Monday, November 30, 2015

WMHT-TV (PBS) To Broadcast Local Documentary “Echoes From The Neighborhood That Disappeared”

Troy, New York – WMHT-TV (PBS) will focus attention on our region’s history on Tuesday night with the broadcast premiere of the local documentary, ECHOES FROM THE NEIGHBORHOOD THAT DISAPPEARED.  

ECHOES FROM THE NEIGHBORHOOD offers a fascinating look at the incredible Italian-American experience in the Albany neighborhood that once stood where The Empire State Plaza was constructed 50-years-ago. It’s the brand-new sequel to THE NEIGHBORHOOD THAT DISAPPEARED , the film that premiered last December which told the story of the massive urban renewal project that sterilized the cultural and ethnic heart of Albany.

The original film, THE NEIGHBORHOOD THAT DISAPPEARED, is the most successful local documentary in WMHT history and will be rebroadcast on Tuesday at 9pm following the premiere of ECHOES FROM THE NEIGHBORHOOD THAT DISAPPEARED.

Filmmaker Mary Paley describes the original documentary as a film that documented the event that changed the lives of thousands of families and altered the landscape of the city of Albany forever. The sequel is a tribute to the Italian-American community that lived there and shares what it was like to grow up in that wonderful neighborhood.   

Tuesday, November 24, 2015


Three time Grammy winning singer-songwriter Sarah McLachlan is best known for her emotional ballads, including "I Will Remember You," "Sweet Surrender," "Adia," "Possession," "Building a Mystery" and "Angel." She founded the concert festival Lilith Fair, and has sold over 40 million albums worldwide.

A rare chance to catch her full band show in an intimate theatre setting.

Discount tickets start at just $55 (subject to availability)! SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 29 ULSTER PERFORMING ARTS CENTER (UPAC) KINGSTON, NY


Sarah will be joining Josh Groban as a special guest on select dates during his summer 2016 tour, which kicks off on July 15, 2016 in New Orleans and will include performances in Los Angeles, Chicago, Atlanta, Boston and more.

Tickets go on sale on Friday, December 11th. For more information on the tour and to purchase tickets, please visit


Troy, New York – The brand new ALICE’S RESTAURANT 50th ANNIVERSARY CONCERT will premiere on WMHT-TV (PBS) this Thursday night at 8pm. Recorded with members of the regional community filling the audience, the Arlo Guthrie concert was recorded at the Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield, MA and will air on PBS affiliates across the United States.   

Fifty years ago, Arlo Guthrie took out the trash following a “Thanksgiving dinner that couldn’t be beat.” The hilarious account of actual events that precluded Arlo from military service in 1966 went on to become Alice’s Restaurant, a platinum-selling record in 1967, and a full-length motion picture in 1969. Today it’s as much a part of Thanksgiving tradition as cranberry sauce. For the first time in a decade, folk icon Arlo Guthrie brings The Alice’s Restaurant Massacree in its entirety to the stage.

Friday, November 20, 2015

5 Best Battery Saver Apps for Android Phones and Tablets via @techmanik

Here's the truth. NONE of these work on my tablet or on my android phone. They are inaccurate or hog power themselves or show me a shitload of ads I don't want to see.

Having typed that, click here for the only honest accounting of such apps I could find that lists the CONS aka drawbacks aka deficiences of these apps. Save your space. If you can't lug a charger along with you, here's how I cope:

I use this nifty charging device!

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Friday, November 13, 2015

Appearing In Albany: Jason Reynolds, Novels For Boys Who Don't Read

Jason Reynolds, young adult novelist and poet
November 17 (Tuesday)

Reading — 7:00 p.m. [NOTE EARLY START TIME], Huxley Theatre, NYS Museum, Cultural Education Center, downtown Albany  Event is FREE!

Jason Reynolds, YA novelist, writes smart, engaging books for “teenage boys who don’t like to read.” He received the American Library Association’s Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Award for When I Was the Greatest (2014), which Booklist called “urban fiction with heart, a meditation on the meaning of family, the power of friendship, and the value of loyalty.” His new novels include The Boy in the Black Suit (2015), about a teenager coping with his mother’s death, and All American Boys (2015, with Brendan Kiely), the story of two teens—one black, one white—and the repercussions of a single violent act.

Cosponsored by Albany High School, The Center for Law and Justice, The African American Cultural Center of the Capital Region, and UAlbany’s Department of Literacy Teaching & Learning, Friends of the New York State Library

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Wednesday, November 04, 2015

Navy Petty Officer Brandon Day, of Albany, N.Y., Aboard USS Normandy

U.S. 7TH FLEET AREA OF OPERATIONS (October 30, 2015) Culinary Specialist 3rd Class Brandon Day, from Albany, New York, performs maintenance on a door watertight door frame during space preservation efforts aboard the guided-missile cruiser USS Normandy (CG 60). Normandy is deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations as part of a worldwide deployment. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Justin R. DiNiro/ Released)

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