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Phish back at SPAC for 2016

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Phish is flocking back to SPAC for three shows July 1-3. Tickets go on sale February 26 -- they're $45 (lawn) and $65 (pavilion). (There's also an allotment of tickets available via an online ticket request presale.)

FYI: The Fourth of July is on a Monday this year. So those shows are Friday, Saturday, Sunday.

Earlier: Dave Matthews Band at SPAC 2016

photo: Peter Yang

Stuff to do this weekend

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Molly Ringwald will be at Proctors for a 30th anniversary screening of The Breakfast Club.

Yes, it's the first weekend in February, but you should probably cancel your plans for tobogganing and snowball fighting. Still, a winter carnival, Chowderfest, roller derby and plenty of other events -- both indoor and outdoor-- are slated for the weekend.

After the jump, we've collected a bunch of stuff we thought might be fun. Doing something you don't see here? Tell us about it in the comments.

And whatever you're up to, enjoy he weather and have a fantastic weekend.

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The Triplets of Belleville with live score at Proctors

This could be fun: Proctors will be hosting a screening of the animated film The Triplets of Belleville with a live performance of the score in the GE Theater February 13.

The score will be played be a nine-piece jazz ensemble -- Le Terrible Orchestre de Belleville -- led by Benoît Charest, who wrote much of the music for the film. The clip embedded above is the ensemble playing along with the film in Montreal a few years back.

And if you've never seen the film -- it's a surreal blending o 1930s jazz, the Tour de France, the mob, and a mystery.

The performance at Proctors is Saturday, February 13 at 8 pm. Tickets are $20 and up.

A sampling of cooking classes, winter 2016

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Even in this winter of non-winter, February and March can be a good time to take a cooking class. It's a chance to gather somewhere warm, learn something new, and eat something good.

So, here's a new a batch of cooking classes over the next few months that caught our eye -- and maybe you'll find them interesting: From Valentine's Day treats, to sausage making, to tagine, to ramen, to sushi, to pancakes.

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It's winter beerfest season

NYSBA Craft New York at Desmond 2014

From a previous Craft New York Brewers Festival at The Desmond.

Coming up over the next month or so:

February 20: Saratoga Beer Summit at Saratoga City Center
It's the cap to Saratoga Beer Week. "Sample over 150 releases from some of America's best craft breweries. Plus hang out in an atmosphere filled with live music, delicious food available for purchase, and great vendors." Saturday, February 20 two sessions 1-4 pm / 5:30-8:30 pm -- $40

March 5: Craft New York Brewers Festival at The Desmond
The third year for this festival organized by the New York State Brewers Association. "The Craft New York Brewers Festival will bring together 45 New York Breweries (and brewers) from every region of the state featuring up to 100+ hard to find and award winning beers. To make this very special event more exclusive, we will feature food sampling and pairing from local Albany restaurants and food vendors to go along with each brewery attending at no extra cost!" Saturday, March 5 5-8 pm -- $40 ahead ($50 day of) / $55 VIP ahead ($65 day) gets you in an hour earlier and access to handful of one-off beers / $15 designated driver

March 12: Snommegang Invitational Beer Festival in Oneonta
"For the third annual Snommegang Invitational; Brewery Ommegang will be inviting a host of our craft brewing brethren to sample their wares and wow our audience. In addition to the seven breweries that are represented by Duvel Moorgat USA LTD we will feature brews by at least 30 of our good craft beer friends." Saturday, March 12 2-6 pm -- $50

photo: New York State Brewers Association

"Anachronisms & Inaccuracy" at SCPL

SCPL event poster historical fictionThis could be interesting, even if you're not setting out to write a book: The Schenectady County Public Library is hosting an event called "Anachronisms & Inaccuracy: The Challenges of Writing Historical Fiction" with with historical mystery author Eleanor Kuhns. Topics-to-be-discussed blurbage:

+ Resources for research-from using Wikipedia to Writing software
+ How to avoid information dumps-working key historical facts into a narrative
+ Using period slang properly
+ Getting published
+ Working with editors

Heck, we'd be interested in a whole event about period slang. It'd be the bee's knees.

The event at the SCPL central library is Saturday, February 27 from 10:30 am-noon. It's free, but the library does ask that you pre-register.

Adult coloring book night: By the way, the SCPL's next adult coloring book night is Wednesday, February 10.

