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TAP NY 2014

TAP NY judgingThe annual TAP NY craft beer festival will be back at Hunter Mountain April 26 and 27. Tickets are on sale now -- they're $73.44 for that Saturday / $60.48 for Sunday / $21.60 for designated drivers.

There are more than 70 breweries registered for this year's festival, 18 of them new to the event. Blurbage:

Many of the invited brewers produce their beer for sale only in their location.... whether it is a restaurant, a brewpub or a small brewery. Others are breweries large enough to distribute on a larger scale, but maintain an excellent quality through their commitment to hands-on, craft-brewing their product. You won't find Anheuser-Busch, Coors, or Miller products here. What you will find are some truly remarkable beers that will tantalize your taste buds... beers that offer a variety of color and flavor that the big brewers don't do. You'll find everything from pale ales and pilseners, to weisbiers, porters, stouts, and scotch ales; from hearty Bohemian and Bavarian-style lagers to glorious Belgian-style ales and much more.

The festival is also a competition for beer brewers in the state.

We get the impression the Saturday session of the festival often sells out, so if you're interested in going, it's probably a good idea to get tickets sooner rather than later.

Hunter Mountain is in the northern Catskills, a little over an hour's drive from Albany.

New breweries: Over at In The Name of Beer, Greg Back has been profiling the breweries that are new to the festival this year.

Earlier on AOA: Trying the "best craft beer in New York State"

photo: TAP NY FB

Knickerbocker Film Festival 2014

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A still from Hellions.

The Knickerbocker Film Festival returns this Friday, April 18 to start week of screenings at locations in Albany and Troy. This year's festival slate includes 12 films -- including fiction and documentaries -- from filmmakers both local and international. (The film lineup, with short blurbs, is after the jump.)

New this year is the festival's expansion to Troy with a screening at the Arts Center this Friday night. Among the films lined up for that screening: Hellions, a documentary by Shannon Straney about the Hellions of Troy roller derby team.

Tickets for screenings are $10 and available online. There's also an awards show and reception next Thursday, April 24, at Taste in downtown Albany -- tickets for that are $35 ($30 with festival screening ticket stub).

AOA is a media sponsor of the Knickerbocker Film Festival.

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Electric City Couture 2014

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The Electric City Couture Fashion Show is back April 26. And this time it will be at Universal Preservation Hall in Saratoga Springs. Event blurbage:

The evening will showcase signature collections of six regional designers and will include roughly 55 male and female models on the runway. Targeted proceeds from this year's show will go to the ongoing restoration work of Historic Universal Preservation Hall, a year-round arts and community events venue located at 25 Washington St. in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. ...
A new edition to this year's show format will be the ability to "buy it off the runway" in a retail sales area that will be available both after the show on Saturday for show attendees and on Sunday, April 27, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for the general public. This year's show will be a partnership between Proctors Theater of Schenectady, N.Y., Universal Preservation Hall and Electric City Couture. It is designed to highlight the strengths of the regional creative economy.

The show is at 8 pm on Saturday, April 26. Tickets are $15 and available online.

photo: 2014 Electric City Couture Designer Showcase Shoot - Shrine of Fashion. On location at Historic Preservation Hall in Saratoga. Photographer: James Pickett

Grown Up Easter Egg Hunt 2014

Thumbnail image for Prospect Park sign TroyThe annual Grown Up Easter Egg Hunt returns to Troy's Prospect Park Saturday, April 26. It's $15 to take part -- proceeds will go to the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America and the Col. Albert Pawling Memorial Statue Project (which is aiming to build a statue of Troy's first mayor by 2016).

This is the third year for the event, and it seems to grow every year. Organizer/grown up Easter bunny Danielle Sanzone tells us there will be more than 3,000 eggs filled with all sorts of prizes, raffles, silent auctions, food, free make-your-own Stewart's Shops sundaes, and a DJ. She's expecting more than 200 people this year.

Registration for the event starts at 2:30 pm on April 26, hunt starts at 3:30 pm. The rain location is the Atrium in downtown Troy.

