The last week's worth of items on AOA

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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Another arrest in Rensselaer County homicides case, man accused of string of Albany bank robberies, CDTA gets bids for bike share program

Another arrest in Rensselaer County homicides case
Troy police say a fourth person has been arrested in the case involving the beating death of Javier Gomez in an apartment on Glen Ave. The men are accused of using a hammer and knife to kill Gomez. Police says Gomez's death is connected to the death of Christian Gonzalez-Hernandez, Gomez's roommate, whose body was found in Brunswick. But no charges have been filed in the death of Gonzalez-Hernandez. [TWCN] [TU] [News10] [Troy Record]

Hulett Street fire
The federal prosecutor in the Hulett Street fire case told a judge Monday that there is "significant evidence" that one of the men recently arrested on perjury charges in the case, Bryan Fish of Saratoga Springs, was involved with the fatal arson. The judge ordered Fish held pending trial. The 2013 Hulett Street fire killed four people and significantly injured Safyre Terry. [TU] [Daily Gazette]

Arrest in Albany bank robberies
Albany police say they arrested 56-year-old Albany man Monday after a robbery at the Citizens Bank at 111 Washington Ave (map). And APD alleges the man is also responsible for two other bank robberies on State Street this month, along with a convenience store robbery on Quail Street. [APD]

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Today's moment of wildlife

Myrtle Ave hawk

While walking along Myrtle Ave near South Main Ave in Albany Monday afternoon, we heard this faint whooshing sound and then looked back to see this hawk swoop past, not more than a foot away, as it tried -- unsuccessfully -- to pluck a squirrel from the street.

The squirrel took refuge under a parked car and let out a loud series of chirps, that we understand to mean, roughly translated: "HOLY @#$%^&* @#$%, DID YOU SEE THAT?!?!"

We had a roughly similar reaction.

After missing out on the squirrel, the hawk took a perch on a nearby second-floor porch where it promptly let loose an enormous poop on the house steps below. (If you live on Myrtle and encountered a strangely large bird turd on your front steps upon your arrival home Monday... now you know.)

A minute later the hawk took flight again, this time to check out some flattened squirrel remains in the street, stopping a car that was traveling along Myrtle. The hawk seemed unhurried by this situation, and after a few beats lazily took flight again to a nearby house gutter to watch the street again.

(A few pics after the jump, if you're curious.)

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Upstate Artists Guild campaign

There's a GoFundMe campaign in progress to help keep the Upstate Artists Guild on Lark Street. The campaign has a $8,500 goal, and after two days it's already at almost $1,500 (as of late Monday afternoon). UAG announced in September that it was planning to move from its longtime spot on Lark Street in Center Square because of a lack of funding.

How to store 750,000 gallons of water, out of sight

Woodlawn storm water infiltration gallery

Quick photo follow-up on that big storm water project the Albany water department is building just off Woodlawn Ave, which is aimed at adding some new flexibility to the city's very old sewer spine...

The "infiltration gallery" part of the project is currently going in -- and when it's finished, you won't be able to see it.

This component is basically a series of very large underground pipes that will sit under the outfield of the baseball diamond at Woodlawn Park. They'll be able to hold about 750,000 gallons of water that will either slowly seep into the ground water or be allowed to empty into the sewer at a later time when there's capacity available. The water department will use underground sensors to monitor the capacity of the storm sewer and it'll be able to discharge the water based on the situation.

The infiltration gallery will be paired with a new constructed wetland/pond area right next to it. And the plan is that the $1.9 million project will allow the sewer that runs along the path of the old Beaver Kill/Creek to better handle large rainfall events. In recent years, areas along the sewer line -- such as Elberon Place, and the homes right near this park -- have been flooded with feet of water during very large storms because the storm water system hasn't been able to drain the water fast enough.

Here are a few more pics if you're curious...

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Common Side Effects

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"Coming Attractions" by Lisa Hoke

We got a chance to stop in at the Esther Massry Gallery at Saint Rose to catch a look at Common Side Effects, the exhibition by Lisa Hoke that's there right now. It's a series of sculptures, murals, and collages made up of product packaging.

