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Albany All Stars Roller Derby has a new home

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At the Albany Capital Center ribbon cutting, there was a full-size basketball court set up in the center's big multi-purpose space to show off both the size of the room and its ability to host sporting facilities.

The Albany All Stars Roller Derby launches into its 10th season April 15 -- at.a new home.

The All Stars are moving to the new Albany Capital Center.

"It's a huge, beautiful space and we're very excited," said Kimberly Eisen, AKA "Dottie Damage."

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Jane's Walk Albany

Woodlawn Ave sidewalk perspective

We got an email from Yasmine, who's organizing a Jane's Walk in Albany this May (link added):

Jane's Walks are community led walking tours by anyone who would like to host one - inspired by Jane Jacobs. I am hoping to get a few of these going in Albany this year so I am looking for people or organizations who would like to host a walk and participate in the event. These walks happen all over the world so its a cool event that hopefully fosters some community and gets people out walking and talking. ...
Examples of walks hosted in other cities include tours of neighborhoods, parks, co-working spaces, historical sites, waterfronts areas, architecture, public art, wildlife, infrastructure, public transportation, environmental justice, technology centers, warehouses, or any part of the city that someone would like to highlight.

Yeah, there might be 1 or 2 or 10 or 100 possibilities for walks like that in Albany.

That first link above is the Albany Jane's Walk page and it includes contact info for getting in touch with Yasmine to organize a local walk.

Behemoth Short Film Festival 2017

behemoth short film festival 2017 posterThe Behemoth Short Film Festival returns to the Saratoga Arts Center April 15. Blurbage:

The Behemoth Short Film Festival showcases some of the very best in up and coming cinematic talent from around the world. From horror to sci-fi, comedy to drama, The Behemoth Short Film Festivals goal is to bring unique voices to new viewers and broaden the audiences horizon by delivering something different.

The festival includes two slates of films. Explained organizer Shane Frasier in a post on the festival Facebook page:

The first showcase will be more of a general audience showcase (around a PG-13 rating, roughly), so parents/teens should plan accordingly. Also, our later showcase (which we've dubbed EXTREMEOTH) will be a little more adult (showcasing more horror, action, language, etc.)

That first showcase is at 6:30 pm on Saturday, April 15 and the second is at 8:45 pm. Tickets are $10 for each and available online.

Lifestyle Farming Conference at SUNY Cobleskill

SUNY Cobleskill Lifestyle Farming Conference logoThis looks like some quality fuel for stoking those backyard gardening / DIY / I've-had-enough-I'm-moving-to-a-farm dreams.

SUNY Cobleskill is hosting its first Lifestyle Farming Conference Saturday, April 8. Blurbage:

In our classrooms and labs, SUNY Cobleskill faculty will teach organic gardening, home brewing, composting, mushroom growing, yogurt making, apiary management, and more. With three levels -- 1.5-hour Introductory Courses, 3-hour Skill Builders, and a 6-hour Intensive -- everyone from novice to experienced homesteaders will find a course to suit their interests and skill levels.
The conference will be accompanied by a specialized vendor fair featuring goods and supplies that complement the workshops, such as brewing equipment, apiary supplies, animal feed, and orchard necessities.

Among the workshop topics: square foot gardening for maximizing production in small spaces, home brewing, backyard poultry, family livestock herds, composting, making sausage, fruit and berry orcharding 101, wild edibles, homemade ice cream, and homemade yogurt.

Conference registration is $60 / $72 with lunch and available online. And the website notes that space is limited in each workshop.

Coffee school at Superior Merchandise

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Superior Merchandise Co. in Troy is bringing back its series of "coffee school" classes for a spring season. Blurbage:

"Over the past 20 months of being in business, we've affirmed that our guests tend to be inquisitive and eager to learn more about the mysterious world of specialty coffee. With Coffee School we are happy to try to clear up some of the myths and mysteries folks have in an informal 'school' format," said SMCo.'s Director of Coffee Matthew Loiacono.
Classes are taught in a loose lecture / taste / participate format, where attendees can shape much of the learning based on questions and desired goals. Tickets include printed notes and 10% off in-store merchandise during the evening of the class.

