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Saratoga Wine and Food Festival 2017

baseball player David Ortiz

Big Papi

The Saratoga Wine and Food Festival returns to SPAC September 8 and 9. And this year's headlining food personality is David Ortiz. Because why not.

Apparently the retired baseball star has his own line of cigars and wine. He'll be appearing at a series of events the Friday of the festival, including a meet and greet. Tickets for those events start at $85.

As in years past, the grand tasting event -- featuring stations from many different restaurants and food providers -- will be Saturday afternoon. Tickets for that also start at $85.

photo via David Ortiz Facebook.

"Telling the Truth in a Post-truth World" series at UAlbany

journalist lydia polgreen

HuffPost editor in chief (and former TU reporter) Lydia Polgreen is one of the panelists for the symposium. / photo via Lydia Polgreen Facebook

Tucked into the new schedule of fall events for the New York State Writers Institute is mention of a series of events -- including a big gathering at UAlbany's downtown campus October 13-14 -- called "Telling the Truth in a Post-truth World." Blurbage:

What is truth in an era that has been called post-truth?
What does it mean that Oxford Dictionaries declared "post-truth" its international word of the year in 2016? Or that Time magazine recently asked on its cover: "Is Truth Dead?"
The New York State Writers Institute presents a series of events, culminating in a two-day conference featuring acclaimed journalists, authors, historians, and First Amendment scholars, who will share their views on issues including "fake news;" Constitutional protections for a free press; information overload; the shifting roles of social media; hacking and cybersecurity; and more.

The October 13-14 symposium slate includes a bunch of discussions featuring high-profile journalists, media thinkers, and academics. Among them: Lydia Polgreen, Bob Schieffer, Bill Keller, Amy Goodman, Tim Wu, Harry Rosenfeld, Maria Hinojosa, Jeff Jarvis, and Gilbert King.

And October 12, author/journalist/radio host Kurt Andersen will be on the uptown campus for a conversation. Admission for that talk is $30 and includes a copy of Andersen's new book, Fantasyland.

Here's the panel lineup for the symposium...

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NYS Writers Institute visiting writers fall 2017

rapper comedian actress Awkwafina

Rapper, comedian, actress -- and UAlbany alum -- Awkwafina opens the new season August 31.

The fall lineup for the NYS Writers Institute visiting writers series is out. And holy moly, is it packed with events featuring high-profile authors, writers, filmmakers, and journalists.

Here's a quick overview of the schedule...

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Capital Region WingFest 2017

capital region wingfest 2017 logoThe second annual Capital Region WingFest will be at Brown's Revolution Hall in Troy September 7.

Fifteen restaurants will be offering up wing samples and wing eaters will be voting for their favorites. There's also a wing eating competition. There will also be beer (of course), and live music. It's a benefit for the Troy Boys and Girls Club.

Tickets are available online -- they're $30, which includes samples of wings from each restaurant and one beverage ticket. There's also a $50 ticket that gets you the above plus a t-shirt.

September 7 is a Thursday. The event is from 6-9 pm.

The week ahead

jazz musician Ambrose Akinmusire

Trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire is at EMPAC this week.

Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather (like August), to all stars, to the fair, to outdoor movies, to the orchestra, to music...

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Stuff to do this weekend

my morning jacket

My Morning Jacket is at MASS MoCA Saturday.

It's Friday! It's the weekend! And it's a list of things to do in the Capital Region!

Planning something you don't see here? Tell us about it in the comment section of this post.
Sharing makes everybody happier.

Don't forget a raincoat and some sunscreen. And whatever you're up to, have a fantastic weekend.

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The Enchanted City 2017

Enchanted City steampunk vehicle

The Enchanted City festival returns to Troy September 16. This year the steampunk-themed event will be in Riverfront Park from 11 am to 5 pm. Blurbage:

The free festival of steampunk fashion, fantasy and fabrications draws more than 5,000 participants and offers a family-friendly inspired day of music, games, performance, food and fantasy. Special events include an opening parade of Mad Machinery, a costume contest, street performers and peddlers, storytelling, dancing, puppet shows, magic acts and more.
Adults and children are encouraged to come dressed in steampunk-themed costumes or as fairies to take part in the spectacle that will magically transform a waterfront park in historic downtown Troy, N.Y. into a "cosplay" alternative reality where Victorian fancy meets modern technology.

