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Solid Sound 2015 lineup

solid sound 2015 posterThe lineup for the Solid Sound Festival this summer at MASS MoCA is now out.

It's headlined by Wilco -- because, you know, it's Wilco's festival. The band will be playing two shows, one each on Friday and Saturday of the festival. A few others from the lineup: Mac Demarco, Parquet Courts, Real Estate, Shabazz Palaces, Cibo Matto, and John Hodgman.

The full announced lineup is post jump.

This year's festival is June 26-28. The ticket currently on sale is the advance 3-day pass -- it's $149 plus service fees. (The festival is also taking reservations for camping.)

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Cheryl Strayed at HVCC

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Author Cheryl Strayed will be at HVCC March 12 for a talk. It's free and open to the public.

Strayed will be talking about Wild, her memoir about her 1,000-mile solo hike along the Pacific Coast trail. It was a best seller, and part of Oprah's book club. The book was made into a movie starring Reese Witherspoon that was released last year.

But her work extends beyond Wild as an award-winning essayist. And she also wrote the popular Dear Sugar column for the Rumpus.

Strayed's talk at HVCC starts at 7 pm on Thursday, March 12 in the Bulmer Telecommunications Center Auditorium. Doors open at 6:15 pm -- seating is limited and first come, first sit.

[via @DanielleSanzone]

photo: Joni Kabana

The week ahead

Ta-Nehisi Coates

Ta-Nehisi Coates is at Skidmore Thursday.

Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather (thawing), to the stage, to activism, to pizza, to beer, to music...

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Gathering of the Farm Cideries at Nine Pin

gathering of farm ciders logoNine Pin Cider Works in Albany is celebrating its one-year anniversary this Saturday with a Gathering of the Farm Cideries. It starts at 11 am and runs through 9 pm with cider tastings (of course), food from Slidin' Dirty, and music. Tickets are $10 ahead, $15 at the door.

As you know, Nine Pin was the first cidery in the state to get a farm cidery license. It will be joined by eight other farm cideries from around the state at the event, and they'll be offering 1 oz samples (along with products for sale). A list of the cideries is after the jump.

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Stuff to do this weekend

Cap Rep Souvenir maraca

Souvenir is in previews this weekend at Capital Rep

So long, February! The end of the longest shortest month of the year is at hand. Sure, it's still pretty cold. But it's the weekend, and there's stuff to do.

What is there to do? We're glad you asked.

Well, after the jump we've pulled together a few things we thought might interest you.

Got something planned you don't see here? Drop it in the comments so the rest of us can see.

And whatever you're up to, don't forget your scarf, and have a fantastic weekend.

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The Country of Ice Cream Star at Northshire Saratoga

country of ice cream star coverCould be interesting: The author of the new novel The Country of Ice Cream Star, Sandra Newman, will be at Northshire Saratoga Friday evening.

The book has been getting a lot of attention recently because it pushes the boundaries of the dystopian YA genre (some sort of disease kills off people once the reach their late teens or early 20s) and it's written almost entirely in the evolved teenage English dialect of its protagonist.

From a WSJ article about Newman and the book:

Author Sandra Newman thinks Katniss Everdeen, of the 'Hunger Games' trilogy, is kind of a wuss. The 15-year-old heroine of Ms. Newman's coming dystopian novel, "The Country of Ice Cream Star," has "certain crucial differences," Ms. Newman says. "Instead of agonizing over kissing a boy, she just has sex. Instead of killing people with her archery skills, she has an assault rifle. I also think she's a lot smarter and funnier than Katniss Everdeen, but clearly I'm biased."

From a Washington Post review:

But what makes the novel so fascinating -- and, yes, so challenging -- is the language Newman has created for Ice Cream and the way we see this disease-ravaged world through her eyes:
"Days that come been clean bonesse. We keep to 495, a highway broad as any field. Got a twin highway the same, these two companion faithful. Together, they go stretch and snake across all unkept distance, till they find our new Connecticut. All this way be forest. Ain't scarcely notice when the Massa woods be left, and yonder start. A hummock seem familiar in your eye; then it come queery that the individual trees be strangers."

Here's an AV Club review that's a bit more reserved in its praise.

The event at Nortshire starts at 7 pm Friday, February 27. It's free.

