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

Because we are a site on the internet we are required to post something about this -- because cats: The [deep breath] First (and Probably Last) Annual Capital Region Feline Film and Video Festival for Humans will be at The Spectrum October 7. As best we can tell, it's pretty much what's on the label.

The fest is the creation of Albany native Mike Keegan, who now lives in San Francisco. He teamed up with film festival veteran Jay Wertzler to produce the First Annual San Francisco Intergalactic Film + Video Feline Festival for Humans this past May. Here's a recap of the event (we won't spoil the stunning twist involving Keegan about 2/3 of the way into the article).

The duo are now taking the show on the road. Keegan reached out to us today because they'd like to include cat videos from the Capital Region in the Spectrum show -- there's info on how to submit videos at that link.

The Spectrum screening starts at 7 pm on Tuesday, October 7.

In related news: The cats are now one step closer to thoroughly distracting humans as they advance their plot to take over the world.

The Spectrum advertises on AOA.

Behold! New Lebanon

behold new lebanon cynthia creechThe Columbia County town of New Lebanon -- it's just across the border with Rensselaer County -- is attempting to turn itself into "the nation's first living museum of contemporary rural American life" this fall. So what does that mean? Blurbage for Behold! New Lebanon:

We invite you to experience the joy of living seasonally and to fully engage with rural living. Have you wondered how volunteers fight fires? Come meet our firefighters in the firehouse. Have you ever heard of a heritage breed of cattle? We'll introduce you. Have you ever wondered if you could survive by eating what you find in the forest? We'll show you how. Want to make our New Lebanon Slab Pie? No problem. Wish you could give your grandchild a toy to cherish forever? We'll teach you how to make one. Curious about what goes on behind the scenes of a car racing track? We'll take you there and introduce you to our drivers. Do you wonder who lives in small towns and how we spend our time? We'll tell you. And along the way, we'll invite you to sing with us, dance with us, eat with us, learn with us, read with us, and chat with us.
Today, taking our cue from our forebears, the citizens of New Lebanon are again pioneering a new idea. Behold! New Lebanon is building the nation's first living museum of contemporary rural American life. Honoring the techniques and know how of generations past, we are updating them to forge a sustainable future ... You may have visited historic museums where costumed docents play characters from yesteryear and demonstrate skills of times long since past. But during "Behold! NewLebanon," we will introduce you to the way we live and work today and offer you an opportunity to learn, appreciate, and try our way of life.

Here's a recent NYT article about project, which includes some backstory -- the idea is an effort to draw tourists to the town, which as struggled for economic development.

The town-as-living-museum project will be running three more weekends this fall. Tickets start at $25 for a day.

photo: Uli Rose

Drawing: Saratoga Wine & Food Festival

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Chef Marc Murphy is one of the headlining personalities for this year's festival.

The Saratoga Wine & Food Festival is coming up this weekend at SPAC. And we have tickets for two of the festival's events. And we're giving them away. Maybe to you. The tickets included in this drawing:

+ Two tickets to the new BBQ, Blues & Brews event Friday evening. ($170 value)

+ Two tickets to the Grand Tasting on Saturday ($170 value)

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

What's something memorable that you ate locally this summer?

Could be a dish you had a local restaurant, could be some really excellent corn from a farmstand, could an ice cream cone on a perfect summer night, could be whatever.

We'll draw two winners at random. The first drawn will get the BBQ event tickets, the second will get the grand tasting tickets.

The festival's schedule of events runs Friday through Sunday at SPAC. The festival's headline food personality -- chef Marc Murphy (maybe you've seen him on the Food Network show Chopped) will be at the BBQ, Blues & Brews event, which is Friday evening from 7-10 pm. It's a "a competition-style grill off in which the Capital Region's top chefs face off against Manhattan Grill masters." The grand tasting, the festival's main event, is Saturday from 1-4 pm. Tickets for those events, and all the festival's events, are available online.

Important: All comments must be submitted by 5 pm on Wednesday, September 3, 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 Wednesday and must respond by noon on Thursday, September 4.

photo: Cedric Angeles Photography

The week ahead

tugboat in Waterford in 2008

The tugboats are back in Waterford later this week.

Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather (summerish), to craft beer, to wine and food, to tugboats, to apples, to music...

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Stuff to do this weekend

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Nothing says farewell to summer like a good toss of the caber.

Yes, we have a few more weeks of official summer, but unofficially, folks, this is it. Pretty soon the swimming pools and ice cream stands will give way to pumpkin picking and cider donuts. The take home: get out there and soak in some summer this weekend.

