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Stuff to do this weekend

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Scott Bradlee's Postmodern Jukebox is at the Palace.

It's the weekend! Wake up and smell the cider donuts.

So much stuff to do, and only two days to do it. No worries -- we're here to help.

After the jump a list of weekend events we thought you might enjoy. Doing something you don't see here? Share it with the rest of us in the comment section.

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

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Art Spiegelman at Skidmore

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Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Art Spiegelman will be at Skidmore October 4 for a talk about the history of comics. Blurbage:

His lecture, titled "What the %@&*! Happened to Comics?" will explore evolving perceptions of comics as a literary medium. Although they have often been disdained by academics and other literati, they can be eloquent and powerful, Spiegelman argues, in part because "comics echo the way the brain works. People think in iconographic images . . . and bursts of language, not in paragraphs."

Spiegelman won the Pulitzer in the 1990s for his graphic novel Maus, which focused on the Holocaust and cast the various people involved as animals (the Nazis were cats, Jews were mice). And it's the work for which he's most famous. But he also created the Garbage Pail Kids series of trading cards for Topps. His career has also included work for The New Yorker.

Spiegelman's talk is this year's Steloff Lecture at Skidmore. It's Tuesday, October 4 at 8 pm in Palamountain Hall's Gannett Auditorium. It's free and open to the public.

photo: Enno Kapitza - Agentur Focus

General registration now open for UAlbany Humans of New York event

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Humans of New York founder Brandon Stanton.

A quick update on that Humans of New York event at UAlbany October 8...

Registration is now open for the general public -- UAlbany says people should register via the homecoming weekend registration page. (It's OK if you're not an alum or somehow connected to the school.) The event is in the SEFCU Arena, and a UAlbany rep told us this week they're expecting there should be room for everyone who wants to attend. (The registration is to keep a headcount just in case.)

And if you didn't see the earlier post: Humans of New York founder Brandon Stanton will be at UAlbany Saturday, October 8 for about the very popular photography series. It's at 8 pm and it's free.

The event is one of a whole bunch of events for UAlbany's homecoming weekend, October 7-9, many of which are open to the public.

photo via Humans of New York Twitter

Asbury Short Film Concert at The Linda 2016

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A still from Drawcard, one of the shorts in this year's lineup. (It's about an office joke gone wrong.)

The Asbury Short Film Concert series will be back at The Linda this Saturday, October 1. This is 35th year for the series, which a traveling "concert" of short films. Blurbage:

Did you ever watch the Academy Awards when they were presenting the Best "Live Action" Short Film or Best Short Animation Oscars and say to yourself...
"Where are these films, and why haven't I seen any of them?"
Well, the The Asbury Shorts Concerts has been giving people the opportunity to see these little gems in a real theater format on a big screen since 1980.
The Asbury Shorts Concerts covers it all: Animation, Comedy, Drama, Documentary and Experimental.
Our show is like a trip to the best film festivals in the world where you sample the elite of the short film genre but without competition and plenty of live surprises!

Tickets are $10 and available online. The event at The Linda starts at 8 pm Saturday it's about two hours long.

Here's a quick description of some of the films on this year's slate, if you're curious...

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Schenectady Wing Walk 2016

Schenectady Wing Walk 2016 posterThe annual Wing Walk returns to downtown Schenectady this Saturday. Tickets are $10 / $5 for students with a valid ID and available online.

How it works: You pick up a map at the Proctors box office (it's also your ballot), then you visit a series of restaurants around downtown Schenectady that are offering samples of chicken wings in a variety of styles. Then you vote for your favorite.

There are 22 restaurants participating this year. The list is after the jump.

The Wing Walk is Saturday, October 1 from noon-5 pm.

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Capitol Hauntings tours 2016

creepy state capitol

The popular Capitol Hauntings tours at the New York State Capitol start back up again next Monday, October 3 and run (weekdays) through Halloween. And registration is now open. The tours are free.

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.

There are two tours each day, at 12:30 pm and 5:30 pm. These tours are very popular and fill up quickly -- especially the 5:30 pm slots. So if you'd like to go, grab your spots soon.

image: NYS Office of General Services

FilmColumbia 2016

The schedule includes the Julieta, the new Almodóvar film.

The annual FilmColumbia film fest returns October 22-30. And again the festival will be showing films in both Chatham and Hudson.

As usual, the festival schedule 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.

