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Stuff to do this weekend

Alton Brown

Alton Brown's Eat Your Science show is Saturday night at Proctors.

On your mark. Get set. Weekend!

There's so much stuff going on this weekend you may not know what to do first -- food, comedy, films, music, art, history -- baby animals. So. Much. Stuff.

After the jump, a little weekend roadmap to help you figure out how you're going to spend your precious 48(ish) hours. Planning something 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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GameFest 2016 at RPI

RPI GameFest 2016 posterThe annual GameFest returns to RPI this weekend with a bunch of demos and talks about video games and their futures, along with an electronic music event. This year's theme is "Visions of the Virtual." The events are free and open to the public.

Here's some blurbage about the student-created games demo and competition at EMPAC that's part of the fest:

On Saturday, April 30, the GameFest expo, competition and symposium at EMPAC features over 50 student teams from colleges and universities across the Northeast, with a game design competition hosted by Vicarious Visions. Dive into virtual reality and fly a stunt kite, or become a narwhal making sandwiches at a deli counter. Play through a tale of love and loss using your own facial expressions, or explore an immersive environment of freshwater ecology. Check out the future of multiplayer gaming, haptic feedback devices, mobile games and more.

(Aren't we all narwhals making sandwiches at the deli counter of life?)

The schedule also includes Algorave 0x0F -- "an evening of cutting-edge electronic music, interactive visuals, and live-coding performances" -- Friday night at the Tech Valley Center of Gravity. And there will be keynotes and mini talks on Saturday. A condensed schedule is after the jump.

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The Schuyler Flatts Burial Project

schuyler flatts burial project logoThe Schuyler Flatts Burial Project is working to honor and provide a burial for the remains of 14 people found in Menands, whom research indicates were slaves during the 18th and 19th century. From the project description:

In 2010, bioarchaeological analysis was completed by the NYS Museum. The analyses determined that the remains are about 200 years old and represent 6 women, 1 man, 2 children, and five infants. DNA analysis concluded that four of the individuals are of African descent. (West/East and Central Africa) Two sets of remains are descendants of women from Madagascar (off the coast of Southeast Africa). One individual, who may have been of mixed ancestry, was descendant from a Native American woman (possibly Micmac Tribe: Eastern Canada and the Northeastern corner of the United States). The burial ground was dated between the 1700s and early 1800s. Historical research indicates that the burial ground was part of a large estate owned by the colonial Schuyler family who owned a number of slaves in the 18th and 19th centuries. The Schuyler Flatts Burial Ground Project Committee is in the process of planning and implementing a ceremony at St Agnes Cemetery located in Menands, NY on Saturday, June 18th 2016.

A handful of artists have been recruited to create burial containers for the remains. And this Saturday, April 30 at the State Museum there will be a public meeting and presentation about the work. It's at 1 pm in the museum's Huxley Auditorium. It's free.

History days at Cherry Hill and the Ten Broeck Mansion

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Historic Cherry Hill

Two Albany historic sites have history-themed events this Sunday, May 1:

"Homegrown History: Albany's Gardening & Agricultural Past" at Historic Cherry Hill
Historic Cherry Hill is hosting the annual Albany History Fair this Sunday from noon-4 pm at the mansion grounds in the South End. The free event includes tours of the historic house, a scavenger hunt for families, music, exhibits, and vendors.

The theme this year is "Homegrown History: Albany's Gardening and Agricultural Past" and there will be presentations about Washington Park, the Shakers and their agricultural industries, and colonial gardens.

Living History Day at the Ten Broeck Mansion
The Albany County Historical Society has a living history day this Sunday from noon-4 pm at the Ten Broeck Mansion in Arbor Hill. The free event includes tours of the mansion, historical re-enactors, an archaeological excavation of the mansion grounds, demonstrations, pony rides, music, and vendors.

The League of Extraordinary Red Heads "Fire on the Hill" at The Hill at Muza

Hill at Muza League of Extraordinary RedheadsThe League of Extraordinary Red Heads has its mid-year gathering -- "Fire on the Hill" -- lined up for this Wednesday, April 27 at The Hill at Muza. starting at 5:30 pm. Admission is $5 to help cover costs.

