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K.Flay at The Hollow

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Hip hop artist K.Flay is set to play a show at The Hollow November 13. Tickets are $17.

K.Flay is Kristine Flaherty. She's touring in support of a new EP. (A bunch of the dates on the tour so far have sold out, so something to keep in mind if you're thinking about going to The Hollow show.)

Here's a clip from a recent interview with the San Jose Mercury News about her sound, which shifts across genres:

I think, even from the outset, there was a genre-less-ness to what I was doing. I've done a lot of electronic stuff, some stuff that was more straightforward rap and stuff that is all singing. I feel like there has always been a lot of co-existing between the different methods. I think -- and I might be wrong about this -- that a lot of the people who know about my music and have been fans, it's not because I've been part of a scene or a genre. I think a lot of people discovered me through so many different channels that they were ready for whatever to happen.

The opener for the show at The Hollow is the pop band Nightly.

photo via K.Flay Facebook

Comics-themed sip and sketch at Peck's Arcade

fanboys sip sketch pecks arcade posterThe latest sip and sketch/paint event: There's a FanboysInc's Sip & Sketch at Peck's Arcade Saturday, November 5. The theme is "Mystical Steampunk," and it's free -- there will be food and drink specials that night.

Event blurbage:

...join us on Saturday Nov 5th at Pecks Arcade in Troy NY for FanboysInc's "Sip & Sketch", where you can share napkins (lol), ideas, art supplies with some great artists and creators within the comic book realm while sipping on your favorite beverage. Get a chance to meet and create alongside special guests Ming Chen from AMC's Comic Book Men, action figure/statue sculptor Paul Harding, comic book artists Nikkol Jelenic, Kevin Conrad, Sal Otero, Buddy Beaudoin and Brennan Freemantle.
Also you will get a chance to be a part of a live FanboysInc podcast recording as FBI's very own DW sits down with Ming Chen and they will talk nerdom, Comic Book Men, and more while having a few laughs. Plus there will be a Q and A segment so get your questions ready.

The sip and sketch is 5-8 pm, and there's after party. It's a 21-and-over event.

Pretty Much the Best Comedy Show: Andy Sandford

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The Pretty Much the Best Comedy Show series will be at Capital Rep in Albany this Saturday, October 29, instead of its usual spot at Proctors.

The headliner this time around is Andy Sandford. He's appeared on Conan, and played himself on Aqua Teen Hunger Force. And he has one-hour TV special set for release this fall. (See also: His blog post from earlier this year about organizing a DIY comedy tour, which was interesting.)

Pretty Much the Best Comedy Show shows typically include an opener and host. The show at Capital Rep starts Saturday at 8 pm. Tickets are $15 ahead / $20 day of.

photo: Mindy Tucker

TEDxAlbany 2016 speakers lineup, and tickets are now available

TEDxAlbany logo skyline capitolThe lineup is out for this year's TEDxAlbany, which is December 1 at Overit in Albany.

This topics for this year's talks range from social justice, to erotic intelligence, to historic buildings, to doing things you hate, to artificial intelligence. The lineup of speakers posted as of today is after the jump.

TEDxAlbany is the locally-organized version of the popular TED talks series. Overit hosts the event at a studio in its converted church building on New Scotland Ave.

Tickets are now available. They're $75 and include breakfast and lunch. There's a limited number, and the event has filled up quickly the last few years.

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H. screening at Revolution Hall

Maybe you remember a while back there was that independent movie that filmed in Troy and involved a scene in which a giant head was floating in the Hudson River...

Well, that there's a screening of that film -- H. -- this Tuesday, October 25 at Revolution Hall at 7 pm. It's free to attend, though it looks like they'd appreciate an RSVP.

Directed by Rania Attieh and Daniel Garcia, H. filmed in Troy in 2014. And the film is set in the city. It made its debut in theaters earlier this year, and it's now available from iTunes.

The trailer is embedded above. The plot summary from iTunes:

H. is a mysterious, modern interpretation of a classic tragedy in which two women, each named Helen, live mirrored lives in the town of Troy, NY. The first Helen is in her 60s, lives with her husband, and takes care of an eerily lifelike baby doll called a "Reborn Doll," which she cares for as though it were alive. The second Helen is in her 30s, has a successful art career and is four months pregnant. One night, something unexplainable falls out of the sky and explodes over the town. In the aftermath of this event, bizarre and unexplainable things begin to happen. As people in the town go missing en masse and unnatural cloud formations begin appearing in the sky, the two women find themselves and their lives spinning out of control.

The film got a handful of reviews, many of them positive.

Earlier on AOA:
+ H., as in the film (and giant floating head)
+ Movies that filmed in -- or were set in -- the Capital Region

Brain Candy Live at Proctors

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Adam Savage and Michael Stevens

The Brain Candy Live stage show -- starring Adam Savage (of Mythbusters fame) and Michael Stevens (of Vsauce Youtube fame) -- will be at Proctors February 24. Tickets go on sale this Friday (October 28) -- they're $25 and up.

Show blurbage:

Brain Candy Live has been described as "A cross between TED Talks and the Blue Man Group." Savage and Stevens can't wait to unleash their collective sense of wonder, curiosity and fun and they're inviting you and your friends and family to join-in and get your minds messy. Adam and Michael's Brain Candy Live experience is like a two-hour play date with Walt Disney, Willy Wonka and Albert Einstein.

Ask yourself, "Is it possible to 3D print a human - live onstage? Can you slow down the effects of gravity with something we throw away every day? What happens if everyone on earth jumps in the air at exactly the same time? Can anyone bottle-up a magical invisible substance and use it to power a rocket? Discover all this and more as Adam and Michael entertainingly answer questions, question answers and talk Mother Nature into doing some things she's never done before!

By the way: Tickets for that Neil deGrasse Tyson event at Proctors April 24 announced earlier this fall are now sale.

The week ahead

elvis costello

Elvis Costello is at The Palace this week.

Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather (big change from last week), to all sorts of film, to spooky stories, to authors and artists, to comedy, to music...

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The People's Art: Selections from the Empire State Plaza Art Collection

Smoker by Philip Guston ESP art collection

"Smoker" by Philip Guston is one of the works in the exhibit.

Opening this weekend at the State Museum: The People's Art: Selections from the Empire State Plaza Art Collection.

The exhibit features 20 works from the ESP's extensive modern art collection, including works by artists such as Mark Rothko, Jackson Pollock, Helen Frankenthaler, Franz Kline, David Smith, and Alexander Calder. Blurbage:

The Empire State Plaza Art Collection has been heralded as one of the greatest collections of modern American art in any single public site. Beginning in 1965, following a procedure he established decades earlier during the construction of Rockefeller Center in Manhattan, Governor Nelson Rockefeller assembled a commission of art experts to select the works for the Plaza and personally signed off on each acquisition. Funds for the art purchases were allocated as a percentage of the construction cost of each building on the Plaza.

The exhibit will be on display until September of 2017.

By the way: If you stop by to see this exhibit, you might also want to take the short walk over the ESP concourse and see Magnetic Shift, a display of works by Phil Frost. It's at the Corning Tower Plaza and concourse levels. And opens October 31. It will be on display until next August.

Stuff to do this weekend

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Rufus Wainwright plays a fundraiser for Basilica Hudson on Saturday

Welcome to the weekend. We're so glad you could make it.

After the jump you'll find a fall bounty of stuff to do -- from music and theater to farmers markets and fall festivals.

Planning something you don't see here? Drop it in the comment section so the rest of us can see.

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

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Halloween tours, parties, and events around the Capital Region

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The spooky season is upon us.

By Deanna Fox

Don't worry if you haven't figured out your costume for Halloween yet, there's still plenty of plain-clothes fun to be had in the Capital Region leading up to the holiday. Bonus: Halloween falls on a Monday, which gives us an entire extra weekend to pack in the creepy fun.

Here are a handful of tours, parties, and showings that will get you in the trick-or-treat mood...

