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The week ahead

musician Matisyahu 2018

Matisyahu plays Alive at Five this week. / photo: Chris Townsend

Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather (SUMMER), to filling the blank space, walking and talking, to the creative economy, to baseball, to all sorts of music...

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Weekend Destination: Quebec City

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By Julie Madsen

Why: Architecture, food, culture.

How far: Just about six hours.

If you found that you fell in love with the culture of Quebec in Montreal, why not visit the capital of the province...

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Stuff to do this weekend

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Jack Johnson headlines Mountain Jam this weekend.

Back by popular request: the weekend.

This time of year has the longest daylight, and the days this weekend are packed full of festivals, baseball, strawberries, and music. A big list is below.

Planning something you don't see here? Tell us about it in the comments.

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

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"Writing Flash" at the Arts Center

section of laptop computer keyboardThis could be fun and interesting: The Arts Center is offering a "flash" writing course starting in July. Blurbage (link added):

For better or for worse, our culture is one with a short attention span. In this class, we will look at the shortest forms of writing, the micro-essay, flash fiction, or prose poetry. Writing flash can be a way to condense our experiences and ideas down to their most explicit core or their most delightful truth. We can only become better writers as we zoom in, learning to pay attention to each syllable and breath in our writing. By the end of the course, you'll have a series of flashes ready to send out for publication.

Maybe you can discover your own inner Lydia Davis.

The instructor for the class is Olivia Dunn, a writer and visiting assistant professor at Skidmore. (Here's a podcast interview with her from last fall about writing and micro essays.)

The first class is July 16 at 7 pm, and it meets Mondays for four sessions through August 6. The course fee is $125 for people who are not members of the Arts Center.

The ValleyCats open the 2018 season this weekend at The Joe

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The Tri-City ValleyCats open their 2018 season this Friday at The Joe against the Vermont Lake Monsters. It's schedule magnet night and there will be fireworks after the game. It's part of a three-game home stand that runs through Sunday.

The ValleyCats are a farm team for the Houston Astros in the New York-Penn League, which is the "short-season A" level. (Minor league baseball's levels go from rookie ball up to AAA.) And while that's a few steps from the majors, more than 30 one-time ValleyCats have ended up making appearances in MLB -- including Jose Altuve, George Springer, Dallas Keuchel, Hunter Pence, and Ben Zobrist.

Many of the Astros top draft picks -- especially older players out of college -- end up being assigned to the ValleyCats. So it's a chance to see players with a real chance of someday making the majors.

Tickets start as low as $6.50 the day of game (you can save a buck or so buying ahead). And the most expensive tickets are $12.50. So it can be relatively cheap night out. The 'Cats regular season home schedule stretches through the last week of August this year.

And The Joe -- the Joseph L. Bruno Stadium, on the campus of Hudson Valley Community College -- is a nice venue.

Also: It's minor minor league baseball, so there are a bunch of promotions, wacky theme nights, and in-game fun like the mayors race.

Tech and electronics flea market at TVCOG

Tech Valley Center of Gravity exterior 2016-JulyThe Tech Valley Center of Gravity is hosting a technology and electronics flea market June 24. Blurbage:

There will be a wide range of tech and electronics supplies: everything from PVC fittings and 3D printer components to model rocket parts and engines, all offered at steep discounts. Take a break from the crowds, peruse the market, and take a tour of our makerspace while you're here!

Tables are also available if you'd like to be a vendor -- they're $20. (See that link above for details.)

The market is Sunday, June 24 from 11 am to 5 pm.

The Tech Valley Center of Gravity is in the Quackenbush Building at 3rd Street and Broadway in downtown Troy.

Great Race
As it happens, that's the same day that the Great Race will be making a stop in Troy. It's "an antique, vintage, and collector car competitive controlled-speed endurance road rally on public highways."

Pick-your-own strawberry season 2018

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Strawberry season is here! A few farms opened their pick-your-own strawberry fields this past week, and a bunch of others will be doing so this week or next.

It seems like this year's season is more or less on schedule, though a few farms have noted that some cold and wet weather earlier this year delayed things a little bit.