This year's festival starts with a "James Ivory Tribute and Kickoff Celebration" screening of Howard's End, introduced by Ivory. There will also be a cocktail party with hosts that include Julianna Margulies, Parker Posey, Richard Dreyfuss, Lauren Ambrose, Gaby Hoffman and many other actors. (Tickets for that event are $150 each.)

There's also the annual unnamed "sneak preview" screening that's a surprise until it's screened. (Last year's surprise film was Spotlight.)

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

Tickets for the general public go on sale October 15 at 10 am. They're $12 for day films, $16 for evening films. There are also festival passes for all films ($225) and all films + events ($250).

Many of these screenings do sell out, so if you spot a film on the schedule you'd like to see, it's worth getting tickets sooner rather than later.

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The week ahead

Capital Rep Outside Mullingar

Outside Mullingar opens at Capital Rep this week.

Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather (it's fall), to drama, to politics, to science, to cooking, to music...

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Graphic novelist Raina Telgemeier will be in Saratoga Springs for a Northshire event

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Best-selling, award-winning cartoonist/author Raina Telgemeier will be in Saratoga Springs for an illustrated talk and Q&A October 21. The Northshire Bookstore-organized event is at the Bethesda Episcopal Church (41 Washington Street).

Telgemeier won the 2015 Eisner Award -- it's like the Oscars of comics -- for best writer/artist for her graphic novel Sisters. Her latest work -- Ghosts -- was released earlier this month and is already a best seller. As she told NPR this month about how the book deals with the subject of death:

I think most kids -- most people probably -- have some sort of fear of death. Including myself. And the idea of making it not scary but something jovial has always appealed to me. And so in depicting the ghosts in this book, and the skeletons in this book, I wanted them to be friendly. I wanted them to feel like they were friends. And it really spoke to me. And I've been in a position in the past few years where I've dealt with a lot of loss and a lot of people exiting my life in various ways. And so it was kind of also just an opportunity for me to kind of make peace with that, I suppose.

The Saratoga Springs event is Friday, October 21 at 6 pm. Admission is $17 for one seat and one book / $22 for two seats and one book / $27 for three seats and one book.

Stuff to do this weekend

Vaud and the Villains music act

Vaud and Villains are at Troy Music Hall Friday night.

Welcome to the first weekend of autumn and a fall bounty of stuff to do.

It's a busy weekend, with Larkfest, Balloon Fest, the Collar City Ramble and all kinds of other good stuff. After the jump, a few things we thought might interest you.

Doing something you don't see here? Drop it in the comments so we an all see.

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

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Sanctuary for Independent Media 2016 fall

music group Trio Da Kali

Trio Da Kali will be playing concert there in November.

The upcoming fall season of events at the Sanctuary for Independent Media in Troy includes art openings, community festivals, talks, film, and concerts.

Here's a look at the schedule...

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A couple of Hamilton-themed events

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The Schuyler Mansion in Albany.

Two Hamilton-themed events coming up that might interest you (because Hamilton):

September 29: History Happy Hour at Schuyler Mansion
As you know by now, Alexander Hamilton married Elizabeth Schuyler at the Schuyler Mansion in Albany. On Thursday, September 29 the historic site is hosting Hamilton-themed history happy hour. "Enjoy a selection of local beer, wine, and tempting hors d'oeuvres, while hobnobbing with friends and taking part in Hamilton-themed activities that can only be experienced at Schuyler Mansion!" $20 ahead / $25 at the door

October 17: Preview screening of Hamilton's America at State Museum
In October PBS will be showing a behind-the-scenes documentary about the making of the Lin-Manuel Miranda Broadway musical Hamilton. Before that, on Monday, October 17, WMHT will be showing a preview screening at the State Museum with a reception following. It's free, but WMHT asks that you RSVP by October 14.

Upcoming Historic Albany events include history race, mod homes, and a haunted pub crawl

ten broeck mansion filteredThe fall schedule of events for the Historic Albany Foundation is out. A few dates that caught our eye:

September 24: Albany History Race
"Anyone interested in Albany's storied past is invited to participate in this "Amazing Race"-style scavenger hunt around the city. For this year's race, the Albany Public Library is partnering with Historic Albany Foundation and showcasing the endangered buildings of our city. Over the course of a couple of hours on that Saturday afternoon, teams will receive clues and location histories written by Historic Albany Foundation and dash around Albany making quick stops at historic locations..." free, pre-registration required

