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North Albany Oktoberfest / Spaten Sprint 2015

spaten sprint 2015 posterThe annual Oktoberfest block party in North Albany organized by Wolff's is set for September 26. The event will again include food vendors, dachsund races, and other activities.

Admission is $10 and includes a commemorate 1-liter stein. (We haven't seen the ticket info posted yet -- but tickets are usually available ahead of time online.)

New this year is the Spaten Sprint 5k that morning. The course follows along Broadway and North Pearl Street in the Warehouse District.

Registration is $30 ($35 after September 18) and includes a commemorative beer stein, free beer (in the stein), free entry to the Oktoberfest block party, and the usual 5k stuff like chip timing. There are also cash prizes for top finishers, both individuals and teams.

Stuff to do this weekend

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UAlbany Alum and Tonight Show regular, Dion Flynn is at Proctors Sunday with his one-man show.

We hate to be the ones to say it, but it's the last weekend in August. If there are any items remaining on your summer to do list, we suggest you get cracking.

For those of you looking for stuff to do, you'll find our weekend round-up after the jump.

Mix them, match them, trade them with your friends.

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

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New name, grand opening for CAC Woodside

The Contemporary Artists Center at Woodside in Troy is now called PostContemporary, and it has a grand opening event for its renovated church building lined up for September 19. Event blurbage:

After three years of sweat and planning, our doors will open on September 19 in a celebration that will unveil the renovated neo-gothic church and usher in the first push of an unapologetic art and performance schedule.
For you, for this evening, we have curated a wall-to-wall environment of artwork, food, and sound, spanning multiple disciplines and spilling outward into adjacent sites.
There will be a ribbon cutting if you come early, and dancing and DJ under the stars if you stay late. We've put some of the best creative minds together to plan this event and it is shaping up to be quite something. Something new, something different, and something wildly fun.

The evening includes a "strolling dinner" from Peck's Arcade, a special "Post Pale" beer brewed by Rare Form, along with performances and art. Tickets start at $85 / $55 (under 35) -- they're available online.

That night also will mark the opening of the second "movement" of Rural Violience at PostContemporary. The exhibit, curated by Brandon Stosuy (Pitchfork editor, Basilica Soundscape collaborator), includes the work of Matthew Barney, Cindy Daignault, Lionel Maunz, and Prurient (with John Sharian). The opening will feature a performance by Brennan Hall and Dana Wachs.

The org formerly known as CAC Woodside moved from North Adams to the Woodside Presbyterian Church in Troy in 2009, and has been providing workspace and living space for artists as the buildings were transformed.

Robert Putnam at UAlbany School of Public Health

putnam our kids coverHarvard political scientist Robert Putnam will be at the UAlbany School of Public Health September 16 for a discussion about income inequality in the US. Event blurbage:

The University at Albany School of Public Health has initiated an "All School Read" program, which invites students, faculty, staff and community members to select and read an important book covering issues relevant for those preparing for careers in public health. The first book chosen is Putnam's Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis, a groundbreaking examination of the growing inequality gap in the United States. The book details how children and grandchildren today have had harder lives amid diminishing prospects compared with earlier generations of Americans.

The forum is Wednesday, September 16 at 5 pm at the UAlbany School of Public Health campus in Rensselaer.

Putnam is probably most famous outside of academic circles for his book Bowling Alone, in which he argued that Americans were withdrawing from civic and social organizations, and becoming less engaged with their communities.

Here's a Washington Post article from earlier this year about Our Kids and what Putnam has been up to recently.

Touchstones at The Mount 2015 fall

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Meghan Daum is among the authors on the lineup.

The Mount -- you know, the former Edith Wharton residence in Lenox -- has a series of conversation events lined up for this fall that looks interesting. It's hosted by journalist Kate Bolick. Blurbage: "This year's featured authors tackle provocative and controversial topics including race, gender, class, marriage,and motherhood."

Here's a compressed schedule...

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Dead & Company at TU Center

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Dead & Company -- featuring Grateful Dead members Bill Kreutzmann, Mickey Hart, and Bob Weir -- will be making a stop at the TU Center October 29. Tickets go on sale this Friday (August 28) -- they're $50 and up.

The lineup for this tour is being filled out by John Mayer (yep, that John Mayer), along with bassist Oteil Burbridge and keyboardist Jeff Chimenti. Mayer has apparently been playing with members of the group since this past spring.

The show at the TU Center is the first stop on the group's 10-date tour. Other stops include Madison Square Garden (both dates already sold out), Philadelphia, DC, Worcester, San Francsico, and LA.

Historic beer tour of the Stockade

 stockade lawrenceThe Schenectady County Historical Society has a tour that could be interesting -- "Schenectady Suds" -- lined up for September 24. Blurbage:

Take a walk along what was once known as "Brewer's Street," looking at local history through the lens of a beer glass. This walking tour of the Historic Stockade District will examine the history of brewing and its impact on our history, from the Colonial era to today's craft brew revival. The tour begins with a look at the SCHS exhibit Hops & Hogsheads: Beer from Colonial to Craft Brew, and concludes with a tasting and tour at Mad Jack Brewery / The Van Dyck Restaurant and Lounge!

