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Taking in The People's Art

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"Number 12" by Jackson Pollock

Let's look at some art. That sounds like a good idea today.

We got a chance this week to finally check out The People's Art at the State Museum this week. It's an exhibit of works from Empire State Plaza Art Collection. Blurbage (link added):

Beginning in 1965, Governor Nelson Rockefeller assembled a commission of art experts to select the works for the Plaza and personally signed off on each acquisition. The exhibition The People's Art: Selections from the Empire State Plaza Art Collection is a collaboration of the State Museum and the New York State Office of General Services. It features 20 works by 17 artists and includes paintings and sculpture by modern masters such as Mark Rothko, Jackson Pollock, Helen Frankenthaler, Franz Kline, David Smith, and Alexander Calder.

There are a few more selections after the jump if you're curious about what's included. It's on display through the beginning of this September.

Between this exhibit, the new Ice Ages exhibit (which just opened), and Hudson Valley Ruins, it's a good time to stop by the State Museum if you haven't been in a while -- especially now that we're in the gloomy mid winter period (meteorological period rather than artistic).

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Stuff to do this weekend

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Monster trucks are at the TU Center this weekend.

We do solemnly swear that we will faithfully execute the task of finding you stuff to do this weekend, and will, to the best of our ability, preserve, protect and defend your right to an interesting weekend.

Hey, we take this job seriously.

So, after the jump, a list of Capital Region happenings we thought might interest you, from monster trucks and comedy to music and theater, to markets and museums.

Planning something you don't see here? Drop it in the comment section so we can all see.

And whatever you're up to, hang in there, and have a fantastic weekend.

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Deconstructing the Beatles, two ways

Beatles expert Scott Freiman

Musicologist Scott Freiman will be back at Proctors February 11 for two presentations of "Looking Through A Glass Onion: Deconstructing The Beatles' White Album." Tickets are $35.

Show/presentation blurbage:

In Looking Through A Glass Onion: Deconstructing The Beatles' White Album, composer/producer Scott Freiman takes Beatles fans young and old into the studio with the Beatles as they create their bestselling album -- The Beatles (commonly referred to as the White Album).
Using rare audio and video clips, as well as anecdotes about the creation of the songs, Mr. Freiman allows the audience to see and hear the evolution of these groundbreaking songs (including "Revolution," "While My Guitar Gently Weeps," & "Blackbird") and discusses the songs' lasting influence on popular music. Musicians and non-musicians, Beatles fanatics and casual listeners will all enjoy Mr. Freiman's presentation.

The presentations are at 1:30 pm and 7:30 pm in the GE Theatre.

Freiman's brought this series to Proctors a few times before and at least a few of the dates in the past have sold out.

Sgt. Pepper's
There's another local opportunity to catch Freiman's Beatles deconstruction coming up: The Spectrum will be screening a film version of "Deconstructing the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band Album" February 6 at 7 pm. Tickets are $15 and available online.

The Spectrum advertises on AOA.

photo via Scott Freiman's website

Death Wish Coffee founder at Startup Grind

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Mike Brown -- the founder of the Round Lake-based Death Wish Coffee Co. -- is the speaker for the next event in the local Startup Grind series January 26 in the Rensselaer Technology Park. Tickets are $20 (or 2 for $30) ahead / $25 at the door / free for current students.

You probably already know the outline of the Death Wish story. Brown started the brand -- "the world's strongest coffee" -- out of the Saratoga Coffee Traders location in Saratoga Springs. And then got a huge boost last year when Death Wish won a contest for a free TV spot during the Super Bowl. Business has been booming since. (The coffee is available online and at retail outlets such as supermarkets.)

The Startup Grind event page says Death Wish now has revenue of $14 million a year.

The event next Thursday, January 26 is at Pat's Barn in the Rensselaer Tech Park. Networking at 6 pm, talk at 7 pm.

Earlier on AOA:
+ Next up for Death Wish Coffee: NASCAR
+ Death Wish Coffee Vodka
+ Death Wish Coffee gets a Super Bowl ad

Welcome to Night Vale "All Hail" at The Egg

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The touring live show of the popular podcast Welcome to Night Vale is set to return to The Egg April 10. Tickets go on sale this Friday, January 20 -- they're $30.

