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Lindy West at Northshire Saratoga

author Lindy West

Author Lindy West will be at Northshire Saratoga April 6 to talk about her memoir. Tickets are $5 and available online. (The ticket also gets you $5 off the book.)

It's an "Off the Shelf" event -- West will be talking with WAMC's Joe Donahue for a segment that will later air on the radio.

West is a columnist for the Guardian, and a contributor to This American Life among other media outlets. She recently got a lot of attention for a column in which she explained why she deactivated her Twitter account, criticizing the platform for allowing abuse to flourish there.

Here's blurbage about West's memoir, Shrill, which is out in paperback this week:

Coming of age in a culture that demands women be as small, quiet, and compliant as possible--like a porcelain dove that will also have sex with you--writer and humorist Lindy West quickly discovered that she was anything but. ...
With inimitable good humor, vulnerability, and boundless charm, Lindy boldly shares how to survive in a world where not all stories are created equal and not all bodies are treated with equal respect, and how to weather hatred, loneliness, harassment, and loss, and walk away laughing. Shrill provocatively dissects what it means to become self-aware the hard way, to go from wanting to be silent and invisible to earning a living defending the silenced in all caps.

The event at Northshire's store on Broadway in downtown Saratoga Springs starts at 7 pm on April 6.

photo: Jenny Jimenez

Elvis Costello at Ommegang

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Just announced: Elvis Costello is set to play a show at Brewery Ommegang July 21. Tickets go on sale this Friday, March 3 -- they're $60 ($15 for camping).

Costello will be joined by his band, The Imposters. The show is part of the "Imperial Bedrooms and Other Chambers" tour, which draws on his 1982 album Imperial Bedroom. Here's a wiki with sets lists from the tour.

Also announced Monday: Ween at Ommegang June 9. Tickets go on sale this Friday -- they're $50 ($15 for camping).

Here's the lineup of outdoor shows at Ommegang for this summer so far. Shows at the brewery often sell out, so getting tickets sooner rather than later isn't a bad idea...

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The week ahead

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Wicked starts a run at Proctors this week.

Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather (still oddly warm), to Wicked, to science, to changing minds, to hoops, to music...

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Siena Hip-Hop Week 2017

Siena hip-hop week 2017 posterThe annual Hip-Hop Week returns to Siena March 20-25 with a series of events focused on the art, politics, and culture of hip hop.

The keynote speaker this year is the groundbreaking MC Sha-Rock. As Siena professor Todd Snyder, the organizer of Hip-Hop Week, writes:

Sha-Rock (our keynote) is the first woman of hip hop. She was a member of the pioneering group The Funky 4 +1 (know for their old school hit "That's the Joint"). She was the first female rapper to appear as a musical guest on SNL & was also featured in films such as "Beat Street" and "Wild Style." She had a huge influence on artists such as Run-DMC and Kurtis Blow.

There's a listing of the week's free-and-open-to-the-public events below.

This is now the fourth year for Siena's Hip-Hop Week, which has included talks by Grandmaster Flash and Chuck D in previous years. It's sponsored by the Damietta Cross-Cultural Center at Siena.

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Stuff to do this weekend

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Adam Savage and Michael Stevens bring their Brain Candy Live show to Proctors Friday night.

Spring? Is that you? Nope, not yet. Still February.

But it's the weekend and our streak of balmy weather continues, so we'll take it.

After the jump, our list of stuff going on this weekend that might interest you.

Doing something you don't see here? Tell us about it in the comments. It's more fun if you share!

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

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Details for the As You Are Albany premiere

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A still from As You Are, which was filmed at many locations around the Capital Region.

Here are the details for that special Albany premiere screening of As You Are, the Sundance prize-winning film that shot in this area in 2015...

The special screening will be at The Spectrum March 3 at 7 pm. Tickets for the event are $20 and only available online, not through the normal Spectrum ticketing system. The event is sponsored by Film Albany and Upstate Independents, and all the proceeds will benefit the YouthFX program in Albany.

The event will feature a post-screening Q&A with the Albany natives behind the film: writer/director Miles Joris-Peyrafitte, writer Madison Harrison, and producer/colorist Joseph Mastantuono.

Joris-Peyrafitte and Harrison were part of a program at the Albany Free School that grew into YouthFX, and as the director told us recently, it played a big role in setting them on this path:

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Robert Randolph & the Family Band at Upstate Concert Hall

musician Robert Randolph

The funk/soul act Robert Randolph and the Family Band is set to play Upstate Concert Hall April 22. Tickets go on sale this Friday, February 24 -- they're $25 ahead / $28 day of.

Randolph is regarded as one of the best guitarists in the world, and plays the pedal steel guitar. The band just released a new album.