The slate includes a new class about home roasting coffee:

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Hudson Valley Hops 2017

Hudson Valley Hops 2017 posterThe Hudson Valley Hops event is back at the Albany Institute April 8. Tickets are $35 ahead and available online.

The annual event celebrates the history of brewing in the Hudson Valley, and this year has an Erie Canal theme. There will be tastings, a local IPA blind taste test, and special Irish Red Ales from Chatham Brewing and local craft beer pioneer Bill Newman in collaboration with Brown's.

Local brewing artifacts will also be on display.

Here's the list of participating breweries...

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Matchbox Twenty + Counting Crows at SPAC

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Counting Crows

This is becoming a regular thing: Matchbox Twenty and Counting Crows are set to return to SPAC August 25. Tickets go on sale this Friday, March 31 -- they're $29.50 and up. (There's also a limited supply of lawn four-packs for $88.)

The opener for the show is Rivers and Rust.

While we're on the topic, here's how the SPAC pop show calendar is shaping up so far -- it's getting full...

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The week ahead

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The award-winning YouthFX program will be premiering its new slate of films later this week at The Spectrum.

Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather (thawing), to film, to authors, to crafting, to music...

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39th Annual Photography Regional Select Show

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We got a chance this week to stop in at the 39th Annual Photography Regional Select Show at the Albany Center Gallery.

It displays works from 52 photographers from around the region, selected by this year's jurors, Tara Fracalossi and Danny Goodwin. (And the photos are available for purchase.)

The show is on display through April 21 in ACG's new space in the Arcade Building on Broadway in downtown Albany.

By the way: Here's a cool interactive online walkthrough of the salon-style show that led up to the select show.

Stuff to do this weekend

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The New York Craft Brewers Festival returns to the Desmond this weekend.

OK, March is still doing its lion thing, but it's spring and it's the weekend -- two things to be happy about.

After the jump, our list of stuff to do that we thought might interest you this weekend. Planning something that isn't on our list? Tell us about it in the comments. Everything is more fun when you share.

And whatever you're up to, be sure to bring your umbrella, and have a great weekend.

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Breathing Lights project finale

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The official wrap-up for the Breathing Lights public art project is set for April 7 at Proctors. Blurbage:

Why spend a $1M on public art? What did we accomplish? What's next? Come find out. Breathing Lights will officially wrap with a networking lunch with Mayors Sheehan, McCarthy and Madden, live performances, screenings, lively policy discussions, a presentation of project impacts, and the debut of WMHT's Behind the Lights documentary.

The day includes a few different events. Each is $10, or $20 for all three. The screening of the documentary is free.

Here's a compressed schedule.

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Henry Johnson: Tale of Courage premiere

Henry Johnson Croix de Guerre

Henry Johnson displaying his French Croix de Guerre. / photo via Wikipedia

WMHT has a new documentary about Henry Johnson -- Henry Johnson: Tale of Courage -- premiering April 11 at 7:30 pm. It'll then air multiple times during the month.

But before that, there's a preview screening at the State Museum April 4 at 6 pm. A discussion will follow with producer Zeke Kubisch, city of Albany special community projects coordinator (and author and scholar) Barbara Smith, and historian Aaron Noble. The screening is free to attend, though WMHT does ask that you RSVP.

You probably know (should know) the outline of Henry Johnson's story. An Albany resident, he served in WWI with the Harlem Hellfighters, who had been placed under the command of French forces because of racism within the US Army. While on sentry duty in 1918 he fought off a surprise German attack of at least 12 soldiers and saved a fellow American soldier, all while being wounded multiple times. Upon his return to the United States he was initially hailed as a hero. But he was later marginalized after speaking out about the racism African-Americans faced in the military. Unable to work because of his war injuries, Johnson's personal life crumbled and he died at the age of 32.

It wasn't until 2015 -- and after the work of many people -- that Johnson was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor.

CSA fair at Takk House

Hudson Valley CSA Coalition stickers

This could be a good way to learn more about CSAs if you're been curious: Takk House in Troy is hosting a CSA fair April 15 from 11 am-2 pm. The event is a collaboration between the Hudson Valley CSA Coalition, Hudson River Exchange, and Glynwood.

