The last week's worth of items on AOA

39th Annual Photography Regional Select Show

ACG Photo Regional 2016

We got a chance this week to stop in at the 39th Annual Photography Regional Select Show at the Albany Center Gallery.

It displays works from 52 photographers from around the region, selected by this year's jurors, Tara Fracalossi and Danny Goodwin. (And the photos are available for purchase.)

The show is on display through April 21 in ACG's new space in the Arcade Building on Broadway in downtown Albany.

By the way: Here's a cool interactive online walkthrough of the salon-style show that led up to the select show.

The Capital Region is growing very slowly -- which is better than many other parts of the state

New York State counties 2010-2016 population change map

The deeper the green, the higher population gains by percentage. The deeper the gray, the higher the losses. (Here's a large, clickable version of the map.)

The population of the Albany metro area was up slightly in 2016 compared to the year before, according to new Census Bureau estimates out this week. The Census figures the Capital Region had 881,839 -- up about 1,000 from the year before.

But compared to other large metros, this area's population has been falling behind. In 2010, the Albany-Schenectady-Troy metro was the 60th most populous among the nation's 382 metros. In 2015 it was 61st. And in 2016 it was 63rd.

Between the 2010 and 2016, the Albany-Schenectady-Troy metro area's population is up 1.28 percent, according those estimates. During that same span, New York State population is up almost 1.8 percent and the national population is up 4.65 percent.

Here are a more bits from the new estimates for metros and counties -- declining populations, immigrants, and Donald Trump.

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Updates: 3Fish Coffee, 288 Lark Street

3Fish Coffee and Downtube

Quick updates on a couple of Lark Street-area storefronts...

3Fish Coffee
The new cafe next to the Downtube on Madison Ave across from Washington Park -- 3Fish Coffee -- has its grand opening this Friday-Sunday. It's run by Emma Fullem, daughter of the owners of the landmark bike shop, and the family was prompted to open the cafe by the fire that significantly damaged the building two years ago. The weekend will be a "grand (re)opening" for both businesses.

There's a pop-up art show with music Friday evening, and yoga, coffee, and bike activities on Saturday and Sunday.

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Stuff to do this weekend

NYSBA Craft New York at Desmond 2014

The New York Craft Brewers Festival returns to the Desmond this weekend.

OK, March is still doing its lion thing, but it's spring and it's the weekend -- two things to be happy about.

After the jump, our list of stuff to do that we thought might interest you this weekend. Planning something that isn't on our list? Tell us about it in the comments. Everything is more fun when you share.

And whatever you're up to, be sure to bring your umbrella, and have a great weekend.

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Stefanik undecided on health care vote, crunch time for Albany state aid, ShopRite considering Clifton Park

American Health Care Act
+ A spokesman for Elise Stefanik said Thursday evening she's still undecided about how to vote on the American Health Care Act and was waiting to review the final text of the legislation. Earlier Thursday about a hundred people held a "die in" outside Stefanik's office in Glens Falls, urging her to vote no. [Post-Star] [News10]
+ Andrew Cuomo argued Thursday that a provision in the American Health Care Act that would shift Medicaid costs from New York counties outside NYC to the state -- and only do so in New York State -- is unconstitutional and said the state is considering a lawsuit if the provision becomes law. [TU]

Fatal Troy shooting
Troy police say the man shot Thursday morning near Prospect Park has died. TPD says it's looking for two men and the shooting does not appear to be random. [TWCN] [Troy Record] [News10]

State funding for Albany
With the state budget deadline approaching, Albany city officials say they're cautiously optimistic the city will get the additional $12.5 million in state aid on which the current city budget relies -- but are preparing for cuts if the money doesn't come through. [TU]

CDPHP indoor swimming in-post ad

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Today in America

naturalization ceremony Albany Capital Center 2017-03-23

Our country's been going through some rough times politically. It's hard to feel optimistic at the moment.

Then you watch 20 people become American citizens.

We stopped by the Albany Capital Center Thursday afternoon for a naturalization ceremony in which people from 16 different countries around the world took the oath of citizenship. Young and old. Families and individuals. Everyone with a smile, snapping pictures, hugging, excited to make this their country, to be a part of our collective story.

Maybe we'll be OK.

