The last week's worth of items on AOA

Drawing: Tickets for the Gathering of the Farm Cideries 2018 at Nine Pin

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The annual Gathering of the Farm Cideries returns to Nine Pin Cider in Albany February 17.

We have a pair of tickets for the event to give away and they could be yours. To enter the drawing, please answer this question in the comments:

If you think about spring right now, what do you think about?

This is the usually the coldest week of the year here, which means we're turning the corner toward spring. So we'd love to hear about spring-y things to help pull us through. Maybe it's an activity, maybe it's a place, maybe it's a food, maybe it's whatever. We'll draw one winner at random, and that person gets the pair of tickets.

Sixteen cideries are currently slated to be at the Gatering (there's a list below). They'll be offering samples of unique batches of cider and talking about what they do. There will also be ciders available for purchase to take home.

There are two sessions that Saturday: noon-3 pm and 4 pm-7 pm. The drawing tickets are for the afternoon session. Tickets are $25 online, $30 at the door (they include a tasting glass). Last year's event sold out.

Important: All comments must be submitted by 11:59 on Thursday, January 18, 2018 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 the following Monday.

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A new, expanded spot on Lark for Pint Sized

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The planned new spot.

The Lark Street craft beverage shop Pint Sized is moving -- to a new location, and to a (somewhat) different format.

"It's time to grow, to move on to better things," owner August Rosa said Tuesday.

Here's a little bit about what's up with the shop and Lark Street generally...

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To the dogs

This Chris Churchill column is first and foremost about the ongoing dog poop problem at Capital Hills. But it also gets at a potentially more interesting question about how the golf course should be used in the winter, and whether certain uses should be restricted in favor of others. [TU] Earlier: It's winter. Your dog has pooped. What now?

Dave Matthews Band returning to SPAC

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The Dave Matthews Band is returning to SPAC July 13 and 14. Tickets go on sale February 2 -- they're $45.50 and up. (There's also a fan club presale.)

DMB took last summer off, so it didn't make its annual migration to Saratoga. The band is set to release a new studio album -- its first since 2012 -- this summer.

These shows have sold out in past years. So if you're interested in going, getting tickets sooner rather than later is a good idea.

The SPAC pop calendar so far...
+ June 15: Kidz Bop (on sale January 19)
+ June 16: Foreigner, with Whitesnake and Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience
+ June 30: Steely Dan and The Doobie Brothers
+ July 3: Tedeschi Trucks Band
+ July 22: Charlie Puth, with Hailee Steinfeld

photo: Danny Clinch

Arrest in Rotterdam crash that killed pedestrian, eye on river ice and flooding, Albany nearing contract with blue collar workers, remembering founder of Pine Hollow Arboretum

Pedestrian killed in Rotterdam hit-and-run
+ Police arrested a Schenectady woman in connection with the hit-and-run crash in Rotterdam Friday night in which 46-year-old Dramone Houston died -- 30-year-old Megan M. Alexandre of Schenectady is charged with leaving the scene of a fatal accident. Rotterdam police say surveillance camera video from nearby businesses played a key role in leading them to Alexandre's vehicle. [News10] [TU] [Daily Gazette]
+ Houston's wife, Yvette, to the Times Union: "What really hurts and bothers me is that he was lying there for hours in the sleet and freezing rain ... It just breaks my heart. I can't get it out of my head." [TU]

Recalling the Guilderland quadruple homicide
Guilderland police chief Carol Lawlor on the still-unsolved 2014 killing of a family of four: "Not one of us goes down Western Avenue without that coming to mind, because there it is -- it's right there ... I know that it still plays heavily on the minds and hearts of the community, and the police department." [TU]

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The week ahead

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Neko Case starts off the week at The Egg.

Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather (heat wave), from MLK, to hoops, to words, to performances, to music...

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A quick recap of the week

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Here are a few highlights from the past week on AOA...

+ The new NYS Writers Institute visiting writers slate is jammed with high-profile authors and artists.

+ Albany, an artist, and the colors of snow.

+ Martin asked about finding a gymnasium space to rent.

