale this Friday (February 17). They start at $29.50.

As you well know, Hammond was on Saturday Night Live forever. His impression of Bill Clinton is better than Bill Clinton's Bill Clinton. Hammond left the show in 2011. He's been promoting a memoir about his career, as well as his abusive childhood, mental illness, and drug problems.

Also coming to the Palace: One Night of Queen, a Queen tribute show, on April 1.

photo via Palace press release

Company of Thieves can't stay away

company of thieves lettersApparently powerless to resist the draw of the Capital Region, Company of Thieves is scheduled to play a show at Jillian's February 24. Tickets are $10 ($12 at the door). Openers: Erin Harkes, and Wild Adriatic.

This will be the band's fifth show in the area over the last three years, by our count. Either they really love it here, or people here really love them. Maybe both.

Bonnie Raitt
The Palace announced Bonnie Raitt will be playing there June 2. Tickets go on sale this Friday -- they're $52 and $62. The opener is Marc Cohn (yep, the "Walking in Memphis" guy).

Company of Thieves photo via their Facebook page

The Avett Brothers at the Palace

the avett brothers croppedFolk rock band The Avett Brothers are scheduled to play The Palace April 22. Tickets go on sale February 3. They are $38 and $43.

The band is reportedly almost finished with a new album, produced by Rick Rubin. You might have seen them play on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon recently. [Rolling Stone]

Also: Daughtry, the man and the band, are scheduled to play the Palace April 29.

Earlier on AOA: Some shows that are coming up, winter 2012

photo via The Avett Brothers Facebook

Tickets for Lewis Black at the Palace

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Update: Drawing's closed! Thanks for entering!

Comedian Lewis Black will be doing stand up at the Palace this coming Friday night. We have a pair of tickets -- and we're looking to give them away to someone. Maybe that person is you.

Here's how to enter. As you've probably seen on The Daily Show, Lewis Black has a tendency to get a bit upset about the state of things. So, please answer this question in the comments:

What about today's world drives you crazy?

We'll draw one comment at random. That person will get the tickets.

Black's appearance at the Palace is part of his "In God We Rust" tour. Here's a review of a recent show in Madison, Wisconsin. And here's his latest "Back in Black" segment on The Daily Show.

We talked with Black about Albany a few months ago.

The show at the Palace starts at 8 pm on Friday. Tickets start at $29.50.

Important: All comments must be submitted by noon on Tuesday (October 18, 2011) to be entered in the drawing. You must answer the question to be part of the drawing. One entry per person, please. You must enter a valid email address (that you check regularly -- seriously, if you win, we want to give you the tickets) with your comment. The winner will be notified via email by 5 pm on Tuesday and must respond by noon Wednesday (October 19).

photo: Clay Patrick McBride

Upright Citizens Brigade, Wanda Sykes

wanda sykesTwo comedy shows this weekend worth mentioning:

Upright Citizens Brigade The touring company of improv troupe Upright Citizens Brigade will be MASS MoCA Saturday. UCB has turned out a bunch of now-famous comic actors over the years: Amy Poehler (one of its founders), Ed Helms, Rob Corrdry, Horatio Sanz, Rob Riggle, Jack McBrayer, Aziz Ansari, Nick Kroll, Paul Scheer, Aubrey Plaza, and on and on (the list of former members and guests is impressive). The show at MASS MoCA starts at 8 pm on Saturday. Tickets start at $25 ($20 for students).

Wanda Sykes Also on Saturday, stand up comic Wanda Sykes (that's her on the right) will be at the Palace. You've probably seen her on TV or in movies. Show's at 8 pm. Tickets start at $20.

Palace Theater movie series 2011-2012

We are laughing at the superior intellect -- November 21.

The Palace announced the lineup for its 2011-2012 movie series today (the topic came up recently).

The series starts October 24 with the Rocky Horror Picture Show. The rest of the schedule after the jump.

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Weird Al at The Palace

weird alWeird Al Yankovic is playing The Palace October 18. Tickets go on sale this Friday. They start at $24.50.

The show is part of the "ALpocalypse Tour." (The end of days involves an accordion, apparently.) Among the parodies on Weird Al's latest album -- Alpocalypse -- is a take on Lady Gaga's "Born this way."