Queens of the Stone Age at The Palace

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Rock band Queens of the Stone Age is set to play a show at The Palace July 13. Tickets go on sale this Saturday (April 19) -- they're $39.50 and up. (There's also a presale starting Wednesday.)

The band is touring in support of the album is released last year, ...Like Clockwork, which included contributions from Dave Grohl, Alex Turner, Trent Reznor, and... Elton John. The album got very good reviews.

Lucinda Williams
Also announced: Lucinda Williams at The Egg June 17. Tickets go on sale this Friday (April 18) -- they're $35 and up.

photo: Nora Lezano

The week ahead

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Internationally acclaimed -- and locally based -- author Lydia Davis will be at RPI this week as part of the NYS Writers Institute visiting writers series.

Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather (downhill from Monday), to Passover and Easter, to particle physics, to Wordfest, to authors, to music...

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Stuff to do this weekend

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Christopher Kimball from America's Test Kitchen -- and, presumably, his bow tie -- will be at the Palace Sunday.

Congratulations. You've made it to spring. The real spring. Honest. This weekend that large orange orb in the sky will be making an appearance and temperatures will flirt with the 70 degree mark. It's been a long time.

There are lots of indoor and outdoor options this weekend, from Sean Rowe to Hudson Valley Hops to a Hitchcock film festival to Kathy Griffin.

After the jump, you'll find a few things we thought might interest you. Doing something you don't see there? Drop it in the comments. And whatever you're up to, have a fantastic weekend.

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Paul McCartney at the TU Center

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You might have heard: Paul McCartney is playing a show at the TU Center July 5. Tickets go on sale April 14 at 10 am (there's also a presale via registration at McCartney's site) -- the price range is $39.60 to $269.90.

McCartney is now 71 years old. It's been 50 years since he and the rest of the Beatles first came to the US -- their famous appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show that year is said to have been watched by 73 million people (about 40 percent of the US population at the time).

McCartney's tours continue to be very popular. His tour last year was the 16th highest grossing, according to Billboard -- $69.6 million on just 21 shows (with tickets sold at just a bit under 100 percent capacity).

The hype
The TU Center had been touting this show as "the biggest event to come to Albany in the past decade," setting up the announcement for a press conference with local officials. And local media outlets were all buzzing about it Tuesday morning. That was especially so after mention of the date popped up on an "unofficial fan site" Facebook page for the McCartney tour, winning the FB page links from a bunch of outlets citing it as the official tour site.

As it happens, it appears that "fan page" FB page is a front for a ticket brokerage and SEO company.

photo: Paul McCartney FB

Move Music Festival 2014

move music festival 2014 posterThe Move Music Festival is returning to Albany April 25 and 26. Wristbands for the multi-venue event are on sale now -- they're $10 ahead for a show that Friday, and $15 for all the venues on Saturday.

The thing that distinguishes the Move festival is that it brings together a ton of acts -- more than 100 this year -- at a bunch of venues -- more than 10 this year -- in the Lark Street area and downtown Albany.

The headliners this year are: Magic Man, The So-So Glos, Black Taxi, Sirsy, Mirk, and The Big Takeover. As mentioned, the entire lineup includes are a bunch acts, including many locals.

The festival also includes an industry event "for all performers to network and gain varied perspectives of the multi-faceted music industry." It includes a keynote talk and roundtable discussions with musicians and industry professionals.

PechaKucha in Troy: "The Tao of Tech"

pechakucha tvcog 2014-04 posterThe recently started local PechaKucha series returns this Thursday, April 10 at the Tech Valley Center of Gravity in downtown Troy. This time around the theme is "The Tao of Tech."

PechaKucha is 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 local series kicked off at the Opalka Gallery this past February.