CSA = Community Supported Agriculture, in which you pay at the beginning of the season for a share of a farm's produce and then get regular allotments during the season. Event blurbage:

CSA Fairs provide an opportunity for local residents to learn about the vital role Community Supported Agriculture plays for independent farms, to shop around the various shares available and sign up for their Seasonal Share. From fruits and vegetables to herbal wellness to meat and dairy, CSA shares offer community members access to the diversity of farm fresh products - and land based wisdom - that make Hudson Valley living plentiful and enjoyable.

The event at Takk House will include reps from Colfax Farm, Denison Farm, Field Apothecary, Laughing Earth Farm, Roxbury Farm, and Soul Fire Farm. Also: "Remember to bring your checkbook for share deposits and be entered to win on-site sign up giveaways when you buy a share at the event."

Hudson River Exchange advertises on AOA.

photo via Hudson Valley CSA Coalition Facebook

John Mulaney at The Egg -- now at The Palace

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Update: This show has been moved to The Palace.

Comedian John Mulaney is set for a stand-up show at The Egg July 27. Tickets went on sale today (March 22) -- they're $29 and up.

Blurbage:

He most recently starred in the Broadway hit, "Oh, Hello on Broadway" alongside Nick Kroll. In 2015 Mulaney released his 3rd hour stand up special a Netflix Original titled "THE COMEBACK KID" which the AV Club called "his best hour of his career." He began his career in New York's East Village and has since toured around the world. In 2008, he began writing at "Saturday Night Live" where he appeared as a "Weekend Update" correspondent and co-created characters such as "Stefon" with Bill Hader. He currently writes for IFC's "Documentary Now" and for Netflix's "Big Mouth" on which he voices the character of Andrew.

The show at The Egg is in the 982-seat Hart Theater.

A handful of other comedy shows coming up...

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Solid Sound 2017 comedy lineup

John Hodgman 2017

John Hodgman

The music lineup for this year's Solid Sound Festival was out last month, and now the lineup for the comedy portion of the fest is out:

John Hodgman (of course)
Michael Ian Black
Eugene Mirman
Aparna Nancherla
Nick Offerman
Jean Grae's The Show Show with DJ Quelle Chris

Solid Sound is June 23-25 at MASS MoCA this summer. Weekend passes are currently $159, and a kids pass is $50.

High Mud Comedy Festival
A reminder: MASS MoCA's High Mud Comedy Festival is March 31-April 1. The headliner is Phoebe Robinson, co-host of the popular podcast 2 Dope Queens. (Aparna Nancherla is also part of the lineup.)

Sanctuary for Independent Media 2017 spring

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Rolling Stone journalist Matt Taibbi will be there in May.

The upcoming spring season for the Sanctuary for Independent Media in Troy is out. As in seasons past, it includes music, talks, films, and community events.

Here's a quick-scan look...

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Albany Word Fest 2017

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The Albany Word Fest returns April 17-22 this year. It's a celebration of National Poetry Month and includes multiple events around the area. Blurbage:

"Every year we celebrate National Poetry Month right here in Albany and each year we add more to the list of events. What started as a one-day outdoor open mic in 2001 has become a full week of poetry and spoken word. There is something for everyone." Thom Francis, Albany Poets President, said, "Whether you would like to take in a featured performance, celebrate the launch of the fifth edition of Up The River, attend a regional poetry slam, or be part of the return of the Readings Against the End of the World 24-hour open mic, the Albany Word Fest is the place for you."

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

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The week ahead

MC Sha Rock

Pioneering female rapper MC Sha Rock is the keynote speaker for Siena's Hip-Hop Week, which includes a handful of talks and events open to the public.

Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather (sunny), to words, to film, to hip hop, to gardens, to music...

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Stuff to do this weekend

collar city kilt fest run

The Collar City Kilt Fest -- and its kilt run -- return to downtown Troy this weekend.

So... snow?

By now most of the streets are clear and you've probably made it through a good chunk of your Netflix queue -- so it's time to get out and do something on this final weekend of winter.

We've made our weekly list for you. You'll find it after the jump. Doing something you don't see there? Drop it in the comment section so we can all see.

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

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Collar City Candle Craft + Draft at Brown's

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The next date in Collar City Candle's popular Craft + Draft series is March 30 in The Malt Room at Brown's Brewing in Troy from 5-8 pm. Tickets are $15 and available online.