Brandi Carlile at The Palace

Brandi Carlile

Alt-country singer/songwriter Brandi Carlile is set to play The Palace May 23. Tickets go on sale this Friday, February 27 -- they're $29.50 and up.

Carlile will be touring in support of a new album coming out next month. Over at NPR, Ann Powers described the songs on the album: "Some of them rattle the floorboards; others are quieter, offering beautiful harmonies or rich storytelling. But no matter what they sound like, the songs on this release feel like rock and roll."

photo: David McClister

Pixies, TV on the Radio at Ommegang

pixies tv on the radio

Pixies, TV on the Radio

Announced today: The Pixies and TV on the Radio will be playing outside at Brewery Ommegang May 22. Tickets go on sale this Friday, Feburary 27 -- they're $45. (There's also a pre-sale starting February 25.)

The Pixies are, of course, one of the most influential alt rock bands ever. One of the bands influenced by the Pixies: TV on the Radio.

Alas, Kim Deal is not part of the lineup for this tour.

Also on the bill for the Ommegang show: John Grant.

Already announced for the 2015 Ommegang concert season: The Avett Brothers, with John Prine, on June 13.

Pixies photo: Michael Halsband | TV on the Radio via the band's FB page

The week ahead

NYU professor Jennifer Jacquet

Will you feel bad if you miss Jennifer Jacquet's NYS Writers Institute talk about mobilizing people to address environmental problems?

Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather (February fights to the end), to restaurants, to Stooges, to shaming people, to cooking, to music...

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Daniel Tosh at The Palace x2

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Comedian Daniel Tosh is set for a stand-up show at The Palace June 17. Ticket went on sale today (Friday, February 20) -- they're $49.50 and up.

Apparently the tickets have sold well. The Palace announced Friday that it's added a second Tosh show on June 17. So the first show is at 7 pm, and the second show is at 9:30 pm.

Tosh is most famous for his Comedy Central show, Tosh.0, which is largely focused on internet videos (and making fun of them). It's been Comedy's Central most-watched show.

Cosby
The Palace also announced Friday that it's Bill Cosby stand-up show scheduled for April 24 has been postponed indefinitely (a date in Rochester that week was also canceled). That's not surprising -- Cosby shows around the country been canceled in recent months as the accusations of sexual assault against the comedian have accumulated.

Stuff to do this weekend

mavis staples

Gospel/soul queen Mavis Staples is at Helsinki Hudson Sunday.

Hey, guess what?

Only four more weekends until spring! And temperatures this weekend could get as high as 37 degrees!

After the jump, a few things to do that are better than sitting on the couch wishing for June.

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

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

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It's a circus in Troy

FAQ Circus Frear Atrium performer Nicky Faubert photo Doug Liebig

Nicky Faubert performing during the FAQ preview in the Frear Atrium earlier this month. / photo: Doug Liebig

By Lauren Hittinger

It's not every day that you get to meet and interview a professionally trained clown.

Set aside your preconceived notions, because Aaron Marquise isn't just some guy in bright pants and a painted face. He's about to graduate from the National Circus School in Montreal with a diploma in clowning.

Originally from Round Lake, Marquise is back in town this week to produce a series of shows at the Gasholder Building in Troy alongside the FAQ Circus collective. And he's got his sights set on continuing to expand circus in the Capital Region.

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The week ahead

the illusionists magic act

The Illusionists are at Proctors this week.

Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather (really !@#$%#$%^ cold), to magic, to beer, to blooms, to music...

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Kevin Hart at the TU Center

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Comedian Kevin Hart is set a stand-up showat the TU Center August 27. Tickets are $49.50 and up -- they go on sale February 20.

Hart is easily among the most famous stand-up comedians working now, and he's appeared in a bunch of movies and TV shows. Along the way he's built an entertainment empire for himself.

This will be Hart's second appearance at the TU Center -- he was also there back in 2012.

Live Nation advertises on AOA.

photo via Kevin Hart Twitter

Stuff to do this weekend

palace annual step show

The annual college step show is at The Palace this Sunday. / photo courtesy of The Palace

With temperatures dropping to -4 this Presidents/Valentine's Day weekend, who could blame you if you spent the whole thing under blankets on the couch watching movies?