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Drawing: Tickets for contemporary circus clown show at Rev Hall + a Brown's gift card

Aaron Marquise clown

Aaron Marquise

Drawing's closed! Winner's been emailed!

Marquise Productions -- the contemporary circus company based in Troy (and a finalist in this year's AOA Startup Grant competition) -- has a show lined up for Revolution Hall next Wednesday, October 26. And we have four tickets to give away.

BUT WAIT, THERE'S MORE: The winner will also get a $50 gift card to Brown's Brewing (which, as you know, Brown's is next door to Rev Hall).

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

What's something that made you smile recently?

Could be a joke or story. Could be something you spotted. Could be whatever. We'll draw one winner at random -- that person gets the package of four tickets (so you can bring some friends) and the Brown's gift card.

The show at Rev Hall is called "This is Not a Test," and it's a one-man clown show by Aaron Marquise. (He's a graduate of the National Circus School in Montreal and has performed around the world.) Show blurbage:

A mix between theater and a French-style of clowning, "This is Not a Test" is about an isolated clown who finds shelter in a desolate theater. With only inanimate objects as his friends, he attempts to live out the end of times, trapped between the music of yesterday and the disaster of tomorrow.
This show was created through an artist-in-residency program, provided by The Arts Center of the Capital Region and is sponsored by Brown's Brewing Company. The performance contains some mature content and runs approximately one hour with no intermission. Marquise says he aims to show the audience that clowning is an art form. He is not just going for laughs.
"I did not want to have a show that was just all jokes and only focused on laughter but also a show that had some heart and could challenge the audience to think," Marquise said. "My clown is living alone in this sort of post apocalyptic war world, living on a stage in a theater but he's still hearing sounds of bombs dropping and planes flying overhead. He is very lonely."

The show starts at 7 pm on October 26. Tickets are $12 and available online.

Important: All comments must be submitted by 11:59 pm on Friday, October 21, 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 am on Monday and must respond by noon on Tuesday, October 25.

photo: Renald Laurin

Kanye West at the TU Center this December

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Announced late Tuesday (for real this time): Kanye West is set to play the TU Center December 11. Tickets go on sale this Saturday (October 22) -- $29.50.

The show is an extension of Kanye's Saint Pablo Tour. He was last here for a show at the TUC in 2014.

Troy Music Hall updated 2016-2017 slate includes San Fermin and Selected Shorts

San Fermin and NOW Ensemble

Ellis Ludwig-Leone of San Fermin + NOW Ensemble

The Troy Music Hall announced the second half of its 2016-2017 season Tuesday. The lineup includes the chamber pop group San Fermin with NOW Ensemble, the public radio fave Selected Shorts, and the folk group The Wailin' Jennys.

A compressed schedule of the new shows is after the jump. (Next year's portion of the season schedule already had some announced shows, including Marc Maron on March 11.)

Tickets go on sale to the general public this Friday, October 21.

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Troy Turkey Trot 2016 registration open

troy turkey trot 2014 pat hendrick photographyJust a heads up that registration is open for the Thanksgiving morning Troy Turkey Trot.

The annual Thanksgiving morning race includes a 5k ($30), 10k ($30), walk ($10), and grade school mile ($12). You can register online -- and if you do so each week, the registration price is a few bucks cheaper for each race.

The Troy Turkey Trot is now in its 69th year. It's said be the 12th oldest road race in the nation. Last year more than 7,200 people took part.

Albany Last Run: And a reminder that registration is also open for the Albany Last Run 5k.

photo: Pat Hendrick Photography / Troy Turkey Trot

Umphrey's McGee + Joshua Redman at The Palace

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Umphrey's McGee

The jam band Umphrey's McGee is set to play a show at The Palace January 28. Tickets go on sale this Friday, October 21 -- they're $29.50 and up.

Also on the bill: Jazz saxophonist and composer Joshua Redman.

Redman has appeared with Umphrey's McGee at shows in the past, including a totally-improvised set this past January.

The band Spafford is the opener.

Unelectable You at Proctors

A touring show from Second City an Slate (yep, the website) called Unelectable You will be at Proctors October 28. Tickets are $20 and up, and currently on sale.

