Now in their second season as the top AHL affiliate of the New Jersey Devils, the Albany Devils have officially traded their pitchforks for hockey sticks as they continue to scorch the ice toward a potential playoff berth. Through 52 games, the Devils have glided into the top half of the Eastern Conference behind right winger Joe Whitney, whose 12 goals and incandescent helmet have led the way to 24 victories thus far. Center Steve Zalewski has chipped in 28 points of his own, and rookie goalie Keith Kinkaid marks his territory nightly by barricading the net with his collection of youth-league trophies just one year after steering Union College to their most successful campaign in school history.
Since opening with a Frank Sinatra performance in 1990, the stadium now known as Times Union Center has seen more than 15 million guests pass through its turnstiles. That’s only slightly smaller than the population of the Netherlands and roughly equal to the number of people worldwide who enjoy candy corn. Besides attracting such entertainment titans as the Rolling Stones, U2, Disney’s “On Ice” series, and the Harlem Globetrotters, the multifunction arena is also home to the AHL’s Albany Devils and college basketball’s Siena Saints.
If the way to a person's heart is through their stomach, then it follows that the way to a neighborhood's heart is through its restaurants and bars. The Sip embodies this philosophy, planning events that take groups on rousing tours of local hotspots. During these upscale bar crawls, patrons sip curated samples of wines, beers, and cocktails paired with light appetizers and whatever wild berries they find along the way. All of this imbibing is also done in the name of a good cause: a portion of the The Sip's proceeds goes to various charities.
Hard-rock juggernauts Five Finger Death Punch give audiences four for flinching on their Share The Welt tour, a high-octane evening of nail-driving metal and chugging aural concrete. Since bursting onto the scene in 2007 with its gold-selling debut, The Way of the Fist, Five Finger Death Punch has scaled the charts and the musical food chain, gulping its competition like a possessed Takeru Kobayashi. For the tour in support of its latest effort, American Capitalist, the gang enlists an entire posse of heavy hitters. Massachusetts metal mavens All That Remains, fresh from melting soles on the Vans Warped Tour, bludgeon audiences with an arsenal of hits, and hardcore shredders Hatebreed share unkind words as they haze the speed of sound. Adding power-chord crunch to the show, Fort Wayne’s Rains sprinkles audiences with raw and emotional sonic sleet.
Wine-colored velvet hangs over the Palace Theatre?s vast proscenium stage, completing a picture of elegance sketched out by the ornate cream walls and balconies. Opened in 1931 as an RKO movie house, the theater has survived the century with much of its original furnishings intact, including the huge brass chandelier, the original murals by Andrew Karoly and Jules Zartol, and the pack of hyenas that provided the prototype laugh track for vaudeville shows.