A typical strawberry season at many farms in this area only lasts a few weeks, though some farms have strawberries for longer stretches -- even most of the summer -- because their fields include a range of varieties that produce at different times. When you're at the farm stand, ask about the varieties the farms are growing. In our experience people are happy to talk about what's available, for how long, and why. It's also a good idea to call ahead or check the website before heading out.

Here are a handful of places in the greater Capital Region that you can pick your own strawberries. Know of a good place not on this list? Please share!

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Tune-Yards + U.S. Girls at MASS MoCA

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Tune-Yards. / photo: Eliot Lee Hazel

The art pop acts Tune-Yards and U.S. Girls are set to play a show at MASS MoCA October 30. Tickets go on sale to the general public this Friday, June 15 -- they're $25 ahead / $35 day of.

Both acts released new albums earlier this year to positive reviews. (And they're both on the same label -- 4AD -- which is backing the tour.)

By the way: Tune-Yards is also the opener for the David Byrne show at The Palace September 9.

The Decemberists
The sold-out Decemberists show scheduled for MASS MoCA this Friday, June 15 has been postponed to October 4 because Colin Meloy is suffering from vocal strain. (Their Mountain Jam appearance has been canceled.) Tickets will be honored for the new date, but if you can't make it, contact the box office.

Bonnie Prince Billy
Bonnie 'Prince' Billy is lined up to play a show at MASS MoCA October 13. Tickets are $30 ahead / $40 day of.

There's a free safe cycling / bike share class coming up in Albany

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A bike share hub at Corning Riverfront Park.

The CDPHP Cycle bike share and the New York Bicycling Coalition are offering a free safe cycling class at the Albany Jewish Community Center on June 23. You can register online -- sign-ups close June 21. (Updated. The old deadline had been a typo in the materials.)

Class blurbage:

Refresh your bike skills and get ready to Cycle! The New York Bicycling Coalition will be leading cycling classes to get you ready to ride safely. You'll learn the rules of the road, safety maneuvers, and become acquainted with the CDPHP Cycle! bike-sharing system. All participants will receive a free helmet and a free monthly membership to CDPHP Cycle! This program is brought to you by Capital Coexist.

(Capital Coexist is a local bike and pedestrian safety campaign from the Capital District Transportation Committee.)

It sounds like this class could be good if you're maybe a little uncertain about being on a bike around town and/or you're maybe a little hesitant about how the bike share works.

The class is Saturday, June 23 from 10 am-2 pm at the Sydney Albert Albany JCC (340 Whitehall Road).

Earlier: How I ended up riding a bike as one of my primary ways of getting around town -- and how that's gone

CDPHP advertises on AOA.

Tracy Morgan at Rivers Casino

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Comedian Tracy Morgan is set play a stand-up show at the Rivers Casino event center in Schenectady November 9. Tickets go on sale this Friday, June 15 -- they're $55.

Of course, Morgan is famous for his role on 30 Rock and time on Saturday Night Live. He has a new show, The Last O.G..

Morgan's made a handful of stops here in recent years, including a string of warm-up shows at the Albany Funny Bone last summer.

photo: Paul Mobley

The week ahead

musician Vance Joy

Vance Joy opens the week at The Palace.

Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather (pretty great), to stories, to scavenger hunting, to swimming, to Eid al-Fitr, to all sorts of music...

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Science on Tap: Mars and influenza

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The Science on Tap series of scientists-in-bars talks continues month with two events:

June 14: "Interplanetary Travel: do we have the heart for Mars?" at The Parting Glass
"Dr. Heidi DeBlock's Science on Tap talk in Albany was such a hit that she is taking it on the road to Saratoga Springs! Dr. DeBlock will discuss the physiological possibility of humans colonizing Mars as well as the health problems our astronauts face. If you are lucky, she may even talk about how astronauts use the bathroom on the International Space Station!" 7 pm

June 26: "Getting Centi-mental about the 1918 Spanish Influenza Pandemic" at the Albany Pump Station
"Please join us for a fascinating Science on Tap with Dr. Eric Yager as he discusses the 1918 Spanish flu, the impact of virus biology, and if history could repeat itself." 7 pm

The talks are free and open to the public, though they are age 21 and up.

