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The Trial Before Christmas returns

trial before christmas 2014 posterThe Trial Before Christmas -- a mock trial to settle who really wrote "A Visit from Saint Nicholas," first published in the Troy Sentinel -- will once again be held at the Rensselaer County Courthouse in Troy on December 7 during the Victorian Stroll at 2 pm. It's free to attend.

Last year's trial -- featuring a judge, jury, attorneys, expert witnesses, a sax-playing Santa -- was in front of an overflow crowd of almost 500 people. As a result, event organizer Duncan Crary is aiming to have a feed of the trial in the courthouse rotunda this year to handle the overflow, and to post a video of the trial online afterward. To cover the costs involved, there's a Kickstarter.

One of the pledge premiums is a a fun poster designed Ben Karis-Nix of Troy Cloth and Paper. That's the poster on the side here.

Albany Antique Postcard Show

vintage Albany postcard

We don't know if this card will pop up at the show, but it seems like a good bet.

The annual Albany Antique Postcard Show is set for December 6 at the Polish Community Center on Washington Ave Ext in Albany. Blurbage:

Over 1 Million Vintage Postcards on display and for sale at the 4th Annual Antique Postcard show held at the Polish Community Center in Albany New York. Dealers from 5 different states will be set up with cards from all over the world. Collectors will come from all over the east coast to look for every subject imaginable. Small towns from all over New York state, over 100 years old. Free appraisals on location.

The company behind this show is Mary L. Martin Ltd. Postcards, which has an interesting backstory -- one that started in Albany. As the story goes, the eponymous Mary Martin was living in Albany during the 1960s when she got interested in postcards via her husband's stamp collecting hobby. Martin started collecting and trading the cards, and that eventually turned into a job for her and later a family business. (Along the way the Martins moved to Maryland.) Mary Martin died in 2001, and the business is now run by Martin's daughter, also named Mary, who grew up in the family business. It has a 10,000-square-foot warehouse in Maryland and claims the world's largest collection of postcards. [Baltimore Sun] [Baltimore Magazine] [Baltimore Sun x2]

The postcard show at the Polish Community Center is from 9:30 am-3 pm on December 6. Admission is $3.

The week ahead

empire state plaza ice skating

The ice rink at the ESP is scheduled to open for the season on Friday.

Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather (snow midweek?), to Thanksgiving, to history, to trotting, to ice skating, to music...

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Hands on History: 98 Acres in Albany

98Acres Lucius Major barbershopTwo of the historians behind the 98 Acres in Albany project that's documenting the neighborhood knocked down for the Empire State Plaza will be at the University Club in Albany November 25 to present a bunch of the remarkable images they've collected. Event blurbage:

Ann [Pfau], an independent historian, and Dave [Hochfelder], a professor at the University at Albany, recently embarked on an effort to document the people displaced and the structures demolished to make way for the Nelson A. Rockefeller Empire State Plaza. Stacy Sewell, a professor at St. Thomas Aquinas College, is also part of the 98 Acres in Albany project.
The event will be held at 6:00 p.m. at the National Register-listed University Club of Albany, 141 Washington Avenue, and will include a presentation of dozens of photographs of buildings and the people who lived in them uncovered in their research. Ann and Dave will also share research strategies with those who may be interested in finding out more about their own homes or neighborhoods.

The event is free, but pre-registration is required (details at that first link). Also the U Club will be collecting donations for the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York.

Earlier on AOA: 98 Acres in Albany

photo via 98 Acres in Albany

Stuff to do this weekend

the parlor eric jen closeup

The Parlor, Bear Grass, Secret Release, Rival Galaxies and many others are playing the annual B3nson Funsgiving at The Low Beat and Pauly's.

This weekend should be a good one to break out the long underwear and hot cocoa. But don't put the fall coat away yet. Temperatures in the 60s will be back on Monday. Because that's how Mother Nature plays the game in the Northeast.

After the jump, a list of stuff to do with with this chilly autumn/winter weekend. Got something planned that you don't see here, drop it in the comments and let the rest of us in on it.

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

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The Price is Right Live! returning to The Palace

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The Price is Right Live -- a traveling version of The Price is Right -- will be back at The Palace April 10. Tickets go on sale this Saturday (November 22) -- they're $32.75 and up.

The show was at the Palace back in 2013 and was so popular that a second date was added. So if you're interested in going, getting tickets sooner rather than later might not be a bad idea.

Show blurbage:

The Price Is Right Live! is the hit interactive stage show that gives contestants pulled right from the audience the chance to "Come On Down" to win appliances, vacations and even new cars by playing classic games from television's longest running and most popular game show. From Plinko to Cliffhangers to the Big Wheel, and even the fabulous Showcase, all the favorite games are played just like the TV show.

