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The Lifestyle Farming Conference day of DIY classes is returning to SUNY Cobleskill

SUNY Cobleskill Lifestyle Farming Conference logo 2017 autumnSUNY Cobleskill is bringing back the Lifestyle Farming Conference Saturday, November 11. The event is a full day of classes on all sorts of topics related to farming, gardening, and cooking. Blurbage:

During the second Lifestyle Farming Conference, we will be offering a wider breadth of courses that focus on the fall season. In our classrooms and labs, SUNY Cobleskill faculty, experienced farmers, and craft experts will teach workshops on fruits for fermentation, wine and cider making, cheeses, food preservation, homestead planning, herbal teas, meat smoking, raw milk, bread making, and more. With two levels -- 1.5-hour Introductory Courses and 3-hour Skill Builders -- everyone from novice to experienced homesteaders will find a course to suit their interests and skill levels.

Scanning the list of session topics, it looks like there's a bunch of interesting classes if you're the sort of person who's included to do it or make it yourself (of you'd like to be that person).

Registration is $60 for the whole day ($73 with lunch). There's also $35 registration for the morning only, and $48 registration for the afternoon (which includes lunch). The conference registration process online doubles as the process for picking classes.

SUNY Cobleskill's focus is on agriculture -- its full name is the State University of New York College of Agriculture and Technology at Cobleskill -- and it has its own farm and dairy facility. It's in Cobleskill (surprise!) in Schoharie County, about a 50-minute drive from Albany.

PechaKucha is back at Opalka Gallery this week

Opalka Gallery Sage Albany exterior 2016The Opalka Gallery on the Sage Albany campus is hosting another PechaKucha night this Friday. The announced lineup:

+ Doug Bartow, designer, "Craft x Beer x Design"

+ Caroline Barrett

+ John Chaplin, dog-lover, "To Breed or Not to Breed"

+ Frida Foberg, architect, "Why are we eating together?"

+ Andrea Hersh, artist, "Get Out of the Studio"

+ Kristen Holler

+ Rob O'Neil, photographer, The College of St. Rose, "The Sublime Highway Rest Stop"

+ James Preller, children's book author, "The Red Thread"

+Alana Sparrow

+ Joe Ullman, can't fight, "Big Ring Advice"

+ Jennifer Wilkerson, designer, "The Best Design Job Ever"

PechaKucha? It's a format in which the speaker 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.

The event starts Friday, October 27 at 6:30 with snacks and drinks. Talks start at 7 pm. It's free to attend.

Night of the Living Dead + live score at Proctors

Proctors is hosting a screening of George Romero's Night of the Living Dead this Friday with a live score performed by the Andrew Alden Ensemble. Blurbage:

The Andrew Alden Ensemble have enthralled Proctors audiences in the past with their performances of original live scores for THE LOST WORLD and HAXAN: WITCHCRAFT THROUGH THE AGES, and now they've embraced another acknowledged masterpIece, director Romero's incredible - and incredibly influential - NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD. Screened with subtitles, please join us as we invite the ensemble's unsettling score to sink its teeth wholly into our eager hearts.

That clip embedded above is sample of the screening + score performance. As the blurb alludes to, the Andrew Alden Ensemble specializes in performing these sorts of scores.

The show is Friday, October 27 at 7 pm in the GE Theater. Tickets are $15 / $10 for students with ID.

The week ahead

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It's Film Columbia week in Chatham.

Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather (kinda, sorta), to all sorts of of different film, to authors, to cooking, to music...

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Stuff to do this weekend

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Cardi B headlines the "Homecoming Concert 2017" show at the TU Center this Saturday.

This weekend holds an autumn bounty of stuff to do, from markets, to concerts, to shows, to film festivals. Look at our list after the jump, pick a few things you like and let the weekend begin.

Planning something you don't see on our list? Tell us about it. Sharing is caring.

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

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Halloween costume parties (for adults)

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The spooky season is almost here.

Halloween is just a few weeks away, and that means there are a handful of costume parties for adults that are also coming up.

We've pulled together a short list below. (If there are others you think should be included, please share.) Many of these are popular and tickets do sell out. So if you're interested in going, getting tickets sooner rather than later is a good idea.

Also: Get your party plan set give you more time to work on your costume...

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Pretty Much the Best Comedy Show: Erik Bergstrom

comedian Erik Bergstrom

The Pretty Much the Best Comedy Show series at Proctors brings Erik Bergstrom back for a stand-up show Saturday, October 28. Tickets are $15 ahead / $20 day of.