The tours depart at 5:30 pm, 6 pm, and 6:30 pm on Thursday, September 24 at the historical society at 32 Washington Ave. Tickets are $12 and available online. (Pre-registration is required.)

The week ahead

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It's Travers Week at the Saratoga Race Course.

Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather (nice), to The Track, to baseball, to comedy, to the fair, to music...

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Stuff to do this weekend

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There's still time for cocktails by the pool.

Only two more August weekends left! If there's some summer thing still on your "to do" list, you'd better get it done.

If you're looking for some summer stuff to do, look no further. Well, look a little further. Not much further. Just after the jump. We've made you a list of some of this weekend's goings-on and it's waiting for you there.

Got something planned that didn't make our list? Tell us about it.

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

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Downtown Albany Yard Sale

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Maybe not the typical sort of yard sale: Albany Center Gallery and Historic Albany Foundation are co-hosting a "yard sale" in downtown Albany's Tricentennial Park September 19. Blurbage:

The Albany Center Gallery will offer an eclectic mix of old and new items, all donated by supporters, ranging from clothing, tools, jewelry, furniture and more; proceeds will help to fund programming efforts. Donated pieces for the event are being accepted through August 26 and can be dropped off at the gallery, 39 Columbia Street, from Noon to 3:00 PM Tuesday through Saturday.
The proceeds collected from these items will go toward the local non-profits and their programming efforts. Any items that are not sold during the yard sale will be donated to Goodwill and Salvation Army.
At their booth, Historic Albany Foundation will sell items from their Lexington Avenue warehouse, including antique furniture, original windows, and light fixtures, at the yard sale. Proceeds from sale of these items will go toward the foundation's preservation programs.

The sale is from 8 am to 3 pm on Saturday, September 19. ACG has been posting photos of sale samples on that event page linked above.

photo via Albany Center Gallery FB

NYS Writers Institute visiting writers fall 2015

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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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12 hours in the Catskills

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By Julie Madsen

Sometimes it's easy to forget just how close the Catskills are to the Capital Region. The northern edge of the area is in Greene County, immediately to the south of Albany County. And it's just an hour's drive away.

So you can head out to the Catskills for a day full of hiking, shopping, and eating -- and still be back home to sleep in your own bed...

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Mel Brooks at Proctors

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Mel Brooks is set to appear at Proctors October 16 as part of a screening of his film Blazing Saddles. Tickets go on sale this Thursday (August 20) -- they're $40 and up.

The event will include a screening of Blazing Saddles on the Proctors main stage screen, followed by "a live conversation and audience Q&A" with Brooks.

It's been four decades since Blazing Saddles was first released. It's #6 on the AFI's list of "100 funniest American films of all time." Last year Brooks talked with Entertainment Weekly about the film -- touching on the conflicts with the studio, the contributions of Richard Pryor, and whether the movie would be made today.

Quick trip: Sharon Springs

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This handsome building on Main Street was once a department store -- it now houses the antique store Heritage Living Country & Vintage.

Sometimes you just want to get out of town for the afternoon. A quick trip to Sharon Springs is an easy way to do that -- and you can still be back by evening.

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Tour de Habitat returning

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The Tour de Habitat is making a comeback this year after a few years off. The cycling event -- a fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity Capital District -- is set for September 26 in Albany.

The tour offers four different routes in lengths of 10 miles, 25 miles, 50 miles, and 100 miles. The last three make their way through both Albany and Rensselaer counties. All routes start and end at Druthers Brewing on Broadway in north Albany. The routes will be supported with rest stops and aid stations.

All rider receive a Tour de Habitat t-shirt and ticket to the post-ride party at Druthers, which includes free food and beer.

Entry fees start at $25 and increase as the route length increase. And because this is a fundraiser, riders are also encouraged to raise donations from supporters.

Washington County Cheese Tour 2015

Thumbnail image for washington co cheese tour 2015 posterThe annual Washington County Cheese Tour returns September 12 and 13. It is pretty much what it says on the label -- a tour of farms in Washington County that produce cheese. Blurbage:

At each farm, guests will sample specially selected cheeses while experiencing first hand the region's long-standing cheese making traditions reaching back to the nineteenth century. All are active farms, raising cows, sheep and goats that supply the milk for the cheese-making process.

A few years back Tim wrote a recap of the tour, which can you give a sense of how it goes. If you like cheese + farms (and farm animals), it's a pretty good bet you'll like the tour.

The participating farms will be open for touring from 10 am to 4 pm on Saturday, September 12 and Sunday, September 13. The tour is free.

Tour preview
On Sunday, August 23 the Honest Weight Food Co-op is hosting a "Meet Your Maker" event to preview the cheese tour. Cheese makers from farms on the tour will be there from from noon-2 pm offering samples and talking about their farms.

The week ahead

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Star violinist Joshua Bell will be at SPAC this week with the Philadelphia Orchestra.

Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather (August is trying), to The Track, to the orchestra, to bourbon, to burlesque, to music...

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Stuff to do this weekend

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The Altamont Fair closes this weekend / photo: Kimberly Dunham

Fairs and farmers' markets and baseball and road trips and hikes and swimming pools -- or just sitting on a porch and doing nothing outdoors. We've got a few weekends of summer left, folks -- let's make the most of them.

If you don't have plans for this weekend yet, you'll find a few ideas after the jump.

Got something planned you don't see here? Share it with the rest of us in the comments.

And whatever you're up to, soak in a little sunshine and have a fantastic weekend!

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Autumn Evening in the Garden 2015

capital roots autumn evening in the garden 2015 BowdenCapital Roots' annual harvest fall harvest celebration -- Autumn Evening in the Garden -- will be at the Hilton Garden Inn in Troy on September 17. Blurbage:

"An Autumn Evening in the Garden" brings together more than 15 of the region's most talented chefs with 30+ local growers, producers, and beverage makers from all over the greater Capital District for a delicious "strolling supper." The farmers contribute their meat, cheese, and produce. The chefs use these contributions to create their dishes. Guests sample outstanding cuisine drawn from the creative kitchens of some of the area's finest restaurants while enjoying local wines, beers, and spirits, while mingling with chefs, farmers, and friends.

This year's featured chef is Brian Bowden of 15 Church in Saratoga Springs.

Tickets for the fundraiser are available online -- they're $150 / $75 for people 35 and under.

As you know, Capital Roots is the org formerly known as Capital District Community Gardens.

ASAP Festival of Meats 2015

ASAP Festival of Meats 2015 posterThe Albany Society for the Advancement of Philanthropy's annual Festival of Meats & Celebration of Bacon returns September 19 to the Elks Club in Albany.

Blurbage about the offerings this year: "Whole Pig, Pit Beef, Bacon Surprises, Amazing and Fantastic Meats, and fantastic apps from R'Eisen Shine Farm!"

There will also be a raffle to win $500 worth of meat and a Thanksgiving turkey.

Tickets are available online -- they're $20 until September 2. The price goes up $5 after that.

Dave Chappelle at The Palace

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Comedian Dave Chappelle is set to play The Palace October 4. Tickets go on sale Monday (August 17) -- they're $58 (four-ticket limit).

Chappelle was riding a big wave of popularity back in the mid-2000s thanks in part to his Chappelle's Show on Comedy Central. And then, after two seasons, he famously quit, citing the effect the show was having on his life. (He moved his family to a small rural town outside of Dayton, Ohio.) The last few years he's been slowly making a comeback doing stand-up shows.

The Palace is big, but we're guessing this has a good chance of selling out. So, if you'd like to go, getting tickets sooner rather later is a good idea.

A stolen summer day: eating

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"Happy Camper" ice cream from Stewart's got a mention.

By Deanna Fox

Seasonal foods are one of summer's pleasures. Fresh berries, salads, corn on the cob, and ice cream from a favorite seasonal stand are the stuff of many summer memories.

So if you could have your favorite summer treat from anywhere in the Capital Region, what would it be?

Deanna Fox asked a few local food lovers that question.

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Saratoga Wine & Food Festival 2015

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Left to right: Ellie Krieger, Josh Capon, Zak Pelaccio, Ric Orlando

The annual Saratoga Wine & Food Festival returns to SPAC September 11-13 this year. Among the details for this year's event:

+ The headlining food personalities are Josh Capon of Spike TV's Frankenfood cooking competition show, and cookbook author/dietician Ellie Krieger, who had a show on the Food Network about cooking healthy food.

+ Capon will be hosting the "Fired Up!" event on Friday in which "five of the Capital Region's best chefs" will go up against "five Manhattan grill masters." Krieger will be hosting the festival's grand tasting on Saturday.

+ Chefs Ric Orlando (of New World Bistro Bar) and Zak Pelaccio (of Fish & Game in Hudson) will also be there doing demonstrations as part of the grand tasting.

The list of events is after the jump.

Tickets for the various events are now one sale. They're $75 and up.

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A stolen summer day: wandering

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One of the stolen day destinations mentioned. / photo: Tony Iadicicco

Summer comes and goes so quickly upstate. And there's that constant tension between accomplishing all of the everyday tasks that are necessary to complete in our daily lives and diving into summer's pleasures.

During winter we get the occasional surprise snow day in which to curl up with a good book and a hot chocolate, or make a snowman. So what about summer?

We asked a handful of people what they would do with a stolen summer day...

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Saratoga Arts Fest Fridays

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A promo image for the Beekman Street Vintage Fest. SAF is pitching it as "part street fair, part street performance, the event offers an energetic mix of period music, costumed performers, antique cars, and great ethnic food."

Organizers of the annual Saratoga Arts Fest -- in past years an event at multiple locations around the city in June -- reformulated the idea this year as a series of single-location events on Fridays this fall.

And the schedule is now out -- it includes a street fest, a multi-genre music and dance event, a vaudeville circus, and a backstage look...

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