Stuff to do this weekend

trash 2.jpgRain, rain go away. AOA wants to go out and play.

OK-- we're not sure that's going to be enough to ward off any April showers. And rain makes the flowers pretty and all. So this weekend's list of stuff to do is a springtime mix of indoor and outdoor activities. And yes, while it's highly unlikely, we've planned for snow (we've been living here a long time.)

Got other plans? Share with the rest of the crowd! And have a great weekend!

Trashy models
Models strut the catwalk in fashions made from all kinds of cool recyclable trash tonight at UAlbany's Ecouter fashion show. Music from DJ Truemaster, Scientific Maps and Beware! the Other Head of Science. The party goes from 5-9 at the UAlbany Art Museum.

1st Friday
Grab your rain slicker and umbrella and check out some of the 1st Friday events going on all over Albany. There's new art all over town from St. Rose to Lark Street to the NYS Museum. Shops and galleries all over town are open late. Don't forget the after parties at The Fuze Box, Justin's and The University Club. The full schedule is here.

1st Friday means it's time for the Capital Swing Dance at the Albany Elks Club. It's at 25 S. Allen St. There's a beginner lesson at 7:30, then dancing until 11:30. $15, $12 for members, $10 for students and seniors.

1st Saturday
Not to be outdone, Saratoga is celebrating art and April with their monthly 1st Saturday celebration. Looks like Saturday might be a nice night to stroll the Spa City and take in a little art.

Albany's 1st ever Poetry Game Show
What is a poetry game show? We're not sure either, but it sounded interesting to us. The folks at Yes! Reading are trying something new. And it features the very funny and talented Cara Benson, so it's definitely worth a shot. It's at Townsend Park Bakery tonight at 6:30

Who's line is it anyway?
Colin Mochrie of Whose Line Is It Anyway and snack fairy fame is at Proctors tonight with his "Whose Line" buddy Brad Sherwood for a night of improv. Tickets range from $20-$52.

There's a pretty wide variety of music options in the CR this weekend. Margan and the Red Lions are at Valentines tonight with Ashley Pond, The Jets and the Snakes, Grown up Noise and Jared Funari.

The Albers Trio -- a trio of sisters who play some mean strings (viola, violin and cello) will be at Union College in the Memorial Chapel tonight, playing works by Beethoven, Mozart and others. $20, $10 for students.

If blues is your thing, The North Mississippi All Stars are at Revolution Hall tonight with their blend of Mississippi Blues infused rock & roll.

And the WEXT pick of the week --The Flatlanders on Saturday night at The Egg. It's Joe Ely, Jimmie Dale Gilmore and Butch Hancock.

Catch a movie
The Spectrum just added a few new movies including Adventureland and Sunshine Cleaning. And if you missed The Wrestler, you can catch it for $6 tonight at 8 and Sunday at 3 at The Saratoga Film Forum

Bond, James Bond
Get your mimosa shaken, not stirred --straight up with a twist and a side of Sean Connery. "Dr. No" is this weeks feature at Movieland's "Movie's and Mimosa" Saturday. The movie is only $5 and mimosa's are two. And no, they won't actually shake your mimosa.

Pan's Labryinth on steroids
That's how the Philadelphia Weekly described the Sea of Birds --which is being performed Saturday at Mass MoCA in North Adams MA. It's theater artist Sebastienne Mundheim's look at World War II Eastern Europe through a child's fantasy. Shows at 4 & 8 PM. $13, $10 for students w/ ID.

The Dead
OK, this one is more fun than it sounds. This is the last weekend to catch Capital Rep's production of the stage adaptation of the James Joyce story. It's gotten some pretty good reviews.

Go Walking
Take a walk while it's sunny-- or in the rain. Here are some spots that we liked in the fall. They may not be quite as pretty in the spring, but you might catch a few early flowers.

In case of snow
This is also a good rainy day pick. Watch the weather from a window seat at Bailey's Cafe in Saratoga and make your own melty chocolatey marshmallowy treats right at your table.

Good in any weather
Ice cream! Some of our favorite seasonal ice cream joints are open! Take the AOA ice cream tour or pick your own.


I'm relaxing this weekend after politic-ing the past few...

Two events in Troy this weekend that sound very cool:

The Ephemera Design Firm will bring computer music, techno and mashups to the Arts Center of the Capital District Saturday at 8 p.m. $8.

Also, tonight at the Sanctuary for Independent Media (,) Iraqi-born artist Wafaa Bilal will be back after the fracas over his art last year to discuss his new book, new book “Shoot an Iraqi: Life, Art and Resistance Under the Gun." That's at 7 p.m.

Oh, and the Recovery art show continues tonight and tomorrow.

