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March 28 is the public on-sale time. The band also has a pre-sale ticket request system. The deadline for entering that is March 23.
July 4 is a Friday this year, so the usual weekend run starts on a Thursday this time around.
Other pop acts announced for SPAC this summer so far...
After the near instant sell out of the May 24 Modest Mouse show at Brewery Ommegang in Cooperstown, a second show has been added for May 23. Tickets go on sale this Friday (March 14) at 10 am -- they're $45 ahead.
The opener for the Friday, May 23 show is Frank Turner and the Sleeping Souls. (They were in town for a show at Upstate Concert Hall last November.) The Saturday opener -- Brand New (which played a sold out show at UCH last fall) -- wasn't available, according to the show's promoter.
So, it should go without saying that if you're interested in getting tickets for this new show, you should prepare to buy them when they go on sale Friday. Tickets will be sold through the Dan Smalls Presents website and at Brewery Ommegang. May the ticket server odds be ever in your favor.
APL's creative librarians have come up with some non-traditional geography challenges based on kids' games. Instead of "pin the tail on the donkey," you'll play "pin the city on the state." You'll use your best crayon skills to draw maps. And, you'll do some local Google street-view stalking to figure out where in the world Carmen Sandiego's been hiding.
There will be prizes for the best teams, along with state-shaped cookies and other snacks for participants.
This is a follow-up of sorts to APL's spelling bee for adults last fall, which we hear was a lot of fun.
The geography bee is from 6:30-8 pm this Thursday, March 13. It's a team competition, and teams need to register ahead of time because space is limited. Registration is free. To register, call the Pine Hills branch at 482-7911 ext. 230.
And that branch is pretty much across the street from a whole strip of restaurants/bars -- from Tierra on up to the Madison Pour House -- if you're looking for someplace to grab a drink or something to eat afterward.
The APL advertises on AOA.
MASS MoCA announced today that Beck will be playing at the museum June 24. Tickets go on sale this Saturday (March 15) at noon -- price info hasn't been posted yet, but they'll only be available through the MASS MoCA box office and there's a six-ticket limit per order.
The MASS MoCA show is part of a Beck summer tour announced today. He recently released a new album, Morning Phase. It's gotten strong reviews. (It's been described as a "companion piece" to Sea Change.)
There aren't a lot of details posted about the MASS MoCA show, but it sounds like it will be outside ("rain or shine"). We're guessing this will sell out, and quickly. So if you're interested in going, don't wait.
photo via Beck FB
St. Patrick's Day is a big holiday in the Capital Region -- and with it being on a Monday this year, there will be various celebrations and events starting this weekend and continuing into that Monday.
So, here are a bunch of local ways to celebrate the holiday over the next week. 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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Birbiglia's current tour is titled "Thank God for Jokes." Blurbage: "Mike Birbiglia returns to the stage with more painfully awkward stories about telling jokes ... and how that can get you in trouble. Join Birbiglia as he visits Cats-a-chusetts, argues with someone about their nut allergy, hosts an awards show for angry celebrities, and learns that Fozzie Bear is a tough act to follow"
The Troy Music Hall show is at 8 pm on Friday, March 21. Tickets are $29 and up.
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Troy Music Hall advertises on AOA.
photo: Brian Friedman
Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather (hrmph), to the Book of Mormon, to Christopher Durang, to Jane Austen, to local docs, to dirt, to to St. Patrick's Day (observed), to music...
The forecast for this weekend may have you breaking out the sunscreen and Bermuda shorts -- but resist the urge. Sure, 40 seems warm when it's been snot freezing cold, but unless you're up for a polar plunge, it's not swimsuit weather.
After the jump, a few things to do on this lovely winter weekend. Got plans you don't see here? You know what to do. Drop them in the comment section so we can all see.
Also: Don't forget to set the clocks forward an hour for daylight savings time before you go to bed on Saturday. (Yes, already.)
And have a fantastic weekend.
Updated March 7: The show sold out in less than an hour. The promoter says they're looking into adding a second show.
Concerts are returning to Brewery Ommegang again this summer. And the first one was announced today: Modest Mouse is playing at the brewery in Cooperstown May 24. Tickets* go on sale this Friday, March 7 -- they're $45 ahead / another $15/person for camping.
Modest Mouse joins the string of reasonably big names to play at the brewery over the last few summers, among them: Bon Iver, Cake, Death Cab for Cutie, Wilco. The opener for the Modest Mouse show is Brand New, which played a sold-out show at Upstate Concert Hall last fall.
The shows at Ommegang are in the field behind the brewery. On-site camping is available for extra fee.
Earlier on AOA: Why Ommegang became a concert destination
Rodrigo y Gabriela are a little bit hard to describe. Acoustic classic rock? Acoustic guitar metal? Influenced by bands such as Metallica, the Mexican duo first got noticed in Dublin, Ireland. They've since ended up touring all over the world, appearing on TV, with their music ending up in all sorts of other media. They're kind of mesmerizing to watch, seeing just two people get all that sound out of two acoustic guitars.
