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GE Realty Plot tour 2017

GE Realty Plot tour 2017 posterThe GE Realty Plot House & Garden Tour returns this June 3 and 4. Tickets are $25 -- they're available online (and a few retail pots listed at the first link).

The tour is offered every other year in the Schenectady neighborhood just east of Union College. General Electric bought it at the end of the 1800s and it was subdivided as a neighborhood for company executives. The design of the neighborhood was inspired by New York's Central Park.

This year's tour includes six homes. A listing is after the jump.

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The week ahead

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The popular Troy Hidden Garden Tour is this week.

Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather (springy), to art, to gardens, to crafts, to the stage, to all sorts music...

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Stay Interesting: I Don't Always Tell Stories About My Life But When I Do They're True and Amazing at Northshire Saratoga

jonathan goldsmith stay interesting coverNorthshire Saratoga released a list of upcoming events for June that includes a handful of notable authors... but we have to admit this is the one that made us smile:

Jonathan Goldsmith -- formerly The Most Interesting Man in the World -- will be at the bookstore June 15 for a happy hour and talk. Goldsmith has a new memoir, Stay Interesting: I Don't Always Tell Stories About My Life But When I Do They're True and Amazing, out this summer.

The event starts at 6 pm that day with sample cocktails from High Rock Distillery and a bookstore trivia challenge. Then at 7 pm Goldsmith will tell stories from the book. Or maybe the stories will tell stories about him. He is that interesting, presumably.

Also: Maybe he'll tell the story about why he gets sighted around this area so much, at The Track or the Albany/Rensselaer train station, or wherever. Perhaps TMTMW has been in our midst the entire time.

Made in the Shade 2017

Kat Wright and the Indomitable Soul Band will be there in June.

The Made in the Shade series of free lunchtime concerts on the Empire State Plaza starts a new season in June 7. The concerts are Wednesday at noon underneath The Egg (thus the name).

Here's the lineup...

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Stuff to do this weekend

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The annual Tour of the Battenkill pro/am returns to Washington County this weekend. / photo: A Mengel

Hello spring. Nice of you to make a return visit. And in time for the weekend.

Looking for something to do in the Capital Region this weekend? Look no further. OK, look a little further -- just after the jump. We've lined up a list of stuff we thought would interest you, including food, beer, cultural festivals, bike races, music, theater and comedy.

Doing something you don't see here? Share it in the comment section so we can all see. And whatever you're up to, have a fantastic weekend.

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Fresh Grass Festival 2017 lineup

Brandi Carlile

Brandi Carlile

The Fresh Grass Festival is back at MASS MoCA September 15-17. Festival passes are currently $110 for adults / $98 for students / $48 for kids.

Headliners for the festival include Brandi Carlile, Railroad Earth, and The Del McCoury Band. And the festival just added a handful of acts to the lineup, which is below.

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Queen Size Swap 2017 spring

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The Queen Size Swap will be back at The Hangar in Troy this Sunday, May 21.

What's the Queen Size Swap? Blurbage:

Queen Size Swap is the premiere plus size clothing swap for folks in and around the 518. This is the perfect time to get some great new outfits for Spring & Summer! Clean out your closest and get rid of those clothes you no longer wear! Sizes start at sizes 12/14 and go up.
Clothing to swap should be clean with no rips or stains. All seasons welcome! Accessories also accepted and shoes of any size! ...
**This is a body and size positive event! All genders welcome. The event is handicap friendly and 100% accessible. There is one step up and into the building from the front entrance and a ramp from the back of the building. If you have any questions please feel free to contact QSS at queensizeswap@gmail.com **

There will also be several businesses and vendors with tables at the swap.

The event is Sunday from 11 am to 2 pm. Tickets are $10 online ahead / $15 at the door.

Remaining clothing and shoes from the swap will be donated to the Interfaith Partnership for the Homeless clothing pantry.

photo via Queen Size Swap FB page

Schuyler Mansion open for the season

Schuyler Mansion Albany exterior 2016-June

The Schuyler Mansion opened its 2017 season Wednesday. It will now be open for Wednesday through Sunday from 11 am to 5 pm for daily tours. And it has a schedule of special specific topic tours:

When Hamilton Called Albany Home
"Offered twice per week, this tour focuses on the life of Alexander Hamilton, husband of Elizabeth Schuyler, and his relationship with the Schuyler family. Reservations are required and can be made by calling the site within the current month ONLY. Space is limited - no other tours will be offered during the 2PM hour on these days." Thursday and Sunday at 2 pm

