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Talking about Santa and the Dutch at the Mabee Farm

delicious december cover peter g roseFood/history/holidays: Food historian Peter G. Rose will be at The Mabee Farm Historic Site December 5 for a talk about Santa and the Dutch.

Food historian Peter G. Rose delves into the early history of the life of the Saint; explains the various changes in his veneration; and relates how he was brought to America by the Dutch in the seventeenth century and, again, transformed to Santa in the 19th century. The talk encompasses such subjects as literature, religion, the fine arts, and Dutch food ways to describe the extraordinary story of his generosity that had a lasting impact on us all.

Rose is originally from The Netherlands and has written many books about the Dutch and their influence on the food and culture of the Hudson Valley. Her latest book is Delicious December:

Delicious December mixes food and history in a celebration of Dutch and American holiday traditions. In more than one hundred tried-and true recipes, award-winning food historian Peter G. Rose draws on traditions that date back centuries, as well as on reminiscences of her native country and suggests many ways to incorporate true Dutch treats into American celebrations.

The talk at Mabee Farm is Saturday, December 5 at 2 pm. Admission is $5.

Earlier on AOA:
+ What did Albany eat in the 18th century?
+ Baking that Albany Cake

The week ahead

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The Mythbusters stage show is at Proctors Tuesday.

Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather (November-ish and not), to Thanksgiving, to turkey trotting, to mythbusting, to museums, to music...

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Tanglewood 2016 lineup includes Seth MacFarlane

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Next summer seems like forever from now, but Tanglewood released its 2016 schedule this week. Among the the dates that caught our eye:

+ A Prairie Home Companion on June 25. (There has been some talk this would be Garrison's Keillor's last Prairie Home show.)

+ Violinist Joshua Bell on July 8.

+ Seth MacFarlane -- yep, the Family Guy Seth MacFarlane -- with the Boston Pops on July 10.

+ Superstar pianist Yuja Wang with the Boston Symphony Orchestra on July 17.

+ Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble on August 7.

+ Wait, Wait Don't Tell Me on September 1.

And, of course, there will be appearances by many other performers you'd recognize, such as Renee Flemming, John Williams, Chick Corea, Jeremy Denk, and on and on. And there are sure to be additions to the schedule before the start of the summer.

Tickets go on sale January 24.

photo via Seth MacFarlane Twitter

Stuff to do this weekend

Sandra Bernhard

Sandra Bernhard is at the Troy Music Hall Saturday.

Before you start worrying about turkeys, stuffing, trees, latkes, and pumpkin pies, you have one last pre-holiday autumn weekend. Use it wisely. Sure, you can get a jump on your holiday prep, but if you'd rather play, we've compiled a list of fun options after the jump.

Planning something you don't see here? Share it with the rest of the crowd. And whatever you're up to, have a fantastic weekend!



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Empire State Plaza skating rink opens soon

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The ice skating rink on the Empire State Plaza is scheduled to open December 4, the state Office of General Services announced today. (That is weather permitting, of course.) The rink is on the Capitol end of the plaza, near The Egg.

It looks like the details for this season are the same as in years past. The rink will be open seven days a week from 11 am-8 pm. It's free to skate. Rentals for skates are $4 for adults / $3 for kids. And skate rentals are free on Fridays.

The rink will also have free learn-to-skate clinics during the season (with free skate rental). The first is the morning of December 5. These clinics tend to fill up very fast, so keep an eye out for the registration (it's already open for the December 5 clinic).

It's fun to skate on the plaza. It can get a bit crowded on weekends -- we've found the best time is often to stop by after work on weekday. A little early evening skating + dinner downtown is a nice night out.

Tree lighting
OGS announced a whole slate of winter events at the ESP today. And of course that includes the annual holiday tree lighting event, which is December 6 this year.

AOA is a media sponsor of the ESP ice skating rink.

David Sedaris at The Egg

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Author David Sedaris will be at The Egg April 9. Tickets go on sale to the general public this Friday, November 20 -- they're $38.50 and $48.50.

It's been a few years since Sedaris last made a stop here -- 2013, we think. And his appearances are often very popular. So, if you'd like to go, getting tickets sooner rather than later is probably a good idea.

The most recent book from Sedaris is Let's Explore Diabetes With Owls.

