Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather (not typical), to lies, to coffee, to hoops, to music...
Thousand of people turned out in Albany Saturday for the "Inaugurate Resistance" march to protest the presidential administration of Donald Trump and rally for issues ranging from civil rights to the environment to health care. The local event, organized by Citizen Action, was one of many similar marches around the country coinciding with the Women's March in DC.
Among the signs: "I Stand With Planned Parenthood," "We Are Not Fake News," "We Stand For Black Lives," "Climate Change is Real," "Keep Your Tiny Hands to Yourself," "Defend Public Education," and "Resist Bigly."
Here are a bunch of photos from the march and rally...
Let's look at some art. That sounds like a good idea today.
We got a chance this week to finally check out The People's Art at the State Museum this week. It's an exhibit of works from Empire State Plaza Art Collection. Blurbage (link added):
Beginning in 1965, Governor Nelson Rockefeller assembled a commission of art experts to select the works for the Plaza and personally signed off on each acquisition. The exhibition The People's Art: Selections from the Empire State Plaza Art Collection is a collaboration of the State Museum and the New York State Office of General Services. It features 20 works by 17 artists and includes paintings and sculpture by modern masters such as Mark Rothko, Jackson Pollock, Helen Frankenthaler, Franz Kline, David Smith, and Alexander Calder.
There are a few more selections after the jump if you're curious about what's included. It's on display through the beginning of this September.
Between this exhibit, the new Ice Ages exhibit (which just opened), and Hudson Valley Ruins, it's a good time to stop by the State Museum if you haven't been in a while -- especially now that we're in the gloomy mid winter period (meteorological period rather than artistic).
Another residential conversion -- this one will add 75 apartments to the Hudson/Park neighborhood -- got the OK from the Albany planning board Thursday evening.
Here's more about that project, along with bits about the stalled Gallery on Holland project and the proposed large mixed-use project next to Quackenbush Square.
We do solemnly swear that we will faithfully execute the task of finding you stuff to do this weekend, and will, to the best of our ability, preserve, protect and defend your right to an interesting weekend.
Hey, we take this job seriously.
So, after the jump, a list of Capital Region happenings we thought might interest you, from monster trucks and comedy to music and theater, to markets and museums.
Planning something you don't see here? Drop it in the comment section so we can all see.
And whatever you're up to, hang in there, and have a fantastic weekend.
Inauguration reactions, Sheehan: Albany is "committed to being a sanctuary city," remembering PK Miller
Many "New York Republicans at the presidential inauguration festivities" articles:
+ Local state Senator George Amedore on Trump: "We need a fighter in Washington to cut through the bureaucracy and the partisanship ... When you're in the ring and fighting every day tooth and nail because you got everything on the line, you may throw some punches or when a punch is thrown at you, you throw it back." [TU]
+ Chris Collins, the Congressman from western New York who was an early Trump supporter: "The inauguration tomorrow is really going to be the beginning of the change in this country." [TWCN]
+ State Senate majority leader John Flanagan on Trump being from New York: "Our new president! I don't know if I'm going to get tired of saying that. That's pretty cool stuff, right?" [TWCN]
There's an "Inaugurate Resistance" series of events planned in Albany Saturday, including a march down Washington Ave to West Capitol Park. [Citizen Action]
State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman issued "a legal roadmap for improving public safety by protecting vulnerable immigrant communities" for municipalities around the state. The AG's press release included a statement from Albany mayor Kathy Sheehan: "We are committed to being a sanctuary city and these guidelines will assist in our efforts to protect immigrants' rights and develop relationships that enhance public safety in our city." [TU] [NYS OAG]
Mobile phones are re-centering the way we look at the world, becoming our primary connection to all sorts of aspects of our everyday lives: friends and family, shopping, media, transportation and... parking*.
The Albany Parking Authority is currently sorting through potential vendors for a new system that would allow people to pay for metered parking via mobile app.
