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The week ahead

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The Crandell Theater in Chatham is one of the sites for the Film Columbia festival this week.

Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather (drippy), to film, to authors and entrepreneurs, to art, to comedy, to music...

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Drawing: Chemistry and Cocktails at miSci

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In honor of National Mole Day -- October 23, of course -- miSci is hosting a "Chemistry and Cocktails" event at the museum. Blurbage for the evening:

Enjoy a night of mixology and molecular gastronomy with specialty drinks, food science, live music, interactive exhibits, planetarium shows & more!
Sip a special "Mole"ito in honor of National Mole Day (10/23), which commemorates Avogadro's Number (6.02 x 1023), which is a basic measuring unit in chemistry.
Sample molecular gastronomic treats as you explore the science of food by Chef Stamets and the SCCC Culinary Arts Students:
+ Cheese Board with CO2-infused Fruit
+ Shrimp Cocktail with Pipettes of Cocktail Sauce
+ Caesar Salad Foam
+ Tomato Mozzarella Salad with Basil Oil Powder and Balsamic Pearls
+ Butternut Squash Soup in Test Tubes
+ Sous Vide Pork Loin, Goat Cheese Pokenta Cakes, Apple Cider, Mustard Jus
+ Ice Cream Station: Liquid Nitrogen, Nutella and Peanut Butter Powder

We have two tickets for the event and we're giving them away. Maybe to you. To enter, please answer this question in the comments:

What's the food of the future?

This could be anything. (Maybe it helps you think of it as... the future.) Freeze-dried bacon ice cream. Kale-flavored Tang. Self-tending farms in each backyard. Whatever. We'll draw one winner at random.

Tickets for Chemistry and Cocktails at miSci are $35 ahead / $40 at the door. It's from 6-8 pm. And it's a 21-and-over event.

Important: All comments must be submitted by 10 pm on Monday, October 20, 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 midnight that day and must respond by noon on Tuesday, October 21.

AOA is a media sponsor of this event.

Stuff to do this weekend

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Newsies finishes its run at Proctors Friday night.

Into some weekends a little rain must fall. But a slightly soggy weekend is better than no weekend at all.

After the jump, a few things that are happening this weekend that we thought might interest you. Got something planned that you don't see here? Drop it in the comments so the rest of us can see.

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

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Madison Theater opening new performance venue

Madison Theater exterior October 16 2014

The Madison Theater in Albany will be opening its new performance venue space October 25. A jazz group -- the Nancy and Spencer Reed Quartet -- will be playing the 170-seat space.

We stopped by the theater Thursday to get a look at the space, and talk with one of the theater's owners about how things are going on their plan to turn the Madison into a location for entertainment, food, and retail.

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Wine & Dine for the Arts 2015

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Tickets for the popular next Albany Wine & Dine for the Arts Festival are now on sale. The annual Albany chefs wine and food festival is January 15-17 in downtown Albany.

Here's the schedule for this year's festival, which includes events such as the grand tastings, slider slam, barista competition, and battle of the bartenders. Event tickets range from $10-$175. Here are the arts orgs tapped as beneficiaries for this year's festival.

Many of these events have sold out in the past, so if you're interested in going, getting tickets sooner rather than later is not a bad idea.

Also newly announced: The finalists for the festival's rising star chef award. This year's list is after the jump -- it includes chefs from a range of restaurants, some established spots and others just getting started. The nominations can be a good prompt to try a place you haven't been to, yet.

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John Waters at Basilica Hudson

filmmaker John Waters verticalFilmmaker John Waters will be at Basilica Hudson this Saturday, October 18 to perform his one-man show "The Filthy World, Volume 2." Tickets for the show are $125 / $50 students.

Show blurbage:

Waters will be arriving on the heels of his recent Lincoln Center Retrospective, celebrating his 50 years in film and his recent best­selling book release Carsick: John Waters Hitchhikes Across America. Waters, who has been dubbed "the Pope of Trash" and branded "O for Offensive" by the Catholic Church, earned his bad reputation by turning bad taste into high art. Part confession, part Vaudeville act, he'll share with a live theater audience in Hudson his origins in the trash genre and his subsequent adventures navigating everything from fashion to true crime.

The show is a benefit for the the AIDS Council of Northeastern New York and the Basilica's film and media programming. It starts at 8 pm on Saturday.

AOA is a media sponsor of this event.

Drawing: Tickets for Albany Barn Fusion 2014

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Drawing's closed! Winner's been emailed!

The Albany Barn's annual Fusion event -- and evening of urban art, architecture, fashion and food -- is this Friday, October 17 at the Barn. We have a pair of tickets and we're giving them away.

To enter, please answer this question in the comments:

If you could fuse two aspects of the Capital Region together, what would those two aspects be and what would it create?

