Today is Tuesday, not Monday.

The week ahead

tugboat in Waterford in 2008

The tugboats are back in Waterford later this week.

Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather (summerish), to craft beer, to wine and food, to tugboats, to apples, to music...

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This week was brought to you by

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Honest Weight Coop -- delicious, healthy, local.

This week was brought to you by the popsicles, swimming pools and the waning days of summer. It was also brought to you by Honest Weight Food Coop, celebrating the flavors of the season.

You'll find more of the advertisers that make AOA possible in the list below. Please patronize them when you can, and thank them for their support.

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Stuff to do

Take a cruise
Dutch Apple Cruise Lines, sponsors of the All Over Albany Rail, River, Hudson trip. Dutch Apple offers sight seeing and charter tours as well as trolley tours of the Capital Region throughout the summer and fall.

Grossology
miSci, formerly the Schenectady Museum -- presenting Grossology: The impolite science of the human body -- through September 1.

Classes
+ The Arts Center of the Capital Region offers a wide range of classes, from dance to wood working to digital illustration. You can register for classes today.

Get creative
+The Mop & Bucket Company -- offering a full slate of classes throughout the year. Not a performer? Improv can help increase your creativity and openness in the workplace too.

Food and Drink

">New World Bistro Bar, named #1 Best Restaurant, according to Times Union 'Best of the Capital Region' Readers' Poll and also listed as one of 'the 13 Best New York Restaurants, not in NYC' according to Thrillist.com.

Cheese
The Cheese Traveler has launched Cheese School. Upcoming classes include: Cheese 101, Cheese 102, Charcuterie, and Artisanal Foods from Spain. Information and tickets can be found here. Sign up for the Cheese Traveler Newsletter to be notified of weekly specials and events here .

Flavors of the season
Honest Weight Food Co0op, one of the sponsors of AOA's Rail, River, Hudson excursion, offering all the flavors of the season plus events and cooking classes.

Summer dining
New World Bistro Bar is proudly rockin' the title of #1 Best Restaurant, according to Times Union 'Best of the Capital Region' Readers' Poll voters! With the recent press and sweet looking forecast for this first official weekend of summer, you probably should come see what all the fuss is about! Reservations are recommended, call 518-694-0520.

Kimchi fries
+ Mingle on Delaware Ave in Albany. Be on the lookout for Fin the Fishmonger's "Fin"-tastic specials, including fresh haddock fish tacos & pan-seared whole trout. Their chef will be using local products to create new specials daily to keep the menu fresh. Try the Kimchi fries.

Food and beer
+Brown's Brewing-- a sponsor of the AOA BAd Boys, Broads and Bootleggers tour. Relax with a cask beer at the new Malt Room.

Helpful stuff

Historic home help
Historic Albany's architectural parts warehouse -- the Capital Region's only not-for-profit architectural parts warehouse.

Taxes
April 15 has come and gone, but Staff Ciampino & Company, P.C. can still help you with your business and personal tax needs. They're also the sponsors of the All Over Albany Start Up Grant business contest.

Banking
Berkshire Bank, providing the $1,500 prize money for this year's AOA Startup Contest. Great rates on home equity loans.

Stuff to learn

The College of Saint Rose, proud sponsor of the All Over Albany Tournament of Pizza. the College of Saint Rose offers 52 Graduate Programs with a purpose. Programs include: MFA in Creative writing, MBA, Computer Information Systems and more.

Libraries
The Albany Public Libraries. Their mobile app helps you find library locations and hours, check your library card account, learn about upcoming events, download eBooks, audiobooks, music and more. You can even check ISBN bar codes on books, DVDs and CDs to see if the library owns what you need.

Law School
Albany Law School

Stuff to Try

Local gift ideas
+Urban Maker -- art, clothing, sculpture, jewelry and photography, made here in the Capital Region. Urban maker is currently seeking artists and crafters to sell their wares in this online local marketplace.

Places to live
+The Lofts at Harmony Mills, Manhattan style loft living in the Capital Region.

+Choose Cohoes -- Tourism, dining, entertainment and shopping in the Spindle City.

A quick recap of the week

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

+ Video and a collection of tweets and pics from the Wellington annex implosion.

+ A rendering of the Albany Capital Center, the building that will stand in place of the imploded old hotel annex.

+ Lauren surveyed Schodack Island State Park.

+ We asked about where to get stickers made.

+ The lineup for this fall's NYS Writers Institute visiting writers series is out.

+ We gave away tickets to the Capital District Community Gardens' Autumn Evening in the Garden event by asking: What local thing about autumn are you most looking forward to?

+ Courtney asked for recommendations for hardwood floor refinishing companies.

+ IT'S TROYBOT!

+ What was up in the Neighborhood this week: protected bike lanes, skepticism, deer and guilt, Westchester County, the Jersey shore, Glens Falls, high peaks, Woods Hollow, where to stay in Albany, beef in a blanket, pasta for lunch, good carrot cake, food trucks, the Bazaar Shirt, a daring chipmunk, the car dealer data industrial complex, and nuts.

+ Lauren pulled together a list of fun 5ks this fall.

+ After the "meh" response to so many planned buildings, we asked people about recent buildings that they like -- there were a bunch of interesting answers.

+ And we gave away tickets to the ASO concert with Joshua Bell (and a gift certificate to Yono's) by asking: What is something classic about the Capital Region?

Here's the whole week all lined up.

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

Stuff to do this weekend

capital district scottish games caber toss

Nothing says farewell to summer like a good toss of the caber.

Yes, we have a few more weeks of official summer, but unofficially, folks, this is it. Pretty soon the swimming pools and ice cream stands will give way to pumpkin picking and cider donuts. The take home: get out there and soak in some summer this weekend.

AOA is taking one last summer Friday. But after the jump, we've pulled together a few things we thought might interest you. Got something planned that didn't make the list? Drop it in the comments and let the rest of us know.

And whatever you're up to, have a fantastic Labor Day weekend!

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Mr. Harris

Over at the Times Union there's a really nice profile of longtime Washington Tavern bartender Mark Harris -- Mr. Harris -- by Steve Barnes. Harris is retiring after 39 years behind the bar at the Pine Hills landmark. [TU]

Voices for a mighty argument

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We were browsing through the local photos today on the Yale Photogrammar site -- an easy-to-use interface for 170,000 photographs from 1935 to 1945 created by the United State's Farm Security Administration and Office of War Information -- and came across this photo of the Watervliet Arsenal in 1942, taken by Alfred T. Palmer. The caption:

Voices for a mighty argument. A long line of big guns being rushed toward completion under the war production program. Guns shown here are being turned out in the major caliber shop of a large eastern arsenal

One of the cool things about the Photogrammar site is its map which allows you to search the collection by location. There are something like 220 photos from the immediate Capital Region in the collection. And the thing that was interesting about them -- to us -- was just how ordinary the scenes in them seemed to be. A lot of them are of people working -- making tanks at Alco, haying a field ("someone has to do it"), folding laundry at a stove, riding bikes from school.

We did come across a few "hey, that's that place" photos: that building with the columns on Union Street in Schenectady, State Street in Schenectady, the then-still-active train station in Chatham.

Drawing: Joshua Bell with the ASO + Yono's

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Drawing's closed!

The Albany Symphony Orchestra opens its new season September 6 at the Palace with a concert featuring superstar violinist Joshua Bell. We have two tickets to the performance and we're giving them away. BUT WAIT. There's more: The winner will also receive a $100 gift certificate for dinner at Yono's (reservations recommended) -- which is, of course, just a short walk from the Palace.

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

What is something classic about the Capital Region?

Could be a building, a tradition, whatever. We'll draw one winner at random. That person gets the pair of tickets and Yono's gift certificate.

