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What makes Albany special to you? The Albany Center Gallery would like to know! Create a trading card depicting a special vision of Albany and it could be part of a new and exciting project.

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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When Metroland folded in 2015 due to back taxes many were sad to see the popular alternative arts and entertainment publication go. Now, someone has stepped up to fill that void, with a new alternative weekly paper.

Albany Barn's Fusion is this Friday, October 14th, and you won't want to miss out on this major event! Albany Barn is celebrating their 10th anniversary in style with this "anti-gala" which will bring art, food, and wine together in the culmination of a perfect evening in Albany. Here's what you can expect from the event and how to get tickets.

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Looking for events to keep you and your family entertained over the long weekend? Look no further because we've got fall festivals, kids events, and more for you to check out in the Albany area over Columbus Day Weekend.

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The Palace Theatre in Albany recently announced its plans for a $65 million upgrade, which would include improving the current theater as well as significant expansions on additional properties.

Although the project is expected to have a monumental economic impact on the Albany area, not everyone is on board

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Free live music and beautiful art to browse - what could be better on a midweek fall afternoon? Get ready to break up the normal lunch routine with September in the City Art Fair, happening on Wednesdays throughout September in Tricentennial Park from 11:30am to 2pm.

Come on by to check out local art, live music, and more - we've got all the details right here.

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The Cohoes Music Hall - thought to be one of the oldest music halls in the country - will see the return of shows, musicals, comedy acts, films, and more this fall.

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The area's only professional circus company, headquartered in Troy, will be performing in four locations in the region starting on June 10th.

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Local artist Michael Conlin has been hard at work painting a giant mural downtown meant to emphasize our local arts scene - and, to just make Albany feel more welcoming to those coming into the city. 

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