Musicologist Scott Freiman will be back at Proctors February 11 for two presentations of "Looking Through A Glass Onion: Deconstructing The Beatles' White Album." Tickets are $35.
In Looking Through A Glass Onion: Deconstructing The Beatles' White Album, composer/producer Scott Freiman takes Beatles fans young and old into the studio with the Beatles as they create their bestselling album -- The Beatles (commonly referred to as the White Album).
Using rare audio and video clips, as well as anecdotes about the creation of the songs, Mr. Freiman allows the audience to see and hear the evolution of these groundbreaking songs (including "Revolution," "While My Guitar Gently Weeps," & "Blackbird") and discusses the songs' lasting influence on popular music. Musicians and non-musicians, Beatles fanatics and casual listeners will all enjoy Mr. Freiman's presentation.
The presentations are at 1:30 pm and 7:30 pm in the GE Theatre.
Freiman's brought this series to Proctors a few times before and at least a few of the dates in the past have sold out.
There's another local opportunity to catch Freiman's Beatles deconstruction coming up: The Spectrum will be screening a film version of "Deconstructing the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band Album" February 6 at 7 pm. Tickets are $15 and available online.
The Spectrum advertises on AOA.
photo via Scott Freiman's website
I'm writing to ask for any recommendations for fencing companies. I know there are a number of options in the Albany area but I'd like to get a recommendation from someone who's had good experience with a company. The AOA community has been great with other topics so I thought I'd give this a shot too. Thanks!
As Erica mentions, there do seem to be at least of handful of companies out there that install fencing. So if you have suggestions, great.
To extend Erica's a question a little bit... We're also curious if there are companies that specialize in various types of fencing, whether it's wood or metal. Or if there are companies that tend do a lot of work on styles of fencing that go beyond the typical stockade style or chain link.
So, got a suggestion for Erica? Please share! And as with any question like this, a sentence or two about why you're recommending a company can be a big help.
"There's an enormous disconnect with younger citizens in understanding the impact that local governments have"
Voter turnout among young adults is tends to be low in most elections, and as this article over at Governing highlights, it's usually very low in local elections -- especially compared the turnout among older adults. It references a study of voter turnout by age in a bunch of cities around the country, and looks at some ideas for increasing turnout among young adults. (We want to see if we can turn up this data for Albany and other places around here -- we suspect it's generally true here, too.) [Governing]
The State Museum has launched a new mini website for the Cohoes Mastodon exhibit and it's worth a look.
The site is full of interesting facts and explainers about mastodons generally (they're not mammoths!), and the Cohoes Mastodon specifically -- including a biography of his relatively short, hungry life. And it's illustrated with a bunch of large-format photos and diagrams, some of them interactive.
The online exhibit also includes a section about the exhibit. (An exhibit exhibit?) And it's various homes since the mastodon skeleton was discovered in Cohoes 1886 at Harmony Mills. The photo above is from that section -- it's from the old Geological and Agricultural Hall that was once at State and Lodge.
Earlier on AOA: Ice Ages at the State Museum
Mike Brown -- the founder of the Round Lake-based Death Wish Coffee Co. -- is the speaker for the next event in the local Startup Grind series January 26 in the Rensselaer Technology Park. Tickets are $20 (or 2 for $30) ahead / $25 at the door / free for current students.
You probably already know the outline of the Death Wish story. Brown started the brand -- "the world's strongest coffee" -- out of the Saratoga Coffee Traders location in Saratoga Springs. And then got a huge boost last year when Death Wish won a contest for a free TV spot during the Super Bowl. Business has been booming since. (The coffee is available online and at retail outlets such as supermarkets.)
The Startup Grind event page says Death Wish now has revenue of $14 million a year.
The event next Thursday, January 26 is at Pat's Barn in the Rensselaer Tech Park. Networking at 6 pm, talk at 7 pm.
