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Holiday Gift Guide: “Star Trek” Phaser Universal Remote Control

Friday, December 4th, 2015

OK, OK, OK! Enough with all the “Star Wars” hype. What about “Star Trek”?

“Phasers on stun…”

The “Star Trek” Phaser Universal Remote Control – available for $149.99 from Sharper Image – is the ultimate way to control your home media systems. Based on 3D-laser scans of the last remaining “hero prop” from the original television series, it’s 100% faithful to the ones carried by Kirk and Spock themselves.

A flick of the wrist is all it takes to turn your devices on or off, change the channel or adjust the volume. It features multi-color light beams, authentic sound effects and spoken prompts to guide you, and it’s compatible with all home entertainment equipment that uses standard infra-red remote control, including most televisions, DVD players, Blu-ray players, stereos, cable boxes and other set-top boxes.

It comes complete with a magnetic display stand and collector’s case.

Ticket Stub Diary
Elliott Landy’s “The Band Photographs, 1968-1969”
Museum of Political Corruption Coffee Mug


Holiday Gift Guide: Museum of Political Corruption Coffee Mugs

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015

Museum of Political Corruption Coffee Mug

It was more than two years ago that College of Saint Rose professor Bruce Roter rolled out the idea of building the Museum of Political Corruption right here in Albany (where else?).

Well, the brick-and-mortar museum isn’t a reality just yet, but the museum does have a website. And the website hosts a museum gift shop, where you can purchase an array of t-shirts, sweatshirts, hoodies, hats, stickers, magnets, buttons and more.

Our recommendation is the 11 oz. coffee cup – available in a choice of two different graphic designs – for $13.19. They’re gonna have to sell a lot of those cups in order to build the new Sheldon Silver wing…

Ticket Stub Diary
Elliott Landy’s “The Band Photographs, 1968-1969”

Holiday Gift Guide: “The Band Photographs, 1968-1969”

Tuesday, December 1st, 2015

“The Band Photographs, 1968-1969”
By Elliott Landy
160 pages, 12″x12″

The hardcover book features more than 200 photographs by acclaimed photographer Elliott Landy documenting the Band during the time they made their first two albums, Music from Big Pink and The Band. More than half of the photographs, drawn from Landy’s archives, are previously unpublished.

The Signature Edition
$75 through December 12; $85 thereafter
Signed by Landy in gold-toned pigmented ink on the front sheet of the book. With a bonus, separate, three-page, two-sided fold-out sheet showing the thumbnails and captions for all the photos in the book.

The Deluxe Edition
$400 through December 12; $500 therafter
Limited edition of 325 copies packaged in a slipcase with an 8″x10″ Fine Art pigment print of “The Band with Hamlet, 1968,” printed and signed by Landy in his studio.

Ticket Stub Diary

Holiday Gift Guide: Ticket Stub Diary

Monday, November 30th, 2015


It’s just the ticket for concert-goers…

Never forget those front row seats at a Bruce Springsteen concert, the standing ovation at the premiere of “The Lion King” or the roar of the crowd when the Red Sox won the World Series. With the Ticket Stub Diary you can preserve your precious memories from concerts, museums, movies, sporting events, Broadway shows and more.

The book – available from Uncommon Goods for $12 – comes with clear sleeves that fit a variety of ticket sizes, plus space in the margin to write down your memories of the event. Acid-free pages will preserve your memories.

NOTE: Ticket sleeves are 2.5″ x 4.5″. Diary itself is 7.75″ x 7″. Some larger tickets may not fit easily.

Parade of Shoes: Lukas Nelson

Friday, November 13th, 2015


Photograph by Tim Livingston

Yeah, he’s the son of Willie Nelson. He and his band Promise of the Real also served as Neil Young’s backing band on Young’s latest album The Monsanto Years and subsequent tour. Now guitarslinger Lukas Nelson leads Promise of the Real into Putnam Den at 9pm on Saturday (November 14) for their first Saratoga Springs show since a stellar performance at SPAC during the 2013 Farm Aid. Joe Mansman & the Midnight Revival Band and Rich Ortiz open the Putnam Den show. Tickets are $15 in advance; $17 at the door.

Parade o’ Shoes: Grace Potter

Tuesday, October 27th, 2015
Grace Potter @ Mountain Jam, 6/5/15 (photo: Stanley Johnson)

Grace Potter @ Mountain Jam, 6/5/15

Photograph by Stanley Johnson

In support of her debut solo album, Midnight, Vermont rocker Grace Potter steps into the spotlight at the Palace Theatre in Albany on Thursday (October 29). Rayland Baxter opens the show at 8pm. Tickets are $35 & $45 in advance; $38 & $48 at the door.

Bob Dylan’s IBM Commercial [Extended Version]

Friday, October 23rd, 2015

By now you’ve probably seen Bob Dylan’s latest television commercial for IBM, which is above.

But you may not have seen the extended version, which is below…


It’s the Weekend!

Friday, October 2nd, 2015

It's the weekend!

Congrats! You made it through another work/school week. Summer isn’t over yet, and there are still a few outdoor festivals on the calendar for this first weekend of October.

But before we head out for another big fun-filled weekend, 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
Timothy Reidy
Steven Stock
Don Wilcock
Joe Deuel
Ed Conway
Fred Rudofsky
Matt Mac Haffie
Andrzej Pilarczyk
Christopher Weigl
Timothy Raab
Charles H. Haymes
Kirsten Ferguson
David Brickman
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:

Proctors, Schenectady

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:

Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs
The Linda, Albany
Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs
The Hangar, Troy
Dana Park Summer Concert Series, Albany
A Place for Jazz, Schenectady
Albany Center Gallery, Albany
The Van Dyck, Schenectady
The Hyde Collection, Glens Falls
WEQX-FM, Manchester
New York State Office of General Services, Albany
Live Nation, Saratoga Springs

Thanks for keeping Nippertown alive… and lively,

Sara Ayers
Greg Haymes

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