Breathing Lights project finale

Breathing Lights house Schenectady

The official wrap-up for the Breathing Lights public art project is set for April 7 at Proctors. Blurbage:

Why spend a $1M on public art? What did we accomplish? What's next? Come find out. Breathing Lights will officially wrap with a networking lunch with Mayors Sheehan, McCarthy and Madden, live performances, screenings, lively policy discussions, a presentation of project impacts, and the debut of WMHT's Behind the Lights documentary.

The day includes a few different events. Each is $10, or $20 for all three. The screening of the documentary is free.

Here's a compressed schedule.

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Drawing: Tickets for John Mayer at TU Center + a gift card for Ama Cocina

musician john mayer

John Mayer is set to play the TU Center March 31. And we have a pair of tickets to give away. BUT WAIT, THERE'S MORE. The winner will also get a $50 gift card for dinner at Ama Cocina.

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

Playing on Mayer's name, what are you the mayor of?

Interpret that as you like. Maybe you're the mayor of your street. Maybe you're the mayor of getting stuff done. Maybe you're the mayor of eating grilled cheese. (Really, don't think too hard about it.) We'll draw one winner at random -- that person gets the tickets and gift card.

The show at TU Center is Friday, Marc 31 at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $35.75 and up.

Ama Cocina is at 4 Sheridan Ave in downtown Albany, just off North Pearl Street. So you could head there for dinner and then make your way down the street for the show.

Important: All comments must be submitted by 11:59 pm on Friday, March 24, 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 noon Monday and must respond by noon on Tuesday, March 28.

Live Nation advertises on AOA.

photo via John Mayer Facebook

Public meeting for second phase of Madison Ave Road Diet in Albany

Madison Ave road diet striping

The second phase of the Madison Ave Road Diet in Albany is set to start later this year and the city has a public meeting coming up April 6 to offer info and answer questions about the plan:

Continuing the transformation of Madison Avenue into a complete street and consistent with the theme developed publicly during Phase 1, the City of Albany is now progressing Phase 2 of the project to add bike lanes, improve transit stops, and improve pedestrian accommodations on this important City Street. During this public information meeting, project representatives will provide information about the Phase 2 scope and schedule, and address questions during a brief Q&A period. Similar to Phase 1, Phase 2 proposes to reduce the number of travel lanes in the corridor from four lanes to three, upgrade traffic signals, provide signal coordination for motorists, and provide improved accommodations for non-motorized users in the corridor.

This next phase will cover the stretch from Partridge Street to Lark Street.

The lead up to the road diet prompted a lot of discussion -- from cycling advocates, from businesses expressing concerns about parking, from people who just had a hard time believing that reducing the number of travel lanes wouldn't create traffic problems. And when that first phase -- from Allen Street to Partridge -- was reconfigured, it set off a whole new flurry of comments and criticism, with city officials calling for people to be patient and adjust.

So this meeting will be a good opportunity to take a stock of how things have turned out so far. (An informal take based on our own experiences: The reconfigured section feels safer and more humane, and the transition from the new segment to the not-yet segment is jarring.)

And as we mentioned last year, this project is a test of the road diet concept. If it works out, it's not hard to see other streets getting a similar treatment.

The public meeting is Thursday, April 6 at 6 pm at the College of Saint Rose's Touhey Forum (Lally School of Education building, 1009 Madison Ave).

Brunch is back at The Low Beat with Celina's Kitchen

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Coconut-crusted French toast is on the Celina's Kitchen brunch menu for The Low Beat. / photo: Jamel Mosely - Mel eMedia

By Deanna Fox

Celina Ottaway took a circuitous route to the kitchen, but it's paid off. The global influences of her life in business, journalism, and personal endeavors now show up in dishes for her Celina's Kitchen menus: Asian pesto, poulet creole, japchae. Together with chef Pierre Farvil, they're pulling together vibrant, rich flavors that reflect past experiences while looking ahead.

If you want to first hand taste of what they're cooking, your best chance is to bundle up and head over to The Low Beat on Sunday for the spot's latest pop-up brunch.

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Abelove files civil suit over Cuomo order, Capital Region population rank drops, unattended cooking oil blamed for Colonie fire, Siena students create arm for 7-year-old Ugandan girl

Abelove
Less than a week after Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's office seized the cellphone of Rensselaer County DA Joel Abelove in an investigation into the death of a civilian in a confrontation with police, has filed a civil complaint in state Supreme Court seeking to overturn Andrew Cuomo's order giving the NYS attorney general authority to supersede local DAs in such cases. [TU]

Capital Region population
Fixed According to newly released U.S. Census data, Capital Region population rank relative to other metros slipped a few places. [TU]

NY Dems lobby against ACA repealing replace
Top state officials are doing some last minute lobbying to try to influence House Republicans from NY to vote against the measure to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. [Gazette][TU]

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Looking along the old lane

Maiden Lane Albany old photo

We stumbled across this old, undated photo of Maiden Lane in downtown Albany in the Albany Public Library History Collection this week. And we were struck by a few things:

+ Love those old retail shop signs. (Apparently it was the place to score some shoes.)

+ Those signs are gone, but the streetscape -- the buildings date to the late 19th century/early 20th century -- is more or less the same as today.

The biggest difference you might notice is in the background -- mainly that the street keeps on going to the west. Maiden Lane is one of the city's oldest streets and for centuries it stretched from the waterfront up the the hill to Eagle Street. (See this 1891 map.) That changed in the early 1970s with the construction of the Ten Eyck Plaza Project. (It was also around that time that Pine Street was extended to Broadway.)

If you head over to the APL's collection on the New York Heritage site, you can zoom reallyclose into the photo to catch a glimpse of the segment of the Maiden Lane that no longer exists, along with the old shops.

Earlier: Today's moment of fenestration and reflection

That movie that shot in Troy last fall premieres this weekend

Derailed film shoot at Sage Troy campus

A break in shooting Derailed/Off The Rails in Sage's Gurley Hall.

When it shot in Troy last October it was called Derailed. Now it's Off The Rails and will be shown on the Lifetime Movie Network this Sunday, March 26 at 8 pm. Blurbage:

After surviving a train derailment, Nicole Barrow has lost all of her memories. The only things she remembers about herself are that she has a husband running for Attorney General and she is a geography professor with a love of cartography. Months of recovering lead her to believe she is slowly putting her perfect life back together. However, when she is approached by several strange men claiming she had contacted them to meet for sexual fantasies, she discovers a series of social media pages claiming to be her. Has her identity been stolen, or is this her former self? As she scrambles to put the pieces of her mind together, she questions who she can trust and must fight to remember the truth.

We hear the story is actually set in Troy and at Sage.

The Tomorrow Paradox
Another locally-shot film -- the indie sci-fi production The Tomorrow Paradox -- is set to screen at The Madison this Saturday, March 25 at 7 pm. The director, Bruce Wemple, will be there for a post-screening discussion.

And speaking of Lifetime movies (not sure how it's come to this)...
That movie about Joyce Mitchell and the Clinton Correctional Facility prison break is set to air April 23.

Earlier: Movies that filmed in -- or were set in -- the Capital Region

Henry Johnson: Tale of Courage premiere

Henry Johnson Croix de Guerre

Henry Johnson displaying his French Croix de Guerre. / photo via Wikipedia

WMHT has a new documentary about Henry Johnson -- Henry Johnson: Tale of Courage -- premiering April 11 at 7:30 pm. It'll then air multiple times during the month.

But before that, there's a preview screening at the State Museum April 4 at 6 pm. A discussion will follow with producer Zeke Kubisch, city of Albany special community projects coordinator (and author and scholar) Barbara Smith, and historian Aaron Noble. The screening is free to attend, though WMHT does ask that you RSVP.

You probably know (should know) the outline of Henry Johnson's story. An Albany resident, he served in WWI with the Harlem Hellfighters, who had been placed under the command of French forces because of racism within the US Army. While on sentry duty in 1918 he fought off a surprise German attack of at least 12 soldiers and saved a fellow American soldier, all while being wounded multiple times. Upon his return to the United States he was initially hailed as a hero. But he was later marginalized after speaking out about the racism African-Americans faced in the military. Unable to work because of his war injuries, Johnson's personal life crumbled and he died at the age of 32.

It wasn't until 2015 -- and after the work of many people -- that Johnson was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor.

CSA fair at Takk House

Hudson Valley CSA Coalition stickers

This could be a good way to learn more about CSAs if you're been curious: Takk House in Troy is hosting a CSA fair April 15 from 11 am-2 pm. The event is a collaboration between the Hudson Valley CSA Coalition, Hudson River Exchange, and Glynwood.

CSA = Community Supported Agriculture, in which you pay at the beginning of the season for a share of a farm's produce and then get regular allotments during the season. Event blurbage:

CSA Fairs provide an opportunity for local residents to learn about the vital role Community Supported Agriculture plays for independent farms, to shop around the various shares available and sign up for their Seasonal Share. From fruits and vegetables to herbal wellness to meat and dairy, CSA shares offer community members access to the diversity of farm fresh products - and land based wisdom - that make Hudson Valley living plentiful and enjoyable.

The event at Takk House will include reps from Colfax Farm, Denison Farm, Field Apothecary, Laughing Earth Farm, Roxbury Farm, and Soul Fire Farm. Also: "Remember to bring your checkbook for share deposits and be entered to win on-site sign up giveaways when you buy a share at the event."

Hudson River Exchange advertises on AOA.

photo via Hudson Valley CSA Coalition Facebook

What's up in the Neighborhood

The NeighborhoodAmong the topics in this most recent spin around the Capital Region's online neighborhood: an unsettling event, uncovering stories, Celtic crosses, Fritz Von Vonderblenkenstoffen, cross country skiing in the city, a snowy stroll, an icy hike, Cooperstown, photo awards, art awards, the South Troy Diner, Old Chatham, too too too, Stewart's famous, drinking cookies, a secret ingredient, and reflecting on 10 years.

Neighborhood in-post ad Honest Weight 2017

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John Mulaney at The Egg

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Comedian John Mulaney is set for a stand-up show at The Egg July 27. Tickets went on sale today (March 22) -- they're $29 and up.

Blurbage:

He most recently starred in the Broadway hit, "Oh, Hello on Broadway" alongside Nick Kroll. In 2015 Mulaney released his 3rd hour stand up special a Netflix Original titled "THE COMEBACK KID" which the AV Club called "his best hour of his career." He began his career in New York's East Village and has since toured around the world. In 2008, he began writing at "Saturday Night Live" where he appeared as a "Weekend Update" correspondent and co-created characters such as "Stefon" with Bill Hader. He currently writes for IFC's "Documentary Now" and for Netflix's "Big Mouth" on which he voices the character of Andrew.

The show at The Egg is in the 982-seat Hart Theater.

A handful of other comedy shows coming up...

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Good place for buying spring/Easter plants?

asiatic lily closeupKristin emails:

I am looking for a local nursery that sells beautiful Spring/Easter plants, such as lillies, hyacinths, tulips, etc.With the first day of spring (almost) behind us, and the holiday approaching, I am hoping your readers can provide some good suggestions!

These sorts of plants seem to pop up in all sorts of stores around this time of year, often packaged for easy giving. But, as Kristin mentions, we suspect you're going to find the best selection and quality at a local nursery or a shop that regularly deals in flowers.

Got a favorite spot for buying these types of plants? Please share!

Faso/Collins ACA amendment causes uproar, Colonie apartment fire displaces 100, Child hit by school bus in Troy, PFOA troubled Hoosick Falls elects new mayor


Faso/Collins ACA amendment causes state concerns
An amendment to ACA legislation proposed by Congressmen John Faso and Chris Collins, that would only affect New York State, would relive counties outside of New York City of responsibility for Medicaid, shifting their portion of payment to the state. The plan, which also calls for a property tax cut, has angered Andrew Cuomo, and caused mixed reaction in both parties. [WNYT][Spectrum][Buffalo News][NYT]

Colonie apartment fire
Three people were hospitalized, one is seriously injured, and about 100 were left homeless after fire broke out in a kitchen of a Colonie apartment building. [Gazette][TU][News 10]

Child hit by school bus
A 6-year-old boy was hit by a school bus in Troy early Wednesday morning. The Child was sent to the hospital with lacerations and non life threatening injuries. [News 10][TU]

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Today's moment of spring

2017 crocus

At least one of three made it.