October 8: Mod Around the Pond
"Join Historic Albany and preservation planner Lorraine Weiss for a walking tour of Albany's Mid-Century Modern neighborhood around Buckingham Pond. This eclectic neighborhood sprouted roughly between 1941 and 1960 as the upper middle class desired a more suburban and contemporary lifestyle. Albany architects Henry Blatner and Leon Einhorn filled in the gaps between the brick and clapboard clad Colonial Revivals with strikingly modern Prairie and Ranch style houses..." $10, reservations required

October 27 and 27: Haunted History Public Crawl
A tour/ghost hunt with stops at the Ten Broeck Mansion, The Olde English, The Hollow, and McGeary's. "Along the way, you can look forward to supernatural tales regarding Albany's history and our rich folklore." $20 ahead / $25 at the door (if they're still available)

photo via Ten Broeck Mansion FB

LarkFest 2016 full music schedule

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Montreal band Ought is one of the headliners. / photo: Hera Chan

LarkFest is this Saturday on Lark Street in Albany, from 10 am to 6 pm. The street will be closed to vehicle traffic from Madison Ave to Washington Ave for the free street fair.

And the full music schedule -- 16 acts across three stages -- is out. Let's have a look.

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Louis C.K. at The Palace Albany

comedian Louis CK

The comedian Louis C.K. will be at The Palace October 19 for a stand up show. Tickets are on sale now -- they're $50 and only available via Ticketmaster.

Louis C.K. built up his own little empire of late with TV shows, comedy specials, and acting roles in movies.

The Palace sits a lot of people, but it doesn't seem like a stretch to think this show could sell out. So if you'd like to go, it's probably a good idea to get tickets sooner rather than later.

New drinks-and-art series at the Arts Center

arts center capital region troy exteriorThe Arts Center of the Capital Region has a new series of events that pairs drinks with DIY art projects. Blurbage for the series, called "Social Media":

Visit the Arts Center on the third Tuesday of every month to meet new people and try making art in a different medium. Every event starts with an hour-long workshop designed for everyone to enjoy - from beginners to life - long artists - and ends with a specialty prepared cocktail or seasonal beverage that has been paired with the art form we'll be experimenting with. Please bring your ID - we'll also be serving beer, wine and soft drinks!
For added fun, Star Bartenders Institute will be sending bartenders in training, so let's all learn together! We'll send you home every time with the work of art you created!

The events are from 5:30-7:30 pm are $25 to attend. That includes arts supplies and a drink.

The first event -- "Pottery & Mudslides" -- is tonight (Tuesday), and it's sold out.

The upcoming schedule for the fall is after the jump. If they continue to be popular, it's probably worth signing up sooner rather than later if you'd like to attend.

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Palace movie series 2016-2017

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Zootopia. Is. On. The. Schedule. This. Season.

The schedule for the new season of The Palace Theatre's movie series is out. It includes 19 dates, with films that range from old classics (The Maltese Falcon) to holiday favorites (Elf) to more recent releases (Selma).

Here's the schedule...

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Governor Mario Cuomo: Poetry & Prose on WMHT, preview screening at State Museum

The trailer for the upcoming WHMT documentary Governor Mario Cuomo: Poetry & Prose is embedded above. Blurbage:

Experience the memorable twelve years Mario Cuomo spent as New York's 52nd Governor including his initial run for this office in 1982 against Ed Koch, his lauded 1984 keynote speech at the Democratic National Convention, his flirtations with running for president that earned him the nickname 'Hamlet on the Hudson,' and his final political race versus George Pataki.

The doc premieres on WMHT October 3 at 9 pm. But there's also a free preview screening at the State Museum September 29 at 5:30 pm, with a discussion following (see the link to RSVP).

Collar City Ramble 2016

collar city ramble logoThe Collar City Ramble -- an "alternative transportation festival" -- is back in Troy this Saturday, September 24. Festival blurbage:

Organizers of the Collar City Ramble festival encourage people of all ages to explore Troy's urban trails by foot, bicycle, wheelchair, kayak, or any number of other means of getting around in this celebration of people moving under their own power.
The day is filled with walking and biking group tours, self-guided tours, kayak rides, bike safety classes and a geocaching expedition. Even life-long residents of Troy may discover places they've never seen in their own city. Events are free unless otherwise indicated.
"This year's Ramble is most inline with the goals of Transport Troy and the City of Troy in terms of offering as many different opportunities for alternative transportation as possible. Whether you're walking or biking, whether you are a citizen with disabilities or are really engaged in water sports like kayaking, there are opportunities for all of those elements," said Will Malcolm, food access manager for Capital Roots and Transport Troy Co-Chair. "That's really what we have been working toward, as an organization and as a city."