Show blurbage:

Wouldn't you like to take this whole election process and rip it apart with your bare hands? Why not let Second City and Slate do it for you!
Yes, Second City and Slate present Unelectable You: The Second City's Completely Unbiased Political Revue, a fast-paced combination of sketch, improv, music and multi-media taking a hard-hitting look at our election process. We're stuck with two of the least popular candidates in election history, and many people will be using this election not to vote for someone, but against. From breaking down Hillary and Donald, to exploring the media circus, to looking at ourselves to see if we're the problem, this show will examine what it means to be electable - or not.

Given that the reality of this presidential election has already often played like a dark parody, spinning the thing for (good) laughs seems like it could be a challenge. But a few of the reviews were able to turn seemed to think the show pulls it off (though apparently the Slate segments have the mouthfeel of advertorial).

The show is Friday, October 28 at 8 pm on the Proctors main stage.

Bad Boys, Broads, and Bootleggers Tour 2016

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Update: Tickets are now on sale!

AOA's Bad Boys, Broads, and Bootleggers Tour is back November 5!

The tour combines craft beverages, fun people, and a history of the Capital Region that you won't find in text books. Duncan Crary and beer historian Craig Gravina of the Albany Ale Project will share stories of gangsters, bootleggers, and the area's brewing history. Along the way we'll stop for tastings at fun local bars and producers.

This year's tour is a new version -- there will be some old favorites, plus new stories and new things to taste, so we hope you'll join us. (Here are some photos from BBB I, BBB II, and BBB III.)

Because the tour has sold out so quickly in the past -- before many people had a chance see that it was happening -- we're again giving everyone the heads up before tickets on go sale. So ask around, coordinate with your friends, whatever you have to do. ***The tickets will go on sale on Tuesday, October 18 at noon.*** (We'll post the link.)

We don't want to spoil it all, but here are a few details for BBB IV:

+ Tales of characters such as gangster Jack "Legs" Diamond, political boss Dan O'Connell, and Troy madam Mame Faye, and a cast of characters from Albany's political and brewing history.

+ A brewing history pre-game meetup at Ryan's Wake.

+ Stops at the speakeasy below City Beer Hall, Nine Pin Cider Works, and other establishments.

+ Tastes of historic and modern brews.

+ Swag and other surprises all the way.

The tour will start at Ryan's Wake on River Street in Troy and end at Brown's Brewing Co. just down the street.

History pre-game starts at 1:30 pm, the bus leaves at 2 pm, and we'll be back around 6 pm.

Tickets are $30 and will be available online starting this Tuesday, October 18 at noon.

The Bad Boys, Broads, and Bootleggers Tour is presented by Brian Brosen, Reggie Monroe and The Capital Team. It's sponsored by the Albany County Convention and Visitors Bureau, Historic Albany Foundation, and the Downtown Troy BID, with help from CDTA.

The week ahead

comedian Louis CK

Louis C.K. is at The Palace this week.

Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather (summer again), to spoken word, to drama, to film, to comedy, to all sorts of music...

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Saratoga rUNDEAD 2016

NY Special Olympics rUNDEAD zombiesThe rUNDEAD returns to Saratoga Spa State Park October 23. The event is benefit for the Special Olympics New York.

It's a 5k... but with something a little bit different: There are zombies. And this year there's a(nother) twist:

This years race is NOW A COLOR RUN. Instead of flags, zombies will throw color at the runners as they pass by. AVOID THE INFECTION. It is still an untimed, family fun trail run 5K.

You can run the race as human or undead. (There will a zombie makeup tent.)

The rUNDEAD 2016 is Sunday, October 23 at Saratoga Spa State Park. Registration starts at 8:30 am. The race stats at 10:30 am.

Registration is $35 ahead / $40 the day of / $20 to be a course marshall and member of "the CDC."

photo via Special Olympics New York

Stuff to do this weekend

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An American in Paris opens this weekend at Proctors. / American in Paris original Broadway cast photo: Matthew Murphy

Ready, set -- weekend!

