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Power tool drag racing in Troy

This video is from a power tool drag race in San Francisco a decade ago.

This is weird, in a potentially gleeful way: One the events at the Troy Mini Maker Faire at the Tech Valley Center of Gravity this Saturday will be power tool drag racing. Blurbage:

Power Tool Drag Racing puts racing contraptions powered by ordinary power tools in head-to-head competition to see who takes it ... who REIGNS SUPREME!
The history of Power Tool Drag Racing is apocryphal and filled with myths, legends, hyperbole and downright facts. Never let facts get in the way! Needless to say, it's probably been around since the first hand power tools were available and some genius decided to zip-tie the trigger on a belt-sander and watch it tear across the floor to sounds of mad glee, terror and pure, unadulterated delight.

The power tool drag races will be outside on the street.

The Troy Mini Maker Faire is this Saturday, August 27 from 11 am-6 pm at TVCOG (corner of Broadway and 3rd Street). It's free to attend. And, of course, that's also the same day at the Enchanted City festival, also in downtown Troy.

TVCOG advertises on AOA.

Liz Miele at Pretty Much the Best Comedy Show

comedian Liz Miele

The Pretty Much the Best Comedy Show series is bringing Liz Miele to Proctors September 10. Tickets are on sale now -- they're $15 ahead, $20 day of.

Show blurbage: "Profiled in the New Yorker at the start of her career, Miele has become a focused observational comic with a unique voice and the ability to home in on the world's quirks."

Here are a couple of recent clips from her standup, about feminist sex positions and Tinder. (Yep, both of those are probably not OK to play with the sound up in a typical work setting.)

And here's a Paste profile of Miele from this summer, along with a Guardian article about how George Carlin became a mentor to her.

As with other Pretty Much shows, the night also includes an opener and a host. Show starts at 8 pm in the Proctors education center.

photo via Liz Miele website

Get started hiking the High Peaks (Part II)

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There are paths to follow. / photo: Flickr user stillwellmike (CC BY-SA 2.0 cropped)

By Cristin Steding

Now that you're all fired up about becoming a 46er, let's get down to business -- the actual hiking.

No matter how prepared you are, how many trip reports you've read and how many flights of stairs you've climbed in practice, nothing prepares you for tackling big mountains quite like getting out there and hiking.

Here are a few places to start...

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The week ahead

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Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman will be at The Palace this week.

Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather (very summery), to Travers Week, to the fair, to books, to movies outside, to comedy, to music...

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Upcoming Northshire author events include Meg Wolitzer, Marissa Meyer

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A quick scan of some of the author events Northshire Saratoga has coming up...

October 16: Jennifer Weiner
As already mentioned, Jennifer Weiner will be at Congregation Shaara Tfille in Saratoga Springs for a conversation with Elaina Richardson, president of Yaddo. Weiner has a new memoir, Hungry Heart: Adventures in Life, Love, and Writing. Sunday, October 16 at 1 pm -- $34 for 1 seat and 1 book / $44 for 2 seats and 1 book / $29 for 1 seat and 1 book for students, seniors, and active military

October 27: Meg Wolitzer
Novelist Meg Wolitzer will be at Universal Preservation Hall for a fundraiser for the venue and Yaddo. Wolitzer's many novels include The Interestings, which . (For each ticket sold, $5 will go to Yaddo and $5 to Universal Preservation Hall. The ticket will also include a $5 discount on any Meg Wolitzer book in the store.) Thursday, October 27 at 7:30 pm -- $17.50

November 11: Marissa Meyer
Marissa Meyer -- author of the Lunar Chronicles series of young adult novels -- will be at the Embassy Suites Saratoga Springs to talk about her new book, Heartless, a YA series about the Queen of Hearts from Alice in Wonderland. Friday, November 11 at 6 pm -- $28 for 1 seat and 1 book / $40 for 2 seats and 1 book / $48 for 3 seats and 1 book

Stuff to do this weekend

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The Altamont Fair is already underway. / photo: Kimberly Dunham

We don't want to seem alarmist, or be the bearers of bad news, but we're almost out of summer weekend. If there's something on your summer to-do list that you want to squeeze in -- now is the time.