We've been posting pics of the same clump of crocus going back a bunch of years. When the crocus blooms, it's sort of like an unofficial sign that spring has arrived.

But this year... well, this year was weird. This crocus started to poke through the dirt and rocks in February. And then, after the stretch of strangely warm weather in the early March, it was just about to bloom when the cold snapped back. The curled up blooms stood there, waiting. Then the crocus was buried in two feet of snow. And after the melt... the almost-blooms lay slack.

Then, today, during the sunny afternoon: A bloom appeared. Spring really is here. Again. Or something.

By the way, the previous crocus bloom dates: March 11 (2016), April 13 (2015), March 19 (2012), April 11 (2011), and March 17 (2010).

New York State is now offering a rebate for electric cars

electric vehicle charging station Market32

The EV charging stations outside the Market32 on Madison Ave in Albany.

The Cuomo admin officially launched a rebate for electric cars Tuesday -- New York State will now chip in up to $2,000 for qualifying vehicles. That's on top of federal of a federal tax credit that's worth up to $7,500.

Press release blurbage:

$55 million of the Drive Clean Initiative is dedicated to rebates of up to $2,000 for purchase of a new plug-in hybrid electric car, all-electric car or hydrogen fuel cell car. In addition to the $55 million in rebates, $15 million will support improving consumer awareness of electric cars and their many benefits, installing more charging stations across the state, developing and demonstrating new electric car-enabling technologies, and other efforts to put more electric cars on New York's roadways. The initiative will be managed by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority and will help the state achieve its goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 40 percent by 2030.

The rebate can be applied to more than 30 different models of vehicle, though the amount slides based on the all-electric range of the car. Also: If the vehicle is more than $60k, the rebate is just $500 regardless of range. (Let's face it, if you can afford a Tesla a rebate's probably not going to sway you.)

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TVFilm 9 call for submissions

Thumbnail image for TvFilm 2The ninth season of WMHT's TVFilm series is coming up later this year, the media is org is still accepting short films submissions. Blurbage:

Hosted and produced by Brandon Bethmann, TvFILM engages dialogue with winning filmmakers to discuss the inspiration, ideas and concepts behind their work. In addition, TvFILM profiles the people, places and events that are shaping WMHT's growing independent film and media community.

The deadline to submit a film is March 31. That link above has info about how to do so.

You can watch previous episodes from the series online.

YouthFX
As mentioned previously, the award-winning YouthFX program has the premiere for its new crop of films set for March 30 at The Spectrum. Tickets are $10 / $8 for students. These screenings usually sell out, see keep an eye out for advance tickets going on sale soon.

Highway cap

What other cities are doing with their waterfront highways, a continuing link series: Philadelphia is planning to cover a portion of I-95 along its downtown waterfront with an 11-acre park. The roots of the plan stretch back to at least 2007, and it'd be funded with money from the city, state, and private donors. [Plan Philly] [Billy Penn] (Thanks, E)

Solid Sound 2017 comedy lineup

John Hodgman 2017

John Hodgman

The music lineup for this year's Solid Sound Festival was out last month, and now the lineup for the comedy portion of the fest is out:

John Hodgman (of course)
Michael Ian Black
Eugene Mirman
Aparna Nancherla
Nick Offerman
Jean Grae's The Show Show with DJ Quelle Chris

Solid Sound is June 23-25 at MASS MoCA this summer. Weekend passes are currently $159, and a kids pass is $50.

High Mud Comedy Festival
A reminder: MASS MoCA's High Mud Comedy Festival is March 31-April 1. The headliner is Phoebe Robinson, co-host of the popular podcast 2 Dope Queens. (Aparna Nancherla is also part of the lineup.)

Buffet dinner at Salsa Latina

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By Deanna Fox

Every culture and cuisine has its own version of a greasy spoon diner. Places with quick crowd-pleasing menu items that focus less on modern, qualitative platitudes (farm-fresh local zero hormone free range organic sustainable conflict-free!) and more on getting cheap eats dipped, fried, or otherwise laden in fat on the table with haste.

Greasy spoons are abundant in Albany, and in many ways, these sorts of establishments comprise the hallmark of our local eating scene.

When it comes to the Tex-Mex variety, Sala Latina reigns, and its Monday night buffet is one of the best bargains in town.

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Options for getting prints of local historical photos?

Albany looking north from State Street.jpgDave emails:

I live in Albany in a craftsman style home circa 1911, and would like to add some historic Albany photos as decor in my home. I've heard there are free archives of photos that can be obtained somewhere online? Any ideas where/how I could find some photos?

There's been a boom in online collections of historical photos over the past decade, with sites such as New York Heritage working with local organizations to digitize and post thousands of images.

The thing is that often the rights issues around these images are a little murky. Some collections -- such as the New York Public Library -- make it explicit which images are in the public domain. Others allow them to used for educational purposes, but require written permission for other uses. Others leave things kind of vague. (Some works are in the public domain because of when they were published.)

It's also worth mentioning that there are places to sell local historical photos -- example: At The Warehouse/Silver Fox Salvage in Albany usually has a large of selection.

So, all that said, got an idea or suggestion for Dave? (Or maybe even idea for how local orgs could make it easy for people buy copies of historical photos in their collections?) Please share!

photo via Albany Public Library - Pruyn Collection of Albany History

Police say man painted swastikas on his own house, New York-specific provision for Republican health care plan, prospects not good for Empire State Trail funding

Swastika graffiti
Remember that story from February in which a Schenectady man said he went outside and found that someone had spray painted swastikas on his home? Schenectady police say they now believe the man did it himself and he's been arrested on misdemeanor falsely reporting an incident charge. He's also been ticketed for harassment for allegedly threatening a person in February. [Daily Gazette February 2017] [Daily Gazette] [TU]

Troy police officer charged with DWI
The off-duty Troy police officer accused of crashing into a Colonie police vehicle while driving drunk has pleaded not guilty. His attorney says he's been suspended from his job, which TPD didn't confirm Monday evening. [News10] [TU]

American Health Care Act
The Republican leadership of the House of Representatives has inserted a special New York-only provision into their chamber's version of the American Health Care Act in attempt to sway Republican House members from the state -- it would shift Medicaid costs from non-NYC counties to the state, a move that's been sought by many county officials around the state. Both John Faso and Elise Stefanik say they support the provision. [NYT] [The Hill] [HuffPo] [TU]

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A few more details about the upcoming CDTA bike share

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What the bike share bikes will look like. / image via CDTA

CDTA announced Monday that is now has a name and sponsor for its upcoming bike share program: CDPHP Cycle! (with the exclamation mark). The system is set to launch this summer.

Planning for this two-year bike share pilot has been in the works since last year, and there are now a few more details about how it's taking shape...

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Sanctuary for Independent Media 2017 spring

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Rolling Stone journalist Matt Taibbi will be there in May.

The upcoming spring season for the Sanctuary for Independent Media in Troy is out. As in seasons past, it includes music, talks, films, and community events.

Here's a quick-scan look...

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"The most dramatic relics of long-faded power"

Over at City Lab, Mark Byrnes looks at the Empire State Plaza and other building projects promoted by Nelson Rockefeller. "As time passes, so many of the buildings that represent Rockefeller's biggest ideas take on a patina of inertia. Built as the groundwork for a better future, it's hard not to see them now as monuments to one person's ability to extract big ideas from a system that typically keeps them at bay." [City Lab]

Good places for a large company picnic?

aoa cookout wideJ. emails:

I'm helping to plan a company picnic for my office (approximately 200 people) and we're trying to think of new ideas for where to hold it. Last year we did it at the track which was fun but we are trying to think of something different so we aren't doing the same thing every year. In past year's we have done it at Lanthier's grove.
Our office is in Albany and we're open to anything in the Capital Region. I'm hoping maybe your readers can help us come up with some good suggestions!

On follow-up with J., her company would like to find a place that could cater the picnic, but they could arrange to have food brought in if they find a place they like without it. And they'd like to spend less than $40 per person. Also: "Doesn't necessarily have to be something where the entire family (kids) can go."

Got a suggestion for J. and her company? Please share! And a sentence or two about why're suggesting a place can be helpful.