It looks like the UCH show will have an opening act, but it's TBA.

photo via Robert Randolph & the Family Band Facebook

Registration open for CDPHP Workforce Team Challenge, Freihofer's Run for Women

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CDPHP Workforce Team Challenge
This year's CDPHP Workforce Team Challenge is May 18 in Albany and registration is now open. The race -- which consists of teams from local companies and orgs -- is capped at 10,000 participants and usually fills up.

The registration fee is $24. This year's race will benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Albany and Vanderheyden, as well as the Hudson-Mohawk Road Runners Club, which organizes the event.

Here's the course map -- the 3.5-mile route starts at the State Museum, heads up Madison into Washington Park, and then returns to the State Museum.

Freihofer's Run for Women
The annual Freihofer's Run for Women is June 3 this year in Albany. Registration for the popular 5k is already open -- it's $30 until April 15, and then the price increases incrementally until the day of the race.

The race -- which heads up Washington Ave and around Washington Park -- draws more than 3,000 participants.

CDPHP advertises on AOA.

photo via CDPHP Workforce Team Challenge Facebook

Wicked Mohawk Valley

wicked mohawk valley book coverThis area has its fair share of seedy history, and here's more evidence...

The Schenectady County Historical Society has a talk from Dennis Webster -- author of Wicked Mohawk Valley -- lined up for March 4 at the Mabee Farm. Blurbage:

Would a decorated lawman risk his career for garden fresh vegetables? What crime family terrorized chickens in two counties? What dastardly murder happened on Potato Hill Road? And why would anyone dare guzzle the "creeping death"? Be prepared to have these questions answered, and discover a dossier of some of the most notorious and unbelievable criminal cases in the history of the Mohawk Valley. From bootlegging to brothels to racketeering, local author Dennis Webster has collected the most thrilling stories of deception and mayhem within the Mohawk Valley.

A ripe-from-the-vine backyard tomato is rather tempting.

In addition to Wicked Mohawk Valley, Webster is also the author of Haunted Mohawk Valley as well as a contributor to Adirondack Mysteries, among other works.

The talk is at 2 pm on Saturday, March 4. Admission is $5.

The Mabee Historic Farm is in Rotterdam Junction, 10-15 minutes west of Schenectady.

518 Songfest 2017

The 518 Songfest returns to The Egg April 1. The headliner is Sawyer Fredericks, of American Idol The Voice fame. Also on the card: Girl Blue, The Sea The Sea, John Davidson, and Sandy McKnight.

Blurbage: "Songfest is a unique live concert experience, in that the artists get to perform their songs, as well as talk a bit about their music and experiences as creators and musicians."

Tickets go on sale this Friday, February 24 -- they're $30 ahead / $35 day of. The concert is a benefit for Exit 97.7 WEXT and the Columbia Arts Team. It's in the 450-seat Swyer Theater.

The week ahead

the band Young The Giant

Young the Giant will be at The Palace later this week.

Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather (wut), to eating and drinking, to poems and stories, to hip hop, to digital news, to farming, to music...

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Stuff to do this weekend

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The annual step show is back at The Palace this weekend. / photo courtesy of The Palace

Some score and however many years ago our forefathers and foremothers looked forward to a weekend filled with fun things to do. It probably wasn't this weekend. But it was a weekend... sometime, because everybody loves a good weekend. So we're guessing it's true. It might not be true at all. You know what -- forget about that part and focus on this weekend. Our weekend. The one that starts today. Yes. Let's do that.

After the jump you'll find a whole bunch of stuff going on this President's Day weekend -- from Flurry Fest and mac 'n cheese to gems, fossils, and butterflies.

Planning something you don't see on our list? Tell us about it in the comment section. And whatever you're up to, have a fantastic weekend.

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Solid Sound 2017 lineup

Wilco and friends Solid Sound 2015

The lineup for the Solid Sound Festival this summer at MASS MoCA is out.

It's headlined by Wilco, as usual. The band will be playing two shows at the festival, as usual. A few others from the lineup: Television, Kurt Vile and the Violators, Robert Glasper Experiment, Dawn of Midi, Dave Alvin and Phil Alvin with the Guilty Ones, Kevin Morby, Joan Shelley, and Big Thief.

John Hodgman will be back with another comedy showcase. And Mark Bittman -- "Real Food Crusader" -- is also mentioned under "eat and drink."

The full announced lineup below.

This year's festival is June 23-25. The ticket currently on sale is the advance 3-day pass -- it's $159 plus service fees. There's also a kids pass (ages 6-10) for $50 (under age 6 is free).

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Albany Symphony season 2017-2018

troy savings bank music hall

As usual, the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall will be one of the venues to host the ASO during the next season.

The schedule for the next Albany Symphony season -- the 2017-2018 season -- is out. It includes a weekend of Mozart, a weekend of Gershwin, and performances of new music by living composers.