Event blurbage:

In this fun, laid back workshop we'll help you design & create a one of a kind candle to take home. The process is fairly quick so feel free to come at any time after 5, The Malt Room will be open exclusively for this event!! (Please note the ticket price includes all materials to build your own candle & drinks will be sold separately)

The last Craft + Draft -- at Ama Cocina in February -- sold out. So if you're interested in going, it's a good idea to grab a spot sooner rather than later.

As you know, Collar City Candle's Jamie and Josh Wallbank were the winners of the AOA Startup Grant this past fall. Among the things they've done since then: they recently started making a line of candles in collaboration with Albany's Nine Pin Cider Works.

photo via Collar City Candle Facebook.

Music break: Sean Rowe

Something to listen to this afternoon (or whenever): "Newtown's Cradle" by Sean Rowe.

In the video, Rowe is haunted by figures wearing masks of his face. And then at the very end (spoiler redacted).

The song is off New Lore, the Troy native's upcoming album which will be released on his own label. It's out April 7.

Rowe also has a few local shows coming up later this spring: at Helsinki Hudson May 18 (with Girl Blue), and at The Hangar in Troy May 19.

Shaun King at Siena

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Activist and writer Shaun King is set to appear at Siena March 27 for a talk about the new civil rights movement. The event is free and open to the public.

King writes about social justice issues for the New York Daily News, and has amassed a large following on Facebook and Twitter.

The talk is part of the "Real Talk" series at Siena. It's at 12:30 pm on Monday, March 27 in the Sarazen Student Union.

(King was originally scheduled to appear at Siena March 6, but the talk was postponed because of a travel issue. That previous event was not open to the public because of space. This time around Siena says it's been scheduled for a venue with enough space to include members of the public.)

Also coming up soon at Siena
+ Hip-Hop Week 2017, March 20-25, featuring a keynote from MC Sha-Roc.
+ The annual Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King Lecture with sociologist Robert Bullard March 28: "Environmental Justice and the Politics of Place: Why Equity Matters"

photo via Shaun King Facebook

New York State Maple Weekend 2017

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The annual New York State Maple Weekend (two weekends, actually) returns this coming weekend and next, March 18-19 and March 25-26. What is a maple weekend? Blurbage from the New York State Maple Producers Association:

Visitors to Maple Weekend can:
TASTE a pure and natural food product at its freshest and in its many forms.
LEARN how maple syrup and other maple confections are made.
EXPERIENCE the unique family traditions of making maple syrup in New York State.
CELEBRATE New York's first agricultural harvest of the season in a family-friendly environment.
MEET the producers who annually make New York the second largest maple producing state in the U.S.
SHARE in the many ways to cook and bake with maple syrup, maple sap and other maple drinks and products. WITNESS sustainable agriculture at its best.

There are a handful of participating farms around the greater Capital Region. That includes a clickable map with info about what producers will have in store for visitors -- many will be offering tastes and tours.

Of course, with the blizzard things might be a little bit trick in some areas this weekend. So calling ahead isn't a bad idea.

Earlier on AOA:
+ Another record year for New York State maple syrup production
+ The art and science of maple sugaring

Knotted 2017

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The wedding Knotted will be back at The Takk House in Troy Sunday, March 26 from 1-4 pm. Blurbage:

Knotted is a curated wedding showcase for the offbeat couple who doesn't quite fit the traditional wedding market. This show is anything but that. Carefully curated Knotted is a collection of independent artists, musicians, planners, decorators and foodie superheros! This is a party. Not a convention.
You won't find yourself being herded like cattle through a banquet hall. This is going to feel like a VIP party that you snuck into. All the best businesses and crafters will be waiting for you. It is going to feel like a dream! Only well... not!

More than 30 vendors will be showing off their wedding-related wares and services. Also: There's a "no ice sculptures" rule, apparently.

General admission tickets are $8 online. There's also VIP ticket for $15 that gets you a tote gift bag and a drink voucher.

photo via Knotted

My Morning Jacket at MASS MoCA

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Coming to MASS MoCA this summer: My Morning Jacket on August 12. Tickets go on sale to the general public this Friday, March 17 -- they're $46 ahead / $56 day of.

This is an outside, rain-or-shine show. The opener is The Districts.

Other announced summer outdoor shows at MASS MoCA...

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