For those of you battling the urge to hibernate this weekend, we have your secret weapon. OK, it's not so secret. Actually, it's not a secret at all. Everyone can see it. And it's not so much a weapon as a list of stuff to do in the Capital Region this weekend.

Pick the ones you like and try them with the ones you love. Got something planned that you don't see here? Share it in the comments -- we'd love to see.

And whatever you're up to, don't forget your hat and scarf -- and have a great weekend.

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Beer, beer, beer

NYSBA Craft New York at Desmond 2014

Last year's Craft New York Brewers Festival.

A handful of beer events coming up:

February 21: Saratoga Beer Summit at Saratoga City Center
The annual cap to Saratoga Beer Week. Blurbage: "Sample over 200 releases from some of America's best craft breweries. Plus hang out in an atmosphere filled with live music, delicious food available for purchase and great vendors."
Tickets: $40 ahead / $50 at door

February 28: Snommegang Invitational Beer Festival in Oneonta
Brewery Ommegang partnered with America On Tap Beer Festivals. Blurbage: "In addition to Brewery Ommegang and our six brewing siblings, more than 30 breweries from across the United States will each pour at least two of their best offerings at the event. The beer tasting is accompanied by live music, food and activities - all within heated tents along Muller Plaza and surrounding businesses on Main Street."
Tickets: $50 ahead / $55 day of

March 7: Craft New York Brewers Festival at The Desmond
This is the second year for the event. Blurbage: "The Craft New York Brewers Festival will bring together 40 New York Breweries (and brewers) from every region of the state featuring up to 90+ hard to find and award winning beers. To make this very special event more exclusive, we will feature food sampling and pairing from local Albany restaurants and food vendors to go along with each brewery attending at no extra cost!"
Tickets: $40 ahead / $50 day of / VIP ahead $65 / VIP day of $75 / designated drivers $15

photo: New York State Brewers Association

Williamstown Theatre Festival 2015

williamstown theatre festival logoAn earlier that summer is out there: The schedule for this year's Williamstown Theatre Festival is out today. As usual, it includes notable shows and actors you'll recognize, such as Kyra Sedgwick, Audra McDonald, and Cynthia Nixon.

The schedule is post jump.

Ticket bundles are currently on sale, starting at $165 for three shows, through March 6. Many of these shows end up selling out, so if you think you'd like to go this summer, buying early can be a good idea. (And you can a discount by buying one of the bundles.)

Single ticket sales start in April.

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Screening of Hits, and Skype Q&A with David Cross, at The Spectrum

Hits -- a new film from actor/comedian/director David Cross (you know, from Arrested Development) -- will screen at the Spectrum February 19, with a live Skype Q&A with Cross following the screening. Tickets are pay what you will, and sales will be directly split between the film and the Spectrum.

Splitsider describes Hits as "a darkly caustic journey into the pathetic depths of viral videos, internet fame, and the insatiable vacuum of lowest-common-denominator post-reality culture."

It's the first film directed by Cross, and he's using some unusual ways to get the film out there. There will be pay-what-you-will screenings -- like the one at the Spectrum -- at < href="http://www.hitsfilm.com/">a handful of theaters around the country. And the film will also be released using BitTorrent.

The pay-what-you-will screening at the Spectrum is Thursday, February 19 at 6:30 pm. The Skype Q&A with Cross will follow.

The Spectrum advertises on AOA.

The week ahead

author jess row

Author Jess Row is in town this week to talk about his novel Your Face in Mine.

Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather (slo-mo snow), to stories, to authors, to the stage, to music...

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Stuff to do this weekend

Awkwafina

Awkwafina is at Proctors Saturday.

Mittens? We don't need no stinkin' mittens!

But if you have them, sure -- we'll take them.

Yep, it's going to be nippy out there this weekend. And we're expecting to see more snow before it's over. But we're hardy upstaters. When the temperature drops we don't retreat to the couch. We bundle up, open the door, and say: "Bring on the weekend!"

In that spirit, we've pulled together a list of things we thought might be worth going out for this weekend. Doing something you don't see here? Drop it in the comments and share it with the rest of us.

And whatever you're up to, stay warm and have a great weekend!

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"Triple Play!" at the Albany Institute

Hawkins Stadium c 1950 Menands

Hawkins Stadium in Menands was the home of the Albany Senators.