There are a few other events related that weekend related to the festival:

+ The evening of Friday, September 15 there's a gala at the Tech Valley Center of Gravity, with "ladies in finery, men in top hats, marionettes, music, signature cocktails with open bar, Parisian pastries, butlered hors d'oeuvres, and specialty fare stations catered by Chef Josh Colletto & Friends." Tickets are $100.

+ And that Saturday night there will be a pirate-themed afterparty on the Dutch Apple with music and dinner. Tickets are $45 before August 15, $75 after.

Tickets for both events are available online.

photo courtesy of The Enchanted City

EMPAC fall 2017 season

musician Hieroglyphic Being 2017

Hieroglyphic Being is playing a show in Studio 1 in September.

The schedule for the fall 2017 season at EMPAC is out. As usual, it's full of all sorts of unusual, out-there, and challenging performances, talks, and demonstrations.

This time around, the topics range from performance art to concerts to film to dance.

Here's a quick-scan of the slate...

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Albany Riverfront Jazz Festival 2017

musician Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah

The Albany Riverfront Jazz Festival is September 9 this year at Jennings Landing.

And the headliner for this year's jazz festival is trumpeter Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah. From a GQ piece about him earlier this year:

Thirty-four years old and raised in New Orleans, Scott also designs his own trumpet/horn hybrid instruments, has his own label imprint, and releases all of his new music via his own app, which allows users to manipulate all aspects of his music, from the instruments being played to the tempo. In his small amount of spare time, he supports a non-profit music center in his home of New Orleans with funding, instruments, and classes.
But the most remarkable thing about Christian Scott remains his music. Touring since he was in his teens (his uncle is prolific saxophone player Donald Harrison Jr.), he has toured with Thom Yorke and even spent time with Prince when the late legend was putting together a jazz supergroup. And his new Centennial Trilogy, a set of three albums of "stretch music" (Christian's advancement beyond the contemporary bounds of jazz music) to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the first jazz recordings? He'd been planning those since he was a kid, too.

Here's a Tiny Desk concert with him from a few years back.

The festival lineup also includes singer/songwriter Somi, and more acts to be announced.

The Albany Riverfront Jazz Festival is Saturday, September 9 from 1-9 pm. Admission is free.

The City of Albany Special Events advertises on AOA.

Albany I Spy 2017, game on

AlbanyISpy 2017 sample clue

The Albany I Spy history/architecture scavenger hunt from Albany Archives returns this Saturday, August 12. And the first five clues are now posted.

The image above is clipped from the advance clue sheet to give you an example. Also keep an eye out on the #AlbanyISpy hashtag for bonus clues.

This year's hunt is a little bit different from past years. Blurbage:

We're switching things up a bit this year though. The first five picture clues will be available to hunt early on August 7th and those last seven, you'll have to arrive at The City Beer Hall at noon, Saturday August 12 to find out what they are and you will be timed! That's right, Albany I Spy is now a timed event! Whichever team finishes the quickest will be crowned (figuratively only of course) the new kings and queens of Albany scavenger hunts.

That first link above includes all the details. The game is free to play, but your team does have to sign up ahead of time.

And there will be prizes from local businesses, of course. The first three teams to finish get to pick from the prize packages.

AOA is a media sponsor of Albany I Spy.

The week ahead

park playhouse music man 2017

Park Playhouse has a new youth production of The Music Man.

Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather (Monday ugh), to The Track, to baseball, to the stage, to stories, to a food festival, to music...

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Stuff to do this weekend

musician Rhiannon Giddens

Rhiannon Giddens is at The Egg Sunday.

Hello, August!

It's a great time of year to laze away a weekend by the pool. But if it's stuff to do you're after, then you've come to the right place.

After the jump, a list of weekend events we thought might interest you. Doing something you don't see here? Let us know about it.

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


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Canning and preserving classes

Puckers pickles in a jar closeupWe're just about reaching the height of the summer growing season here, which means farmers' markets and backyard gardens will be overflowing with all sorts of produce. There will be tomatoes -- many, many tomatoes.

So, there are a few options:

1. Subsist on a diet made up totally of zucchini.

2. Can and preserve those tasty veggies.

Toward that second option, the local arms of the Cornell Cooperative Extension has a few upcoming classes...

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Tracy Morgan will be back at the Funny Bone at Crossgates

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Comedian Tracy Morgan is set to play a handful of standup shows at the Funny Bone at Crossgates August 11 and 12. Tickets are $35 and up.

It looks like the shows might be a warm up before he heads out on tour. The Crossgates dates aren't listed on his website, and they're followed on his schedule by a string of club dates in NYC.

Noted from the Funny Bone event page: "NO cell phones are aloud in the showroom during the show. There will be a cell phone case provided at the show if you need to have your phone on you. If you need to use your phone during the show you will have to exit the showroom and use it in the bar area."

photo: Paul Mobley

Ballston Spa Film Festival 2017

The Catcallers by Molly Kelleher is one of the films in this year's lineup.

The Ballston Spa Film Festival is back this Friday and Saturday (August 4 and 5) in the Saratoga County village. It's an open-air-bring-your-chair festival that screens a family-friendly slate of short films. And admission is free.

For the festival's 10th year, it will be showing 43 short films across four different slates. The lineup includes films are from all over the world and from here in New York State. A handful of them will be making their premieres.

Here's the list of film slates and schedule of events. The films are shown at two sites: Ballston Spa High School and Old Iron Spring Park.

AOA is a media sponsor of the BSFF.

YOUARENOWHERE at EMPAC

YOUARENOWHERE Andrew Schneider

Andrew Schneider will be at EMPAC August 10-11 to present his award winning show YOUARENOWHERE. And there's an opportunity to see it free -- by being part of the show. Blurbage:

We invite you to slide into the role of an accomplice audience member. Access a unique, secret way of experiencing a multimedia performance that combines theater, technology, and visual art - and see a mind-bending show for free!
You are the secret element on which the show rests. All you need to do is sign up, follow simple instructions, and be a part of a transformative performance experience. Take a close look at the inner workings of the show from behind-the-scenes, and become a spectator of a very particular kind...

Here's the info about how to sign up. We hear that being a participant will be an interesting and unusual experience. (Also: There will be pizza.)

EMPAC will be hosting two performances of YOUARENOWHERE -- Thursday, August 10 and Friday, August 11, both at 8 pm. Tickets to be part of the regular audience are $18, $13 for students and seniors.

Ray LaMontagne at Troy Music Hall

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Singer/songwriter Ray LaMontagne is playing a show at the Troy Music Hall October 15. Tickets go on sale to the general public this Friday, August 4 -- they're $55 and up.

Tour blurbage:

Grammy Award winning singer/songwriter Ray LaMontagne returns to the stage on his Just Passing Through acoustic tour. The tour marks the first acoustic tour for Ray in 5 years and will be highlighting songs from his vast and varying body of work. Joining Ray on the tour will be John Stirratt from Wilco on acoustic bass. The two will be playing songs spanning across Ray's albums including Trouble, Till The Sun Turns Black, Gossip in the Grain, God Willin' & The Creek Don't Rise, Supernova and Ouroboros.

LaMontagne last made a stop through here at The Palace in 2014.

photo via Ray Lamontagne Facebook

Markets at Round Lake 2017

markets at round lake 2017 logoThe Markets at Round Lake return to the Saratoga County village August 12-13. Blurbage:

For one weekend in August, we will be showcasing over 80 of the best and brightest Artisans in the local and regional Maker, Crafter and Artisanal Edibles community. These Makers, who have been selectively juried, will converge within an eclectic village bringing forth the latest talent and hottest trends.
The Makers - talented and passionate vendors with a variety of handmade goods from leather bags to ceramics, clothing to candles, industrial chic to upcycled jewelry and much more.
The Food Market -pre-packaged goods with tastes ranging from award-winning jams, charcuterie, craft beer and spirits to sweet treats and spices.
The Book Market - will feature more than 15,000 used and some rare books in the historic Round Lake Auditorium. Preview day Friday from 5pm-8pm with Hardcovers $2, Paperbacks $1. Saturday and Sunday, Hardcovers $1, Paperbacks 50ยข.

