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The Bites Camera Action film series is returning to downtown Albany this summer in a new location

Times Union Center exterior video boards 2018-March

The Bites Camera Action movie series is set return to downtown Albany in July. And this time around the movies will be shown on the giant video screens on the front of the TU Center as part of a block party.

As in the past years, the Downtown Albany BID is looking for input about which films to show. There's an online survey with a bunch of choices (you can pick four). One survey taker will be chosen at random to win a $50 downtown Albany restaurant gift certificate. Voting ends at 11:59 pm on May 1.

Using the TU Center screens like this is an interesting idea. They are really big and bright. We've been thinking it could be fun to use them to show art, or maybe something just really chill and relaxing like nature scenes will ambient sounds. Because they really contribute to the feel of that block.

The Downtown Albany BID advertises on AOA.

Stuff to do this weekend

They Might Be Giants 2017

It looks like there are just a handful of tickets remaining for the They Might Be Giants "Science, Kids, and Beyond" show at The Egg on Sunday. / photo: Shervin Lainez

Alright, you've all seen the long range forecast, so let's all get together and decide we're going to ignore Mother Nature until she gets onboard with spring.

Meanwhile, we have a weekend to plan. After the jump, a few weekend goings-on we thought might interest you.

Planning something that didn't make our list? Tell us about it in the comment section so everyone gets to see.

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

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GE Realty Plot walking tours

GE Realty Plot Irving Langmuir House 1176 Stratford Road 2008 CC Daniel Case

Nobel Prize winner Irving Langmuir lived in this home on Stratford Road in the plot. / photo: Wikipedia user Daniel Case (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Schenectady city historian Chris Leonard is leading a walking tour of the GE Realty Plot neighborhood May 19. Blurbage:

Leonard will cover the dynamic events and unique cast of characters who have called "The Plot" their home. The tour includes stories and anecdotes about GE inventors and executives, Schenectady business and political leaders, entertainers, and incomparable individuals, as well as the formation of The Plot and ongoing efforts to protect these stately homes. Some of the many luminaries covered include Charles P. Steinmetz, Irving Langmuir, Izetta Jewel Miller and Ernst Alexanderson.

The GE Realty Plot sits just to the east of Union College. The college sold the land at the beginning of the 20th century to General Electric (it was trying to pay off some debt) and the company developed the plot for homes for its executives and researchers. It's a beautiful, walkable neighborhood.

The walking tour is the morning of Saturday, May 19. Tickets are $20 -- "which includes entry into one of the homes, and a 15-minute break with snacks on its large front porch" -- and available online.

By the way: It looks like this tour will be offered each month through October.

Creative Economy Symposium 2018

Creative Economy Symposium brochure

Proctors is hosting the second annual Creative Economy Symposium June 21-22. The topic for this year's event: "The Next Steps Toward a Diverse Workforce." Blurbage:

Join Upstate [Alliance for the Creative Economy], Workforce Development Institute, and the Themed Entertainment Association, global experts, and regional individuals, entities & industries in exploring critical issues relating to cultural, social and racial inclusion in Upstate New York's Commercial Creative Industries.
This 2nd Symposium in Schenectady involves Employees & Employers in Regional Creative Industries engaged in a conversation about overcoming obstacles, educational curriculum, hiring practices, job placement services, and career opportunities, rural & urban, leading us to a more diverse workforce.

Updated: A flyer with the schedule of events and speakers is embedded below. There's an opening reception that Thursday evening and then presentations/talks/discussions during the day on Friday.

Diversity in the local creative economy was the subject of a recent event at the Opalka Gallery this month. It was a good discussion, and there's a lot to talk about -- especially on how to turn intent into action and results.

The registration deadline for the symposium at Proctors is June 15. The fee is $40. (If that's maybe more than you can cover, we get the sense the organizers don't want to turn anyone away for not being able to pay -- so reach out to them.)

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Tracing the histories of family cookbooks, and bicycles on the road to suffrage at the State Museum

circa 1900 bicycling ladies Schenectady

This photo -- of two women in the Schenectady area in the early 1900s -- is from the Larry Hart Collection at the Schenectady County Historical Society's Grems-Doolittle Library. That link is to a post on the library's blog about the wild early days of cycling in Schenectady.

Two upcoming State Museum talks that look interesting...

A Taste of Change
Food historian Peter G. Rose will be at the State Museum May 6 for a talk about family cookbooks. "Using her knowledge of Dutch customs and food history, [Rose] will discuss examples of such recipe/scrap-books, dating as far back as the late 17th century and ranging to the 20th century that contain Dutch recipes. They show the continued identification with the forebears, but also the gradual assimilation. This can apply to any other ethnicity as well. Photographs of pages in cookbooks as well as 17th-century paintings will illustrate the talk."

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: How the Dutch Brought Us Santa, Presents, and Treats. Sunday, May 6 at 2 pm -- free

Woman on a Wheel
State Parks historian Kjirsten Gustavson will be at the State Museum May 20 for a talk about women and the early history of bicycles. "Women astride their bicycles challenged cherished notions of femininity--everything from the concept of female dependence to their very appearance was about to change. Even Susan B. Anthony once said of the bicycle, "I think it has done more to emancipate women than anything else in the world. It gives women a feeling of freedom and self-reliance." Join [Gustavson] for an illustrated talk on the way in which the bicycle helped to shape the modern woman and pave the way for suffrage."

Also: Gustavson will be there in her 1895 bicycle costume and you can join her for a bike ride. Sunday, May 20 at 1 pm -- free

Portland Cello Project: OK Computer at Troy Music Hall

The alt-classical group Portland Cello Project is set to play a show of Radiohead songs at the Troy Music Hall October 27. Tickets go on sale to the general public this Wednesday, April 18 -- they're $29 and up.

Show blurbage:

Portland's premiere alt-classical group brings a huge orchestral ensemble, including brass and percussion, to perform a night in homage to Radiohead. Patti King of The Shins joins them as a guest vocalist.
The first set of the evening is a selection of various Radiohead songs and the second set is, from start to finish, Radiohead's OK Computer album.

That clip embedded above is the group playing "Paranoid Android" last November.

1964
Also announced today for Troy Music Hall: The Beatles tribute act 1964 on September 27. Tickets go on sale to the general public Wednesday -- they're $29 and up.

Troy Music Hall advertises on AOA.

The week ahead

author Salman Rushdie

Salman Rushdie will be at UAlbany this week as part of the NYS Writers Institute.

Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather (gray), to words, to drama, to authors, to Gabriel Iglesias, to hoops, to all sorts of music...

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Stuff to do this weekend

Dirty Dancing musical

Nobody puts Baby in a corner. (The touring stage musical version of Dirty Dancing is at Proctors this weekend.)

Spring just doesn't seem to want to... well -- spring. But just the same, the weekend is coming so plans must be made. We suggest dressing in layers and packing an umbrella.

Below there's a bunch of stuff to do regardless of weather conditions -- well, mostly. Pick your favorites and let the weekend begin. Planning 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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Walking the Albany Rural Cemetery, for the birds

Albany Rural Cemetery wide shotThis could be a different sort of Saturday morning: The Audubon Society of the Capital Region and the Friends of Albany Rural Cemetery are teaming up for a bird walk / cemetery tour April 21. Blurbage:

In prior years, more than 30 different species of birds have been seen and heard as we walk through the Cemetery grounds. In addition to guided bird identification, historical narratives of some of the historic and interesting people buried in ARC will be provided as we walk through the historic grounds. Wear your walking shoes and be prepared to walk. You also may want to bring binoculars and bug spray (just in case).

The walk starts at 7:30 am that day. Call the cemetery office at 518-463-7017 to register. There's a suggested donation of $10.

The cemetery is a beautiful place for a walk. And maybe spring will actually be in progress by then.

Historic Walking Tour
By the way: That historical walking tour of the cemetery with costumed presenters the evening of May 18 filled up almost instantly. But there's another one in the works for September.

