Stuff to do this weekend


Puckman's got a big weekend ahead of him.

When you're not watching Olympians do really cool stuff this weekend, you might want to do a little cool stuff of your own. We're not talking half pipes or triple sowcows or anything, just a little simple fun.

Here's our weekly list of things to do this weekend. Mix them, match them, share them with your friends. And as always, if we're missing something good, please let us know.

Keep warm, and have a great weekend.

Art Night
Downtown Schenectady art galleries and shops are open late for Art Night tonight. If you feel like a movie afterward, The Bow Tie Cinema has Art Night specials. Regular movie tickets are $7.50 and 3D tickets are $9.50. Be sure and ask for the Art Night Special to get the discount prices.

Spring Awakening
Get your teenage angst on with this Tony Award winning show. It's at Proctors through Sunday. Tickets range from $20 to $65.

Roller Derby
The Albany All Stars bring some heat to the Washington Avenue Armory on Saturday night at 7 (doors open at 6). Music by Slick Fitty.

Restys, Scientific Maps and New Pioneer Society will be at Ground Zero on the RPI campus in Troy on Saturday night. It's in Nugent Hall on Willard Road. $3

Society High, Horror Business, Dead Aces and Junkyard Music are at Valentine's tonight at 8. On Saturday night at 11 it's Scooter Pie at Midnight's rock n' roll burlesque show.

Tern Rounders are at Emack & Bolio's tonight at 7 p.m.

Sirsy is playing Quintessence on Saturday night at 10.

Tess' Lark Tavern has The Shakin' Bakers tonight. Mirk and the New Familiars will be there on Saturday.

Jazz vocalist Jill Hughes is at 9 Maple Ave. in Saratoga on Saturday night at 9. Get there early to reserve a seat at the bar.

The Peter Davis Swing Band Dance is playing at The Albany Elks Lodge (25 South Allen Street in Albany) on Friday night. Dance from 8 to 11 for $10.

Skp Parson's headlines this months Saratoga Savoy Diamond Dance on Saturday night at The Saratoga Music Hall (upstairs in the City Hall building on Broadway). $15 gets you food, Ben and Jerry's ice cream, music and dancing from 7:30 to 11:30. There's also a free lesson for beginners at 7:30.

Albany Center Galleries show, "Then & Now: Jeri Eisenberg, Mimi Czajka Graminski, Iona Park" is still up. The three artists have returned to the gallery to show changes in their work.

There are a few exhibits you might want to check out at The New York State Museum. "Seeing Ourselves," an exhibit of photos from the George Eastman House in Rochester opens today, featuring photos by Ansel Adams and Dorothea Lang among others. "This Great Nation Will Endure," featuring the photos of the Farm Security Administration, only has a couple of weeks left. You can see it through March 14th. You can also catch "Beneath the City: An Archaeological Perspective on Albany" through March 10th. If you head up on Saturday, check out the Gem and Fossil show. Free.

Cap Lit
Check out lit magazines and journals at The College of Saint Rose on Saturday at Albany's first Lit Mag and Small Press Fair. There will be all kinds of discussions and readings. Noon to 6 pm in St. Joseph's Auditorium on the CSR campus. Free. After the event head over to Valentines to wrap things up with a Karaoke/Poetry Party."

Fat Saturday Carnival
Revolution Hall is hosting a benefit for The Arts Center of the Capital Region on Saturday night at 6:30. Captain Squeeze and the Zydeco Moshers and Restys are playing and they'll be Hoodo Voodo and king cake. $20 day of, $15 in advance, $10 for students.

Albany Heroes for Haiti
The Albany Heroes are hosting a relief benefit for Haiti on Sunday at the Washington Avenue Armory. Entertainment, food and exhibits. $5 from noon to 5PM. $10 from 6-9PM. Kids 10 and under are free.

Time is running out to catch those Oscar nominees. If you missed "The Hurt Locker," it's back at The Spectrum for a return engagement. The award winning documentary, "Crude," the story of one of the largest and most controversial environmental lawsuits, opens at the Spectrum tonight. Director Joe Berlinger will be on-hand for a Q & A after the 6:30 show on Saturday.

Free Film at The Writer's Institute
This week, The Writer's Institute's Classic Film Series presents Jaques Demy's 1961 French classic, "Lola" Tonight (Friday) at 7:30 at Page Hall on UAlbany's downtown campus. Free.

Skating Alfresco
Get some fresh air at the local outdoor ponds and ice rinks. Looking for a good pond or outdoor rink? Here are a few we found.

Freak Out
Saturday is the biggest hockey game of the season at RPI -- The Big Red Freakout. Puckman will be there to liven up the crowd. Brush up on your RPI Hockey etiquette before you go. $10 adults, $7 kids, seniors and RPI students.


"The Merchant of Venice" at Albany Civic Theater - second weekend!

Audiences have seemed to enjoy themselves so far, and it's only $15 (or 2 for $15 with a government ID, or $10 with a student ID!)

Another reason to visit The New York State Museum is New York in Bloom which is taking place all weekend.

"Reckless" opens tonight at Proctor's 440 theater. Prouduced by the Classic Theater Guild (I am doing Props!)

Feb 19, 20, 26, 27 - 8:00
Feb 21,28 - 2:00

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