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Paper artist Niki Haynes

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Niki Haynes at work

By Lauren Hittinger

Niki Haynes says she's "living the analog" dream. Haynes and her husband, Steve Rein are artists who came to Troy 14 years ago, from San Francisco. And a field where many are forced to do unrelated jobs to pay the bills, Haynes and Rein are thriving as full time exhibiting artists, working in spacious studios in their downtown Troy home, operating with multiple etsy shops, turning old objects, and paper, into new art.

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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: an opportunity for kindness, summer paradise, train running, the Catskills, a swank party, the Troy Pig Out, favorite places, iPads, dinner in Watervliet, Mio Posto, outstanding ribs, road trip pizza, and China.

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Coming up: Sarah Fish on the Food Network

Sarah FishBack in February Sarah Fish mentioned to us that she was lined up to be on the Food Network Show Guy's Grocery Games. And now, via Notes on Napkins, comes word that the Troy chef will be on the episode that first airs this coming Sunday (July 27) at 8 pm. The episode is titled "Arounds in the World Three Carts."

Fish told us in February that the Food Network producers were interested in her because of her focus on cooking with fresh ingredients:

But they were asking, "What do you think is going to be your competitive edge?" I actually think that it's going to be my from-scratch cooking, because if I see something in a box or can or whatever I'm going to know what preparation has already gone into it so I can eliminate half the work by knowing what has already gone into it.

She'll be the second local chef to appear on the show -- Illium Cafe chef/owner Marla Ortega won an episode that aired this past May.

Fish is currently in process of transitioning her new restaurant, Cafe Congress, in Troy.

[via @MHAInnovations]

Directions in sculpture

Art break: Check out this short film about Albany artist Abe Ferraro and his LEGO/erector set-like shipping box sculptures.

The video is part of "Albany my Albany," series by Juan Luis Lopez Fons profiling local artists and entertainers. There are six episodes in the current season.

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The $1,000 tip at The Ginger Man

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Something that made us smile today:

A server at The Ginger Man in Albany got a $1,000 tip this week on a $114 check.

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Annmarie Lanesey, RebateHero

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A screengrab from RebateHero.com.

In the grand scheme of things, the internet hasn't been around for a very long time. Yet sometimes it seems like there's already a website or app for pretty much whatever you want. So when you hit on something you can't find, well, it makes you wonder.

That's what happened to Annmarie Lanesey, the co-founder and president of Troy-based internet consulting firm GreaneTree Technology, when she started to investigate rebates. She was surprised that when she went looking in 2010 it looked like there wasn't an online solution for finding and organizing rebates. "It seemed as if we had found one of the last corners of the internet that remained untouched."

Three years later, Lanesey has launched RebateHero.com, which aims to bring the old-school rebate process into the 21st century.

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Remembering Friday nights in Troy

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A bustling Troy, circa 1940

You can get an idea of the history of a place from books and museums, but it takes on a different flavor when you talk about it with someone who has lived there for a long time. Older people can have a different sense of the same place because of the changes they've seen -- and you can learn some pretty interesting things from them.

Back in the early 1940s Nancy Barrett was a teenager living with her father and two older sisters in Lansingburgh. Barrett still lives in Troy today, so she's seen a lot of changes in the city -- and a lot of them she likes. "I think there are people now who are getting things done," she says.

But when you ask Nancy Barrett if there's anything she misses about the old days in Troy, the answer comes quick and sure: Friday nights.

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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 Boilermaker, canoe camping, rafting, botanical bingeing, berry picking, Dancing Ewe, Another Fork in the Road, a cinnamon horn, pizza, beer, a hangover, small complaints, national TV, and not hurrying.

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Lobbying the Hobby Lobby

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The pics posted by Jasmine Shea on Twitter from a Hobby Lobby in Latham.

Prompted by the Supreme Court's recent decision in the Hobby Lobby case, Jasmine Shea wanted to do something to protest the company's policies on covering birth control for its employees. So Shea decided to visit the Hobby Lobby store in Latham last week to pass out condoms.

Along the way there Shea, who describes her day job as "office worker/comic relief," and a friend decided to add to their protest with a prank: They were going re-arrange the decorative letters sold in the store to spell out the words "pro choice."

It was a relatively small act, but it ended getting a big response after Shea posted pics on Twitter and Instagram. Sites such as Jezebel and Feministing featured the pics, and the act ended up being covered by the Washington Post. And even now, a week later, it's continuing to generate attention.

All that from something that happened in a store Shea says was more or less empty of shoppers.

