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The University Club in Albany is hosting a talk with journalist (and Albany resident) Darryl McGrath this Tuesday about her new book Flight Paths: A Field Journal of Hope, Heartbreak, and Miracles with New York's Bird People. Book blurbage:
In the late 1970s, the peregrine falcon was heading toward extinction, a victim of the pesticide DDT. Flight Paths tells the story of how a small group of New York biologists raced against nature's clock to bring these beloved birds back from the brink in record-setting numbers..
In a narrative that reads like a suspense tale, Darryl McGrath documents the rescue project in never-before-published detail. At Cornell University, a team of scientists worked to crack the problem of how to breed peregrine falcons in captivity and then restore them to the wild.
McGrath interweaves this dramatic retelling with contemporary accounts of other at-risk species. She worked alongside biologists as they studied these elusive subjects in the Northeast's most remote regions, and the result is a story that combines vivid narrative with accessible science and is as much a tribute to these experts as it is a call to action for threatened birds.
The evening will start with a meet-the-author reception at 6 pm on Tuesday, May 3. McGrath's talk starts at 7 pm. And there will be a book signing afterward. The event is free to attend, though registration is required. Copies of Flight Paths will be available for $20.
Earlier on AOA: Birding in Washington Park
Among the topics in this most recent spin around the Capital Region's online neighborhood: reaching people, the presidential primary, the Washington County Fiber Tour, wildflowers, Gore Mountain, getting into the game, red sauce joints, pierogi, Woodstock, a burger, a business expense, the universe, a poignant monument, a not-shoddy history, and a pep talk.
Troy-based artist/author Jess Fink is raising money on Kickstarter for publishing the second book in her erotic, Victorian, sci-fi, romance series Chester 5000. Blurbage:
The first volume told the story of Pricilla, a Victorian woman with needs, who falls in love with Chester, a robot made by her husband, Robert. It's a romance with sci fi elements about empowering women's desire. The book was critically acclaimed and pages from it have been featured at the Museum of Sex in NYC.
The second chapter of Chester, Isabelle and George, continues the adventure and explores the character's first meetings. It follows Isabelle, a lonely orphan, reprimanded at every turn by her strict matron, and George, a promising inventor on the cusp of a brilliant invention. It's a romance with dramatic twists about secret desire, industrial corruption, and the oppressive social prisons that get in the way of love.
A few years back, we talked with Fink about her inspiration for the series, women taking control of their own sexuality, and how the identity of a creator can shape erotica.
The Kickstarter goal is $22,000 -- and the project is already past the $20k mark. Pledge rewards include a copy of book (both a pdf and hardcover), and other items.
The newest Wolff's Biergarten opens today in Troy in the King Street location formerly occupied by a Bombers Burrito Bar franchise, just off the eastern side of the Green Island Bridge.
The restaurant group headed by Matt Baumgartner and partners took over this location after the franchise owners decided to stop operating last fall. While assessing the situation they decided to switch the concept from Bombers to Wolff's. They also added a new concept upstairs that location -- Troy Cantina -- focused on tacos and tequila.
This is the group's fourth Wolff's, joining locations in Albany, Schenectady, and Syracuse.
We stopped by Wednesday to get a look at the transformation of the space, and talk with Matt Baumgartner for a few minutes about making the switch, plans for more biergartens in other cities, and how he picks out opportunities.
Among the topics in this most recent spin around the Capital Region's online neighborhood: safe passing distance, local landmarks, how you got here, a mile a day, that's not a leaf, taking in the view, classifieds, there at the turning point, CIA, Hudson Valley Hops, New York hops, lunch on Lark, chicken parm, and the dump..
Among the topics in this most recent spin around the Capital Region's online neighborhood: presidential candidates, volunteering, a fire tower, wildflowers, carjacking and defenestration, the Church of the Holy Innocents, career thoughts, disappointment, Cooper's Cave Ale Company, Radio Bars, wings, bagels, bad chain restaurants, Tuscany, Moveable Feast, tomato soup cake, photos, and gathering 'round the hearth.
Among the topics in this most recent spin around the Capital Region's online neighborhood: differentiating cookies, Tagalongs, bagels, Off Shore, Asian-Mexican fast-casual fusion, red sauce, brunch booze, organizing workers, a typical Syracuse experience, running, horse riding, seeing things differently, a statue, stocking up, letting go, and the fridge list.