AOA is taking one last summer Friday. But after the jump, we've pulled together a few things we thought might interest you. Got something planned that didn't make the list? Drop it in the comments and let the rest of us know.

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

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Drawing: Joshua Bell with the ASO + Yono's

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Drawing's closed!

The Albany Symphony Orchestra opens its new season September 6 at the Palace with a concert featuring superstar violinist Joshua Bell. We have two tickets to the performance and we're giving them away. BUT WAIT. There's more: The winner will also receive a $100 gift certificate for dinner at Yono's (reservations recommended) -- which is, of course, just a short walk from the Palace.

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

What is something classic about the Capital Region?

Could be a building, a tradition, whatever. We'll draw one winner at random. That person gets the pair of tickets and Yono's gift certificate.

The ASO performance at the Palace starts at 7 pm on Saturday, September 6. Tickets are $56 and up.

Important: All comments must be submitted by 5 pm on Friday, August 29, 2014 to be entered in the drawing. You must answer the question to be part of the drawing. (Normal commenting guidelines apply.) One entry per person, please. You must enter a valid email address (that you check regularly) with your comment. The winner will be notified via email by noon on Saturday and must respond by noon on Tuesday, September 2.

photo: Bill Phelps

Friday Night Flicks: Casablanca + free popcorn

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The Friday Night Flicks series of outdoor movies in West Capitol Park wraps up this Friday with a screening of Casablanca. Also: The first 150 people will get free popcorn courtesy of AOA!

The screening starts at 8 pm. It's a free. Bring a chair or blanket.

AOA is a media sponsor of the NYS OGS Friday Night Flicks series.

Fun fall 5k races

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The Insane Inflatable 5k also includes obstacles.

By Lauren Hittinger

Fall is a good time to lace up your sneakers and hit the pavement. But, if you're like me, motivation can be a bit of a barrier when Netflix is calling. Luckily there are a handful of local races with silly or fun themes to take the edge off.

After all, nothing says motivation to run quite like being chased by someone in a zombie costume.

If the undead aren't your thing, maybe another theme appeals to you. Here are a handful of upcoming 5k races that could be fun...

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Drawing: Capital District Community Gardens' Autumn Evening in the Garden

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Drawing's closed! Winner's been emailed!

Capital District's Community Gardens' annual Autumn Evening in the Garden culinary event returns September 11 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Troy. We have two tickets and we're giving them away. To you? Maybe so.

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

Fall is just ahead, so what local thing about autumn are you most looking forward to?

Could be an event, could be a certain fruit or vegetable that's coming into season, could be whatever. We'll draw one winner random. That person gets the pair of tickets.

Here's the blurbage for Autumn Evening in the Garden:

Join CDCG for a chef extravaganza where you can sample the work of more than a dozen of our region's top chefs all in one night! Culinary samples are prepared from fresh meat, cheese and produce donated by local farmers. Guests enjoy live music and local wine, spirits and beer while mingling with chefs, farmers and friends. Proceeds benefit CDCG's programs, including 50 Community Gardens, The Veggie Mobile, The Produce Project, Squash Hunger and more.

A list of participating chefs is after the jump.

The event starts at 6 pm on Thursday, September 11. Tickets are $250 for couples, $150 for individuals, and $75 for attendees 35 years and younger -- and they're available online.

Important: All comments must be submitted by 5 pm on Wednesday, August 27, 2014 to be entered in the drawing. You must answer the question to be part of the drawing. (Normal commenting guidelines apply.) One entry per person, please. You must enter a valid email address (that you check regularly) with your comment. The winner will be notified via email by noon on Thursday and must respond by noon on Friday, August 29.

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PechaKucha back at TVCOG

PechaKucha Troy Albany Schenectady logoThe area's PechaKucha series returns this evening (Tuesday)* at the Tech Valley Center of Gravity in Troy. The theme: "The Tao of Tech, Take Two." Blurbage:

Andrea Habura advocates for Mad Scientists who build their own machines. Kevin Buckland and SeaChange are challenging climate change with a soon-to-launch flotilla of paper boats. Michael McNeil explains why your intution is trying to kill you. Sean Desiree makes pallet alchemy. Jesse Marshall and his friends chose Troy for an urban adventure in cooperation. Kathy Ceceri makes robots, and learns from them. Robert Hirsch is passionate about Queen Mab. And Mick Cipollo - gritty as always - opens your third eye to the wonders of sand.

It starts at 7 pm and it's free. There will be beer from Brown's and quesadillas from Muddaddy Flats.

PechaKucha? It's a series of quick presentations delivered very quickly -- each presenter gets 20 slides that are shown for 20 seconds each.

* We had the day wrong in a previous listing.

Earlier: Sean Desiree from South End Pallet Works

OK Go at Upstate Concert Hall

OK Go 2014

Alt rock band OK Go is set to play a show at Upstate Concert Hall October 14. Tickets go on sale Friday (August 29) -- they're $15 ahead / $18 day of. Also: The show is the 30th anniversary concert for WEQX, so the first 100 tickets are $10.27.

OK Go plays fun pop rock. Over the last however-many years they've gotten a lot of attention for their series of increasingly complicated videos. (The treadmill video for "Here It Goes Again" was first released all the way back in 2006.) Their first studio album in four years is out this fall.

By the way: Upstate Concert Hall has a new website.

photo via OK Go FB

NYS Writers Institute visiting writers fall 2014

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The fall lineup for the NYS Writers Institute visiting writers series is out. And, as usual, it's full of notable, award-winning writers and names you'll recognize.

Here's the full lineup, compressed and expanded...

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The week ahead

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Wait, Wait: Carl Kasell will always be our favorite score keeper.

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Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather (time to rally), to bidding summer farewell, to three fairs, to very quick thoughts, to Wait, Wait, to music...

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Stuff to do this weekend

travers canoe 2012

The Travers Canoe from 2012. Each year the canoe is repainted in the colors of the winning stable from that year's Travers Stakes. It gets yet another new coat of paint this weekend.

In an effort to appreciate the last few bits of summer, AOA is starting our weekend a little early. (We suggest you do the same, if possible.)

But we'd never leave you without a list of stuff to do this weekend. After the jump, you'll find a list of things that are happening this weekend, from the Travers and the orchestra, to fairs and outdoor movies.

Doing something that you don't see on the list. Drop it in the comment section so we can all see. And whatever you're up to, have a fantastic weekend!

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Latte Art Throwdown at Stacks

latte artCould be fun: Stacks Espresso Bar on Lark Street in Albany is hosting "a fun bracket-style latte art competition" on September 4. Blurbage:

A [Thursday Night Throwdown] event, is a common thread through the coffee culture of many major cities, often happening once a month, complete with rotating themes and innovative drink challenges, but this will be the first of it's kind for the Capital District. The evening is co-hosted by the Capital Region Coffee Collective; which started as a meetup for coffee professionals to help improve each others skills and knowledge and quickly morphed into a fun and engaging event to educate participants and raise awareness of the capital region's burgeoning specialty coffee scene.
The goal of a TNT is to foster a spirit of camaraderie, fun, and enthusiasm for local coffee from baristas, coffee shops, and anyone interested in all of the interesting behind the scenes workings that make coffee what it is. Beer will be provided by Troy's Rare Form Brewery to ease nerves, and though many competitors are expected to be local baristas, anyone is open to participate.

Sign-ups for competition start at 5:30 pm on Thursday, September 4. It's a $5 buy in to compete, and a winner-take-all prize package. Admission is free.

Earlier on AOA:
+ Caffe Vero on Lark Street is becoming Stacks Espresso Bar
+ Talking about coffee culture in the Capital Region

AOA fall event: Farm Tour

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Update: Tickets are now on sale!
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Summer is cooling down, and while that means bidding farewell to ice cream stand and swimming pool season, it also means welcoming a bounty of produce from local farms.

We thought it'd be fun to visit some of those farms early this fall, so we've organized a farm tour through the Helderbergs. The tour is September 13. Tickets are $40 and will go on sale this Wednesday (August 20) at noon. Capacity is limited. And as with AOA's past tours, they will probably sell quickly.

The tour will visit three farms so we can meet the farmers and hear their stories. We'll also get to see cows, chickens, and pigs; sample produce right where the food is grown; and visit a brew shed (and try some beer). We'll finish the tour with some snacks made from locally-sourced ingredients.

It should be a fun early fall day. Here's are a few more details, along with an outline of the schedule.

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The week ahead

mr hublot film short still

Mr. Hublot is one of the animated films that will be at Proctors this week as part of AnimationFest.

Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather (tiny complaint), to The Travers, to another fair, to animation, to burlesque, to music...

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Stuff to do this weekend

rest fest 2013

Rest Fest returns to the CAC Woodside in Troy this weekend.

Ok, we hate to be the ones to tell you, but there are only three more weekends until September. So if you've got summer stuff to do on your list that has not been checked off, the time for waiting is, you know, over.

AOA is skipping out a little early for the weekend. But after the jump, we've pulled together a list of stuff to do on this particular summer weekend.

Got something planned that 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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Proctors AnimationFest 2014

mr hublot film short still

A still from Mr. Hublot, one of the Oscar-nominated short films that will be shown during the festival. (It won the Academy award for best animated short.)

