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Moe. at The Palace

the band Moe 2017

The band Moe. is set to return to The Palace February 23 and 24. Tickets go on sale this Friday, December 15 -- they're $35 ahead / $40 day of / $65 for a two-day pass ahead.

The group went on hiatus this summer after vocalist/bassist Rob Derhak was diagnosed with nasopharyngeal cancer. Derhak says he now has a clean bill of health, and the band announced last month it start playing shows again. Those first two shows at The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester in February are already sold out.

More Palace shows
Also newly announced for The Palace:
+ April 7: Daughtry
+ April 17: Brit Floyd
+ April 19: comedian Gabriel Iglesias

Tickets go on sale this Friday.

photo: Jake Wisdom Photography

The week ahead

ESP ice rink agency buildings at night

It'll be plenty cold for making ice this week.

Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather (proper), to holiday stuff, to skating, to cooking, to music...

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Albany Craft Beer Festival 2018

albany craft beer festival 2018 logoThe Albany Craft Beer Festival is set to return to the Washington Ave Armory April 7. And tickets are already on sale -- they're $65. The ticket includes "access to an unlimited tasting of 100+ rare and special release beers" along with five-ounce tasting glass.

This is the second year for the festival, which is run by the crew at the Brew Crew / Oliver's. This time around it's breaking the festival up into two sessions -- noon to 3 pm, and 4-7 pm. Each is capped at 750 people.

The website has yet to list participating beers and breweries. "As you know, many of the breweries we feature are famous for their hoppy beers. Due to the importance of the freshness associated with IPAs, DIPAs and Pale Ales, confirmation of specific offerings won't happen until very close to party time. If you attended last year, you know we brought the noise!"

The festival is part of a larger Albany Craft Beer Week, which stretches from April 2-7.

Stuff to do this weekend

comedian Trevor Noah

The Daily Show's Trevor Noah is at The Palace.

If eight magic reindeer had to pull a sleigh full of all the stuff there is to do in the Capital Region this weekend, they'd never get it off the ground. Seriously. Even Rudolph wouldn't be enough. Someone would pull a hamstring. It's a lot of stuff.

So take a deep breath and dive into the list we pulled together for you. Pick your favorites, grab some friends, and have some fun. If you manage to do them all, you're a holiday rock star and there's a trophy for you at the end. (There's not really a trophy. But there might be a nap.)

If you're doing something that didn't make our list (and we're not sure how that's possible) by all means, tell us about it in the comment section.

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

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The Social Media drinks-and-art series is back for another season at The Arts Center

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The "Social Media" drinks-and-arts series at the Arts Center of the Capital Region will be back for another season starting in January. Blurbage:

Join us on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday every month for Social Media! You'll meet new people and make art in a new medium. Every event will feature a signature cocktail or seasonal beverage paired with the art form we'll be experimenting with! Your first drink is on us.

A condensed version of the schedule is below, it ranges from pottery to burlesque to beer to pirates.

These evening have been very popular and often sell out well ahead. So if you're interested in going, it's not a bad idea to claim a spot earlier rather than later.

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Sylvan Esso at Upstate Concert Hall

music duo sylvan esso

The indie pop duo Sylvan Esso has another local stop lined up, at Upstate Concert Hall July 30. Tickets go on sale this Friday, December 8 -- they're $27.50 ahead / $30 day of.

The duo -- Amelia Meath and Nick Sanborn -- were recently picked up a Grammy nomination in the Best Dance/Electronic Album" category for their album What Now.

They're also set to play a show at MASS MoCA March 31 -- it's already sold out. And the show they played at at Jupiter Hall at the Lucky Strike at Crossgates this past May sold out well ahead, as well.

So getting tickets sooner rather than later isn't a bad idea for the UCH show.

photo: Shervin Lainez

Brandi Carlile at The Palace

musician Brandi Carlile 2017

Singer/songwriter Brandi Carlile is set to play The Palace May 6. Tickets go on sale this Friday, December 8 -- they're 35.50 and up.