The event will include a fire dancer, a cash bar, and a special menu at The Hill's outdoor grill. And, of course, much socializing. Additional blurbage:

As always, newcomers will be inducted into the League by receiving the coveted "Member" card. This Wednesday, the League is rolling out two new lines of official cards. Finally, for non-red haired parents, siblings, & offspring... we give you the MC1R Gene Carrier card (that would also be known as "The Redhead Gene"). While only about 2 percent of the U.S. population has red hair, about 25% of the population are "red hair carriers." We won't be requiring any cheek swabs. But this is our way of thanking all you out there for keeping the fires burning for us, so to speak.
And for our other LoERH friends, fans and supporters, we give you the Member(ish) card. Think of it as a "Ginger Benevolent Association" card.

The event is from 5:30-8:30 pm. Admission is $5 to help cover costs.

As you might know, the founder of the league is Duncan Crary, who sometimes works with AOA on organizing events.

Proctors 2016-2017 season

Back to the Future Lloyd Fox

Of course, in the next film, they go to the future. Which was... 2015.

This week Proctors released a big schedule of shows and events for its 2016-2017 season -- some new, some already announced. A big list is after the jump.

One of the new dates that caught our eye: Christopher Lloyd Goes Back to the Future on February 19 (yep, next year). Tickets $20 and up -- they're on sale now. Blurbage:

Great Scott! It's the event that will be generating 1.21 gigawatts of power as Christopher Lloyd ("Dr. Emmett Brown" from Back to the Future) takes the stage in this electrifying live event! "Doc Brown" himself will rev up the excitement to 88 MPH as he shares hilarious and revealing behind-the-scenes stories from the making of the film, his experience working with Michael J. Fox and Steven Spielberg, and much more.

The event will also include Q&A with the audience.

OK, on to that list...

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Williamstown Theatre Festival 2016

Williamstown Theatre Festival 2016 casting poster

There are new details out this week about the upcoming slate of shows for this summer's Williamstown Theatre Festival. As usual, the casts include actors you'll recognize, such as Marisa Tomei, Kate Walsh, Alfred Molina, Jane Kaczmarek, Wendell Pierce, and Justin Long.

In recent years WTF has also served as a launching point for shows headed toward Broadway. So it's notable that this summer's schedule includes four world premieres and one American premiere. It's possible one (or more) of these shows could end up on Broadway in the next few years.

Also: Single-show tickets are now available for pre-order online. (You can also save some money per ticket by buying tickets in multiple show bundles.) Many of these performances sell out, so if you're interested in going, it's a good idea to buy tickets sooner rather than later.

OK, let's have a look at the schedule.

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Norah Jones at Brewery Ommegang

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Norah Jones is set to play an show at Brewery Ommegang July 21. Tickets go on sale this Friday (there's also a pre-sale) -- they're $65. (There's also an optional add-on camping ticket for $15.)

Also on the bill: The Preservation Hall Jazz Band.

Jones has won nine Grammy awards since scoring her first in 2003. She's recently been playing with the alt-country trio Puss n Boots.

Ommegang shows this summer
Let's have a look at the lineup so far for the outdoor shows at the brewery in Cooperstown, one of which is already sold out...

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Blake Shelton at the TU Center

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Country star Blake Shelton is set to play the TU Center September 29. Tickets go on sale this Friday, April 29 -- they're $39.75 and up.

Shelton's fame, of course, has also grown even bigger in recent years because of his spot as a judge on The Voice. (And he always seems to be showing up on the front of the tabs in the supermarket checkout aisle...)

TU Center concerts
There are a bunch of big pop music and comedy concerts lined up for the TU Center this year. Here's the schedule so far:

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Drawing: Champagne on the Park 2016

Washington Park pink tulips

Drawing's closed! Winner's been emailed!

The annual Champagne on the Park event will be back in Albany's Washington Park May 5. The party -- which is set up near the tulips beds in the park -- includes "live music, champagne and food tastings by all your favorite Lark Street area restaurants." We have a pair of tickets to the event, and we're giving them away.

To enter, please answer this question in the comments:

If you could create any sort of tulip, what it look like and what would you call it?