The annual AnimationFest returns to Proctors next week -- it runs August 19-23.

As in years in past, the slate of approximately 20 films is wide ranging: from the recent popular (The LEGO Movie) to comic books (Avengers Confidential: Black Widow & Punisher) to the critically-acclaimed (Oscar-nominated short films) to anime classics (Akira).

Multiple films will be screened each day, and each film will get multiple screenings. The schedule includes some kid-friendly morning screenings, too.

Tickets for individual screenings are $5 for adults, $3 for kids. Festival passes are $25 for adults, $15 for kids.

Massry Center 2014-2015 season

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Mary Lambert will be there in October.

The new season of shows at the Massry Center at Saint Rose starts up just about a month. The season's slate includes Mary Lambert & Howie Day, The Weight with Sean Rowe, Tim Reynolds, and the return of the popular "It's a Jazzy Christmas" show.

Here's the compressed schedule...

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Washington County Cheese Tour 2014

Argyle cheese.jpgThe annual Washington County Cheese Tour is coming up in less than a month -- it's September 6 and 7 this year. It is pretty much what it sounds like: a self-guided tour to a handful of cheese-making farms in Washington County (and one in Vermont).

It is, by the accounts we've seen, an interesting and (literally) cheesy time. As Tim recapped the tour a few years back:

Crowds from around the area came to taste locally made cheeses and other dairy products right where they're made. Right. Where. They're. Made. I mean the animals whose milk helped to create the delectable products being sampled actually look on while you toothpick your way through lines of delicious, tangy, cheesy goodness. ...
I sampled some of the best, most complex cheese I have tasted in a long time. It's amazing to me how many different flavors artisan cheese makers can pull out of milk. The cheeses ran the gamut from hard, soft, pungent, and mild, raw, pasteurized, aged, and young. One thing united them, though. They were all delicious. And while the cheese event is only once a year, you can get the cheeses year round.

The participating farms will be open September 6 and 7 from 10 am-4 pm. The tour is free.

Cheese tour preview: The Cheese Traveler in Albany is hosting a tour preview at its shop on Delaware Ave this Thursday (August 14) from 5-7 pm. Blurbage: "Come meet the cheesemakers and enjoy cheeses from five Washington County creameries, paired with beer from Rare Form Brewery and accompaniments by The Cheese Traveler." It's $25 per person.

The Cheese Traveler advertises on AOA.

photo: Tim Dawkins

Nas: Time is Illmatic at The Palace

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Hip hop titan Nas is set to be at The Palace October 3 for a concert and screening of the new documentary Nas:Time is Illmatic. Tickets go on sale this Friday (August 15) -- they're $40 and up.

The show at the Palace will be a screening of the doc followed by Nas performing the album Illmatic live from the start to finish.

It's been 20 years since the album's release. The doc looks at Nas' childhood and early career and the recording of Illmatic. Here's a Variety review following its release at the Tribeca Film Fest earlier this year.

Drawing: Tickets for Rest Fest 2014

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Drawing's closed! Winners have been emailed!

The annual Restoration Festival will be back at the CAC Woodside in Troy this Friday and Saturday. We have three pairs of weekend passes to the festival, and we're giving them away. Maybe to you.

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

What's something in the Capital Region that you'd like to restore?

It could be a building, of course. But it could be all sorts of things -- like an item to a menu at a local restaurant, or an event, or a feeling about a place, whatever. We'll draw three winners at random -- each winner will get two passes.

The Restoration Festival is this Friday and Saturday (August 15 and 16) at the CAC Woodside campus in Troy. It has 20 bands lined up for two stages. A weekend pass is $25 ahead ($30 at the door) / Friday only is $15 ($20 at the door) / Saturday is $20 ($25 at the door).

Important: All comments must be submitted by 5 pm on Wednesday, August 13, 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 Wednesday and must respond by noon on Thursday, August 14.

AOA is a media sponsor of Rest Fest.

John Oliver at The Palace

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Comedian John Oliver is set for a standup show at The Palace December 13. Tickets go on sale to the general public this Friday (August 15) -- they're $39.75.

Oliver is famous for his many years on The Daily Show, of course. But he recently left the show for his own show on HBO: Last Week Tonight. And it's already included some great segments -- you can watch many of them on YouTube.

He was last in town for a show at The Egg in January of 2013.

photo via John Oliver FB

The week ahead

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The Altamont Fair is this week. / photo: Kimberly Dunham

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Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather (look past a few days), to summer things, to the fair, to The Track, to the orchestra, to stories, to Rest Fest, all sorts of music...

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