The date at The Egg is part of the tour for a new Nightvale live show -- "All Hail" -- that includes narrator Cecil Badlwin and guests, music by Disparition, and Erin McKeown as the weather.

From the podcast's blurbage:

WELCOME TO NIGHT VALE is a twice-monthly podcast in the style of community updates for the small desert town of Night Vale, featuring local weather, news, announcements from the Sheriff's Secret Police, mysterious lights in the night sky, dark hooded figures with unknowable powers, and cultural events.
Turn on your radio and hide.

The creators of the show were -- Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor -- were recently on the podcast Bad with Money With Gaby Dunn and talked about how they started Night Vale and how they've funded it.

photo via Welcome to Night Vale FB

Aimee Mann at The Egg

musician Aimee Mann

Singer/songwriter Aimee Mann is set to play The Egg April 25. Tickets go on sale to the public January 20 -- they're $34.50 and $44.50.

Mann announced today that she has a new album -- her first in five years -- coming out in March. Mental Illness includes contributions from Ted Leo, with whom she toured a few years back (they made a stop at Helsinki Hudson).

It isn't mentioned on The Egg listing for the show, but it looks like Jonathan Coulton will be the opener.

The show at The Egg in the 982-seat Hart Theatre.

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By the way: The Barenaked Ladies show at The Egg April 21 is sold out.

Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds at SPAC

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Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds

Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds are lined up to play shows at SPAC June 16 and June 17. Tickets go on sale February 18 -- they're $40.50 and up. There's also a presale starting for members of the Dave Matthews Band fan org starting this Thursday, January 19.

DMB isn't touring this summer, creating the opportunity for the Matthews/Reynolds tour. Reynolds, a guitarist, has a long history of collaborating and playing with Matthews and the band. And his solo career has brought him through this area a few times, including to the Massry Center this past December.

The press release for this summer's Matthews/Reynolds dates tout them as "stripped-down, acoustic" shows.

SPAC pop shows
Here's the list of SPAC pop shows announced for this summer so far...

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The week ahead

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RPI and Union renew their rivalry in the Mayors Cup at the TU Center this week. / photo: Flickr user Doug Kerr (CC BY-SA 2.0 cropped)

Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather (not too much like winter), to MLK Jr. Day, to film, to activism, to history, to hockey, to music...

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Stuff to do this weekend

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The Albany Wine and Dine for the Arts festival is this weekend.

Wait, what? It's the weekend? Already?

No need to feel unprepared. After the jump we've got a list of stuff happening over the next few days that you might want to try -- from wine and food festivals, to Martin Luther King Jr. Day events, to hockey, to a Broadway musical.

Doing something you don't see here? Let us know about it in the comment section. And whatever you're up to, have a fantastic weekend.

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Talking about that time a whole apartment building was picked up and moved in Albany

The Fort Frederick Apartments in Albany -- which now stands on State Street near the Capitol -- originally started out at Swan and Washington Ave. It was moved a block south in 1926 to make way for construction of the Smith Building.

Yep, they literally picked up the whole building and moved it.

That episode will be at the center of a talk by Albany city historian Tony Opalka and longtime local architect Harris Sanders at the the Albany Public Library's Pine Hills branch January 18.

Opalka and Sanders will be talking the Fort Frederick's move, the city's geology and how it affects the way buildings are constructed, along with a bunch of other local architecture bits.

Here's an old photo showing the Fort Frederick standing along Washington Ave (it looks like the date attributed to the photo might be wrong).

The talk at the Pine Hills branch is Wednesday, January 18 at 6:30 pm. It's sponsored by the Friends of the Albany Public Library. It's free and open to the public.

Harris Sanders
If you're not familiar with Harris Sanders, you're almost surely familiar with many of his buildings -- they're all over this area. But his most famous local architectural work is... a dog. Yep -- he came up with the idea of putting Nipper atop what was then a distribution warehouse for RCA products.

Check out this profile of Sanders from a few years back by Joseph Dalton.

Earlier on AOA: Albany, sliding between past and present

EMPAC spring 2017 season

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Clockwise from left: star violinist Anne Akiko Meyers (photo: MolinaVisuals), Modern Living by the choreographers Gerard & Kelly, and a still from the video game Thralled.

