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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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Capitol Hauntings Tour 2014

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Registration is now open for the annual Capitol Hauntings Tour at the state Capitol. Tour blurbage:

Does the night watchman who died in the Capitol fire of 1911 still make his rounds?
Which two United States Presidents visited the Capitol after they died?
What happened to the "lost" Capitol murals and their eccentric artist?
Does the secret demon carved in stone hold a Capitol curse?
Come to the New York State Capitol for a special tour that explores these questions and other legends connected with this historic building.

Tours start Monday, October 6 and run Monday-Friday through October 31 (except Columbus Day) at 12:30 pm and 5:30 pm. The tours are free they are very popular, especially the 5:30 pm tours. So if you're interested in going on the tour, you should sign up as soon as possible.

image: NYS Office of General Services

"I have no idea what we're going to play. I won't be able to tell you until it's about to happen."

Jazz vibraphonist Stefon Harris -- an Albany High School grad -- is playing at Proctors this Thursday. And while doing a little bit of background on him, we came across this TED talk he did a few years back.

We enjoyed the clip because 1) Half of it is Harris and his improvisational jazz quartet doing their thing and the vibraphone is kind of this dreamy, magical instrument; 2) Harris talks a bit collaborating with others on the fly, and how mistakes are an opportunity.

The show at Proctors is at 7:30 pm Thursday in the GE Theater. It's a benefit for the Schenectady Ring of Hope Boxing Club. Tickets are $40 and up.

Oh, and here's one more fun clip, of Harris playing a short vibraphone solo.

Proctors advertises on AOA.

Drawing: Oktoberfest

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Wolff's annual Oktoberfest block party is this Saturday on Broadway in Albany's warehouse district. We have five pairs of VIP tickets -- and we're giving them away.

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

If you could create any sort of (something)fest in the Capital Region, what would it be?

This could be anything. Mini Hot Dogfest. Corning Towerfest. Capital Region Festfest (a festival of festivals!). Whatever. Non-redeemable bonus points for fun answers. We'll draw five winners at random.

The Oktoberfest block party is Saturday, September 27 from 11 am to 7 pm. And as in years past, it will include beer, food, Dachshund "wiener dog" races, and other competitions. Tickets are currently available online -- they're $10 and include a free commemorative stein and quick entry into the festival. (Day-of tickets are also $10, but don't include the stein.)

There are also $25 VIP tickets (which are being given away in this drawing). They include the free commemorative stein, quick entry to the fest, access to the VIP tent, table service in the VIP tent, and private bathrooms.

Important: All comments must be submitted by 5 pm on Tuesday, September 23, 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, September 24.

Wolff's Oktoberfest block party advertises on AOA.

The week ahead

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It's a bookish week.

Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather (good), to a new year, to carpe diem, to books, to gluten-free baking, to music...

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Night of the Walking Red in "Ginger City, USA"

Night of Walking Red Poster 2014The League of Extraordinary Red Heads will once again stage its Night of the Walking Red October 1 at Brown's Brewing Co. in Troy.

Organizer Duncan Crary has also managed to get the city's mayor to issue a proclamation for the day. A clip:

Now, therefore, I, Lou Rosamilia, Mayor of the City of Troy, do hereby proclaim that, on Oct. 1, 2014, our fair city shall also be known on this day as GINGER CITY, USA, a Shangri-La or Brigadoon for red heads around the world to visit and "kick back in," not be kicked.

The night will also include a "Toast of the Coppertops" with Brown's Wholly Moses Pumpkin Ale. It starts at 5:30 pm -- admission is free. And it's our understanding that non-redheads are welcome. Probably.

As you know, Duncan worked with on the Rail, River, Hudson tour this year.

Stuff to do this weekend

LarkFEST 2010 by Sebastien Barre

LarkFest is this Saturday. / photo: Sebastien Barre

The last weekend of summer has officially arrived, though, let's be honest, we're already in cider donut and sweater mode. This weekend, as we straddle the fence between summer and fall, there is stuff to do from both seasons, from drive-in movies and outdoor music to farmers' markets and harvest festivals.

After the jump, you'll find our list. Got something planned that you don't see here? Drop it in the comment section and share with the rest of us.

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

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Film Columbia 2014

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Birdman, starring Michael Keaton, is on this year's slate.

Film Columbia -- the annual autumn film festival in Chatham -- returns October 22-26. As in years past, the festival slate includes a bunch of films that are already getting attention because of screenings at other festivals and/or they're eagerly awaited because of stars or directors involved.

A few of this year's selections that caught our eye are after the the jump.

Tickets for the festival go on sale October 4 online, and October 3 in person . Individual screenings are $12 (day) and $16 (evening). An all-festival pass (screenings + events) is $250 / an all-screenings pass is $225.

