Wednesday Jan 17 @ 1:00 PM
Paid Family Leave Webinar
New York State Funeral Directors Association, Inc. (NYSFDA) – On January 1, 2018, New York State’s Paid Family Leave Law (PFL) takes effect. Funeral homes will be required to comply with the new PFL law. Employers must ensure individuals are properly categorized as either employees or independent contractors. In this presentation, participants will learn how this groundbreaking new law will impact their workplace and outline how to determine employment status for those working for you.
    Wednesday Jan 17 @ 5:30 PM
Blackout Night
The College of Saint Rose Golden Knights – The first 500 Saint Rose students (with a valid ID) in attendance will receive a free t-shirt.
    Wednesday Jan 17 @ 6:30 PM
Essential Oils Make & Take - Bracelet & Peppermint Mocha Sugar Scrub
Mechanicville District Public Library – Presented by Sarah Parendo of Young Living Essential Oils We will make a Peppermint Mocha Sugar Scrub and an Essential Oil Bracelet. This class is geared toward adults and the cost is $5 to attend. Please call the Library to register at 518-664-4646.
    Wednesday Jan 17 @ 7:00 PM
Trivia & Ladies Night
Rustic Barn Pub – Come test your Brain skills with your favorite host Evan Lewis! Every Wednesday night at The Rustic Barn Pub! Free to play and Lots to win! Its also ladies night= drink specials and buckets!
    Wednesday Jan 17 @ 7:30 PM
New York Times Columnist David Brooks at Proctors
Proctors – New York Times Columnist & Major Political and Social Analyst David Brooks has a gift for bringing audiences face-to-face with the spirit of our times with humor, insight and quiet passion. He is a keen observer of the American way of life and a savvy analyst of present-day politics and foreign affairs. He holds several prestigious positions as a commentator, including bi-weekly Op-Ed columnist for The New York Times, and regular analyst on PBS NewsHour and NPR’s All Things Considered. David’s newest book, The Road to Character, “explains why selflessness leads to greater success. He tells the story of ten great lives that illustrate how character is developed, and how we can all strive to build rich inner lives, marked by humility and moral depth. In a society that emphasizes success and external achievement, The Road to Character is a book about inner worth.” His previous book, The Social Animal: The Hidden Sources of Love, Character and Achievement, uses the story of a fictional American couple to explain the importance of neuroscience and sociology in understanding America’s politics, culture, and future. His other books, Bobos in Paradise and On Paradise Drive are in a style he calls “comic sociology”—descriptions of how we live and “the water we swim in” that are as witty and entertaining as they are revealing and insightful. Bobos in Paradise was a New York Times bestseller. David Brooks is currently teaching a course at Yale University. He holds honorary degrees from Williams College, New York University, Brandeis University, Occidental College, among others. In 2010, Brooks became a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. David Brooks has worked at The Weekly Standard, joining the magazine at its inception and serving as senior editor. He has been a contributing editor at Newsweek and the Atlantic Monthly. He worked at The Wall Street Journal for nine years in a range of positions, including op-ed editor.
    Wednesday Jan 17 @ 8:00 PM
Walk the Moon
Upstate Concert Hall – $ 30.00 - $33.00 / Age 16 And Up Additional Info: 16+ With a valid photo ID. Unless with a parent or legal guardian 21 years of age or older.Artist Pre Sale: Monday, October 2nd at 10 amSpotify Pre Sale: Tuesday, October 3rd am Tickets:
    Wednesday Jan 17 @ 8:00 PM
UPAC Concerts Presents: Walk The Moon
UPAC Concerts – ID required. RPI VIP section $10 tickets will go live for purchase on Event Brite before Winter Break
    Thursday Jan 18 @ 10:00 AM
Volunteer Info Session
Unity House of Troy, Inc. – Come join us to hear about the ongoing opportunites we have for volunteers especially in our kitchen, food pantry, and donation sorting room. All of these are great to come to do on your own or with a friend or 2! Many onsite needs are Monday through Friday 9am-4pm.
    Thursday Jan 18 @ 3:00 PM
Capital Region Launch of Thin Man Brewery! feat. The Tradition!
