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This could be fun: The Confectionery is offering a holiday cookie decorating party hosted by its pastry chef, Starla Bradshaw. The event is Sunday, December 15 from 4-6 pm. Tickets are $20 ahead (available at The Grocery) / $25 at the door.
Blurbage: "Cookies and decorating supplies will be provided, as well as your choice of a glass of mulled wine or sipping chocolate."
Getting together with some friends to decorate cookies and have some wine could be fun wherever you do it. But we suspect there could be some interesting twists for these cookies. Bradshaw has been using some unusual flavors in her creations for the Confectionery. Example: macarons in flavors such as pine (ground pine needles and sugar), bee pollen, charcoal and smoked vanilla bean, and spirulina.
Oh, and the Confectionery's patio now has a retractable glass roof.
Earlier on AOA: Checking out The Grocery in Troy
The Confectionery was a stop on the AOA Historic Bad Boys, Broads, and Bootlegger tour.
Band of Horses emerged from the ashes a previous band around the middle of the last decade with the album Everything All the Time. That album included the song "The Funeral," which you've probably heard even if you don't think you've heard it -- in addition to regular air play, the song's been featured in a ton of other media.
The Band of Horses show is in The Egg's 982-seat Hart Theater. It's being billed as an acoustic show. Also that night: The Wood Brothers in the adjacent Swyer Theater.
photo via Band of Horses website
Here's how Schumer described her standup act to the St. Louis Post Dispatch last year:
[P]eople always say I look sweet but say some cutting stuff with a smile. I am sweet, but it's an adult show. ... I don't like the observational stuff. I like tackling the stuff nobody else talks about, like the darkest, most serious thing about yourself. I talk about life and sex and personal stories and stuff everybody can relate to, and some can't.
In addition to her standup, Schumer also has a show on Comedy Central, Inside Amy Schumer, which is set to return for a second season next spring with a bunch of notable guest stars (including Paul Giamatti, Parker Posey, Questlove, and Mike Birbiglia). And Judd Apatow is directing a movie that she wrote and will star in.
Schumer played The Egg this past spring and the show sold out. The Palace has a lot more seats, but even so, if you'd like to go, it's probably better to get tickets sooner rather than later.
photo via Amy Schumer FB page
Comedian/storyteller/actor/writer/director Mike Birbiglia will be at the Troy Music Hall for a show March 21. Tickets go on sale to the general public this Friday, December 6 at 5 pm online, and in person on December 9 -- they're $29 and $34 (students get a $3 discount).
Birbiglia is probably best known for his one-man show Sleep Walk with Me and his appearances on This American Life. He collaborated with TAL host Ira Glass to turn Sleep Walk with Me into a film of the same title that was released last year.
Birbiglia's new show is Thank God For Jokes. Tour blurbage:
With this show, award-winning filmmaker, author, and comedian Mike Birbiglia returns to the stage with more painfully awkward stories of telling jokes and how that can get you in trouble. Join Birbiglia as he visits Cats-a-chusetts, argues with someone about their nut allergy, hosts an awards show for angry celebrities, and learns that Fozzie Bear is a tough act to follow.
The Troy Music Hall show is at 8 pm on March 21 (a Friday).
The Troy Music Hall advertises on AOA.
photo: Brian Friedman
Man Booker International Prize winner -- and UAlbany professor/writer-in-residence -- Lydia Davis will be at the main Albany Public Library this Saturday for a talk and discussion about her work. The Friends of Albany Public Library will honoring Davis with their Author of the Year Award at the event.
Davis won the prestigious Man Booker International Prizer this past May for her body of work, which includes super short stories -- some no longer than a sentence or two -- as well as highly-regarded translations of French works. She also won a MacArthur "genius" grant in 2003.
The APL event is at 1:30 pm on Saturday, December 7. It's free and open to the public.
The APL advertises on AOA.
photo: David Ignaszewski / MacMillan
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The Historic Albany Foundation's annual Holiday House Tour is this Sunday. More than 10 historic building will be showcased on the tour as it "moves from neighborhood to neighborhood highlighting the very best in Albany's architecture and ongoing preservation efforts."
We have a pair of tickets for the tour and we're giving them away. But wait! There's more! Along with tickets, we'll be including a $30 gift certificate for Umana Restaurant and Wine Bar - street food from around the world in Albany.
