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"Infinite Uncertainty" is a new exhibition on view in the Opalka Gallery at the Sage College in Albany, New York. It showcases artists at work in a changing world: new projects initiated, old ones revisited, creative bursts and detours in practice. Selected from over 250 submissions, 33 regional artists attempt to make sense of this unprecedented time and its persistent, frightening and painful unknowns.

We welcome one of the jurors Julie Torres and Opalka Director Judie Gilmore.

7-Year-Old Injured In Albany Shooting

Aug 31, 2020

Albany Police are investigating a Clinton Street shooting that injured two people Sunday, including a 7-year-old boy. 

On the eve of his 52nd birthday, February 11 1861, the President Elect of the United States, Abraham Lincoln, walked onto a train the first step of his journey to the White House and his rendezvous with destiny. But as the train began to carry Lincoln toward Washington, it was far from certain what he would find they're bankrupt and rudderless.

The government was on the verge of collapse. To make matters worse, reliable intelligence confirmed a conspiracy to assassinate him as he passed through Baltimore. It is no exaggeration to say that the fate of the Republic hung in the balance. How did Lincoln survive this grueling Odyssey to become the president we know from the history books?

The new book, "Lincoln On The Verge"  tells the story of a leader discovering his own strength, improvising brilliantly and seeing his country up close during these pivotal 13 days. Ted Widmer is distinguished lecturer at McCauley Honors College CUNY. In addition to his teaching, he writes actively about American history for the New York Times, The New Yorker and The Washington Post. 

Several people who clashed with police Tuesday morning early this morning were arrested after confrontation on Quail and West streets. Police say they were hurling rocks and bricks at police officers. The clash occurred shortly after midnight and followed a standoff around the city's public safety building on Henry Johnson Boulevard.

All of this came after a peaceful show of civil disobedience in the streets of Albany throughout the day on Monday. Albany police chief Eric Hawkins met yesterday with protesters and told them he takes reports of police brutality very seriously. We are joined by the Chief of Police for the city of Albany Eric Hawkins.

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan
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Joe Donahue: The city of Albany was like cities across the United States this weekend. Dozens of businesses worked yesterday to board up broken windows and clean up the inside of their destroyed storefronts. The city instituted curfew last night through early this morning to try to maintain order in the wake of protests and confrontations, which included fireworks being shot at police sources, a CDTA bus driver having to be rescued after being pinned in her bus, and an officer being injured after being hit with a brick. At a press conference yesterday morning Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan said we are better than what happened Saturday night. The mayor joins us on The Roundtable this morning. 

A man burns an American flag Saturday in Albany.
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On a day when protesters took to the streets in cities across the country, Albany Police — joined by New York State Troopers and Albany County sheriff’s deputies — used riot gear, dogs, gas and officers on horseback to try to disperse an angry crowd that swelled to hundreds outside the department’s South Station Saturday evening.

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A man accused of abducting his son in the Saratoga County Town of Clifton Park Friday faces felony kidnapping and burglary charges. 

New York Attorney General Tish James is warning Capital Region residents about a scam that involves individuals impersonating Albany and Troy police officers. 

In celebration of Black History Month, the Palace Theatre in Albany will be presenting an evening of art, music and spoken word by some of the most talented Black artists in the Capital Region.

The Black History Month Celebration on Sunday night at 6 p.m. is a free show and open to all to attend. Music will be provided by DJ Trumastr and there will be a special performances by the Black Upstate Theatre Troupe.

To tell us more we welcome Palace Theatre Director of Community Engagement and Signature Events Karen Dyer, Palace Theatre Director of Marketing Sean Allen, and local actor, director, playwright performing at the Black History Month Celebration, Aaron Moore.

The Wood Brothers, with Oliver Wood in the middle.
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One of the best live bands in American music is returning to our region for two gigs this winter. The Wood Brothers will be at the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts in Burlington, Vermont on February 6 and at the Palace in Albany February 8.

S.T.E.A.M. Garden unveiling
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The first part of a S.T.E.A.M. entrepreneurship hub has been unveiled in Albany, New York.

Our Falling into Place series spotlights the important work of -and fosters collaboration between- not-for-profit organizations in our communities; allowing us all to fall into place.

Falling Into Place is supported by The Seymour Fox Memorial Foundation, Providing a helping hand to turn inspiration into accomplishment. See more possibilities … see more promise… see more progress.

Today, we’ll learn about The Free School in Albany, New York.

Founded in 1969, The Free School is the longest running inner-city independent alternative school in the United States. The school provides an alternative to traditional models of education by offering children a self-directed approach to their learning. We are joined by Director of The Albany Free School Deirdre Kelly and educator, EPIC program director and Free School Radio Executive Producer Gerald Malcolm.

Capital Repertory Theatre in Albany, New York presents “It’s a Wonderful Life: Live from WVL Radio Theatre” through Dec. 22.

Adapted from the classic Frank Capra film by W.V.R. Repoley this story comes to life as a live, 1940s radio broadcast. Five actors give voice to all the memorable Bedford Falls characters, accompanied by sound effects and music created live on stage.  

We are joined by actor Wynn Harmon.

Albany maintains a Vacant Building Registry and questionable buildings that have been deemed unsafe are marked with a red X.
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Three Capital Region cities are testing security devices to deter break-ins at vacant buildings.

Many have heard of NXIVM and its creator, Keith Raniere, the unassuming Albany man now prosecuted for ensnaring tens of thousands of people in the US, Mexico, Canada and elsewhere, to do his bidding and pay millions of dollars to participate in his self-improvement methodology. But where did Keith Raniere begin?