The Ruck – Thin Man Brewery is finally in The Capital Region! Thin Man Brewery is located in Buffalo, NY, the only brewery operating in Buffalo’s historic Elmwood Village. Their beer offerings are "versatile and innovative, while always striving to improve our versions on more traditional styles." They've also collabed with Mikkeller NYC, Gun Hill, KCBC, Collective Arts, Sloop, Three Sons, and many more! The Ruck is super excited these guys are comin around and we're gonna celebrate by throwing a bunch of Thin Man on tap while jammin out to some awesome music! We're gonna have The Tradition, playing Live from 7pm - 10pm. Playing whatever from whenever, "The Tradition will have you singing along, stompin your hands and clapping your feet! While taking you to chill space and back up again!" Check them out here! And now, The Thin Man lineup! (list will be added to so keep an eye on this page as we update...) Bliss - Imperial IPA Hustler of Culture - Sour Westward IPA ... more to be added! Follow us on Untappd! So come welcome Thin Man Brewery to The Capital Region at The Ruck! The Ruck's Jason Makman mentioned Thin Man as A brewery to watch in 2018, in the inaugural post of our Perfect Pour Blog! You have no reason to miss this event, we can't wait! Cheers!
    Thursday Jan 18 @ 5:00 PM
Siena Saints Mens Basketball vs. Marist College Red Foxes Mens Basketball
Times Union Center – Siena Womens Basketball vs Marist 5:00 PM Siena Mens Basketball vs. Marist 7:00 PM Sale Dates and Times: Public Onsale : Mon, 9 Oct 2017 at 10:00 AM
    Thursday Jan 18 @ 5:30 PM
Albany Pride Mixer | Business Alliance Networking
Pride Center of the Capital Region – Come join us for our January installment of the Pride Center's Business Alliance & LGBTQA+ monthly Social Networking Night! Restaurant Navona (owners Kim & Michael + team) is rolling out the red carpet for us Thurs Jan 18, 2017... there will be food and good cheer. Come mix and mingle. Make connections, shake on business deals and maybe meet new friends. $10 suggested donation to The Pride Center... Nobody is turned away! Please consider joining the Pride Business Alliance annually, either as an individual or your entire company. Some details at or email, to ask questions. Future dates - details TBA -2nd Thursday of each month, moving forward; Thurs 2/8 - Schenectady (location TBD) Thursday 3/8 - Troy (location TBD) Thursday 4/12 - Albany (location TBD) Thursday 5/10 - Saratoga (location TBD) Thursday 6/14 - Hudson (location TBD) Thursday 7/12 - Albany (location TBD) Thursday 8/9 - Troy (location TBD) Thursday 9/13 - Sharon Springs (location TBD) Thursday 10/11 - Albany (location TBD) Thursday 11/8 - Schenectady (location TBD) Thursday 12/13 [non holiday] - Albany (location TBD) know a good location for a future event? own/manage one and want to roll out the red carpet, for us? please reach out.
    Thursday Jan 18 @ 6:00 PM
Aerial Cirque-d-Soleil 6 Week Series
Good Karma Studio – Aerial Cirque-d-Soleil 6 Week Series Thursdays 6-7:30pm starts Jan. 18th- March 1 (no class 2/8) Sign up here: In this 6 week series, we will perform a choreographed aerial dance performance to music. Get ready to have fun, LOTS of laughs, physically & mentally strengthen the body in completely new ways, & meet some pretty amazing peeps! At the end of the series, we welcome family & friends to view our "final performance" so they can see all the hard work you've done! possible apparatus: aerial silks, aerial hammock, lyra hoop, trapeze, bungee $120/6 weeks A 6 week course is designed for students to uniformly advance together. Aerial class packages can not be used towards this series, and missed classes will no longer be credited back to your account (sorry, it's become too hard for fellow students & teachers to continue the flow of the series). However, we will continue to offer a 1-hour free extra practice, or possible makeup class, towards the end of the series. These group series are not about being "perfect", being a "dancer, an acrobat, or a gymnast", however it is likely you will fell like one of these at the end:) Everyone has their strengths & weaknesses, as well as injuries. We accommodate & choreograph around YOU as a group! Anything that doesn't "work for your body" is easily replaceable within the performance & no-one will ever know! This is not a competition, this is a chance for a bunch of individuals to get together & have some fun in a completely new way! You MUST have taken AT LEAST 2 prior aerial classes at Good Karma Studio & MUST BE COMFORTABLE WITH A BASIC INVERSION;)
    Thursday Jan 18 @ 6:30 PM
Science Lecture: Restoration from the plants up!
Albany Pine Bush Preserve – “So we’ve cut down the trees…now what?” Clearing land of invasive species like Black Locust is the first step on the journey toward restoration, but the lion’s share of the work happens after invasive plants are eliminated. Join Preserve Steward and Botanist Jesse Hoffman as he explains the logistical side of re-building ecosystems from the plants up! Topics covered will include seed collection, seed processing, and restoration planting. Join us for snacks and discussion at 6:30pm, the lecture will begin at 7:00pm. Ages 15+. Free! Registration required:
    Thursday Jan 18 @ 7:00 PM
The Charlie Smith Musical Birthday Party
Lark Tavern – Come celebrate Charlies Birthday, There will be plenty of Music Musical guests and open mic. Music starts at 7, come early for Happy hour specials 1/2 price appetizers and drink specials
    Thursday Jan 18 - Jan 19 @ 7:00 PM
City Nights: It's a Movement of Revival.