Despite out evidence outside to the contrary, it won't be long until spring arrives. (It's true. We checked a calendar.) And along with spring will come baseball.

The Albany Institute is getting an early start on the season (both of them) with a new exhibit called "Triple Play!" It includes a bunch of historical baseball photos, memorabilia, and items from the major leagues and the Capital Region's own rich baseball history.

The exhibit opens this Friday night, February 6. We got a look earlier this week. Here's a quick trip around the bases...

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Collar City Kilt Fest

collar city kilt fest logoBreezing through Troy: The Collar City Kilt Fest on March 7.

Blurbage:

The Collar City Kilt Fest and 5K Kilt Race is a healthy lifestyle event designed to help us all break out of winter in fun form. Formerly held in Sand Lake with approximately 750 runners, the Kilt Race is a great opportunity for runners and novices to get outside in a social setting. Participants are encouraged to compete in a costume contest, and most runners delight in going all out.

And about the 5k:

The day includes a scenic 5k Kilt Run through the city ending at the party tent that hosts music, food and entertainment. The city is yours to explore with the City Pass. The pass makes you a Troy VIP with access to tastings and treats and special discounts in many of our unique Troy venues.

Registration for the Kilt Run/Walk is open -- it's $25 ahead of March 5, $35 after.

Sky Zone Trampoline Park

sky zone trampoline park albany wide view

By Lauren Hittinger

For those of us who don't enjoy the cold, it can be really tough to stay active in the winter. And even if you do like getting outside for winter activities, a day in near zero temps can be less than appealing.

So, to avoid the cold and still stay active, I peeled myself off the couch and headed over to Sky Zone last week to check out its indoor trampoline park.

Mostly I wanted to see if it was worth the visit -- and if a 20-something like myself could fit in among all the bouncing kids at a trampoline park...

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Circus in the Gasholder Building

FAQ Circus promo photo

The Montreal-based FAQ Circus will be in Troy February 20-21 for three performances in the former Troy Gas Light Company gasholder building. Tickets for the performances are $15 / $10 students, and they're on sale now.

Blurbage:

Founded in 2012, F.A.Q. Circus is a collective of contemporary circus performers who push the boundaries of what Americans typically think of as a circus. The company does not use animals or feature large bright colored costumes. Instead, their focus is on the incredible capabilities of the human body demonstrated through contortion, gymnastics and juggling. The venues, too, are smaller and more intimate than the typical American arena productions where large-scale circus normally occurs. ...
Contemporary costumes will resemble what one would need to wear if running away -- not too tight, not too loose, Marquise said. The show will feature hoop diving, acrobatics, juggling, hula hoops and a clown. One performer will manipulate her body using a "German Wheel," fashioned from two giant metal hula hoops. Another act includes an acrobatic ladder.
The emphasis in "Running" will be on ground acts, because the gasholder building is not outfitted for trapeze rigging at the moment.

It will be the circus company's second appearance at the building -- it performed there last October. And it's also performed twice at the Theatre Institute at Sage. (The artistic director of the circus, 23-year-old Aaron Marquise, studied at the former New York State Theater Institute in Troy.)

FAQ will be offering a three free preview shows this Saturday, February 7, in the Frear Building atrium at 10:30 am, 11:45 am, and 1 pm.

Circus or no circus, the Gasholder Building is a sight to see. And noted about the performances there February 20-21: "This is a standing event. However, if you require or prefer seating, please bring foldable seating and aim to arrive at least 30 minutes before the show starts. 'Running' is performed inside a minimally heated historic venue. It is STRONGLY advised that attendees dress in warm winter clothes. (i.e. hats, scarves, gloves, large jackets, long-johns, etc.)."

Ta-Nehisi Coates at Skidmore

Ta-Nehisi Coates

Journalist Ta-Nehisi Coates will be at Skidmore March 5 for a talk as part of the college's Speaker's Bureau series.

Coates is a national correspondent for The Atlantic. And he's one of the most prominent (maybe the most prominent) writers about race and diversity in the United States. His 2014 June cover story -- "The Case for Reparations" -- got a ton of attention.

The talk at Skidmore is at 8 pm on Thursday, March 5 in Gannett Auditorium and is open to the public.

photo via The Lavin Agency

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