Show blurbage:

Bergstrom's hilariously dark comedy is a fitting match for Halloween weekend, as an illustrator and author, he published his first book, "Grimmer Tales" (Penguin Books) in 2009 and has had his illustrations repeatedly appear in the New Yorker and other publications. Last year, after finessing his set right here at Pretty Much The Best Comedy Show, Comedy Central picked Bergstrom to record and produce his first Half-Hour on their network, which aired in September of 2016.

Bergstrom also survived a bout with cancer during the last few years. As he told Splitsider: "Cancer is the best agent I've ever had. When I got this special I got emails from agents wanting to know if I wanted to sign with them, but I was like, 'If I want another TV spot I'll just have more cancer.'"

The show starts at 8 pm.

photo via Erik Bergstrom Facebook

Action Bronson at Upstate Concert Hall

rapper Action Bronson

The rapper Action Bronson is set to play a show at Upstate Concert Hall December 8. Tickets go on sale this Friday, October 20 -- they're $27.50 ahead / $30 day of.

The show is part of a tour in support of Blue Chips 7000, the album he released this past summer.

In a bit of twist, Bronson has become known in the food world over the last few years in part because of his Vice show F*ck That's Delicious. Last month he published a book related to the show, F*ck, That's Delicious: An Annotated Guide to Eating Well.

The lineup of speakers for this year's TEDxAlbany is out, and tickets are now available

TEDxAlbany 2017 logoThe lineup of speakers is out for this year's TEDxAlbany, which is December 7 at Overit in Albany.

This topics for this year's talks range from math to philanthropy to health to... urine. The lineup of speakers posted is below.

TEDxAlbany is the locally-organized version of the popular TED talks series. Overit hosts the event at a studio in its converted church building on New Scotland Ave.

Tickets are also now available. They're $75 and include breakfast and lunch. There's a limited number, and the event has filled up in past years.

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Brain Food for the Curious returns for a new season at the State Museum this week

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The State Museum's "Brainfood for the Curious" series of short lunchtime talks starts a new season this Tuesday, October 17.

A museum historian or scientist gives a 20-minute talk in the museum's Huxley Theater and then answers questions. The talks cover all sorts of topics, from history to fashion to geology to archaeology to biology. Each event starts at 12:10 pm. They're free.

Here's the schedule for the new season...

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The week ahead

the band Cults

The band Cults is at The Hollow this week.

Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather (briefly October), to words, to film, to small business, to design, to all sorts of music...

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Paper Is Part of the Picture at the Opalka Gallery

Opalka Gallery Paper Is Part of the Picture

If you have any design nerd interests -- papers, vintage posters, typefaces, the business of design, and so on -- the current exhibit at the Opalka Gallery on the Sage Albany campus is worth a quick stop.

Paper Is Part of the Picture chronicles the evolution of the promotional materials for the 100+ years of the Strathmore Paper Company. Blurbage:

The company, founded in 1892 and now owned by Mohawk, pioneered the notion of paper as an essential visual and tactile aspect of a printed piece, rather than a simple commodity. It did so by embracing artists and designers as collaborators. Strathmore's paper promotions reflect the changing trends in American graphic design across the 20th century from Arts & Crafts to the digital era.

The headquarters of Mohawk Fine Papers is in Cohoes, as you know. The materials in the exhibit are from the Strathmore archive.

There's a curator's talk with Paul Shaw about the exhibit October 26 at 6:30 pm. And on November 3 at 6:30 pm there's a tour with Chris Harrold, VP and creative director at Mohawk. Both are free.

The exhibit is on display through December 15.

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If you're interested in this exhibit, there's a good chance you'd also be interested in an AIGA Upstate New York event at the Opalka Gallery October 17 with Luba Lukova, creator of "arguably some of the most iconic and indelible imagery in the realm of contemporary poster design."

The talk is at 6:30 pm Tuesday. Tickets are $20 / free for students with ID.

Stuff to do this weekend

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The NYS Writers Institute has a stacked lineup of speakers for its "Telling the Truth in a Post-truth World" events this weekend. Among them (left to right, top then bottom): CBS icon Bob Schieffer, Columbia professor/net neutrality advocate Tim Wu, journalist Maria Hinjosa, historian Douglas Brinkeley, radio host Amy Goodman, TV host Ashley Banfield, journalist Franklin Foer, and author/NYU professor Pamela Newkirk.

Whether it was a four-day week or a five-day week, you made it to the end. Congratulations! It's the weekend. Don't spend it all raking leaves. Do something fun.

Below is our list of things we thought you might enjoy. Planning something you don't see here? Share it in the comments so everyone can see.

