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Pretty Much the Best Comedy Show: Chris Lamberth

comedian Chris Lamberth

The Pretty Much the Best Comedy Show series is bringing Chris Lamberth back to Proctors August 25. Tickets are $15 ahead / $20 at the door and available now.

Lamberth was a previously a headliner for the series back in 2016. Bio blurbage:

[Lamberth] has toured nationally with Chris Hardwick and shared the stage with notable comedians Maria Bamford, Bill Burr, D.L. Hughley, Marc Maron, Trevor Noah and Craig Robinson. He has been featured on AXS TV's Gotham Comedy Live, the webseries Co-Operation, MTV's prank show Bugging Out and the critically acclaimed podcast 2 Dope Queens. ...
His other television and film credits include High Maintenance (HBO), Jessica Jones (Netflix), The Last O.G. (TBS), Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix) and the upcoming film Can You Ever Forgive Me? (Fox Searchlight) starring Melissa McCarthy. He also serves as host of The Mundane Festival--a weekly podcast...

The show's at 8 pm. And with all Pretty Much shows, there will be a host and opener.

Four years of Pretty Much The Best Comedy Show
The show this August will mark the fourth-year anniversary of the Pretty Much The Best Comedy Show series, which has consistently brought interesting, rising comics through town, among them Aparna Nancherla and Josh Gondelman.

Forest walk for mushrooms, and a few other things do with the Rensselaer Land Trust

mushroom in forest Rensselaer Land Trust

This could be interesting: The Rensselaer Land Trust has a mushroom walk led by mycologist Sue Van Hook lined up for August 25. Blurbage:

Sue Van Hook, local mycologist, will lead us into the woods at one of our forests or preserves. Participants will have a chance to develop their ?eld skills in mushroom identi?cation. Bring a basket or bag with stiff sides, a ?eld knife or trowel, and a hand lens if you have one.

The walk is Saturday, August 25 at 10 am.

Registration is $10 per person (kids are free) and available online. It's limited to 25 people.

More land trust events
If you're looking to get outside and learn a little bit about the natural world around here, the Rensselaer Land Trust has a handful of upcoming events:
+ August 18: Celebrate Stephentown at Robert Ingalls Preserve Hike
+ August 19: Wilderness Ways for Families and Children
+ August 23: After Work Walk-Poestenkill Community Forest - Where is the water in the woods?
+ September 8: Bird Walk and Talk About bird Census at the Poestenkill Community Forest

See the links for the details and registration info.

photo via Rensselaer Land Trust Facebook

Stuff to do this weekend

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It's Altamont Fair weekend. / photo: Kimberly Dunham

Gather your summer weekend fun while you can. This weekend is overflowing with music, summer theater festivals, fair food, Ferris wheels and more.

Here's our list of stuff we thought you might like to try this weekend. Doing something you don't see here? Tell us about it in the comment section.

And whatever you're up to, have a fantastic weekend.

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Colson Whitehead is the next New York State Author, Alicia Ostriker the next State Poet

novelist Colson Whitehead and poet Alicia Ostriker

Colson Whitehead and Alicia Ostriker

The next New York State Author will be Colson Whitehead, and the next State Poet will be Alicia Ostriker.

Their selection was announced this week -- and they'll be inaugurated at the opening of the Albany Book Festival at UAlbany Friday, September 28 at 7:30 pm. Both writers will be reading at the event, which is free and open to the public.

Colson Whitehead is, of course, a famous novelist whose most recent work -- The Underground Railroad -- won the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize.

Alicia Suskin Ostriker is a poet and poetry critic. Bio blurbage: "Alicia Ostriker, the author of sixteen volumes of poetry, is one of the most acclaimed poets, as well as one of the most influential poetry critics of her generation. Joyce Carol Oates asserts that her 'iconoclastic expression, whether in prose or poetry, is essential to understanding our American selves.' Ostriker's work explores motherhood, womanhood, social justice, Jewish identity and-- in the words of poet Joan Larkin-- 'takes on nothing less than what it feels like to be alive.'"

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It's outdoor movie season

outdoor movie Empire State Plaza 2012

The ESP outdoor movie series is now in West Capitol Park. (This is an old file photo from 2012.)

Well, presumably, all of summer should probably be considered outdoor movie season, but for whatever reason movie-outside events tend to happen in greater numbers around here in August. And so it is again.