After the jump, a big pile of stuff to do for you to jump into and roll around in -- or just, you know, choose.

Planning something you don't see here? Share it with everyone in the comment section.

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

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Talking public art at Collar Works

Breathing Lights Stanley Street SchenectadyCollar Works Gallery in Troy is hosting a discussion this Friday evening about public art with a handful of national experts:

+ Barbara Schaffer Bacon, co-director of the Americans for the Arts' Animating Democracy program

+ Caitlin Butler, director of development for Mural Arts Philadelphia, which has been helping to create murals around Philadelphia for 30 years

+ Jesse Hamerman, director of exhibitions for the Public Art Fund in New York City, which mounts public art exhibitions around the city with internationally-known artists

+ Judie Gilmore, the project manager for Breathing Lights, will be moderating

The talk is Friday, October 14 at 6:30 pm at Collar Works Gallery (621 River Street). It's free and open to public. RSVP:

Earlier on AOA: Breathing Lights begins

APL Silent Film Spectacular 2016

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The season includes a screening of Un Chien Andalou, the surrealist film by Luis Buñuel and Salvador Dalí. (The opening scene is infamously shocking.)

The Albany Public Library's Silent Film Spectacular series returns for a new season this month. The series shows old silent films with a live performance of the score by local musicians.

Here are the two performances this month (blurbage via APL):

October 19: Man with a Movie Camera -- original music by Buttfort
"This 1929 film showcases urban life in a Russian city through the eyes of a cameraman. The band is a three-piece ensemble that renders sensitive folk ballads submerged in chaotic experimental noise landscapes."

October 26: A Night of Surrealist Film: L'Etoile de Mer, Le Retour a La Raison, Un Chien Andalou -- original music by Scum Couch
"These three short films, created between 1923 and 1929, explore notions of romance, fantasy, and horror in experimental and surrealist fashion. The band crafts pieces of contained chaos, as the massive and distorted rhythmic backbone of the songs undulates between flurries of melody and flourishes of chaotic improvisation."

The performances start at 7 pm in Washington Ave branch's large auditorium. They're free.

APL advertises on AOA.

Brian Wilson at The Palace

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Announced Tuesday: Brian Wilson is set to play a show at The Palace April 26. Tickets go on sale this Friday (October 14) -- they're $39.75.

The show is part of tour in which Wilson and former Beach Boys Al Jardine and Blondie Chaplin are performing the famous album Pet Sounds in its entirety. Also on tap: "top hits and fan favorites spanning his 54-year career with The Beach Boys and as a solo artist."

Pet Sounds is often called one of the greatest pop albums of all time. Here's a Rolling Stone article from earlier this year that collects a bunch of bits about it. This tour is being touted as the last time Wilson will perform the album.

Serve Albany: Ignite 2016

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The Serve Albany initiative has another one of its "Ignite" events highlight volunteer opportunities coming up November 2 at the Albany Elks Lodge.

The event is kind of like a job fair, but for volunteer opportunities. More than 25 non-profits from the Albany area will there with info about volunteering. There will also be a talk by Albany mayor Kathy Sheehan, food from New World Catering, and music.

Serve Albany is an initiative of Christ's Church Albany.

Ignite is Wednesday, November 2 from 5:30-8 pm at the Albany Elks Lodge (25 South Allen St). It's free attend, but registration is encouraged.

AOA is a media sponsor of Ignite.

photo via Christ's Church Albany FB

T.I. and Gucci Mane at TU Center

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Lined up for the Times Union Center November 10: T.I. and Gucci Mane. Tickets went on sale this past Saturday -- they're $45 and up.

Both headliners grew out of the huge hip hop hotbed of Atlanta. T.I.'s sold millions of records and won multiple Grammys, and has recently started popping up in a bunch of movies. And Gucci Mane's been an influential presence while collaborating with a bunch of different artists. (See also this NYT article from this past summer about his efforts to get sober and healthy during a stint in prison.)

The lineup for the show at the TU Center also includes Fetty Wap and Kent Jones.

photo via T.I. FB page

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