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

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Troy Small Business Summit 2017

Tech Valley Center of Gravity exterior 2016-JulyThe Troy Small Business Summit returns for a second year on October 17 at the Tech Valley Center of Gravity. The event includes talks and breakout sessions about various aspects of running a business. Blurbage:

The formal program includes a 'Troy Gaming Industry' panel discussion with Guha Bala, President of Velan Ventures and Steven Flenory, Head of Studio for WB Games New York.
This year's summit features extended breakout programming, an expanded two tracks of group breakout sessions from local and regional experts in marketing, human resources, and restaurant entrepreneurship, led by Francesca LoPorto-Brandow of GreyCastle Security, Danika Atkins of Excelsior College, Heidi Knoblauch, owner of Plumb Oyster Bar, and Aneesa Waheed, owner of Tara Kitchen.
Following the breakout sessions will be a group presentation about "Navigating Uncharted Territory in Small Business" which will go over information regarding the pipeline for small business in Troy, including business and financial planning, location and lease structure, navigating local regulations, and ultimately the awareness the local resources available to help make your business a success.
The summit will also feature a keynote address from Sinclair Schuller, CEO of Apprenda.

The events are from 10 am-5 pm that day, which is a Tuesday. It's free to attend, but space is limited -- you can register online (see link above).

Sanctuary for Independent Media 2017 fall

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Among the people making appearances this season (left to right): journalist Chris Hedges, journalist Azmat Khan, and filmmaker Parvez Sharma.

The upcoming fall season of events at the Sanctuary for Independent Media in Troy is out. As in seasons past, it includes music, talks, films, and community events.

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Njideka Akunyili Crosby just won a "genius grant" and she'll be at The Tang this month

Njideka Akunyili Crosby "Mummy Mama Mamma"

"Mama, Mummy and Mamma" (Predecessors #2), by Njideka Akunyili Crosby, 2014. / photo by the New Church Museum, Cape Town, South Africa.

The MacArthur Foundation announced its 2017 class of fellows (the "genius grants") Wednesday and the list includes painter Njideka Akunyili Crosby -- who, as it happens, will be at Skidmore's Tang Museum October 21.

An exhibit of work by Akunyili Crosby -- Predecessors -- opens at The Tang this weekend and will be on display through the end of the year. Blurbage:

Njideka Akunyili Crosby's large-scale paintings have garnered international attention for their investigations into the confluences, contact zones, and third spaces of culture in her work. The paintings represent a fusion of her Nigerian upbringing, her immigration to America, and her subsequent marriage to a white Texan. Her artwork also plays with and subverts preconceived notions of Western art history by including portraits of her African family, material references to her Igbo tribe's customs, and images of Nigeria's British colonial past. Her subject matter focuses on quotidian aspects of domestic life, taking place in conventional, albeit subtly Nigerian, interiors.
Njideka Akunyili Crosby: Predecessors unites for the first time many works from the artist's Predecessors series. The series celebrates her family and Nigerian background through portraits of her late mother, an important political figure in Nigeria, her sister, and the artist herself, as well as re-imaginings of her grandmother's kitchen table with all of its pots and pans alongside the traditional Nigerian assortment of "tea things" (the artist's own phrase).

The October 21 event includes a talk by Akunyili Crosby and artist Julia Jacquette. It starts at 3 pm, with a reception at 4 pm. It's free and open to the public.

Below is a short MacArthur Foundation video in which Njideka Akunyili Crosby talks about her work.

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Octavia Spencer will be the featured speaker at UAlbany's homecoming

actor Octavia Spencer

Oscar-winning actor Octavia Spencer will be the featured speaker for UAlbany's homecoming this year. She'll be at the SEFCU Arena Saturday, October 21 at 8 pm. The event is free and open to members of the general public, but registration is required (see the link for details).

Spencer won the Academy Award for best supporting actress for her role in The Help. And she was nominated again this past year for Hidden Figures.

Here's the full list of homecoming events.

SEFCU Arena sits about 4,000 people for this sort of event. But it's not a bad idea to claim a ticket sooner rather than later. Seating in general admission will be first arrive, first sit.

Welcome to Night Vale creators at Skidmore

nightvale it devours coverJoseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor -- the creators of the popular Welcome to Night Vale podcast -- will be at Skidmore November 16 to talk about their new Night Vale novel It Devours!. The event is organized by Northshire Bookstore. Blurbage:

From the authors of the New York Times bestselling novel Welcome to Night Vale and the creators of the #1 international podcast of the same name, comes a mystery exploring the intersections of faith and science, the growing relationship between two young people who want desperately to trust each other, and the terrifying, toothy power of the Smiling God.

The event -- at 7 pm on Thursday, November 16 in Palamountain Hall -- will include a book signing.

Tickets are $23.52 and include a copy of the book (the ticket price is the price of the book). They're available online.

Jason Isbell at The Palace

musician Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit

Alt-country singer/songwriter Jason Isbell is set to play a show at The Palace January 31. Tickets go on sale this Friday, October 13 -- they're $32.50 and up.

Isbell is touring with his band, The 400 Unit. They're supporting The Nashville Sound, an album that debuted this past June to good reviews.

The opener for the show at The Palace is James McMurtry.

photo: Danny Clinch

The Half Moon Market is back later this month

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The Half Moon Market is set to return to the Washington Park Lake House October 20-22.

The popular twice-a-year event event includes more than 40 vendors selling handmade and vintage items, along with food and beverages. Here's the lineup for the fall market.

There's a kick-off party/night market that Friday from 5-9 pm with music. And the market will be open that Saturday and Sunday 11 am-6 pm. Admission is free.

The Half Moon Market is organized by Adelia Sugarman and Caroline Corrigan.

I, Eliza Hamilton at SCPL

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Susan Holloway Scott -- author of the new book I, Eliza Hamilton -- will be at the Schenectady County Public Library this Saturday, October 14 at 1 pm for a talk. It's free.

Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton was, of course, the wife of Alexander Hamilton and the daughter of Philip Schuyler. She grew up in Albany at the Schuyler Mansion, which still stands today in the city.

I, Eliza Hamilton is a novel of historical fiction. From a comment by a Holloway Scott on Good Reads:

I grew up in the NYC area, where Alexander Hamilton has always been something of a hero. But it was his wife Eliza who interested me more, and I loved being able to tell her side of the Hamilton story. Yes, my book is fiction, but I relied on primary sources - letters, journals, and contemporary accounts - to bring Eliza, Alexander, and their world to life. (Eliza herself didn't make it easy by destroying - or having one of her sons destroy - nearly all of her own letters.) "I, Eliza Hamilton" is not only her story, but the story of her marriage to Alexander, who must have been a wonderfully easy man to love, but also a challenging man to be married to.

Susan Holloway Scott has written many historical novels. And she's of the writers of the Two Nerdy History Girls blog.

Earlier: "You maintain your empire in spite of all my efforts..."

photo: David Campli

The week ahead

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Atlas Genius is at Lucky Strike's Jupiter Hall Wednesday.

Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather (October-ish), to Columbus Day, to drama, to comedy, to stories, to media, to all sorts of music...

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Stuff to do this weekend

the musical The Color Purple

The national tour of the Tony-winning The Color Purple starts a run at Proctors this weekend.

October is here!

No, really, check your calendar, it's October. This unseasonably warm autumn weekend is filled with fall festivals, food events, music, shows, and cider donuts.

Here's our list of stuff we thought you might like to try. Doing something you don't see here? Share it in the comments so we can all see. And whatever you're up to, have a fantastic weekend!

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Well-Dressed at the Albany Institute

Albany Institute Well Dressed fashion exhibit

Pretty much everyone has clothing tucked into the back of their closets that they haven't worn in a long time. And the Albany Institute of History and Art -- which has many, many closets -- is no different.

Well, except for the fact that pieces hanging in the back of its closets were created by some of the foremost fashion houses of the 19th century.

"They're masterworks," said Diane Shewchuk, the curator of the new Well-Dressed in Victorian Albany exhibit, of the pieces. "We have Thomas Coles and Frederick Churches that are masterworks. This is the equivalent. But these are probably what more people would have seen than a painting in a house. So this is really an exhibition about the best of the best, the same way we show upstairs the Hudson River School."

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Tolkien & Lewis at Troy Music Hall

tolkein and lewis stage show

Not sure if this qualifies as possibly nerdy or geeky (maybe both!): A touring production called Tolkien & Lewis: Wardrobes, Rings & The Last Goodbye will be at Troy Music Hall this Sunday, October 8.

It's essentially an on-stage conversation between the two famous authors and colleagues. Blurbage:

Set in Oxford's celebrated Eagle & Child pub (where the two met many times over their 30 year friendship), the play focuses on an encounter that takes place following Lewis's recent heart attack. Tolkien, who suggested the meeting, is acutely aware that there may not be many more opportunities for these lifelong friends to get together.
As these two writers of fantasy reminisce they reveal the key events in their enduring friendship and the philosophy and aspirations that undergirded both their lives and their writings. Such revelations (interspersed with the humor they were renowned for) will at times, surprise the audience including their reaction to proposed movie versions of their books! They will also dispel some of the misconceptions that arise when people become legends in their own lifetime. It is not all harmony, however. They must deal events that caused cracks in their relationships and they do this with an honesty that not only exposes raw emotions but also lays the foundation for true reconciliation. Above all, this is a celebration of a friendship that did much to help them become two of the most successful authors of the 20th Century.

Maybe they'll talk about that time they went to go see Snow White together and then proceeded to rip on Walt Disney.

The show is at 2:30 pm. Tickets are $15 and up.

Troy Music Hall advertises on AOA.

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