The ASO performance at the Palace starts at 7 pm on Saturday, September 6. Tickets are $56 and up.

Important: All comments must be submitted by 5 pm on Friday, August 29, 2014 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 Saturday and must respond by noon on Tuesday, September 2.

photo: Bill Phelps

What's a recent building that you like?

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Have buildings like the old Troy City Hall soured people in the Capital Region on more modern styles of architecture?

What's a relatively recent Capital Region building that has a design you like or appreciate?

We've been thinking about this question generally for a while, but the posts this week about the Albany Capital Center and the 27 Holland apartments -- and the reaction to those designs -- has focused our attention on it.

Because it seems the recurring reaction to almost every new building around this area is "meh."

Sure, some of these designs are less than inspired. But is a win even possible for architects and designers in this area? The pull of traditional building styles of a century (or more) ago is strong and people here understandably are attracted to it, so there's backlash when a new building doesn't try to fit with the pre-existing style or is regarded as a pale imitation of it. At the same time, there are people who push for the Capital Region to embrace more modern design -- as others, soured by some regrettable examples of modernism, push back. And all along the way are concerns about cost, which in many cases can scuttle attempts at trying something new or innovative.

So, what's an example of something "new" that you like. And by new, we'll say anything that's been built in the last 25 years. What are the good examples? It doesn't have be the most excellent thing ever -- just something that you'd consider good.

Friday Night Flicks: Casablanca + free popcorn

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The Friday Night Flicks series of outdoor movies in West Capitol Park wraps up this Friday with a screening of Casablanca. Also: The first 150 people will get free popcorn courtesy of AOA!

The screening starts at 8 pm. It's a free. Bring a chair or blanket.

AOA is a media sponsor of the NYS OGS Friday Night Flicks series.

An appropriate time to tell him where to shove that filibuster

An episode from Kirsten Gillibrand's upcoming book, about working out in the US Senate gym, as recounted in People: "On another occasion, she writes, after she dropped 50 lbs. one of her fellow Senate members approached her, squeezed her stomach, and said, 'Don't lose too much weight now. I like my girls chubby!'" Another male Senator also once reportedly remarked in the gym: "Good thing you're working out, because you wouldn't want to get porky!" [People]

Fun fall 5k races

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The Insane Inflatable 5k also includes obstacles.

By Lauren Hittinger

Fall is a good time to lace up your sneakers and hit the pavement. But, if you're like me, motivation can be a bit of a barrier when Netflix is calling. Luckily there are a handful of local races with silly or fun themes to take the edge off.

After all, nothing says motivation to run quite like being chased by someone in a zombie costume.

If the undead aren't your thing, maybe another theme appeals to you. Here are a handful of upcoming 5k races that could be fun...

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Sheehan reaches $11M casino support agreement to with East Greenbush, dogs who killed terrier will be put down, public paid security costs for Cuomo

Mayor Kathy Sheehan has committed to an $11 million deal to support the East Greenbush casino. According to the terms of the agreement Albany would get $11 million over ten years and an effort would be made to try to steer at least 25% of jobs to Albany residents. The deal allows Albany to support other casino proposals, unlike the offer made by the developers of the proposed Hard Rock Casino in Rensselaer, which was an exclusive offer.The proposal has been passed along to the Common Council for review. [Business Review][TU][WNYT][Saratogian]

The public covered the cost for thousands of dollars in security money for the State Police detail that accompanied Andrew Cuomo to Israel. [TU]

The two dogs that leapt out a window in Schenectady, attacking and killing a smaller dog, will be put down and their owner will have to pay $2,000 and do 75 hours of community service after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor charge.[TWCN] [News 10]

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Today's moment of summer

We took a few moments today to watch this bee works its way around this sunflower, one circle at a time.

