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Mid-afternoon music break: Olivia Quillio

For a break this afternoon: "Righteous Arms​/​Honest Hands" by Olivia Quillio. It's off her her new album Get Down and Pray.

Quillio is celebrating the new album with a free show (this) Monday evening as part of the Dana Park Summer Concert Series in Albany. The show starts at 5:30 pm with Meara McTague, and Olivia Quillio at 7 pm.

Earlier on AOA: Interesting in 2011: Olivia Quillio

Not on Fire, but Burning

not on fire but burning by greg hrbek coverA book to keep an eye out for: Not on Fire, but Burning by Greg Hrbek, a writer in residence at Skidmore. The novel is set for a September 22 release and is already getting attention -- including a starred review in Kirkus and a spot on the "most anticipated" list over at The Millions.

From some of the publisher blurbage:

Twenty-year-old Skyler saw the incident out her window: Some sort of metallic object hovering over the Golden Gate Bridge just before it collapsed and a mushroom cloud lifted above the city. Like everyone, she ran, but she couldn't outrun the radiation, with her last thoughts being of her beloved baby brother, Dorian, safe in her distant family home.
Flash forward to a post-incident America, where the country has been broken up into territories and Muslims have been herded onto the old Indian reservations in the west, even though no one has determined who set off the explosion that destroyed San Francisco. Twelve-year old Dorian dreams about killing Muslims and about his sister--even though Dorian's parents insist Skyler never existed. Are they still shell-shocked, trying to put the past behind them . . . or is something more sinister going on?
Meanwhile, across the street, Dorian's neighbor adopts a Muslim orphan from the territories. It will set off a series of increasingly terrifying incidents that will lead to either tragedy or redemption for Dorian, as he struggles to prove that his sister existed--and was killed by a terrorist attack.
Not on Fire, but Burning is unlike anything you're read before--not exactly a thriller, not exactly sci-fi, not exactly speculative fiction, but rather a brilliant and absorbing adventure into the dark heart of an America that seems ripped from the headlines. But just as powerfully, it presents a captivating hero: A young boy driven by love to seek the truth, even if it means his deepest beliefs are wrong.

There's a book launch party for the novel at Northshire Saratoga October 1.

What's up in the Neighborhood

The NeighborhoodAmong the topics in this most recent spin around the Capital Region's online neighborhood: a transition, crossing the street, dealing with the city, the Livingston Avenue Bridge, the river with less water, running at Thacher Park, Track season, wedding details, Peck's Arcade, an insiders dinner, customer threats, and a catabetic emergency.

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What's up in the Neighborhood

The NeighborhoodAmong the topics in this most recent spin around the Capital Region's online neighborhood: the people who say "jump," the top of New York State, helpful people, goat photography, animals at the fair, the Tour de Italian Deli, Dali Mamma, Lake Local, shishito peppers, corn, becoming a restaurant owner, a waypoint, and breaking down.

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A stolen summer day: outside

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Sometimes the best places to get away are a little out of the way.

If you're lucky enough get a summer day all to yourself -- no work, no commitments, no rush -- you've gotta spend it outside, right?

Because as cold and harsh a winter's day here can be, we also get some of the most beautiful summer days -- bright blue skies with puffy white clouds, warm sun, and the occasional cooling breeze.

So we asked a handful of people who love spending time outdoors how they'd spend a stolen summer day...

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What's up in the Neighborhood

The NeighborhoodAmong the topics in this most recent spin around the Capital Region's online neighborhood: the middle school lunch room, winning photos, beautiful views, the Santanoni Preserve, a milkweed murder mystery, paperwork, Track season, farmers' market skepticism, unusual soft serve, charred pizza, the Tour de Italian Deli, a very old computer, and learning to stop over planning.

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A stolen summer day: wandering

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One of the stolen day destinations mentioned. / photo: Tony Iadicicco

Summer comes and goes so quickly upstate. And there's that constant tension between accomplishing all of the everyday tasks that are necessary to complete in our daily lives and diving into summer's pleasures.

During winter we get the occasional surprise snow day in which to curl up with a good book and a hot chocolate, or make a snowman. So what about summer?

We asked a handful of people what they would do with a stolen summer day...

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"Look, I've been president for eight years. I'm ready for some entertainment."

UAlbany alum Dion Flynn was back playing Barack Obama in a sketch with Jimmy Fallon this week. The Tonight Show skit was a phone call between Obama and Donald Trump, as played by Fallon, in which the President offers Trump debate advice. (The clip is embedded above.)

Flynn and Fallon first met in Albany in the mid-90s on the set of the short-lived TV show Metroland's Loose Camera. Flynn began playing Obama in Fallon's skits a few years back when Fallon was the host of Late Night.

Dion Flynn still comes back to the Capital Region to teach improv classes at MopCo. And later this month -- August 30 -- he'll be at Proctors for a production of his autobiographical one-man show The Only Brown Kid In The Trailer Park. Tickets are $15 and $25.

What's up in the Neighborhood

The NeighborhoodAmong the topics in this most recent spin around the Capital Region's online neighborhood: things that are possibly OK, Black Mountain, summer moments, Color Vibe, a 15k, Dudley Observatory, rolling to ramen, hamachi collar, cheesecake, sandwich nominations, and a fossilized frankfurter.

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What's up in the Neighborhood

The NeighborhoodAmong the topics in this most recent spin around the Capital Region's online neighborhood: Track season, Tanpopo, Chester's, Siro's, sushi cake, birthday cake, the ValleyCats, the uptown campus, Thacher Park, moths, Washington Park, a secret beach, FDR, disturbing mini hot dogs, and Neanderthals.

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What's up in the Neighborhood

The NeighborhoodAmong the topics in this most recent spin around the Capital Region's online neighborhood: kids and the future, Athens, the emergency vet, Nipper, North Creek, cycling around an island, hiking, mood lifting, apples, how the bread is made, near restaurants, cooking competitions, the Savory Delicatessen, uncertain closing time, ice cream announcements, and a wig where it probably shouldn't have been.

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Follow forward: The Wine Bar and Bistro on Lark

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Soon to be under new ownership.

AOA is taking things a little easy this week for summer break. So we thought it'd be a good time to catch up with some local businesses we've covered during the last year (or so) and find out how things are going. But our last post of the week flips things a bit -- we're looking to the future of a local business that's changing hands.

Nine years ago, chef Kevin Everleth opened The Wine Bar and Bistro on Lark and turned a small wine and tapas bar into a popular neighborhood jewel. The food was always delicious, the staff was always welcoming, and the wine selection was always varied and interesting.

But Everleth is fond of saying about restaurants, "I buy them, I build them, and I sell them." And so, after nine years, he says it's time for him to move on. This week Everleth announced that he is selling The Wine Bar to one of his employees, Silvia Lilly, who currently works at the restaurant a few nights a week. (Lilly is a school librarian by day. And, of course, she lives in Albany's Delaware Ave neighborhood.)

Lilly has never owned a restaurant, but she's been working in Capital Region restaurants for more than 20 years and she's passionate about the business. And she's excited about carrying on the business Everleth founded.

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Follow up: Brew

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AOA is taking things a little easy this week for summer break. So we thought it'd be a good time to catch up with some local businesses we've covered during the last year (or so) and find out how things are going.

Next up: a look at Brew. Almost exactly one year ago Joshua Cotrona, who owned the Fuzz Records shop at the corner of State and Lark in Albany partnered with August Rosa to turn the space into Brew, a beverage shop featuring craft beer and specialty coffees.

A year ago Rosa told us why they were opening a craft beverage shop on Lark Street:

The idea came up when we realized the need for a craft beer outlet in the Center Square neighborhood. We decided to expand the offerings to include coffee, teas, and other beverages down the road. Our shop will help residents in downtown Albany skip a trip out to the suburbs for these items.

A year later, they're still there educating customers about craft brews, hosting tastings, and balancing their dreams with the wants and needs of a constantly changing neighborhood.

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Follow up: Fort Orange General Store

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Katy Smith (left) and Caroline Corrigan

By Lauren Hittinger

AOA is taking things a little easy this week for summer break. So we thought it'd be a good time to catch up with some local businesses we've covered during the last year (or so) and find out how things are going.

Today we're checking back with Fort Orange General Store (FOGS), a small lifestyle shop that opened on Delaware Ave in Albany last May. FOGS is owned and operated by friends Caroline Corrigan and Katy Smith, who remain committed to sourcing wares from working artists, and who care a lot about their local community.

When we first visited with FOGS, Corrigan told us:

"People will come to Fort Orange because we aren't a big box store! We offer items are that are a little different and special. It's a great place to buy a thoughtful gift. If you care about where your products are coming from, and about investing in local business, this is a great place for you."

After about 14 months in business, Corrigan and Smith have a lot to say about paying attention to customers, sorting through potential products to carry, and what happens when people ask who's the owner.

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Follow up: Collar City Hard Pressed

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By Lauren Hittinger

AOA is taking things a little easy this week for summer break. So we thought it'd be a good time to catch up with some local businesses we've covered during the last year (or so) and find out how things are going.

Next we're revisiting Collar City Hard Pressed (CCHP). When we first interviewed owner Jessica Garrity, now Jessica Quijano, she was running her business solely at the Saturday Troy farmers' market. Since then, she has moved to working full-time for her juice and smoothie business, taking up residence on Broadway in downtown Troy.

A snippet from March 2014:

"I found myself basically obsessed with fresh juice and smoothies and was suddenly annoyed that there wasn't a place in my neighborhood where I could get any. I kind of hate leaving my neighborhood on the weekend so just thought it was only fair that we had a juice place here downtown. I also recognized that juicing was a pretty trendy business and thought downtown Troy would be a great place to get to work."

I caught up with Quijano to see what it's like to be running a small business on her own, and to get the scoop on the different reactions to a juice bar in downtown Troy.

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Follow up: Bread and Honey

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Bread and Honey is in the commercial strip on Madison Ave between Quail and Ontario.

AOA is taking things a little easy this week for summer break. So we thought it'd be a good time to catch up with some local businesses we've covered during the last year (or so) and find out how things are going.

First up is Bread and Honey in Albany's Pine Hills neighborhood. Owner Naomi Davies opened the artisan bakery in March of 2014 after a major renovation of the storefront at 809 Madison Ave. She has a background in construction management (and dance before that), and consulting on the new Honest Weight location had sparked the idea of opening a bakery.

A quick clip from 15 months ago:

"I learned so much about retail and food, just being with people who really cared about what they did and how they did it," she said recently as we stood in the bakery space. "And getting to know how they work, I saw an opportunity for a bakery here in Albany that could provide good, fresh, artisan breads. And I was craving a great bagel."

We got a chance to catch up with her last week -- and it was some real talk about what's it like to run a small, local business.

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New books from local authors

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Dennis Mahoney's Bell Weather is out this week.

A handful of new books from Capital Region authors have floated by recently, so let's have a quick scan, shall we...

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What's up in the Neighborhood

The NeighborhoodAmong the topics in this most recent spin around the Capital Region's online neighborhood: Adirondacks for beginners, the Fulton Chain, Kaaterskill Falls, Seneca Lake, a small Vermont town, an inspiration, wholehearted living, fragmentation, printing, the Sonic frenzy, closing a restaurant, Chester's, vegan options, and Budapest.

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Capital Cobblestone Project

old albany street map clipA local author/historian is researching the backstory on the names of Albany's streets. All of them.

Erik Schlimmer, who's also a UAlbany grad student, has previously worked on place-name history books of the Adirondacks. He's aiming for the Capital Cobblestone Project to also become a book.

Schlimmer is posting updates and historical bits on a Facebook page for the project. Here's a sample:

Many streets in Albany, especially those downtown, do not retain their original names. Eagle Street is named for our national bird, a symbol of freedom and patriotism. It used to be called Duke Street after the Duke of Albany of the British royal family. Out with the British and in with the Americans.

Given all the histories of Albany, it's kind of surprising this hasn't been done before. It's total history nerd candy.

What's up in the Neighborhood

The NeighborhoodAmong the topics in this most recent spin around the Capital Region's online neighborhood: patriotism, the media, art, crypto currency, a relay, Buck Mountain, the Ice Meadows, Venus and Jupiter, a culinary tour, disappointing mac 'n cheese, banh mi bread, serviceberries, and adulting.

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What's up in the Neighborhood

The NeighborhoodAmong the topics in this most recent spin around the Capital Region's online neighborhood: BusPlus, horses, mountains, the thick of the woods, pollinators, Ivanhoe Bland, a donut burger, a hidden gem, yucca and chicharron, everything at Muza, six with the works, low expectations, tables for one, a clock, and Copenhagen.

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The goal: For everyone in the Capital Region to make a video game

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A TVGS interactive showcase earlier this year. / photo courtesy of Jamey Stevenson.

The recently-launched Tech Valley Game Space in Troy has a goal: For everyone in the Capital Region to make at least one game.

Like, every everyone? Yep, everyone.

"It doesn't take long [to learn] if people feel like they're in an atmosphere where there's someone who knows to guide them," TVGS founder Jamey Stevenson told us recently. "There are few things more fun or exciting to me to see people get surprised. It happens during the first hour of doing it."

Toward that goal, TVGS -- which also serves as co-working space for small startup games studios -- is offering a series of classes and events aimed at getting a wide range of people involved: artists, designers, programmers, women, men, kids, introverts, extroverts. One of the events is coming up this weekend at the Arts Center of the Capital Region: River Jam, a free learn-to-make-a-game event for game makers who identify as women.

Stevenson is clearly passionate both about video games, and opening up the process of making them.

Here are a few clips from a conversation with him about learning to make games, the need for diversity in the industry, games as art, and his favorite games...

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What's up in the Neighborhood

The NeighborhoodAmong the topics in this most recent spin around the Capital Region's online neighborhood: livestock, advocating for yourself, Frontier Town, waterfalls, dogs on restaurant patios, working out, slow living, garnishes, annoyances, ramen, oysters, soccer, and clairvoyant medicine.

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The Mercer Street Project

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A screengrab from the Mercer Street Project tumblr.

Like so many people, Kaira Kristbergs was faced with the question of what to do with a houseful of stuff after her grandmother, Anna Rande, passed away in 2012, leaving behind one of those classic Albany two-family houses on Mercer Street in Pine Hills.

Her grandparents, Latvian refugees, had arrived in Albany in the 1950s. They got jobs at places like Tobin's and Freihofer's and found their way as immigrants. Kaira's mom grew up in the house, as did Kaira.

By the time of her grandmother's passing, the house was full of stuff collected not just by her grandparents, but also items Kaira's parents had accumulated from around the world while working in the international shipping business. All sorts of stuff: furniture, toys, family memorabilia, mason jars, so many picture frames, and on and on.

So Kaira, an illustrator, turned the situation into The Mercer Street Project -- a sort of online documentary of her family's life, one object at a time, folded into an ongoing estate sale.

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What's up in the Neighborhood

The NeighborhoodAmong the topics in this most recent spin around the Capital Region's online neighborhood: the little things, Mountain Jam, forgiveness, embracing change, owning your mistakes, Cherry Plain, the North Woods, fungi, The Fried Chicken Sandwich from God, The Killer Ketchup Burger, froyo, paella, unusual foods, sharing the share, and awe.

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The Scoop

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