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After Dark: Butterflies & Brews at miSci

misci butterfly house

The butterfly house.

It's adult night at miSci March 31 with an event called "AFTER DARK: Butterflies & Brews." Blurbage:

The AFTER DARK series is a social event for adults 21+ featuring full museum access, alcoholic beverages, board games, planetarium shows, and exciting science demonstrations. A chance for adults 21 years or older can come enjoy the museum during an evening event without kids. And all money raised will go towards providing the best informal STEM education to Capital Region children and their families!
Escape winter's chill in our popular indoor butterfly house, and learn all about brilliantly colored native butterflies such as Monarchs, Black Swallowtails, Buckeyes, Painted Ladies, Tiger Swallowtails and Spicebush Swallowtails. Don't miss the chrysalis chamber which offers visitors the chance to learn about the exciting life cycles of butterflies.

There will be samples from Albany Distilling, Artisanal Brew Works, C.H. Evans, Mad Jack, Shmaltz, Rare Form, Yesfolk Tonics, and others. Also, Given to Fry will be there selling food.

The After Dark event is Saturday, March 31 from 5:30-9:30 pm. Admission is the regular museum admission, $10.50. Planetarium shows are an extra $5.

Tour of the Battenkill 2018

tour of the battenkill 2018 promo

The annual Tour of the Battenkill cycling event returns to Washington County April 28. "It's a back-road journey through open farmland, narrow canopies of trees, and a covered bridge -- the kind of naturally car-free, rural roads you wish you could ride everyday."

This year's ride includes two options: a 75-mile gran fondo and a new 40-mile medio fondo. Blurbage for that abbreviated ride:

Like the Gran Fondo, the Medio Fondo course offers a challenging yet scenic ride through the rolling hills of upstate New York, but with 2,500 feet of elevation change instead of 4,800, less sections on dirt roads (but including the infamous Meeting House Road and the epic Stage Road), and nearly half the distance. It's the perfect race for those who want a less rigorous ride through the pastoral beauty of Battenkill Valley.

Awards will be given to top finishers of both the gran and medio fondo. The rides also includes course marshals, service vehicles, pickup for cyclists not able to complete the course, and a post-ride party.

Registration is currently $99 for the gran fondo, $79 for the medio fondo. Those price increase in March and April.

photo: Tour of the Battenkill Facebook

Grey Fox Festival lineup 2018

Del McCoury Band

Del McCoury Band

The Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival returns July 19-22. And the lineup is out -- it includes The Del McCoury Band, Sam Bush Band, Hot Rize, Jerry Douglas, The Wood Brothers, Della Mae, and many others.

The full lineup is listed below.

Festival tickets are currently $210, which includes camping (price increases May 1). Day passes are $75. Kids 12 and under are free with a ticketed adult.

Grey Fox is at the Walsh Farm in Oak Hill, in northern Greene County, not far from the Albany County line. It's about 30 miles south(west) of Albany.

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Spring beer festival season will be here soon

Albany Craft Beer Festival 2017 crowd

Last year's Albany Craft Beer Festival at the Washington Ave Armory. / photo via Albany Craft Beer Festival Facebook

The natural rhythms of late February through April: melting snow, the first green shoots, and migrating packs of beer nerds.

Yes, spring beer fest season will soon be here, and again there are a handful of festivals around the region...

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Josh Ritter at Troy Music Hall

musician Josh Ritter 2018

Singer/songwriter Josh Ritter is set to play a show at the Troy Music Hall May 12. Tickets go on sale this Friday, February 16 -- they're $35 and $50.

The concert is being billed as a "special solo acoustic" show.

The last time Ritter was in town he played The Egg in 2016.

Bombay Rickey
Also recently announced for Troy Music Hall: Bombay Rickey on March 6. The group plays "both covers and original music that borrow equally from the worlds of surf rock, cumbia, spaghetti-Western, and Bollywood, balanced out with soaring operatic vocals."

Troy Music Hall advertises on AOA.

photo: Laura Wilson

2018-2019 lineups for Proctors Broadway shows and plays at The Rep

poster for the musical Hamilton

Local theater to host production of stage musical about Founding Father.

Yep, next year will be the year when Hamilton arrives at Proctors for a run during August 2019.

That was one of the details in the Proctors announcement Monday night of its upcoming Broadway lineup and the next season at Capital Repertory Theatre.

The Proctors lineup includes many shows that are currently playing on Broadway, so this will be an opportunity to see them while they're still hot. And The Rep season includes a world premiere and new spins on some old favorites.

Tickets for both series are now on sale as part of subscription packages. Individual show tickets will be available closer to the season starting. Some shows end up being very popular, so you might want to plan ahead a little bit for tickets if you're interested in going.

