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Stuff to do this weekend

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The Travers Canoe from 2012. Each year the canoe is repainted in the colors of the winning stable from that year's Travers Stakes. It gets yet another new coat of paint this weekend.

In an effort to appreciate the last few bits of summer, AOA is starting our weekend a little early. (We suggest you do the same, if possible.)

But we'd never leave you without a list of stuff to do this weekend. After the jump, you'll find a list of things that are happening this weekend, from the Travers and the orchestra, to fairs and outdoor movies.

Doing something that you don't see on the list. Drop it in the comment section so we can all see. And whatever you're up to, have a fantastic weekend!

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Latte Art Throwdown at Stacks

latte artCould be fun: Stacks Espresso Bar on Lark Street in Albany is hosting "a fun bracket-style latte art competition" on September 4. Blurbage:

A [Thursday Night Throwdown] event, is a common thread through the coffee culture of many major cities, often happening once a month, complete with rotating themes and innovative drink challenges, but this will be the first of it's kind for the Capital District. The evening is co-hosted by the Capital Region Coffee Collective; which started as a meetup for coffee professionals to help improve each others skills and knowledge and quickly morphed into a fun and engaging event to educate participants and raise awareness of the capital region's burgeoning specialty coffee scene.
The goal of a TNT is to foster a spirit of camaraderie, fun, and enthusiasm for local coffee from baristas, coffee shops, and anyone interested in all of the interesting behind the scenes workings that make coffee what it is. Beer will be provided by Troy's Rare Form Brewery to ease nerves, and though many competitors are expected to be local baristas, anyone is open to participate.

Sign-ups for competition start at 5:30 pm on Thursday, September 4. It's a $5 buy in to compete, and a winner-take-all prize package. Admission is free.

Earlier on AOA:
+ Caffe Vero on Lark Street is becoming Stacks Espresso Bar
+ Talking about coffee culture in the Capital Region

Tickets now on sale for the AOA Farm Tour!

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Tickets are now on sale for AOA's fall event: Farm Tour!

The tour of farms in the Helderbergs is September 13. Tickets are $40 -- they're available online via this link. Capacity is limited.

The tour will visit three farms so we can meet the farmers and hear their stories. We'll get to see cows, chickens, and pigs; sample produce right where the food is grown; and visit a brew shed (and try some beer). We'll finish the tour with some snacks made from locally-sourced ingredients.

Here's an outline of the itinerary, along with some important information...

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AOA fall event: Farm Tour

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Update: Tickets are now on sale!
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Summer is cooling down, and while that means bidding farewell to ice cream stand and swimming pool season, it also means welcoming a bounty of produce from local farms.

We thought it'd be fun to visit some of those farms early this fall, so we've organized a farm tour through the Helderbergs. The tour is September 13. Tickets are $40 and will go on sale this Wednesday (August 20) at noon. Capacity is limited. And as with AOA's past tours, they will probably sell quickly.

The tour will visit three farms so we can meet the farmers and hear their stories. We'll also get to see cows, chickens, and pigs; sample produce right where the food is grown; and visit a brew shed (and try some beer). We'll finish the tour with some snacks made from locally-sourced ingredients.

It should be a fun early fall day. Here's are a few more details, along with an outline of the schedule.

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The week ahead

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Mr. Hublot is one of the animated films that will be at Proctors this week as part of AnimationFest.

Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather (tiny complaint), to The Travers, to another fair, to animation, to burlesque, to music...

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Stuff to do this weekend

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Rest Fest returns to the CAC Woodside in Troy this weekend.

Ok, we hate to be the ones to tell you, but there are only three more weekends until September. So if you've got summer stuff to do on your list that has not been checked off, the time for waiting is, you know, over.

AOA is skipping out a little early for the weekend. But after the jump, we've pulled together a list of stuff to do on this particular summer weekend.

Got something planned that you don't see here? Drop it in the comments so we can all see.

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

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Proctors AnimationFest 2014

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A still from Mr. Hublot, one of the Oscar-nominated short films that will be shown during the festival. (It won the Academy award for best animated short.)

The annual AnimationFest returns to Proctors next week -- it runs August 19-23.