Many of the screenings sell out, so if you'd like to attend, it's probably better to buy earlier rather than later.

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Drawing: OktoBIRDfest

oktoBIRDfest 2014Drawing's closed!

The Audubon Society of the Capital Region has its first OktoBIRDfest (get it?) September 27 at Quackenbush Square in Albany. The fundraising event includes samples from a group of regional breweries/wineries/distilleries, food, and birds. (Really, there will be birds there.)

We have a pair of tickets for the event and we're giving them away. To enter the drawing, please answer this question in the comments:

What's something in the Capital Region that's for the birds?

You can interpret that literally or figuratively. (Just remember that normal commenting guidelines apply.)

OktoBIRDfest is from noon to 5 pm on September 27 at Quackenbush Square (Albany Pump Station & Albany Albany Heritage Area Visitors Center). Tickets are $30 ahead / $35 at the door. It's a 21 and over event. And, yep, Wolff's Oktoberfest is the same day. So you can stop by OktoBIRDfest and then head up Broadway to Oktoberfest.

The lineup for the outdoor tasting courtyard: Druthers Brewing, C.H. Evans Brewing, Steadfast Beer Co., The Beer Diviner, BrookView Station Winery, Cascade Winery, and Albany Distilling Co.

Important: All comments must be submitted by noon on Friday, September 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 5 pm on Friday and must respond by 5 pm on Monday, September 22.

Lucius at The Hollow

Lucius band

Could be fun: Indie pop group Lucius will be at The Hollow December 5. Tickets are now sale -- they're $16 ahead / $18 day of.

From a Guardian mini profile earlier this year:

Lucius are an intriguing proposition, to be sure. They're fronted by identikit women in matching outfits who sing in unison but aren't twins, and backed by a trio of moustachioed males. Their music is exuberant, relentlessly melodic, epic country-pop, and they're fashion-mag stylish (all their own work) with a dash of wacky. They're surfing a tidal wave of Haim-like press in the States, but they might be a slower-build affair over here, more reminiscent perhaps of the way Arcade Fire crept up on people as Funeral slowly but surely sunk in. In fact, they're mooted to be touring with Arcade Fire and they describe themselves as "energetic, indie pop, rock... the B52s meets Arcade Fire" although we'd say they're more Arcade Haim with maybe some of B52s' zany modishness as regards their image.

The opener for the show at The Hollow is Bahamas (which is one guy from Canada).

photo: Peter Larson

Reminder: Yaddo tours this weekend

Yaddo exterior.jpgA quick reminder that Yaddo that will open for tours this Sunday, September 21 (as mentioned). Two of the four time slots are already sold out -- the remaining tours are at 8:30 am and 4 pm (and they will also probably sell out). Tickets are $50 each.

This will be just the sixth time that Yaddo, an artist retreat in Saratoga Springs, will be open for tours of this type. We took the tour in 2011 and it's really interesting. You get to see the dining rooms, a studio, the elegant staircase down which John Cheever is rumored to have ridden an antique sled, and the artists' studios. Even the pencil sharpener under the stairs made us wonder what was written with the No. 2s sharpened there.

The rose garden and rock garden at Yaddo are open to the public anytime between dawn and dusk.

Albany I Spy: Center Square

Albany I Spy Center Square

It lives: The Albany I Spy scavenger hunt from Albany Archives and the Albany County Convention & Visitors Bureau is returning for a second year, and this time around it's focused on the Center Square neighborhood. How it works:

Step 1: Download the form here on September 20
This is your Master Albany I Spy Clue Sheet. Sounds important, right? It is! Be sure to write your name and contact information where indicated because this is how we will contact the winners.
Step 2: Set your course
You'll use the clues on this form to identify the mystery landmarks. Then, set your course each day - or wait for one spectacular day - to head to Center Square to spy and write the name of the landmark on your Master Clue Sheet.
Step 3: Get extra clues
Stumped? Don't worry, we're here to help! Each day, we'll be posting a special extra clue on our social media sites: Albany Archives, Discover Albany, and All Over Albany, or search using the hashtag: #albanyispy.

The deadline to submit your answers is October 4 (see the details at that link). That same day there will be get-together at the Center Square Pub at whic the winners will be announced and prizes (many of which are gift certificates to downtown Albany businesses) will be handed out.

Last year's contest drew a good crowd and people seemed to have a lot of fun at the meetup.

Yep, AOA is a media sponsor of the hunt.

Found Footage Festival at Proctors

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From the fabric painting instructional video "Totally Tulip."

