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Do you have a long weekend because of President's Day? That means an extra day to get out and have fun! There's lots to take advantage of this weekend throughout the Capital Region, including outdoor activities, food and drink festivals, and much more.

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Butterflies are back at miSci! Photo provided
The Capital Region is getting a bunch of new restaurants in early 2017!

From new burger and fast casual restaurants to a third location of the area's favorite brewing company, Capital Region foodies should get excited for this spring and summer. 

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Following the Trump administration's executive order limiting travel from seven countries, the Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute finds itself unexpectedly changing plans for a scheduled concert on March 3 and their 2017 artist residency program.

Two artists scheduled to participate in EMPAC's 2017 programming, hand drummer Mohammad Reza Mortazavi and choreographer Ali Moini, are originally from Iran - one of the countries affected by the travel ban. Though recent court rulings have temporarily stayed the travel ban, the ensuing uncertainty has affected EMPAC's ability to procure visas and made this highly anticipated programming impossible.

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Earlier this week the New York State Senate overwhelmingly backed a measure that would bring ride sharing services like Uber and Lyft to residents in Upstate NY. 

But don't get too excited just yet. We've seen this before

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Screenshot of Lyft App Home Screen

Since 1993, the Times Union Center has hosted American Hockey League (AHL) games, first with the Albany River Rats, and currently with the Albany Devils. Unfortunately for both local hockey and Albany Devils fans, a decision has been made to move the team from Albany to Binghamton, NY at the end of this season.

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There's lots happening in the Capital Region this weekend! From outdoor excursions to family-friendly activities, find out what you can see and do during the next few days.

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Dear Mike, 

Hi! It's us. All of us. We know you didn't know that we knew each other. But we do. And we've been talking. 

You see, Mike. Stephanie seems nice. Really nice. Like that you're-such-a-cool-person-I-want-to-hate-you-but-I-can't sort of nice. 

And we've all decided that since we don't hate you anymore everyone except Amber doesn't hate you anymore (we'll get to that later), we feel it just wouldn't be right to let you screw things up. Again. 

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On Monday night, Proctors CEO Philip Morris had some very exciting news for musical fans in the Capital Region: "Hamilton" is coming to the Schenectady theater during the 2018-19 season! 

...And we are not throwing away our shot. 


February has arrived in the Capital Region and the first weekend of the month is packed with fun for all ages! Browse family-friendly events, those in support of a good cause, and other community happenings you can enjoy this weekend.

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Almost one year ago today, Rivers Casino & Resort in Schenectady celebrated the start of construction, and now, the grand opening is nearly here. In a recent announcement, the casino revealed it will open its doors for the first time at noon on February 8th, and most of the entertainment facilities will be open to the public.

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