Exhibition blurbage:

Quirky, intensely colored sculptures, giant wall murals and small collages are made from cast-off, familiar packaging reclaimed from our mass-produced, consumerist culture. Formerly trash bin detritus, these intricate and labor-intensive creations add gravitas to an ethos of excess and waste. The exhibition features a large-scale, suspended sculpture constructed in the vertical gallery.
Nancy Princenthal, writer, critic and contributing editor of Art in America, states "The ready-made graphics of her materials are meant by their commercial producers to be seductive, and Hoke only bumps up their appeal, organizing them into tapering cones, telescoping cups, fanned plates and pinwheeling spirals of the most dizzying allure." (Excerpted from 2015 essay on Lisa Hoke's exhibition "Attention Shoppers," published by Pavel Zoubok Gallery, New York.)

The pieces are vibrantly colorful, and they draw you in as your eye picks out all the various types of packaging involved.

Common Side Effects is on display through December 4 in the Esther Massry Gallery, which is in the Massry Center building (1002 Madison Ave). The small exhibit's worth a stop if you're in the neighborhood.

Saint Rose advertises on AOA.

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

"It's definitely for people who need a kick in the butt in the morning"

Over at the Saratogian, Paul Post checks in with how things are going for Death Wish Coffee -- the company is moving to a much bigger production space, and it's on track to have sales in the "tens of millions" this year. [Saratogian] Earlier: Death Wish Coffee gets a Super Bowl ad

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.

Vroom. Vroom. Vroom.

nys ogs maserati auction composite

Noted: The state Office of General Services is set to auction a 2014 Maserati Gran Turismo at a vehicle auction scheduled for November 2 at the Harriman State Office Campus.

Also... what? These auctions usually traffic in such exotic vehicles as the super sassy Chevy Impala (both 2007 and the extra sexy 2008 model) and the smokin' hot, ruggedly handsome 2004 Ford Taurus. (Both types of cars will be available at the November 2 auction.)

So, how did the state end up with such a drab mode of transportation as this Maserati, which has just 1,600 miles on it. (Because, obviously, it's boring to drive.) OGS says in a press release that it was seized by the state Attorney General's office in a $9.9 million Medicaid fraud case in the Bronx. A 2014 BMW X6 was also seized, and it's up for auction, too. From the release:

This isn't the first time OGS has sold seized items. Last year, a 2013 Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG and a 2012 Audi A7 Prestige Quattro that were seized in 2013 following an investigation into a $3.2 million Medicaid fraud case in Brooklyn were sold at a state surplus vehicle auction in Albany. In the summer of 2014, several pieces of men's jewelry and a Rolex were sold on the eBay site after they were confiscated from a suspected drug trafficker on Staten Island. Later that year, a 1971 Camaro that was reported stolen in 1976 and was seized by New York State was among vehicles sold at a state surplus vehicle auction in Poughkeepsie.

By the way: The Blue Book estimated value of that Maserati is roughly $78,000.

As you might have seen in the past, the state routinely auctions surplus equipment and other items via eBay. Because maybe that Maserati needs a filing cabinet.

photo: NYS OGS

More indictments in Hulett Street fire case, city of Albany and Albany County at odds over payments, arrest in alleged UAlbany rape, healing with horses

More indictments related to Hulett Street fire
Two more people have been indicted on federal perjury charges in connection with the 2013 Hulett Street fire in Schenectady that killed four people and seriously injured Safyre Terry. The feds accuse the one of the men of lying to a grand jury about events leading up to the fire, and the other is accused of lying about a car alleged to have been involved. Two other people -- Jennica Duell and Edward Leon -- are already serving time for perjury in the case, but no one has yet been charged with the deaths in the arson case. [Daily Gazette] [TU] [TWCN]

Arrest in UAlbany rape case
A Guilderland man has been arrested after he allegedly entered a residence at UAlbany's Stuyvesant Tower early Sunday morning where a student was sleeping and had sex with her without her consent. The man, who is not a UAlbany student, is facing rape and burglary charges -- and was just recently released on parole. A university spokesman says they don't think the student knew the 25-year-old man. The university says it's investigating how he may have gotten into the building, which has a key card entry. [TWCN] [News10] [TU] [WNYT]

Conflict over veterans' school tax break
A state law passed in 2013 allows school districts to give a tax break to veterans -- which has put school boards in the uncomfortable position of choosing whether to extend the break and spread the cost to other tax payers, or face criticism that they're not supporting veterans. [Daily Gazette]

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The week ahead

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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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A quick recap of the week

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

+ D. asked about getting design help for a small kitchen.

