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Cooking with Fire author at HLM

cooking with fire marcoux coverAuthor/historian/wood-fired foods expert Paula Marcoux will be at Healthy Living Market August 6 for a talk and demo.

Marcoux's book, Cooking With Fire: From Roasting on a Spit to Baking in a Tannur, Rediscovered Techniques and Recipes That Capture the Flavors of Wood-Fired Cooking, was published this past May. From a Boston Globe article about her (link added):

After almost 30 years studying pre-industrial and ancient cooking methods, Marcoux, 53, a former Plimoth Plantation historic interpreter, has just published her first cookbook, "Cooking With Fire: From Roasting on a Spit to Baking in a Tannur, Rediscovered Techniques and Recipes That Capture the Flavors of Wood-Fired Cooking." The various outdoor cooking options on her land are both practical and part of her extensive research. The book, as much a summary of traditional cooking methods as a compilation of recipes, takes novices through making a fire, exploring age-old techniques and tools, and leading the more ambitious (with 12 pages of instructions and photos) through building a wood-fired mud oven. "Wood-fired ovens are for taking outdoor cooking to the next level or for fanatical bakers," she says. She considers herself one of the fanatics.

The Healthy Living Market event is at 6:30 pm on Wednesday, August 6. It's free, but re-registration is required.

Ballston Spa Film Festival 2014

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A still from Mouse for Sale, by Wouter Bongaerts, one of the shorts on the schedule.

The Ballston Spa Film Festival returns this Friday and Saturday, August 1 and 2. The family-friendly festival shows slates of short films. Blurbage:

This year's festival will present 38 short films, ranging in length from 1 to 18 minutes each. The films come from young filmmakers, emerging student filmmakers and established (but still emerging) filmmakers. Submissions to this established, local film festival arrive from across the country as well as all over the globe. Many of the films have won awards at other film festivals, while some will be making their world premier at the Ballston Spa Film Festival.

The four slates of films are split up between screenings at Ballstron Spa High School and outdoors at Old Iron Spring Park on Front Street (bring chairs and blankets). Here's the schedule of events.

And it's free.

Earlier on AOA: In-between places: Ballston Spa

Rensselaerville Festival of Writers 2014

rensselaerville festival of writers owlThe annual Rensselaerville Festival of Writers returns August 15-17 in (surprise) Rensselaerville.

Among the lineup of authors for this year's festival: Elisa Albert, Shin Yu Pai, Joann and Arielle Eckstut, Gail Godwin, and Eugene Linden. There's also a songwriters concert featuring Sean Rowe and Ashley Sofia.

A three-day festival pass is $100. But individual tickets are available for many of the events, and some are as cheap as $5.

Titus Andronicus at The Low Beat

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Could be fun: Titus Andronicus is playing a show at The Low Beat in Albany August 22. Tickets are on sale -- they're $12 ahead, $14 at the door.

It's been a few years since the indie rock/punk's last full album. (See frontman Patrick Stickles' thoughts on now being "washed up.") But they have new stuff coming out.

Openers for the show are Liquor Store and Pelican Movement. The Low Beat isn't that big, so it wouldn't be a surprise if tickets become scarce -- better to grab them ahead.

photo: Kyle Dean Reinford

FameLab at EMPAC

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One of the presentations in this year's final included a conversation, in verse, with a penguin puppet.

Could be interesting: FameLab will be at EMPAC Tuesday evening. What's that? Let's go to the blurbage:

Think American Idol...for scientists! FameLab is a panel-judged competition to find the new voices of science across the world. Started in 2005 in the UK, this event is the kickoff to "Season 3" here in the US. Ten young scientists will spin tall-but-true tales of exoplanetary atmospheres, extreme environments here on Earth, the possibility of life on an icy moon in the outer Solar System, and much more - in 3 powerpoint-free minutes each!
And while the judges deliberate, we'll be treated to stories of how science meets science fiction from science advisor to Hollywood, Dr. Kevin Grazier.

The FameLab night at EMPAC is a regional competition for a spot at the final in 2016.

The event is from 7-9 pm Tuesday, July 29. And it's free -- just show up, no pre-registration required.

screengrab: FameLab USA

The week ahead

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The famous Bolshoi Ballet is at SPAC this week.

Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather (one for six), to the fair, to The Track, to the Bolshoi, to scientists, to circus, to baseball, to all sorts of music...

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Stuff to do this weekend

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Smokey Joe's Cafe at Capital Rep.

AOA is headed off for a long weekend, and we'd like to suggest, if possible, you do the same. Before we go, we've put together a list of some fun ways to spend it. You'll find it after the jump.

Doing something you don't see on our list? Drop it in the comments and share with the rest of the crowd. And whatever your plans are, we hope you have a fantastic weekend.

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Where to celebrate National Tequila Day

Thumbnail image for Bombers Birthday Margarita .jpgSo it turns out today is National Tequila Day. Yep, that's a thing. And Alisa wrote with a question:

National Tequila Day is Thursday July 24. Does anyone have some good suggestions as to where to celebrate after work?