We asked this question for a drawing a few years ago and got a lot of fun answers, so we're hoping it's a good time again. There's a lot of room to be creative here -- it could be pretty much whatever pops into your imagination. (Normal commenting guidelines apply.)

Champagne on the Park 2016 is Thursday, May 5 starting at 6 pm. Tickets are currently $80 per person and available online. The event is a fundraiser for the Lark Street BID.

Important: All comments must be submitted by 11:59 pm on Tuesday, April 26, 2016 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, April 28.

The week ahead

Washington Park pink tulips overhead

It's prime time for tulips this week.

Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather (April showers), to drama, to film, to speakers, to gardening, to music...

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Stuff to do this weekend

Barbara Howard The Trip to Bountiful

The Trip to Bountiful starts in previews at Capital Rep this weekend.

Friday, where have you been all week.

We won't quibble. You're here now, and that's what counts. Let's just look forward and plan the weekend. OK? OK.

After the jump you'll find a look at some of the stuff going on in the Capital Region this weekend. Planning something you don't see here? Drop it in the comments so we can all see. And whatever you're up to, have a fantastic weekend!

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Then Comes Marriage: United States v. Windsor and the Defeat of DOMA at Northshire Saratoga

Kaplan Then Comes Marriage coverRoberta Kaplan -- the attorney who argued the case before that Supreme Court that opened the way for the federal government to recognize same-sex marriages -- will be at Northshire Saratoga May 25. She'll be talking about her book Then Comes Marriage: United States v. Windsor and the Defeat of DOMA.

Book blurbage:

Renowned litigator Roberta Kaplan knew from the beginning that it was the perfect case to bring down the so-called Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Edie Windsor and Thea Spyer had been together as a couple, in sickness and in health, for more than forty years--enduring society's homophobia as well as Spyer's near total paralysis from multiple sclerosis. Although the couple was finally able to marry, when Spyer died the federal government refused to recognize their marriage, forcing Windsor to pay a huge estate tax bill.
In this gripping, definitive account of one of our nation's most significant civil rights victories--named a Ms. Magazine Top 10 Feminist Book of 2015 and a National Law Journal Top 10 Supreme Court Aficionado Book of 2015--Kaplan describes meeting Windsor and their journey together to defeat DOMA. She shares the behind-the-scenes highs and lows, the excitement and the worries, and provides intriguing insights into her historic argument before the Supreme Court. A critical and previously untold part of the narrative is Kaplan's own personal story, including her struggle for self-acceptance in order to create a loving family of her own.

The Windsor case also helped pave the way for the SCOTUS decision last year that same-sex couples have the right marry.

Kaplan's talk is at Wednesday, May 25 at 6 pm in Nortshire's store in downtown Saratoga Springs. It's free.

Lindsey Stirling at The Palace

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Violinist/dancer/composer Lindsey Stirling is set to play a show at The Palace July 25. Tickets go on sale to the general public this Saturday, April 23 -- they're $29.50.

There are some people who just seem to be "from the internet." Stirling is one of those people. Blurbage:

Lindsey Stirling is one of the biggest artist development breakthrough stories in recent years. A classically trained violinist from Gilbert, Ariz., Lindsey has entered a futurist world of electronic big beats and animation, leaping through the music industry with over 7.8 million YouTube subscribers, over 1 billion views on her YouTube channel, Billboard chart-topping hits and sold out tours worldwide. She's created a new music world where the romance of Celtic folk music and modern classical meet the infectious energy of dance and electronica. On stage, Stirling moves with the grace of a ballerina but works the crowd into a frenzy, "dropping the beat" like a rave fairy.

Further evidence: She's racked up more than 27 million views on Youtube for a video in which she plays a medley of music from The Legend of Zelda while dancing through a forest dressed as Link.

photo: Eric Ryan Anderson

"Soul Fire Farm: Reclaiming a Tradition of Black Farming" at Albany City Hall

Soul Fire Farm Leah Penniman and Jonah Vitale-WolffAlbany City Hall will be hosting a presentation by Soul Fire Farm founders Leah Penniman and Jonah Vitale-Wolff this Thursday, April 21. Blurbage:

Soul Fire Farm in Grafton, new York was born in Albany's South End in 2006. Soul Fire is both a beautiful working farm and a unique, nationally recognized educational center. Leah Penniman and her husband Jonah Vitale-Wolff's mission is rooted in a commitment to fighting racism and dismantling oppressive structures that misguide our food system. Using strategies like day-long educational workshops to reconnect youth to their innate belonging to land, leah is working so that everyone, regardless of class, color, or creed, has access to fresh, healthful food and an understanding of how to grow their own. This will be a lively presentation and discussion about the connections between producing healthy food, youth empowerment, and social justice.

