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The legendary Bogie's has been a fixture in the Albany area as an underground music venue for over three decades, and it has sadly closed its doors one last time this past week. From its intimate ambiance during live shows to the always packed bar, it will be sorely missed amongst the music community in the area. 

While the closing of one of the last standing hardcore venues in the Capital Region is unfortunate (other genres were booked there as well!), owner Mike Valente has plans to keep the area's music scene alive.

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A winner has been chosen of this season's NBC show "The Voice". The winner, Sawyer Fredericks, has local roots and is only sixteen years old.

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Kristin Lajeunesse, author of Will Travel For Vegan FoodYou may recall nearly 4 years ago when we first brought you the story of a young Capital Region lady who was about to embark on a vegan food tour around the country.

With very little cash and a lot of faith in people's generosity, Kristin Lajeunesse of Hoosick Falls had a mission to visit all 50 states and sample and review every 100% vegan eatery each had to offer, including restaurants, bakeries, coffee shops and food trucks.

As her dream led her on an 18-month journey, she documented her reviews on her personal blog, Will Travel For Vegan Food.

Some people praised her, some criticized her, and some just couldn't wait to learn more about her trip and discoveries!
Missed Albany's Tulip Festival this past weekend? No worries! We have all the details from the celebratory Mother's Day weekend including who took home the crowns for Tulip Queen and Mother of the Year! 

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The 67th Annual Albany Tulip Festival is THIS weekend! Before you head downtown to see the concerts, coronations, and (of course) the colorful blossoms, make sure you read up on these road closures and parking restrictions from the Albany Police plus shuttle bus information and details on where to park.

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What better way to soak in this great weather than by walking through extravagant gardens filled with charming pathways, sparkling fountains and of course, stunning flowers.

Whether it's to get inspiration for your own backyard or to enjoy a stroll through the gardens on a warm day, attending a garden tour is a great way to get outdoors and experience neighborhoods and areas you may not typically see, Take a peek at the garden tours we've rounded up in the Capital Region.

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For the 12th year, Time Magazine has released its "Time 100 Most Influential People in the World" issue. The list includes Leaders (President Obama and Hillary Clinton), Artists (actor Bradley Cooper and musician Tim McGraw), Titans (musician Kanye West and SNL founder Lorne Michaels), Icons (Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Pope Francis), and Pioneers (actresses Emma Watson and Reese Witherspoon). 

There's a local twist to this year's list, though, as mixed in with the celebrities, politicians, and television personalities are two Capital Region natives who have proven themselves to be incredibly influential and worthy of such company.

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The 17th Annual Mother of the Year Award will be given to one deserving Capital Region Mom at the Albany Tulip Festival on Mother's Day - May 10. Although it was a difficult task for the judges, the 70+ nominees have been narrowed down to five finalists.

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The soothing sounds of babbling brooks, streams and waterfalls are usually a rarity in the urban areas of the Capital Region. However, that's changing in Albany and Schenectady. Trail projects in both cities are working to reclaim land that was used commercially to help increase public access to their waterways. 

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On Saturday, May 9, the 2015 Tulip Queen will be crowned as part of Albany's Annual Tulip Festival. She will spend the year working on community service projects and serving as an ambassador for the city. We are now one step closer to the coronation as Mayor Kathy Sheehan introduced the five Tulip Queen finalists on Wednesday.

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