The Women of Schuyler Mansion
"This tour focuses on the women of the household - matriarch Catharine Van Rensselaer Schuyler and her 5 daughters, Angelica, Elizabeth, Margaret (Peggy), Cornelia and Caty. Most tours will be guided by a costumed interpreter. Reservations are required and can be made by calling the site within the current month ONLY. Space is limited - no other tours will be offered during the 2PM hour on these days." Saturday at 2 pm

As the historic site's Facebook page notes, daily tours do tend to fill up and it recommends showing up 20 to 30 minutes early and to make reservations for the special tours. The admission for tours is $5 for adults / $4 for students and seniors / free for kids 12 and under (cash only).

There's also a "Farm Day in the City" event May 27:

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NY Capital District Renaissance Festival 2017

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The NY Capital District Renaissance Festival returns to Indian Ladder Farms in Altamont June 10-11. Festival blurbage:

• 40-plus vendors, including food trucks (turkey drumsticks, BBQ Sundaes, deep fried Oreos, and more!) toys, pottery, leather goods, blacksmith goods, tarot readings, clothing, costume rentals, etc. fun for the whole family;
• Live jousts and sword fighting twice a day;
• A pub crawl for adults( 21 and over);
• The Greatest Pirate Story Never Told, roving minstrels, magicians, belly dancers, mermaids, the Queen's Menagerie, face painting, a costume contest, vow renewals for married couples, puppet shows, and activities for children all day;

Did you know: It's a law that renaissance festivals must have turkey drumsticks. (That may or may not be true.)

The festival is 11 am-6 pm that Saturday Sunday. Tickets are $13 adults / $6 kids 12 and under / free for kids 2 and under.

photo: NY Capital District Renaissance Festival

Bastille at The Palace

the band Bastille 2017

The pop band Bastille is set to play a show at The Palace September 12. Tickets go on sale this Friday, May 19 -- they're $29.50 and up.

The English band has that song that's everyone's heard because it's been played everywhere. Well, actually, they probably have a few songs like that.

The opener for the show is Frenship.

Bastille played a show at Upstate Concert Hall in 2014 and it sold out (quickly, if we remember correctly). So if you'd like to catch the Palace show, getting tickets sooner rather than later is probably a good idea.

Alabama Shake
By the way... That Alabama Shakes show at The Palace August 1 is sold out.

Phantogram at Schaghticoke Fair Grounds

Phantogram 2016

Phantogram is looping back for a show at the Schaghticoke Fair Grounds July 27. Tickets go on sale this Friday -- we're waiting to see the price.

The opener for the show is Tycho.

You know the story: Josh Carter and Sarah Barthel played shows around Saratoga Springs, recorded an album in a barn, got a record deal, toured around the world, got on TV, got famous, songs started showing up in all sorts of media, got a bigger record deal, started collaborating with Big Boi, there was a tidal wave. And they released a new album this past October.

They're on the big festival circuit this year -- Coachella already, and Sasquatch!, Governor's Ball, Osheaga, and Lollapalooza this summer.

The duo played a sold out show at Upstate Concert Hall this past January.

photo: Timothy Saccenti

Lewis Black at The Palace

Lewis Black angry promo photo

Comedian Lewis Black is set to return to The Palace for stand-up show November 3. Tickets go on sale this Friday, May 19 -- they're $29.50 and up. (There's also a fan club pre-sale starting May 16.)

Black's new tour is the "Rant, White & Blue" tour. There are a probably a few recent events about which he's upset.

He's played a bunch of shows here in recent years, including a date at The Palace last year.

More comedy
+ Sinbad is at Troy Music Hall June 4.
+ Kevin James at The Egg June 23.
+ This year's comedy lineup for the Solid Sound Festival at MASS MoCA June 23-25 includes: John Hodgman (of course), Michael Ian Black, Eugene Mirman, Phoebe Robinson*, Nick Offerman, and Jean Grae's The Show Show with DJ Quelle Chris. (It looks like Robinson has replaced Aparna Nancherla in the lineup.)
+ That John Mulaney show July 27 that was originally scheduled for The Egg, but moved to The Palace because of demand has added a second show that same night at 9:30 pm.
+ Demetri Martin is returning to The Egg October 6.

The week ahead

Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Hedwig and the Angry Inch is at Proctors this week.

Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather (hot), to stories, to the stage, to science, to cooking, to music...

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Rockin' on the River 2017

the band Deerhoof

Deerhoof will be there in June. / photo: Asha Shechter

Summer, it is near: The schedule for the next season of the Rockin' on the River free concert series in downtown Troy is out.

The Wednesday night series starts June 7 in Riverfront Park and runs through August 9.

And here's the lineup of acts...

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Stuff to do this weekend

Tulip Festival Street Sweeping

The Tulip Festival gets underway Friday with the ceremonial sweeping of State Street.

Perhaps May hasn't gotten the memo. Or maybe it just overslept.

Whatever. Spring moves on. And so does the weekend.

This Tulip Festival weekend will be a little soggy, and a little cold, but bursting with things to do. After the jump, some stuff we thought might interest you. Planning something you don't see here? Tell us about it in the comments.

Tell your mom we said Happy Mother's Day, and whatever you're up to, have a fantastic weekend.

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Spring foraging class

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This could be an interesting afternoon: The Cornell Cooperative Extension of Columbia & Greene Counties has a spring foraging class this Saturday, May 13:

Come explore the grounds at the Extension Education Center and learn about the value of woodlands and fields in a new way. Presenters Tusha Yakovleva, Rob Handel, and Tracey Testo will be your guides to discovering wild edibles in your surroundings. Participants will learn what is available on a seasonal basis as well as how to collect food without disturbing or endangering a plant population. Recommendations will also be given on how to safely collect food with the help of local resources and experts. Following the walk, we will move inside for a cooking lesson with Chef Rob where you will learn how to incorporate these wild foods into a meal. Locally foraged goods will be made available for samples and snacking during a Q & A to wrap up this fabulous day.


Tusha Yakovleva is a writer/farmer who authors the blog for the Hudson Valley Seed Company. Rob Handel is the chef at Heather Ridge Farm. And Tracey Testo is a program coordinator with the cooperative extension.

The class is from 1-4 pm on Saturday. It's $25 per person. And you must register by the end of today (Wednesday), May 10. (If it we had noticed this earlier, we would have mentioned it earlier.)

The event is at the Extension Education Center in Columbia County, just east of Hudson (corrected).

BikeFest 7

troy bike rescue bikes

The annual BikeFest in Troy returns to The Sanctuary For Independent Media this Saturday, May 13. It's a fundraiser for the Troy Bike Rescue:

This celebration marks 17 years in existence of the volunteer-run, non-profit organization. TBR volunteers run weekly shop sessions where community members learn bike repair, bicycle safety, and fix bicycles to be available for adoption to the general public.
Bike rodeo for kids & Troy Samba!
Troy Bike Rescue volunteers have gotten really good at building fun obstacle courses at Freedom Square for kids to test their bike riding skills. The fun begins at 3pm. Troy Bike Rescue will have a few bikes on hand for kids to borrow, but participants are encouraged to bring their own. The fun at Freedom Square will conclude with everyone's favorite Brazilian Samba ensemble, Troy Samba! at 4:30pm. Participants are advised to bring water, snacks and sunblock if needed.
Dinner, Raffle, Cake Auction & Live Music by Raggliacci
A delicious burrito buffet will be prepared by TBR volunteers under the guidance of local food writer and educator Amy Halloran. Beer will be provided by the one and only Rare Form Brewery. There will be raffle prizes from local businesses, and music by Troy's very own Ragliacci. The night will be rounded off with an auction of cakes contributed by local bakers and bikers.

Events start at 3 pm with the kids bike rodeo in Freedom Square. Doors for events at the Sanctuary for Independent Media open at 5 pm. Tickets are a on a sliding scale -- with a $20 suggested donation.

photo via Troy Bike Rescue Facebook

The week ahead

Cabaret tour 2017

A touring production of Cabaret is at Proctors this week.

Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather (meh), to the stage, to art, to science, to history, to tulips, to all sorts of music...

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Kevin James at The Egg

comedian Kevin James

Comedian/actor Kevin James will be at The Egg June 23 for a stand-up show. Tickets are on sale now -- they're $55 and up.

James, of course, starred on The King of Queens for many years, as well as appearing in movies. And he now has a new sitcom.

He's made a couple of stops here in recent years at The Palace. This show at The Egg is in the 982-seat Hart Theatre.

