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Albany Lantern Parade 2018

Albany Lantern Parade 2018 logo

The Albany Lantern Parade is returning for its third year in Washington Park on November 4. Event blurbage:

This free, family friendly event showcases community creativity, bringing neighbors together from across the Capital Region to celebrate the arts. At dusk, participants will gather at the Lake House to begin a stunning lantern lit parade around the lake. ...
"We're walking with lanterns to share some light as the days become shorter," said Sarah Read, the event's organizer. "This is about our Albany community coming together for a simple, free event to celebrate art, community and warmth on an evening few people look forward to - the night we have to turn back the clocks. If you come to a workshop, you'll meet new people, and the night of the walk you'll recognize these new friends - that's the community-building we're going for."

As mentioned above, there's a series of workshops at which you can make your own lantern. The list is below.

The Albany Lantern Parade is Sunday, November 4 from 4:45-6:30 pm. (Sunset is at 4:43 pm that day.)

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Dr. Dog at Upstate Concert Hall

the band Dr Dog photo by Ryan McMackin

Indie rock band Dr. Dog is set to play a show at Upstate Concert Hall February 13. Tickets go on sale this Friday, October 19 -- the first 300 are $20, then they're $25.

The Philly band released a new album this past spring. Here's them talking about it to NPR earlier this year.

The opener for the show is The Nude Party.

Flipping through old listings, it looks like it's been a while since Dr. Dog made its way through here -- a show at MASS MoCA in 2015, and one at UCH in 2013.

photo: Ryan McMackin

Talking about artificial intelligence at the Rockefeller Institute next month / Automating Inequality with NYS Writers Institute this week

HAL from 2001

Artificial intelligence makes for good stories because killer robots and all that. But the reality of its promise -- and potential threat -- is probably more subtle.

It's being able to search your photo library by type of dog. It's transcription services that work like magic. It's your newsfeed slowly adapting to only show you things that confirm your preconceptions. It's getting tagged as being unworthy for a job or service -- or even a threat -- by an inscrutable algorithm.

With that in mind, this looks like it could be an interesting event: The Rockefeller Institute is hosting a forum about artificial intelligence November 28 at its headquarters on State Street in Albany. Blurbage:

Join the Rockefeller Institute of Government and the SUNY Office of Research & Economic Development on November 28 from 2 to 5:30 p.m. for a comprehensive discussion of artificial intelligence's current and future effects on labor, the economy, ethics, and society with leading experts and practitioners in key fields.
The forum will feature senior officials from state government, industry leaders, and researchers. SUNY Chancellor Kristina Johnson will provide opening remarks.

See the info about RSVP'ing.

Automating Inequality
Speaking of this topic... UAlbany professor Virginia Eubanks will be at the University Club in Albany (141 Washington Avenue) this Friday to talk about her much-praised book Automating Inequality. It's part of the NYS Writers Institute visiting writers series.

Automating Inequality: How High-Tech Tools Profile, Police, and Punish the Poor was released in January, and it's gotten a string of high-profile coverage and strong reviews in outlets ranging from NPR to Wired to Vox to Boing Boing.

There's a reception at 6:30 pm. Talk starts at 7 pm. It's free and open to the public.

film still from 2001: A Space Odyssey via YouTube

Steve Martin + Martin Short at Proctors

steve martin and martin short photo by anna webber

Humorous people Steve Martin and Martin Short will be at Proctors February 17 for a show together. Tickets go on sale this Friday, October 19 -- they're $75.50 and up.

Show blurbage:

In Now You See Them, Soon You Won't, comedy legends Steve Martin and Martin Short present new material in a variety of musical sketches and conversations about their iconic careers, most memorable encounters, and, of course, their legendary lives in show business. Grammy Award®-winning bluegrass band The Steep Canyon Rangers will join the duo on stage. The tour also features renowned pianist and Jimmy Kimmel Live band member Jeff Babko.

Martin and Short also teamed up for a Netflix special earlier this year, and also performed at Tanglewood in September.

Presumably Steve Martin's banjo will also be making an appearance.

photo: Anna Webber

Umphrey's McGee / Experience Hendrix at The Palace

Umphreys McGee photo by David Levene

Umphrey's McGee. / photo: David Levene

Two shows announced for The Palace today...

Umphrey's McGee
The jam / prog rock band Umphrey's McGee is set to play a show at The Palace February 1. Tickets go on sale this Friday (October 19) -- they're $25 and up.

The band released two albums this year: It's not us and it's you.

They played a show at The Palace last year with saxophonist Joshua Redman.