The schedule for the spring 2017 season at EMPAC is out. And, as in past seasons, it's full of all sorts of different, cutting edge, and challenging performances, talks, and demonstrations.

This time around, the topics range from digital activism to video games to music to re-imagining a theater classic to architecture.

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

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Storytime Time at MopCo

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The Storytime Time comedic storytelling series recently started up again, and it's next show is this Friday, January 13 at the MopCo theater space in Schenectady. Blurbage:

The event is a hybrid of a comedy show and storytelling event and the best way to understand it is to just come to it.
This month features true & funny stories from Kat Koppett, Jaye McBride, Peter Delocis, Thomas Attila Lewis, Ryan Shea and Storytime Time favorite Kevin Kaszubowski!

The organizer and host of Storytime Time is comedian Ethan Ullman.

Tickets are $10 / $6 for students and seniors, and available online.

MopCo advertises on AOA.

NYS Writers Institute visiting writers spring 2017

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The spring lineup for the NYS Writers Institute visiting writers series is out. And is the case each season, it includes notable, award-winning writers and events.

Here's the full lineup, compressed and expanded...

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One-Man Star Wars Trilogy at Proctors

One Man Star Wars Charles Ross

The One-Man Star Wars Trilogy show is returning to Proctors January 28 for two performances. Tickets are $30 and currently on sale.

What is this show? Blurbage:

Created and brought to life on stage by Canadian actor Charles Ross, One-Man Star Wars Trilogy is just what it seems--a live solo performance of the original trilogy of Star Wars movies (A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi)! The multi-talented Ross stuns audiences by singlehandedly playing all the characters, singing the music, flying the ships, fighting the battles and condensing the Star Wars plots into just over 60 minutes of live entertainment.

The show is in the GE Theater at Proctors. The performances are at 3:30 pm and 7:30 pm.

ESP's MLK memorial event this year to feature Harlem Children's Zone founder

Harlen Children's Zone founder Geoffrey Canada

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The Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is next Monday, and the ESP Convention Center will again be hosting a memorial observance with speakers, music, and other programming.

The keynote speaker for this year's ceremony is Geoffrey Canada, founder of the Harlem Children's Zone. The program has focused on providing children and family in central Harlem support from birth through college in attempt to help people out of poverty. The Obama administration has touted the program as a model to replicate in recent years. And the HCZ has been one of the inspirations for the Albany Promise.

The MLK event at the ESP starts Monday, January 16 at 8:30 am with music prelude, and the formal program starts at 9:30 am. It is free and open to the public.

NYS OGS advertises on AOA.

photo: US Department of Education Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

The week ahead

Something Rotten tour

A touring production of Something Rotten! is at Proctors this week.

Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather (gray), to a Broadway musical, to stories, to movies, to hoops, to Wine and Dine, to music...

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Stuff to do this weekend

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Mike Birbiglia is at The Funny Bone this weekend.

Happy first weekend of 2017. If you've still got some energy left after all the celebrating and working this week, we've got some fun stuff you can do.

After the jump, museums, concerts, skating rinks, films and more.

Planning something you don't see on our list? Drop it in the comments so the rest of us can see. And whatever you're up to, keep warm and have a fantastic weekend.

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Craig Finn living room show in Albany

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Craig Finn -- of The Hold Steady -- is set to play a "living room" show in the offices of Merit in Albany January 13. Tickets are $30 and only available online. They are the only admission for the event.

The show is part of a small tour Finn is doing ahead of his new solo album, We All Want The Same Things. Blurbage:

Done in conjunction with Undertow Music Collective, these house shows will be an evening of music and conversation with Craig. Besides playing new songs live for the first time in an intimate setting, Craig will also do casual Q&A sessions with the fans in attendance.

There's a very limited number of tickets for the Albany show, so if you're interested in going, it's a good idea to snag tickets now rather than later. They're a good bet to sell out, and soon.

Flurry Festival 2017

flurry festival poster 2017The annual Flurry Festival -- now in its 30th year -- returns to Saratoga Springs February 17-19. Advance discount tickets are now sale now through January 16, after which prices go up.