You can interpret this however you like. An example: the region's history + your favorite restaurant = a menu inspired by what people ate here 350 years ago. Or whatever. We'll draw one winner at random.

Here's what's lined up for Fusion this year:

+ Custom couture, performances & art installations by regional artists
+ Creative cocktails and eats by Chopped champion Chef Ric Orlando featuring fresh, local ingredients and spirits from Albany Distilling Co.
+ Wine pairings provided by Empire Wine
+ Craft beer on tap from Druthers Brewing Co.
+ Decadent desserts by The Cookie Factory
+ Coffee bar by Stacks Espresso Bar
+ Jazz reception from 6-8pm with DJ J.Hill mixing up old time jazz and blues
+ DJs Space, Time, and Spacetime

Tickets are start at $75 each and they're available online.

Important: All comments must be submitted by 5 pm on Tuesday, October 14, 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 10 pm on Tuesday and must respond by noon on Wednesday, October 15.

AOA is a media sponsor of Albany Barn Fusion.

The week ahead

OK Go 2014

OK Go is back around.

Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather (weird), to stories, to Newsies, to Lewis Black, to novelists, to all sorts of music...

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Stuff to do this weekend

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Mandolin virtuoso Chris Thile and bass virtuoso Edgar Meyer are the Troy Music Hall this weekend.

Weekends are like cider donuts. In that they're delicious. Or is it that they're sweet? Or lightly powdered with cinnamon sugar?

OK, maybe weekends are not like cider donuts at all. Maybe we just want some cider donuts. Mmm... cider donuts.

But back to this weekend. It promises to be a pretty nice one, with lots of sunshine, temperatures in the 60s and plenty of fun fall things to do, from stocking up on pumpkins and apples, to fall festivals and haunted hayrides, to movies and theater. After the jump, a few things we thought you might like to try. Got something else planned? Tell us about it.

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

And get a cider donut.

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Saratoga National Historic Park

fall foliage and cannon at Saratoga National Historic Park

By Lauren Hittinger

This year I've been visiting local state parks. Today we are switching it up with a National Park located in Saratoga County.

Much of Saratoga National Historic Park is centered around its history as the site of two major Revolutionary War battles, making it an excellent stop for history buffs.

But the views and distinctive touring route makes this park worth a visit even if social studies was never your thing.

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Drawing: Tickets for Chuck Palahniuk in Saratoga + Northshire gift certificate

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Drawing's closed! Winner's been emailed!

Author Chuck Palahniuk will be at Skidmore November 1 to talk about his new book Beautiful You. The event is organized by Northshire Bookstore. And we have a prize package for the event -- 2 tickets, one copy of Beautiful You, and a $50 gift certificate to Northshire -- that's we're giving away. Maybe to you.

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

If the Capital Region -- either the whole area, or one specific part of it -- was a novel, what would its title be?

It could be anything. Non-redeemable bonus points for fun ideas with a one-line synopsis. We'll draw one winner at random.

Palahniuk is the author of books such as Fight Club and Choke. He's described his new book as "gonzo erotica."

The event at Skidmore is at 7 pm in Palamountain Hall's Gannett Auditorium. Tickets -- which include one copy of the book -- are $35 and available online. (There's also a $25 student ticket.)

Important: All comments must be submitted by 5 pm on Friday, October 9, 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 10 am on Saturday and must respond by 5 pm on Monday, October 13.

photo: Sarah Lee

Gabriel Iglesias, Brian Regan at The Palace

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Gabriel Iglesias (left) and Brian Regan

Two recently announced shows:

Gabriel Iglesias
Comedian Gabriel Iglesias is set to play a stand-up show at The Palace December 5. Tickets go on sale the general public this Friday (October 10) -- they're $33 and up.

The self-described "fluffy" comedian has been on Comedy Central a bunch (that's him on the right). And earlier this year he released a stand-up film, The Fluffy Movie. He was last in town at The Palace in 2012, and in 2011 played two shows in one night at The Egg.

Brian Regan
Comedian Brian Regan is set for a stand-up show at The Palace on May 5, 2015. (That's like... next year.) Tickets went on sale this past Friday (October 3) -- they're $35.75 and up.

Regan's been around for a long time, with numerous tours and TV appearances. He recently popped up on Jerry Seinfeld's Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.