State Street ca 1900

The historical photos site Shorpy today featured an excellent photo of State Street in Albany, looking up toward the Capitol, circa 1900. Streetcars! Horses! Top hats! It's remarkable how much it had changed just about 15-20 years later. [via @AlbanyMuskrat]

Bettie's Cakes is closing

betties busBettie's Cakes announced today that it will be closing its Saratoga Springs shop August 31. From a FB post:

As many of you know the Adelphi Hotel is going massive reconstruction and we are very excited for what is to come for them however it meant that we must vacate. We have no plans on relocating at this time, Bettie is exhausted and is looking forward to many more "yellow brick roads" towards happiness that lie ahead.
We have loved seeing all of your faces over the last five years and thank you for your continued support. Please know this decision did not come lightly.

Riding the cupcake wave of the last decade, Bettie's opened in 2009 after taking over the space in the then-Downtown Street Marketplace that had been occupied by an earlier cupcake bakery (Spa City Cupcakes). And it gained a lot of attention with its double-decker cupcake bus (the pic on the right is from 2009 -- it's all pink now). It later had locations at Hoffman's Playland and Colonie Center. (Colonie was at one point the epicenter of the local cupcake boom with four cupcake businesses competing within a short range.)

But trends change. And small businesses are hard to keep going.

This announcement isn't a total surprise -- earlier this month Bettie's put its famous double decker bus up for sale.

Earlier on AOA: Tasting Capital Region cupcakes (2012)

Tastes like victory

The town of Rotterdam took the title for best-tasting drinking water at the State Fair this week. (And if the competition included those gauzy Olympics-style profiles about overcoming adversity, Rotterdam's water system would have provided plenty of material this year.) The Capital Region has dominated this competition over the last eight years -- a local municipality has won it five times over that span (including two wins by Albany). Past results post jump. (more)

H., as in the film (and giant floating head)

Two bits from the recent past resurfacing together:

+ Remember that giant head that was pulled out of the Hudson last year?
+ Remember that film that was shooting in Troy earlier this year?

The film -- titled H. -- is set to premiere at the Venice Film Festival in Italy this week. And, inspired by that story about the floating head last summer, the film's plot includes a giant head floating in the Hudson River.

After the jump there are photos from the shoot this past April involving the giant, floating head.

The trailer for H. is embedded above. It was written and directed by Rania Attieh and Daniel Garcia. A description of the film, from a Variety story: "a contempo greek tragedy about two women, both named Helen, whose lives and relationships begin to unravel in the wake of a meteor explosion over their town of Troy, NY."

We haven't heard anything about a local screening, but you gotta figure the film will make the rounds on the festival circuit first. So it could be a while before it shows up locally.

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What's up in the Neighborhood

The NeighborhoodAmong the topics in this most recent spin around the Capital Region's online neighborhood: protected bike lanes, skepticism, deer and guilt, Westchester County, the Jersey shore, Glens Falls, high peaks, Woods Hollow, where to stay in Albany, beef in a blanket, pasta for lunch, good carrot cake, food trucks, the Bazaar Shirt, a daring chipmunk, the car dealer data industrial complex, and nuts.

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Under the bridge... IT'S TROYBOT!

TroyBot mural

Check it out: There's a new mural under the Green Island Bridge depicting TroyBot.

The mural is on the wall of the Troy-side bridge overpass. It's based on a design by Ben Karis-Nix from Troy Cloth and Paper. A group of volunteers, including RPI and Sage students, helped paint the piece last week.

The TroyBot character is an imagined version of the Green Island Bridge that can transform into a giant robot. The mural depicts TroyBot helping the city after a storm.

Here are a handful of large-format pics.

Tickets still available for AOA Farm Tour!!!

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The AOA Farm Tour planned for September 13 in the Helderbergs should be a lot of fun. We'll drink some beer, visit some lovely farms, meet some interesting farmers, see some cute farm animals, and then eat some good snacks made by the Palmer House Cafe from food grown nearby.

Tickets are just $40 for the day. And they're on sale now. And now would be a good time to buy them, because ticket sales end at noon on Saturday, August 30.

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