Could be (cringe-inducing) fun: The Found Footage Festival tour, a film and live comedy show, will be at Proctors this Wednesday. Blurbage:

The Found Footage Festival is a one-of-a-kind event showcasing videos found at garage sales and thrift stores and in warehouses and dumpsters throughout North America. Curators Joe Pickett and Nick Prueher take audiences on a guided tour of their latest and greatest VHS finds, providing live commentary and where-are-they-now updates on the people in these videotaped obscurities. From the curiously-produced industrial training video to the forsaken home movie donated to Goodwill, the Found Footage Festival resurrects these forgotten treasures and serves them up in a lively celebration of all things found.

Among the videos they'll be screening: a 1997 instructional video called "How to Have Cybersex on the Internet."

The Proctors show starts at 8 pm Wednesday. Tickets are $9 / $6 for students.

Earlier on AOA: The First (and Probably Last) Annual Capital Region Feline Film and Video Festival for Humans at The Spectrum

photo: Eric Llung

The week ahead

fresh grass 2014 composite

Some of the headliners at Fresh Grass at MASS MoCA later this week (clockwise from right):Emmylou Harris, the Carolina Chocolate Drops, Abigail Washburn and Bela Fleck.

Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather (a little too cool), to a restaurant week, to so many authors, to found footage, to spelling, to figure drawing, to LarkFest...

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Stuff to do this weekend

pearl palooza crowd 2012

Pearl Palooza is Saturday in downtown Albany.

Remember on Monday, when you wished it was the weekend? Well, wish granted. What you do with it is up to you.

After the jump, a few ideas we thought you might like. Got anything planned you don't see here? Drop it in the comments so the rest of the crowd can see.

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

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Longhouse Food Revival 2014

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The Longhouse Food Revival is coming up this weekend in Rensselaerville. Blurbage for the Saturday-Sunday event:

This annual gathering is the Woodstock of food--an intense, weekend symposium designed to raise the bar on how food stories are told and to connect generations of food-inspired artists, writers, web producers, documentary filmmakers, and broadcasters. Every year, LongHouse focuses on a single story to create a multi-media Pop-Up Food Magazine that allows participants to experience state-of-the-art food stories in short, documentary films, live interviews, photography, music, radio broadcast, spoken word, fine art, web-based mapping, and hands-on cooking. ...
Saturday, our Pop-Up Food Magazine will be joined by a remarkable bevy of presenters and food thought leaders, including: Jeni Britton Bauer (author and founder of Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams), food historian Bruce Kraig, Kat Kinsman (CNN's Eatocracy), Audrey Petty (author of Highrise Stories), Kim Severson (The New York Times) Amy Thielen (author of The New Midwestern Table and host of the Heartland Table on the food network), Ari Weinzweig (author and founder of Zingerman's Community of Businesses), and culinary historian, Michael Twitty, among others.

The weekend includes a handful of events, some of which are ticketed separately (there's also a whole-weekend ticket). If you're not looking to go for the whole day, the Live Fire Feast Saturday evening could be fun:

At our Live Fire Feast, chefs Alex Young (Zingerman's Roadhouse) and Carlos Gaytan (Chicago's Mexique) will be facing off in the Live-Fire-Cooking Arena, 'cuing up resolution to one of the Midwest's eternal questions: Oink vs. Moo. Chef Edward Lee (610 Magnolia and Milkwood in Louisville) is determined that we will eat our vegetables--and is turning out at least an acre's worth of handcrafted preserved and ash-cooked beauties.

(You might recognize Gaytan and Lee from Top Chef. Lee also appeared in one of the eps of the most recent season of Mind of a Chef.)

Tickets for the Saturday evening event are $120. But we hear you can get 50 percent off the ticket price by using the code "LIVEFIRE" (no quotes).

Pine Hills Spelling Bee for Adults

APL adult spelling bee 2014

The spelling bee for adults is returning to the Albany Public Library's Pine Hills branch September 18. The first bee was last year and we hear it ended up being very popular. Blurbage for this year:

We'll begin the evening with some challenging team competitions to test your spelling skills. Then we'll start the main event where one member of each team competes in a traditional spelling bee. Teams may swap out players throughout the event, allowing for everyone to participate if they'd like. Snacks will be provided and the best teams will be handsomely rewarded with prizes.

Teams can include 2-5 adults. It's free to participate, but registration is required: call 427-4376, or email aplp1@albanypubliclibrary.org.

The bee starts at 7 pm on Thursday, September 18. The Pine Hills branch is on Western Ave near the merge with Madison Ave. So there's that whole strip of restaurants just across the street for you team to celebrate its victory after the bee.

APL advertises on AOA.

Drawing: ASAP Festival of Meats 2014

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Drawing's closed! Winner's been emailed!