+ We gave away a pair of tickets to a wine class at Lark + Lily by asking: What's your favorite Albany street? Why?

+ Deanna talked about the Little Pecks take on the tuna sandwich.

+ Poems in the fountain.

+ What was up in the Neighborhood this week: becoming a 46er, summer in October, a message for men, the rigged election, being a restaurant owner, 43 weeks of pregnancy, a hand up, the surrender of Gentleman Johnny, a tumultuous time in Troy, mineral springs, happy birthday, the Tour de Donut, Warehouse Grill and BBQ, Chops and Hops, Sunhee's, diet bread, the pizza oven project, and one moon in another.

+ Sean asked about good neighborhoods for trick-or-treating with his family.

+ We gave away tickets a contemporary circus clown show at Rev Hall from Marquise Productions by asking: What's something that made you smile recently?

+ Deanna pulled together a big list of Halloween-related events, including ghost tours and costume parties.

+ A look at maps of Albany, Schenectady, and Troy posted by the Mapping Inequality project that show how neighborhoods in those cities were redlined.

+ We got a tour of the Albany Capital Center construction site.

+ We talked with MopCo about the improv company's new theater in Schenectady.

+ And thanks to everyone who bought tickets for this year's Bad Boys, Broads, and Bootleggers Tour, which is sold out!

Here's the whole week in one place.

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

Marquise Productions clown photo: Renald Laurin

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.

A look at MopCo's new Schenectady theater

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The new MopCo Theater is at 10 North Jay Street in Schenectady.

Two things we should disclose before you start reading this post.

1. One half of AOA performs with the Mop & Bucket Company. (Hint: It's not Greg)
2. The Mop & Bucket Company advertises on AOA.

MopCo, the long-standing Capital Region improv company, now has its own theater -- a renovated former firehouse (and onetime strip club) on North Jay Street. It's sharing the space with its sister company, Koppett, which uses improv to train employees of companies such as Facebook and Apple in creativity.

In addition to its own improv shows, MopCo will use the new theater to host other improv troupes, classes, readings, music performances, story nights, and a wide variety of other special events.

MopCo officially opens the new space this Saturday with a TheaterSports show by its house team.

The company has been playing at Proctors for many years. For the last two years it worked on growing the business in a small rented space on Union Street while it searched for a permanent home.

The founders considered different areas in the Capital Region, but eventually found that home right around the corner in a broken down building in Schenectady's Little Italy.

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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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YNHW in-post ad Columbia County Tourism

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Murder charges in Rensselaer County homicides case, donations help football team after suspicious fire burns equipment, the Onrust says it needs help

Rensselaer County homicides
Authorities say the three men arrested in Virginia this week in connection with two separate homicides in Rensselaer County are facing second-degree murder charges in the death of Javier Gomez, the man found dead in a Troy apartment Monday. Gomez was roommates with Cristian Gonzalez Hernandez, whose body was found in Brunswich Tuesday. "Law enforcements sources with knowledge of the investigation" tell the Times Union that three suspects arrested had been at a Colonie motel with Hernandez when the situation became violent and they beat Hernandez, then drove him to Brunswick and and slit his throat -- the trio then went to the Troy apartment where Gomez was killed. A former co-worker at a Clifton Park restaurant tells News10 that Gomez and one of the men charged, Luis Monge Guevara, had both worked there and were good friends -- Guevara quit his job there Monday afternoon. [Daily Gazette] [TWCN] [TU] [News10]

High school field house burned
Schenectady police say a fire at the Notre Dame Bishop Gibbons field house overnight appears to have been arson. The fire destroyed all the equipment for the combined football team based there -- just ahead of its playoff game this weekend. Offers of donated equipment have already been rolling in and the team's coach says they will play the game. [TWCN] [Daily Gazette] [News10] [TU]

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Albany Capital Center construction tour

Albany Capital Center construction exterior 2016-October

The Albany Capital Center doesn't open until next March, but the structure of the new convention center has taken shape and, from the exterior at least, it's starting to look like it's finished form.

The road to this point has been a long one, stretching back years. And it didn't event start at this site on Eagle Street -- the first proposed spot, for a much larger project, was on the south side of downtown.

So, we're curious to see how this is all going to turn out. (And we suspect you are, too.) Toward that end, we got a chance to tour the construction site this week.

Let's have a look...

