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Stuff to do this weekend

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The national tour of Jekyll & Hyde is at Proctors Saturday.

Oh, weekend -- we were afraid you'd never arrive.

But it's Friday, and like clockwork, here you are. After the jump, we have some plans for you that do not involve catching up on dishes and laundry.

Got some weekend plans you don't see here? Share them with the rest of us in the comment section. Everything is more fun when you share.

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

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Pretty Much the Best Comedy Show: Giulia Rozzi

comedian giulia rozziThe Pretty Much the Best Comedy Show series at Proctors is bringing Giuli Rozzi to town on Saturday for a standup show.

Rozzi has appeared on The Moth, a bunch of TV shows, and in print around the web. And he's had her own Upright Citizens Brigade show, "Bad Bride." Here's a clip from a recent Washington Post interview with her about her comedy:

Most of it is just really silly and stupid -- and probably some of it is self-serving. It's like: "Oh, I just want to tell this story about me." But I try to discuss issues that affect women -- in a funny way -- and issues about depression and anxiety and relationships. I think that just sharing a very open, self-aware style of comedy and storytelling, I think that . . . helps other people have permission to be more honest themselves.

The show at Proctors starts at 8 pm on Saturday. Tickets are $15.

Geoffrey Canada at Siena

geoffrey canada promo photoThe founder of the Harlem Children's Zone, Geoffrey Canada, will be at Siena this Thursday for the college's annual King Lecture on Race and Nonviolent Social Change. Canada's talk is titled "The Crisis Facing Youth: What Adults & Communities Can Do to Save Our Children."

The Harlem Children's Zone is, in its own description, aimed at "disrupting the cycle of generational poverty in Central Harlem through our innovative and effective programs." Toward that end it's attempting to provide comprehensive family, social service, educational, and health services to kids in a roughly 100-block area of Harlem.

In recent years the program has gotten the support of the Obama administration, which has touted the program as a model to replicate. And the HCZ has been one of the inspirations for the Albany Promise program.

The Canada talk is at 7 pm, Thursday, March 26 in Siena's Marcelle Athletic Complex. It's free and open to the public.

Stories about Albany

Partners for Albany Stories logoA group of local historical and cultural groups has teamed up for a series of events to collect family stories that somehow related to the history of Albany. Blurbage from the Partners for Albany Stories:

Come and share a story about you and your family that relates to the history of Albany. You will have 10 minutes at the microphone to enchant and enlighten the audience. Sign up is on a first-come, first-tell basis. Stories will be video documented for preservation at the Albany Public Library.
Interested, but not sure what to talk about? Check our website for story suggestions. Interested, know what you want to talk about, but want help with telling your story? Come to a free coaching session one hour before the event. Interested, but don't want to tell a story? Just come and listen.

The first event is this Thursday, March 26 at the Albany Institute at 6 pm. Admission is free.

Additional dates, at spots around the city, are listed after the jump.

PASt describes itself as "organizations working together to develop a comprehensive and compelling story of Albany's rich history."

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Proctors Broadway series 2015-2016

The Lion King touring production 2015-2016

The Lion King is set for a month-long run at Proctors in spring 2016.


Proctors has announced the lineup of Broadway-style shows that will be at the theater for the 2015-2016 season. As usual, the slate includes some very popular shows, including The Lion King and the return of The Book of Mormon.

A condensed version of the lineup is after the jump.

Tickets for the shows are currently only available through season-long subscriptions. 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.

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FIFA video game tournament at Wolff's

FIFA15 AO tournamentThis could be fun: Wolff's is hosting a FIFA 15 tournament this Sunday organized by the American Outlaws, the US soccer fan group which has a local chapter in Albany. Spots in the tournament start at $5 and all proceeds go to support Mohawk Hudson Humane Society.

The tournament is one of many similar tournaments around the country. Prizes for the local tournament include a copy of FIFA 15, an American Outlaws beer stein, and Wolff's gift certificates. The winners will be entered into a national drawing for prizes that include US Men's National Team jerseys signed by Clint Dempsey and DeAndre Yedlin and keeper gloves signed by Nick Rimando.

The tournament starts at 12:30 pm on Sunday, March 29. The entry fee starts at $5 for having your team randomly assigned (cross your fingers for Real Madrid or Bayern). For $10 you get to pick your team. And there are a few other levels above that.

The week ahead

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We can only hope Bill Nye's bow tie will be accompanying him to UAlbany this week. (The talk is now sold out.)

Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather (glimpse of spring), to YouthFX, to Bill Nye, to novelists, to food, to music...