As in years in past, the slate of approximately 20 films is wide ranging: from the recent popular (The LEGO Movie) to comic books (Avengers Confidential: Black Widow & Punisher) to the critically-acclaimed (Oscar-nominated short films) to anime classics (Akira).

Multiple films will be screened each day, and each film will get multiple screenings. The schedule includes some kid-friendly morning screenings, too.

Tickets for individual screenings are $5 for adults, $3 for kids. Festival passes are $25 for adults, $15 for kids.

Massry Center 2014-2015 season

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Mary Lambert will be there in October.

The new season of shows at the Massry Center at Saint Rose starts up just about a month. The season's slate includes Mary Lambert & Howie Day, The Weight with Sean Rowe, Tim Reynolds, and the return of the popular "It's a Jazzy Christmas" show.

Here's the compressed schedule...

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Washington County Cheese Tour 2014

Argyle cheese.jpgThe annual Washington County Cheese Tour is coming up in less than a month -- it's September 6 and 7 this year. It is pretty much what it sounds like: a self-guided tour to a handful of cheese-making farms in Washington County (and one in Vermont).

It is, by the accounts we've seen, an interesting and (literally) cheesy time. As Tim recapped the tour a few years back:

Crowds from around the area came to taste locally made cheeses and other dairy products right where they're made. Right. Where. They're. Made. I mean the animals whose milk helped to create the delectable products being sampled actually look on while you toothpick your way through lines of delicious, tangy, cheesy goodness. ...
I sampled some of the best, most complex cheese I have tasted in a long time. It's amazing to me how many different flavors artisan cheese makers can pull out of milk. The cheeses ran the gamut from hard, soft, pungent, and mild, raw, pasteurized, aged, and young. One thing united them, though. They were all delicious. And while the cheese event is only once a year, you can get the cheeses year round.

The participating farms will be open September 6 and 7 from 10 am-4 pm. The tour is free.

Cheese tour preview: The Cheese Traveler in Albany is hosting a tour preview at its shop on Delaware Ave this Thursday (August 14) from 5-7 pm. Blurbage: "Come meet the cheesemakers and enjoy cheeses from five Washington County creameries, paired with beer from Rare Form Brewery and accompaniments by The Cheese Traveler." It's $25 per person.

The Cheese Traveler advertises on AOA.

photo: Tim Dawkins

Nas: Time is Illmatic at The Palace

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Hip hop titan Nas is set to be at The Palace October 3 for a concert and screening of the new documentary Nas:Time is Illmatic. Tickets go on sale this Friday (August 15) -- they're $40 and up.

The show at the Palace will be a screening of the doc followed by Nas performing the album Illmatic live from the start to finish.

It's been 20 years since the album's release. The doc looks at Nas' childhood and early career and the recording of Illmatic. Here's a Variety review following its release at the Tribeca Film Fest earlier this year.

Drawing: Tickets for Rest Fest 2014

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Drawing's closed! Winners have been emailed!

The annual Restoration Festival will be back at the CAC Woodside in Troy this Friday and Saturday. We have three pairs of weekend passes to the festival, and we're giving them away. Maybe to you.

To enter the drawing, please answer this question in the comments:

What's something in the Capital Region that you'd like to restore?

It could be a building, of course. But it could be all sorts of things -- like an item to a menu at a local restaurant, or an event, or a feeling about a place, whatever. We'll draw three winners at random -- each winner will get two passes.

The Restoration Festival is this Friday and Saturday (August 15 and 16) at the CAC Woodside campus in Troy. It has 20 bands lined up for two stages. A weekend pass is $25 ahead ($30 at the door) / Friday only is $15 ($20 at the door) / Saturday is $20 ($25 at the door).

Important: All comments must be submitted by 5 pm on Wednesday, August 13, 2014 to be entered in the drawing. You must answer the question to be part of the drawing. (Normal commenting guidelines apply.) One entry per person, please. You must enter a valid email address (that you check regularly) with your comment. The winner will be notified via email by 10 pm on Wednesday and must respond by noon on Thursday, August 14.

AOA is a media sponsor of Rest Fest.

John Oliver at The Palace

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Comedian John Oliver is set for a standup show at The Palace December 13. Tickets go on sale to the general public this Friday (August 15) -- they're $39.75.

Oliver is famous for his many years on The Daily Show, of course. But he recently left the show for his own show on HBO: Last Week Tonight. And it's already included some great segments -- you can watch many of them on YouTube.

He was last in town for a show at The Egg in January of 2013.

photo via John Oliver FB

The week ahead

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The Altamont Fair is this week. / photo: Kimberly Dunham

Corrected.

Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather (look past a few days), to summer things, to the fair, to The Track, to the orchestra, to stories, to Rest Fest, all sorts of music...

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Stuff to do this weekend

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The "Friday Night Flicks" series in West Capitol Park in Albany starts Friday night with Despicable Me 2.

It's summer. It's the weekend. Sneak out early if you can. We won't tell on you if you won't tell on us.

AOA is skipping out a little early for the weekend, but not before leaving you with a long list of stuff to do. You'll find our list after the jump. As always, if you've got something planned that you don't see here, drop it in the comments so everyone can check it out.

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

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Outdoor movies at the Capitol start this week

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Just a heads-up: The "Friday Night Flicks" outdoor movie series in Albany starts this Friday, August 8 in West Capitol Park. The first movie up is Despicable Me 2.

Here's the schedule for the rest of this summer's series:

August 15: Forbidden Planet

August 22: The LEGO Movie

August 29: Casablanca

The movies start at 8 pm, and they're free. (Bring a chair or blanket.)

And West Capitol Park? It's the park between the Capitol and the Smith Building.

AOA is a media sponsor of the NYS OGS Friday Flicks Series.

Postmodern Jukebox at Troy Music Hall

Postmodern Jukebox

The pop song cover/re-interpretation act Postmodern Jukebox is set to play a show at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall October 25. Tickets are on sale now -- they're $29.

Postmodern Jukebox is a project created by pianist Scott Bradlee. It takes modern pop hits and reinterprets them in other styles, often from previous eras. A few examples: a ragtime version of "Call Me Maybe" and and 1920s jazz take on Iggy Azalea's "Fancy." The various covers have racked up millions of YouTube plays.

A clip from Bradlee's self-described background of Postmodern Jukebox:

My goal with Postmodern Jukebox is to get my audience to think of songs not as rigid, ephemeral objects, but like malleable globs of silly putty. Songs can be twisted, shaped, and altered without losing their identities-just as we grow, age, and expire without losing ours-and it is through this exploration that the gap between "high" and "low" art can be bridged most readily.

Ray LaMontagne at The Palace

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Singer/songwriter Ray LaMontagne is set to play at show at The Palace November 9. Tickets go on sale August 15 -- they're $35 and up.

It's been a decade since the release of "Trouble," the song that was played seemingly everywhere and made LaMontagne popular. He has a new album out this year that was produced by Dan Auerbach from The Black Keys.

LaMontagne also apparently has a reputation for being "enigmatic", in part because he lives in "a farmhouse in the remote hills of Western Massachusetts." Ashland, apparently. (How he ever manages to return to civilization after roaming the far reaches of... MASSACHUSETTS!... is obviously some sort of miracle.)

The opener for the show at the Palace is the duo The Belle Brigade.

Live Nation advertises on AOA.

photo: Ray Lamontagne Facebook

Courtney Barrnett + San Fermin at Upstate Concert Hall

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Courtney Barnett

Australian singer/songwriter Courtney Barnett and "baroque pop" band San Fermin are set to play a show at Upstate Concert Hall October 23. Tickets go on sale this Friday (August 8) -- the first 102 are $10.27 (because of EQX), after that they're $13 ahead / $15 day of.

Barnett has been riding a swell of international attention since the release of the EP How To Carve A Carrot Into A Rose last fall. She has a way with lyrics. As Pitchfork commented in naming Barnett's "Avant Gardener" the 49th best track of 2013:

A first-person account of guilt-driven Monday yardwork leading to anaphylactic shock would be unusual in any style. Barnett's recitation of specifics, at once matter-of-fact and punning, cleverly cultivates the similarity between a medical emergency's altered state of consciousness and the drug-induced kind--and that's even before she compares an inhaler to a bong.

San Fermin is centered around composer and songwriter Ellis Ludwig-Leone, who's worked with Nico Muhly, and includes members of Lucius. It's from Brooklyn. (Did you know: Brooklyn is the new Brooklyn.)

And, hey, look, there are NPR Tiny Desk concerts from both Barnett and San Fermin.

The opener for the October 23 show is Mikhael Paskalev.

photo via Courtney Barnett FB

Lineup for Pearl Palooza 2014

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The crowd at Pearl Palooza a few years back.

This year's Pearl Palooza -- the WEQX-organized free music festival on Pearl Street in downtown Albany -- is set for Saturday, September 13.

The lineup of national and local acts -- with video clips -- is after the jump.

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The week ahead

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It's a Yo-Yo Ma kind of week. The guy's everywhere.

Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather (keep it up), to real talk about summer, the orchestra, to The Track, to raiding, to all sorts of music...

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Stuff to do this weekend

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Cirque Eloize starts at a run at Proctors this weekend.

AOA's starting the weekend a little early. Happy Friday.

A weekend, even in the rain, is still a weekend.

Keep your umbrella handy and your favorite weather app nearby this weekend, but don't let a little rain keep you from having fun. After the jump a few things we thought you might enjoy. Got something planned that you don't see here? Drop it in the comments.

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

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Cooking with Fire author at HLM

cooking with fire marcoux coverAuthor/historian/wood-fired foods expert Paula Marcoux will be at Healthy Living Market August 6 for a talk and demo.

Marcoux's book, Cooking With Fire: From Roasting on a Spit to Baking in a Tannur, Rediscovered Techniques and Recipes That Capture the Flavors of Wood-Fired Cooking, was published this past May. From a Boston Globe article about her (link added):

After almost 30 years studying pre-industrial and ancient cooking methods, Marcoux, 53, a former Plimoth Plantation historic interpreter, has just published her first cookbook, "Cooking With Fire: From Roasting on a Spit to Baking in a Tannur, Rediscovered Techniques and Recipes That Capture the Flavors of Wood-Fired Cooking." The various outdoor cooking options on her land are both practical and part of her extensive research. The book, as much a summary of traditional cooking methods as a compilation of recipes, takes novices through making a fire, exploring age-old techniques and tools, and leading the more ambitious (with 12 pages of instructions and photos) through building a wood-fired mud oven. "Wood-fired ovens are for taking outdoor cooking to the next level or for fanatical bakers," she says. She considers herself one of the fanatics.

The Healthy Living Market event is at 6:30 pm on Wednesday, August 6. It's free, but re-registration is required.

Ballston Spa Film Festival 2014

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A still from Mouse for Sale, by Wouter Bongaerts, one of the shorts on the schedule.

The Ballston Spa Film Festival returns this Friday and Saturday, August 1 and 2. The family-friendly festival shows slates of short films. Blurbage:

This year's festival will present 38 short films, ranging in length from 1 to 18 minutes each. The films come from young filmmakers, emerging student filmmakers and established (but still emerging) filmmakers. Submissions to this established, local film festival arrive from across the country as well as all over the globe. Many of the films have won awards at other film festivals, while some will be making their world premier at the Ballston Spa Film Festival.

The four slates of films are split up between screenings at Ballstron Spa High School and outdoors at Old Iron Spring Park on Front Street (bring chairs and blankets). Here's the schedule of events.

And it's free.

Earlier on AOA: In-between places: Ballston Spa

Rensselaerville Festival of Writers 2014

rensselaerville festival of writers owlThe annual Rensselaerville Festival of Writers returns August 15-17 in (surprise) Rensselaerville.

Among the lineup of authors for this year's festival: Elisa Albert, Shin Yu Pai, Joann and Arielle Eckstut, Gail Godwin, and Eugene Linden. There's also a songwriters concert featuring Sean Rowe and Ashley Sofia.

A three-day festival pass is $100. But individual tickets are available for many of the events, and some are as cheap as $5.

Titus Andronicus at The Low Beat

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Could be fun: Titus Andronicus is playing a show at The Low Beat in Albany August 22. Tickets are on sale -- they're $12 ahead, $14 at the door.

It's been a few years since the indie rock/punk's last full album. (See frontman Patrick Stickles' thoughts on now being "washed up.") But they have new stuff coming out.

Openers for the show are Liquor Store and Pelican Movement. The Low Beat isn't that big, so it wouldn't be a surprise if tickets become scarce -- better to grab them ahead.

photo: Kyle Dean Reinford

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