Experience Hendrix
Also announced for The Palace today: Experience Hendrix April 3. Tickets on sale Friday -- they're $43.75 and up.

Show blurbage: "This latest edition of the much anticipated tour once again emphasizes the influence Hendrix has made on a diverse group of artists. The concerts will bring together artists as disparate as guitar wizard Joe Satriani, blues great Taj Mahal, Ernie Isley and Dweezil Zappa. Megadeth's Dave Mustaine will make his Experience Hendrix Tour debut while mainstays such as Billy Cox, Jonny Lang, and Eric Johnson will also be on board for the expedition."

The week ahead

the band Phish 2018 credit Brantley Gutierrez

Phish is at the TU Center for two shows this week. / photo: Brantley Gutierrez

Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather (fall), to haunts, to stories, to all sorts of writers and thinkers, to film, to art, to chocolate, to music...

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Screenprint Biennial 2018

Screenprint Biennial 2018 poster

The 2018 Screeprint Biennial will be at the Opalka Gallery on the Sage Albany campus November 1-December 14. Event blurbage:

The Screenprint Biennial 2018 seeks to showcase a range of screenprint-based art applications, from framed, editioned prints to installation, sculpture, video, ephemera, and posters. This exhibition isn't meant to act as a survey or "who's who" of screenprinting, but to assemble artists who utilize adventurous, relevant, and passionate takes on the screenprinted medium. The works chosen are part of screenprint's rich lineage, drawing on the history of this versatile medium, while at the same time pointing to a future where technology, politics, and expression are pushed through mesh by a squeegee onto the world of ideas.
"The work in this year's biennial exhibition continually exceed my expectations in the way so many elements come together to create compelling, important, and timely narratives," says founder and juror Nathan Meltz. "These art pieces also draw upon a depth of expression, and open windows into creative worlds."
From large-scale installations from artists Sheila Goloborotko, Tonja Torgerson, Tatiana Potts, to smaller-scale three-dimensional works by Olivia Fredericks and experimentation with augmented reality from Mark Hosford, the show will expand the definition of the word "screenprint."

In addition to the Opalka Gallery showing off the works of art and design, there will also be a handful of events to go along with the Screeprint Biennial.

And, yep, one of them involves making prints with a two-ton steamroller...

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PechaKucha at Revolution Hall

PechaKucha Rev Hall 2018-10-24 poster

The next local PechaKucha night will be at Revolution Hall in Troy October 24. Tickets are $15 and available online.

The lineup of speakers and very short talks is below. Topics range from Schenectady, to hair, to life, to giving.

The night is being hosted by the Tech Valley Young Professionals Network. It starts at 5:30 pm that Wednesday.

It's a format in which the speaker gets to talk along with 20 slides, each slide only on display for 20 seconds. (Each talk is just short of 7 minutes total.) So, it moves quickly and it forces people to get right to the point. It can be a fun way to hear from a about a bunch of different people about a bunch of different ideas in one sitting.

(If this sounds familiar, the Opalka Gallery in Albany has been hosting PechaKucha nights a few times a year.)

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Stuff to do this weekend

half moon market washington park lakehouse

The Half Moon Market returns to the Washington Park Lakehouse this weekend.

You know how you tell people that you like living here because you can enjoy four seasons?

Wait, maybe that wasn't you. Maybe it was us. Or maybe it was someone who was talking to us.

Anyway, there are people who enjoy living here because they like to enjoy four seasons. We know you've met them. And this weekend is an example of why they live here. Mid-October kind of sums up autumn in the Capital Region. So take a walk through the leaves, pick a pumpkin and decorate it. Then try something from this list of stuff to do that we raked up for you.

If you're planning something that didn't make our list, share it with the rest of the group in the comment section. And whatever you're up to, wear a cozy sweater and have a fantastic weekend.


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Weezer + Pixies at Times Union Center


Weezer. / photo: Sean Murphy

Classic rock* acts Weezer and (the) Pixies are set play to the Times Union Center March 14. Tickets go on sale October 19 -- they're $25 and up.

Weezer's been riding the wave of renewed attention thanks to their popular cover of Toto's "Africa." (If you had that in the surprise hit cover pool, congrats.) They also have a new album coming out next year.

And, of course, Pixies are one of the most influential modern rock bands of all time.

The two bands toured together this past summer, including a stop Syracuse.

* We kid... sort of. It's been 22 years since Pinkerton was released and 30 years since Surfer Rosa.

By the way...
Because the 90s, because Pixies: A reminder that Kim Deal and The Breeders are playing Upstate Concert Hall October 28.