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Stuff to do this weekend

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Peter and the Starcatcher, an imaginative Peter Pan prequel, is at Proctors Saturday.

Welcome to the first weekend of spring -- at least according to the calendar. If you're using any other marker, it might be tough to tell.

But it's a weekend nonetheless, so put on your scarf and your boots and get out and do something fun. After the jump, a few things we thought you might like to try.

Planning something else? Drop it in the comments and share with the rest of us.

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

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Belgium Comes to Cooperstown 2015

ommegang beer cafeThis year's Belgium Comes to Cooperstown festival at Brewery Ommegang is set for August 7 and 8. Tickets go on sale April 1 at noon and they usually sell out very quickly.

The festival includes beer (of course), food, and music. Blurbage for this year's festival:

This year's 90s theme will pervade the festival while more than 100 breweries will be on hand pouring more than 300 unique beers for the 3,000 attendees. In addition to great beer, BCTC promises gourmet food vendors, live music, on-site camping, fireworks, and much more.

Tickets for the Saturday afternoon tasting event are $110, $125 with camping that night. There's a VIP tickets for $275 that includes a five-course beer pairing dinner Friday night, additional access to beer tasting on Saturday, and two nights of camping.

PechaKucha at the Opalka Gallery

PeckaKucha Albany 2015-03-20 posterThe local PechaKucha series will be at the Opalka Gallery on the Sage Albany campus this Friday night. Lineup blurbage for the very short talks:

Tom Crowell from Chatham Brewing is bringing beer and will talk about it too!
Molly Belmont, "Job/History" - Molly has had over 35 jobs since the age of 8; she'll tell us about the 20 most memorable
Greg Dahlmann from will talk about how to be a more effective complainer
Tom Stebbins from the Lawsuit Reform Alliance of New York on why we need Tort Reform in New York State
Chet Boehlke Jr, "The Way I See It" (a study of the world through my photographic eye)
Branson Quenzer takes us to China for "Dynamic Perspectives from a Culture with a Relative View of Itself as Opposed to Absolutism"
Kate Cohen gets biblical with "My Passover Seder"
Clifford Oliver presents the history of his family, the "Baltimores of Troy" - a 19th century African American family well on their way to prosperity
George Guarino, "Cause Persistence" - on creating artwork that causes the viewer to become persistent in achieving their goals

Yep, Greg is going to attempt to argue that we should all complain (and compliment) more often (if perhaps a bit differently). Looking forward to the complaints about that.

The event starts Friday, March 20 at 6:30 pm with beer and snacks. Talks start at 7 pm. It's free.

Photo Regional
If you're near the Opalka Gallery -- like, say, for an event Friday night -- it's a good chance to take some time to check out the 37th Annual Photography Regional. It's also free.

Streetfilms Mini-Festival at The Madison

A "mini-festival" of films from the influential Streetfilms project -- which is focused on urban planning, cycling, and transit -- is queued up for the Madison Theater in Albany on April 13. Event blurbage:

These short films show how smart transportation design and policy can result in better places to live, work and play. The event will include a Q and A with Streetfilms' own Clarence Eckerson following the screening. Mr. Eckerson, a UAlbany alum, is often called, "the hardest working man in transportation show biz" for his dedication to making difficult, wonky concepts more accessible and entertaining to the general public. He's been documenting transportation advocacy for 15 years and has produced over 600 Streetfilms.

The short video embedded above -- Gronigen: The World's Cycling City -- is an example of the sort of film Streetfilms produces.

The Streetfilms Mini-Festival is being organized by the Albany Protected Bike Lane Coalition, which (as the name would imply) is working to get protected bike lanes built in the city. We hear that about eight short films will be screened, with a total runtime of about 45 minutes.

The screening at the Madison on Monday, April 13 is at 7 pm. (Information tables will be set up at 6:15 pm.) Admission is free.

One Plastic Bag at Albany Institute

one plastic bag coverThe Albany Institute is hosting an event this Saturday with Isatou Ceesay, a Gambian woman who created a community-based recycling program. Her story is the subject of One Plastic Bag, a new picture book by author Miranda Paul and Albany-based illustrator Elizabeth Zunon. Paul and Zunon will both be at the event.

Here's a Guardian feature about the program Ceesay and group of women started in Gambia. It's a remarkable story -- they built a recycling program in place where there wasn't even municipal waste collection, and did it in a way that helped provide jobs and income for people.