The festival websie (linked above) has the schedule, with categories for different modes of transportation -- bike, water, and trails.

There will also be free rides on CDTA in a loop connecting the various festival locations.

"Hand-written Cookbooks as Documents of Social and Family History" at Mabee Farm

Mabee Farm Historic SiteIf you were interested in that old Schuyler Mansion wedding cake recipe -- or the 1800s Albany cake -- this sounds like someting that might stir your curiosity...

Ace food historian Peter G. Rose will be at the Mabee Farm Historic Site September 29 for a talk about handwritten family cookbooks. Blurbage:

Cookbooks and scrapbooks tell us a lot more than just how a dish is made. What recipes are included often give us an indication of the family's ethnicity and how that ethnicity was retained over generations through the continuation of customs and celebrations.
Using her knowledge of Dutch customs and food history, food historian Peter G. Rose will discuss examples of such recipe/scrap-books, dating as far back as the late 17th century and ranging to the 20th century that contain Dutch recipes. They show the continued identification with the forebears, but also the gradual assimilation. Photographs of pages in cookbooks as well as 17th-century paintings will illustrate the talk.
The audience is encouraged to bring old family cookbooks/recipe boxes -- a discussion of the importance of saving such items is part of the program.

Rose is originally from The Netherlands and has written many books about the Dutch and their influence on the food and culture of the Hudson Valley.

The talk is Thursday, September 29 at 6:30 pm. It's $5.

photo via Mabee Farm Historic Site FB

The week ahead

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Mabel Kwan will be at EMPAC this week performing a piece on two pianos -- at the same time.

Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather (warm), to stories and poetry and drawing, to debugging the gender gap, to Love Jones, to music...

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TEDxAlbany returns this December, and call for speakers is out

TEDxAlbany logo skyline capitolTEDxAlbany -- the local, independently-organized version of the TED talks series -- is set to return to Overit in Albany December 1.

And the call for speakers is also out. From the speakers application page:

When solidifying your idea, ask yourself: What's a controversy in your field that a general audience would understand? What's a common misconception you'd love to clear up? Why is this idea important, and to whom? Who would disagree with you, and why? How did you carry out this idea in your own work?

We hear that organizers this year have an interest in talks that are based on research or a specific focus on some subject or work, and are less interested in the how-to-find-your-passion type of talks.

Here are the talks from last year's event.

Tickets for this year's event will be available later this fall.

Stuff to do this weekend

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Pearlpalooza is back on Pearl Street in downtown Albany Saturday.

Welcome to the last weekend of summer.

After the jump, a few things we thought you might enjoy, including music festivals, cycling, films, music and a harvest of harvest festivals.

Planning something you don't see here? Drop it in the comments so we can all see.

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

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North Albany Oktoberfest block party 2016

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The Oktoberfest block party organized by Wolff's returns to Broadway in Albany's Warehouse District October 1.

Tickets are available online -- they're $15 ahead of the event and include a commemorative stein (for the first 3,000 people). Day-of tickets are $20 and don't include the stein. There's also a $50 VIP ticket access to a VIP tent, private bathrooms, hors d'oeuvres, and the stein.

Broadway from Ferry Street to Thacher Street will be closed for the block party. It includes food vendors, games, and dachshund races.

Also back this year: A 5k race that morning. Registration is currently $35 and includes free access to the Oktoberfest block party (and 50 percent of another admission) and the stein.

Wolff's advertises on AOA.

photo via Wolff's Youtube

Preet Bharara at Saint Rose

Preet BhararaUS Attorney Preet Bharara will be at Saint Rose October 6 for an event titled "Bribery or Just Access to Elected Officials: Tawdry Tales of Ferraris, Rolexes and Ball Gowns." Bharara will be part of a panel discussion that will include:

+ U.S. District Judge Loretta A. Preska (also a Saint Rose alum) -- Preska will also offer opening remarks

+ Grant Jaquith, first assistant U.S. attorney for the Northern District of New York

+ E. Stewart Jones Jr., the high-profile local criminal defense attorney

+ Times Union editor Rex Smith

Bharara is the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York. It's not a stretch to say that he's has had as much influence as anyone on New York State government over the past year, with his office winning convictions of both Sheldon Silver and Dean Skelos, former leaders of the state Assembly and Senate.

The Saint Rose event is Thursday, October 6 at 5:30 pm in the Lally School forum space (1009 Madison Ave). It's free and open to the public -- but pre-registration is required:

Saint Rose advertises on AOA.

photo: US Department of Justice

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