Talking about the history of the Rapp Road Community Historic District

Rapp Road smokehouse

The building that served as the neighborhood smokehouse.

The city of Albany is hosting an event at city hall about the history of the Rapp Road Community Historic District February 9. Blurbage:

Beverly Bardequez, a third generation Rapp Road resident who is president of the Rapp Road Historical Association, and Dr. F. Maxine Fantroy-Ford, a former Albany School District principal who was raised on Rapp Road, will present a history of this vibrant community.
The area was settled by African Americans who came to Albany from Shubuta, Mississippi, as part of the Great Migration. They were among the millions of African Americans who fled the racial and economic oppression of the South from about 1910 to 1970. Many who came to Albany settled in the South End, but a group moved to Rapp Road to establish the rural lifestyle they were accustomed to and preferred.

A few years back, Casey Normile talked with Beverly Bardequez, a third-generation resident of the neighborhood, about the origins of the community in the Pine Bush.

The event at city hall on Tuesday, February 9 starts at 5 pm. It's free.

2016-2017 lineups for Proctors Broadway shows and Capital Rep

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The Broadway season at Proctors includes the Tony-winning play The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time. / photo: Joan Marcus

The Broadway season at Proctors includes the Tony-winning play The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time. / photo: Joan Marcus

Proctors and Capital Rep have jointly announced their lineups for the next season of Broadway shows and theater productions. The Broadway series at Proctors includes a bunch of prominent shows -- including a little musical called Wicked. And the Cap Rep lineup again includes a world-premiere play.

Tickets for both series go on sale today (February 2) as part of subscription packages. Individual show tickets will be available closer to the season starting.

Some shows end up being very popular, so you might want to plan ahead a little bit for tickets if you're interested in going.

Without further ado...

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Tedeschi Trucks Band at SPAC

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The Tedeschi Trucks Band is set to play SPAC July 13. Tickets go on this sale this Friday, February 6 -- they're $25 and up (there's also a four-pack of tickets available for $75). It's a pavilion-only show.

Openers for the SPAC show are Los Lobos and the North Mississippi Allstars.

The blues rock band led by Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks has become very popular over the last few years. It's sold out multiple shows here in the Capital Region, including a date at The Egg this past December.

Mumford & Sons: Speaking of sold-out shows, the Mumford & Sons show at SPAC June 15 is now sold out.

photo: Mark Seliger

The week ahead

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Carlotta Walls LaNier -- one of the Little Rock Nine, the first African American students to enroll at the segregated Little Rock Central High School in 1957 -- will be at UAlbany this week.

Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather (almost spring-y), to civil rights, to animal courtship, to Stooges, to Groundhog Day, to hoops, to music...

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Stuff to do this weekend

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Sanjay's Super Team is one of the Oscar-nominated animated shorts showing this weekend at The Spectrum.

Ready? Set? Weekend!

And it's the last one in January.

After the jump, all kinds of fun ways to make the most of it.

Planning something we missed? Let us know about it in the comments.

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

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Chuck D at Siena

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Hip hop titan Chuck D will be at Siena April 4 for a talk. The event is free and open to the public.

Chuck D is, of course, a founder of Public Enemy. In the years since founding the group, he's also been a political activist, writer, producer, radio host, and collaborator with all sorts of artists. His talk at Siena will be the keynote lecture for the college's annual Hip Hop Week. He'll also be talking with students in a course called "Rhetoric(s) of Hip-Hop Culture," which is taught by Todd Snyder, an assistant professor of English.

The lecture on April 4 is in the Sarazen Student Union. It starts at 7:30 pm (doors at 7 pm). There will be no ticketing, so it's first come, first sit.

photo: Jason Persse via Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Capital Region ice skating spots 2016

ice skaters on Buckingham Pond

Buckingham Pond is always a popular spot on the weekends when the ice is in shape.

The last few weeks have been good outdoor skating weather -- cold nights, some sun during the day, and very little snow. So ponds and other outdoor skating spots should be shaping up with the season. (Though you'll probably have to hold off for a few warms days this week.)

There are a bunch of spots around the Capital Region for ice skating, both outside and inside. AOA has a listing/map of more than 20 places and it's now updated for the current winter -- so go have a look.

Skating is either free or cheap at a lot of these places. And it's a fun reason to get out of the house.