This year's Ignite volunteer festival is coming up

Ignite 2018 banner

The Ignite volunteer festival will return November 8, and this year it's at the Albany Capital Center.

Ignite is a kind of like a job fair but for volunteer opportunities. More than 30 orgs will there with info and reps ready to talk about how you can lend a hand. There's a list below.

The evening also includes speakers (including Albany mayor Kathy Sheehan), music, and food from local restaurants. And it's free.

Ignite is part of the Serve Albany campaign backed by Christ's Church Albany. It's Thursday, November 8 from 5:30-8 pm.

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There are two more Repair Cafes in the Capital Region this weekend

It feels good to fix things.

Toward that end, Repair Cafes will return to both Schenectady and Castleton this Saturday, October 13.

Repair Cafe? It basically an event at which community members help other community members repair household items. For free. The Repair Cafe idea started in the Netherlands and has since spread around the world.

Blurbage for the Repair Cafe at the Schenectady County Public Library:

Examples of some of the items you can bring to be fixed include: small electric appliances (especially lamps and vacuums,) furniture/wooden objects, clothing/textiles, dolls/toys, phones, computers, tablets, jewelry, watches/clocks, ceramics and general mechanical (small items only, no gas powered machines).
There is a limit of two items for repair per household.

The event at the SCPL Central Library is Saturday from 10 am-2 pm. And if you'd like to be a repair coach, contact coordinator Dave West (

The Castleton Repair Cafe is Saturday from 11 am-3 pm at Village Hall (85 South Main Street). "What do you do with a broken lamp? Or a sweater with a hole? Toss it? No way! ... People visiting the Repair Café bring along their broken but beloved items. Volunteers try their best to make repairs, and it's free of charge!" See the link for details about how to help be a repair coach.

Saratoga Springs
There's a regular Repair Cafe at the Saratoga Public Library. It looks like the last one was in late September. And it was popular -- 58 people brought in 102 items, according to Sustainable Saratoga. Keep an eye on the org's Facebook page for the next Repair Cafe.

Greensky Bluegrass at The Palace

the band Greensky Bluegrass 2018

The jamgrass band Greensky Bluegrass is set to play a show at The Palace January 10. Tickets go on sale this Friday, October 12 -- they're $33 ahead / $36 day of.

Greensky Bluegrass played The Egg this past January, and that show sold out well ahead. The Palace has a lot more seats, but if you want your pick it's not a bad idea to get tickets sooner rather than later.

The band has a new album coming out in January.

The opener is Circles Around the Sun.

Get The Led Out
Also announced for The Palace: Get The Led Out February 2. Tickets on sale Friday. They're $33.50 ahead / $35.50 day of.

Greenhouse, aquaponics, mircrolivestock, composting: here's a chance to check out the Radix Center in Albany

garden beds inside Radix Center greenhouse

Next up for the LocalxDesign series: a tour of the Radix Center in Albany's South End October 17. Blurbage:

The Radix Ecological Sustainability Center is a non profit organization located in the South End of Albany and operates a demonstration site of sustainable tools and technologies including a solar greenhouse, aquaponics, beehives, microlivestock, rainwater collection, renewable energy and composting. Their goal is to promote greater ecological literacy among area residents, demonstrating how it's possible to have greater local access and control over essential resources such as food and waste while simultaneously working for greater social justice and equity.

Following the tour, the group will head over to the City Beer Hall for a happy hour.

The tour meets up Wednesday, October 17 at 5:30 pm at the Radix Center (153 Grand Street). It's free and open to the public, though registration is requested.

LocalXDesign is a monthly series of events focused on design projects in this area. Previous events this year have included tours of downtown Albany murals, the Empire State Plaza, The Church artists/events space in Troy, and a bike tour of Albany's Corning Riverfront Park.

Its founders are Barbara Nazarewicz, a landscape architect, and Liz Podowski King, a landscape designer.

Earlier: Follow up: Radix Center

The week ahead

The Rep The Royale photo by Douglas C. Liebig

This is the last week for The Royale at The Rep. / photo: Douglas C. Liebig

Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather (a bit more warmth), to spooky stories, to the stage, to fame, to film, to all sorts of music...


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EMPAC exterior 2008-10-03

Standing outside EMPAC 10 years ago (almost to the day).

The Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute -- EMPAC -- will be celebrating its 10 year anniversary next week with a multi-day series of events: concerts, dance, film, theater, talks. And two events -- one at the start, the other at the finish -- sound like they'll be good opportunities to experience what the venue can do:

October 11: Double Quartet: Strings and Spaces
"Double Quartet: Strings and Spaces will serve as an initiatory journey for guests of the 10YEARS event. Beginning and ending in the EMPAC Concert Hall, Taiwanese-American string quartet the Formosa Quartet will lead their audience through the EMPAC Theater and Studios 1 and 2, performing classical works specifically selected to complement the architectural acoustics of each space." 7 pm -- $18 / $13 students and seniors

October 13: Lost Highway Suite by Olga Neuwirth
"Performed by 25-members of the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), with conductor Timothy Weiss and live electronics by Gilbert Nouno, the Suite will be staged in the EMPAC Concert Hall with a 64-speaker Ambisonic dome surrounding the audience. Going beyond traditional surround sound, this audio system is capable of spatializing the music performed by the ensemble, moving sounds around the listening space, and expanding and altering the acoustics of the hall. Creating a sonic environment in which sound clouds and particles seem to come from beyond the walls of the space before retracting back to the performers onstage, the composition pursues a series of existential questions, including: How do we know what is real and what is imagined? How do we differentiate between what is inside of us and what is outside?" 8 pm -- $18 / $13 students and seniors

EMPAC is a remarkable venue -- in terms of its architecture, its technology, and its programming. It also might, at times, not exactly feel accessible to a general audience.

Probably the best way to think of it is not just as a performance venue, but as a flexible research space for artists that allows them to push the boundaries of technology and form and, through that work, create new experiences. That's a rare opportunity -- for artists and audiences -- and it's worth checking out.

Here are a few ideas for Adirondack autumn hikes that probably won't be so crowded

view from Spruce Mountain fire tower Cristin Steding

The view from the Spruce Mountain fire tower.

By Cristin Steding

It seems like each year more and more people are on the trails in the Adirondacks. And with peak foliage season quickly approaching, it's about to get a lot more crowded.

While the DEC grapples with how to handle the increased traffic -- a recent move included trying to drastically reduce the amount of parking at one of the most popular trailheads -- it's probably a good idea to check out some less crowded hikes in the meantime.

Scrolling through the #adirondacks hashtag on Instagram, you might think there were only a handful of hikes in the region. The familiar v-shaped vista of Indian Head, people holding up fingers for the number of High Peaks they've hiked, and the panoramic views from Cascade dominate.

But there are literally hundreds of other hikes in New York, many with views just as good -- and you don't have to leave your house at 4 am to get a parking spot.

Here are some hidden gem hikes in the Adirondacks that are likely to give you fall foliage views without the crowds...

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Stuff to do this weekend

Samascott apple orchard Kinderhook 2018-September

Also: It's a good weekend to spend some time in an apple orchard.

Hello, weekend. Hello, October. Hello, apples and pumpkins and cider and cider donuts.

We've raked together a whole pile of stuff to do this weekend, so jump in and pick some stuff you want to try. Doing something that didn't make our list? Share it with the rest of us in the comments.

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


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Pop-Up Adventure Playground in Albany's Washington Park

Washington Park Pop Up Adventure Playground

From September's pop-up adventure playground

This looks like it could be fun time for kids: There's a free Pop-Up Adventure Playground event planned for Albany's Washington Park October 14 from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm. It's in the section of the park near Madison and Willett.

What is an adventure playground? Well, it's basically of collection of all sorts of items -- cardboard boxes, tires, finger paint -- that kids are allowed to play with however they want.

We were curious about this idea -- because, let's face it, a good cardboard box is one of the best toys -- so we reached out to the organizers to find out a little bit more.

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Mumford & Sons at the Times Union Center

the band Mumford and Sons

The band Mumford & Sons is set to play a show at the Times Union Center March 2. Tickets go on sale to the general public October 12 -- they're $40.50 and up. (There's a fan pre-sale starting October 8 -- see the band's website for details.)

The alt rock / folk rock act has a new album -- Delta -- coming out in November, and the tour has the same name. Also: It sounds like the show will involve some sort of theater-in-the-round type of stage.

It looks like Maggie Rogers will be the opener for the TU Center show.

Mumford & Sons played a show at SPAC in the summer of 2016 and it sold out well ahead of time. So if you'd like to catch this show, it's not a bad idea to get tickets earlier rather than later.

photo: James Minchin

Melt N' Toast 2018

Melt N Toast logo 2018

The grilled cheese festival Melt N' Toast will be back at The Takk House in Troy November 17. Tickets are on sale now -- they're currently $30 general admission / $60 VIP. (Prices go up to $35 and $70 after November 2.)

This is the second year for the event and it's is pretty much what it sounds like -- an opportunity to taste a bunch of grilled cheese creations and wash them down craft beverages from regional producers.