Science on Tap is part of the larger CapSci effort to advance scientist understanding in the Capital Region and connect people with scientists.

Stuff to do this weekend

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Kendrick Lamar is at SPAC Saturday.

Welcome to the weekend. Can we show you a little something in art walks? How about some pride? Need a laugh? A movie? A little jousting and a giant turkey leg? We promise that this weekend has something for you. Don't believe us? Take a look at our menu of stuff to do below. You're sure to find something you'll enjoy.

Planning something you don't see here? Tell us about it in the comments.

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

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Los Lobos, 10,000 Maniacs, Holly Bowling, and more at Cohoes Music Hall

Catching up a bit on what the Cohoes Music Hall has going on this summer and into the fall...

The venue recently announced shows featuring Los Lobos, 10,000 Maniacs, and classical/jam pianist Holly Bowling. The schedule is below.

The Cohoes Music Hall has been operating on its own after a management arrangement with the Palace ended at the start of the year. Former Palace executive director Holly Brown is now heading things up as part of a management org called the Music Hall Arts Alliance.

The music hall is owned by the city of Cohoes, and stands on the north end of Remsen Street downtown. It's a beautiful, old venue dating back to 1874. It might even have a ghost.

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Farm Day in the City at Schuyler Mansion

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The Schuyler Mansion State Historic Site in Albany is hosting another Farm Day in the City this Saturday, June 9 from 11 am-4 pm. Blurbage:

Experience a farm market atmosphere in the city of Albany! Learn about the types of animals Philip Schuyler would have had on his farm and agricultural practices of the 18th century. There will be livestock on the grounds, while demonstrations, farm products and gardening techniques will be shared with visitors throughout the afternoon. Pony rides for children (noon to 3:00 p.m.).

Admission to the outdoors event is free. The house will also be open self-guided tours, which are $3 and free for ages 12 and under. (The rain date for the event is Sunday.)

Though the mansion site currently occupies a footprint of about 1 acre in the South End, the estate once covered as many as 80 acres and had an orchard, formal garden, and working farm. The family also had a number of enslaved people there -- even as late as 1804 -- as the Schuyler Mansion's history blog has been documenting.

The historic site also offers regular guided tours during the summer, at 11 am and 5 pm Wednesday through Sunday. There are also two topic-specific tours: "When Alexander Hamilton Called Albany Home" offered on Thursdays and Saturdays at 2:30 pm; and "The Women of Schuyler Mansion" on Sundays at 2:30 pm. Reservations are required for these "focus" tours (518-434-0834), and admission for them is $7 adults / $6 seniors and students / free for ages 12 and under.

Capital Region swimming pools 2018

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Albany's Lincoln Park

June has arrived, along with (mostly) warm weather. That means it's pool season.

Some of the Capital Region's municipal pools, beaches, and spray pads have already opened, and many more will be opening this month.

Here's a list of town/city swimming pools, spray pads, and state beaches around the Capital Region with info about when they open, hours, and admission fees.

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Downtown Albany mural walking tour

Quackenbush Parking Garage blue bird mural

There's a walking tour of downtown Albany's murals June 27. And it's free, though the organizers do ask that your RSVP.

The tour is a collaboration between LocalXDesign, Albany Center Gallery, Albany Barn, and ParkAlbany. Blurbage:

The event will begin at the Albany Center Gallery at 5:45PM. After a brief description of the #CapitalWalls program led by curator Tony Iadicicco, we will embark on a walking tour with the mural artists who will share their artwork, process, and perspective. The tour will end at the English Pub's outdoor patio, where we'll continue discussions inspired by the murals.

Downtown Albany has been the site a handful of new and engaging murals the last year or two:
+ The bluebirds on the side of the Quackenbush Parking Garage by Michael Conlin (above).
+ The colorful pattern mural on the other side of the Quackenbush by Hellbent.
+ Murals by Sylvie Kantorovitz and Cara Hanley on the Green-Hudson Parking Garage.
+ And the map-inspired mural by Rachel Baxter on a 787 support wall along Water Street.