If you know of a place that should be on the list, please let us know in the comments.

Gathering of the Farm Cideries 2016 at Nine Pin

Nine Pin production space

Nine Pin's production space.

Nine Pin Cider Works is hosting another "Gathering of the Farm Cideries" at its production space in Albany's Warehouse District on February 27. A dozen of the state's farm cideries will be there offering tastings, and products will also be for sale by the glass, growler, and bottle.

As you know, Nine Pin was the state's cidery to start operating under the state's special "farm" cidery license. The program smooths the way for small producers, and in return the cideries are required to use New York State apples for their products.

It's easy to take the apples -- and apple orchards -- for granted in Upstate New York. But we really do live in one of the premier apple-growing regions of the world -- both in terms of quantity and variety. And the recent rise of farm cideries around the state is another way to explore that.

The Gathering of the Farm Cideries is Saturday, February 27, in two sessions -- noon-3 pm and 4-7 pm. Tickets are $15 ahead and available online.

Nine Pin advertises on AOA.

Science Cafe talks at City Beer Hall

nysm science cafe posterThis could be some nerdy fun: The State Museum is starting a series of "Science Cafe" events at the City Beer Hall.

That first Science Cafe event is February 9 and will feature State Museum curator of birds Jeremy Kirchman. Craig Gravina, who's a State Museum exhibit designer (and, of course, also a beer historian), will moderate. We emailed Kirchman for a preview:

I suspect Craig and I will veer off on a few tangents regarding such things as the origin of birds, how I became interested in museum collections and bird evolution, response of birds to climate change, maybe the domestication of chickens if we really end up in the weeds.
The idea with the Science Café is that it will resemble a discussion you might have at a party, more so than a lecture in an auditorium. The series will give the museum scientists a chance to teach the public about on-going research in biology, archaeology, and paleontology, and maybe reach an audience we won't get in our Huxley Theater.

Kirchman says he'll be showing a few pictures, but it won't be a parade of Powerpoint slides.

The Science Cafe event on Tuesday, February 9 is from 6-7 pm. Admission is free, and does not include food or drink.

Earlier on AOA: This part of the State Museum is for the birds

Dave Matthews Band at SPAC 2016

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The Dave Matthews Band will be making its seasonal migration back to SPAC July 15 and 16. Tickets go on sale February 19 -- they're $40.50 for a lawn position, $75 and $85 for seats in the pavilion.

This summer's tour is marking the 25th anniversary of the band. The band will be taking a break from touring in 2017, according to its website.

photo: Danny Clinch

Chris Gethard at MASS MoCA

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Comedian/TV host/writer Chris Gethard will be at MASS MoCA this Saturday (January 30) for a stand-up show. Tickets are $16 ahead / $22 day of / $10 students.

Gethard's done a little bit of everything: authored a Weird New York book, done improv with Upright Citizens Brigade, appeared on late night shows, and hosted a public access/internet talk show. He's recently been producing episodes of the show for Fusion, and will be back for another run this spring.

The MASS MoCA show will be hosted by Joseph Greene, and include an opening set from NYC-based comic Josh Carter. It starts Saturday at 8 pm in the museum's Club B-10.

Free Day
By the way: Saturday is the annual free day at MASS MoCA. It's what it sounds like -- admission to the museum is free from 11 am-7 pm. There will also be a series of events and tours that day.

photo via Chris Gethard Show FB

The week ahead

Capital Rep Naked Influence

Naked Influence premieres at Capital Rep this week.

Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather (vaguely winterish), to Garrison Keillor, to a play premiere, to hoops, to dummies, to music...

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Stuff to do this weekend

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Josh Gondelman, a writer for Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, headlines Pretty Much the Best Comedy Show at Proctors this weekend.

Snow or no snow (probably no snow) the weekend is here. And with it we predict stuff to do.

OK, we don't so much predict it as go out and look for it, turn it into a list and show it to you.

So, after the jump, a frosty mountain of stuff to do this weekend.

Planning something we missed? Tell us about it.

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

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Spending a winter day in Saratoga Springs

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By Julie Madsen

Gray skies and freezing temperatures are outside. You don't want to leave the house because you have to layer yourself like a lasagna and the air hurts your face. Oh no, it's happening again. The winter time blues.