The general admission ticket include entry to one session, ten samples of grilled cheese, one free beverage, and a souvenir glass. The VIP ticket includes entry, unlimited samples, unlimited drinks, and a souvenir glass.

There will also be music from DJ Trumastr and a photo booth.

The event has two sessions that Saturday: 11 am-2 pm and 3-6 pm. And tickets are sold per session, so if you're buying a ticket double check to make sure you're getting ticket for the session you want.

Silent films with live scores return to the Albany Public Library this month

He Who Gets Slapped still

A still from He Who Gets Slapped. / via

The Albany Public Library's Silent Film Spectacular returns next week. The series shows silent films along with live scores performed by local musicians at the Washington Ave Branch:

October 10: The Prolific Magic Egg and Sherlock Jr. - Psychedelic Snakeskin
"'The Prolific Magic Egg' is a 1903 short film directed by and starring Georges Méliès. 'Sherlock Jr.' is a 1924 film directed by and starring Buster Keaton. Psychedelic Snakeskin will provide the live accompaniment using analog and digital instrumentation to bring attendees sound-collage music from the outer edges."

October 17: The Three Ages - Ryan Devine and Friends
"This 1923 film stars Buster Keaton and showcases the wonder of love and romance through three historical periods. [Ryan] Devine plays keyboards for a number of local bands, is a member of Victory Soul Orchestra, and teaches piano."

October 24: He Who Gets Slapped - Raurri Jennings
"Lon Chaney plays a bitter clown in this 1924 film. Jennings is lead singer and guitarist for popular local band Front Business. He is new to the Silent Film Spectacular this year."

The films start 7 pm.

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Gary Shteyngart at the Spotty Dog in Hudson

Volume Reading Series Headley Shteyngart Seidlinger

Maria Dahvana Headley, Gary Shteyngart, Michael J Seidlinger

Author Gary Shteyngart will be at Spotty Dog Books and Ale in Hudson October 13 as part of the Volume Reading Series. It's a free event. ("Save your $$ for books and beer!")

Shteyngart is, of course, the bestselling author of novels such as Super Sad True Love Story and Absurdistan. His new novel -- Lake Success -- was released last month. Here's Shteyngart talking about the book with NPR's Scott Simon.

The Volume lineup for that night includes two more authors:

MARIA DAHVANA HEADLEY is a New York Times bestselling author, most recently of The Mere Wife, Magonia, Aerie, Queen of Kings, and The Year of Yes. She grew up in rural Idaho on a survivalist sled-dog ranch, and now lives in Brooklyn. Her work has been supported by the MacDowell Colony and Arte Studio Ginestrelle, among other organizations.

MICHAEL J SEIDLINGER is an Asian American author of a number of books including My Pet Serial Killer and Standard Loneliness Package. He's currently working on a novel, a nonfiction book about death, and a poetry collection. He serves as Library and Academic Marketing Manager at Melville House, Editor-at-Large for Electric Literature, and is a member of The Accomplices.

The event starts at 7 pm on Saturday, October 13. There will be a DJ set following the authors, along with a book signing.

Earlier: "The man does not remember telling his glasses about enjoying that restaurant, but somehow they know."

author composite image via Volume Reading Series

There's a free law clinic event coming up to assist small businesses

Legal Project small business legal clinic poster 2018-OctoberThis could be helpful if you're a business owner or starting a new project: A coalition of local groups are offing a clinic for small business law October 11. Event blurbage:

If you are an entrepreneur and have questions about what type of entity you should form for your business; what types of contracts you need for your business; what to look for in a commercial lease; or how to protect your ideas, products, and brands, consider signing up for a FREE brief legal consultation with an attorney. ...
We will have attorneys with experience in business, corporate, intellectual property, alcohol & beverage, and real estate law to provide free brief legal consultations.

The orgs backing the clinic are The Legal Project, the Community Loan Fund of the Capital Region, the Community Development Clinic at Albany Law School, and the Institute of Nonprofit Leadership and Community Development at UAlbany.

Consultations are via appointment only -- call 518-435-1770 to claim a spot.

Film Columbia 2018

The lineup includes Shoplifters, which won the Palme d'Or at Cannes this year.

The annual Film Columbia film festival returns October 20-28 in Chatham. And the lineup of films is out.

As in years past the 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.

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

This year's festival also will honor Brian Cox with four screenings of his films and a Q&A with the actor.

Tickets for the general public go on sale October 13.

Many of the screenings do sell out -- so if you're interested in attending, it's a good idea to grab tickets sooner rather than later.

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