Tickets for many of the dates are available via a season subscription. (Individual date tickets will be available later on.)

And, of course, the ASO's current season is in progress, with handful of dates over the next few months.

Without further ado...

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Mountain Jam 2017 lineup

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Tom Petty

The full lineup for this year's Mountain Jam music festival out: New additions include The String Cheese Incident, The Head and The Heart, and Matisyahu. They join a lineup that was already headlined by Tom Petty and the Steve Miller Band. The full lineup is below.

Mountain Jam is June 16-18 this year at Hunter Mountain. Three-day general admission passes are currently $194 ($229 with camping).

As you know, Hunter Mountain is in Hunter, New York, in the northern Catskills. It's a little more than an hour drive from Albany.

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CAKE at MASS MoCA

the band Cake

The rock band Cake is set to play an outdoor show at MASS MoCA May 28. Tickets are on sale now -- they're $35 ahead / $45 day of / $55 for preferred tickets.

Cake is still kicking after all these years. Blurbage:

CAKE made its mark flying in the face of convention -- an anti-grunge, post-pop band who scripted smart lyrics, stripped away the original over-engineering of its live shows in order to broadcast those lyrics with laser beam precision -- and above all, always have fun doing it. This high-minded, low-tech approach manifested an impossible-to-pin-down, witty and gritty, yet wildly welcoming and familiar sound -- and a mainstream following of cult-like devotion.

That weekend is also the opening weekend for MASS MoCA's huge new expansion, Building 6.

(They're building it bigger, they're widening the corridor and adding more lanes... Are they now accepting callers for these pendant key chains? Maybe in the gift shop.)

CAKE at OMMEGANG
And, as pointed out by grandmastergus: Cake will also be playing an outdoor show at Brewery Ommegang May 26. Tickets go on sale this Friday, February 17 -- they're $50 ($15 for camping).

Schenectady Restaurant Week 2017

downtown Schenectady State Street 2014Schenectady Restaurant Week is set for next week, February 20-26, in downtown Schenectady and surrounding areas.

Restaurants will be offering special three-course meals for $25, with appetizer, entree, and dessert.

A list of participating restaurants is below. And that first link above also includes the restaurant week menus for most of the participating restaurants. (Something that caught our eye: Mexican Radio is offering two menus: one that includes meat and another that's vegetarian/vegan.)

As with any restaurant week, reservations are a good idea.

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Modern Jukebox + Straight No Chaser at SPAC

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Postmodern Jukebox (top) and Straight No Chaser

Two headliners for a July 19 show at SPAC: Postmodern Jukebox and Straight No Chaser. Tickets go on sale this Saturday, February 18 -- they're $29.50 and up.

Postmodern Jukebox performs Jazz/ragtime/swing covers of pop music. A few examples: a ragtime version of "Call Me Maybe" and and 1920s jazz take on Iggy Azalea's "Fancy." The various covers have racked up millions of YouTube plays.

Straight No Chaser is an a cappella group that performs covers of pop songs and other well-known tunes. Examples: Radiohead's "Creep" and this cheeky medley of movie music.

The SPAC date is a pavilion-only show.

Live Nation advertises on AOA.

Collar City Kilt Fest 2017

collar city kilt fest logoThe Collar City Kilt Fest returns to downtown Troy March 18. (That's a few weeks later than years past.) The day includes a 5k kilt run, a costume contest, along with other activities. Blurbage for the run:

[T]he 5K takes runners through a scenic route of downtown Troy and South Troy with bag pipers and leprechauns teasing and taunting racers along the way. Have your picture taken with those pesky leprechauns, and keep an eye out along the race rout for treasure, and special gold beads that can be turned in for prizes post-race!

Registration for the 5k is open. It's $35 ($25 for students) -- that includes registration, a t-shirt, and city pass for free stuff and discounts at participating businesses downtown. There's also currently a 2-for-1 deal on 5k registrations that does not include the city pass.

And if you're not up for the 5k, city passes are available on their own for $15. There's also currently a 4-pack available for $30.

Drawing: Tickets for the Gathering of the Farm Cideries 2017 at Nine Pin

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Nine Pin's production facility and tasting room on Broadway in the Warehouse District.

Drawing's closed! Winner's been emailed!

The annual Gathering of the Farm Cideries returns to Nine Pin Cider Works in Albany this Saturday, February 18.

We have a pair of tickets for the event to give away -- maybe to you. To enter the drawing, please answer this question in the comments:

What's your favorite thing to eat when it's cold and snowy outside?

It could be something you make at home. It could be something from a local restaurant. It could be whatever. We'll draw one comment at random and that person will get the pair of tickets.

More than 15 cideries from around New York State will be at The Gathering offering samples of all sorts of cider, along with selling cider by the bottle or growler to go. (Cidery list is below.) There will also be food vendors.