The show at The Egg is in the 982-seat Hart Theatre. The opener is folk singer/songwriter Bobby Long.
photo: Peter Neill
If, after the Oscars, you'd like to see the winning films again in the theater (or for the first time), it looks like it is still possible to catch most of them here in the Capital Region:
Best Picture, Supporting Actor, Best Adapted Screenplay: 12 Years A Slave - Steve McQueen's film about the story of Solomon Northup -- a man from Saratoga Springs -- and his kidnapping into slavery and eventual return to freedom, is currently playing at the Scotia Cinema. Lupita Nyong'o also won the Oscar for best supporting actress for 12 Years a Slave. And John Ridley won for the screenplay.
And, as you probably know now, the film is based on Northup's 1853 memoir, Twelve Years a Slave. Versions of it are available on archive.org.
Best Actor and Supporting Actor: Dallas Buyers Club - The film starring Matthew McConaughey (leading actor) and Jared Leto (supporting actor) is playing at The Spectrum.
Directing (and Cinematography): Gravity - Alfonso Cuaron's space survival film is still playing in 3D at the Crossgates Regal.
Animated Feature: Frozen The Disney blockbuster is still playing at the Crossgates, Colonie Center, and Clifton Park Regals, as well as the Bow Tie Saratoga Springs. Scotia Cinema is also hosting the Frozen sing-along version on Saturday and Sunday.
Original Screenplay: Her Spike Jonze's film about operating system love is playing at The Spectrum.
Foreign Language: The Great Beauty - The Italian film is screening at The Spectrum.
Shorts - The Spectrum is still showing the Oscar-nominated live-action and animated shorts.
The only high-profile category you can't currently catch in a local theater is Blue Jasmine, for which Cate Blanchett won lead actress Oscar.
It's part of an ongoing series organized by the Historic Albany Foundation. Blurbage:
The Albany During Prohibition program will include a screening of Mr. Kennedy's short (30 min) film, William Kennedy's Prohibition Story, followed by a Q & A from the audience. Come sip a cocktail and listen to legendary storyteller Mr. Kennedy discuss Albany's most notorious gangster, Jack 'Legs' Diamond - a man who embodied the essence of public sentiment on Prohibition, and who may have provoked Albany's most powerful politician to blur the lines between the criminals and the authorities.
Tickets are $15 and reservations are required: call 518-465-0876, ext. 10. The event starts at 5:30 pm.
Earlier on AOA: William Kennedy's Prohibition Story
It seems like a long time ago now (because it was), but McLachlan was one of the music industry's biggest figures during the late 90s because of her efforts to organize the Lilith Fair concert tours. And McLachlan herself sold millions of albums.
The tour that's stopping at SPAC is in support of a new album she has coming out in April.
By the way: You know those commercials McLachlan did for the ASPCA -- the ones that make you want to change the channel the second they come on because they're so sad? As of the end of 2008, they had raised more than $30 million for the animal org. (McLachlan parodied the ad in a car commercial during the Super Bowl this year.)
Live Nation advertises on AOA.
photo via Sarah McLachlan FB
Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather (March, you're so cold), to feminism and pop culture, to macarons, to Godzilla, to college basketball, to to a lot of music...
Roll out the red carpet and call the paparazzi -- it's the weekend!
If you're looking for a way to bid a fond (or not so fond) farewell to February, you may find something that suits you after the jump. From Oscar-nominated short films to musical Tesla coils, from PechaKucha to roller derby -- there's a lot to choose from this week. Pick your favorite, put on your wool socks and go forth and have fun.
Got something planned that you don't see here? Drop it in the comments and let the rest of us know about it.
And whatever you're up to, have a fantastic weekend.
The New York State Brewers Association has lined up the Craft New York Beer Fest at The Desmond in Colonie March 22 from 5-8 pm. Tickets are on sale now -- they're $40 ahead / $50 at the door / $15 designated drivers. The event is 21 and over.
The Craft New York Beer Fest will bring together 30+ New York Breweries from across the state featuring up to 60+ hard to find and award winning beers. To make this very special event more exclusive, the NYSBA has partnered with Taste NY to bring together a network of locally owned businesses to supply food sampling and pairing to go along with each brewery attending.
It seems likes there's a beer festival every month now. The thing that caught our eye about this one is that it's focused on New York State craft breweries and maybe offers the opportunity to check out some breweries that might worth a visit or side trip sometime.
The first official Pecha Kucha event for the Albany area is lined up for this Friday (February 28) at the Opalka Gallery on the Sage Albany campus. The event starts at 6:30 pm, with presentations beginning at 7 pm. It's free.
Pecha Kucha? It's a rapid presentation method in which a speaker gives a talk using 20 slides that are displayed for 20 seconds each. The format forces people to just get right to the point. The idea is to keep things fun -- and moving. First started in 2003, there are now Pecha Kucha nights all over the world.
The Opalka event will be connected with the current exhibit Perceptions: Sage College of Albany Art + Design Faculty Show. The presentations have titles such as "Searching While Sleepwalking...and Still Searching," "On Being Creative and Curious," and "My Smart Phone's Photographic Journey Through Albany and Beyond."