From what we can gather the live version doesn't work exactly like the TV version -- more audience members are involved in various ways, and the prizes are smaller.

The last time the show was here pre-registration was required to be a potential contestant. It looks like that's changed -- and contestants are now picked from a pool of people who register on site just ahead of the show. You don't have to be a ticket holder to put your name in to be a contestant, according to the show FAQ.

Drawing: Chefs Consortium pairing of local beer/food at City Beer Hall

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Drawing's closed!

This Thursday, November 20, there's a fundraiser for the Chefs Consortium at the City Beer Hall in Albany that will be pairing local beers with locally-produced foods. We have a pair of tickets to the event, and we're giving them away.

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

What are two local things that pair well together?

This could be anything -- food, places, activities, whatever. We'll draw one winner at random, that person gets the pair of tickets.

Featured breweries at the event are: Chatham Brewing, Crossroads Brewing Company, Nine Pin Cider Works, and Rare Form Brewing Company. Beers (and cider) from those places will be paired with food made with products from Hawthorne Valley Farm, Honest Weight Food Co-Op, Hudson Valley Farm Hub, Northwind Farms, and R & G Cheese works.

The event starts at 6 pm on Thursday, Novemeber 20. Tickets are $35 each, and include $1 off drinks all night at the City Beer Hall and a 20 percent discount ticket for dinner there. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Chefs Consortium's educational programs.

Important: All comments must be submitted by 10 am on Wednesday, November 19, 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 Wednesday and must respond by 7 pm that day.

Pretty Much the Best Comedy Show: Aparna Nancherla

comedian aparna nancherla

Looking ahead to the weekend: The Pretty Much the Best Comedy Show series has Aparna Nancherla coming into town for a standup show Saturday.

Nancherla has been on TV a bunch of times, including appearances on Comedy Central and Conan. From her bio: "Aparna's comedic goggles are dry and observational, and her act is sprinkled with absurdist wit and a whimsical point-of-view." A clip of a Conan appearance is post jump.

The opener this month is the one and only Kevin Marshall.

The show starts at 8 pm Saturday in the Underground at Proctors. Tickets are $15. And we hear last month's show sold out, so getting tickets ahead of time isn't a bad idea.

photo: Mark Manning

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"America's Quiet Revolutionaries"

shaker worship illustration state museum

A circa 1840 illustration of a Shaker worship ceremony.

Over the weekend the State Museum opened a "major" new exhibit that could be worth a look: "The Shakers: America's Quiet Revolutionaries."

The exhibit includes hundreds of historic images and artifacts from regional institutions the Shaker Heritage Society, Hancock Shaker Village, and the Shaker Museum | Mount Lebanon. Exhibit blurbage:

The United Society of Believers in Christ's Second Appearing, better known as the Shakers, is the most significant communal religious society in American history.
In the 1770s, the Shakers launched a revolution parallel to that of the American colonists against British rule. As the Shakers sought religious freedom, their spiritual beliefs and communal lifestyle set them in opposition to society. Later their product innovations and marketing skill seemed "revolutionary" to the outside world.
Today, the Shakers are recognized for their tremendous influence on American cultural identity through their social, commercial and technological innovations, decorative arts, and design.
Thematically divided into six areas, the exhibition shows how the Shakers' unique model of an equal society challenged the norms of the "outside world."

As you might know, this region was the site of the first Shaker communities in America -- the very first being the Watervliet Shaker community (on land that's now in Colonie). Influential Shaker leader Ann Lee is buried there.

The exhibit also includes a series of talks, tours, and other events. This Saturday, November 22, there's a free gallery tour with exhibitor co-curator Lisa Seymour at 1 pm.

The State Museum exhibit runs through March 6, 2016.

image: D. W. Kellogg and Co. / New York State Museum

The week ahead

theo jansen strandbeest

Artist Theo Jansen will be at EMPAC this week to talk about this "Strandbeest" -- kinetic, self-directed sculptures.

Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather (winter preview), to hoops, to kinetic sculpture, to face-to-face interaction, to figure drawing, to music...

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AOA event: Tasting in the kitchen with New World's Ric Orlando

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Chef Ric

Update x3: The new batch of tickets has now also sold out. Thanks for all the interest!

Update update: New tickets have been released!

Update: The event is currently sold out! But we've arranged for more spots and we'll release them Monday at noon.

Some restaurants have a special table in the kitchen where you can watch the chefs prepare your meal, and maybe even ask a question or two. So why not have a whole party there?

AOA is going to do just that.

New World Catering has a new space on Delaware Avenue with a bar and an open kitchen, and on Thursday, December 4 AOA is hosting a holiday cocktail party there with New World chef, author, and Chopped champ Ric Orlando.

We'll have food, signature cocktails, craft beers and locally-sourced wines. Here's a peek at the menu and how to get tickets.