City Church – Join City Church for 2 special nights to kick off 2018 during our church's season of prayer and fasting. We are believing for God for revival in the Capital Region, but we know it starts with our hearts. Mariano Leonczik - The Guerrilla Church Keenan Clark - Celebration Church Mike and Kristi Moore - Host Pastors During these nights City Worship will be recording their first LIVE recording. Everyone is invited but seating is very limited. Doors Open 20 min prior to start of the event.
    Thursday Jan 18 @ 8:00 PM
Open Mic with Brian LaPoint
Rustic Barn Pub – Voted one of the best Open Mics in the Capital Region! Full drum kit, lights and sound provided. All skill levels welcome. We have a different guest host every week so its always different and fun. You never know who will show up, so grab your instruments and come jam! Every Thursday night at 8pm!
    Thursday Jan 18 - Jan 21 @ 8:00 PM
One Act Play festival
Sand Lake Center for the Arts/Circle Theater Players – Be part of the audience and enjoy eight short plays about COLD that will CHILL YOUR SOUL WITH FEAR, tickle your sense of humor with laughter, and WARM YOUR HEART WITH LOVE!
    Friday Jan 19 - Jan 20 @ 5:00 AM
2018 Radiothon
Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Capital Region – Join RMHC and Albany Broadcasting for our 17th Annual Radiothon, which will once again be presented by our friends at Capital Bank. Our 17th annual Radiothon is our most important and effective fundraising event of the year. The 2018 edition will take place January 19-20, 2018. The event will kick-off with live broadcasts from the Ronald McDonald House and Ronald McDonald Family Room at Albany Medical Center on Friday, January 19th. The Radiothon will conclude with a day of family fun and entertainment at Crossgates Mall on Saturday, January 20th. Sponsorships start at just $1,000 – Contact Heather-Liz Copps for more info: 518-438-2655 or Got a group with some talent to share? We have a stage to share it! Contact Colleen Cunningham for more info: 518-438-2655 or
    Friday Jan 19 - Jan 20 @ 11:00 AM
Uno Pizzeria & Grill – Come join us on January 19th and 20th to help raise money for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Capital Region. When you dine in with us or take food to go and will donate up 20% of your check total back to the organization.
    Friday Jan 19 @ 12:00 PM
LIC Beer Project Brewery Showcase!
The Ruck – LIC Beer Project Brewery Showcase at The Ruck! LIC Beer Project is an incredible brewery located in Queens, more specifically, Long Island City. One of the most notable breweries out of Queens, "LIC Beer Project is a collaborative journey of insight, experience, travel, education, and the goal to achieve a beer we have yet to discover. Here at LIC Beer Project we will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against the slaves of the ordinary." We encourage proper education and originality of craft beer, making The Ruck a natural stop for LIC Beer Project to call home for an evening! And now, THE BEER! Higher Burnin' ( IPA 7%) Brewed in celebration of the late 5 Pointz; NYC's Graffiti mecca. This IPA is a hazy bright orange in color with aromatics of juicy fruit, strawberry, & nectarine. Orange marmalade and candied citrus flavors emerge with a subtle piney bitterness finishing long, lush, and dry. Dry hopped with Belma, El Dorado, & Mosaic. Porter 7.5% Medium to light body with notes of dark chocolate on the nose. Flavors of coffee, chocolate, dark cherry, and plum. Light finish with a lingering bitterness. Hollows ( Imperial IPA 8.5%) Double dry hopped with Mosaic and Motueka. Blueberry, zesty citrus, lime flesh, and sweet resin. Creamy and pillowy from the massive addition of flaked oats. Ardent Core (Farmhouse Ale 6.5%) Our Belgian inspired golden ale brewed with our house saison yeast and generously hopped with a blend of aromatic noble hops. The final result is a softly contoured pale golden ale with an aroma rife with floral, spice and lemon character. The finish is super crisp and dry. Slam (Wheat IPA (5%) Dry hopped with Columbus, Amarillo, and El Dorado. Coded Tiles (5% Pale Ale) Double dry hopped with Cascade, Citra, Simcoe, and Columbus. Remember to follow The Ruck on Untappd! This showcase is one of a kind for The Ruck, and we couldn't be happier we got a bunch of LIC Beer Project on the taps. See you on the 19th! Cheers!