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Mapping a history of inequality in Albany, Schenectady, and Troy

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A clip from the HOLC map for Albany.

You've probably heard of the term "redlining" -- it refers to the practice of denying services, such as mortgage lending, to people in certain neighborhoods based on the race or ethnicity of the people who live there. It's one of the ways discrimination became incorporated into economic systems in this country.

The practice and the term have roots that stretch back to the 1930s and a federal program called the Home Owners' Loan Corporation (HOLC), which surveyed cities and graded sections of them based on perceived "security" of investments there. From those surveys came maps -- with redlined sections.

A project based at the University of Richmond and involving researchers from a handful of institutions -- Mapping Inequality -- has gathered up these maps and made them accessible online.

So we pulled out the maps for Albany, Schenectady, and Troy.

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A winter that's back to normal?

NOAA Precipitation Outlook Winter 2016

An outlook for precipitation this winter from NOAA.

Projections for what a winter is going to be like here -- especially when it comes to snowfall -- are probably best taken with some salt (because healthy skepticism and... icy sidewalks). For example: A "typical" seasonal total of snow can be tipped by a few coastal storms that just happen to track a little farther inland. You don't know until you know.

But there are some large scale phenomena that do generally point toward some sort of direction. Last year's winter is a good example: A strong El Nino -- that is, warm water off the Pacific coast of South America by the equator -- helped prompt a historically warm, un-snowy winter here.

The El Nino has ended. And for this winter we're now looking at the prospect of La Nina -- basically the inverse of El Nino -- influencing things. Maybe.

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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

Rensselaer Co. homicides may be connected, former MMA fighter convicted in police beating, Albany Med's PILOT payment to city

Rensselaer County homicides
Police say three persons of interest have been arrested in Virginia in connection with a pair of Rensselaer County homicides this week. Investigators believe the two incidents are connected. [WNYT][Record][TU]

Explosion victim dies
One of the victims of an explosion earlier this week at Mohawk Asphalt Emulsions in Glenville has died. [TU]

Albany Med
"What we all must be about is solving the problem in the place in which we reside" -- Albany Med CEO James Barba -- who presented Kathy Sheehan with a $500,000 check on Wednesday as a voluntary Payment-in-lieu-Taxes (PILOT) for the city's 2016 budget --on his efforts to get other not for profit institutions in Albany to step up and make similar payments to the city. [TU]

Former SUNY Poly head Alain Kaloyeros has received court approval to travel to Pennsylvania to interview for a consulting job. [TU]

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Beer Diviner planning Troy spot

461 Broadway in downtown Troy

Update: Here's a press release about the new taproom, which mentions an opening date will be announced in the coming weeks.

Check it out: It looks like The Beer Diviner is setting up a bar in downtown Troy.

The brewery mentioned the plan for 461 Broadway recently on both its Instagram and FB page. (Also: The building is owned by Harry Tutunjian, and he tweeted a welcome to the location to the brewery Wednesday afternoon.)

The Beer Diviner currently has a farm brewery and tasting room in Cherry Plain in Rensselaer County. A few years back Casey talked with owner Jonathan Post about the operation, his approach to beer -- and how he became known as the Beer Diviner.

We have an email in with The Beer Diviner and we're hoping to hear back about a potential opening date.

461 Broadway? If that address seems familiar, it was the location for both Nibble, and before that, Francesca's.

New York's farm cideries

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Fermentation tanks at Nine Pin in Albany.

The hard cider industry in New York continues to fizz -- there are now 24 farm cideries around the state, according to the Cuomo admin. That's up from eight in 2014, when the farm cidery law took effect.

Farm cidery? It's a type of license issued by the state that smooths out some of the regulations and requirements for running a cidery -- if the operation uses New York State apples to make its products. (There are also farm winery and farm brewery license.) The state's first farm cidery was Nine Pin Cider Works in Albany's Warehouse District.

Of course, the requirement to use New York apples isn't too much of a hurdle. The Empire State is the nation's #2 producer of apples, behind only Washington State. So the hard cider industry is another way to make use of the state's abundant crop.

Given the growth in the number of farm cideries, we figured it'd be fun to roll together a map of where they're located around the state.

Let's have a look...

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Camping record (again)

New York's state park campgrounds set a record for attendance this year, according to the Cuomo admin. The state's camp site, cabins, cottages were occupied for 633,000 nights. That's the fifth straight year of record attendance. [Cuomo admin]

Good neighborhoods for trick-or-treating?