We bounced Jasmine Shea a few questions this week about why she did what she did, the response it's gotten, and how it compares to other more traditional forms of activism.

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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: Hoffman's Playland, fireworks, all the things, snake chasing, Bear Swamp, Black Cat Cafe, a barley burger, Albany New Things, 10 changes, summer enrichment, a bell, and Ethelda Bleibtrey.

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A perspective on Hudson's renaissance

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AOA's summer tour is headed to Hudson this weekend, so we thought it'd be fun to have Hudson Week on AOA. Each day we'll be featuring posts about things to do, see, and sample in this city on the river.

Carole Osterink has her eyes on Hudson. The creator of The Gossips of Rivertown -- a blog of news and commentary about the city of Hudson -- has been writing about the city for more than four years, and has observed its evolution over two decades, including some time on the Hudson City Council.

There's been a great deal of change over those 20 years, and while Hudson has only recently made it onto the radar of many people outside the city, she says the "overnight success" has actually bee a long time in the making.

Osterink took some time out this week to answer a few questions and share some of her observations about Hudson's renaissance.

Hudson Week 2014 in-post ad Olde Hudson

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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: high peaks, the inky night, flower hunting, an elevated highway, chain stores, strawberries, Parivar, Fin, the barge, pie, lunch, and unpremeditated miracles.

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The psychology of Frozen

frozen film posterUnion College psychologists George Bizer and Erika Wells make an appearance in a New Yorker post this week looking at how Frozen ended up being so popular. A clip from the piece by Maria Konnikova:

They organized an evening of "Frozen" fun--screening and movie-themed dinner--and called it "The Psychology of Frozen." There, they listened to the students' reactions and tried to gauge why they found the film so appealing.
While responses were predictably varied, one theme seemed to resonate: everyone could identify with Elsa. She wasn't your typical princess. She wasn't your typical Disney character. Born with magical powers that she couldn't quite control, she meant well but caused harm, both on a personal scale (hurting her sister, repeatedly) and a global one (cursing her kingdom, by mistake). She was flawed--actually flawed, in a way that resulted in real mistakes and real consequences. Everyone could interpret her in a unique way and find that the arc of her story applied directly to them. For some, it was about emotional repression; for others, about gender and identity; for others still, about broader social acceptance and depression. "The character identification is the driving force," says Wells, whose own research focusses on perception and the visual appeal of film. "It's why people tend to identify with that medium always--it allows them to be put in those roles and experiment through that." She recalls the sheer diversity of the students who joined the discussion: a mixture, split evenly between genders, of representatives of the L.G.B.T. community, artists, scientists. "Here they were, all so different, and they were talking about how it represents them, not ideally but realistically," she told me.

There's also some discussion about the always complicated business of princessification.

Another rehabbed building in downtown Troy, and a restaurant for Slidin' Dirty

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9 First Street in downtown Troy.

The owners of the popular food truck Slidin' Dirty announced today that they're opening a restaurant in downtown Troy. They're taking the space on the first floor of 9 First Street, a historic building which is currently undergoing a total overhaul that includes residential upstairs.

"We just sort of outgrew the truck," said Tim Tanney, who owns Slidin' Dirty with his wife, Brooke. "This space is going to allow us to do more with the truck, so the truck's not going to miss a beat, and then we're going to have this space."

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What's up in the Neighborhood

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Among the topics in this most recent spin around the Capital Region's online neighborhood: Eve of Destruction, a scam, an outrageous example, garage doors of doom, Round Lake Antiques Festival, Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary, The Beast, Lisha Kill Preserve, World of Beer, a disappointing and confusing experience, Mexican Radio, strawberry scones, kebabs, feeling sorry for Eileen, and a new book...

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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: Father's Day, singing high school students, the weirdest dental experience, Mountain Jam, Big Slide, Albany Comic Con, brunch at the Ruck, Goodnight Noodle, wine, olives, and Whole Foods...

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"Madman"

Check it out: "Madman," a new song by Sean Rowe, embedded above. It's off a new album set for release in September.

The "Madman" video was inspired by the string of house shows Rowe has been playing over the last year. That tour has apparently shifted how the Troy native thinks about things, and prompted him to set up a "pledge" campaign ahead of the new album's release:

The thing that hit me like a brick with this house show tour is how different it made me look at the relationship with my fans and how real it felt to leave the bullshit mentality of the musical mainstream. This Pledge campaign is for us. This is where we can communicate and where you can be a part of my new record and this whole idea that we can really connect with the music.