Weird Al has sold more than 12 million albums.

Oh, and because we know you were worried, it seems Al and Coolio have patched up their relationship after the "Amish Paradise" beef. It was so sad when Al got shot at outside Hot 97. (OK, that didn't happen.)

photo via WeirdAl.com

An internal dialogue about Engelbert Humperdinck

Update: This show as postponed.
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(Check email)

Engelbert Humperdink is coming to The Palace? Is he still alive?

(Wikipedia)

Look at that, he is. And...

(Calculator)

... still kicking at 75. Good for him. Dude's sold 150 million records? And he's still touring at 75? He must love it -- or, you know, crazy gambling debts...

Wait, "Engelbert Humperdinck" wasn't his original name? "Arnold George Dorsey" was his birth name? OK, not exactly a marquee name -- but Engelbert Humperdinck? Where'd that come from?

(Google)

Ah, his manager. Still. And it had been someone's actual name?

(Google)

A 19th century composer. Well, then. You know, that makes me think of...

(Google)

... the Princess Bride

Hey, what was that song that Engelbert Humperdinck is famous for?

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Oh, right: "Release Me"

(Clock)

I should post something....

Tickets for Steve Martin at the Palace

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Update: The drawing is now closed.
Congratulations, Joe Fusco!

The people promoting Steve Martin's appearance at The Palace this Wednesday offered us two tickets to give away. We like Steve Martin. We figure you like Steve Martin. So we said, sure, let's go for it.

To enter the drawing, please submit a comment answering this question:

What's wild and crazy?

We'll draw one winner at random from the comments.

The aptly-titled "An Evening with Steve Martin" starts at 8 pm at The Palace Wednesday night. WAMC's Joe Donahue will be hosting the evening, asking Martin questions -- both his own and those from the audience. Tickets for the event start at $45.75.

Important: All comments must be submitted by 10:00 pm Monday (March 28, 2011) to be entered in the drawing. One entry per person, please. You must enter a valid email address (that you check regularly) with your comment. The winner will be notified via email by 10 am on Tuesday (March 29, 2011) and must respond by 7 pm that day.

The Palace advertises on AOA.

Temple Grandin at the Palace

temple grandinAnimal scientists Temple Grandin will be speaking at the Palace May 4. Tickets go on sale this Friday, February 4. They're $12.

Grandin is a remarkable person. She's on the autism spectrum and says her ability to "think in pictures" has allowed her to have a unique understanding of how animals negotiate livestock handling systems. Almost half of the cattle in this country are now processed in facilities based on her designs, which have been hailed as being more humane because they lower the stress levels of the animals.

In more recent years, Grandin has become an advocate for people on the autism spectrum. A movie starring Claire Danes last year chronicled Grandin's struggle to find her place in the world as non-neurotypical person (the movie is pretty good).

The Palace advertises on AOA.

photo: Flickr user jurvetson

Steve Martin at the Palace

steve martinSteve Martin will be at the Palace March 30 for the aptly-titled "A Conversation with Steve Martin." From the blurbage:

In this exclusive event, Martin will talk at length, impromptu, before a live audience. The evening's conversation will be led by a moderator and will include a Q&A segment where audience members will have an opportunity to engage with one of the greatest entertainers of our time in an enjoyable and intimate audience-interactive format. Come with your questions and share in the fun with one of the country's most loved and respected performers.

Martin obviously has a long and varied entertainment career. But he seems to have a lot of outside interests, as well, notably music and art. His most recent book is set in the art world. And at a recent evening-with-Stever-Martin type of event in NYC, he and the interviewer spoke at length about art -- so much so, that people in the audience were apparently disappointed and the organizer of the event offered refunds.

Tickets for the Palace event start at $45.75. They go on sale to the general public this Friday.

The Palace advertises on AOA.

Cesar Millan coming to The Palace

cesar millanCesar Millan -- "the Dog Whisperer" -- is coming to the Palace March 27 (that's a Sunday). Tickets go on sale January 14 (a week from this Friday). They start at $35.75.

Millan has become a huge star from his TV show, books and various whatnot. But we're not exactly sure what "An Evening with Cesar Millan" entails. The press release we got says "Cesar will touch upon his life experiences, and teach the attendees at his live show how to apply his techniques in the training and rehabilitation of their own dogs." Millan talks a lot about "rehabilitating" dogs and "training" humans. So maybe he'll train some audience members on stage. Tsch!