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Sean emails:

I was wondering if your readers could weigh-in with the places they think are the best neighborhoods for trick-or-treating. Our family had a lot of fun exploring a new neighborhood last year and were hoping to do the same this year.

On a tangent from Sean's question: Candy and costumes get most of the attention for Halloween, but one of the great -- yet probably under appreciated -- things about the holiday is the way neighborhoods become, at least for one night, explicitly open and friendly to people we might not know. There's something heartening about that.

Anyway... got a suggestion for Sean and his family? Please share! A sentence or two about why you're recommending a neighborhood is helpful.

What's up in the Neighborhood

The NeighborhoodAmong the topics in this most recent spin around the Capital Region's online neighborhood: becoming a 46er, summer in October, a message for men, the rigged election, being a restaurant owner, 43 weeks of pregnancy, a hand up, the surrender of Gentleman Johnny, a tumultuous time in Troy, mineral springs, happy birthday, the Tour de Donut, Warehouse Grill and BBQ, Chops and Hops, Sunhee's, diet bread, the pizza oven project, and one moon in another..

Neighborhood in-post ad APL 2015

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Poems in the fountain

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While taking in the summer-like weather Tuesday in Washington Park, we noticed these little bundled scrolls blowing along with the leaves around the empty King Memorial Fountain fountain in the park (AKA, the Moses fountain). There were maybe 15 or 20 of them.

So we opened one of the scrolls. Inside, a poem:

Raise your words,
Not your voice.
It is rain that
grows flowers,
Not thunder.


As the scroll noted, that poem is attributed to Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmī, a Persian poet, Islamic scholar, and mystic who lived during the 1200s, born in what's now Afghanistan and later moving to what's now modern-day Turkey.

Earlier on AOA:
+ The Troy Poem Project
+ The Moses fountain in Washington Park

Siena poll: Clinton's lead growing in NY, Body found in Brunswick creek, SUNY Poly projects may be rebid, dinner at The White House

Siena poll
The latest Siena College poll shows Hillary Clinton with a 24 point lead among New York Voters. The poll also showed Senator Chuck Schumer with a 63% favorability rating and Barack Obama with a 64% favorability rating among New Yorkers polled. [TU][Gazette]

Body in Brunswick Creek
Sheriff's investigators say the body of a man was discovered on Tuesday in a Brunswick creek. The investigation is continuing but police are calling the case suspicious. [TU][WNYT]

Troy homicide
Police in Troy are now calling the death of a 23 year old man this week a homicide. [TU]

SUNY Poly projects
The head of Empire State Development says some contracts overseen by SUNY Poly may go out for a rebid, in the wake of a bid rigging scandal that allegedly involves Alain Kaloyeros. [Politico]

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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

Tuna sandwich at Little Pecks

little pecks tuna sandwich overhead

By Deanna Fox

To relegate tuna to the lower levels of the sandwich totem is an easy thing to do: Tuna sandwiches are stinky, leaving your breath, your fingers, and the room they are made and consumed in reeking of tinned fish. More involved but less portable than the PBJ, tuna fish is a fussy sandwich that is open to endless interpretation but always requires the same level of attention. Where a PBJ can be slapped together, thrown haphazardly into a zip-top bag and shoved into a backpack, ski jacket, or lunchpail, the tuna sandwich demands gentle, precise insertion into a storage and transport vessel, constant refrigeration of some manner, and delicate nibbles to protect the integrity of assemblage.

Despite its particularities, tuna fish is sometimes an act of desperation. A can of tuna can be found in most home pantries for last-minute sandwich emergencies, and tuna or whitefish salad is often one of the cheaper options on deli menus.

Still, a good tuna fish sandwich is a thing to marvel at. The perfect mayo-to fish ratio, the inclusion of additives to the salad, the choice of bread... a good combination of those things makes all the downsides of a tuna sandwich completely worth it.

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Tickets for AOA's Bad Boys, Broads, and Bootleggers Tour now on sale!

bad boys broads bootleggers tour badge 2016

As mentioned Monday, AOA's popular Bad Boys, Broads, and Bootlegger's Tour is back November 5. And tickets are now sale! They're $30.

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, with a few of the old favorites along with some new stops and stories.

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.

Umphrey's McGee + Joshua Redman at The Palace

the band Umphrey's McGee

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.

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