The walking tour is Wednesday, June 27 starting at 5:45 pm.

4192 - An Evening with Pete Rose Live! at The Palace

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Photo: Flickr user John VanderHaagen (CC BY 2.0). His Flickr stream includes a handful of old snapshots of the Big Red Machine.

Further evidence we are living in the weird timeline...

A show called 4192 - An Evening with Pete Rose Live! will be at The Palace September 14. Tickets go on sale this Friday, June 8 -- they're $25 and up.

And, yep, that's Pete Rose as in the (in)famous baseball not-Hall of Famer. Blurbage:

Pete will share stories of his past in baseball in this Broadway style theatrical event that captures the golden years of America's pastime. Storytelling, enhanced with visuals, will make the audience laugh as well as be inspired by "Charlie Hustle." Pete Rose is an American icon and, in this show, he tells it all as he takes you inside the game of baseball as no other person can.
Using hi-tech multimedia that creates a game day atmosphere, the stage will be transformed into a field of memories and the audience will be transported to the golden era of baseball, complete with all the trappings of a World Series game including the first pitch, Star-Spangled Banner and of course, introductions.

We can only hope the production will capture the charm of the astroturfed concrete spaceship that was Riverfront Stadium. And maybe it'll feel like you're right there as bets are being placed on games. (But never against the Reds, right.)

Also: Is it possible to get Peter G. Rose involved in this show somehow? We'd kind of like to see them discuss Dutch cookery.

(He's a Cincinnati icon and should be in the Hall of Fame.)

Darci Lynne
The Palace also announced Monday that teen ventriloquist Darci Lynne -- from America's Got Talent -- will be there November 3. Tickets go on sale this Friday, June 8 -- they're $29.75.

Because... it's the weird timeline.

The week ahead

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Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats will be at Brewery Ommegang this week with The Head and the Heart. / photo: Brantley Gutierrez

Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather (spring redux), to the stage, to trivia, to ballet, to authors, to music...

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Aleda Or The Flight Of The Suff Bird Women

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This is something a little different: the Musicians of Ma'alwyck is staging a production of a new one-act opera called Aleda Or The Flight Of The Suff Bird Women next weekend at the Glenville Business & Technology Park. Blurbage (link added):

Set in Staten Island in 1916, the opera tells the true story of a unique women's suffrage demonstration attempted by early female pilot Leda Richberg-Hornsby and the National American Woman Suffrage Association (N.A.W.S.A.). Equipped with a bi-plane, a cargo of votes-for-women petitions, and a huge banner reading "Women want liberty too," the suffragists endeavored to fly over New York Harbor during a national celebration at the Statue of Liberty in order to "bomb" President Woodrow Wilson with petitions. The elaborate plan ended in something of a fiasco as a gale of wind forced a premature crash-landing in a Staten Island swamp (luckily no one was hurt) - yet the attempt stands as a testimony to the courage and inventiveness (not to mention dramatic flare) of these women in their struggle for the right to vote. The presentation of the opera coincides with the 100th anniversary year of the passing of women suffrage in New York State.
The performance will open with "Burden of the Ballot," a one-act play taking place in May 1917 at Historic Cherry Hill in Albany. Hear both sides of the suffrage question through the hopes and fears of women living during this important movement in American history.

The performances are Friday-Sunday (June 8-10) at CLYNK in the business park. Tickets are $25 / $10 for students.

Preview
There's a free talk about the production, and a preview, this Sunday, June 3 at Siena's Sarazen Student Union at 5 pm.

Albany Archives talk: The Cohoes Mastodon and the Center Square neighborhood

Cohoes Mastodon at State Museum

Mr. Albany Archives -- Matt Malette -- will be at the Albany Public Library June 27 to talk about the history of the Cohoes Mastodon and the Center Square neighborhood. The talk starts at 6:30 pm and it's free.