The Albany Institute event will include a reading and talk, as well as a project for kids to create their own recycled art project -- there are workshops at noon and 3 pm. It's free with museum admission.

Earlier on AOA:
+ Holiday gifts: Elizabeth Zunon
+ So, how do you create a giant clog sculpture?

New York State Maple Weekend 2015

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Sappy: The annual New York State Maple Weekend is this coming weekend, March 21 and 22. (And it's also next weekend -- March 28 and 29 -- so it's more like Maple Weekends.)

What is the Maple Weekend? Blurbage:

Every spring, the New York State Maple Producers Association invites families from across the Empire State and neighboring areas into their "sugar houses" to learn all about the production of maple syrup and other related products. Our goal during Maple Weekend is to provide an educational demonstration with a maple producer where visitors can experience many aspects of pure maple production. Maple producers will demonstrate how to make syrup and other pure maple products -- whether it's simply boiling the sap over an open fire or running it through highly scientific equipment or heating and stirring it into delicious sugars and creams -- the results always taste great!

And the tours and samples are free.

New York State is the nation's second-largest producer of maple syrup. (Vermont is #1.) And there are a bunch of local producers around the greater Capital Region -- the Maple Weekend website lists 25 participating producers within 50 miles of Albany.

Earlier on AOA: The art and science of maple sugaring

The week ahead

Cap Rep Souvenir maraca

This is the last week for Souvenir at Capital Rep.

Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather (midweek dip), to stories, to a drink 'n draw, to gourmet burgers, to garden planning, to music...

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Capital District Grown Up Egg Hunt 2015

Capital District Grownup Egg HuntThe Capital District Grown Up Egg Hunt is set to return April 12 in Troy's Prospect Park. It's pretty much what it sounds like. Blurbage:

The event, based on the childhood Easter tradition, will include more than 3,000 prize-filled eggs with items ranging from jewelry to alcohol vouchers to gift cards worth $50 or more. Prior to the main egg hunt, there will be food, a DJ, and Easter-themed activities like egg decorating and an Easter costume contest.
Along with offering thousands of dollars' worth of prizes in the eggs, in raffles, and the silent auction, the event strives to better the community and use a fun activity to help worthy causes. This year, the Egg Hunt will benefit Pints for Prostates and the Col. Albert Pawling Memorial Statue Project.

The will be the fourth year for the hunt. Organizers say it's raised more than $20,000 for charitable causes over the first three years, and it's aiming to raise $10,000 this year.

Admission to the hunt is $15. Registration starts at 2:30 pm on April 12, hunting at 3:15 pm. (You must be 18 to participate, and 21 and over to redeem the alcohol prizes.)

photo via Capital District Grown Up Egg Hunt FB

Stuff to do this weekend

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The Albany St. Patrick's Day parade is Saturday.

This is it -- last weekend of winter! Better make the best of it.

After the jump, we've pulled together a few things going on this weekend we thought might be fun.

Got something else planned? Drop it in the comments so everyone can see.

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

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Bill Nye the Science Guy at UAlbany

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Bill Nye -- you know, "The Science Guy" -- will be at UAlbany's SEFCU Arena March 25 as part of the World Within Reach Speaker Series. It's free and open to public (ticketing details below).

Nye is, of course, famous for his kids science show Bill Nye the Science Guy. (Before that he had been a mechanical engineer at Boeing.) Since the show finished in the late 1990s he's continued to be a pop culture figure and frequent commentator on issues such as climate change and vaccines. Also: He's been trying to crush Ed Begley, Jr.

Tickets to the UAlbany event for the general public will be available March 13, 23, and 24 in the Campus Center West Lounge from 11 am until 4 pm (four ticket max), and then on March 25 from 11 am to 2 pm in the same place. Any remaining tickets on March 25 will be distributed in the Physical Education (PE) building lobby across from the SEFCU Arena starting at 3 pm.

There will also be a limited number of free copies of Nye's book, Undeniable, distributed at the arena.

photo via Bill Nye the Science Guy FB

YouthFX 2015 premiere

youthfx summer 2015 students working

The award-winning YouthFX filmmaking program has the premiere of its 2015 short films lined up for March 26 at the Spectrum. Tickets are $11 adults / $7 for students. (Proceeds go to support YouthFX.)

Blurbage for this newest group of films:

Among the wide range of topics the Youth FX filmmakers explored this past year were documentaries about local refugee youth, a profile of a local legend from Grand Street, a story of two girls who fall in love against the wishes of one of their fathers, an exploration of Black hairstyles, and the program's first film written, directed and starring an all Karen, Burma cast.

The aim of YouthFX, part of the Grand Street Community Arts, is to help teens in the city of Albany become producers of media so they can tell their own stories. Films from the program have played in festivals around the world.

The screening at the Spectrum on March 26 starts at 6:30 pm, and it will be followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers. Last year's premiere event sold out, so if you're interested in going, it's a good idea to get tickets ahead of time.

Earlier on AOA: Hey there, Bhawin Suchak, YouthFX program director

photo: YouthFX

A whole bunch of gardening classes

garlic shoot spring garden


The sun is shining, the snow is melting, and spring will be here soon. (Current status: So ready for spring.)

So now is a good time to be giving some thought to garden plans for the spring and summer -- whether it's just a few flowers, tomatoes in containers on the porch, or raised beds in the backyard. Toward that end there a whole bunch of garden classes / info sessions coming up around the area, on topics ranging from seed starting to composting to backyard chickens.

Here's a quick scan of upcoming classes...

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Jeffrey Tambor at RPI

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Actor Jeffrey Tambor will be at EMPAC April 16 for a talk. Tickets for the event are available to RPI students and community members starting March 16 -- they'll be available free to the general public, pending availability, starting April 1 at the EMPAC box office.

Tambor is probably best known for his role on Arrested Development. But over the last year he's gotten a lot attention for his role as the transgender parent on the Amazon show Transparent -- he won the 2015 Golden Globe for best actor for the role (and the show won the award for best TV series).

Tambor's talk is titled "Performing Your Life," which is described as "part one-man show, part seminar, part question-and-answer session, and endlessly entertaining ... This down to earth conversation is about using life experiences to advise others to face their fears, attain their goals, and break out of their shell."

It's very likely this event, which is in the EMPAC concert hall, will fill up. So if you're interested in going, it's a good idea to tickets sooner rather than later. And be sure to check the Rensselaer Union FB page for updates about availability.

photo via American Program Bureau

St. Patrick's Day stuff to do 2015

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The 65th annual Albany St. Patrick's Day Parade will make its way down Central Ave on Saturday.

Updated March 13

St. Patrick's Day is a big holiday in the Capital Region. It's on a Tuesday this year, so many of the activities commemorating it will be the weekend before -- Saturday, especially, will be St. Patrick's Day (observed).

Here are a bunch of local ways to celebrate the holiday later this month. From the parades, to food and drink, to music for the time of year where everyone is Irish, if only for a day.

And remember: It's St. Paddy's Day, not St. Patty's...

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The week ahead

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Blue Man Group 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 (not cold!), to documentaries, to Blue Man, to urban revitalization, to authors, to music...

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Stuff to do this weekend

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It's the last weekend of the season for the Empire State Plaza ice skating rink.

On your list of stuff to do this weekend -- set your clocks ahead an hour for daylight savings time on Sunday. At least, the clocks that don't set themselves ahead. If you're not sure,you can just do what we do and incessantly check your phone on Sunday to make sure you're on time for things.

Other, more fun things to do this weekend are listed after the jump. Pick your favorites, call your friends and go do stuff. Got something planned you don't see on our list? Drop it in the comments so everyone can see.

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

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Solid Sound 2015 lineup

solid sound 2015 posterThe lineup for the Solid Sound Festival this summer at MASS MoCA is now out.

It's headlined by Wilco -- because, you know, it's Wilco's festival. The band will be playing two shows, one each on Friday and Saturday of the festival. A few others from the lineup: Mac Demarco, Parquet Courts, Real Estate, Shabazz Palaces, Cibo Matto, and John Hodgman.

The full announced lineup is post jump.

This year's festival is June 26-28. The ticket currently on sale is the advance 3-day pass -- it's $149 plus service fees. (The festival is also taking reservations for camping.)

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Cheryl Strayed at HVCC

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Author Cheryl Strayed will be at HVCC March 12 for a talk. It's free and open to the public.

Strayed will be talking about Wild, her memoir about her 1,000-mile solo hike along the Pacific Coast trail. It was a best seller, and part of Oprah's book club. The book was made into a movie starring Reese Witherspoon that was released last year.

But her work extends beyond Wild as an award-winning essayist. And she also wrote the popular Dear Sugar column for the Rumpus.

Strayed's talk at HVCC starts at 7 pm on Thursday, March 12 in the Bulmer Telecommunications Center Auditorium. Doors open at 6:15 pm -- seating is limited and first come, first sit.

[via @DanielleSanzone]

photo: Joni Kabana

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