Tickets are $20 ahead / $30 at the door. The event is in two sessions -- noon to 3 pm, and 4 pm to 7 pm. Tickets include samples and a tasting glass. Last year's event sold out.

Important: All comments must be submitted by noon on Wednesday, February 15, 2017 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 5 pm Wednesday and must respond by noon on Thursday, February 16.

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The week ahead

photojournalist chris arnade

Photojournalist Chris Arnade will be at Skidmore later this week for a talk titled "American Carnage: Why Trump Supporters Are Not Idiots."

Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather (real, live winter), to stories, to hoops, to journalists, to to music...

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In Motion: The African-American Migration Experience at The Albany Institute

In Motion Albany Institute

Opening this weekend at the Albany Institute: In Motion: The African-American Migration Experience, a traveling exhibit from the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture at The New York Public Library.

From the companion website for the exhibit:

[U]ntil recently, people of African descent have not been counted as part of America's migratory tradition. The transatlantic slave trade has created an enduring image of black men and women as transported commodities, and is usually considered the most defining element in the construction of the African Diaspora, but it is centuries of additional movements that have given shape to the nation we know today. This is the story that has not been told.
In Motion: The African-American Migration Experience presents a new interpretation of African-American history, one that focuses on the self-motivated activities of peoples of African descent to remake themselves and their worlds. Of the thirteen defining migrations that formed and transformed African America, only the transatlantic slave trade and the domestic slave trades were coerced, the eleven others were voluntary movements of resourceful and creative men and women, risk-takers in an exploitative and hostile environment. Their survival skills, efficient networks, and dynamic culture enabled them to thrive and spread, and to be at the very core of the settlement and development of the Americas. Their hopeful journeys changed not only their world and the fabric of the African Diaspora but also the Western Hemisphere.

As you might already know, one of the places changed by these migrations of Americans was the city of Albany. A contingent of people from the South -- mainly Mississippi -- moved to Albany during The Great Migration and settled in the South End. (There's now an annual Mississippi Day festival in Lincoln Park.) And it was from there that a group eventually moved out to the Pine Bush and created a new neighborhood, which is now The Rapp Road Community Historic District.

We got a chance to see the In Motion display at the Albany Institute Friday. It's not big, but there are a lot of interesting bits and is worth a look. It's on the museum's top floor, just keep heading up the main stairs. And it's free -- no admission required.

(Though if you're there, you should also check out the recently-opened Captured Moments exhibit.)

The Albany Institute advertises on AOA.

Science on Tap

science on tap posterA new drink-and-discuss series -- Science on Tap -- is starting up February 28 at the Albany Pump Station. Blurbage:

Science on Tap is an opportunity for conversation, debate and interaction among scientists and the public while drinking beer at a great local bar. Each month local science experts will be brought in for a lively talk and discussion over great food and drink. Science on Tap Capital Region will rotate between Albany Pump Station (Albany), Bier Abbey (Schenectady), and The Ruck (Troy). All events are FREE and open to the public. You DO NOT need to be 21 to come to this event - ALL ARE WELCOME!

The panel for the first event will be UAlbany professors talking about "what science is, why it is important, why it should be funded, and if it should inform public policy":
+ Atmospheric scientist Kristen Corbosiero
+ Biologist Gary Kleppel
+ Sociologist Beth Popp Berman
+ Anthropologist Adam Gordon

It starts at 7 pm on Tuesday, February 28.

By the way: You might recognize Gary Kleppel's name from his work on using grazing animals such as sheep and goats to combat invasive species at the city of Albany's Normanskill Farm and other spots.

The Regal Crossgates is screening every best picture nominee

Oscar-nominated film posters 2017

The Regal movie theater at Crossgates will be screening all the Oscar best picture nominees over the course of 10 days starting February 17. And it's selling a "festival" pass for $35. So that's just about $4 per movie, which is a pretty good deal.

That first link above has the schedule. Each film is being shown multiple times over the course of the run at different times.

The screenings will also be available individually at the regular admission price.

Oscar-nominated shorts
Starting today (Friday) the Spectrum will be showing this year's Oscar-nominated shorts -- both live action and animated -- over the next week.

Stuff to do this weekend

violinist Regina Carter

Jazz violinist Regina Carter is playing a show at The Egg this weekend and appearing at UAlbany as part of the NYS Writers Institute "Creative Life" series.

Hello winter! Nice of you to drop by.

What should we do while you're in town? Snowmen? A little skiing maybe?

After the jump -- a whole list of stuff to do with this chilly winter weekend -- from embracing the cold with winter festivals to hiding from it in theaters and museums.

Doing something you don't see here? Tell us about it in the comment section.

And whatever you're up to, remember your scarf and have a fantastic weekend.

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