Albany JCC evacuated after bomb threat, driver charged in fatal hit and run, Cuomo/Trump discuss ACA, homelessness
Bomb threat at Albany JCC
The Albany Jewish Community Center was evacuated and closed for several hours on Wednesday after a bomb threat. The threat, made by phone, turned out to be a hoax and one of many threats made on Wednesday to JCCs across the country. [TWCN][TU]
Hit and run driver charged
An Albany man could face up to seven years in prison for allegedly leaving the scene of the automobile accident that killed National Guard Master Sgt. Rudolph Seabron in Colonie earlier this month. 33-year-old Brian Tromans of Albany man pleaded not guilty on Wednesday to felony charge of leaving the scene of a fatal motor vehicle accident without reporting. [TU][Gazette][News10][TWCN]
The Albany Center Gallery opens its new members show exhibit Wednesday -- and it's doing so in a new gallery space in the Arcade Building on Broadway in downtown Albany.
We got a look around the new space this week and talked with executive director Tony Iadicicco for a few minutes...
The Albany Newspaper Guild, which represents many employees at the Times Union, announced Wednesday that longtime local journalist Marv Cermak left the union $50k in his will. About how the guild might use the money: "Potential preliminary ideas include a scholarship fund for the children of union members, an assistance fund for distressed employees, and a modest bonus for workers at the newspaper, where wages remain frozen by Hearst Corp. since 2008." [Albany Newspaper Guild] See also: Mike DeMasi's remembrance of Cermak as a colleague and friend
The date at The Egg is part of the tour for a new Nightvale live show -- "All Hail" -- that includes narrator Cecil Badlwin and guests, music by Disparition, and Erin McKeown as the weather.
From the podcast's blurbage:
WELCOME TO NIGHT VALE is a twice-monthly podcast in the style of community updates for the small desert town of Night Vale, featuring local weather, news, announcements from the Sheriff's Secret Police, mysterious lights in the night sky, dark hooded figures with unknowable powers, and cultural events.
Turn on your radio and hide.
The creators of the show were -- Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor -- were recently on the podcast Bad with Money With Gaby Dunn and talked about how they started Night Vale and how they've funded it.
photo via Welcome to Night Vale FB
What's he doing in Saratoga? Attempts to reach Tyler through social media and his management company haven't provided information yet.
But he did fly on a private jet through Albany International Airport, and his visit provides a peek into how local restaurants provide catering for such stops. It turns out Tyler -- or someone with him -- likes his sweets.
This is an interesting look at the idea of "border vacuums" -- highways, sunken roadways, large buildings that constrain neighborhoods or discourage people from easily crossing -- and it had us thinking about local features such as 787, the ESP, and even stuff like that section of Route 85 that runs across part of uptown Albany separating the Harriman campus from neighborhoods to the east. [CityLab]
Among the topics in this most recent spin around the Capital Region's online neighborhood: working to build the ESP, Albany's first dollar store, the Albany Basin, MLK, the Women's March, politics and consumer choices, winter walks, save-the-date cards, Donna's, Lo Porto's, Brava, and proud pizza.
Interesting night to say the least. Saints win pic.twitter.com/RWu0Q9aeia— Robert Lee (@RobertLeePXP) January 18, 2017
So last night's Siena-Rider game at the TU Center got heated after a scuffle late in the second half. That prompted Rider to skip the handshake line at the end of the game -- but Siena coach Jimmy Patsos walked it anyway. Cue the SportsCenter highlights.
Siena won the game 78-68.
In the post-game press conference, Patsos said of Rider's coach: "I love Kevin Baggett. He, [St. Peter's] John Dunne, and me are the three closest friends in the league, we pal around the most. It was a basketball game. Things got a little heated. I don't think anyone meant anything by it. ... [reporter interjection about in-game situation with Baggett] I just do my own thing. I've got plenty of problems to worry about myself. My inventory plate's full."
And you can always try searching for it: