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Stuff to do this weekend

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Troy Civic's production of Evil Dead: The Musical continues this weekend. The undead so busy this time of year. / photo: Jolana Nicotino

It's Halloween. And it's the weekend, so there's plenty of stuff to do.

After the jump we've assembled a bag of fun-sized treats for your weekend. The good stuff. No Necco Wafers. Unless of course you like Necco Wafers. Does anyone like Necco Wafers? Someone must or they wouldn't still be making Necco Wafers...

Wait, what were we talking about?

The weekend! Yes!

After the jump a few things you might like to try this weekend. If you're doing something that you don't see here, drop it in the comments so everyone can see.

And whatever you're up to, have a safe and happy Halloween weekend.

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NANOvember 2014

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The entity now known as the Colleges of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) at SUNY Polytechnic Institute (SUNY Poly) is taking over the month of November again and dubbing it NANOvember.

The series of events starts with the annual Community Day this Saturday, November 1, from 11 am-3 pm. It's free. Blurbage:

In addition to getting an up-close look at CNSE's ever-expanding 1.3 million-square-foot megaplex, both adults and children will have the opportunity to interact with CNSE students, faculty and staff, and to participate in a variety of activities that promote a greater understanding of nanotechnology, including:
+ Tours of the cutting-edge cleanroom facilities
+ Hands-on experiments
+ Cleanroom gowning demonstrations
+ A Kid's Corner featuring several kid-friendly activities relating to nanotechnology
+ Sustainable Energy Activities
+ Nanotechnology overview presentations
+ Displays and hands-on activities showcasing research in CNSE's constellations, including health care, energy, electronics and economics
+ Presentations on CNSE's undergraduate program

Among the other NANOvember events: A public Q&A with Alain Kaloyeros at the Albany NanoTech complex on November 17 "bout the growth of the nanotechnology industry across New York State, its impact on the Capital Region, pertinent educational and economic opportunities, as well as any other topics of relevance."

By the way: As we understand it, there is no truth to the rumor the CNSE/SUNY Poly/Nano Empire will be acquiring other months beyond November and incorporating their date-based distinctiveness into its globally recognized high tech temporal ecosystem.

Pittsfield State Forest

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By Lauren Hittinger

This year I've been visiting local state parks. Well, mostly state parks -- last time it was Saratoga National Historic Park. This time, it's Pittsfield State Forest in Massachusetts.

Fall is very much in progress and it will soon be over. So now is the time to go on a hike and get a look at the last part of foliage season.

To do just that I headed over to Pittsfield State Forest this past weekend. It's very beautiful and a great place to enjoy a beautiful autumn day. And it's just across the border in Massachusetts.

My suggestion: Head over to the forest for a walk, and then make a day of it by exploring some of the small towns in the Berkshires.

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The week ahead

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Evil Dead: The Musical is at Proctors Tuesday.

Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather (not bad), to film, to privacy, to authors, to Halloween, to music...

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Stuff to do this weekend

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Amy Schumer is at The Palace Saturday.

Things should start to dry out just in time for this pre-Halloween weekend. And there's plenty to do, from haunted hayrides, scary movies and harvest festivals to music, theater, and comedy.

After the jump we've raked up a pile of stuff to do for you to dive into (figuratively, of course). Got something planned that you don't see here? Drop it in the comments for the rest of us to see. And whatever you're up to, have a fantastic weekend.

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Chip Kidd at Skidmore

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Designer/author Chip Kidd will be at Skidmore November 13 for a talk and Q&A.

Kidd is probably best known for this book covers. He's designed a bunch of them, many for famous authors, while working with Knopf since the 1980s. In fact, you probably have a Chip Kidd-designed book cover on your bookshelves right now. Kidd has also written a few novels, a Batman graphic novel, and multiple books about comics.

The Skidmore event starts with a talk titled "! or ?: Let me be perfectly clear. Or mysterious" at 7:30 pm on Thursday, November 13 in Palamountain Hall's Gannett Auditorium. A Q&A with the audience is scheduled for 8:30 pm. And there will be a book signing at 9 pm. It's free and open to the public.

Evil Dead: The Musical x2

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From the touring company that will be a Proctors.

Somewhat improbably, there's a stage musical version of The Evil Dead cult-classsic movie series. And somewhat even more improbably, there will be two productions of it in this area over the next week.

Proctors
Proctors is hosting the touring production Evil Dead: The Musical next Tuesday, October 28. From the blurbage:

Patron Advisory: Those seated in the designated "Splatter Zone" seat locations will be splashed by stage "blood" and get increasingly wet over the course of the performance.

The show is at 7:30 pm on the Proctors main stage. Tickets are $20 and up (the splatter zone is $75 and $85).

Troy Civic
More chainsaw: Troy Civic is staging a production of Evil Dead: The Musical at The Troy Atrium starting this Friday and Saturday. And it will continue the next two weekends.

Tickets for the Troy Civic production are $15 / $13 for students and seniors.

Talking about talking about movies

film critic wesley morrisOne of the events at the currently-in-progress Film Columbia that caught our eye is this panel on Saturday about film criticism -- and its lineup:

+ Moderator: Peter Biskind, author and Vanity Fair contributing editor

+ Owen Gleiberman, former head critic for Entertainment Weekly and current critic for bbc.com.

+ Eric Kohn, chief film critic and senior editor at Indiewire.

+ Wesley Morris, 2012 Pulitzer Prize winner and staff critic at Grantland. (That's Morris on the right.)

+ Alison Willmore, film critic for BuzzFeed and co-host of the podcast Filmspotting: SVU.

The panel discussion is Saturday, October 25 at 10 am at Tracy Memorial Village Hall in Chatham. Tickets are $15 and available online.

photo via Wesley Morris Twitter

Drawing: Postmodern Jukebox at Troy Music Hall

Postmodern Jukebox

Drawing's closed!

The pop song cover/re-interpretation act Postmodern Jukebox will be at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall this Saturday, October 25. The group takes modern pop hits and reinterprets them in other styles, often from previous eras. A few examples: a ragtime version of "Call Me Maybe" and and 1920s jazz take on Iggy Azalea's "Fancy."

We have a pair of tickets to the show and we're giving them away. To you? Maybe!

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

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

This could be anything. Non-redeemable bonus points for creativity.

the show at the Troy Music Hall starts at 8 pm Saturday. Tickets are $29.

Important: All comments must be submitted by 5 pm on Wednesday, October 22, 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 midnight that day and must respond by noon on Thursday, October 23.

Troy Music Hall advertises on AOA.

St. Vincent at Upstate Concert Hall

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Just announced: St. Vincent is set to play a show at Upstate Concert Hall March 7. Tickets go on sale this Friday, October 24 -- they're $25 ahead / $28 day of.

St. Vincent is the stage name used by Annie Clark. Her music doesn't really fit into one genre -- maybe indie pop. But however it's categorized, it's consistently scored very strong reviews. And Clark has toured with or collaborated with a bunch of artists.

The opener for the UCH show hasn't been announced, yet.

photo via St. Vincent FB

Quick trip: Beebe Hill fire tower

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Here's another quick trip that could be fun this time of year: Beebe Hill and its fire tower.

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The week ahead

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The Crandell Theater in Chatham is one of the sites for the Film Columbia festival this week.

Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather (drippy), to film, to authors and entrepreneurs, to art, to comedy, to music...

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Drawing: Chemistry and Cocktails at miSci

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Drawing's closed!

In honor of National Mole Day -- October 23, of course -- miSci is hosting a "Chemistry and Cocktails" event at the museum. Blurbage for the evening:

Enjoy a night of mixology and molecular gastronomy with specialty drinks, food science, live music, interactive exhibits, planetarium shows & more!
Sip a special "Mole"ito in honor of National Mole Day (10/23), which commemorates Avogadro's Number (6.02 x 1023), which is a basic measuring unit in chemistry.
Sample molecular gastronomic treats as you explore the science of food by Chef Stamets and the SCCC Culinary Arts Students:
+ Cheese Board with CO2-infused Fruit
+ Shrimp Cocktail with Pipettes of Cocktail Sauce
+ Caesar Salad Foam
+ Tomato Mozzarella Salad with Basil Oil Powder and Balsamic Pearls
+ Butternut Squash Soup in Test Tubes
+ Sous Vide Pork Loin, Goat Cheese Pokenta Cakes, Apple Cider, Mustard Jus
+ Ice Cream Station: Liquid Nitrogen, Nutella and Peanut Butter Powder

We have two tickets for the event and we're giving them away. Maybe to you. To enter, please answer this question in the comments:

What's the food of the future?

This could be anything. (Maybe it helps you think of it as... the future.) Freeze-dried bacon ice cream. Kale-flavored Tang. Self-tending farms in each backyard. Whatever. We'll draw one winner at random.

Tickets for Chemistry and Cocktails at miSci are $35 ahead / $40 at the door. It's from 6-8 pm. And it's a 21-and-over event.

Important: All comments must be submitted by 10 pm on Monday, October 20, 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 midnight that day and must respond by noon on Tuesday, October 21.

AOA is a media sponsor of this event.

Stuff to do this weekend

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Newsies finishes its run at Proctors Friday night.

Into some weekends a little rain must fall. But a slightly soggy weekend is better than no weekend at all.

After the jump, a few things that are happening this weekend that we thought might interest you. Got something planned that you don't see here? Drop it in the comments so the rest of us can see.

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

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Madison Theater opening new performance venue

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The Madison Theater in Albany will be opening its new performance venue space October 25. A jazz group -- the Nancy and Spencer Reed Quartet -- will be playing the 170-seat space.

We stopped by the theater Thursday to get a look at the space, and talk with one of the theater's owners about how things are going on their plan to turn the Madison into a location for entertainment, food, and retail.

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Wine & Dine for the Arts 2015

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Tickets for the popular next Albany Wine & Dine for the Arts Festival are now on sale. The annual Albany chefs wine and food festival is January 15-17 in downtown Albany.

Here's the schedule for this year's festival, which includes events such as the grand tastings, slider slam, barista competition, and battle of the bartenders. Event tickets range from $10-$175. Here are the arts orgs tapped as beneficiaries for this year's festival.

Many of these events have sold out in the past, so if you're interested in going, getting tickets sooner rather than later is not a bad idea.

Also newly announced: The finalists for the festival's rising star chef award. This year's list is after the jump -- it includes chefs from a range of restaurants, some established spots and others just getting started. The nominations can be a good prompt to try a place you haven't been to, yet.

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John Waters at Basilica Hudson

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Show blurbage:

Waters will be arriving on the heels of his recent Lincoln Center Retrospective, celebrating his 50 years in film and his recent best­selling book release Carsick: John Waters Hitchhikes Across America. Waters, who has been dubbed "the Pope of Trash" and branded "O for Offensive" by the Catholic Church, earned his bad reputation by turning bad taste into high art. Part confession, part Vaudeville act, he'll share with a live theater audience in Hudson his origins in the trash genre and his subsequent adventures navigating everything from fashion to true crime.

The show is a benefit for the the AIDS Council of Northeastern New York and the Basilica's film and media programming. It starts at 8 pm on Saturday.

AOA is a media sponsor of this event.

Drawing: Tickets for Albany Barn Fusion 2014

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Drawing's closed! Winner's been emailed!

The Albany Barn's annual Fusion event -- and evening of urban art, architecture, fashion and food -- is this Friday, October 17 at the Barn. We have a pair of tickets and we're giving them away.

To enter, please answer this question in the comments:

If you could fuse two aspects of the Capital Region together, what would those two aspects be and what would it create?

You can interpret this however you like. An example: the region's history + your favorite restaurant = a menu inspired by what people ate here 350 years ago. Or whatever. We'll draw one winner at random.

Here's what's lined up for Fusion this year:

+ Custom couture, performances & art installations by regional artists
+ Creative cocktails and eats by Chopped champion Chef Ric Orlando featuring fresh, local ingredients and spirits from Albany Distilling Co.
+ Wine pairings provided by Empire Wine
+ Craft beer on tap from Druthers Brewing Co.
+ Decadent desserts by The Cookie Factory
+ Coffee bar by Stacks Espresso Bar
+ Jazz reception from 6-8pm with DJ J.Hill mixing up old time jazz and blues
+ DJs Space, Time, and Spacetime

Tickets are start at $75 each and they're available online.

Important: All comments must be submitted by 5 pm on Tuesday, October 14, 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 Tuesday and must respond by noon on Wednesday, October 15.

AOA is a media sponsor of Albany Barn Fusion.

The week ahead

OK Go 2014

OK Go is back around.

Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather (weird), to stories, to Newsies, to Lewis Black, to novelists, to all sorts of music...

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Stuff to do this weekend

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Mandolin virtuoso Chris Thile and bass virtuoso Edgar Meyer are the Troy Music Hall this weekend.

Weekends are like cider donuts. In that they're delicious. Or is it that they're sweet? Or lightly powdered with cinnamon sugar?

OK, maybe weekends are not like cider donuts at all. Maybe we just want some cider donuts. Mmm... cider donuts.

But back to this weekend. It promises to be a pretty nice one, with lots of sunshine, temperatures in the 60s and plenty of fun fall things to do, from stocking up on pumpkins and apples, to fall festivals and haunted hayrides, to movies and theater. After the jump, a few things we thought you might like to try. Got something else planned? Tell us about it.

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

And get a cider donut.

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Saratoga National Historic Park

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By Lauren Hittinger

This year I've been visiting local state parks. Today we are switching it up with a National Park located in Saratoga County.

Much of Saratoga National Historic Park is centered around its history as the site of two major Revolutionary War battles, making it an excellent stop for history buffs.

But the views and distinctive touring route makes this park worth a visit even if social studies was never your thing.

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Drawing: Tickets for Chuck Palahniuk in Saratoga + Northshire gift certificate

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Drawing's closed! Winner's been emailed!

Author Chuck Palahniuk will be at Skidmore November 1 to talk about his new book Beautiful You. The event is organized by Northshire Bookstore. And we have a prize package for the event -- 2 tickets, one copy of Beautiful You, and a $50 gift certificate to Northshire -- that's we're giving away. Maybe to you.

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

If the Capital Region -- either the whole area, or one specific part of it -- was a novel, what would its title be?

It could be anything. Non-redeemable bonus points for fun ideas with a one-line synopsis. We'll draw one winner at random.

Palahniuk is the author of books such as Fight Club and Choke. He's described his new book as "gonzo erotica."

The event at Skidmore is at 7 pm in Palamountain Hall's Gannett Auditorium. Tickets -- which include one copy of the book -- are $35 and available online. (There's also a $25 student ticket.)

Important: All comments must be submitted by 5 pm on Friday, October 9, 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 am on Saturday and must respond by 5 pm on Monday, October 13.

photo: Sarah Lee

Gabriel Iglesias, Brian Regan at The Palace

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Gabriel Iglesias (left) and Brian Regan

Two recently announced shows:

Gabriel Iglesias
Comedian Gabriel Iglesias is set to play a stand-up show at The Palace December 5. Tickets go on sale the general public this Friday (October 10) -- they're $33 and up.

The self-described "fluffy" comedian has been on Comedy Central a bunch (that's him on the right). And earlier this year he released a stand-up film, The Fluffy Movie. He was last in town at The Palace in 2012, and in 2011 played two shows in one night at The Egg.

Brian Regan
Comedian Brian Regan is set for a stand-up show at The Palace on May 5, 2015. (That's like... next year.) Tickets went on sale this past Friday (October 3) -- they're $35.75 and up.

Regan's been around for a long time, with numerous tours and TV appearances. He recently popped up on Jerry Seinfeld's Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.

More comedy:
+ October 16: Lewis Black at The Palace
+ October 25: Amy Schumer at The Palace
+ November 20: Hannibal Buress at The Egg
+ December 13: John Oliver at The Palace

Frequency North 2014 fall

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Chloe Caldwell

The Frequency North series at Saint Rose starts its fall this season this Thursday with an appearance by writer Chloe Caldwell. Blurbage:

A native of Hudson, NY, Chloe Caldwell is the author of the forthcoming novella Women (SF/LD Books, 2014) and the essay collection Legs Get Led Astray (Future Tense Books, 2012). Her nonfiction has appeared in Salon.com, The Rumpus, Thought Catalog, Nylon, The Nervous Breakdown, xoJane, The Frisky, The Sun, SMITH, Jewcy, Mr. Beller's Neighborhood, Freerange Nonfiction, The Faster Times, The Fix, and Men's Health, and has also appeared in the anthologies Goodbye To All That: Writers on Loving and Leaving NYC (Seal Press), GIRLS? (Thought Catalog), and True Tales of Lust and Love (Soft Skull Press). She is the founder and curator of the Hudson River Loft Reading Series in Hudson, NY, and has taught Creative Writing workshops at Omega Teen Camp, The Hudson Opera House, The Independent Resource Center, and personal essay classes online through Lit Reactor.

Lena Dunham is a fan, apparently.

The reading/talk is Thursday, October 9 at 7:30 pm in the Events and Athletics Center, Standish Rooms, Second Floor (420 Western Ave). It's free and open to the public.

Here's the rest of the Frequency North fall season lineup...

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Drawing: Tickets for Lewis Black at The Palace

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Drawing's closed!

Comedian Lewis Black will be at The Palace October 16 for a stand-up show. We have a pair of tickets for the show -- and we're giving them away. Maybe to you.

Black is known for, let's say, getting very agitated about things. (Even his bobblehead is upset.) So, to enter the drawing, please answer this question in the comments:

What's something in the Capital Region that gets you agitated or fired up?

You can interpret agitated and fired up however you'd like. (Normal commenting guidelines apply.) We'll draw one winner at random.

The show at The Palace is at 8 pm on Thursday, October 16. Tickets are $29.50.

Important: All comments must be submitted by 5 pm on Tuesday, October 7, 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 am on Wednesday and must respond by noon on Thursday, October 9.

Earlier on AOA: Lewis Black on Albany

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