We'd love to see you there.

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Stuff to do this weekend

cesar millan 2014

Cesar Millan is at Proctors Saturday.

If you haven't done it already, it might be time to break out your winter coat and mittens. Once you're all bundled up, you'll need someplace to go. We've got that part covered.

After the jump our weekly (weekendly?) list of stuff to do. Doing something you don't see here? Drop it in the comment section so everyone can see.

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

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Tanglewood 2015 lineup includes Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett (together)

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The 2015 Tanglewood season was announced today. And it includes an appearance from Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett -- together -- June 30.

The two singers released Cheek to Cheek, an album of duets, in September. Blurbage: "Tony & Gaga handpicked each song on Cheek To Cheek, pulling from the Great American Songbook with classics from songwriters like Duke Ellington, Irving Berlin, George & Ira Gershwin, Cole Porter and Billy Strayhorn." Not holding anything back, they even went for a full There was even a PBS special.

The rest of the season announcement included many of shows you'd expect, including Joshua Bell, Prairie Home Companion, John Williams, Diana Krall, and Yo-Yo Ma. (We don't even want to contemplate the unrest there'd be in the Berkshires if there was a summer without Yo-Yo Ma.)

Tickets for the season go on sale January 25.

TEDxAlbany 2014 lineup

tedxalbany 2014 speaker lineupThe lineup of speakers for TEDxAlbany 2014 -- on December 4 at Overit in Albany -- is out.

This year's talks include topics such as activism, fame, the internet, a love letter to the Capital Region. Speakers include Laura Glazer from Hello Pretty City, Amy Biancolli from the Times Union, and UAlbany neuroscientist Ewan McNay.

TEDxAlbany is a locally organized version of the popular TED conferences. Overit is once again hosting the event at its studio in a converted church space.

Tickets are $90, which includes breakfast and lunch -- here's the process for attending.

Demetri Martin at The Egg

demetri martin publicity photo

Comedian Demetri Martin is returns for a stand-up show at The Egg January 29. Tickets go on sale this Friday, November 14 -- they're $42.50.

Martin's been on Comedy Central a bunch -- both as part of his own show, and on The Daily Show. He's also appeared in a handful of movies, including (most recently) Contagion and In a World...

His style is understated and observational, with a lot of one-liners -- "Don't be so quick to judge others. Take your time and really get into it."

More upcoming comedy:
+ November 20: Hannibal Buress at The Egg
+ December 5: Gabriel Iglesias at The Palace
+ December 13: John Oliver at The Palace
+ March 7: Lily Tomlin at Troy Music Hall
+ April 18: Paula Poundstone at Troy Music Hall
+ April 24: Bill Cosby at The Palace
+ May 5: Brian Regan at The Palace

Live Nation advertises on AOA.

Drawing: Tickets for Beaujolais Nouveau Wine Celebration 2014 + a bottle of wine

previous AIDS Council Beaujolais event

The scene from a Beaujolais Celebration in a previous year.

Drawing's closed!

The AIDS Council's annual Beaujolais Nouveau Wine Celebration is November 21 at the ESP Convention Center. We have a pair of tickets for the event and we're giving them away.

BUT WAIT, there's more: The winner will also receive a bottle of Beaujolais Nouveau courtesy of Capital Wine on Lark Street.

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

What's something local of good vintage?

We're interpreting this broadly. It could be strawberries you picked during the summer of 2014. It could be music from 1980something. It could be a place or event at a certain time. Whatever.

We'll draw one winner at random. The person gets the tickets and the bottle of wine.

The annual Beaujolais Nouveau Wine Celebration includes wine (of course), but also food samples from local restaurants. Tickets for the event start at $75.

Important All comments must be submitted by 5 pm on Tuesday, November 11, 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 10 am on Wednesday and must respond by noon on Thursday, November 13.

The week ahead

designer chip kidd

Designer Chip Kidd will be Skidmore this week. (You probably have a Chip Kidd work in your home.)

Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather (it is November), to Veterans Day, to stories, to film, to authors, to music...

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Santa Speedo Sprint 2014 registration open

Santa Speedo Sprint 2013

From last year's dash down Lark Street.

The Albany Santa Speedo Sprint returns for its ninth (!) dash down Lark Street December 6. So you have some time to gather pledges -- and your courage -- for this year's run for charity.

The sprint is pretty much exactly what it sounds like: people strip down to scanty, holiday-themed attire and then run down Lark Street and back. The event is organized by the Albany Society for the Advancement of Philanthropy and is a fundraiser for the Albany Damien Center and the HIV/AIDS program at the Albany Medical Center. The sprints have raised more than $125,000 over the years.

And it really is one of the happiest events of the year. How often do you see a huge crowd of people where everyone's smiling and laughing and cheering?

It's a $25 donation to participate. The first 175 people to sign get a free t-shirt.