A handful that are popping up, starting up, or continuing -- including three this week...

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Postmodern Jukebox back at Troy Music Hall

Scott Bradlee's Postmodern Jukebox is returning to the Troy Music Hall February 22. Tickets on on sale to the general public this Friday, August 17 -- they're $34.50 and up.

Postmodern Jukebox performs jazz/ragtime/swing covers of pop music. They've racked up about a billion views on Youtube, covering pop acts across all a bunch of genres.

The act has made multiple stops at the Troy Music Hall. That includes a show this past January ahead of which the group spent a few days rehearsing for a tour. And it was during that time the group recorded the video embedded above -- a jazzy cover of Paula Abdul's "Straight Up."

Troy Music Hall advertises on AOA.

Wye Oak at Helsinki Hudson

the band Wye Oak

Indie rock duo Wye Oak will be at Helsinki Hudson October 8 for a show. Tickets are on sale now -- they're $25 for general admission.

Jenn Wasner and Andy Stack released a new album this past spring, The Louder I Call, the Faster It Runs, to positive reviews. Band blurbage: "In Wye Oak, Jenn Wasner's dreamy vocals float above Andy Stack's hip-hop and industrial-flavored electro-beats and New Wave keyboard parts, variously creating a fusion of singer-songwriter folk, dance-floor ecstasy, and ambient soundscapes. Stack has worked with members of the National, Sylvan Esso, T. Rex, and others. Jenn Wasner has worked with members of Dirty Projectors, Flock of Dimes, and the Decembrists."

The duo's played a handful of shows around this area over the last past decade so, including a stop at Helsinki Hudson last fall. (And maybe their first show around here was way back in 2008 at Valentine's with Sgt Dunbar.)

photo via Wye Oak Facebook

Opalka Gallery 2018 fall season

musician john vanderslice

The upcoming season at the gallery includes a "living room" concert with John Vanderslice.

The next season at the Opalka Gallery on the Sage Albany campus starts up at the end of August. And it includes all sorts of exhibits, talks, shows, and other experiences.

Here's a quick look at the schedule...

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The first Albany Book Festival will be at UAlbany this fall and the lineup is stacked with notable authors

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The lineup includes Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, food writer/Splendid Table host Francis Lam, and Harvard professor Annette Gordon-Reed who won the Pulitzer Prize (and a bunch of other awards) for The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family.

The New York State Writers Institute has the first Albany Book Festival set for September 29 on the UAlbany campus. And holy moly is the lineup stacked.

Among the authors who will be there: Doris Kearns Goodwin, Gregory Maguire, Mark Kurlansky, Francis Lam, Michael W. Twitty, Annette Gordon-Reed, Walter Mosley, Laura Lippman, Khizr Khan. (A fuller lineup is below.)

Festival blurbage:

A message from NYS Writers Institute Director Paul Grondahl:
"The Albany Book Festival is a new initiative for us and we ask you to join us in creating something truly amazing that elevates UAlbany and our capital city for years to come." ...
Bookstores, publishers, literary organizations, and vendors of book-related merchandise will fill numerous display tables and close to 100 local authors will also participate, signing and selling copies of their books.

The book festival will be Saturday, September 29 from 10 am to 4 pm in the new section of the UAlbany campus center on the uptown campus. It's free and open to the public.

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The week ahead

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Star violinist Joshua Bell will be making two appearances with the Philadelphia Orchestra this week at SPAC. / photo: Bill Phelps

Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather (more of the same), to the Track, to the fair, to baseball, to outdoor movies, to music...

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Music break: Bear Grass

Something to listen to, today or whenever: "Wash Over Me" by Bear Grass.

The song is off the local group's new album, LEFT, which will be released August 10. Album blurbage:

LEFT is the sophomore album of Troy, NY based indie rock band Bear Grass. Originally from Fox Island, Washington, lead singer, guitarist and songwriter Katie Hammon, describes LEFT as a question of time and place. Having left her childhood home at age 17 to relocate to the right coast, Hammon has spent her adult life away from the people and places for which she holds great love and nostalgia. LEFT plays with the emotions of creating home while holding onto the past, recognizing that the people and places which once existed move along with time. ...
LEFT was created by Katie Hammon, bassist August Sagehorn, Tommy Krebs on vocals, keys and guitar, and drummer Ian White. The album was recorded and mixed by Hunter Davidsohn of Business District Recording in Johnson City, NY, and mastered by Josh Bonati of Bonati Mastering NYC.

Bear Grass has an album-release show lined up at the Post Contemporary - CAC Woodside in Troy August 10. Hunter Davidson will open. Admission includes a free copy of the album along with finger foods, and Rare Form will be there selling beer. Tickets are $20 and available online.

Five Kill Records
LEFT is being released by Five Kill Records, the new indie label that's a collaboration of handful of Albany/Troy collectives and labels: B3nson Recording Company, Swordpaw Collective, Collar City Records, The Rev Records, and Bee Side Cassettes.

(That's "kill" as in the Dutch word for stream/river.)

Stuff to do this weekend

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The Bacon Brothers are at The Egg on Sunday. And as everyone knows, Bacons and Egg is the most important concert of the day. (Weekend, please.) / photo: Bacon Bros.

It's a sunscreen-and-umbrella kind of weekend, so be prepared and pack them both.

While you can't choose your weekend weather, you can choose what you're going to do -- and as always, we're here to help.

Below you'll find a list of weekend events we thought you might enjoy. Planning something that didn't make our list? Tell us about it in the comment section.

And whatever you're up to, have a fantastic weekend!

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There's another Capital Walls mural tour in downtown Albany coming up

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A mural by Rachel Baxter along Water Street.

Albany Center Gallery has organized another Capital Walls mural tour in downtown Albany for August 4. Blurbage:

The guided tour, led by mural curator Tony Iadicicco, will stop at several public artworks around Albany. Mural artists Rachel Baxter, Michael Conlin, Cara Hanley and Sylvie Kantorovitz will join us on the tour, with each having a chance to talk about the inspiration for their mural as well as their artistic process.

The tour is that Saturday from 11 am to 1 pm. Tickets are $25 and include the tour, a beverage at Loch & Quay, refreshments at the Olde English, and a Capital Walls mural pin. You'll also be supporting a stipend for the artists.

Earlier:
+ Here's how those three new murals in downtown Albany turned out
+ Gawking at the newly finished mural on the Quackenbush Garage in downtown Albany
+ Flocking to downtown

"Art & Cosmos" talks at SPAC

astronaut Nicole Stott and her artwork

Astronaut Nicole Stott. She's standing in front of her artwork, which was inspired by a photo she took of Isla Los Roques, Venezuela from the International Space Station.

This August SPAC is bringing in a handful of speakers for talks about the intersections of art, science, and nature. And it's a solid lineup:

+ Astronaut/artist Nicole Stott

+ Science reporter/author Dava Sobel and essayist/naturalist Diane Ackerman

+ Physicist/cosmologist/musician/author Stephon Alexander

The schedule additional blurbage is below.

The talks will be on the SPAC main stage. The speaker will be at the conductor's podium and the audience will sit in the orchestra chairs. Tickets are $20 each.

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Capital Region county fairs 2018

Summer scene fair by Crystal Powell

photo: Crystal Capritta

We're heading into the second half of the summer and that means county fair season.

The Saratoga County Fair in Ballston Spa started Tuesday. And as August arrives, there will be a county fair somewhere around the region pretty much each week through Labor Day.

County fairs are remarkably long-recurring events -- some in this area are more than 170 years old, and one of them is approaching two centuries.

Here's a rundown of county fairs around the region, with dates, admission info, and whatnot.

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Black Violin at The Egg

music duo Black Violin

The duo Black Violin is set for a show at The Egg May 17, 2019. Tickets go on sale the general public this Thursday, July 26 -- they're $34.50 and up.

Band blurbage:

Black Violin - featuring Wil Baptiste and Kevin "Kev Marcus" Sylvester - blends classical, hip-hop, rock, R&B, and bluegrass with influences ranging from Shostakovich and Bach to Nas and Jay-Z. Their major label debut recording "Stereotypes" is anything but stereotypical as they break all the rules in creating their one-of-a-kind musical fusion that has rocked concert halls and festivals worldwide.

Black Violin is also lined up for a "SPAC on Stage" show at SPAC August 20, but it's been sold out for months. It's the second straight year the duo sold out their SPAC on Stage show. Black Violin also played Troy Musical Hall this past April.

Two more 2019 concerts announced for The Egg

January 11: "We Shall Overcome": A Musical Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr featuring The Damien Sneed Band

April 13: The Fab Faux - "From the Cavern to the Rooftop"

Fall Fermentation Festival at Common Roots

Common Roots Fall Fermentation Festival

From last year's festival. / photo via Common Roots

Common Roots Brewing has a Fall Fermentation Festival coming up September 15 at its South Glens Falls brewery that will feature breweries from around the Northeast and products made via wild fermentation. Blurbage:

This beer festival is centered around all things spontaneous and fermented, including alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages and foods. It surrounds the fall release of Rooted: Our respectful interpretation of a spontaneously fermented Wild Ale, inoculated in our coolship and aged in oak barrels.
Common Roots Brewing Company is enthusiastic about exploring and experimenting with this traditional style of brewing and committed to bringing only the best beer from around the country to help us celebrate.
Festival guests have the opportunity to sample unique mixed fermented beers and we hope you will join us to share in the celebration of fermentation!

The list of participating breweries and beverage producers (so far) is below. There will also be food from the City Beer Hall.

General admission tickets are $65, and there's a designated driver tickets for $35.

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Wheels to Waterford History Ride

Mohawk Hudson bike trail sign

This could be fun: The Albany Bicycle Coalition is organizing a "Wheels to Waterford History Ride" between Albany and Wateford on Sunday, August 5. Blurbage:

Join with the Waterford Historical Museum and Cultural Center, the Albany Bicycle Coalition, and the Bike Barn Cycling and Fitness. for a sponsored ride from Albany to Waterford and return. The ride will feature an exclusive tour of the Waterford Museum, stops at some key canal and local features along the way, and a light lunch on the museum grounds.
The escorted ride will be on the very flat Mohawk-Hudson Bike-Hike and the Black Bridge trails to Waterford and is mostly "off road" with some quiet on-street sections in Watervliet, Green Island, and Waterford. In Waterford, we will follow the Old Champlain Canal towpath to Lock #4 and the Museum grounds.

The rain-or-shine ride is approximately 23 miles roundtrip. It leaves Albany at 10 am and will return around 2:30 pm. The fee is $20 (includes lunch, museum admission, and a donation to ABC). Registration is requested by July 31 -- see the link above for details.

WEXT Exit Dome show with Sean Rowe

Sean_Rowe 2018 photo credit Matt Dayak

WEXT is bringing back its Exit Dome benefit show September 7. And the headliner this time around is Sean Rowe. Tickets are on sale now -- they're $20.

The show's lineup also includes:

+ Super 400 playing acoustically

+ Darling Valley

+ Sorrow Estate

+ Motorbike

+ Troubadours Steve Candlen and Taylor Wing

The show is at the WMHT studios ("The Exit Dome") in the Rensselaer Tech Park in North Greenbush. It starts at 7 pm.

photo: Matt Dayak

Pretty Much the Best Comedy Show: Abbi Crutchfield + Luke Thayer

comedians Abbi Crutchfield and Luke Thayer

The Pretty Much the Best Comedy Show series will be back at Proctors this Saturday, July 28 with two headliners on the bill: Abbi Crutchfield and Luke Thayer.

Show blurbage:

Abbi Crutchfield - As seen on Comedy Central's "Broad City," NBC's "The Mysteries of Laura," and current co-host of TruTV's "You Can Do Better", Abbi Crutchfield is a comedian named one of the 18 Funny Women You Should Be Following on Twitter by Huffington Post Comedy. She is a UCB alum and is a longtime producer of the acclaimed live comedy show The Living Room Show.
Luke Thayer - luke was just names Sirius XM's "Comedian Of The Month"! Luke has appeared at comedy festivals, clubs, and colleges across the country and internationally. His TV appearances include Fox's "Laughs," "Brain Games" on Nat Geo, Tyra, Food Network, and "All Night with Joey Reynolds" on NBC. Luke's also been a guest in Funny Or Die Originals and College Humor videos and listed in the NY Post's Comics' Favorite Jokes.

And, as it happens, they're married. (To each other.)