Anybody have thoughts about where to get a good Margarita, Mule or Texas Two Step -- or just some straight tequila in the Capital Region?


Photo: Kim D.

Cherry Plain State Park

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Cherry Plain State Park -- worth the trip

By Lauren Hittinger

This summer I'm visiting local state parks and getting the scoop on each one. Today I'm stopping at Cherry Plain State Park. I've also already visited Moreau Lake, Grafton Lakes, and Peebles Island.

I first heard of Cherry Plain State Park as an ideal place to go to avoid the crowds, while still getting a day of swimming in. The park, situated quite a distance from metro areas, certainly does deliver on the promise of peace and personal space.

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Schenectady's Little Italy outdoor film festival

Moonstruck poster.jpgSchenectady's Little Italy opens an outdoor film series with an Italian flare this Friday.
The Dan DiNicola Film Series , named for the late arts journalist and entertainment critic, will be held in the parking lot behind Perreca's in Schenectady. It's a bring your own lawn chair event. The series opens this Friday with Moonstruck, and continues on Friday nights through August 22. Here's the rest of the schedule:

August 1 - Big Night

August 8 Fellini's- 8 1/2

August 15 - Roman Holiday

August 22 - My Cousin Vinny

Earlier on AOA

+Friday night flicks outdoor movies

The Legend of Major Duncan Campbell

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The grave of Duncan Campbell in Washington County (with replica headstone). / photo: John Bulmer Photography

Fun: Duncan Crary will be telling the story of Major Duncan Campbell of the Black Watch -- "New York's first world-famous ghost story" -- this Thursday at the Malt Room in Troy. As the story begins:

The widely circulated legend of Major Duncan Campbell says a desperate man came knocking wildly on the doors of the house of Inverawe one night. He had blood on his hands and kilt, and begged for sanctuary -- a sacred oath of protection granted in the Highlands of Scotland.
Duncan vowed to shelter the man and swore on his dirk, a traditional and ceremonial dagger worn by Highland Scots.
Soon after, a group of men arrived at Inverawe to inform Duncan Campbell that a highwayman had murdered his cousin, Donald Campbell. The men had last seen the murderer heading that way. But Duncan had already given his word that he would shelter the very same bandit, and so he concealed him from the gang.

Campbell later gets dispatched by the British to North America to fight in the French and Indian War in what's now known as New York -- at a place called "Ticonderoga," a word that would haunt Campbell. The story would later become famous thanks to Robert Louis Stevenson.

To go along with the story at the Malt Room, there will be a Scottish-theme menu and a scotch tasting. And bagpipes. (We've been assured they'll be "indoor bagpipes." Maybe that's like bagpipes using their indoor voice.)

The story starts at 6 pm on Thursday, July 24. Admission is free.

As you know, Duncan and AOA have worked together on AOA events, and he occasionally writes for AOA.

Capital Region county fairs 2014

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Sure, the county fair means rides, games, and food on a stick. But it's also an opportunity for some kids to compete for a ribbon (and have some fun while doing so).

County fair season in the Capital Region starts this week with the opening of the Saratoga County Fair in Ballston Spa. And there will be a county fair pretty much each week through Labor Day.

Here's a rundown of county fairs around the region.

Remember: drink plenty of water -- and eat many foods on a stick.

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Carly Aquilino at The Egg

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Comedian Carly Aquilino, from MTV's Girl Code, will be at The Egg for a standup show September 27. Tickets go on sale this Friday (July 25) -- they're $25 ahead ($30 day of) and up.

Over its two season Girl Code, featuring Aquilino and other female comedians, actresses, and musicians riffing on all sorts of topics -- has become one of MTV's biggest hits.

The week ahead

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It's the first full week of these season at The Track.

Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather (very July), to The Track, to the Saratoga County Fair, to theater, to words, to all sorts of music...

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Stuff to do this weekend

Track season season begins this weekend. / photo: Crystal Capritta

It is now post time for the weekend.

The field is wide with plenty of things to do, from Opening Day at the Saratoga Race Course, to barbecue at the Troy Pig Out, to baseball games, and blueberry picking. You may even want to select a trifecta. We've helped handicap for you by listing a few possibilities after the jump.

If you're planning something we've missed in our list, share it with the rest of us in the comments.

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

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Books on Tap at Shmaltz

Poster for Books on Tap- John Holl copy.jpgCould be fun/tasty: This summer Shmaltz Brewing in Clifton Park is hosting a Books on Tap program, where beer writers offer talks, tastings and, in some cases, food pairings.

The talks are on Sunday afternoons, and the series kicks off this weekend with Shmaltz owner and author Jeremy Cowan moderating a talk by beer journalist John Holl, author of the American Craft Beer Cook Book . Chef Rachel of The Ruck in Troy will prepare recipes from the book, which will be paired with Shmaltz brews. The tasting and pairing is $15.