I crave the warmth and sunlight of summer just like you do, but it's no excuse to hibernate through winter! There are plenty of things to do warmly in and around the Capital Region to help shake off the wintertime sluggishness.

Let's start in Saratoga Springs. Forget about the track, SPAC, and Yaddo until summertime. Give some of these warm inside activities a try to forget about the world outside...

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NYS Writers Institute visiting writers spring 2016

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The spring lineup for the NYS Writers Institute visiting writers series is out. And, as usual, it's full of notable, award-winning writers and events for which to look ahead.

Here's the full lineup, compressed and expanded...

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Sherry Turkle at Union College to talk about conversation in the digital age

MIT psychologist sherry turkle 2015MIT psychologist Sherry Turkle is set to appear at Union February 25 for a talk about her work into how digital technologies affect people and their relationships with each other.

Bio blurbage:

Referred to by many as the "Margaret Mead of digital culture," Professor Turkle has investigated the intersection of digital technology and human relationships from the early days of personal computers to our current world of robotics, artificial intelligence, social networking and mobile connectivity. Her New York Times best-seller, "Reclaiming Conversation™: The Power of Talk in the Digital Age" (Penguin Press, October 2015), focuses on the importance of conversation in digital cultures, including business and the professions. Her previous book, "Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other" (Basic Books, 2011), was a featured talk at TED2012, describing technology's influence on relationships between friends, lovers, parents and children, and new instabilities in how we understand privacy and community, intimacy and solitude.

If you do a quick scan through Turkle's Twitter feed, you'll quickly get a sense of the sorts of topics she's interested in: conversation, the way people use mobiles, dating apps, privacy, robots. Here's an Atlantic interview with Turkle from last fall about her recently published book Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in a Digital Age.

Turkle's talk is the keynote in Union College's Founders Day. It's at 1 pm on Thursday, February 25 in the Memorial Chapel. It's free and open to the public.

Saratoga Jazz Fest 2016 lineup

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Smokey Robinson is among the headliners.

The Freihofer's Saratoga Jazz Festival returns to SPAC June 25-26. And this year's line-up includes Smokey Robinson, Chick Corea, Shemekia Copeland, Joey Alexander Trio, a still-to-be-announced headliner, and many others. The full announced lineup is after the jump.

Tickets for the general public go on sale on today (January 19) -- day tickets start at $65, and festival passes start at $110.

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The week ahead

Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella at Proctors

Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella is at Proctors this week.

Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather (actual winter), to MLK Day, to stories, to Cinderella, to ShakesBEER, to music...

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Norman Rockwell in the 1960s at Hyde Collection

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"The Final Impossibility" by Norman Rockwell, published in LOOK magazine in 1969. From the Norman Rockwell Museum Digital Collections.

If you're looking for a prompt for a quick trip: The Hyde Collection in Glens Falls opens new exhibit this weekend -- Norman Rockwell in the 1960s. Blurbage:

In the 1960s, leaving behind the beloved storytelling scenes that appeared on the covers and pages of the nation's prominent periodicals, Rockwell threw himself into a new genre--the documentation of deeply felt social issues.
In 1963, after ending his 47 year association with The Saturday Evening Post, Rockwell began work for the reportorial magazine Look with a true sense of purpose. He invited consideration of important social issues including the Space Race, depicting the moon landing before and after it actually happened. His 1964 painting, The Problem We All Live With, gently presents an assertion on moral decency. This first assignment for Look magazine was an illustration of a six-year-old African-American schoolgirl being escorted by four U.S. marshals to her first day at an all-white school in New Orleans. In 1965, Rockwell illustrated the murder of civil rights workers in Philadelphia, Mississippi, and in 1967, he chose children, once again, to illustrate desegregation, this time in the nation's suburbs.

The exhibit includes 21 illustrations and magazine covers created by Rockwell during the decade. It'll be on display through April 3.

You can definitely make a day of trip to Glens Falls and the Hyde Collection. And here are some ideas on where to eat.

Speaking of Norman Rockwell...
As you might know already, the Norman Rockwell Museum is just over the Massachusetts border in Stockbridge. (Rockwell lived in Stockbridge.) It's open year round, seven days a week.

And Rockwell used Troy as inspiration for a handful of his illustrations.Two of them sold at auction a few years back -- "Saying Grace" for $46 million, and "Walking to Church" for $3.25 million.

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