Drink Saratoga

Drink Saratoga logo

The Capital Craft Beverage Trail has a Drink Saratoga event lined up for June 15 at the Saratoga Automobile Museum.

It's a follow-up to similar events in Albany and Schenectady, in which craft beverage producers from around the region will be offering tastings. There will also be food, and the museum will be open for touring. Producer lineup (so far):

Nine Pin Cider, Albany Distilling Company, C.H. Evans Brewing Albany Pump Station, Brown's Brewing Company, Druthers Brewing Company, Chatham Brewing, S&S Farm Brewery, Altamont Vineyard and Winery, Upstate Distilling Company, Wolf Hollow Brewing Company, Mad Jack Brewing Company, Indian Ladder Farms, The Beer Diviner, Great Flats Brewing, Artisanal Brew Works, Hudson-Chatham Winery, Meadowdale Winery, Common Roots Brewing Company, Yesfolk Tonics

Early bird tickets are currently $25. The price increases to $30 after May 11, they're $40 at the door. Designated driver tickets will also be available at the door.

Capital Craft Beverage Trail? From its website: "The Capital Craft Beverage Trail was formed in 2015 to promote craft and farm-based beverage producers in the Capital Region of New York State. This one-of-a-kind "drinking tour" promotes some of the region's most popular craft beverage facilities. Every producer sources ingredients locally, and beverages are created in small batches to maximize quality."

Dining Out for Life 2018

Dining Out for Life 2018 logoThe annual Dining Out for Life event returns April 26 at restaurants all around the Capital Region. The event is a fundraiser for the Alliance for Positive Health.*

Here are all the steps required to take part:

1. Go out to eat at one of the participating restaurants.

2. There is no step two.

Yep, that's it. The participating restaurants will donate a portion of their checks from that day to the Alliance. You don't have do anything else.

Well... you could also make a donation while you're there or later on. There will be envelopes at the restaurants. Look for one of the Alliance ambassadors if you don't see them.

Here's the list of participating restaurants for this year -- some of which are also participating during breakfast and lunch.

Some of the restaurants get busy that night, so reservations are a good idea.

* Formerly known as the AIDS Council of Northeast New York.

AOA is again a sponsor of Dining Out for Life.

Albany's city gardener will be offering tulip tours again this year

Washington Park tulips 2017-04-28

Spring will eventually get its act together and the tulips will bloom. (Right? Right.)

With that in mind... The city of Albany will again be offering tours of the Washington Park tulip beds with city gardener Jessica Morgan during the week leading up to the Tulip Festival. This year's schedule:

May 7-10: 2 pm and 5 pm

May 11: 10 am, 1 pm, and 5:30 pm

The tours are free (and weather permitting), but registration is required -- and they do fill up. Call 518-434-2032 or email rmurray@albanyny.gov to reserve a spot.

Jessica Morgan -- the city gardener -- leads crews that plants tens of thousands of tulip bulbs each year around the city. And as she told us a few years back: "People feel such pride in the heritage of the tulip here ... I feel a responsibility to every single citizen to keep things as beautiful as possible."

Earlier: Portraits of tulips

The Literary Libations tour is returning this summer

karner blue butterfly closeup USFWS

We have a feeling that butterflies that might be mentioned.

The popular Literary Libations event is set to return June 16 in Albany. It's a history tour / pub crawl led by Maeve McEneny. Blurbage:

A team of guides with a tome of tales will lead you and your friends through Albanys historic Center Square. Well admire the buildings, visit some pubs, but more importantly, your guides will tell you the stories behind Albanys surprising literary history. Albany was the home to many literary legends, such as our own William Kennedy and Gregory Maguire. But what other literary luminaries wandered these streets? Did Herman Melville find inspiration for Moby Dick in his own backyard? Whats the connection between Vladimir Nabokov and the Albany Pine Bush? This and more will be revealed on the tour!

The tour meets at 4:30 pm on Saturday, June 16 at the Local History Room of the Albany Public Library Washington Ave Branch and heads out from there.