To enter the drawing, please answer this question in the comments:
What's your favorite holiday tradition?
It could be a public event like attending a tree lighting, or it could be something that you do with family or friends. We'll draw one comment at random.
HAF's Holiday House Tour is Sunday, December 8 from noon-4 pm. Here's the full event poster. Tickets are $25 / $15 students if purchased before December 4 (Wednesday), and $30 / $20 students after December 4.
Important: To be part of the drawing, you must submit your comment (that answers the question) by noon on December 4, 2013. You must include a working email address (that you check regularly). The winner will be notified by 2 pm on December 4 and must respond by 10 am on December 5.
This date for this year's Thanksgiving was the latest possible, so "the holiday season" is a bit compressed this year. That means lots of events all packed into the calendar for December.
After the jump, we've pulled together a bunch of the annual local celebrations, lightings, streetwalks, concerts, and other holiday merriment.
The sprint pretty much exactly what it sounds like: people strip down to scanty, holiday-themed attire and then run down Lark Street and back. The event is organized by the Albany Society for the Advancement of Philanthropy and a fundraiser for the Albany Damien Center. ASAP says the seven previous sprints have collectively raised $125,000 for the center.
The event is a lot of fun, whether you're running or cheering. Last year there were about 250 participants and another 1,500 there to cheer them on. It's one of those rare events where almost everyone is laughing or smiling. Here are a bunch of photos from last year.
The Santa Speedo Sprint takes off at 2 pm from the intersection of Madison and Lark. Registration starts at 11 am at the Lionheart and Oh Bar.
Speedo Sprint Gala
New this year: the first Speedo Sprint Gala, after the sprint at eba on Lark Street, which will benefit from the event. The gala runs from 3-6 pm. Tickets are $25 ($20 if you ran the sprint).
AOA is a media sponsor of the Santa Speedo Sprint.
Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather (warm), holiday stuff, santa speedo sprinting, Ayana Mathis, Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight, Phantogram, music...
OK, up off the couch. Yes, you. You've got a holiday dinner to work off in time for leftovers tonight. The holiday season is officially underway, and there are plenty of ways to kick off your celebrations this weekend.
We've put together a few ideas after the jump. If you're up to something else that isn't on the list, share with the rest of the crowd. And whatever you're up to, have a happy holiday weekend.
Could be interesting: Albany city historian Tony Opalka will be at the University Club December 18 for a talk titled "Transit in the City of Albany: 1862-1946." The talk is part of a noon luncheon that day, tickets are $20 and open to the public (reservations are required).
Yep, a midday event on a Wednesday can be hard to make, but it caught our eye -- because trolleys. Blurbage:
Tony is well known for his popular and informative walking tours of Albany's historic neighborhoods. Currently, he is employed as a historic preservation program analyst for the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation. His presentation will feature slides with historic images of transit in Albany, as well as trolley and transit artifacts.
If you wish to start your holiday celebrating a bit early, try an Albany Street Car - the U. Club's spin on the classic Sidecar cocktail. It's made with Quackenbush Still House Original Albany Rum (from the Albany Distilling Company), Cointreau and sour mix - and guaranteed to ring your bell!
There Capital Region once had a robust system of inter and intra-city trolleys. (That image on the right is an old map of the trolley system around 1911.) So rich is the history is that it's almost like something from an alternate timeline.
The U Club luncheon is from noon-1 pm on December 18. Lunch starts at noon, talk starts at 12:30.
map from Trolley Trips Through New England 1915, via Fordham University Libraries Digital Collections
Update: The opening of the rink has been postponed to December 7 because of weather. (Thanks, Ron.)
We've mentioned this a few times, but it bears repeating as its own post: The ice skating rink at the Empire State Plaza opens for the season this Friday, November 29.
The rink -- located at the Capitol end of the ESP, near The Egg -- will be open 11 am-8 pm daily, weather permitting, until the end of the season (probably mid March). Skating is free. Skate rentals are $4 for adults / $3 kids 12 and under -- and every Friday is free rental day.
The skating rink also hosts a handful of events during the season, including popular (and free) learn-to-skate clinics. The first one is this Saturday. Pre-registration is required and they fill up fast. Also this season: a few "rock and skate" sessions featuring live music.
