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It’s the Weekend!

Friday, April 1st, 2016
Shelby On A Car

Congrats! You made it through the week. But before we head out for the first weekend of April, we’d like to send a great big thank-you to everyone who dropped by this week to add encouragement, support, proof-reading and, yes, criticism, too. And thanks for helping to spread the word about

Of course, we couldn’t possibly cover the wide, wonderful scope of art and entertainment offerings around Nippertown without a dedicated bunch of wonderful writers, photographers, artists, tipsters and other assorted enablers who continually enrich us all with their contributions. So a big salute goes out to this week’s community contributors:

Rudy Lu
Ed Conway
Don Wilcock
Andrzej Pilarczyk
Stephen Stock
J Hunter
Larry Murray

Please consider adding your name to this list. Just send us something – a review, preview, interview, photo, list, rant, crayon drawing or whatever’s on your mind. Remember, Nippertown is your hometown, and we can’t possibly do this without your help.

Thanks to the fine folks who provided us with cool give-away merch – tickets, CDs, downloads and other swag – for the faithful Nippertown readers:

The Sanctuary for Independent Media, Troy
WAMC-FM’s The Linda, Albany

And thanks to all of the folks from the area venues and organizations who were gracious enough to provide us with review tickets and/or photo passes for their events:

Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy
Skidmore College’s Zankel Music Center, Saratoga Springs
College of St. Rose’s Massry Center for the Arts, Albany
Putnam Den, Saratoga Springs
Guthrie Bell Productions, Albany

Thanks for keeping Nippertown alive… and lively,

Sara Ayers
Greg Haymes


Parade o’ Shoes: UAlbany’s Lady Great Danes

Monday, March 21st, 2016


Photograph by Timothy Reidy

Congrats. Good job. Stay golden. UAlbany’s women’s basketball team at the Carrier Dome, Syracuse, NY…

Signs of the City

Thursday, March 10th, 2016


North Adams…

Parade o’ Shoes: Ches Smith

Friday, March 4th, 2016


Photograph by Rudy Lu

Sun of Goldfinger’s Ches Smith @ the inaugural Beacon Jazz Festival, Pete & Toshi Seeger Riverfront Park, Beacon, 7/25/15

Where’s Nipper?

Tuesday, February 9th, 2016


Photograph by Yvonne Haymes

Lafayette, Louisiana…

Parade o’ Shoes: Elizabeth Grogan of SubSlab

Friday, January 15th, 2016


Photograph by Andrew Gregory

Elizabeth Grogan of SubSlab at “A Midsummer’s Night Dream,” a benefit for WEXT-FM at the Celtic Hall in Albany on June 20, 2015.

UPCOMING: SubSlab plays the Winter Warm-Up concert at The Linda in Albany at 8pm on Saturday (January 16), joining Bryan Thomas, KoriSoron and North & South Dakotas in a benefit concert for WAMC-FM. Admission is $10.

Merry Christmas: Mr. B, the Gentleman Rhymer’s “Oh Santa”

Friday, December 25th, 2015

Holiday Gift Guide: Power Nap Head Pillow

Friday, December 18th, 2015


Available from Hammacher Schlemmer for $99.95, it’s the Power Nap Head Pillow – a head-enveloping pillow that blocks out noise and light to create a private zone for catching a quick power nap.

Designed in Spain, the cozy cocoon fits snugly over the head and neck while leaving a large opening for the nose and mouth. The pillow allows users to tune out their surroundings, creating a dark, quiet micro-environment ideal for achieving a restful sleep whether stranded in a crowded airport, recharging between meetings at work or during “Drums/Space” at Dead & Company concerts.

Pockets over the ears muffle ambient sound and serve as a place to tuck hands while leaning forward over a tray table or desk. The soft pillow cradles the head with more than 4″ of hypoallergenic stuffing and collapses for easy packing and storage. It can also be used as a standard pillow. Includes storage bag.

And chances are damn good that if you’re wearing one of these, nobody – repeat, nobody – is gonna bother you…

Ticket Stub Diary
Elliott Landy’s “The Band Photographs, 1968-1969”
Museum of Political Corruption Coffee Mug
“Star Trek” Phaser Universal Remote Control
Dove Mask
Like/Dislike Stamps
Album Cover Art Blankets
Three-Player Circular Chess Set

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