The Albany Society for the Advancement of Philanthropy's annual Festival of Meats is this Saturday, September 13. We have a pair of tickets and we're giving them away.

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

What's something meaty about the Capital Region?

You can interpret this, literally or figuratively, however you like. It could be a topic, a place, an attribute, whatever. We'll draw one winner at random.

The Festival of Meats is from 4-8 pm Saturday at The Albany Elks Lodge. It includes an all-you-can-eat selection of "whole roast pig, Baltimore-style beef, Korean-style ribs, bacon, clams, huli huli chicken, sausages, and more." There will also be wings and BBQ pulled rabbit from R'Eisen Shine Farm of Copake as appetizers.

Tickets are $25 and available online. Proceeds support the ASAP scholarship fund.

Important: All comments must be submitted by 5 pm on Tuesday, September 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 11 pm on Tuesday and must respond by noon on Wednesday, September 10.

AOA is a media sponsor of the ASAP Festival of Meats.

The week ahead

 tim hecker corn field

Tim Hecker is one of the artists who will be at Basilica Soundscape later this week.

Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather (nice), to primary day, to sonic warfare, to laughs, to beer, to all sorts of music...

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Stuff to do this weekend

neutral milk hotel

Neutral Milk Hotel is at Brewery Ommegang Saturday.

The Capital Region is trying to pack 12 pounds of weekend into a 10-pound bag. There is a lot going on this weekend -- from tug boats to jazz to beer festivals to food festivals, to a food and wine festival, to a cheese tour. The problem is going to be deciding which things you'll be able to squeeze into your weekend. And whether you'll be able to squeeze into your jeans when it's over.

Doing something 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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This fall at Northshire includes Corrigan, Maguire, Palahniuk

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A handful of Northshire Bookstore Saratoga author events for the fall that caught our eye:

September 17: John Scalzi
Award-winning sci-fi author talking about his new book Lock In. 7 pm in store - free

September 20: Maureen Corrigan
Fresh Air book critic in an "Off the Shelf" conversation with WAMC's Joe Donahue about her new book So We Read On. "With rigor, wit, and infectious enthusiasm, Corrigan inspires us to re-experience the greatness of Gatsby and cuts to the heart of why we are, as a culture, 'borne back ceaselessly' into its thrall." 7 pm in store - $28 for one book and one seat / $35 for one book and two seats

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The history of Albany as seen through beer-colored lenses

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Upper Hudson Valley Beer and co-author Craig Gravina

There are many ways to look at the long history of Albany and the surrounding region: politically, economically, architecturally, and so on. Craig Gravina and Alan McLeod have chosen to do so through beer-colored lenses.

The two beer scholars -- you might remember them from the Albany Ale Project -- have teamed up to write Upper Hudson Valley Beer, a book about the rich history of brewing in this region and its resurgence over the last few decades. There's a launch party for the book -- with a beer tasting -- at the Albany Institute on September 11.

We bounced a few questions to Gravina this week about the role of beer in Albany's history, the state of the region's beer scene today, and where it might be headed.

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Hannibal Buress at The Egg

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Comedian Hannibal Buress is set for a standup show at The Egg November 20. Tickets go on sale this Friday (September 4) -- they're $28.

Buress has been showing up all over TV during the last few years. He's had his own special on Comedy Central, co-stars on The Eric André Show during Adult Swim, is part of the cast of Broad City, guested on Louie, Bob's Burgers, The Mindy Project, and also made appearances on the late night shows.

A few other notable comedy shows coming up:
+ September 27: Carly Aquilino at The Egg
+ October 16: Lewis Black at The Palace
+ October 25: Amy Schumer at The Palace
+ December 13: John Oliver at The Palace

photo via Hannibal Buress website

East Coast Screen Print Biennial in Troy

screen print biennial 2014 composite

Clips from pieces from some of the artists whose work will be on display (clockwise from top left): "They Said Stones" by Shawn Bitters; "Canopy" by Taryn McMahon; "Demos Onoiroi" by Mark Hosford; "Laugh Riot" by Midwest Pressed (Tim Dooley and Aaron Wilson).

By Lauren Hittinger

This September the first East Coast Screen Print Biennial is coming to the Capital Region, and it's a pretty big deal.

Screen printing as an art form has been around since the early 1900s, tracing its roots to industrial printing. And most of us have screen printed items in our houses, probably in clothing and other textiles. Even so, there hasn't been a recent large scale exhibition in the United States to showcase the art form.

Local artist and RPI faculty member Nathan Meltz decided to change that. So he organized the biennial at the Arts Center of the Capital Region in Troy to celebrate the artistic side of the medium and showcase many of the different paths this artform can take.

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