Show's at 8 pm. Tickets are $15 ahead / $20 at the door.

photos: Abbi Crutchfield via her Twitter account | Luke Thayer via his Facebook

The week ahead

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Janet Jackson is at SPAC this week. / photo: Solamain Fazel

Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather (steamy), to the track, to bobblehead night, to writers, to history, to beer, to music...

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Exploring Washington County

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By Julie Madsen

The rural, rolling hills of Washington County are just about an hour northeast of Albany on a scenic ride along Route 40.

The county is bordered by the eastern shore of Lake George, Saratoga County, and the state of Vermont.

Some may overlook this area with larger attractions close by -- let them, and you can continue to enjoy the peace and quiet and beauty of the region.

Here are a few ideas for things to do while you're there...

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Stuff to do this weekend

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It's opening weekend at the Saratoga Race Course.

We're in the thick of the summer now. Long days, lemonade, blueberries, ice cream, and a bounty of stuff to do.

We collected a few things we thought might interest you. Doing something that didn't make our list? Tell us about it in the comments.

And whatever you're up to, remember your sunscreen, and have a fantastic weekend.

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CapSci workshop on talking about science with the public

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At last year's science march in Albany.

The local org CapSci has a workshop August 25 at Siena that's focused on helping people become better communicators of science. Blurbage:

As scientists, how do we combat anti-science messaging?
How do we cultivate public trust in scientists and in scientific evidence?
We must communicate better!
Communicating is one of our highest responsibilities as scientists. Yet academics are trained to publish behind walls of jargon and subscription memberships, isolating ourselves and our findings from the very people we hope to serve and whose taxes support our work.
Breaking away from the world of reviewers and grant panels is not easy, but we can get there! Join CapSci for a master class on communicating with the general public, lead by expert science communicator Dr. Cara Ocobock (University at Albany). You'll learn to connect with a broad audience, hone your message, and engage more fully in your community. Participants will join a network of local scientists participating in regular public outreach opportunities.

We'd just add that knowing how to effectively explain something -- or, to put it another way, how you know what you know -- is an important and valuable skill for all sorts of professions, even those that you might not immediately think of as public-facing. If you ever end up speaking at a conference, or a public meeting, or a neighborhood group, or (gulp) the media (don't worry, we're not all that bad) these sorts of skills are helpful.

The class is Saturday, August 25 from 1-5 pm at Siena College. Registration is $40 / $25 for students. And space is limited.

Science on Tap
CapSci also has more Science on Tap events -- public talks by scientists in bars -- coming up...

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Old-school cooking and ice cream at Crailo

Crailo State Historic Site Rensselaer exterior

The Crailo State Historic Site in Rensselaer is hosting two food/cooking-themed events over the next two months:

July 21: Summer Seasonals: Dutch hearth cooking and tours
"What did early Dutch settlers eat? Where did their food come from? Why is it called a Dutch oven? Learn the answers to these and more questions at Crailo State Historic Site! On July 21st join us at Crailo for 'Summer Seasonals', a special educational program featuring Colonial Foods Focus tours at 11:00 and 1:00 followed by a hearth cooking demonstration. Using colonial era recipes and 17th century methods, an experienced hearth cook will demonstrate how early Dutch settlers prepared farm-to-table meals with summer vegetables, fruits, and other seasonal foods."

(Of course, back then people probably just a different term for farm-to-table dining: "dinner.")

The tours are at 11 am and 1 pm, and the cooking demonstrations will immediately follow in Crailo's cellar kitchen. It's $5 for adults / $4 for students and seniors / free for kids 12 and under.

August 18: Colonial Ice Cream Day
"Join interpreters in period dress to discover how colonists in the Hudson Valley would make ice cream in the middle of the summer without freezers and electricity. We will be using a reproduction sabotiere, ice cream molds and trying some period recipes. And learn a simple way to make your own ice cream!"

The event is from 11 am to 4 pm that Saturday. It's $3 for adults / free for kids 12 and under.

Crailo?
The Crailo State Historic Site is at 9 1/2 Riverside Avenue in Rensselaer, right across from the Hudson River (it's a beautiful block). It was once a home for the Van Rensselaer family and now serves as a museum of colonial Dutch history in the Hudson Valley. It was named after the Van Rensselaer's estate in the Netherlands -- Crayloo or Cralo -- which meant "crows' wood" in Dutch.

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