Our list of stuff to do this weekend can be found after the jump. Doing something you don't see there? Tell us about it in the comment section. And whatever you're up to, have a fantastic summer weekend.

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Hudson Valley Ruins at the State Museum

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Sing Sing State Prison in Ossining, Westchester County, in 2004, by Robert Yasinsac

This could be interesting: A new exhibit -- Hudson Valley Ruins -- opens this Saturday at the State Museum. It includes more than 80 photographs by Robert Yasinsac and Thomas Rinaldi of "forgotten historic sites and cultural treasures in the Hudson River Valley." Blurbage:

The exhibition is based on Yasinsac and Rinaldi's 2006 book, Hudson Valley Ruins: Forgotten Landmarks of an American Landscape. In addition to great river estates, the book and exhibition profiles sites meaningful to everyday life in the Valley: churches, hotels, commercial and civic buildings, mills, and train stations. The exhibition explores many of these abandoned places and also revisits several sites that have changed in the past ten years since the book's publication.
Working together since meeting in 1999, Yasinsac and Rinaldi have photographed more than 500 sites throughout the region. First photographing sites around their childhood homes, they gradually worked farther afield, eventually expanding their scope to cover the entire region between Yonkers and the Capital District. Driven by a sense of urgency to document sites of architectural or cultural significance that seemed poised to disappear, the pair also found beauty in the picturesque decay of these places.

There are a few more photos from the exhibit after the jump.

It will be on display at the State Museum through the end of 2017.

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Autumn Evening in the Garden 2016

Capital Roots Urban Grow Center in Troy

The Capital Roots Urban Grow Center in Troy.

The annual Autumn Evening in the Garden event to benefit Capital Roots returns September 29 at The Hilton Garden Inn in Troy. Event blurbage:

Chefs, hailing from the region's best restaurants, prepare culinary samples with fresh, seasonal ingredients, donated by local farmers.
Let live jazz music be your soundtrack to a course of 'Braised Pork with Plantain Butter and Pickled Shallots' made with meat raised in Troy. Pair it with whiskey, distilled in Albany and produced from locally grown grains. Win gift certificates while you finish your tasting experience with Elefante Dolce, a wine produced from Concord grapes grown in Altamont and 'Sweet Potato and Apple Bread Pudding' made with produce grown in Argyle.

Capital Roots has been sharing the lineup of featured chefs for the event on its Facebook page. Among the list so far: Ric Orlando of New World Bistro Bar, Yono Purnomo of Yono's, Dan Smith of Jake Moon Cafe, Lauren Bonelli of Campagna.

Tickets for Autumn Evening in the Garden are $150 for individuals, $250 for couples, and $75 for people age 35 and younger. They're available online.

Drawing: Enchanted City after party tickets, gift cards to Slidin' Dirty and Little Pecks

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Burlesque artist Persephone Pomme will be among the performer's at the Mab's After Dark party.

Drawing's closed! Winner's been emailed!

The Enchanted City festival is returning to downtown Troy on Saturday, August 27.

Among the events around town that day is Mab's After Dark, an adults-only after party at The Hanger. We have a pair of tickets to the party and we're giving them away. BUT WAIT, THERE'S MORE. The prize also includes a $30 gift card to Slidin' Dirty and a $25 gift card to Little Pecks.

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

What's something magical, fantastical, or otherworldly about this area?

This could be anything: something that's actually here, something you wish was here, something from a dream, whatever. We'll draw one winner at random. That person gets the Mab's After Dark tickets and the two gift cards.

Mab's After Dark is Saturday, August 27 from 6:30 pm to midnight at The Hangar. Blurbage:

Ladies in finery, men in top hats, burlesque performers, music, signature cocktails, curiosities and more await as we cap off the festival with an evening of enchantment and whimsy lead by the Pixie Princess, Persephone Pomme, and her 'Vaude Villians'. Our favorite band, This Way to the Egress, will be returning this year by popular demand, and Last Day Shinning will perform their original score to the vintage cult classic film Metropolis ...
The Hangar will host this event complete with a full cash bar, and a catered menu. Shuttles will transport festival goers from The Enchanted City festival and local parking garages to the Hangar and back to festival locations.