And if you're not for the brisk run, you can still donate at the link above.

Stuff to do this weekend

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Acclaimed sci-fi author William Gibson is at EMPAC Sunday to talk about his new book. / photo: Michael O'Shea

Yikes, it's November.

The holiday crazy will be here soon, so take advantage of the next couple of weekends to relax a bit before things get really busy.

After the jump, a few things we thought might interest you. Got something planned that you don't see here? Drop it in the comment section. And whatever you're up to, have a fantastic weekend.

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Registration open for Troy Turkey Trot, Albany Last Run

albany last run 2014 logoA few quick bits about a couple of popular local 5ks coming up:

+ Registration is open for the Troy Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning. The Turkey Trot includes a 10k, 5k, kids mile, and a walk. Registration for the 5k and 10k is $30 before November 22, $35 during last-chance registration. The kids mile is $12/$15 and the walk is $10. (Online registration ends November 24.)

+ Registration is also open for the Albany Last Run 5K on December 6 through the Capital Holiday Lights in Washington Park. Online registration is $25. And we heard today that only about 200 of the 1700 spots in the race still remain.

Tea tasting at Whistling Kettle Troy

whistling kettle tea tasting tea closeupThe Whistling Kettle in Troy is hosting a tea tasting Friday, November 14.

The tastings include 5-6 cups of tea not on the cafe's menu -- "most will be in the premium/exotic category" -- along with descriptions and experts on hand to talk about the tea. The tasting is by reservation, and there's a registration process detailed at that link. It's $21.99 per person.

The Whistle Kettle has hosted many of these tastings at its original Ballston Spa location, and they've been very popular. (They often sell out.)

Casey attended one of the tastings last year, and said it was relaxing and fun.

Earlier on AOA: The Whistling Kettle, Troy

Storytime Time returns

storytime time funny stories illustrationThe comedic storytelling series Storytime Time returns this month with a new location: Cafe NOLA in Schenectady. Blurbage (may we direct your attention to the second sentence):

The show, hosted by Ethan Ullman (as heard on The Howard Stern Show and the popular RISK! storytelling podcast hosted by Kevin Allison) and introducing co-host Talia Cass, features both comedians and storytellers. Mary Darcy, of All Over Albany and Mopco Improv, will perform at the kick-off show along with a number of other great storytellers.
Ethan Ullman started Storytime Time in 2013 at More Bread & Jam in Cohoes until the restaurant closed. The storytelling show moved to Kokopelli's nightclub in Troy earlier this year. Past headliners include Annie Lederman (Comedy Central, Chelsea Lately), Yoshi Obayashi (Showtime) and Steve Barnes (Times Union)

The show is at 7 pm on Wednesday, November 12. Tickets are $5.

If you're interested in telling a funny (and true) story at a future Storytime Time, email a brief summary to storytimetimepitch@gmail.com.

Albany History Race

albany history race 2014 posterThe Albany Public Library is sponsoring an "Albany History Race" this Saturday, November 8. Blurbage:

Anyone interested in Albany's storied past is invited to participate in this "Amazing Race"-style scavenger hunt around the city. Over the course of just a few hours on a Saturday afternoon, teams will receive clues and dash around Albany completing challenges. The final stop of the race is McGeary's Pub (4 Clinton Sq.) where each participating team will receive 20 percent off their food and drink that day. The top three teams will receive bragging rights and prizes.

The hunt begins at the Main Library's Albany History Room at 1 pm on Saturday. It's free to participate, but you must register (and you can do so online).

APL advertises on AOA.

Drawing: Ray LaMontagne at The Palace

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Drawing's closed!

Singer/songwriter Ray LaMontagne is set to play The Palace this Sunday, November 9. We have a pair tickets and we're giving them way -- maybe to you.

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

Election Day is Tuesday. So, in a play on that, what do you vote for?

This could be anything, far beyond the political. It could be voting for something you'd like to see happen in the Capital Region. It could be voting for more of something (or less of something). Whatever. Non-redeemable bonus points for fun or interesting votes.

The Grammy-winning LaMontagne is currently touring in support of his album Supernova, which was produced by Dan Auerbach from The Black Keys. The opener for the Palace show is The Belle Brigade.

The show starts at 7:30 pm Sunday. Tickets are $35 and up.

Important: All comments must be submitted by 5 pm on Tuesday, November 4, 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 10 pm on Tuesday and must respond by 10 pm Wednesday, November 5.

Live Nation advertises on AOA.

photo: Ray Lamontagne Facebook

The week ahead

intergalactic nemesis Twin Infinity poster clip

The Intergalactic Nemesis is back at Proctors later this week.

Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather (starts off OK), to Election Day, to The Yes Men, to William Gibson, to twin trouble, to music...

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The Scoop

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