The Palace announced today that America's Test Kitchen Live -- a stage show from the popular PBS TV cooking show -- will be at the theater April 13 at 3 pm. Tickets go on sale to the general public Friday (February 28) -- they're $35 and up.
As host of America's Test Kitchen for the past 14 seasons, as well as editor of the popular Cooks Illustrated magazine, Christopher Kimball will share his strong and entertaining opinions on culinary trends and cooking equipment. He'll take questions from the audience as well as test their knowledge of unusual ingredients in an interactive segment during the live show. America's Test Kitchen Live with Christopher Kimball will deliver a fun and informative evening for fans and foodies around the country.
Dan Souza is a senior editor of Cook's Illustrated and an on-screen test cook for America's Test Kitchen. In addition to his work on Cook's Illustrated, Dan has contributed content to a dozen America's Test Kitchen cookbooks, most recently executing and editing the test kitchen experiments for The Science of Good Cooking (October 2012). Dan cut his culinary teeth as an apprentice in Hungary before graduating first in his class from the Culinary Institute of America (CIA). After cooking in restaurants in New York City and Boston, however, he found his true calling: applying good science to create great recipes for the home cook.
(This NYT Mag article from a few years back is an interesting look at Kimball and the Cooks Illustrated empire. )
The Palace event also has a VIP ticket that includes a book and meet-and-greet with Chris Kimball's bowtie. It's $85.
photo: America's Test Kitchen FB
Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather (February continues), to Doctorow, to popular history, to punch, to Tesla coils, to beer, to QFest, to music...
Welcome to the weekend. Yep, already.
Time to make a plan. After the jump, we've put together a list of stuff with thought you might like to try - from movies and theater to a winter carnival to a pre-spring flower show.
Mix them, match them, share them with your friends.
If you've got a plan you don't see here, drop it in the comments for the rest of us to see.
And whatever you're up to, have a fantastic weekend.
The Palace announced today that Steve Martin will be at the theater June 20 for "an evening of music and comedy" with the Steep Canyon Rangers and Edie Brickell. Tickets go on sale to the general public this Friday (February 21) -- they're $39.50.
Martin is pretty much your typical actor/comedian/author/banjo playing renaissance man. He and Edie Brickell recently won a Grammy for best American roots song (and were nominated for best Americana album). There's a clip of Martin and the gang post jump.
From the Palace event blurbage: "The concert will showcase new material performed by Martin and Brickell, including selections from their album 'Love Has Come for You' along with the unique hybrid of bluegrass and comedy that Martin and The Steep Canyon Rangers have been delighting audiences with at their sold-out, critically acclaimed shows."
Martin was last at the Palace in 2011, but that was "A Conversation with Steve Martin" as opposed to "An Evening of Music and Comedy with Steve Martin and Other People."
By the way: The Palace's new digital projector will be up and running for a slate of movies March 1. [Biz Review]
screengrab: Steve Martin YouTube
Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather (warm-ish), to Kanye, to Sister Act, to upstate mayors, to the universe as a computer, to beer, to flowers, to lots of music...
Yep, it's a special day today -- a day for celebrating, cherishing your loved ones. Because... it's the start of President's Day weekend. (What? Is there some other significance to February 14?)
To celebrate, we're giving you a bouquet of things to do. Clip them, arrange them, put them in water. (OK, that might be taking things a little too far, but you get the idea.)
Got something planned this weekend that we haven't mentioned here? Drop it in the comments so the rest of us can see. And whatever you're up to, have a fantastic weekend.
Hey, ho, let's go: Marky Ramone -- the drummer for the Ramones -- will be at Skidmore for a talk March 26. The event, sponsored by the Skidmore SEC and Skidmore Speaker's Bureau, is free and open to the public.
Marky Ramone is the lone living member of The Ramones longest running lineup. He's still playing music, hosting a show on SiriusXM radio, and... selling pasta sauce.
The event page doesn't exactly list what Ramone will be talking about, but we're guessing you could just wind him up and good stories will just fall out. After playing 1700some shows with The Ramones over the years, you gotta have one or two interesting tales to tell.
The Skidmore talk is at 7 pm in Palamountain Hall's Gannett Auditorium on March 26. It sounds like they're expecting a crowd because the talk will also be simulcast in Davis Auditorium.
[via the Idiots]
The opening night for the 2014-2015 season of the Albany Symphony Orchestra will be September 6 at the Palace and it will feature acclaimed violinist Joshua Bell. Tickets are currently available as part of season subscription packages, some of which start at $149.
Bell is a renowned performer who's sold millions of albums. He plays a 300-year-old Stradivarius that he bought for almost $4 million. He was also the subject of a great Washington Post story a few years back in which he played incognito for commuters in a Washington Metro station. He previously appeared with the ASO back in 2011.
A handful of other bits about the ASO's upcoming season are after the jump. It's current season is still in progress -- it next performs Beethoven's Third Symphony at Troy Music Hall March 1.