She has a new album coming out in February. Here's a recent NPR profile that includes a preview track.

Carlile also played The Palace back in 2015, and she was one of the headliners at MASS MoCA's Fresh Grass Festival this year.

Santa Speedo Sprint 2017 registration open

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This year's Albany Santa Speedo Sprint is December 16. And registration is open, which means you still have a few weeks to collect pledges and plan your costume. The registration fee is $25.

The sprint is what is sounds like: a bunch of people in holiday-themed underthings running/walking 800 meters down Lark Street an back for charity. (That first link above includes a short FAQ.)

The event is organized by the Albany Society for the Advancement of Philanthropy, with the Albany All-Star Roller Derby, and is a fundraiser for the Albany Damien Center and the HIV/AIDS program at the Albany Medical Center. This is the 12th year for the sprint, and it's raised more than $125,000 over the years. It's a fun event -- a bunch of smiles and a lot of cheering.

Here are photos from last year's sprint.

AOA is a sponsor of the Santa Speedo Sprint.

The week ahead

the band The Regrettes

The Regrettes are The Low Beat this week.

Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather (December?), to the stage, to Star Wars, to startups, to hoops, to holiday events, to all sorts of music...

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The ESP ice rink is open for the season

Empire State Plaza ice rink Capitol background

The ice skating rink on the Empire State Plaza opened for the season Friday.

The rink is open seven days a week, 11 am-8 pm (closed 3-4 pm for maintenance) -- weather permitting. It's free to skate. And skate rentals are $4 / $3 for kids / free on Fridays. A photo ID is required for skate rental.

As in previous years, there are also a series of clinics and special events connected to the rink over the next few months, such as learn-to-skate clinics and try-hockey clinics for various levels. Registration is required for the clinics and they often fill up fast. (The learn-to-skate clinics this Saturday, December are already full.)

The rink often gets busy on weekends. Our favorite time to go is in the evenings during the week. As we've said before, stopping by to skate for an hour after work + dinner someplace downtown = a better than usual Wednesday.

Swinburne Skating Rink
Friday also was opening day for skating rink in Albany's Swinburne Park (map).

Here are the hours and admission/skate rental info...

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Stuff to do this weekend

Troy Victorian Stroll balloon man

It's Victorian Stroll weekend in Troy.

So, what kind of week have you had?

Yeah.

But it's the weekend. That's something. And there's a long list of ways to enjoy it. We've pulled together a few things we thought you might enjoy. Doing something you don't see on our list? Tell us about it.

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

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Capital Region holiday events 2017

reindeer at Troy Victorian stroll

December has arrived and the Capital Region's schedule of holiday-themed events is full of tree lightings, Victorian strolls, concerts, screenings of Christmas movies, and a bunch of other holiday whatnot.

And here's a big, big list of that stuff...

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Dweezil Zappa at The Egg

musician Dweezil Zappa

Dweezil Zappa is set for a return to The Egg April 24. Tickets go on sale this Friday, December 1 -- they're $39.50 and up.

Show blurbage:

Dweezil Zappa performs Frank Zappa, an evening of his father's music, keeping the legacy of the iconic rocker alive! Playing a long, ambitious set of Frank Zappa favorites and obscure gems, Dweezil respectfully executes his father's music beautifully. He is uniquely qualified to bring these compositions back to life with complete authenticity from the page to the stage. Helping to deliver the goods is his absolutely stellar band of first-rate musicians.

Zappa has played The Egg a handful of times in recent years and the shows have either sold out or been very close to selling out. So if you'd like to go, it's a good idea to get tickets sooner rather than later.

photo via Dweezil Zappa Facebook

"Left On The Drawing Board: Alternate futures of the Capital District"

This could be interesting: The Troy Innovation Garage will be hosting an event called "Left On The Drawing Board: Alternate futures of the Capital District" on January 26. It's organized by Cornerstone Consulting and Troy by Gas-Light. Blurbage:

Much has been written and discussed about the building and highway projects that have been built in the Capital District throughout its four century history, and the impacts, both positive and negative, of such projects on the communities in which they are located. But, what about the multitudes of projects that never made it past the drawing board, or those that were begun but never completed? Those unbuilt and incomplete projects and how they might have changed the look and feel of the region will be examined in a series of presentations at the Troy Innovation Garage ...