Tip: If you're worried about crowds, try stopping by after work during the weekday, if you can. Taking a few turns on the ice has a way of making it easier to release the stress from all those TPS reports.
This winter will be the third season since the ice skating rink was restored followed budget cuts a few years back. It's one of those things that's worth doing at least once during the winter. The fun-to-cost ratio is very high.
Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this short week, from the weather (big storm?), Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Thanksgivikkah, movies, ice skating, museums, music...
It's the last weekend before the holiday crazy officially sets in, so enjoy it. Do something you really want to do. After the jump you'll find our list of options in the Capital Region this weekend.
Got something planned that isn't on the list? Share it with the rest of the crowd. And whatever you're up to, have a fantastic weekend.
Khaled Hosseini -- author of The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns -- will be at Skidmore's Zankel Center February 12. The event will be free and open to the public, but tickets will be required.
Hosseini's appearance is being organized by Saratoga Reads. The community reading org's first selection was The Kite Runner a decade ago. And it's 2013-2014 book is Hosseini's And the Mountains Echoed.
photo: John Dolan
The Palace announced today that Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight -- the HBO film that shot in Albany and Schenectady last year -- will be screened at the theater December 4. The film premiered on the cable channel back in October.
Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight is based on the Howard Bingham book of the same title -- it's about Ali's refusal to fight in the Vietnam War, and specifically, the Supreme Court's handling of the case. In fact, Ali apparently only appears in the film via archival footage. Most of the action seems to center on the justices and their clerks.
The Palace screening is at 7 pm on December 4. Tickets are free -- they're available at the Palace box office on first come, first serve basis.
Earlier on AOA: Gawking at the shoot of Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight in Albany
Could be interesting: Leah Buechley -- creator of "sewable electronic pieces designed to help you build soft interactive textiles" -- will be at Skidmore Thursday for a talk titled "Art, Craft, and Technology." (She's a Skidmore alum.) Event blurbage:
Now a designer, engineer, artist, and educator, Buechley has explored intersections and juxtapositions of "high" and "low" technologies, new and ancient materials, and masculine and feminine-making traditions. She is a past director of the High-Low Teach research group at the MIT Media Lab, where the work focused on engaging diverse groups of people in developing their own technologies. Although still affiliated with the lab she now works independently at the intersection of art and technology.
The "interactive textiles" product that Buechley created is the LilyPad. From its description:
LilyPad is a set of sewable electronic pieces designed to help you build soft interactive textiles. A set of sewable electronic modules-including a small programmable computer called a LilyPad Arduino-can be stitched together with conductive thread to create interactive garments and accessories. LilyPad can sense information about the environment using inputs like light and temperature sensors and can act on the environment with outputs like LED lights, vibrator motors, and speakers.
Here's a TED talk she did in 2011.
Buechley's talk is at 5:30 pm Thursday (November 21) in the Gannett Auditorium at Palamountain Hall. It's free and open to the public.
Earlier on AOA: Tech Valley Center of Gravity
photo via Leah Buechley's website
Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this short week, from the weather (odd start), to words, to health care, to Pride and Prejudice, to pie, to Pasties, Pencils & Pints, to all sorts of music...
Willkommen, bienvenue, welcome to the the weekend. Here in the weekend, everything is beautiful. Even the weather is beautiful. Well... the weather is OK, but it's still the weekend.
After the jump, more than 34 flavors of stuff to do awaits you -- from comedy, music and theater, to roller derby and a polar plunge.
Plan your itinerary, pick some traveling companions and enjoy your stay. Just make sure you're back onboard by Monday morning.
Got something planned that you don't see here? Drop it in the comment section and share with the rest of the crowd.
And whatever you're up to, have a fantastic weekend!
Proctors has announced it'll start selling individual tickets to the popular musical The Book of Mormon on January 24. The East Coast tour of the show, written by South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, comes to Proctors March 11 through March 16 of 2014. Until January 24 tickets are only available as part of the Proctors Broadway package.
Also announced by Proctors this week, fifty new shows, including Kristin Chenoweth on February 9. And the touring company of the musical Newsies will hold its premiere in Schenectady in the 2014-15 season.