Tickets are $25 each and available online or at Sweet's Sue's.

The Enchanted City festival on the streets of the downtown Troy is free and open to the public. Among the other events related to the festival: The Troy Mini Make Faire that Saturday at the Tech Valley Center of Gravity, and Of Then and Beyond..., a steampunk fashion show that Friday at the Troy Public Library.

Important: All comments must be submitted by noon on Friday, August 19, 2016 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 5 pm on Friday and must respond by 5 pm on Monday, August 22.

Rufus Wainwright at Basilica Hudson

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Singer/songwriter Rufus Wainwright is set to play a show at Basilica Hudson October 22. Tickets are on sale now -- they're $50.

Wainwright's concert will be part of Basilica Hudson's Pioneering People Series, "a bi-annual program celebrating pioneering artists across a range of disciplines, and including a benefit performance." Blurbage:

Wainwright 's performance will take the crowd back to his roots of intimate performances in dark, Montreal piano bars decades ago, a monumental period of creative freedom and expression when Wainwright and childhood friend and Basilica Hudson co-founder musician Melissa Auf der Maur found themselves and their voices in music, which propelled them into a lifetime of friendship and commitment to the performing arts.
The performance will provide the audience with a striking juxtaposition to Wainwright's recent extravagant performances of Judy Garland with full orchestra and touring with his Prima Donna opera, as well as his newest album Take All My Loves: 9 Shakespeare Sonnets. We are thrilled to announce Wainwright coming to Hudson on the heels of his ambitious Carnegie Hall concert.

Basilica Soundscape
Just a reminder that Basilica Soundscape is coming up September 16-18. Explosions in the Sky is this year's headliner.

photo via Rufus Wainwright FB page

Selected Shorts at The Mahaiwe

selected shorts logoThe Selected Shorts public radio series will be at The Mahaiwe August 22. The theme for the night is "Unforgettable Journeys" and the lineup of readers looks like a good one:

+ Robert Sean Leonard will be reading Liliana by Maile Meloy

+ Jane Kaczmarek will be reading Free Lunch by Karen Bender

+ Jane Curtain will be reading Which Is More Than I Can Say About Some People by Lorrie Moore

Tickets are $30-$40 each for the general public. The show starts at 7:30 pm.

The Mahaiwe?
The venue is in Great Barrington, Massachusetts -- just about an hour's drive from Albany.

Later in Utica...
Selected Shorts will also be in Utica September 17 -- Zach Grenier (David Lee!) will be hosting and reading, along with Barbara Barrie and Jim True-Frost.

Elvis Costello at The Palace

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The Elvis Costello is set to play a show at The Palace October 26. Tickets go on sale this Friday (August 19) -- they're $49.50 and up.

Costello will be playing with his band, The Imposters.

He was in the area back in 2013 for a solo show at the Troy Music Hall. That show sold out. And even though the Palace is significantly bigger than the Troy Music Hall, it's probably not a bad idea to get tickets sooner rather than later if you'd like to go.

photo: Andy Gotts

Pearlpalooza 2016 lineup

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The headliner is the funk band Galactic. / photo: Jim Arbogast

This year's Pearlpalooza -- the WEQX-organized free music festival on Pearl Street in downtown Albany -- is Saturday, September 17 this year. And the lineup is out.

Here's the list of acts with video clips...

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The week ahead

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Counting Crows are SPAC this week with Rob Thomas.

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

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Stuff to do this weekend

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Alfred Molina and Jane Kaczmarek star in the Williamstown Theatre Festival production And No More Shall We Part.

Weekend here. Summer weekend. Get your summer weekend while it's hot.

It will be hot. It will be damp. But it's a weekend, so we'll take it. After the jump a list of things you can do with it -- both indoor stuff and outdoor stuff to try between the raindrops.

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

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

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The house with the view that's always changing

Now at Art Omi: A house that spins. Yep. That's a video clip of it above.