And the organizers are looking for submissions from people who might like to talk about particular project that didn't happen. The deadline to submit is December 15. Here are the details about how to submit.

"Left on the Drawing Board" is Friday, January 26 at 6:30 pm at the Troy Innovation Garage (24 4th Street in downtown Troy). It's free.

Upstate Collage Night back at the Opalka Gallery

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A different sort of Friday night: The Upstate Collage Night series will be back at the Opalka Gallery on the Sage Albany campus this Friday, December 1. It's from 6:30-9 pm and it's free. Blurbage:

Upstate Collage Night is an evening of ephemera featuring a refined collection of vintage magazines to cut up and remix. It is hosted by Caroline Corrigan and Ira Marcks; two people dedicated to creating good things in UPSTNY.
Upcoming Collage Nights are open to the public and sponsored by your kind donations. No need to bring supplies, we have all the art supplies, snacks to eat, craft beer to drink, and cool people to meet.

You might already know Caroline Corrigan from her design work and the Half Moon Market, and Ira Marcks from his work as an illustrator and his many comics workshops.

While you're there, you can also check out the Paper Is Part of the Picture exhibit, which closes December 15.

photo via Opalka Gallery Facebook

Registration is open next week for Albany school district classes for adults

Albany High School history classroom

The winter can be a good time to take a class because it gets you out of the house -- and, you know, maybe you'll end up learning something.

A bunch of schools districts around the Capital Region offer continuing education classes on all sorts of topics. Those districts include Albany -- and registration for its slate of classes is next week.

Among the list of Albany school district classes for the winter: sewing, upholstery, dance, and Spanish language courses. They're on Wednesday or Thursday nights at Albany High School. The winter session starts the first week of January.

Registration is in person at December 6 and 7 at Albany High from 5:30-8:30 pm. Fees range from $15-$75 for most courses, payable by cash or check, and are required at the time of registration.

Earlier: Where to take continuing education classes?

Azmat Khan at Sanctuary for Independent Media

journalist Azmat Khan

Award-winning journalist Azmat Khan will be at the Sanctuary for Independent Media in Troy this Friday, December 1 for a talk.

Khan has reported for a bunch of different outlines, including Frontline, and she's Future of War fellow at the New America Foundation. She co-authored a cover story for the NYT Magazine this month -- "The Uncounted" -- that concludes the number of civilian casualties from coalition air strikes against ISIS in Iraq have been dramatically undercounted. The piece is heart-wrenching, and a remarkable example of on-the-ground reporting as Khan and Anand Gopal visited, mapped, and reported from air strike sites. A clip:

Some time later, he snapped awake. His shirt was drenched, and there was a strange taste -- blood? -- on his tongue. The air was thick and acrid. He looked up. He was in the bedroom, but the roof was nearly gone. He could see the night sky, the stars over Mosul. Basim reached out and found his legs pressed just inches from his face by what remained of his bed. He began to panic. He turned to his left, and there was a heap of rubble. "Mayada!" he screamed. "Mayada!" It was then that he noticed the silence. "Mayada!" he shouted. "Tuqa!" The bedroom walls were missing, leaving only the bare supports. He could see the dark outlines of treetops. He began to hear the faraway, unmistakable sound of a woman's voice. He cried out, and the voice shouted back, "Where are you?" It was Azza, his sister-in-law, somewhere outside.
"Mayada's gone!" he shouted.
"No, no, I'll find her!"
"No, no, no, she's gone," he cried back. "They're all gone!"

