Well, we're about to officially kick off another holiday season. Nights and weekends will soon be booked with shopping, cooking holiday parties and generally being merry.
So this weekend, maybe you want to just be.
Here's our list of stuff that looks like fun this weekend. Pick your favorites, call your friends and enjoy the last weekend of the year before the holiday mayhem.
Oh, and as always, if we missed something good, let us know.
Sunday night you can hear local stand up comedians at The Lark Tavern's comedy open mic night.
It's a comedy... and a thriller. "The 39 Steps" is based on the Alfred Hitchcock film of the same name. You can catch it tonight and Saturday at 8:00 and Sunday afternoon at 1:00 at Proctor's in Schenectady. $20-$50.
The classic Lerner and Loewe musical, "My Fair Lady" just opened at Capital Rep. If you've been to Capital Rep., you're now wondering how it's going to fit there. It's a new, very intimate arrangement of the show. You can see it tonight at 8, Saturday at 3 and 7:30 and Sunday at 2.
Schenectady Art Night
Shops and galleries are open late in The Electric City tonight for Art Night. It's a good opportunity to do a little pre-holiday browsing and catch some music and art at the same time. Downtown should be hopping with folks heading to Proctor's for the show.
The other side of Hudson
As the Hudson 400 celebration winds down, the folks at The Sanctuary for Independent Media spend an evening considering revisionist history and Dutch colonization. Tonight at 7 they're screening "Mother Dao the Turtlelike," a Dutch documentary about colonization. Then Union College Professor of History Andrew Feffer and RPI Professor of Anthropology Tamar Gordon will talk about the broad implications of Dutch "discoveries" across the globe and here in the Capital Region.
The Franklin MiCare Duo is doing their thing at The Brown Derby tonight at 7. MiCare is a terrific jazz vocalist and old school "cat" who will make you want to dance to everything from old standards to the I Love Lucy theme.
It's the last Yes,Reading event of the season. Saturday night's featured readers are Jonas Williams and Tara Emelye Needham. Tonight at 7 at The Social Justice Center, 33 Central Avenue in Albany.
Mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke has performed with the Metropolitan Opera and the San Diego Symphony Orchestra and she's receiving all kinds of critical acclaim. Saturday night at 8 Cooke performs works from Schumann to Bernstein at the Union College Memorial Chapel. $20, $8 for students.
The Children's Museum of Science and Technology explores how things get invented from the brainstorming process to making a proto-type. Ages 5 and up. It's called "Inventors Corner" and it's Saturday at 1. Pre registration is required.
Local Holiday Shopping
Local independent businesses come together on Saturday night at the Troy Atrium for the "Buy Local Bash." Local foods, jewelry, and all kinds of holiday gift ideas. 5PM-9PM
More than 50 artisans will display jewelry, pottery and other gifts at The Shaker Christmas Craft Fair. It's this Saturday ( and every Saturday through December 19th) at the 1848 Shaker Meeting House in Albany.
Prep for Thanksgiving
Farmers' Markets in Troy, Saratoga and Schenectady have moved indoors, and they have all kinds of fresh local foods for your Thanksgiving feast. And the Tight Knit Market is back at the Troy Farmers' Market.
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