Farm in a box

Over at the Times Union, Ken Crowe gets a look at the farm-in-a-shipping-container system that the president of Carioto Produce is testing in Cohoes. The system grows lettuce using hydroponics and LEDs. (Indoor farming has been getting more attention in the Northeast over the last few years. We've been curious if something like this could work at Central Warehouse.) [TU]

Laura's hometown home in Cohoes

Open House Cohoes composite

By Nicole Lemperle Correia

Laura's love for Cohoes runs so deeply that she built a home across the street from the house where she grew up. Her passion for her hometown combined with her love for home design have not only resulted in an interesting story -- she's also built a business on these two things.

A new home that has the details and feel of an older house, Laura's thoughtfully-designed place makes it easy to imagine spending a cozy Sunday afternoon or enjoying a large family party. It's a comfortable and welcoming space.

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Last drink where?

Interesting: A reported "last drink location" is logged with the state when a person is arrested for DWI -- so the Daily Gazetted FOIL'ed that info for local counties. Jeff Wilkin looks at which bars popped up most frequently, some of the factors at work, and potential problems with the numbers. [Daily Gazette]

Albany Word Fest 2017

Albany Wordfest 2017 logo

The Albany Word Fest returns April 17-22 this year. It's a celebration of National Poetry Month and includes multiple events around the area. Blurbage:

"Every year we celebrate National Poetry Month right here in Albany and each year we add more to the list of events. What started as a one-day outdoor open mic in 2001 has become a full week of poetry and spoken word. There is something for everyone." Thom Francis, Albany Poets President, said, "Whether you would like to take in a featured performance, celebrate the launch of the fifth edition of Up The River, attend a regional poetry slam, or be part of the return of the Readings Against the End of the World 24-hour open mic, the Albany Word Fest is the place for you."

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

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Fatal crash following chase, Tonko not a fan of health care bill, back-and-forth continues over Peter Young programs, 50 episodes about Steven Raucci?

Fatal crash after chase
State Police say one man died -- and two State Troopers were injured -- during an episode Saturday night in which the man led police on a high-speed chase from Schoharie County to Rotterdam, where he crashed his vehicle into dump truck hauling snow. State Police say the man had indicated in a call to his girlfriend that he intended to kill himself by crashing into something. [Daily Gazette] [TU]

Police conduct
+ Brendan Lyons reports that a Schenectady police lieutenant was suspended following an incident "in which a woman's head was split open when she was picked up and slammed down onto a station bench by two officers, and then charged with a crime that portrayed her as the aggressor." He reports there's video of the incident. [TU]
+ An off-duty Troy police officer was charged with DWI following a crash into a Colonie police vehicle early Saturday morning in Colonie. Troy police say the officer has been "relieved of his duties" pending an investigation. [TU] [News10] [Troy Record]
+ An association that represents district attorneys statewide has decided to not file a brief in support of Rensselaer County DA Joel Abelove's challenge of the Cuomo executive order giving the state Attorney General authority to review cases in which unarmed civilians die during interactions with police. (Investigators with the state AG's office recently seized a county-owned phone used by Abelove as part of their investigation into Abelove's handling of the grand jury review of the death of Edson Thevenin in Troy.) [TU]

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The week ahead

MC Sha Rock

Pioneering female rapper MC Sha Rock is the keynote speaker for Siena's Hip-Hop Week, which includes a handful of talks and events open to the public.

Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather (sunny), to words, to film, to hip hop, to gardens, 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:

+ It snowed! A lot! Why it was a "blizzard" and not just a big snowstorm.

+ Some scenes from around Albany during the blizzard.

+ A clickable map of blizzard snow totals from around the Northeast.

+ Some thoughts on the struggle to clear all that snow from Albany's streets -- people had a lot of different experiences and opinions.

+ What was up in the Neighborhood this week: the great leveler of humanity, a bridge in the blizzard, the "out of your freakin' mind" look, the Blizzard of 1888, ancestors, different media, a fire tower, Sleeping Beauty, a cold half marathon, a new store, some old favorites, a disappointing meal, the Colonie Diner, hiring, and Transparent Pie.

+ We talked with the buyers of the EBA building on Lark Street about their plans for the theater space.

+ A look at the spot Albany Distilling's picked for its new tasting room/a> and shop.

+ And a newly proposed downtown Albany residential project prompts some questions about architecture and historic preservation.

Here's the whole week in one place.

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