Khan's talk at the Sanctuary for Independent Media is at 7 pm Friday. Tickets are are $10 / $5 for students and low income.

photo via Azmat Khan Facebook

The week ahead

national geographic photographer ami vitale rhino talk

National Geographic photojournalist Ami Vitale will be at Skidmore for talk titled "Rhinos, Rickshaws, and Revolutions."

Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather (not bad), to the stage, to photography, to science, to hoops, to all sorts of music...

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Stuff to do this weekend

She Loves Me

She Loves Me opens its holiday run at Capital Rep

Happy. Holidays.

The season has officially begun, and this weekend there are lots of ways to enjoy it with family and friends.

After the jump, we've pulled together a few things we thought might interest you. Doing something you don't see here? Tell us about it in the comment section. And whatever you're up to, have a fantastic weekend.

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Capital Region holiday markets 2017

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Babes in Troyland returns to Takk House in December.

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The unofficial official holiday shopping season starts up Friday.

If you're looking for something a little bit different -- craftier, handmade, more independent, fair trade -- there are a bunch of local holiday markets around the region.

And here's a big list of 'em for this year...

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The Empire State Plaza ice skating rink is opening soon for the 2017-2018 season

Empire State Plaza ice skating rink overhead 2017-January

Winter is happening: The ice skating rink at the Empire State Plaza is set to open December 1 (weather permitting), the state Office of General Services announced today.

As in recent years, the rink will be open seven days a week from 11 am to 8 pm (closed 3-4 pm for maintenance). And it's free to skate. Skate rental is $4 for adults / $3 for kids 12 and under / and free on Fridays. (A photo ID is required for skate rental.)

There are also a series of free learn-to-skate and hockey clinics -- that link includes the schedule. Keep an eye out for when registration opens because they fill up fast.

Tree lighting
The annual ESP tree lighting is December 3 this year. There's a whole day of events leading up to the lighting at 5:15 pm and fireworks at 5:30.

Also: There's rock-and-skate event with Moriah Formica that evening from 6-8 pm.

AOA is a sponsor of the ESP skating rink.

The week ahead

vice president Joe Biden

Amtrak enthusiast Joe Biden will be at Proctors.

Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather (expected), to Thanksgiving, to Joe Biden, to words, to turkey trotting, to museums, to music...

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Stuff to do this weekend

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Bob Dylan plays The Palace this weekend

Welcome to that transitional weekend when we go from falling leaves to holiday lights. This is also the last weekend before the holiday craziness sets in for many people, so find a way to enjoy it.

After the jump, our list of things we thought might make you happy. Doing something that didn't make our list? Tell us about it in the comment section.

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

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The Regrettes at The Low Beat

the band The Regrettes

Garage rock band The Regrettes are set to play a show at The Low Beat December 6. Tickets are $10 and available online.

The band's music clearly draws on mid-century acts such as Buddy Holly, while their lyrics are infused with modern feminism and attitude.

The opener for the show are locals Mystery Girl.

photo: Chade Kamenshine

The Women of Schuyler Mansion

women of schuyler mansion

The Schuyler Mansion has closed for general admission for the winter season, but it will still be open in the coming months for special tours. And the focus tour up for November is "Women of Schulyer Mansion":

The "Schuyler Sisters" have been causing quite a stir in the Broadway musical Hamilton: An American Musical, but did you know that there were really five sisters? Learn what it was like growing up as a Schuyler, as this focus tour presents an in-depth look at the history of the Schuyler women, their daily lives, and the impact they had in shaping their famiy's history. Be prepared to participate, as volunteers will be asked to read quotes by and about these historic women.

The tours are Thursdays and Saturdays at 2 pm (except for holidays and school groups). Reservations are required ((518-434-0834). Admission is $5 / $4 students and seniors / free for kids 12 and under (cash at the door).

Thanksgiving weekend
The Schuyler Mansion will also be open for regular tours Saturday, November 25. The tours are on the hour from 11 am to 3 pm. They're first come, first tour. Same admission prices as above (and cash only).

image via Schuyler Mansion Facebook

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