+ Deanna stopped in at Buddha Noodle -- and played some skee ball.

+ The Opalka Gallery's slate of spring events is out.

+ What's up in the Neighborhood this week: the indelible legacy of Titus Eddy, the origin of Tulip Fest, the shared story of two families on Jay Street, the judge who died in the cemetery, the college wiped out by a landslide, urban renewal, daycare, winter hiking, frazil ice, heckling, manly men and their cats, shopping habits, Delaware Supply, Franklin Alley Social Club, Zaitoon Kitchen, and deep dreams.

+ Kathy Sheehan is moving to Arbor Hills, so we rolled together a map of where every Albany mayor since the Civil War has lived.

+ A few Martin Luther King Jr. Day events coming up.

Here's the whole week in one place.

Thanks to everyone who posted a comment or shared an idea this week!

Martin Luther King Jr. Day events 2018

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Martin Luther King Jr. delivering a speech in New York City in 1962 commemorate the 100th anniversary of the issuance of Abraham Lincoln’s Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation. The State Museum has the audio of the speech -- the only known copy -- posted online. / photo: NYS Archives

Monday is Martin Luther King Jr. Day and there are celebrations and commemorations all around the area this weekend.

Here's a handful of them...

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Midday music break: bell's roar

Check it out: bell's roar has a new album out today, We Carry Us. There's a track from it -- "Celebrate" -- embedded above.

As you might know, bell's roar is local producer/songwriter/vocalist/artist/activist Sean Desiree. In addition to making music, Sean also is the person behind South End Pallet Works, where they turn wood from leftover pallets into furniture.

And Sean is also the organizer of the Art Funds Art Tour, which aims to provide art grants to queer and trans artists of color.

Earlier:
+ Catching up with Sean Desiree of bell's roar and South End Pallet Works
+ South End Pallet Works

How old?

A sort of tangent to that map of Albany mayor homes since the Civil War... The city of Albany publishes an inventory of residential buildings in the city -- here's the 2017 version -- which includes details such as square footage and number of bedrooms. It also includes the year the home was built, which is helpful if you're doing research -- or, you know, you're just curious.

Stuff to do this weekend

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Monster trucks are back at the TU Center this weekend.

Welcome to our weekly look at stuff to do this weekend, cleverly titled, Stuff to Do This Weekend.

After the jump, a few things we thought might interest you. Planning to do something that didn't make our list? Let us know about it.

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

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Guilty plea in fatal Albany hit-and-run, concerns about flooding, South End residents question air quality study, weather prompting produce shortages

Guilty plea in fatal Washington Park hit-and-run
Jose Martinez -- accused of hitting Rajine Martinez while she was in a road in Washington Park last year, and then leaving the scene -- pleaded guilty Thursday to one count of Leaving the Scene of an Incident Which Results in Death Without Reporting. He faces 2-6 years in prison at sentencing. [TU] [Albany County DA]

Sentencing in Hadley murder
Michael C. Norton -- the Hadley man who pleaded guilty to second-degree murder for hitting his wife, Sherry Norton, with an axe last May -- was
sentenced to 20 years to life in prison. [TU]

Jeff Klein sexual harassment allegation
Jeff Klein has formally asked the state's Joint Commission on Public Ethics to investigate the allegation that he forcibly kissed a staffer outside a Lark Street bar in 2015. The head of the state Senate's Independent Democratic Conference stated in his letter to JCOPE, "The alleged incident did not happen, period." The request to JCOPE came after Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan said the case didn't fall under the jurisdiction of the Senate's ethics committee. [Politico NY] [TU] [Politico NY]

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Where every Albany mayor since the Civil War has lived

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The home the Sheehans purchased on First Street.

Kathy Sheehan's office announced Thursday that the mayor and her husband have bought a home in the Ten Broeck Triangle section of Arbor Hill and plan to move there after renovating it.

From the press release:

"We have been looking for an opportunity to restore one of Albany's many historic homes, and we also wanted to participate in the revitalization that is occurring in our Downtown," said Mayor Sheehan. "Our new home is close to a number of new projects that include market rate and affordable housing. We love our current neighborhood, but we are ready to downsize and enjoy a historic, walkable, diverse, mixed-income neighborhood close to City Hall, the Palace Theater, The Rep, and all that Downtown Albany has to offer."

Sheehan's choice to move to Arbor Hill breaks a longstanding pattern about where Albany's mayors have lived -- going way back.

To put the move in some geographic perspective, we looked up the home addresses of every Albany mayor since the Civil War and mapped them...

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Shovels & Rope at The Egg

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The Americana duo Shovels and Rope is set to play The Egg March 21. Tickets go on sale this Friday, January 12 -- they're $34.

Cary Ann Hearst and Michael Trent "combine threads of traditional folk, country and rock." They recently released an album on which they collaborated with a bunch of other musicians covering tracks from artists ranging from The Breeders to Chuck Berry.

Also announced for The Egg
+ February 21: Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
+ February 24: Shelby Lynne

Tickets for both shows also go on sale this Friday.

James Baldwin Celebration at UAlbany

The trailer for I Am Not Your Negro, the highly-praised documentary about James Baldwin. Screenings of the doc are part of the series.

UAlbany has a series of events celebrating the work of author James Baldwin coming up during the next month. "A Celebration of the Life and Legacy of James Baldwin" is a collaboration between the NYS Writers Institute and UAlbany Performing Arts Center. Blurbage:

Writing of the pain and struggle of African Americans and the saving power of brotherhood, Baldwin bore articulate witness to the unhappy consequences of American racial strife and saw his personal mission as a "witness to the truth." The series begins during Black History Month and includes readings, discussions, film screenings, and stage presentations.

Here's an overview of the schedule...

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Photoz of Albany

Located on Willett Street, this house was home to Martin Glynn, the only resident of #Albany to become elected Governor of New York.

A post shared by @ photozofalbany on

Local Instagram Feeds We've Been Enjoying, a somewhat-continuing series...

We've been enjoying Photoz of Albany (photozofalbany). Justin Devendorf has been posting pics of buildings around the city (and region) with bite-sized historical facts about the places. See above.

Earlier: The Mansion neighborhood, pic by pic

By the way: AOA has an Instagram account, if you're so inclined.

IDC leader Klein denies sexual assault allegation, Saratoga County has state's largest gender pay gap, rain and higher temps prompt flood warnings

Jeff Klein denies sexual allegation
State Senate IDC Leader Jeff Klein is denying allegations that he forcibly kissed a female staffer outside Justin's on Lark Street in 2015. State Senator Diane Savino, who is dating Klein and was at the bar on the night in question, came to his defense. Savino says on the night in question, the staffer invited Klein to a Seder dinner, which he declined, in full view of herself and other colleagues. [TU][Huffington Post][Spectrum][Politico][NYT]

Saratoga county pay gap
Saratoga County has the largest pay gap between the sexes in the state, with women, on average, making $18,539 less than their male counterparts.[TU]

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Today's moment of winter

bird in bush Buckingham Pond

We've noticed these little birds hanging out in big bushes on sunny afternoons, feathers puffed, as they warm themselves, ensconced in the protective branches. (Also sometimes it sounds like they're having the most cheerful, chirpy conversations.)

Visit... Buffalo

Noted: Buffalo -- Buffalo -- makes an appearance on the NYT's 52 Places to Go in 2018 list, joining other places such as New Orleans, Colombia, Bhutan, and Fiji. "Downtown Buffalo now buzzes with life thanks in part to the ever-expanding Canalside entertainment and recreation complex and a host of new dining and drinking establishments." [NYT]

Alphonse Mucha: Master of Art Nouveau at The Hyde Collection

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"Cycles Perfecta" by Alphonse Mucha, 1902, color lithograph on paper. Courtesy of the Dhawan Collection.

The touring exhibit Alphonse Mucha: Master of Art Nouveau opens this Sunday at The Hyde Collection. It includes more than 70 works by the graphic artist from a private collection.