Future Books on Tap talks/tastings include:

+August 3 - Giancarlo and Sarah Annese, authors of Beer Lovers New York
+August 10 - Ben Keene, author of The Great Northeast Brewery Tour
+August 17 - Tom Acitelli, author of The Audacity of Hops: The History of America's Craft Beer Revolution

(For the sake of disclosure, John Holl is married to Mary's cousin.)

Garage Bands series back at the APL

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Party Boat is one of the first bands up in the series.

The Albany Public Library is bringing its "Garage Bands" series back this summer. The shows feature local bands playing in the garage of the APL's main branch on Washington Ave.

The all-ages shows have an early start and end time (6-8 pm), so they can be a good event for people with young kids. And they're free.

The first show is this Friday, July 18. The full slate is after the jump.

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Pick-your-own blueberry season 2014

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Blueberry season has started around the Capital Region, and we'll soon be right in the prime part of the season. Blueberries are are one of our favorite fruits to pick because:

1) The bushes grow about waist or chest high, so there's not a lot of bending or reaching.

2) The berries tend to be cheap -- usually between $2-$3 dollars per pound.

3) They freeze beautifully, meaning we can load up on berries during the summer and enjoy them months later.

There are a handful of farms around the Capital Region that offer pick-your-own blueberries. Here's a list with some info. And, of course, if you know of a place that should be on the list, please share.

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The week ahead

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JT is at the TUC this week.

Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather (no complaints), to writers, to history, to The Track, to blueberries, to a bunch of big-name music shows...

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Stuff to do this weekend

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The New York City Ballet wraps up its 2014 stay at SPAC this weekend. / photo: Paul Kolnik

Flip-flops? Check.

Sunscreen? Check.

Shades? Check.

Umbrella (for Sunday)? Check.

OK, you're ready for another Capital Region summer weekend. Now, what to do? We've pulled together a list of things happening in the Capital Region this weekend. You'll find it after the jump.

Doing something you don't see there? Drop it in the comments so we can all see. And whatever you're up to, have a fantastic weekend.

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Solomon Northup Day 2014

Twelve Years a Slave Northup reunitedThe 16th annual Solomon Northup Day, honoring the Saratoga Springs historical figure and his story, is coming up July 16 July 19. And a program related to the day is back at Skidmore. From the lineup of events:

+ The keynote speaker is Yale professor David Blight, a historian and director of the university's Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition.

+ Actor Devyn Tyler, who played Northup's adult daughter in 12 Years a Slave, will be there to talk about her experiences making the film.

+ Panel discussions with Northup researchers David Fiske, Clifford Brown, and Rachel Seligman -- who wrote Solomon Northup: The Complete Story of the Author of Twelve Years a Slave -- and Paul McCarty, director of Ft. Edward's Old Fort Museum.

+ A panel on the history of slaves with Don Papson, founder and past president of the North Country Underground Railroad Historical Association; Paul Stewart, co-founder of the Underground Railroad History Project; Brooke Hathaway, manager of anti-trafficking programs at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center; and Joshua Woodfork, former faculty member in Skidmore College's American Studies Department.

+ Performances from jazz saxophonist T.K. Blue; violinist Henrique Prince of the Ebony Hillbillies, and local musician Dan Hubbs and friends.

+ A "large number" of Northup's descendants are expected to be there.

The events are from 12:30-6 pm on Saturday, July 16 July 19 in Skidmore's Filene Recital Hall. They're free.

The memoir: Northup's memoir, Twelve Years A Slave, is available to read/download via the Internet Archive.

illustration from Twelve Years A Slave

NYS Summer Writers Institute 2014

william kennedyThis summer's slate for the New York State Writers Institute's public readings series in Saratoga Springs started recently. And as usual, the lineup is full of names you'll recognize (including William Kennedy, of course).

The readings are free and open to the public.

Here's the remaining schedule...

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The week ahead

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Alive at Five returns from a week off with Lord Huron.

Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather (as promised), to stories, to ballet, to a hard body, to the new Clark, to cherries, to music...

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Stuff to do this weekend

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Lots of fireworks this weekend, including the annual display at the ESP. / photo: Sebastien B

AOA is taking a little time off to celebrate the Fourth of July. But we wouldn't leave without stuff to do for this holiday weekend. From fireworks, parades and baseball games, to Phish and Sir Paul, there's a whole picnic table buffet of summer fun in the Capital Region his weekend, so go out and and get yourself a heaping helping of it -- with berries and fresh whipped cream on the side.

Doing something you don't see on our list? It's your patriotic duty to share it with your fellow Capital Region Americans in the comment section. (OK, duty is stretching it a little, but it'd be nice if you did.)

And whatever you're up to, have a safe and happy holiday weekend.

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Where to see the fireworks 2014

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Ooh. Aah. / photo: Crystal Capritta

The Fourth of July is this Friday (of course). And that means fireworks.

After the jump, a list of places around the Capital Region to catch fireworks this weekend.

Going someplace else for a fireworks show? Please share.

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