On with the lineups...

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Different sorts of ways of celebrating Valentine's Day together this week

other Valentines Day ideas composite

By Cristin Steding

Valentine's Day is nearly upon us. Do you have any plans?

A little more than half of adults in the US celebrate Valentine's Day, according to the National Retail Federation. And if the influx of prix fixe menus advertised by every restaurant that could conceivably serve three courses means anything, the traditional romantic dinner remains a popular way to celebrate.

But if you're not the type to shell out $100 for a meal where the menu is limited -- or if you've been there, done that, and are looking for something a little more adventurous -- you've got options.

Here are six alternatives to gazing into each other's eyes in a candlelit restaurant this week...

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The week ahead

music producer DJ Steve Aoki

Steve Aoki is at Upstate Concert Hall Wednesday.

Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather (thaw), from basketball, to stories, to history, to film, to Valentine's Day, to music...

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The Business of Digital Games at TVCOG

Tech Valley Center of Gravity exterior 2016-JulyThe Tech Valley Center of Gravity in Troy is hosting an afternoon of discussions about the video game industry -- "The Business of Digital Games: Understanding the Landscape of the Industry" -- on March 7. Blurbage:

Learn about the companies included in this ecosystem, what they do, who they work with and how. Dig a little deeper into the growth and development of one successful business. Then drill down a little more into a targeted discussion of your choice. Finish your day with a Networking Reception complete with opportunities to talk with representatives of game design companies and a TedX-style presentation on "The Intersection of Digital and Media Art."

That link above includes a few more details about the speakers and the activities. It looks reps from many of the locally-based games companies -- of which there are now a handful, many of them in Troy -- will be there.

The program is Wednesday, March 7 from 1-7 pm. It's free to attend, but space is limited. If you'd like to pre-register and secure a spot, you can do so online with a $10 donation to the charity Extra Life.

TVCOG advertises on AOA.

Albany Symphony season 2018-2019

David Alan Miller

Albany Symphony music director David Alan Miller.

The schedule for the next Albany Symphony season -- the 2018-2019 season -- is out. It includes a a concert with Albany Pro Musica at Proctors, Beethoven's Symphony No. 7, and -- as the ASO is known for -- works by many living American composers.

Tickets for the season are available via a season subscription. (Individual date tickets will be available later on.)

And, of course, the ASO's current season is in progress, with two Romeo & Juliet-themed concerts at the Troy Music Hall this weekend and more shows throughout the spring.

Onto a scan of the schedule...

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Williamstown Theatre Festival 2018

williamstown theatre festival 2018

The lineup of productions for this year's Williamstown Theatre Festival is out. And, as is always the case, the cast lists include some big names -- among them Matthew Broderick, Mary-Louise Parker, Steven Pasquale, Carmen Cusack, and Tavi Gevinson.

One of the interesting things about WTF in recent years is that it's become a venue to try out works -- either new or revived -- with an eye toward eventually moving them to New York. And this year's lineup include five new works, along with a revival of The Member of the Wedding by Carson McCullers.

Tickets are currently on sale as multi-show bundles. Reservations for single tickets start April 3.

Without further ado, here's the lineup...

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The Albany Capital Center is hosting concerts now

musician Ashanti

Ashanti. / photo via Ashanti Facebook

So the Albany Capital Center is a concert venue now, too. A trio of shows that are coming up in the next month...

February 14: An Intimate night w/ Ashanti on Valentine's Day
It's "seated general admission event" with the R&B star. 7 pm -- $40 and up

February 23: Empire State Fest 2k18 featuring Jay Critch and Blak Ryno
Hip hop. 9 pm -- $25

February 25: Dropkick Murphys
A general admission floor show with the Celtic punk band. 6:30 pm -- $35
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That's in addition to the usual convention center-type events such as conferences, expos, and group meetings.

Over at the Biz Review, Mike DeMasi looked at the 139 events the ACC hosted during 2017 -- 27 were events new to Albany County. (The convention center opened in March 2017.)

Earlier:
+ Gawking at the Albany Capital Center
+ Albany All Stars Roller Derby has a new home

Andy Borowitz at Proctors

satirist Andy Borowitz

Writer/comedian Andy Borowitz will be at Proctors July 13. Tickets go on sale this Friday, February 9.

Borowitz is most famous of late for his satirical pieces at The New Yorker. But back in the day he was chillin' out maxin' relaxin' all cool as one of the creators of The Fresh Prince of Bel Air

The show is part of Borowitz's "Make America Less Embarrassing Again" tour. He'll be talking with WAMC's Joe Donahue on stage.

photo via Andy Borowitz Facebook

Two local fat bike events coming up

saratoga fat bike rally

A previous Saratoga Fat Bike Rally. / photo via Saratoga Fat Bike Rally Facebook

A quick follow-up / highlight of sorts to Jen's post on Friday about fat biking, because winter is better when you get outside and have fun... two local events coming up:

February 10: Saratoga Fat Bike Rally
The Saratoga Fat Bike Rally returns to Saratoga Spa State Park near the warming hut. It includes a handful of rides and events throughout the day. It's free to register, though there is a small registration fee for a few of the races.

Grey Ghost Bicycles will be there with fat bikes available for rental -- call ahead to reserve: 518-223-0148

The fat bike rally was started a few years back by a group of fat bike riders.

February 17: Farmer's Fatty at Indian Ladder Farms Cidery and Brewery
Indian Ladder Farms Cidery and Brewery in Altamont is hosting a day of fat biking on a course that includes both single track and double track. "The course will be groomed if the snow is deep enough. No snow, no issue, event will happen on dirt. Ride as little or as much as you want! ... There will be a 60 minute short course event for the fatties who want to test their fitness against others."

Registration is $30. That includes lunch and one complimentary beer.

Steiner Sports will be there with mechanical support and demo bikes.

Bill Murray, Jan Vogler and Friends at Proctors

New Worlds Bill Murray Jan Vogler

Bill Murray -- yep, that Bill Murray -- is set to appear at Proctors April 9 as part of a music and literature performance with cellist Jan Vogler. Tickets go on sale to the public this Thursday, February 8 -- they're $50 and up.

Show blurbage for New Worlds:

A program that showcases the core of the American values in literature and music. A show that communicates the bridges artists have built between America and Europe. Twain, Hemingway, Whitman, Cooper, Bernstein, Gershwin and Foster are some of the strongest voices that influenced generations of humans in America and gave the world a picture of the charm, energy and creative force of the New World.
The Hollywood star's love for classical music is young and his art of language boundless. All the more reason to look forward to a fascinating encounter between great music and great literature featuring two masters of their art.

Here's a trailer for the show that might give you a better sense of what it's like, along with a CBS Sunday Morning segment.

As the story goes, Murray and Vogler met in an airport (there was apparently a "cello in the overhead compartment" joke.) They're joined by violinist Mira Wang and pianist Vanessa Perez.

24-Hour Drone 2018 at Basilica Hudson

24-Hour Drone floating guitar Basilica Hudson

The 24-Hour Drone event is returning to Basilica Hudson April 28-29. Tickets are on sale now -- they're $36 ahead / $48 at the door

A day of drone? Blurbage:

An immersive event and all-encompassing experience, 24-HOUR DRONE is a roving, international series presented by Basilica Hudson and Le Guess Who?, featuring musicians and sound artists experimenting within the spectrum of drone to create 24 hours of unbroken, uninterrupted sound.

The lineup hasn't been posted, yet, but you can check out previous years' lineups.

Basilica Farm & Flea
Speaking of Basilica Hudson... The popular Basilica Farm & Flea Spring Market is May 12-13 this year.

photo via Basilica Hudson Facebook

The Piano Guys at SPAC

The Piano Guys musical act

The pop classical act The Piano Guys will be at SPAC August 7. Tickets go on sale this Friday, February 9 -- they're $41.50 and up. (It's a pavilion-only show.)

The Piano Guys play mashups of classical and pop music in an all very modern way. Genetically engineered for virality and incubated in social media cultures, they've racked up almost 6 million subscribers on Youtube and than 1.4 billion plays. (One of their videos is a joint with Lindsey Stirling -- 18 million views for a Mission: Impossible mashup -- because of course it is.)

Other SPAC pop shows announced so far...

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SPAC 2018 classical performances

Nationall Ballet of Cuba SPAC

This summer's lineup includes the National Ballet of Cuba.

Here's the overview schedule of the classical performances coming up this summer at SPAC:

June 6-8: National Ballet of Cuba

July 17-21: New York City Ballet

August 1-18: The Philadelphia Orchestra

August 5-21: Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center

Tickets go on sale to the general public February 22.

And here are a few dates from the schedule that caught our eye while we were scanning it today...

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The week ahead

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Journalist Emily Witt will be at UAlbany this week as part of the NYS Writers Institute to talk about her book Future Sex and sex and dating in 21st century America. / photo: Noah Kalina

Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather (snow), from motherhood, to history, to sex, to art, to basketball, to startups, to music...

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It's fat biking season

fat bike in sun

By Jen Masa

I think I may have gotten a few strange looks in my apartment complex a few weeks ago while strapping my bike onto my car rack. In the middle of winter. After a few inches of snow had fallen.

But to me, this is the perfect time to ride my fat bike!