Our goal is to continue to grow the expo into a nationally renowned event, drawing diverse speakers with an array of educational exhibits, bountiful information, and providing resources for those interested in making positive life changes for their health, the environment, and the animals.
We hope that with the continued growth and production of NY's Capital Region Vegetarian Expo that the surrounding community will begin to more readily support those who choose a plant-based lifestyle.
The ultimate goal is to demonstrate and promote the global health benefits of green sustainable living, environmental awareness, compassion for animals and all beings and to highlight their relationship to plant-based lifestyle in the Capital Region area of New York and surrounding areas.
The VegFest is from 10 am-6 pm on Saturday. Admission is free, but a $5 donation is "greatly appreciated."
Historian Doris Kearns Goodwin will be at the Saratoga City Center December 6 to talk about her recently published book The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism. Tickets start at $25.
As you know, Kearns Goodwin is just about the most famous historian in America. She's won the Pulitzer Prize. She's on TV a lot. Her 2005 book Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln was the basis for Steven Spielberg's Lincoln. From the blurbage for The Bully Pulipit:
From the country's leading presidential historian, The Bully Pulpit is a masterful and deeply insightful study of presidents - freshly told through the decades-long and complicated friendship of Theodore Roosevelt and William Howard Taft. Like with Lyndon Johnson, the Kennedys, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln, Doris Kearns Goodwin meticulously and with great perception and compassion captures an epic moment in history, when in 1912, Roosevelt and Taft engage in a brutal fight for the presidency - a fight that destroys both their political futures, while seriously weakening the progressive wing of the Republican Party, and dividing their wives, their children, and their closest friends.
It was that 1912 election in which Roosevelt ran as the "Bull Moose Party" candidate. William Howard Taft doesn't have the high-profile now like TR, but he was also an interesting character, the only person to serve as both as POTUS and chief justice of the Supreme Court.
The Doris Kearns Goodwin appearance is being organized by the Northshire Bookstore, and is part of the "Off The Shelf" series with WAMC -- DKG will have an onstage conversation with Joe Donahue and it will later be broadcast.
The event starts at 7 pm on December 6. Tickets are $25 / $45 for a ticket and the book / $48 for two tickets and one book.
Another upcoming Northshire-organized event: Author Ann Patchett will be at the Saratoga Hilton December 11 to talk about This is the Story of a Happy Marriage. Tickets are $25 / $35 for a ticket and the book / $40 for two tickets and one book.
Doris Kearns Goodwin photo via her FB page
Back in the late 1990s if you had predicted that Justin Timberlake -- the guy from 'N Sync with the frosted tips who broke up with Britney Spears -- would end up being a hugely successful solo musical act and actor in 2013, it would have seemed unlikely. The trajectory post-boy band rarely takes such a successful direction. Yet here he is. And Timberlake has even ended up with a public persona that's kinda funny and likable.
photo via Justin Timberlake FB page
The AIDS Council's annual Beaujolais Nouveau Wine Celebration is November 22 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Troy. We have a pair of tickets to the event -- and we're giving them away.
To enter the drawing, please answer this question in the comments:
If you were to describe the Capital Region -- or just one part of the area -- as you would a wine, how would you describe it?
Obviously there's no right answer here. It could be: "Albany, an old vintage with hints of nanotechnology"; or "Troy, similar to a Brooklyn varietal with a nose that smells like barbecue and strong notes of Victorian architecture." Totally no-redeemable bonus points for fun answers, but don't think too hard about it. We'll draw one winner at random.
The AIDS Council's Beaujolais Nouveau Wine Celebration, now in its 19th year, starts at 6:30 pm on November 22 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Troy. It includes wine samples (of course), but also food from a wide range of local restaurants. This year's event has a 1920s theme, and there will be a jazz quartet and dancing after a silent auction.
Tickets are $75 each. There's also a VIP ticket -- which includes a pre-event VIP reception (5:30pm-6:30pm) and post-event VIP cognac and cigar reception -- for $125. And, of course, proceeds go to benefit the AIDS Council of Northeastern New York.
Important: All comments must be submitted by 11:59 pm on Tuesday, November 12, 2013 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 Wednesday and must respond by noon on Thursday, November 14.