(We've often thought Millan's success comes from the fact that he's just a person who's naturally -- and freakishly -- good with dogs (not necessarily the same thing as knowing about dog psychology or whatever he calls it).)

Chances are the audience for this event will have to wait outside the theater until Cesar arrives, so he can enter the door first. It's a dominance thing.

Earlier on AOA: It's winter. Your dog has pooped. What now?

photo: Alan Weissman

Kathy Griffin coming to the Palace

kathy griffinComedian Kathy Griffin is coming to the Palace Theater November 7.

Griffin is probably best known for her Bravo show Kathy Griffin: My Life On The D-List -- in which she, well, goes around working as a D-list celebrity (although we think she's at least C-list now... maybe even C+). She's also managed to make Anderson Cooper blush a few times on New Year's Eve.

Tickets go on sale this Thursday. They start at $28.

Speaking of comics: Louis CK is playing the Palace October 23.

Yep, the Palace does advertise on AOA

photo via KathyGriffin.net

Classic movies at The Palace 2010-2011

NorthByNorthwest posterThe Palace Theater in Albany has released the schedule for its 2010-2011 classic movie series.

It looks like a good slate: North By Northwest, Bonnie and Clyde, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and a bunch other favorites. The full schedule is after the jump.

The films run on Monday nights. They're $5 for adults and $3 for kids. You can buy a season pass for all 18 films for $45 (that's half price).

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Tracy Morgan coming to the Palace

tracy morganIn what could be a funny, bizarre night, Tracy Morgan is playing the Palace September 17.

Morgan, of course, plays the wacked-out Tracy Jordan on 30 Rock. The real life Tracy sometimes seems to share a lot of characteristics with the fictional Tracy. In fact, Morgan told Oprah that a lot of the stuff on 30 Rock is written with who he is in mind "because Tina [Fey] partied with me."

It looks like Morgan's Palace appearance is part of a short tour to warm up for two shows at the Apollo later in September. Those NYC shows will be recorded for an HBO special.

Tickets for the show at the Palace start at $36.50.

photo via the Palace

Lining up for Salt

line for Salt premiere tickets at The Palace

They really want to see Angelina on 787.

Mike sent along this picture of people camped out this morning around 9 am for the last 300 tickets for the Salt premiere at the Palace Theatre.

The tickets were released at 10 am, but the line had formed long before that. Shelley Thomas, the box office manager at the Palace, told us that people started lining up at 6 am this morning. At 10 am, she says they gave out all the remaining tickets to people in the line.

The Albany Salt premiere is July 22. It opens July 23.

Earlier on AOA:
+ More Angelina and more Albany
+ That's Angelina and that's Albany

photo: Mike Wren

Last bunch of Salt premiere tickets released today

salt trailer 2 U-Haul

Will the U-Haul building and other Albany landmarks make it into the final cut?

Update: @tenacioustij reports that the tickets are all gone -- and were gone before 10 am.

After apparently overwhelming demand, the Palace Theatre is releasing its last bunch of tickets to the July 22 Albany premiere of Salt today. The Palace says it will be giving out 300 of the free tickets at its box office starting at 10 am today.

If you're looking to snag tickets, you should show up early. The first batch of tickets was reportedly snapped up right away on Friday. There's a limit of four tickets per person. [Daily Gazette]

One of the big car chase scenes for Salt was shot in downtown Albany -- and Angelina Jolie was here for some of it. It'll be fun to see how much of the city has made it into the final version. You could see parts of the skyline very clearly in some of the trailers.

Salt opens in theaters July 23. The Other Guys -- the Will Ferrell cop comedy that also shot some scenes downtown -- opens August 6.

Earlier on AOA:
+ More Angelina and more Albany
+ That's Angelina and that's Albany

images: Sony Pictures

Diana Ross coming to the Palace

diana rossThe Palace Theatre announced today that Diana Ross will make a stop there September 15. Tickets start at $59.50 -- they go on sale to the general public June 30.

Ross is now 66. Wrote the Chicago Sun-Times' Thomas Conner of a recent show by the Motown queen:

The current tour is a businesslike, 90-minute trot through 25 of her well-known, oversaturated hits. We've seen this before, more than a few times.
So why is the show so good?