If you've never seen Sedaris in in a live performance, (in our experience) it goes something like this: he reads a bit, he talks a bit, reads a little bit more, talks some more, people laugh -- sometimes not exactly sure of when they should. So it's kind of like you'd expect.

photo: Hugh Hamrick

Drawing: Tickets for Beaujolais Nouveau Wine Celebration 2015

AIDS Council Beaujolais event 2012

The scene from a Beaujolais Celebration in a previous year.

Drawing's closed! Winner's been emailed!

The Alliance Positive Heath's annual Beaujolais Nouveau Wine Celebration is this Friday, November 20. We have a pair of tickets for it -- and they could be your pair of tickets. Update: And they're VIP tickets, which include a pre-event receptions and post-event cigar and cognac reception.

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

What's something local that you'd like to bottle?

It could be a beverage, of course. But it could also be the warm autumn sunshine. Or the sounds of dogs parking at the park. Or whatever. We'll draw one winner at random.

The Beaujolais Nouveau Wine Celebration is Friday, November 20 at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center starting at 6:30 pm. It includes samples of wine -- both Beaujolais and other varieties -- as well as food from local from local restaurants and purveyors, along with music and silent auction. Tickets -- $85 / $150 VIP -- are available online.

Important: All comments must be submitted by 11:59 pm Tuesday, November 17, 2015 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 noon on Thursday, November 19.

AOA is a media sponsor of Beaujolais Nouveau Wine Celebration 2015.

It's a Jazzy Christmas! at Massry Center

Massry Picotte recital hallThe annual "It's a Jazzy Christmas!" concert at the Massry Center at Saint Rose is coming up soon -- December 4. It's a fun show, and great for kids. Blurbage:

A Celebration of Vince Guaraldi's Holiday Jazz Music," a "high smileage," family-friendly evening of Guaraldi's signature style of jazz made famous in the "Peanuts" holiday specials. The Peanut Gallery Jazz Band will take concertgoers on an interactive musical journey reminiscent of 1940s radio serials, evoking images and emotions from an innocent childhood and days gone by. Guaraldi's music from the "Peanuts" specials makes this concert perfect for the jazz lover and the entire family, just in time for the holidays with all new elements this year making the show even better!

There's a milk-and-cookies reception after the show.

The show is Friday, December 4 at 6 pm. Tickets are $20 / $10 students / free for kids 5 and under (ticket required). It's a popular show and often sells out.

The week ahead

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Ginger Strand will be in town this week to talk about her new book The Brothers Vonnegut, about the Kurt Vonnegut's time working for GE in Schenectady. Vonnegut's brother Bernard was also working for the company at the the time, as a researcher on cloud seeding tech.

Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather (nice), to Motown, to histories, to the Brothers Vonnegut, to film, to hoops, to all sorts of music...

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Jerry Seinfeld at The Palace

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Jerry Seinfeld is set to return to The Palace for a stand-up show March 3. Tickets go on sale Friday, November 20 to the general public -- they're $48 and up.

Seinfeld has made a recent habit of playing the Palace in October every two years (he was last here in October 2013). So, a March visit? What's the deal with that?

Stuff to do this weekend

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Tim Hecker is at EMPAC this weekend

We're ticking down the days until Thanksgiving, so shopping, travel, and menu plans may be on your mind this weekend. But don't forget to celebrate the here and now -- otherwise known, in this case, as the weekend.

After the jump we've pulled together all kinds of pre-holiday goodness for you to enjoy -- from movies and shows to a cider pressing party to cooking classes and day trips.

Pick your favorites and make some plans. Got something in mind that you don't see here? Drop it in the comments for everyone to see.

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



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Native Peoples of Hudson Valley at the State Museum

Mahican leader Etow Oh KoamThis place has a long history -- Henry Hudson sailed up the river in 1609. But the history of this place extends before that, of course, with the many Native Americans who lived here. So this event next week might be an interesting way to learn a little bit more about that history.

From the blurbage for "Native Peoples of Hudson Valley" at the State Museum on Wednesday, November 18:

At this time of year people often refer to the role of Native Americans in the founding of what became the United States of America. These origin stories, however, combine fact and myth. come learn about the actual history of Native peoples in the Hudson Valley from Archaelogist Michael Lucas and Jon Lothrop at a special [Albany] City Hall Rotunda Event at the Nw York State Museum. All Museum galliers will be open to the public until 7:00 p.m. following the presentation and Michael and Jon will be available in exhibit areas to answer visitors' questions.

The event starts at 5 pm (it looks like the talk starts at 5:30 pm), and it's free.