Tickets are $25 and available online. It's a benefit for the Albany Public Library Foundation.

photo: Hollingsworth, J & K/US FWS via Wikipedia

It's baby farm animal tour season

hancock shaker baby pigs

That's a season, right?

It's spring -- or so we hear -- and that means it's also baby animal season. A couple of regional spots for visiting:

Indian Ladder Farms
Baby Animal Days are April 11-May 6 this year at Indian Ladder Farms in Altamont. "Come into our Baby Animal Barn where tour participants will see, pet and learn about chicks, turkey poults, ducklings, goslings, bunnies, lambs, goat kids, piglets, and calves. Visit our new Goat Playground and learn about goat behavior while cheering on our lively goat kids as they romp and play with toys. Visit our outdoor farm animal exhibits of adult cows, goats, sheep and poultry to see what baby farm animals will look like when they are all grown up."

Admission is $7 / free kids 1 and under / no charge for an adult with child. (Adults not accompanied by a child are $7.)

Hancock Shaker Village
Hancock Shaker Village will have baby animal days April 14-May 6. There will also be tours and other demonstrations at the Shaker site on those days. Admission is $20 adults / $8 ages 13-17 / kids 12 and under free with paying adult. EBT card holders are eligible for free admission for up to two adults and all kids 17 years and under.*

HSV also offers a baby animals behind-the-scenes tour. "Your tour begins with a wagon ride through the HSV gardens and along the Farm & Forest Trail to the 1910 Barn. Here, in your own private viewing area you'll meet, hold and even bottle-feed the baby animals." Tickets are $30 (and in past years they've sold out).

Hancock Shaker Village is a village, museum, and farm on a Shaker site in Pittsfield, Massachusetts -- about 40 minutes from Albany.

* The Albany Public Library has passes for HSV -- and many other museums -- that you can check out.

photo: Dawn Padfield

Capital Region Homebuyer Fair 2018

home for sale signThe Capital Region Homebuyer Fair returns to the Albany Public Library this Saturday. The annual free event, Affordable Housing Partnership, is like a one-stop shop for info about the path to buying a home. Blurbage:

Attendees will meet with lenders, home inspectors, realtors, attorneys, homeownership advisors, and others in the field. People can learn about the latest grant and down payment assistance programs available to Capital District homebuyers. Attendees can also get free credit reports (identification required) and pre-qualification for mortgage financing (recent pay stub required).

There are also seminars about building a credit score, qualifying for a mortgage, and down payment resources.

The home buyer fair is Saturday, April 14 at the APL's Washington Ave Branch from 10 am to 2 pm.

Repair Cafe

The first Repair Café organized by Martine Postma in Amsterdam (the one in the Netherlands) in 2009. That clip embedded above is from one of the events in the Netherlands and includes a short explainer from Postma.

Such is the modern world that a lot of stuff around the house gets thrown out when it's stopped working instead of being repaired.

But there's movement called the Repair Cafe that's trying to fix that (pun totally intended). The basic idea is that people bring in their broken household items to community events and volunteer repair coaches help with the repairs. For free.

There are two local Repair Cafe events coming up:

April 14: Schenectady County Public Library - 10 am to noon
The first Repair Cafe Schenectady will be in the McChesney Room of the central library (99 Clinton Street in downtown Schenectady). "Examples of some of the items you can bring to be fixed include: small electric appliances (especially lamps and vacuums,) furniture/wooden objects, clothing/textiles, Dolls/toys, jewelry, watches/clocks, bicycles, ceramics and general mechanical (small items only, no gas powered machines.)" Repairs are limited to two items per household. There will also be bike tune-ups from the Electric City Bike Rescue.

April 14: Castleton-on-Hudson Village Hall - 11 am to 3 pm
The Castleton Repair Cafe will be at the village hall (85 South Main Street). "This month, electrical, welding and seamstress services are featured (such as repair of lamps, vacuums, metal, clothing), but bikes, toys, crockery, furniture are also possible... anything that is broken is welcome."

Both events are also on the lookout for volunteers -- see the links for how to contact organizers if you have some know-how you'd like to share.

We'd just add based on our own experience: Fixing a broken household appliance yourself can save money -- but it also feels awesome. The sound of a broken refrigerator whirring back to life or the coffee maker burbling again is the sound of accomplishment.

Sanctuary for Independent Media 2018 spring

A trailer for the documentary Sembène, about the influential filmmaker Ousmane Sembène. The Sanctuary will be hosting a screening with the makers of the doc.

The upcoming spring season of events at the Sanctuary for Independent Media in Troy is out. As usual, it includes workshops, talks, screenings, and performances on topics ranging from the environment to social justice to art (and sometimes all those things at once).

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The week ahead

music duo Black Violin

Black Violin is at Troy Music Hall later this week.

Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather (vaguely springy), to Bill Murray, to drama, to authors, to streetcars, to all sorts of music...

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The Hyde Collection is opening an exhibit of work by Rockwell Kent

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"Flame" by Rockwell Kent, from the Collection of Ralf C. Nemec

The Hyde Collection is opening an exhibition of work by Rockwell Kent this weekend. Blurbage:

Rockwell Kent: Prints from the Ralf C. Nemec Collection includes fifty-two prints and a selection of ceramics by Kent; A Life and Art of His Own: Paintings from North Country Collections features thirty-seven paintings drawn from Plattsburgh State University's Art Museum and private collectors throughout the North Country. ...
Kent's Modernism appealed to a large following, allowing him a successful career in major metropolitan areas despite living in rural Au Sable Forks (Clinton and Essex counties) for forty-three years. Drawn by what he deemed "humanist wilderness," he moved to the Adirondacks in 1928, building Asgaard Farm with views of Whiteface Mountain and the surrounding High Peaks. ...
Kent's painting, woodcuts, and prints fascinated viewers with portrayals of some of the earth's remotest places. Later in his career, he illustrated books, including such classic literature as Moby Dick and The Complete Works of William Shakespeare.

There's a member opening for the exhibit Saturday afternoon at which Ralf Nemec will speak about his collection. You can become a member for the day by paying the regular admission fee plus $5. And then on Sunday the exhibit will be open to the general public. It's also a second-Sunday free-admission day.

The Kent exhibit will be on display through July 22.

The Hyde Collection is, as you know, in Glens Falls, about an hour's drive from Albany.

Earlier: Day trip: Glens Falls

Albany Word Fest 2018

Albany Word Fest 2018 logo

The Albany Word Fest -- the annual celebration of spoken word organized by Albany Poets -- returns April 16-22 at venues around the area.

This year's festival includes readings, performances, and a regional poetry slam. There will also be a 24-hour Readings Against the End of the World:

All word-lovers and writers are invited to share readings - original work or favorite passages, poems and rants, raps and stories, spoken word and personal visions- enough to fill twenty-four hours the power of words. The event will kick off Friday, April 20 at the Husted Hall Café on the UAlbany Downtown campus, and will continue until Saturday, April 21.

There's info at that second link about how to sign up. The read-a-thon will be benefit the South End Children's Cafe.

Stuff to do this weekend

Albany Craft Beer Festival 2017 crowd

The Albany Craft Beer returns to the Washington Ave Armory Saturday.

We're well into April and while we're wishing Mother Nature would catch-up, we're going to press on and have fun without her.

This weekend's list of stuff is below. As always, if you're up to something you don't see on our list, tell us about it in the comments so everyone can enjoy it.

And whatever you're up to, bring your scarf, and have a fantastic weekend.

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Diversity in The Creative Economy and The Instagram Aesthetic at the Opalka Gallery

40th Photo Regional Opalka Gallery 2018

The 40th Annual Photo Regional will also be on display through April 21.

Two events coming up at the Opalka Gallery that look interesting...