Here's a 2014 profile of Soul Fire Farm over at Civil Eats that includes some more backstory.

The event is Thursday starting at 5 pm in the city hall rotunda. It's free.

photo via Soul Fire Farm website

Les Paul's Big Sound Experience at Saint Rose

les paul touring exhibitSaint Rose will be hosting a traveling interactive exhibit called Les Paul's Big Sound Experience May 4-5 out the college's Hearst Center for Communications and Interactive Media on Madison Ave. Blurbage:

The giant, state-of-the-art traveling exhibit will take visitors behind the scenes and into the world of the music legend. Guests will be able to mix and share music, explore Paul's sound, music and technology innovations, witness how Paul pushed the limits of audio technology and learn how Paul's inventions and techniques have formed the foundation of live and recorded music enjoyed by generations. An interactive digital experience allows visitors to create their own 20-second sound recording and share their "new sound" via social media. Guests can memorialize their visit with a fun photo capture experience that places them in the picture with a classic image of Paul to save, send and post to social networks. A double-sided listening station allows visitors to hear performances from all periods of Paul's long career.

Here's a short video that gives some sense of what the exhibit is like.

The exhibit will be open both days from noon-8 pm at Saint Rose. It's free. Also:

+ Faculty members will be performing a concert tribute Paul's compositions and inventions May 4 at the Massry Center.

+ Sean McClowry, an assistant professor of music industry, will be giving talk about Paul May 5 at 2:30 pm and 5:30 pm in the Jack's Place space in the Hearst Center.

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Emily Nussbaum at Skidmore

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Update: It was announced Monday afternoon that Emily Nussbaum won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for criticism.
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Could be interesting/fun: Emily Nussbaum -- the TV critic for The New Yorker -- will be at Skidmore Thursday evening for a talk. It's at 7 pm in Palamountain Hall -- it's free and open to the public.

Event blurbage: "She will be lecturing on her time in journalism, the relationship between journalism and media and how online journalism is changing!" Nussbaum has written for/worked at a bunch of outlets: NY Mag, Slate, NYT, Nerve, Lingua Franca, Television Without Pity.

Here's a clip from her 2015 end-of-year list for The New Yorker, taking on the topic of "prestige" television:

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The week ahead

author Laura van den Berg

Author Laura van den Berg will be in town this week as part of the NYS Writers Institute visiting writers series.

Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather (really nice), to presidential primaries, to Albany Wordfest, to writers, to film, to all sorts of music...

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Sculpture parks to explore

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By Julie Madsen

You want the arts and the culture that come with a museum, but it's finally getting nice out. Who wants to be cooped up inside in the springtime?

The solution: sculpture parks. You get your arts and culture, you get your fresh air, and hey -- you might just get some exercise while you're at it, too.

Here are a bunch of sculpture parks within a day trip of the Capital Region...

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Stuff to do this weekend

electric city couture 2016 promo

Electric City Couture is this weekend at Universal Preservation Hall in Saratoga Springs. / Designer: Claudia Calabria. Photo: Sarah Pezdek.

Spring is making an effort to return this weekend, with lots of sunshine, warmer temperatures and a whole bunch of stuff to do.

After the jump -- a few things we thought you might like to try. 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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Albany Earth Day Expo 2016

albany earth day bike ride 2015There's an Earth Day Expo in Albany's Washington Park this Sunday, along with a bike tour of green buildings in the city. Blurbage:

To kick off the Expo, we'll host a 12-mile, escorted Earth Day "Bicycle Parade" starting at 9 am at the Lake House and visit award-winning green energy buildings. The ride returns to Washington Park at 11:30 am with "tykes on trikes" from local schools/neighborhoods joining for the last leg of the journey. Helmets are required for all riders. Riders under 18 must be accompanied by parent/guardian.
There will be storytelling, family dance and live music, an electric vehicles show, hands-on alternative energy activities, children's art activities and recyclables band, composting and recycling displays, a Speaker's Corner, a CDTA "practice" bike rack bus, a "Green Fashion Pageant", a model solar car race, and vendors featuring earth-friendly products, services and delicious wholesome foods. There will also be a raffle with great prizes.

The theme of this year's expo is "sustainable cities." Events runs from 11 am to 4 pm. It's free to attend.

photo from last year's bike tour via Albany Earth Day FB page

Discussions about the sharing economy at Albany Law

albany law school exteriorThis might be a bit wonkish*, but it's a topic that a lot of people here are interested in: Albany Law is hosting an event next Tuesday, April 19 about regulating sharing-economy services such as Uber, Lyft, and AirBnB.

The event includes a series of talks and discussions about various topics. Here's the lineup for an afternoon panel discussion at 1 pm about "ride sharing and the future of transportation":

Moderator: Dean Antony Haynes
John T. McDonald III, NYS Assemblymember
Josh Gold​, Esq., Senior Policy and Research Associate, Uber
Peter Mazer, Esq., General Counsel, Metropolitan Taxicab Board of Trade
Bhairavi Desai, Executive Director, New York Taxi Workers Alliance

As you might remember, taxi-app services such as Uber don't currently operate in New York State outside of NYC because of the way state law is currently structured. There's been a push to change that, though publicly at least, it appears the effort has recently been in the slow lane because of the budget.

"Law and The Sharing Economy: How to Regulate Collaborative Consumption" is Tuesday, April 19 with events from 12:30 pm through 6 pm. It's free and open to the public. It's a presentation of the Albany Law Journal of Science and Technology and The Government Law Center.

*Not necessarily a bad thing.

Earlier on AOA: A few more thoughts about the push for Uber, Lyft, and similar services upstate

Drawing: Tickets for Alton Brown at Proctors

Alton Brown 2015

Drawing's closed! Winner's been emailed!

A little more than two weeks from now (April 30), Alton Brown will be at Proctors for a live show called Eat Your Science. We have a pair of tickets for the event and we're giving them away.

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

What's something local that you're looking forward to eating this spring or summer?

It could be the first strawberry of the season. It could be a specific dish from a specific place at a specific time. It could be whatever. We'll draw one winner at random. That person will get the pair of tickets.

Here's some blurbage about the Alton Brown event:

Fans can expect more comedy, talk show antics, multimedia presentations and music (yes, he sings), but Alton is adding a slew of fresh ingredients including new puppets, songs and bigger and potentially more dangerous experiments. Brown has a knack for mixing together a perfect base of science, music and food into two hours of pure entertainment.

The show is Saturday, April 30 at 8 pm. Tickets are $40 and up.

Important: All comments must be submitted by 10 pm on Thursday, April 14, 2016 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 Friday and must respond by noon on Monday, April 18.

Baby farm animal season is here

hancock shaker baby pigs

It really is spring: The popular baby animal days at Hancock Shaker Village start this coming Saturday, April 16 and run through May 8. Adult admission is $20 / $8 for kids 13-17 / and free for kids 12 an under.

There's also a behind-the-scenes farm tour available, with "the opportunity to meet, hold and bottle-feed some of the newborn animals in a reserved area." Tickets for that are $27 or $30 depending on the day.

Hancock Shaker Village is a village, museum, and farm on a Shaker site in Pittsfield, Massachusetts -- about 40 minutes from Albany. A bunch of years ago, Dawn wrote about visiting for baby animal days.

Indian Ladder
Indian Ladder Farms in Altamont also has baby animal days. They're May 7-22 this year. Admission is $5 per child / free for an adult accompanying a child.

photo: Dawn Padfield

The week ahead

Neil deGrasse Tyson

Neil deGrasse Tyson is at Proctors Monday night.

Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather (somewhat springy), to presidential candidates, to science, to restaurant week, to history, to film, to all sorts of music...


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