Enter Toni Natalie, Keith's Patient Zero, the first one indoctrinated into Raniere's methodology and the first one to escape.

She writes about it in "The Program: Inside the Mind of Keith Raniere and the Rise and Fall of NXIVM." She has written the book with investigative journalist Chet Hardin.  

LarkFest
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Business owners and city employees are gearing up for one of Albany’s signature events this weekend: LarkFest.

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On September 7th Eric Hawkins marks his first year as Albany Police Chief. He looked back on that year with WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas.

Aurora Games
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The Aurora Games, an all-women athletics event, begins Monday evening with a kickoff event at the Empire State Plaza in Albany. 

The winner of more awards than any editorial writer in the Albany Times Union’s history, Jim McGrath was both an Albany institution and a keen observer of the world beyond his beloved adopted city. When he died in 2013 at the age of fifty-six, the newspaper lost a writer who combined a passionate advocacy for society’s most vulnerable people with a scathing disregard for the elite whose actions created an underclass in the United States.

His editorials and commentaries charted many critical issues in New York and the country: the death penalty, civil liberties, gay rights, historic presidential campaigns, the economy, terrorism, and more.

A new book of Jim McGrath’s work is out, entitled: I’ll Be Home.

The book is edited by Jim’s widow, Darryl McGrath, is an Albany journalist and the author of "Flight Paths: A Field Journal of Hope, Heartbreak, and Miracles with New York’s Bird People," and Howard Healy, a copy-editor and proofreader for the New York State Bar Association; he retired as editorial page editor of the Times Union in 2008.

The Albany Symphony and its eclectic ensemble, the Dogs of Desire, breaks out of the concert hall as part of their Sing Out! New York Tour beginning tonight in Schuylerville and continuing in Albany, Schenectady and Hudson. They bring with them a performance packed with the unexpected— a concert designed to dazzle the eye and the ear. Audiences will hear Beethoven’s revolutionary Symphony No. 5 paired with newly commissioned work, inspiring sing-alongs, summertime favorites, and fireworks.

To make way for new technology like 5G and other wireless services, the Federal Communications Commission is assigning over-the-air television stations to new channels, including many in the Albany area.

Proctors and Capital Repertory Theatre announced their 2019-2020 subscription series on March 4.

The Proctors slate includes "The Spongebob Musical" and Disney's "Frozen," both of which will launch national tours from Schenectady. "The Spongebob Musical" will be in town in late September, while "Frozen" will spend two weeks in November. 

Capital Repertory Theatre will usher in its new space, only blocks from its present location in downtown Albany, with "Sister Act" in July 2020. Other highlights include the east coast premiere of "Your Best One" beginning in mid-January 2020.

To tell us more  we welcome: Philip Morris the CEO of Proctors in Schenectady and TheRep, and Maggie Mancinelli-Cahill, Producing Artistic Director at The Rep. 

The Front Parlor Series began in February 2011. Front Parlor is held twice a month in Troy and in Albany and features storytellers and comedians from the Capital Region and beyond. Storytellers share witty, honest, terrifying, compelling, and sometimes sorrowful tales from their own personal lives and observations. The 8th Anniversary show happens this Friday at 8PM at The Linda – WAMC’s Performing Arts Studio and Front Parlor will feature 5 brilliant storytellers.

To tell us more we welcome local artist, storyteller, and corporate educator Gregor Wynnyczuk, producer of the show Jamie Thompson, and stand-up comedian Jeff Simmermon -- who has been featured on The Moth, This American Life, The Risk Podcast, and in his own show "And I Am Not Lying Variety Show" at the Upright Citizens Brigade in NYC.

Dorcey Applyrs at WAMC (February 2019)
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Some new faces have been changing city politics in Albany, once famous for machine rule. One example is Common Councilor Dorcey Applyrs, who was a political newcomer when she ran for the council in 2013. She recently sat down with WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas.

Book Examines History Of Albany's Streets

Feb 4, 2019
Cradle of the Union: A Street by Street History of New York's Capital City
Jim Levulis, WAMC News

While every city has a Main Street or First Avenue, most cities have street names that carry history with them. Writer Erik Schlimmer dug through historical records to find out why the streets of Albany have their current names. 

The "Rusty Anchor" secured at the Port of Albany after it drifted down the Hudson River
Lucas Willard / WAMC

Danger was averted when several unstaffed boats were sent adrift on the ice-packed Hudson River this morning. It was a tense few hours, but no one was injured and authorities have secured all vessels involved.

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The cities of Albany, Schenectady, Troy and Plattsburgh have filed lawsuits against the manufacturers and distributors of opioid painkillers. The cities are hoping to recoup expenses from a crisis they say has placed a strain on taxpayers.

When it was completed the Lincoln Park pool was one of the largest municipal pools in country and a model by which all others would be judged.
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Plans to revitalize Albany’s landmark Lincoln Park are moving forward.

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The City of Albany will host a public input meeting on the future of a downtown park next month.

Club Pheonix in Albany hours after the fatal shooting of Joseph Davis
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UPDATE 9/29/19 12:27 p.m.:

An arrest has been made related to the early morning shooting at an Albany nightclub that injured three people.

The Albany Police Department says 25-year-old Shaquille Owens was arrested following an investigation.

Owens faces charges of Attempted Murder in the 2nd Degree and Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the 2nd Degree.

The original text of this story follows below:

The Albany Police Department is investigating an early morning shooting that occurred at a Central Avenue nightclub.

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