More comedy:
+ October 16: Lewis Black at The Palace
+ October 25: Amy Schumer at The Palace
+ November 20: Hannibal Buress at The Egg
+ December 13: John Oliver at The Palace

Frequency North 2014 fall

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Chloe Caldwell

The Frequency North series at Saint Rose starts its fall this season this Thursday with an appearance by writer Chloe Caldwell. Blurbage:

A native of Hudson, NY, Chloe Caldwell is the author of the forthcoming novella Women (SF/LD Books, 2014) and the essay collection Legs Get Led Astray (Future Tense Books, 2012). Her nonfiction has appeared in Salon.com, The Rumpus, Thought Catalog, Nylon, The Nervous Breakdown, xoJane, The Frisky, The Sun, SMITH, Jewcy, Mr. Beller's Neighborhood, Freerange Nonfiction, The Faster Times, The Fix, and Men's Health, and has also appeared in the anthologies Goodbye To All That: Writers on Loving and Leaving NYC (Seal Press), GIRLS? (Thought Catalog), and True Tales of Lust and Love (Soft Skull Press). She is the founder and curator of the Hudson River Loft Reading Series in Hudson, NY, and has taught Creative Writing workshops at Omega Teen Camp, The Hudson Opera House, The Independent Resource Center, and personal essay classes online through Lit Reactor.

Lena Dunham is a fan, apparently.

The reading/talk is Thursday, October 9 at 7:30 pm in the Events and Athletics Center, Standish Rooms, Second Floor (420 Western Ave). It's free and open to the public.

Here's the rest of the Frequency North fall season lineup...

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Drawing: Tickets for Lewis Black at The Palace

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Drawing's closed!

Comedian Lewis Black will be at The Palace October 16 for a stand-up show. We have a pair of tickets for the show -- and we're giving them away. Maybe to you.

Black is known for, let's say, getting very agitated about things. (Even his bobblehead is upset.) So, to enter the drawing, please answer this question in the comments:

What's something in the Capital Region that gets you agitated or fired up?

You can interpret agitated and fired up however you'd like. (Normal commenting guidelines apply.) We'll draw one winner at random.

The show at The Palace is at 8 pm on Thursday, October 16. Tickets are $29.50.

Important: All comments must be submitted by 5 pm on Tuesday, October 7, 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 10 am on Wednesday and must respond by noon on Thursday, October 9.

Earlier on AOA: Lewis Black on Albany

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The week ahead

cat video festival hosts

Albany native Mike Keegan and Jay Wertzler will be hosting the The First (and Probably Last) Annual Capital Region Feline Film and Video Festival for Humans at Spectrum this week.

Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather (Octoberish), to cat videos, to authors, to maps, to chowder, to music...

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Stuff to do this weekend

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Sean Rowe is playing a hometown show at the CAC Woodside to celebrate his new album.

Hello, October.

It's the weekend, and it's autumn in the Capital Region, so there's no shortage of stuff to do-- from apple picking and cider donuts to food festivals and haunted corn mazes. We've harvested some of the good stuff for you after the jump. Pick what you like and share it with friends.

Doing something this weekend that isn't listed here? Leave it in the comments so the rest of us can see. And whatever you're up to, have a fantastic weekend!


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Quick trip: Vroman's Nose

Vroman's Nose view to the north

If you're looking for a quick day trip, especially as the leaves turn this fall, here's a good bet: Vroman's Nose.

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The Tournament of Pizza championship pizza tasting event is now free thanks to pizza miracle

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Update: The tickets have now all been claimed! And a waitlist has been set up.

Ladies and gentlemen of the Capital Region, we would like to take a moment to tell you today about a bonafide pizza miracle. Years from now, when they write the history of the Tournament of Pizza -- and they will (well, maybe they will) -- let them write that on this date, the first day of October in the year 2014, a great benefactor came forth from the world of real estate brokers and offered free pizza to the citizens of this great land.

Yes, ladies and gentlemen, it's true -- tickets to the All Over Albany Tournament of Pizza championship final tasting at Shmaltz Brewing on October 11 are now free thanks to realtors Brian Brosen and Reggie Monroe of The Capital Team at Realty USA.

Brian and Reggie say they're pleased to be able to share their love of pizza and beer with AOA readers. They've purchased all of the tickets to the first-ever public tasting event in the august history of the Tournament of Pizza, and they're giving them away to Capital Region pizza lovers.

No, you say -- it cannot be. But yes, we assure you, it is. So how do you get to take part in this delicious miracle? You need to claim a free ticket and you can do that at this link.

The event is Saturday, October 11 at 3 pm. The free ticket includes four slices of championship pizza (one from each pizza entered in the final), two five-ounce pours of Shmaltz brews, a ballot for the People's Choice Plate, brewery tours, and other surprises.

(And if you've already purchased a ticket (thank you!) keep an eye for an email confirming a refund and switch to the free ticket.)

The AOA Tournament of pizza is sponsored by Keeler Mini.

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Drawing: Cirque du Soleil at TU Center

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Drawing's closed! Winner's been emailed!

Cirque du Soleil will be at TU Center Thursday-Sunday for a run of six performances of its show "Dralion." We have a pair of tickets to the opening night and we're giving them away. Maybe to you.

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

What's something in the Capital Region that would qualify as a "circus"?

We're interpreting the word circus here very broadly. It could be traffic at a particular traffic circle, the spectacle of state politics, or the rush for honey crisp apples during pick your own. Whatever. We'll draw one winner at random -- that person gets the pair of tickets.