Exhibit blurbage:

The exhibition examines how Mucha's work helped shape the aesthetics of French Art Nouveau at the turn of the century. Art Nouveau, or New Art, describes a style in architecture, and visual and decorative arts that flourished from the 1890s through 1910. It emphasized the beauty of natural forms in everyday life. Art Nouveau featured a sinuous or "whiplash" line, flattened space, and botanical shapes and patterns.
"Mucha's early work is centered on the epitome of beauty," said Jonathan Canning, director of curatorial affairs and programming at The Hyde Collection. "With use of subtle color schemes, lavish scrolling text, and exquisite women, he defined the Art Nouveau movement."
Many of the works in the exhibition feature beautiful women, dramatic curving lines, flowers, and plants. Mucha worked across many media and those are revealed in the exhibition, which includes lithographs, drawings, paintings, books, and advertisements.

The exhibit will be on display through March 18.

The Hyde Collection is, as you know, in Glens Falls, about an hour's drive from Albany. While you're there you can also check out the new Feibes & Schmitt Gallery, which opened last summer -- it features modern art collected by Werner Feibes and the late James Schmitt, both Schenectady residents.

Earlier: Day trip: Glens Falls

Bike shares and diversity

One of the challenges bike share programs -- both here and in other cities -- is finding ways for the program to reach a wide variety of people. So it was interesting to read about DC's experience with "dockless" bike shares -- the systems are designed for people to just pick up a bike and drop it wherever -- and signs the systems have appealed to a more diverse crowd. (It sounds like one of the lessons is to make the friction for using the system as low as possible.) [CityLab] Earlier: What's next for the CDPHP Cycle bike share

What's up in the Neighborhood

The NeighborhoodAmong the topics in this most recent spin around the Capital Region's online neighborhood: the indelible legacy of Titus Eddy, the origin of Tulip Fest, the shared story of two families on Jay Street, the judge who died in the cemetery, the college wiped out by a landslide, urban renewal, daycare, winter hiking, frazil ice, heckling, manly men and their cats, shopping habits, Delaware Supply, Franklin Alley Social Club, Zaitoon Kitchen, and deep dreams.

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Opalka Gallery 2018 spring season

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The lineup of events includes a screening of, and discussion about, the highly-praised documentary Dawson City: Frozen Time. The doc is about a huge trove of silent films, many thought to be lost, that were literally unearthed in Alaska.

The spring 2018 schedule at the Opalka Gallery on the Sage Albany campus starts up next week with the opening of Practice What You Teach: Sage College Art+Design Faculty Show.

And from there, the gallery has a series of events lined up -- exhibits, talks, screenings, discussions -- each month through May.

Here's a quick look at the schedule...

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Hoosick Falls will sue over PFOA, Morse critic charged with harassment , Oquendo seeks new trial, Albany to Buffalo non-stop

Hoosick Falls PFOA
The Hoosick Falls Village Board voted unanimously on Tuesday to sue Saint-Gobain and Honeywell for the PFOA contamination of the village water supply and soil. [Spectrum][TU]

Hit and run trial
The defense attorney for Jose Martinez, the man charged with the hit-and-run death of a woman in Washington Park last year, slammed the case against his client based on the fact that two witnesses lied about which of them was driving the car that first struck the victim, then changed their story after a video surfaced. [TU]

Oquendo seeks new trial
Sentencing for Johnny Oquendo, who was convicted late last year for the murder of Noel Alkaramla, has been delayed while he seeks a new trial. [Spectrum]

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Today's moment of winter

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A word we recently learned: "ninguid" -- an old adjective for a landscape blanketed by snow. It's derived from the Latin word for snow.

We took a walk with Otto today across the ninguid old course at Capital Hills.

"Maple syrup is like the girl next door. Everyone thinks they know her."

Interesting: A producer of maple syrup out near Watertown claims they can coax flavors such as spiced rum and peach cobbler out of maple sap by evaporating it very slowly. The producer -- Zoar Tapatree Syrup Co. -- sells online and through Beekman 1802 (interview). [Modern Farmer] Earlier: The art and science of maple sugaring

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