The market has been posting a bunch of images from participating makers on its Facebook page if you'd like to get a sense of what the offerings will be like.

There will also be food and drink vendors, live music, and kids activities.

The market is centered around the Round Lake village green. It's open Saturday, August 12 from 9 am-5 pm, and Sunday, August 13 from 11 am-3 pm. Admission is free.

Saratoga Pinball Show

Saratoga Pinball Show promo pic

The Saratoga Pinball Show will be at the Saratoga Regional YMCA August 12. Admission is $10 at the door, free for kids 6 and under.

Organizers are expecting more than 50 games that will be available to play for free all day (here's the list of registered games so far). If you register a game and bring it to the show, you get in free.

Some of the machines will also be for sale (bring cash). There will also be a flea market and vendor area with pinball and arcade machine parts and related items.

August 12 is a Saturday -- the show is from 11 am to 9 pm. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Saratoga Regional YMCA.

(Thanks, Tim!)

Earlier: Places for playing pinball

The Philadelphia Orchestra is back at SPAC

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Yo-Yo Ma will be there next week.

The Philadelphia Orchestra opens it annual summer stay at SPAC this Wednesday and will be there for three weeks.

As usual, the schedule includes works you know, a few classical stars, and two films with live scores. This year also includes a bit of a twist: The orchestra is opening with a night of music by Russian composers, including a performance of Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture, which is usually performed on the closing night of the residency.

Here's the condensed schedule...

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The week ahead

the band Chicano Batman

Chicano Batman is playing The Hollow this week.

Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather (SUMMER), to The Track, to the fair, to to art, to the orchestra, to baseball, to music...

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Stuff to do this weekend

ValleyCats game The Joe early evening

The ValleyCats are at home all weekend.

Ever get the feeling summer is just slipping away? Us too. It's the end of July already, so take advantage of what summer has to offer. Here's a midsummer weekend's stuff to do -- our list of weekend events we thought might interest you.

Doing something you don't see on our list? Share it with the crowd. And whatever you're doing, have a fantastic weekend.


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Electric City Food Truck Fest

electric city food truck festival logoThe Rivers Casino in Schenectady is hosting the Electric City Food Truck Fest August 19 along the Mohawk River. The announced lineup of trucks so far:

Capital Q Smokehouse
The Chuck Wagon
Flavors of Lebanon
Wagon Train BBQ
Given to fry
"and more"

There will also be music.

The food truck gathering is that Saturday from noon-5 pm.

Earlier: Food festival strategy

The Arts Center's Social Media drinks-and-art series is back for the fall

arts center capital region troy exterior

There's a new slate of dates for the popular "Social Media" drinks-and-art series at the Arts Center of the Capital Region. And the scheduled has been bumped up to two dates per month, the first and third Tuesday of each month.

Each night pairs a cocktail or season beverage with a different art form. The upcoming schedule ranges from figure drawing to pottery to salsa dancing to cupcake decorating.

Dates in the past have filled up, so claiming a spot earlier rather than later isn't a bad idea. Here's a quick look at the upcoming schedule...

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Schenectady Suds walking tour

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The Schenectady County Historical Society museum and library on Washington Ave.

The Schenectady County Historical Society has a series of beer-themed walking tours of the Stockade coming up in September. Blurbage for "Schenectady Suds":

Take a walk along what was once known as "Brewer's Street," looking at local history through the lens of a beer glass. This walking tour of the Historic Stockade District will examine the history of brewing and its impact on our history, from the Colonial era to today's craft brew revival.

The hour-long tours start at SCHS (32 Washington Ave) and end at Mad Jack Brewing at the Van Dyck, which a pint of beer included in the tour price. (It's a 21 and over event.)

The tours are on Thursdays -- September 14, 21, and 28 -- at 6 pm. Tickets are $15 and advance registration is required.

photo: Schenectady County Historical Society FB

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