She's also seems to have been exhibiting some rather interesting plumage recently.

photo via Palace Theatre

Neil Young playing the Palace

neil youngNeil Young is scheduled to open his solo acoustic tour May 18 at the Palace Theater. He'll reportedly be playing some of his old songs, along with new, unreleased material.

The Palace hasn't posted ticket info, yet. But the TU reports tickets will be $149.50 and $99.50.

Also: Mark Knopfler is playing the Palace May 9.

photo: Flickr user 6tee-zeven

Discount for Richard Florida event

richard floridaRichard Florida -- who's best known for his book Rise of the Creative Class -- will be giving a talk at the Palace Theater on September 24. He studies how demographic and cultural factors affect the economies of cities. It should be an interesting time.

Tickets are $40 -- but we've lined up a discount for people in the AOA crowd. The organizers of the event has set aside a block of $25 tickets for AOA people.

To get this special AOA ticket, call 465-8975 ext. 228 and tell them you'd like the All Over Albany discount.

There is one catch: if you've already bought a regularly-priced ticket, it can't be traded in for the discount ticket.

photo: Flickr user atp_tyreseus

Richard Florida at the Palace

richard floridaRichard Florida -- who's best known for his book Rise of the Creative Class -- will be giving a talk at the Palace Theater on September 24. Florida studies how demographic and cultural factors affect the economies of cities.

Florida be talking about some of the ideas in his latest book Who's Your City? - How the Creative Economy is Making the Place Where You Live the Most Important Decision of Your Life.

The central theme of Florida's work is that creative people -- a class that includes everyone from scientists to musicians -- are the key element to economic development in the 21st Century. He argues that cities and regions that do the best job of providing lifestyles attractive to these types of people will be the ones that succeed.

We've actually interviewed Florida at length. He's an engaging speaker -- and his work is not without its critics. It should be an interesting evening.

Tickets for the talk start at $40. There's also a $75 ticket that includes a book and a pre-show reception.

Photographers! AOA is a one of the sponsors of this event. We're curating a photo display on the Palace's theater screen. We're looking for interesting photos of spots around the Capital Region. We'll hook you up with a free ticket to the talk if we use your photos. Please contact us: editors |at| alloveralbany |dot| com

photo: Flickr user atp_tyreseus

Second murder in Albany this month, Summer Bird wins Travers, hospital employees required to get flu shots, party invitation causes kerfuffle

2nd Street murder

The scene outside 327 Second Street in Albany, where police say a man was shot and killed this past weekend during a party. (Photo by Paul Esmond)

Albany police say a Troy man was shot and killed in a basement apartment in West Hill early Sunday morning (map). There apparently had been a party at the house. Police say they don't have suspects or a motive, yet. It was the fifth murder in Albany this year. [TU] [Troy Record] [Fox23 [WNYT]

Police have arrested another suspect in this month's Western Ave murder in Albany. This second suspect, who's been charged with second degree murder, just turned 16. [WNYT] [TU]

Summer Bird won the Travers by 3.5 lengths on Saturday. The horse also won the Belmont and is the son of Marylou Whitney's Birdstone, who also won the Belmont and Travers in 2004. Rain kept attendance to 34,221 -- the smallest crowd in 30 years. Among those in attendance: David Paterson. [CapNews9] [Post-Star] [Saratogian] [CapNews9]

Backstretch workers at The Track still haven't seen most of the money a state investigation concluded is owed to them by horse trainers. [TU]

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Jerry Seinfeld at the Palace

jerry seinfeldJerry Seinfeld is doing a stand-up show at the Palace October 2. Tickets go on sale July 27. They start at $47.

Seinfeld did two sold-out shows at the Palace back in 2007, so if you're thinking about going this time around, you might want to try snaggin tickets next Monday. (If you're a Palace Theater member, you can buy tickets tomorrow.)

Don't forget the Junior Mints.

Justin Maine: "So Right, So Smart"

Justin.jpg

Justin Maine, one of the directors of "So Right, So Smart."

Local filmmaker Justin Maine just got back from New Zealand where he collected the Best Feature Film prize at the Reel Earth Festival for his new documentary, "So Right So Smart."