Don't forget Recovery Art Show!
"Re·cov·er·y Art Event. April 2nd-3rd-4th, 40 Broadway, Albany NY
Art event showing the work from Convergence expo in NYC, plus new work from many of the artsits."

I will def. be going to see Ashley Pond. She rocks.

African Culture Day @ Saint Rose
an event to learn about various African Cultures
raise awareness about issues that effect the area
raise money to help fund education programs in Sierra Leone.

Did you know that for only $50, a child in Sierra Leone could attend school for 2 full years

April 4th from 1-4
St. Joseph's Auditorium @ Saint Rose
The event is free and open to the public.
Shirts will be on sale for $3.00 each.
There will be food and African dancers, drummers and story tellers from the Hamilton Hill Arts Center.
Jewelery from Sierra Leone will be sold.
Donate gently used clothes to be sent to Sierra Leone.

All money collected will be donated to the Democratic Development Initiative; the newly founded organization helps to fund education programs in Sierra Leone.

Paws for a Cause is today (10am - 4pm) and tomorrow (10am - 3pm) at the Empire State Plaza. Lots of vendors and free seminars all revolving around pets. They will also be having shows by the Purina Incredible Dog team. Everyone is encouraged to bring an item of new, unopened canned or dry pet food.

I totally agree with you about the snow.
I will not publicly or privately admit that winter is over until May 1st.
Keeping sweaters and Yak Trax handy until then. you're making me crave a lobster roll at Bailey's.

Enjoy the weekend!

Great weekend for a GARAGE SALE! Support the Albany Marching Falcons Marching Band and Color Guard at a multi-family garage sale at Myers Middle School in Albany on Saturday, 4/4, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Whitehall Rd. at Elbel Court. Rain or shine!

I should mention that the mysterious Poetry Game Show also features dozens of AMAZING prizes. I say amazing and I mean it. Townsend Park Cafe, 6:30 Tonight!

I am excited to be checking out the Biergarten tonight for the first time.

Summer: Biergarten is great! It's mass group seating, so sit with strangers. It's cool!!

The Drive-In's are opening!!!!

Fast & Furious @ 7:45PM
Grand Torino @ 9:45PM

Malta Drive-In
Race To Witch Mountain @ 7:45PM
Knowing @ 9:45PM

Fast & Furious @ 7:50PM
I Love You Man @ 9:35PM

Have a great weekend!!!

The North Mississippi Allstars are on Wednesday!

Just got back from The Flatlanders. Incredible show and talent. Nice crowd at the Egg. What a great place to hear good music.

The Chapel + Cultural Center, Rensselaer Newman Foundation, invites everyone to join RPI’s Rensselyrics and special guests to be announced for “Don’t Forget the Lyrics”, an a capella musical musical poke at TV game shows. Come hear more of the best in old and new a capella popular music.

The concert begins at 8:00 PM, Saturday, 21 April 2012. Light refreshments will be served during intermission.

Tickets will be sold for $4 at the RPI Union from 4-16 through 4/20 between the hours of 10:00 AM and 4:00 PM. Tickets will be sold at the door on concert night for $5.

The Chapel + Cultural Center is located at 2125 Burdett Ave., Troy, New York.

For more information, please contact Tom Mattern at 518-274-7793 or You may also visit us at our website, or our Facebook page at www.facebook/chapelandculturalcenter.

The Chapel + Cultural Center, Rensselaer Newman Foundation, welcomes back the artists of Roarke Center with their Spring 2012 exhibition, “Seasonings”.

The exhibit is open to the public Wednesday, 3 May through Thursday, 28 June 2012. Gallery hours are Monday Thru Saturday, 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM.

There will an Artist's Reception from 6:30 until 8:00 PM on Thursday, 24 May 2012. Light refreshments will be served. All are welcome.

The Chapel + Cultural Center is located at 2125 Burdett Ave., Troy, New York.

The exhibition’s title compares the spices that add zest to the food that sustains us to art, which infuses our spiritual and material live with interest and surprise. It is an uplifting celebration of color and form in a variety of media including printmaking, watercolor and acrylic painting, pottery, sculpture, fiber art and photography.

Participants in the art programs at the Roarke Center are artists who live in poverty and deal with disabilities, mental health issues and substance abuse issues. Art provides them with channels for building self esteem and improving social interactions. The purpose of the art programs is not production but change in participants’ lives. Sr. Loretta Hoag, who is also an artist, directs and mentors participating art students.

For more information, please contact Tom Mattern at 518-274-7793 or You may also visit us at our website,

@Tom - I hate(love) to tell you how to do your job, but this probably isn't the best post to comment on... being as it's 3 years old and all.

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