April 11: Diversity in The Creative Economy
It's the first an Open Forum series at the gallery. The event "will feature a discussion about diversity in the Capital Region's creative economy moderated by Ada Harper, creator of 518Blk.com. Confirmed panelists include Dale Davidson, owner of Umana Restaurant and Wine Bar, Ashleigh Kinsey, CEO of AK Design Digital Media Services & Consulting, Bhawin Suchak Executive Director of Youth FX, DJ Trumastr, founder of Beat*Shot Productions, and Hana van der Kolk, Troy-based touring choreographer and performance artist." Wednesday, April 11 at 6 pm -- free

April 21: Supper Club: The Instagram Aesthetic
It's a discussion about how social media is changing the art of photography + dinner. "Join us for delicious local cuisine as we ponder the role social media plays in the world of contemporary art. Gallery staff and artists from the Photo Regional exhibition will lead a conversation over cocktails and drinks provided by Tara Kitchen, owned by Sage alum Aneesa Waheed." (Space is limited and registration is required -- there's still space, as we confirmed with the gallery today.) Saturday, April 21 at 6 pm -- $35 / $65 for two

The Opalka Gallery is on the Sage Albany campus on New Scotland Ave, just up the street from Albany Med and Albany Law.

See also: Amy Biancolli's recent article about the gallery's new director, Judie Gilmore, and her ideas/goals for its future.

A trio of upcoming spring maker markets

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The Half Moon Market.

Spring maker market season approaches...

April 27-29: Half Moon Market
The Half Moon Market returns to the Washington Park Lakehouse in Albany. "We are proud to feature as many as 40 regional makers, artists and small companies offering handmade jewelry, ceramics, stationery, clothing, herbal apothecary and more, as well as a few local food & drink vendors." Here's the list of vendors for this season. Admission is free.

April 27-28: Collar City Craft Fest
The Collar City Craft Fest is back at the Arts Center of the Capital Region in downtown Troy. It's "a show case of the areas top artists and extinguished exhibitors. Each one will be exhibiting and selling their personally crafted wears to all!" Admission is $5.

May 12-13: Basilica Farm & Flea Spring Market
The Basilica Farm & Flea returns to Basilica Hudson. "Each market features a diverse group of regional vendors selling their wares alongside locally-sourced, farm-fresh foods. The markets embody love of vintage and recycled, locally-sourced agriculture and the beautifully handmade." Admission is $5 for whole weekend / free for kids 12 and under.

The Arts Center advertises on AOA.

Single-show tickets for this summer's Williamstown Theatre Festival are now available

williamstown theatre festival 2018

Just a heads up that the Williamstown Theatre Festival opened reservations Tuesday for single-show tickets during the upcoming season.

The festival box office doesn't open until June 1, but placing the ticket reservation (and paying) now puts you in line for seats. As the festival notes on its website, all orders placed by May 11 will be seated in the order in which they are received prior to the box office opening.

There are also ticket bundles for sale now that include three, four, and all seven of the season's productions. Buying tickets for a group of shows all at once can save you a few bucks per show.

This summer's WTF lineup includes multiple world premieres and new works. As usual, those productions are also set to star a string of high-profile film and stage actors, 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. So the festival is often a chance to catch these shows ahead of the hype.

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Outlaw Music Festival at SPAC

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Willie Nelson

The Outlaw Music Festival -- featuring Willie Nelson and Neil Young -- will be at SPAC September 23. Tickets go on sale this Friday, April 6 -- they're $45 and up.

The festival is a Willie Nelson joint that includes a rotating lineup performers that fall somewhere in a Venn diagram of country, rock, roots, folk, and Americana. The announced-so-far lineup for the SPAC date:

Willie Nelson & Family
Neil Young + Promise of the Real
Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats
Lukas Nelson + Promise of the Real
Particle Kid

With more acts to be announced.

SPAC on Stage
Tickets for this summer's SPAC on Stage series are now on sale. And the Black Violin show set for August 20 is already sold out (for the second year in a row).

And speaking of Black Violin... The duo will be at Troy Music Hall April 13 and there still tickets available (at the moment).

Live Nation and Troy Music Hall advertise on AOA.

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