From an organizer about what's in store from some of the presenters at this next Troy event:

It's a sort of left-brain, right-brain convergence. Erin Lennox has done her eco-engineering field work in the Yucatan. Bob Bownes has a backyard and basement that looks like a mad scientist's dream - everything from ham radio to race cars. Jorel Lalicki is a senior at RPI who recently took over a warehouse in South Troy to build his own manufacturing business -- and I have yet to discover ANY engineering trade he doesn't know -- from advanced lighting to hacking to glass-blowing and piano-tuning. Scott Knox comes at architecture from inside the brain: enough said. Erica Iannotti has a vision and a loaded bag of tricks for revolutionizing STEM education and a turning girls on to science. And Alex Briggs? He will restructure your lifestyle, reorganize your city, and save your planet if you give him half a chance.

There are a bunch of interesting people in the Capital Region doing interesting things. It's just that sometimes you have to know where to look. These sorts of events can be a good place to start.

Doors open for the PechaKucha event at TVCOG at 7 pm Thursday, presentations start at 7:30 pm. Admission is free. There will be drinks from Brown's, and snacks from Muddaddy Flats.

Speaking of the Center of Gravity: Things seem to be coming along on the makerspace's move from the Uncle Sam Parking Garage street level retail space to the nearby Quackenbush Building.

Earlier on AOA:
+ TVCOG awarded regional economic development money for Quackenbush Building
+ A TARDIS in Troy
+ Tech Valley Center of Gravity

Tulip Festival 2014 music lineup


One of the duos in this photo is MS MR.

The schedule for this year's Tulip Festival is out. The music headliner this year is the indie pop duo MS MR. (They played a show at Vapor last December.)

A quick scan version of the music slates for both the main and local stages -- along with embedded videos of the acts -- is post jump. As usual, the lineup includes both national and local acts.

As you know, Tulip Fest includes a bunch of events, including the crowning of the new Tulip Queen. Here's the full event schedule.

Tulip Fest is May 10 and 11 this year.

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The week ahead

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Sean Rowe will be at the Troy Music Hall later this week.

Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather (spring!), to restaurant week, to theater, to the White House, to the Underground Railroad, to sushi, to hockey, to music...

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Proctors Broadway series 2014-2015

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The Broadway cast of Kinky Boots. A touring version of the multiple Tony-winning musical is coming to Proctors during the theater's next Broadway show season.

Proctors has announced the lineup of Broadway-style shows that will be at the theater over the next season. The six-show slate includes some very popular shows, including Newsies and Jersey Boys.

A condensed version of the lineup is after the jump.

Tickets for the show are currently available to renewing subscribers. New subscriptions are open May 6. And individual show tickets will be available closer to the season starting. Some shows end up being very popular -- see The Book of Mormon this current season -- so you might want to plan ahead a little bit for tickets if you're interested in going.

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Stuff to do this weekend

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Cloud Nothings are at The Low Beat Saturday night for the WCDB 36th Anniversary Show, which spans two venues -- both the Low Beat and Pauly's next door. Also Saturday night: the Roots Music Festival at The Linda, which is right across Quail Street.

Well, hello spring!

We're going to flirt with the 60 degree mark this weekend, and even see the sun.

After the jump you'll find out list of stuff going on this spring weekend. As always, if you've got something planned that you don't see listed here, drop it in the comments.

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

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Tracy Morgan at The Egg 2014

tracy morgan 2013Comedian Tracy Morgan will be back at The Egg June 22 for a stand-up show. Tickets go on sale this Friday (April 4) -- they're $35.50.

Morgan is, of course, famous for his long run on SNL and his role on 30 Rock in which he played comedian and movie star "Tracy Jordan." That role sometimes verged on art imitating life. (See also: Questlove's celebrity stories.) Morgan said as much on Fresh Air in 2009.

Morgan was last in town for a show at The Egg last June. That show sold out (or was very close to a sell out), so if you'd like to go this time around, it's probably a better idea to tickets sooner than later.

Live Nation advertises on AOA.

photo: Tracy Morgan Facebook

Wait, Wait back at Tanglewood this summer

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Alas, Carl Kasell is retiring this spring, though apparently home voice mail accounts can still hold out hope that he'll grace their recording.

The NPR news quiz show Wait, Wait... Don't Tell Me will be back at Tanglewood again this summer to record a show. Tickets for the August 28 show are $24 and up -- and currently on sale.

As we've said before, the idea of a funny NPR quiz show perhaps sounds unbearably public radio on paper. But it works. The host Peter Sagal is quick, the panelists are usually good, and the show has a way of turning up unexpectedly funny moments.

Speaking of being very public radio: A Prairie Home Companion will be at Tanglewood June 28, if you're so inclined.

photo: Tony Nagelmann / NPR

Drawing: Sean Rowe at Troy Music Hall + The Confectionery

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Drawing's closed! Winner's been emailed!

Sean Rowe is set to play a show at the Troy Music Hall April 12. The opener is MaryLeigh Roohan. It should be a very good show.

We have a pair of tickets for the show -- and we're giving them away. But, wait -- there's more. The winner will also get two tickets to the pre-show reception/meet and greet with Rowe at the Rensselaer County Historical Society. But, wait -- there's more more. The winner will also also get a $25 gift certificate for The Confectionery, which is just down the street from the music hall. So, this is pretty much a whole night out.

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

Because Sean Rowe is from Troy, and is back playing a show there, what's your favorite thing about Troy?

It could be anything. We'll draw one winner at random.

The show at the Troy Music Hall is on Saturday, April 12 at 8 pm. Tickets are $20 and up. It's a benefit for the Rensselaer Land Trust. Tickets for the show + meet and greet are $100.

Important: All comments must be submitted by 10 am on Wednesday, April 2, 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 5 pm on Wednesday, April 2 and must respond by 5 pm on Thursday, April 3.

Earlier on AOA:
+ A bunch of items about Sean Rowe
+ Hey there, MaryLeigh Roohan

The Troy Savings Bank Music Hall advertises on AOA, and AOA is a media sponsor of this show.

photo: Marius Bugge

The week ahead

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Gypsy continues at Capital Rep this week.

Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather (messy start, then spring-ish), to film, to writers, to big hoops in a small setting, to improv, to music...

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Stuff to do this weekend

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Spelling Bee closes this weekend at SLOC in Schenectady.

The good news, we're pushing 51 degrees this weekend. The bad news -- gray and rainy. But hey, it's not snow.

After the jump, a few thoughts on how to enjoy the weekend. Doing something that's missing from our list? Add it in the comments for everyone to see. And whatever you're up to, have a fantastic weekend.

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Albany Tweed Ride 2014

from Albany Tweed Ride 2013The Albany Tweed Ride is returning this year on April 27. Blurbage:

Time for our third Tweed Ride! Sunday, April 27th. Don't have any tweed? Don't worry: just dress in your Sunday best & leave the spandex & dayglo at home.
Meet at The Cheese Traveler at 540 Delaware Ave at 10am. They will have breakfast specials.
We'll depart around 10:30am.
We'll have marshals* to help us through intersections & keep us together. This is a casual ride, it is not fast or competitive. No one will be left behind. There will be a group photo in Washington Park.
We'll end at Olde English Pub & Pantry for brunch! Riders will get 10% off their orders.

Previous Tweed Rides have looked like a lot of (very civilized) fun, full of friendly people. If you're looking forward to getting back on your bike this spring, and meet some other bike-friendly people, this could be a good opportunity.

Earlier on AOA: Photos from Albany Tweed Ride 2013

Drawing: Jim Belushi and The Board of Comedy at Proctors

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Drawing's closed! Winner's been emailed!

Jim Belushi's known for his many film and TV roles. But he got his start with the famous Chicago comedy group The Second City. And he's recently returned to his roots with a touring improv comedy show -- Jim Belushi and The Board of Comedy -- which will be at Proctors April 2. We have a pair of tickets for the show and we're giving them away -- maybe to you.

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

What's a word that you find funny?

Yep, pretty simple. Just a word that you find funny -- maybe because of the way it sounds, or the way it's spelled, or what it means. Whatever. A quick line about why you find it funny won't help your odds, but it will earn your comment secret non-redeemable gold stars.

The show includes Belushi (of course), along with a group of about four other comedians and a musician. Belushi from the show blurbage:

"We are not stand-up comedians. Our show is not a passive, sit-back-and-watch experience. Most of the fun we have on stage comes from our inclusion of the audience - we get suggestions from them to begin each scene we perform, and in certain instances, bring them on-stage with us to add to our performance. It's less a 'show' and more a party. At least it feels like one to me. This group of actors brings me right back to how I started out in comedy - maybe that's why we have so much fun doing it."

The show starts at 8 pm on Wednesday, April 2 on the Proctors main stage. Tickets are $20 and up.

Important: All comments must be submitted by 11:59 pm on Wednesday, March 26, 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 noon on Thursday, March 27 and must respond by noon on Friday, March 28.

Proctors advertises on AOA.

Hudson Valley Hops 2014

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A tray from the old Beverwyck Brewery in Albany. It once stood on Ferry Street, not far from where the Central Warehouse stands today.

Could be fun/interesting: The Hudson Valley Hops event returns to the Albany Institute April 12. Blurbage:

This event is a celebration of the strong history of brewing in Albany and today's craft beer industry. Guests can sample the finest local craft beers, hear talks by beer historians and brewery experts, enjoy tasty food, and take home a commemorative glass. There will also be a special exhibition with artifacts that tell the history of brewing in Albany and the capital region. Historic photographs, advertisements, and packaging from local brewers will be on view for this event. ...
Participating breweries include: Adirondack Brewery, Brewery Ommegang, Brown's Brewing Co., Chatham Brewing, C.H. Evans Brewing, Druthers, and Olde Saratoga Brewing Co.
Guest speakers include: Craig Gravina and Alan McLeod from the Albany Ale Project; Dietrich Gehring from Indian Ladder Farms; Roger Savoy from Homebrew Emporium; and Sam Filler from the Craft Beer Initiative at Empire State Development.

Albany has a long, interesting brewing history. So there's definitely a lot hear about. And, you know, there will also be beer.

The event is from 4-7 pm at the museum on April 12. Tickets are $30 each.

Earlier on AOA: Resurrecting a beer, and part of Albany's history

The Albany Institute advertises on AOA.

image: "Beverwyck Brewing Company Serving Tray" from the collection of the Albany Institute of History and Art

The week ahead

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Steve Earle and Shawn Colvin are playing together at Troy Music Hall this week.

Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather (warmer, eventually), to very different classics, to Walter Kirn, to Marky Ramone, to vegan baking, to music...

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Stuff to do this weekend

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Mike Birbiglia is the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall Friday night.

By Lauren Hittinger

Welcome to spring. The first full day and the first weekend. No, the tulips are nowhere near in bloom, but the ice cream stands are opening, so that's something.

After the jump you'll find our list of ways to spend the first weekend of the new season. Got something else planned? Share it with the crowd.

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

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Being Ginger in Troy

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Scott Harris in Being Ginger.

The League of Extraordinary Red Heads returns April 2 with a screening of the documentary Being Ginger at the Arts Center in Troy. The doc's director, Scott Harris, will also be there to talk about the film, which is about his experiences as a red head. Blurbage:

Though the movie offers many rarely seen glimpses into the peculiarities of life as a redhead -- one of the smallest segments of the human population, at around 2 percent -- its true intent is to speak to a universal audience.
"I've used dating as a subject in the film because the quest for love is something that everyone can relate to," Harris said. "It might be more accurate to say that the film is about the quest to be accepted. This is a film for anyone who has ever felt different, for any reason. In my case, it just happens to be the color of my hair that sets me apart, and the way people treat me because of it."

Here's the trailer for the doc.

The screening at 6:20 pm on April 2. Tickets for the screening and talk are $10. There's after party at the Confectionery, featuring specials on red wine and Nine Pin cider fermented with ginger. There's no ticket required for the after party.

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