That portrait on the right is of the Mahican chief Etow Oh Koam -- it was painted during a visit he and three Mohawk leaders made to England in 1710.

It's a play. It's a ping pong game. It's both.

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John Ahlin

Something a bit different: A show at Proctors next week -- ChipandGus: A Comedy with Balls -- is both a play and... a ping pong game. Blurbage:

The action takes place during an actual 90-minute game, with two college town colleagues meeting for their monthly session. But this night is different; there is something else in the room, and the evening becomes something more than just another match.

As it happens, the play is set in Schenectady. Backstory blurbage:

[Writer/actor John] Ahlin discovered the city's curious name as a child, on family drives from Westchester to the Adirondacks, and he was held forever in thrall by its odd collection of consonants ("I became one of the fastest spellers of Schenectady around," he says, chuckling). As fate would have it, he married a woman from Schenectady, and his longtime fascination found fruition in ChipandGus.
"My character," he says, "in particular, is a champion of the city's great dynamic history, and its glorious denizens and visitors over the years."

Ahlin plays one side of the game, fellow writer/actor Christopher Patrick Mullen the other. And apparently they really are playing ping pong during the show.

ChipandGus is Friday, November 20 at 7:30 pm in the GE Theater at Proctors. Tickets are $20 and $30. Proceeds benefit the Schenectady Light Opera Company.

photo via ChipandGus FB page

Santa Speedo Sprint 2015 registration now open


At the starting line of last year's sprint.

The Albany Santa Speedo Sprint -- now in its tenth year -- is back December 12. And registration is now open.

The sprint is what is sounds like: a bunch of people in holiday-themed underthings running down Lark Street in Albany for charity. 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. It's easily one of the happiest events of the year -- a bunch of smiles and a lot of cheering.

Here are photos from last year's sprint.

It's $25 to make the dash, and the first 175 people get a t-shirt. There's also a "super santa sprinter" $100 level that includes a special edition long-sleeve t-shirt. (And non-runners can chip in a donation of their own.)

Tracy Morgan at Funny Bone

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Comedian Tracy Morgan is set to play a series of standup shows at the Funny Bone at Crossgates November 19-22. Tickets are on sale now -- they're $35 and up.

Of course, Morgan is famous for time on Saturday Night Live and his role on 30 Rock. He was in the news last year after a tractor trailer rear-ended the limo he was in on the New Jersey Turnpike. One of the other passengers in the limo died, and Morgan was seriously injured along with three others. (Morgan's tour at the time -- which had been scheduled to stop at the Egg -- was canceled.) Last month he made his first extended appearance on TV following the accident when he hosted SNL.

Morgan's website bills the shows here as part of a string of warm-up dates ahead of a national tour that starts next year.

photo: Paul Mobley

Drawing: Collar City Fall Ball at Takk House

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Drawing's closed! Winner's been emailed!

The Takk House in Troy is hosting the first Collar City Fall Ball -- a prom for adults -- November 21. Blurbage:

The first annual COLLAR CITY FALL BALL Prom is taking place at Takk House in Downtown Troy, NY on November 21, 2015. This is a 21 and up event. Ticket price includes two hours of full open bar, gourmet comfort food snacks provided by Nicole's Catering, prom style photo booth printed photo and musical entertainment by the fantastic Graham Tichy Band all night long! ...
Best dressed couple will be entered to win a chance to be crowned prom King and Queen!
No dates are required! Come alone to mingle with other singles or come with friends! Dance to all the best classics and replace all your awful prom memories with these!

(And the theme is vintage Hollywood.)

We have a pair of tickets for the Fall Ball, and they could be your pair of tickets. To enter the drawing, please answer this question in the comments:

What would be the title of your Capital Region teen movie?

You know, a teen movies like Pretty in Pink or the like. One entry will be selected at random. We'll be awarding non-redeemable bonus points if you include a very short pitch about the plot with your answer.

The Collar City Fall Ball is Saturday, November 21 at the Takk House. Tickets are $60 per person and available online.

Important: All comments must be submitted by noon Thursday, November 12, 2015 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 Friday and must respond by noon on Monday, November 16.

Takk House advertises on AOA.

PostSecret: The Show at Proctors

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PostSecret: The Show -- a stage show based on the popular web project -- will be at Proctors for a multi-show run January 29-31 in the GE Theater. Tickets are now on sale -- they're $30 and up.