With huge, knobby tires that are typically four inches wide, fat bikes have been gaining popularity for their versatility. You can ride them like mountain bikes, conquering many obstacles -- even if it's snowy.

Whether you are a mountain biker looking to ride through the winter or an outdoor enthusiast wanting to try something new, consider fat biking! You won't be able to wipe the smile off your face.

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Black Family Technology Awareness Day at RPI

Black Family Technology Awareness Day at RPIThe 18th Black Family Technology Awareness Day is this Saturday, February 3 at RPI. It's a free, daylong series of events to get kids and families acquainted with educational and career opportunities in science, technology, engineering, math, and the arts. Blurbage:

This year, workshop highlights include Domino toppling, learning about the field of engineering, using math formulas to calculate the number of calories that can be burned while hula hooping, exploring the basics of 3-D printing, using games to teach math and science, and learning about LEGO robotics. Other offerings include an interactive skill-building session to help parents learn about available STEM apps, tips from Rensselaer admissions officers and students on how to navigate the STEM college experience, and a computer coding session to assist students with learning how to create websites.

That link above includes a bunch of details about the works.

The events stretch from 8 am (opening ceremony at 9:15 am) to 1:15 pm on Saturday. It's free and open to the public, but registration is required.

photo: RPI

Women of Science at the New York State Museum

state museum from plazaHalf of the research and collections professionals at the State Museum are women, and on February 10 it has a whole day of events lined up to highlight the science and research in which these women are engaged. Blurbage:

In recognition of the U.N. International Day of Women and Girls in Science we bring you this program honoring the women working in a variety of scientific discliplines right here in downtown Albany. Lectures, "Ask the Scientist" sessions, and scientific activities will be happening throughout the day.
The day includes hands-on activities that allow YOU to be the scientist. Examine specimens from our collections and ask questions of the women working in science at the edge of human discovery and preserving the wealth of knowledge in museum collections. Cultural Anthropology, Bioarchaeology, Archeology, Malacology, Botany, Geology and Paleontology are some of the fields represented in this amazing all-day extravaganza!

If you follow that link above, there are details about the events, along with short profiles of many of the scientists who will be participating.

The events are from 10 am-4 pm on Saturday, February 10. It's free.

Upstate Alliance for the Creative Economy roundtables

alliance for creative economy logoThe Upstate Alliance for the Creative Economy initiative has a series of events coming up over the next month or so focused on the state of the local "creative economy" and how to grow it. Blurbage:

Join ACE and the Center for Economic Growth as we announce our latest Creative Economy data, and share your thoughts on how we can work together to develop and grow creative jobs and opportunities in the Capital Region.
ACE wants to know what you do, why you're here, and how we can make this region the best place in the U.S. for people to live, work, and grow creative businesses. Music, food, networking and more. You're welcome to attend any or all of these Roundtable events, and need not be employed in the Creative Industries to participate.

The first event is at Overit in Albany on February 7. The full schedule is below. The roundtables are free to attend, though registration is requested (details at the link above).

ACE defines the creative economy as including: design, media, visual arts and handcrafted products, performing arts, heritage and preservation, and artisanal food and agriculture.

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Downtown Albany food tours starting this spring

Quackenbush Square Albany 2016-October

The tours start at Quackenbush Square.

The organizer of the Taste of Troy Food Tours is starting up a "Historic Downtown Albany Food Tour" this spring. Blurbage:

Put on your walking shoes for an entertaining and delicious way to experience Albany. New York's Capital City for 320+ years, is undergoing a culinary and craft brewing boom. You'll sip and sample from restaurants that are spicing up Albany's food scene. Discover stunning architecture and cultural tidbits that will help you develop a fresh perspective on New York's capital city. Each Friday, we sprinkle in history, architecture and culture to kick off your weekend in the Capital District. ...
Our tour highlights 5 tastes from different local restaurants, some history of Albany, architectural accents and culture. Our tour lasts 3 hours and we walk about 1.5 miles, one slight climb up State St., with plenty of rests during our tastes.

The tours start in May. Tickets are on sale now -- they're $59 for adults / $39 for kids.

Tastes and Traditions
The new tours fit into a larger series organized by Discover Albany focused on food this year called "Tastes and Traditions." The recent -- and sold out -- Proost brewing/distilling history event at the Ten Broeck Mansion is one example.

Here are a few events coming up at the Albany Pine Bush Preserve

albany pine bush coyote camera trap 2013-December

One of the events is about coyotes. The animals sometimes show up on camera traps in the preserve, as above. / photo: Albany Pine Bush Preserve

The Albany Pine Bush Preserve has a bunch of events coming up over the next few months -- about nature, history, or just being outdoors -- for both adults and kids.

Here are a few that caught our eye...

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