More comedy
+ That John Mulaney show July 27 that was originally scheduled for The Egg, but moved to The Palace because of demand has added a second show that same night at 9:30 pm.
+ Demetri Martin is returning to The Egg October 6.
+ And this year's comedy lineup for the Solid Sound Festival at MASS MoCA June 23-25 includes: John Hodgman (of course), Michael Ian Black, Eugene Mirman, Phoebe Robinson*, Nick Offerman, and Jean Grae's The Show Show with DJ Quelle Chris. (It looks like Robinson has replaced Aparna Nancherla in the lineup.)

photo via Kevin James Facebook.

Stuff to do this weekend

Albany All Stars at ACC 2017

The Albany All Stars are back in action at the Albany Capital Center.

We interrupt this May weekend for a dose of early April.

Will it be cold? A little. Will it rain? Probably. Will there be interesting stuff to do? Absolutely!

After the jump, our weekly rundown of options we thought might interest you.

Doing something you don't see here? Share it with the rest of us in the comment section.

And whatever you're up to, bring an umbrella and have a fantastic weekend.

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Tulip Trivia at the University Club

Washington Park tulips Moses Corning Tower

The Albany Institute has a Tulip Trivia night lined up for the University Club May 10. Tickets are $10 and available online.

The hosts for the trivia night will be Matt Malette of Albany Archives and Albany city gardener Jessica Morgan. We hear from Matt that the trivia questions with focus on Washington Park, the Tulip Festival, and general Albany history relating to tulips.

The event starts at 7:30 pm on Wednesday, May 10. There will be free light fare and a cash bar.

The University Club is just across Dove Street, to the west, from the Albany Institute at 141 Washington Ave.

AOA is a media sponsor of this event.

EMPAC summer 2017 season

jazz musician Ambrose Akinmusire

Jazz trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire will be there in August.

For the first time, EMPAC has put together a summer seasons of events.

Summers at the venue have typically been dedicated to artists' residencies and research. But this year it's also added a handful of public events, ranging from concerts to film to theater.

Here's a quick scan of the slate:

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A Taste of Albany 2017

A Taste of Albany beer station

The annual A Taste of Albany returns to the State Museum this Thursday, May 4. Tickets are $75. It's a benefit for the Interfaith Partnership for the Homeless.

Blurbage:

In recent years, ATOA has taken the event to the next level with popular additions including a red carpet entrance, Wine & Dine Pull, photo booth, caricatures, carousel rides, and complimentary beer and wine from Brown's Brewing Co., Druthers Brewing, Albany Pump Station, and Upstate Wine & Spirits ...
Over 30 restaurants offer "tastes" of their menu including Angelo's 677 Prime, Barcelona Restaurant, City Line, Fifth Tier Baking Studio, The Ginger Man, Grappa '72, New World Bistro, Roux, Wellington's, Yono's, and more.

The event starts at 5 pm with a cocktail hour, and the food sampling is from 6-8 pm.

photo via A Taste of Albany

Washington Park bird walk

wood ducks in Washington Park

Wood ducks spotted in the Washington Park lake last year.

This could be a nice way to spend a Sunday morning: There's a bird walk in Albany's Washington Park May 7, co-sponsored by the Washington Park Conservancy and the Albany Institute. Blurbage:

Bird watchers and nature fans of all kinds can try their hand at spotting the many species of birds in Washington Park. Tristan Lowery and John Pipkin from the Washington Park Conservancy will lead the walk and share their birding expertise.
The program will begin at Englewood Place in Washington Park. Participants should dress for all weather conditions and are encouraged to bring binoculars.

The walk starts at 8 am. Suggested donation is $10.

You might think spotting a bunch of different types of birds right in the middle of the city would be hard, but as Julie noted last year, there's a wide range of feathered creatures who make a stop in the park.

The date has been corrected (the day was correct). Sorry about that.

Proctors 2017-2018 season

chef Jacques Pepin

Chef Jacques Pepin is on the schedule.

Proctors has released a big list of shows and events for its 2017-2018 season -- some new, some already announced. Aforementioned big list is below.

A few that of the new ones that caught our eye:

+ September 17: "A Seat at the Table" with Beekman 1802

+ November 9: An Evening with Alan Alda

+ January 17: David Brooks (the NYT columnist)

+ January 24: Just Call Me God: A Dictator's Final Speech (featuring John Malkovich)

+ April 6: Jacques Pepin

+ April 27: Patti LuPone

Tickets for (most of) the new shows go on sale this Friday, May 5.

On to the big list...

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