Posts Tagged ‘Times Union’

Media Watch: TU FAIL

Thursday, December 9th, 2010
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Sometimes the posts just write themselves.

UPDATE: And apparently no one caught the error when they posted the article online, either:

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Nipper’s Tale

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009

Writer, photographer, record collector and all-around pop culture vulture Chuck Miller has devoted today’s post on his Times Union blog to Albany’s favorite music-loving canine.

So if you don’t already know the tale of Nipper, you can find out most everything that you’d like to know right here. You can also see some lovely photos of our Nipper, too.

And thanks for the Nippertown.com shout-out, Chuck. We appreciate it.

Phishin’ in November?

Thursday, September 24th, 2009

phishAlthough nobody seems willing to officially confirm (or deny), the rumors are flying fast ‘n’ furious that a fall Phish tour will bring Trey and boys back to the Times Union Center in Albany for shows on Friday and Saturday, November 27-28 during the Thanksgiving Day weekend.

Anybody know anything more?

American Idols Live: Who’s the metalhead? Kris or Adam?

Thursday, August 20th, 2009

Yes, the American Idols Live tour rolled through Albany on Wednesday, August 19, and no, Nippertown.com didn’t go to the show.

Well, at least we didn’t actually go inside the Times Union Center.

But there was so much excitement out on the streets in front of the arena that we really didn’t have to. After all, it’s pretty obvious that Adam Lambert is the only contestant in the history of the show that’s honestly worthy of the title “Idol” – or even rock star, for that matter.

But that didn’t stop the little girls outside the arena from clamoring for a peek at any of this year’s Top 10 – and hopefully snagging an autograph or even – OMG! – a kiss on the cheek.

Here's Gina from Montreal, and she's feeling pretty lucky.

Here's Gina from Montreal, and she's feeling pretty lucky.

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Probably Not The Publicity They Were Looking For

Wednesday, August 12th, 2009

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Yes, that headline is from the Albany Times Union.

Concession stand price check

Tuesday, August 11th, 2009

hotdogJust how hungry or thirsty are you as you head into the big rock show? Well, maybe it all depends on how much money you’ve got in your wallet. Or perhaps more importantly – which Nippertown concert venue you’re at.

Having visited SPAC, the Palace Theatre and the Times Union Center for pop concerts recently, we were struck by the considerable difference in prices at the concession stands.

Here are a few of the numbers that turned up during our latest price checks:

SODA
SPAC: $5
PALACE: $2.50
TIMES UNION CENTER: $2/$3/$3.75

POPCORN
SPAC: $4.50
PALACE: $2
TIMES UNION CENTER: $3.50/$4/$5

HOT DOG
SPAC: $5
PALACE: N/A
TIMES UNION CENTER: $3.50

CHEESEBURGER
SPAC: $6
PALACE: N/A
TIMES UNION CENTER: $4.50

FRENCH FRIES
SPAC: $5.50
PALACE: N/A
TIMES UNION CENTER: $3.75/$5

CANDY
SPAC: $3.50
PALACE: $2
TIMES UNION CENTER: $2.75

PRETZEL
SPAC: $5
PALACE: N/A
TIMES UNION CENTER: $3.50

PEANUTS
SPAC: N/A
PALACE: $2
TIMES UNION CENTER: $3.50

COFFEE
SPAC: $3
PALACE: $1
TIMES UNION CENTER: $2.25

1997/2009: Then & Now

Thursday, July 16th, 2009

While cleaning up – or at least making an attempt – over the weekend, I came across a somewhat yellowed stash of the Times Union Preview sections from July, 1997.

Thumbing through the pages, it was oh-so-interesting to see how much has changed around here in a dozen years. And how much hasn’t changed a bit.

THEN: Over Fourth of July weekend, Arlo Guthrie was at SPAC, hosting the Furthur Festival with the Black Crowes, Bob Weir’s Ratdog, Mickey Hart’s Planet Drum, moe., Bruce Hornsby and more.
NOW: Over Fourth of July weekend, Arlo Guthrie was at the Guthrie Center in Great Barrington, Mass. hosting his annual Summer Revival.

THEN: Other Fourth of July bashes featured Lyle Lovett at Tanglewood and the Guess Who (a Canadian band!) at the Empire State Plaza.
NOW: The Fourth definitely took on jazzier overtones with Diana Krall at Tanglewood and Al Jarreau at the the Price Chopper festivities at the Plaza.

THEN: Sawyer Brown headlined WGNA’s Countryfest at the Saratoga Equine Sports Center.
NOW: Montgomery Gentry headlined WGNA’s Countryfest at the Altamont Fairgrounds.

THEN: Capital Repertory Company launched its first-ever summer season with “Always, Patsy Cline.”
NOW: “Patsy” has returned to Cap Rep several times since then, but this summer it’s all about “Shear Madness.”

THEN: Nicholas Cage was starring in two movies – “Con Air” and “Face/Off.”
NOW: It’s been a delightfully free Cage-free summer at the theaters so far. He isn’t planning “National Treasure III,” is he?

THEN: The free two-day Fleet Blues Fest filled the Empire State Plaza with the sounds of Junior Wells, Rory Block, Elvin Bishop, Kenny Neal, Lucky Peterson, GE Smith, Debby Davies and lots more.
NOW: Over the years, the Fleet Blues dwindled down to just one day and then disappeared altogether.

THEN: The free Washington Park Concert Series hosted performances by the Blind Boys of Alabama, Rosanne Cash, Solas and Rockapella.
NOW: The free Monday Night Concerts in the Park series has been cancelled.

THEN: The Starlite Music Theatre welcomed the likes of Weird Al Yankovic, Huey Lewis & the News and Pat Benatar.
NOW: The Starlite closed years ago, and now it’s in a very sorry state of decay.

THEN: The Berkshire Performing Arts Theater at the National Music Center hosted concerts by Shawn Colvin, Duncan Sheik and David Byrne.
NOW: BPAT has been closed for years now.

THEN: The Winterhawk Bluegrass Festival featured an all-star line-up – including Alison Krauss & Union Station, Doc Watson, Tony Rice, Tim O’Brien, Jerry Douglas, Peter Rowan and Richard Greene – at the Rothvoss Farm in Ancramdale.
NOW: The Winterhawk Bluegrass Festival hasn’t been around in several years now.

THEN: Saratoga Winners welcomed Corrosion of Conformity; Roomful of Blues rocked Duke’s After Dark in Saratoga; Marky Ramone pummeled QE2; the Amy Abdou Band played the Waterfront Cafe in Troy; Conehead Buddha was jammin’ at Aiko’s in Sartoga; Joe McPhee was blowing at Mother Earth’s Cafe; Jill Hughes and the Funky White Boys were gettin’ down at the Metro in Saratoga.
NOW: All of those Capital Region live music venues are long gone.

Signs of the City

Friday, July 3rd, 2009

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Jim Gaudet and the Railroad BoysCaffe LenaHolly & EvanThe Cock'N'Bull RestaurantCartoonist John CaldwellAdvertise on Nippertown!Hudson SoundsArtist Charles HaymesThe LindaAlbany PoetsBerkshire On StageLeave Regular Radio BehindDennis Herbert Art