From the exhibit blurbage for ReActor:

ReActor is the newest work in an experimental, performative series of "social relationship architecture" designed and built by internationally renowned architect-artist duo Alex Schweder + Ward Shelley.
Located in Architecture Omi's Field 01, ReActor is a habitable sculpture, where Schweder + Shelley will live in full view of Omi's audience. The 44-foot by 8-foot structure rotates 360-degrees atop a 15-foot concrete column in response to its inhabitants' movements, exterior forces, and interior conditions, making visible the intimate relationship between architecture and its inhabitants.

This week T Magazine has excerpts from Schweder and Shelley's diary of living in the house for five days earlier this month.

There's another performance/habitation (?) September 24-25, and then a five-day performance October 6-10.

Spinning house or not, Art Omi and its Fields Sculpture Park in Ghent (in Columbia County) is a worth a visit sometime. Big sculpture works are set in a gently rolling landscape. It's beautiful and peaceful and weird (in a good way). And admission is free.

Andrea Gibson at The Linda

Poet Andrea Gibson is set for a spoken word performance at The Linda October 17. Tickets are on sale now -- they're $18.

Poets don't typically end up in the "star" category in modern culture. But Gibson's page has more than 76,000 likes on Facebook, and a Twitter stream with almost 27,000 followers. And Gibson has produced six spoken-word albums and published three books of poetry.

Gibson identifies as gender queer. From a conversation with Tig Notaro in Interview last year:

That just means that I don't necessarily identify within a gender binary. I've never in my life really felt like a woman and I've certainly never felt like a man. I look at gender on a spectrum and I feel somewhere on that spectrum that's not landing on either side of that.

And later in the conversation:

I think that I have a lot of repeating themes [in my work]. I just made a t-shirt that says, "Feelings are not the enemy." I guess that's what it's about--just being expressive with your feelings and the ways that we're culturally expected to closet our emotions. The idea that there's just a closet around love or sexuality is sort of hilarious. I think we're also that way with grief and panic and anxiety and depression, and I think we also closet our bliss. We're culturally expected to taper it all down. I would say that's sort of the theme of my show.

The opener for the show at The Linda is poet Sarah Kay.

[via @thomjob]

Fantastic Negrito at Cohoes Music Hall

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The musician Fantastic Negrito is set to play a show at the Cohoes Music Hall October 13. Tickets go on sale this Friday via the Palace Theatre box office -- they're $26 and $32.

Fantastic Negrito is Xavier Dphrepaulezz, who has a remarkable story. (This Wired article is a quick overview.) In short: Born in western Massachusetts, grew up in Oakland living the self-described "hustling life", taught himself how to play music, moved to LA and got a major label deal, that situation fizzled, he basically gave up on music, moved back to Oakland, and then started playing music again for his son. Then he won the NPR Tiny Desk contest in 2014 and things took off again from there.

His music a mix of blues and roots. He was just in town recently -- he opened for Chris Cornell at the Palace.

photo: Robbie Welsh

Scanning the class catalog for the fall season at the Arts Center of the Capital Region

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The fall catalog of classes at the Arts Center of the Capital Region is out. And as we were (virtually) flipping through it, there were a handful of classes that caught our eye because they seemed interesting or unusual or fun.

And here they are...

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A.O. Scott, Katie Roiphe, Emma Straub at The Mount

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Emma Straub

The Mount in Lenox is again hosting a series of author events -- Touchstones: Conversations at The Mount -- led by journalist Kate Bolick. And the first one of the new series is this week. Here's the schedule:

August 11: A.O. Scott
The NYT film critic will be talking about his new book Better Living Through Criticism. Thursday, August 11, 6:45 pm -- $18

August 18: Katie Roiphe
The author will be talking about her new book The Violet Hour: Great Writers at The End. Thursday, August 18, 6:45 pm -- $18

August 25: Emma Straub
The best-selling novelist will be talking about her new work of fiction Modern Lovers. Thursday, August 25, 6:45 pm -- $18

Tickets are available online, and we suspect they'll sell out.

The Mount also hosts a popular summer lecture series -- all the evening events for that are sold out, though there are some tickets still available for the weekday morning events.