Among the topics in this most recent spin around the Capital Region's online neighborhood: the people always with us, passing room, bloom season, gardens, an idyllic village, fire towers, Ten Broeck, healthcare history, splitting the check, TVs in restaurants, a crappy thing, The Sushi House, a cuisine mashup, Peking duck, and that time the ring broke.
Among the topics in this most recent spin around the Capital Region's online neighborhood: hiking in the Adirondacks, an aptly-named park, signs of spring, a ghost sign, beer history, 19th century Twitter, improper diversions, Hudson, winter dishes, savory wonderfulness, cheese scraps, best-of picks, connecting with other people, being the owner, a remembrance, the embrace that moves outward.
Among the topics in this most recent spin around the Capital Region's online neighborhood: the unearned reward, the road diet, Albany sidewalks, a UPS odyssey, buying a car, Mount Marshall, details, the Eagle Theater, Hurstville, a veggie burger, chain restaurant cognitive dissonance, "Shamrock Thursday," a birthday dinner, a birthday cake, Dali Mamma, chicken riggies, and brokenness.
We're always curious about people's jobs. And not just "What do you do?" -- but also "How do you do that?" and "What are the new things?" and "What surprises you about your job?" Stuff like that.
And it's especially true when it comes to jobs that might seem to be about one thing, but actually are about all sorts of things. (As it happens, that's most jobs.)
Like, when you think about libraries, you probably think of books. Because... obviously. But as we found during a recent chat with Albany Public Library executive director Scott Jarzombek, the internet is now a big part of modern public libraries.
So our conversation ended up being about all sorts of stuff -- about why people are waiting to get into libraries in the morning, ebooks versus old-school books, libraries as community hubs, the persistence of old media, and... the best books he's read recently.
Among the topics in this most recent spin around the Capital Region's online neighborhood: craft brewing, chicken wings, fish fry, 15 Church, MAAC-n-Cheese, vegan food, fried chicken and pinball, Boston, thyme and time, pizza, self-evident truths, entrepreneurship, hiking, waterfalls, highway building, Aunt Schuyler, and creative photography.
Berben & Wolff's is backed by Joey Berben and Max Wolff. About a year and a half ago they started selling seitan -- a protein product made from wheat gluten -- to local restaurants, as well doing pop-kitchens and event catering. They now make a range of vegan products: breakfast sausage, chicken wings, chorizo, burgers.
"We have both always been very involved in food." Berben told AOA via chat today -- he's worked in the deli at Honest Weight, and Wolff is a restaurant chef. "There has been quite a lack of vegan restaurants in the area, so I began hosting events and cooking for friends. I was approached by Max last year about starting a legitimate business selling some of the seitan products I made. It took off pretty quickly and has been doing very well."
Among the topics in this most recent spin around the Capital Region's online neighborhood: a nice thing, what's in our control, scenes from a bar, the Collar City Creamery, a ski weekend, a half marathon, beach weather, the foggy Mohawk River, local versus national, Lenten fish fry, Troy Kitchen, duck, a breakfast burger, copycats, and sausage cabinetry.
When you think of a food court, your first thoughts are probably of shopping malls and crappy fast food.
Troy Kitchen -- opening in downtown Troy Friday -- is hoping to change that.
The food court is an amalgamation of food and drink vendors located in the former Pioneer Food Co-op space on Congress Street. The venue is the brainchild of Cory Nelson, who confesses that he has no food service experience, but saw a business opportunity.
I talked with Nelson earlier this week as work was finishing up on the space to get the details on his food vendors, inspiration, and goals for the venue.
Among the topics in this most recent spin around the Capital Region's online neighborhood: lopsided deals, Corninged Beef Tower, Albany garbage then, great great grandparents, Mine Kill State Park, Kayaderosseras Creek, close calls, becoming a restaurant owner, Mac-N-Cheese Bowl, a beer dinner, Hong Kong Bakery & Bistro, The Ruck, a breakfast sandwich, burgers, Ama, a dream window, and having someone nearby.