The festival is a big weekend of all sorts of dancing at venues around the city. Blurbage:

Dancing festival goers of all ages will enjoy a major lineup of international music and dance experiences. Along with our traditional weekend filled with non-stop contra and swing, we have programming lined up all weekend long with dance styles such as Tahitian, Flamenco, Bulgarian, African, Chinese, Irish, Yiddish, Scottish, Greek, Hip Hop, tap, and more. Instruction is available for beginner level on up and there is no need to bring a partner to come have fun.

Full-festival passes are currently $85 for adults at the advance discount price ($100 at the door) / $70 for students seniors, military members / $50 for teens / $8 kids. Individual session tickets start at $25.

Stuff to do this weekend

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The Capital Holiday Lights in Washington Park continue this weekend.

Christmas and Hanukkah are this weekend, so the list of stuff to do is slimmer than usual, but there are still a few things happening.

After the jump, a few things you might want to try. Our favorite thing to do this weekend: spending time with people we love.

Doing something you don't see here? Share it with the rest of us in the comments. And whatever you're up to we wish you a happy fun filled weekend spending time with loved ones.

Happy holidays!

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Mike Birbiglia at Albany Funny Bone

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Comedian/actor/filmmaker Mike Birbiglia is set to play a series of shows at the Funny Bone at Crossgates January 6-7. Tickets are on sale now -- they're $25.

The shows are part of Birbiglia's "Working It Out" tour. Blurbage from the initial tour announcement in November:

New hour of comedy to work out. I've never been more excited about standup in my whole career. I have this sense that anything is possible and that I'm a better writer than when I started. I've written about 40 or 50 pages of raw standup that MAY OR MAY NOT work. ...
These "Working It Out" shows will be raw, semi-improvised, unfinished. When I watch my favorite comics like Chris Rock or Dave Chappelle or Louis CK at the Comedy Cellar- THESE ARE THE SETS I LIKE TO SEE. I like seeing things in early stages. It might be what you're into. It might not. That said, I promise that my heart will be in it and sometimes my writing has to catch up to my heart.

There are four shows lined up at the Crossgates Funny Bone. We're guessing at least a few will sell out. So if you'd like to go, it's probably a good idea to get tickets sooner rather than later.

photo: Brian Friedman

The week ahead

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The Palace is screening It's a Wonderful Life later this week.

Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather (very December), to Christmas movies, to words, to Korean cinema, to hockey, to spiked egg nog...

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High Mud Comedy Festival 2017

comedian Phoebe Robinson

The High Mud Comedy Festival returns to MASS MoCA March 31-April 1. And tickets are on sale now -- they're $42 for a two-day pass ahead / $32 for students / $55 day of.

The headliner for the upcoming festival is comedian Phoebe Robinson, who's gotten a lot of attention this year for being the co-host of the popular 2 Dope Queens podcast with Jessica Williams. It's been near (and at) the top of the iTunes most popular podcast chart. Robinson has also appeared in a bunch of other media, and her book -- "You Can't Touch My Hair (And Other Things I Still Have to Explain)" -- was published this fall.

General festival blurbage:

High Mud laughs don't stop at stand-up: comedy films, funny museum tours with performers, a joke cam, workshops, and perhaps a comedian-led beer tasting and tour of Bright Ideas Brewery on the MASS MoCA campus will leave your sides aching. Post-mainstage, late-night gigs at local venues --including Desperados and the Freight Yard Pub -- will feature local talent.

The festival is hosted by "charmingly deadpan comic/writer/actor/guitar hero/man-about-town" Dave Hill.

photo via Phoebe Robinson Facebook page

Stuff to do this weekend

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This is the last weekend for the production of Alice in Wonderland at the Theatre Institute at Sage. / photo: Tamara Hansen

Only three weekends left in 2016.

After the jump, a list of stuff to to this weekend that will help you fill your fun quota for the year.

Planning something you don't see on our list? Share it with the rest of us in the comment section.

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

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Two more Garth Brooks/Trisha Yearwood shows added for TU Center

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Tickets went on sale Friday for the the already-announced Garth Brooks/Trisha Yearwood shows at the TU Center in March. And the venue announced this morning it's adding two more shows.

Here are the dates: March 10, 11, and 12. Tickets are $65.73.

It sounds like there was an online crush to get the tickets this morning, but the TU Center was telling people Friday morning tickets were still available, and encouraging them to keep trying to get through.

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