The campaign -- which strikes us as being a bit like public radio, and a bit like Kickstarter -- is offering pre-orders and other items for sale. Among the premiums: $10 pre-order with early album access, to $200 for Rowe to make a prank call for you, to $1,500 for "the ultimate foraging / house concert extravaganza." (Rowe is an expert wild edibles forager.)

Rowe's house show tour is still rolling along -- in fact, he's set to play a handful of private shows here in the Capital Region this month.

Grace Peak

Grace HudowalskiEast Dix, one of the 46 Adirondack High Peaks, was recently renamed Grace Peak in honor of Grace Hudowalski, one of the original 46ers (she was #9). Here's the mountain on a map.

Hudowalski lived in both Troy and Albany, and Paul Grondahl recently had a nice story about her legacy and what she's meant to many Adirondack hikers.

From an Adirondack Forty-Sixer bio of Hudowalski, in reference to her first hike up Mt. Marcy:

Reflecting on that trip years later she said,
"It was tough. I was on all fours sometimes. I didn't think I was going to get there. But I had to get to the top - there was some reason. God knows what it was but I had to go on. And on the top just for a fraction of a moment, the clouds lifted while I was there and I looked down and there a mile below me was Lake Tear of the Clouds, the Hudson's highest source. And you know, that did something to me. I had seen something - I felt it. I never forgot the mountain and I never forgot that trip."
From that point on she said, "I never talked about anything but mountains. I talked about them, I wrote about them. I gave speeches about them."

Hudowalksi passed away in 2004 at the age of 98.

As Douglas Arnold, the Forty-Sixer who led the effort to name the mountain in honor of Hudowalksi, said to the Syracuse Post-Standard: "Everyone has a mentor, a coach, a parent or grandparent, friend, or teacher who influences the outcome of their life. These angels are remembered but rarely honored. Grace Hudowalksi was a mentor to thousands of people as she shared her enthusiasm for the Adirondacks with everyone."

Earlier on AOA:
+ The Winter 46ers
+ How to hike the High Peaks and not be That Guy

photo via The Adirondack Forty-Sixers

My Exit: Magpie Campbell

My Exit- Magpie Campbell.jpg It's My Exit Monday on WEXT -- The day when, for one hour, a Capital Region listener shares music from their collection with the rest of us.

This week, Magpie collections a wide range of songs...

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Hey there, Jen Wicks, cosplayer

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A few of the costumes created by Jen Wicks.

The Albany Comic Con is this Sunday at the Holiday Inn on Wolf Road. And in addition to all sorts of exhibits and artists, there will also be fans dressed up in costumes depicting some of their favorite comic book or video game characters.

This sort of costume play -- cosplay -- has become a big part of conventions. So we thought it'd be fun to talk with Jen Wicks about it. The Troy resident has been cosplaying for more than a decade in a variety of elaborate and detailed costumes.

As she told us this week: "It's amazing what you can learn about yourself while you're being someone else."

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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: trails, an island in the lake, Tough Mudder, side trip poutine, Four Fat Fowl, a cooking class, City Beer Hall, ample chicken parm, dodging the news, silver status, and why.

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My Exit: Diane Warde

My Exit- Diane Ward.jpgIt's My Exit Monday on WEXT -- The day when, for one hour, a Capital Region listener shares music from their collection with the rest of us. This week, Diane Ward keeps it (mostly) local, with 518 musicians from a variety of genres.

More about Diane and some of the tunes on her playlist, after the jump.

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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 Albany Bear, nature, the Vermont City Marathon, a moment with horses, the inner lumberjack, a photo contest, Yankee Stadium, Rare Form Brewing, fast casual, friday night cookout, Natural Way Cafe, the Hudson Berkshire Wine and Food Festival, breakfast sandwiches, things uncontrollable, and shinney.

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My Exit: Bill Olsen

My Exit Bill Olsen.jpgIt's My Exit Monday on WEXT -- the day when one listener spends an hour sharing favorites
from their own music collection.

This week, Bill Olsen pulls some favorites from Bowie, Stevie Wonder and Steely Dan, among others.

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My Exit: Dave & Kelly

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This week's My Exit DJs, Kelly and Dave.

We usually post these on Mondays, but we had a hiccup because of the holiday. But you can catch the show Saturday morning at 8 am.

My Exit is WEXT's program that allows listeners to spin their favorite tunes for an hour each week. It's a chance for the rest of us to discover what's on someone else's iPod. Sometimes you'll find something new, and other times you'll rediscover old favorites.

Tonight on WEXT's weekly show where listeners spin the tunes for an hour, return DJ Dave Schoch shares the mic with Kelly de la Rocha.

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The Scoop

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