Maine is one of the owners of MagicWig Productions in Schenectady. Usually they produce corporate video, but for the last three years his team (Guy Noerr, Leanne Robinson Maine and Michael Swantek) has been flying around the country documenting the efforts of businesses to "go green."

The resulting film, narrated by Daryl Hannah, covers a wide range of businesses -- from a farm to a brewery to a clothing company to Barenaked Ladies (yep, the band) to Wal-Mart.

So Right, So Smart makes its local debut on Saturday at Albany's Palace Theater.

Before he left for New Zealand, Justin hung out with us over bagels and told us how the worlds largest manufacturer of commercial carpeting taught him about the importance of going green, why Al Gore isn't in his movie and what he and his team have in common with folks like Kevin Smith and Peter Jackson.

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Dalai Lama, take 2

dalai lamaTickets for the Dalai Lama's on-again Albany visit will go on sale this Friday at 10 am. The Buddhist spiritual leader will be appearing at the Palace Theatre on May 6 (that's a Wednesday) at 2 pm. Tickets are $85 and $55.

There's also going to be a simulcast at The Egg -- those tickets are $18 and also go on sale Friday (the info's isn't posted on The Egg's site, but we called and confirmed today.)

And in case you're wondering: yep, this appearance is still being sponsored by the Ethical Humanitarian Foundation -- the org associated with NXIVM.

Elmo overload

ElmoWe were kicking around the Palace's site yesterday when we noticed that "Sesame Street Live -- Elmo Makes Music" is coming there in February -- for seven shows. Yep, there will be seven Elmo performances over the course of three days.

A few thoughts:

1. As we understand it, Elmo is only three-and-a-half-years-old. Seven shows in three days has gotta violate some kind of child monster labor law. (And you don't want to make Elmo angry!)

2. The Capital Region must really love itself some Elmo. And, of course, we can only guess that Elmo LOVE Albany!

David Sedaris at the Palace

david_sedaris.jpgDavid Sedaris, he of the humorously embellished personal story, will be at the Palace Theater September 28.

OK, so why bring this up now? Well, based on his past appearances in the Capital Region, Sedaris has a huge following here. His last reading at the Palace (more than a year ago) was absolutely jammed. So if you'd like to catch him this time around, start planning. Tickets go on sale June 21. They're $36.50.

After the jump, embedded video of David Sedaris on the Daily Show this week.

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Budget will be late, cigarette taxes probably going up, crashing the Palace, big ethanol plant planned for port

Today was the deadline for the state budget, but it looks like it won't be ready until Thursday (maybe). In the meantime, an interim $332 million budget extension will carry the state until then. [TU]

Whenever the new budget is ready, there's a good chance it will include a provision that will double the state tax on cigarettes to three dollars a pack. An average pack of cigarettes would then cost about seven dollars in New York. That state could raise as much as $325 million from the tax increase. [AP/Newsday] [TU]

A car crashed through the front doors of the Palace Theater yesterday. [TU]

The question is not who is running for the 21st Congressional seat (McNulty's current spot), but who is not. The latest to jump in: John Aretakis. The attorney made his name suing the Catholic Church over clergy abuse accusations. There are now nine people who have declared they're in this race, including seven Democrats. [Daily Gazette] [AOA Congressional Who's In, Who's Out Scorecard]

A plan to build a big ethanol plant at the Port of Albany is in the works. The port's commission voted to approve the lease for the plant and the developer is trying to raise $240 million to make it happen. [Daily Gazette]

New York's top judge, Judith Kaye, made another appeal Monday for a pay raise for state judges. They haven't had a pay raise in 10 years. [Business Review]

Certified Angus Beef Movies at The Palace

Raisin in the Sun movie posterIf you're taste in films is a little more old school, you might want to check out Albany's Palace Theater. Tonight at 7:00 The Palace is screening Sidney Poitier's 1961 classic, "A Raisin in the Sun". The theater's a classic too. Recently renovated and gorgeous to look at, so get there in time to scout out the perfect balcony seat and enjoy the atmosphere. Ticket's are only 5 bucks, so you can splurge on popcorn or wine. It's part of the theater's Certified Angus Beef classic movie series. Yes, you read that correctly. No, there's no beef involved. What do you want for 5 bucks.

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