With original music, recorded voices, projected images, and video, PostSecret: The Show becomes an immersive experience as three actors guide the audience through a crowd-sourced narrative of the stories behind some of the most sexual, sad, funny and controversial - many of which have never been seen before.

Various PostSecret exhibits and talks have come through the area in recent years, and they seem to be popular. So you might want to get tickets sooner rather than later if you'd like to go this show.

Mumford & Sons at SPAC

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The rock band Mumford & Sons is set to play at SPAC June 15 (yep, next summer). Tickets go on sale this Friday, November 13 -- they're $30 for the lawn / $59.50 for the pavilion.

Mumford & Sons has become very popular the last few years. They've sold a ton of records. They won a Grammy. Their music pops up in all sorts of media. This show will probably be packed.

photo via Mumford & Sons FB

The week ahead

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Chef/restaurateur/cook book author/television host Lidia Bastianich will be 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 (not bad), to Veterans Day, to stories, to illustrating, to grains, to all sorts of music...

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TEDxAlbany 2015 speakers lineup

Overit 1.jpgThe lineup is out for this year's TEDxAlbany, which is December 3 at Overit in Albany.

This topics for this year's talks range from empathy, to exotic physics, to the experience of transitioning gender, to farms. The full lineup is after the jump.

TEDxAlbany is the locally-organized version of the popular TED talks series. Overit hosts the event at a studio in its converted church building on New Scotland Ave.

Tickets are now available. They're $90 and include breakfast and lunch. There's limited number, and the event has filled up quickly the last few years.

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Stuff to do this weekend

Jake Shimabukuro 2015

Ukelele master Jake Shimabukuro is at the Massry Center this weekend.

We're down to one of the last weekends before the holiday madness sets in, so relax while you can, folks. Put down the rake and check out our list of stuff to do this weekend instead. You can catch up later. Right now there's art, music, theater, comedy, and outdoor expos to get you ready for winter.

Planning something that didn't make our list? Drop it in the comments so everyone can see.

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



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Registration open for Troy Turkey Trot, Albany Last Run 2015

troy turkey trot 2014 pat hendrick photographyJust a heads up about two popular races...

Turkey Trot
Registration is open for the Troy Turkey Trot. The annual Thanksgiving morning race includes a 5k ($30), 10k ($30), walk ($10), and grade school mile ($12). You can register online.

The Troy Turkey Trot is now in its 68th year. And is said to be the 12th oldest road race in the nation. Last year almost 7,500 people took part.

Albany Last Run
Registration is also open for the Albany Last Run 5k on December 19 through the Capital Holiday Lights in Washington Park. Registration is $30. The race is capped at 1,700 people and often sells out, so if you're interested in signing up, do so earlier rather than later.

photo: Pat Hendrick Photography / Troy Turkey Trot

Pretty Much the Best Comedy Show: Beth Stelling

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Comedian Beth Stelling will be at Proctors this Friday for a stand-up show as part of the Pretty Much the Best Comedy Show series. Tickets are $15.

Stelling appeared on Comedy Central last month in a half-hour feature of her stand-up. And she's been on a bunch of the late night shows. And she has a new comedy album out, Simply The Beth. Here's a recent interview with Splitsider.

The show this Friday (November 6) at Proctors is on the Fenimore Gallery stage. And a guest comedian will open. Show starts at 8 pm.

Day trip: Syracuse

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By Julie Madsen

When you think Syracuse your thoughts probably shift towards collegiate sports, or the image of a snowbound post-industrial city.

But Syracuse is reinventing itself and has a lot to offer. The drive from Albany is a little more than two hours on I-90, so why don't you see what's going on there for yourself?

Here are a few ideas to get you started...

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Brain Food for the Curious at State Museum

state museum from plazaSometimes it's a good idea to get away from your office, or wherever you work, during lunch if you can. And sometimes it helps to have an actual reason to do so.

So, if you're around downtown Albany, you might be interested in this upcoming series at the State Museum: "Brain Food for the Curious" is a series of short lunchtime talks by State Museum scientists. Topics range from how birds in the state are responding to climate change, to household archaeology, to slavery in the Hudson Valley, to sabertooth cats.

Each talk is in the museums Huxley Theater. They start at 12:10 pm and last 20 minutes, followed by a Q&A. So, you can probably duck out right after the talk portion if you need to get back. And they're free.

A condensed schedule is after the jump.

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