Here's the description of "Dralion":

Fusing the 3000 year-old tradition of Chinese acrobatic arts with the multidisciplinary approach of Cirque du Soleil, Dralion draws its inspiration from Eastern philosophy and its never-ending quest for harmony between humans and nature. The show's name is derived from its two emblematic creatures: the dragon, symbolizing the East, and the lion, symbolizing the West.

The peformance for the drawing tickets is Thursday, October 2 at 7:30 pm. Tickets for that show are $38 for adults / $31 for children.

Important: All comments must be submitted by 10 am Wednesday, October 1, 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 same day.

photo: Cirque du Soleil

Palace Premier Movie Series 2014-2015

The Goonies Chunk

You'll neither have to plead nor do the truffle shuffle -- the schedule is below.

The schedule for the new season of The Palace's Premier Movie Series is out. It includes 18 dates, with films that range from classic classics (The Wizard of Oz) to holiday classics (It's a Wonderful Life) to cult classics (The Big Lebowski) to 80s classics (The Goonies) to modern could-be-classics (Frozen).

Tickets are $5 , but The Palace is also offering a season pass -- $45 for all 18 dates (half price). They're on sale now.

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The week ahead

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Capital Rep opens its production of Other Desert Cities this week.

Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather (mostly delightful), to drama, to drugs, to the walking red, to cirque, to wings, to music...

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Stuff to do this weekend

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Wolff's Annual Oktoberfest Block Party is Saturday. / photo: Sebastien Barre

Yes, your calendar says it is the first weekend of autumn, but it's going to feel more like summer. It's a little reprieve for those who haven't gotten enough flip flop wearing and sweater-free visits to the ice cream stand in 2014. After the jump, a list of things you may be interested in doing with your lovely, warm weekend.

Got something planned you don't see here? Be sure to drop it in the comment section so we can all see.

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

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Tickets are now on sale for the 2014 Tournament of Pizza final

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The final of the 2014 Tournament of Pizza, sponsored by Keeler Mini -- the Tournament of Pizza to end all Tournaments of Pizza -- will be October 11 at Shmaltz Brewing in Clifton Park. And for the first time ever, the final will be open to the public. People will get the chance to taste the pizzas entered in the final -- and, in another first, you'll also get to vote for the People's Choice Plate winner.

Tickets are now sale for the event -- they're $20 -- and available online (follow that link). There are a limited number of tickets.

The tickets include four slices of pizza (one from each pizza entered in the final), two 5-oz samples of Shmaltz beer, and a ballot for the People's Choice Plate, a competition to see which pizza shop created the crowd's favorite pizza of the four final pizzas. And, of course, there will be additional beer on tap for sale. And Shmaltz will be offering tours of its brewery.

The TOP final starts at 3 pm on Saturday, October 11.

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Gary Shteyngart at Saratoga Springs Public Library

author Gary ShteyngartAuthor Gary Shteyngart will be at the Saratoga Springs Public Library November 6 to talk about his memoir Little Failure. Tickets are $45 -- they include the event, a book, and light refreshments.

The event is presented by Northshire Bookstore and the New York Library Association.

Event blurbage:

After three acclaimed novels, Gary Shteyngart turns to memoir in a candid, witty, deeply poignant account of his life so far. Shteyngart shares his American immigrant experience, moving back and forth through time and memory with self-deprecating humor, moving insights, and literary bravado. The result is a resonant story of family and belonging that feels epic and intimate and distinctly his own.

The event is at 5:30 pm on Thursday, November 6.

As You Wish: We hear the October 16 Northshire event with Cary Elwes, about his memoir of making The Princess Bride, is filling up. So, if you're interested in going, it's probably a good idea to get tickets sooner rather than later.

Earlier on AOA: "The man does not remember telling his glasses about enjoying that restaurant, but somehow they know." (Gary Shteyngart visits Schenectady while wearing Google Glass.)

photo: Brigitte Lacombe

Tournament of Pizza 2014

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Each September in the Capital Region we mark the return of the crisp autumn air, the warm sun shining upon us from brilliantly blue skies, and a tradition most august: The Tournament of Pizza. Many years we have celebrated this tradition -- multiple champions have been crowned and (so) much pizza has been eaten.

So it is with great excitement that we now announce the Tournament of Pizza to end all Tournaments of Pizza -- TOP2014: Clash of Champions, sponsored by Keeler Mini.

For the first time ever the Tournament of Pizza will pit only returning winners against other in a new format that will challenge the shops on both quality and consistency. The winner will stand as the victor of the last-ever Tournament of Pizza.

But, wait, there's more: Also for the first time, you -- yes, you -- will have the chance to attend the TOP Final and your votes will help decide who wins a new trophy.

Here are the details...

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