Among the topics in this most recent spin around the Capital Region's online neighborhood: learning to love, trolleys, a soul effigy, Crane Mountain, Tour de Wings, Nirvana, Death Wish Coffee, a new menu, gluten-free pizza, a cozy Italian spot, brewing, Summer in February, and the Vivaldi's Pond.
Among the topics in this most recent spin around the Capital Region's online neighborhood: living in world-class food shed, Sentinel Butchery, restaurant snippets, Chowderfest, Chester's Smokehouse, a Chinese New Year dinner, an Italian grandma dinner, pizza, trying a chain again, donating blood, a fight over tolls, the Plotter Kill, the effect William Seward had on people, Trivia Bowl, and what women want.
Check out these charming comic stories about real people and their creative work by Troy-based artist/writer/educator Ira Marcks. Each tiny story in Creative Everyday covers the general arc of the person's work, from when they were a kid to how it's become a part of their life today.
Ira Marcks is drawing a comic to inspire kids to explore careers in Upstate NY's Creative Economy. The book is called Creative Everyday. With the help of the Workforce Development Institute and Capital Repertory Theatre's 'On The Go' School Tour, the book will be distributed for free to 10,000+ school kids around NY State.
Right now, Ira is collecting TRUE TALES from creative professionals about the triumphs, trials, and tribulations of ART & LIFE colliding.
If you have a story you'd like to share, Marcks has an online form for you to fill out.
Some projects aim to remake a single space or building. Kevin Blodgett has been remaking an entire corner of downtown Troy.
Since 2012, Blodgett has been redeveloping the former Trojan Hardware complex on the corner of Congress Street and 4th Street bit by bit. Spaces within the 35,000 square feet now provide homes to Rare Form Brewing Company, The Shop, and most recently, Forage + Sundry. And this spring Harrison's Corner Market -- a neighborhood grocery and sandwich shop -- is set to open.
I talked with Blodgett recently about his hopes for selling groceries in downtown Troy and the challenges of developing such a large space.
A few hundred people appear on Jeopardy each year. And of those, only a handful end up as winners on the quiz show. And even fewer end up arm wrestling Alex Trebek.
Actually, there's probably only one contestant who'll end up arm wrestling Alex Trebek this year. And that person is Amelia Hershberger from Albany.
The Center Square resident -- she grew up in Greene County, went to UAlbany, and now works for the state courts system -- racked up $43,000 in prize money in the course of winning three times in episodes that aired last month.
And then there was that whole situation with Alex Trebek and the feats of strength.
We got a chance to talk with her recently about superfluous knowledge, the real scoop on Trebek, spending the prize money, and her Albany Jeopardy categories...
Among the topics in this most recent spin around the Capital Region's online neighborhood: the proposed Albany-Rensselaer tunnel, comments, escaping turkeys, Patsy's, a pinball arcade, Frontier Town, going back to school, Parivar, wild game, Van's, Soul Kitchen, burgers, a blow torch, NYC, and a return.
Updated with another review.
The movie As You Are -- which filmed in/around Albany last year, and is directed by Albany Free School grad Miles Joris-Peyrafitte -- debuted at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival this week. Here's a clip from the festival description:
Set in the early 1990s, As You Are unfolds as a series of disparate memories. Prompted by a police investigation, we witness alternating perspectives of pivotal moments in the relationship between three teenage friends: Jack, Mark, and Sarah. Bound by their aversion to the culture around them, Jack and Mark explore the limits of friendship and love until Mark's judgmental father tears them apart.
The film stars Owen Campbell, Charlie Heaton, Amandla Stenberg, Scott Cohen, John Scurti, and Mary Stuart Masterson.
There are already a handful of early reviews, so here's a quick scan...
The topics of the talks range empathy, to exotic physics, to coloring books, to public health. The talk embedded above is from local comedian Jaye McBride, who spoke about her own experience as a transgender person and some of the challenges people face after they transition.
Among the topics in this most recent spin around the Capital Region's online neighborhood: sick days, The Cheese Traveler, the Hot Spot, pizza, chicken and waffles, wings, Olde Bryan Inn, bourbon, spaghetti and meatballs, the Bob & Ron's sign, paying for media, geology and destiny, spires, Spruce Mountain, an island in a frozen lake, a pub run, past curfew, and waving goodbye.