One of Matt's recent Spectrum segments was about how the Cohoes Mastodon ended up at the State Museum. (Mike Allen contributed some crucial sound effects work to the segment.)

Speaking of homes for the Cohoes Mastodon...
The State Museum and the Cohoes Mastodon were once located in the State Education Building on Washington Ave -- which is a beautiful building. And there are public tours of the building on Saturdays this June and the first part of July. You must make reservations ahead of time (see the second link).

Earlier
+ An ample amount of mastodon
+ Other Timelines: The Cohoes Mastodon Park

Stuff to do this weekend

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The Freihofer's Run for Women is in Albany Saturday. / photo courtesy of Freihofer's Run For Women

If you're bored this weekend...

You know what? There's really no way you should be bored this weekend. We almost ran out of pixels listing all of the stuff there is to do this weekend. You can run, you can swim, you can eat all sorts of foods, see shows, watch a ball game, listen to music, try drawing comics -- and that's really just the beginning.

Take a look at what we've pulled together for you and make your plan. And, as always, if you're doing something that didn't make our list, tell us about it in the comment section.

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

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Talking about Visionary Women at Northshire

Visionary Women by Andrea Barnet book coverAndrea Barnet will be at Nortshire Saratoga June 30 to talk about her new book Visionary Women: How Rachel Carson, Jane Jacobs, Jane Goodall and Alice Waters Changed Our World. Book blurbage:

Author Andrea Barnet will talk about four influential women we thought we knew well--Jane Jacobs, Rachel Carson, Jane Goodall, and Alice Waters--and how they spearheaded the modern progressive movement.
"Visionary Women" is the story of four women who profoundly shaped the world we live in today. Together, these women--linked not by friendship or field, but by their choice to break with convention--showed what one person speaking truth to power can do. Jane Jacobs fought for livable cities and strong communities; Rachel Carson warned us about poisoning the environment; Jane Goodall demonstrated the indelible kinship between humans and animals; and Alice Waters urged us to reconsider what and how we eat.

Visionary Women was published this past spring. Here's a largely positive review in the Washington Post. And here's Barnet talking about the book's subjects at the LA Times Book Festival in April.

The Northshire event is at the shop on Broadway in downtown Saratoga Springs Saturday, June 30 at 7 pm. It's free.

Northshire advertises on AOA.

Proost: A Brewed and Boozy Sampling of Mid-19th Century Albany

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The Myers Residence on Livingston Ave.

The Proost! series of beer/spirits/history events continues June 22 at the Stephen and Harriet Myers Residence in Albany. Blurbage:

The Albany Distilling Company, C.H. Evans Brewery Company, The Albany Ale Project, and Discover Albany are teaming up with the The Underground Railroad History Project to present "Proost! A Brewed and Boozy Sampling of Mid-19th Century Albany." Moderated by culinary writer and historian Deanna Fox, 'Proost' celebrates the beer and spirits culture. Distiller Johnny Curtain, beer historian Craig Gravina, and C.H. Evan's brewer Sam Pagano will take you back in time with samples inspired by the beverages that early Americans in Albany drank. Learn how these types of alcohol were produced and how they influenced the city's culture and history.
Please join us from 5-6 pm for the open house where you will be able to experience a virtual reality tour of the residence, view the unveiling of new artwork, and participate in interactive theatre readings. There will also be a sampling of period food and nonalchoholic drink prepared by members of the Underground Railroad History Project.

The event will feature a 19th century version of Albany Ale brewed at C.H. Evans in Albany.

Tickets are $23 and available online. Previous events in this series have sold out.

Earlier:
+ Stephen & Harriet Myers, station agents for Albany's portion of the Underground Railroad
+ Resurrecting a beer, and part of Albany's history

AOA is a media sponsor of Proost.

Alive at Five 2018 lineup

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Matisyahu will be there in June. / photo: Chris Townsend

The Alive at Five series starts up its new season next week. The free Thursday night concerts are at Jennings Landing in Corning Riverfront Park, and run into August. (With a week off around July 4.)

Without ado, further or otherwise, here's the lineup with a sample clip for each headliner...

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