The Mount?
The Mount is the former home of the author Edith Wharton. It's in Lenox, in western Massachusetts -- not too far from the border with New York State. It's under an hour drive from Albany.

photo: Jennifer Bastian

Massry Center 2016-2017 season

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Tim Reynolds will be back at the Massry Center in December. / photo: Michael Weintrob

The lineup for the upcoming 2016-2017 season at the Massry Center at Saint Rose is out. It includes a mix of jazz and folk acts, along with some comedy, dance, and classical.

So, without further ado, here's the schedule, both a compressed version and expanded...

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EMPAC fall 2016 season

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In September Mabel Kwan will be at EMPAC to perform a piece. On two pianos. At the same time.

The slate for the upcoming fall season at EMPAC is out. And, as usual, it includes all sorts of unusual, challenging, or experimental performances. A condensed schedule is after the jump.

Also at the venue this fall, a new tool for performances. Blurbage:

A hallmark of the fall 2016 season is the unveiling of EMPAC's recently constructed wave-field array. Consisting of 496 independently controllable loudspeakers, this audio system is one of the most precise in the world, and capable of creating a 3D "holophonic" sound environment. More immersive than ordinary surround sound, "wave field synthesis" allows composers to place sounds in specific spatial locations around the audience and will figure heavily into future EMPAC electronic music programming.

An installation opening later this month, as well as a performance in early September, will make use of the new system

OK, onto that schedule...

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Downtown Albany Residential Open House 2016

733 Broadway residential conversion doorwayUpdate: Because of possible storms on Friday, the open house event has been moved to August 19. And this Friday's Fork in the Road is canceled.
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The Downtown Albany Residential Open House event returns this Friday (August 12) from 4-7 pm. Eight properties will be showing residential units during the self-guided tour. Admission is free.

Here are the eight developments:

+ 83 Beaver Street (Beaver Lofts)
+ 370 Broadway
+ 374 Broadway
+ 412 Broadway
+ 733 Broadway (The Lofts at 733 Broadway),
+ 50 S Pearl Street,
+ 60 State Street (Park Place at Sixty State)
+ 20 Park Street

There's been a bit of boom in residential development in downtown Albany over the last few years, as many buildings have been converted to residential units. The Downtown Albany BID reports 340 new market-rate residential units have opened in/near the neighborhood in recent years, another 111 are set to open this fall, and 230 units are in planning.

Fork in the Road
Also this Friday downtown: The Fork in the Road food truck series will be back in Tricentennial Park (on Broadway across Kiernan Plaza/the old train station) from 5-8 pm. Five vendors are lined up for this month's event, with music from Hasty Page.

Earlier on AOA: Thinking about residential development in downtown Albany (2014)

The Downtown Albany BID advertises on AOA.

LarkFest 2016 music lineup

Jana Hunter of the band Lower Dens

Jana Hunter of Lower Dens. / photo: Frank Hamilton

Returning September 24: LarkFest in Albany. And the lineup of music headliners is out:

The Relationship
Brian Bell of Weezer

Ought
Post-punk from Montreal

Lower Dens
Indie pop from Baltimore

Delicate Steve
Multigenre multi-instrumentalist

Televisionaries
Surf rock from Rochester

Video clips of each act are after the jump if you'd like to have a listen.

From the Lark Street BID: "This is just the initial wave of bands and a full lineup including local music, artists, makers and retail vendors will be released at a later date."

LarkFest is Saturday, September 24 from 10 am to 6 pm on the section of Lark Street between Madison Ave and Washington Ave. Admission is free.

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Brand New at Glens Falls Civic Center

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The rock band Brand New is set to play a show at the Glens Falls Civic Center October 14. Tickets went on sale this past Friday (August 5) -- they're $27 and up.

If you're thinking about going, it's a good idea to get tickets soon. Brand New sold out a show at Upstate Concert Hall back in 2013, and another one at Brewery Ommegang last summer.

Openers for the Glens Fall show are The Front Bottoms and Modern Baseball.

photo: Brandon Sloter

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