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Stuff to do this weekend

It's a Wonderful Life

Playing this weekend at The Palace in Albany and The Bow Tie in Saratoga Springs.

There's lots going on the the Capital Region this weekend -- both holiday and non-holiday. So if you're looking to take a break from all of the shopping and baking and wrapping and meal planning and whatever else is keeping you busy these days, after the jump you'll find a list of stuff we thought you might find interesting.

Got something else planned? Let us know about it in the comments.

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

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ComFest 2015 headlined by Tig Notaro

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Tig Notaro

The National College Comedy Festival -- ComFest -- is back at Skidmore February 13-14. And the headliner for this year's festival is Tig Notaro.

Notaro is a standup comic and writer who's appeared a bunch of places, including Comedy Central and This American Life. In recent years, she's been recognized for a set in which she announced she had breast cancer -- Louis C.K. called it one of the "truly great, masterful standup sets." And this past November, Notaro -- who had a double mastectomy and didn't get reconstructive surgery -- performed a set topless.

Other headlining acts for this year's ComFest: Chris Thayer, the sketch comedy troupe Gentlemen Party, and improvised musical Baby Wants Candy. And, of course, there will be many college groups.

ComFest annual festival is a showcase for up-and-coming comedy writers, performers, and improv troupes -- and many past performers have gone on to great success (example: the festival's founder, David Miner, worked on 30 Rock and Parks and Recreation). Here's a good piece on the festival and its history over at Splitsider from a few years back, and a feature about an earlier festival in NYT.

The festival always sells out. Tickets for the general public go on sale online February 10.

photo via Tig Notaro FB

The week ahead

cirque dreams holidaze promo photo

Among the holiday-themed events this week: Cirque Dreams Holidaze at The Palace.

Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather (not bad), to ongoing holiday-ing, to Hanukkah, to words, to cooking, to music...

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Concert announcements: The Black Keys, They Might Be Giants, Avett Brothers

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The Black Keys

A few concert announcements today:

Black Keys at Mountain Jam
The Black Keys will be the headliner for the Mountain Jam festival at Hunter Mountain June 4-7. The duo is set to play the Saturday of the festival. Other headliners announced: Gov't Mule and moe. Tickets for the festival are currently $185 for a 3-day pass and $239 for a 4-day pass.

They Might Be Giants at UCH
They Might Be Giants return to the area to play Upstate Concert Hall April 22. Tickets are $20 ahead / $23 day of and they're on sale now.

Avett Brothers at Brewery Ommegang
The first announced show of the outdoor summer season at Brewery Ommegang: The Avett Brothers on June 13, with John Prine. Tickets are $55 and on sale December 19.
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Earlier on AOA: Talking with They Might Be Giants' John Flansburgh about The Egg

photo: Danny Clinch

Stuff to do this weekend

comedian john oliver

John Oliver is at The Palace Saturday.

It looks like the snow is taking a break just in time for the weekend. And there is a long list of stuff to do, both holiday and non-holiday themed. So put on a pair of waterproof boots and go have some fun.

After the jump we've pulled together a list of things you might like.

Got something planned that's not on the list? Drop it in the comments so we can all see.

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

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Downton Abbey season premiere at Proctors

downton abbey promo photoThe next season of Downtown Abbey starts running on TV here in the United States on January 4 -- but Proctors is screening the premiere episode December 17 in the GE Theater. The screening is free, though WHMT asks that you reserve a spot.

Given how large the screen is in the GE Theater, it will probably feel like sitting down to dinner with the Crawleys. So, you know, maybe it's not a bad idea to wear your tails.

Neighborhood That Disappeared: A quick reminder that The Neighborhood That Disappeared, the doc about the neighborhood replaced by the ESP, is set to air on WHMT this Friday, December 13 at 8 pm and again on Saturday at 3:30 pm.

Neutral Milk Hotel at MASS MoCA

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Indie rock band Neutral Milk Hotel is set for a show at MASS MoCA's Hunter Center April 17. Tickets are $36 ahead / $45 day of -- they go on sale this Friday (December 12).

The show will be the second stop for Neutral Milk Hotel in this wider region over the last year. The band played a show at Brewery Ommegang this past September. (And Neutral Milk Hotel founder Jeff Mangum played at MASS MoCA back in 2013.)

As you know, Neutral Milk Hotel wasn't hugely popular during its first run -- but it has ended up being very influential. You can hear strains of its 1998 album In the Aeroplane Over the Sea pop up in a bunch of indie rock over the last decade plus.

The opener for the MASS MoCA show is The Dot Wiggin Band.

photo via Neutral Milk Hotel FB

The week ahead

capital rep 2014 secret garden

Capital Rep continues its production of The Secret Garden this week.

Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather (messy), to all sorts of holiday stuff, to stories, to money, to music...

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Stuff to do this weekend

Santa Speedo Sprint 2013

Santas in Speedos will be sprinting down Lark Street Saturday.

There is absolutely no shortage of stuff to do in the Capital Region this weekend -- from Santas in Speedos to tree festivals to ice skating, theater and a PechaKucha.

After the jump, a list of stuff we thought would be fun. If you're planning something that you don't see on the list, drop it in the comments and let everyone know about it.

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

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Solid Sound 2014 early bird

solid sound festival logoBelieve it or not, ticketing is already starting for next year's slate of summer music festivals around the region. And 2015 will mark the return of the Solid Sound Festival at MASS MoCA.

The Wilco festival is back June 26-28 after skipping 2014. Early bird tickets go on sale this Friday, December 5 -- a 3-day pass is $124.

A lineup for the festival hasn't been released yet, but in years past it's included a range of musical acts, comedy, and of course, Wilco.

Mountain Jam: The Mountain Jam festival is back at Hunter Mountain June 4-7. And it's already sold through its first presale. Tickets will be back on sale when the lineup is announced, which usually happens in January.

Capital Region holiday events 2014

santa playing sax troy victorian stroll

It's the season of sax-playing Santa.

December is here and the Capital Region's schedule of holiday-themed events is stuffed with tree lights, Victorian strolls, concerts, screenings of holiday classics, and a bunch of other activities.

And here's a rundown of them...

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The week ahead

Lucius band

Lucius will be in town later this week for a show.

Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather (melt-y), to so many holiday things, to authors, to film, to music...

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Stuff to do this weekend

empire state plaza ice skating state library

Ice time.

Somewhere between "I couldn't eat another bite" and "Is it time for leftovers?" comes the time to stretch your legs a bit and find something to do.

So, after the jump, a buffet of Capital Region fun. Pick a helping of your favorites and feel free to go back for seconds.

Got something planned that you don't see here? It's the holiday season, so share with the rest of us.

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

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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

city beer hall exterior

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

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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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