Somebody pinch us!
Spring starts this weekend, there's an extra hour of sunlight and Saturday should reach 67 degrees.
This, you would think, is as good as it gets for a late March weekend in the Capital Region.
But no -- there's also an impressive list of stuff to do.
After the jump, the stuff we thought might be fun. If you're doing something we missed, share with the group, please. And get out and have some fun.
Hundreds of artists from around the Capital Region descend on the Electric City this weekend for the first Schenectady Art Attack. Painters, writers, musicians, film makers photographers and others will perform at more than 20 venues around Schenectady from 10 -6 on Saturday and 11-5 on Sunday. You can pick up a map and schedule at City Hall.
The Writer's Institute is screening the Japanese film "After Life" at Page Hall tonight. It's made up of stories from a room where people are asked to pick one memory from their lifetime before entering heaven. 7:30. Free.
Scooter Pie at midnight--the rock n' roll burlesque show, comes around to Valentine's again on Saturday night at.. yes.. midnight.
Bryan Thomas and Julia Brown are at Bread and Jam Cafe tonight, starting at 8.
Choirs, chamber groups a jazz quintet and a Haitian drumming ensemble are part of tomorrow night's benefit concert for Haitian Relief at Center of Communications and Interactive Media building at The College of Saint Rose. 7:30. $10.
+*"To Kill a Mockingbird" continues at Capital Rep. You can see it tonight at 8, Saturday at 3 & 7:30, Sunday at 2:30. $15-$39
Home Made Theater's Shuster Play Reading Series presents a staged reading of "BFF (Best Friends Forever)" by Anna Ziegler.
Yes, Reading hosts poets Elena Georgiou, Christian Peet and Karl Gartung and Kate Greenstreet on Saturday night at 7:30 at the Social Justice Center on Central Avenue in Albany.
Congregation Gates of Heaven in Schenectady is hosting a Jewish Food Festival on Sunday from noon to 4. There will be all kinds of food samples, cooking demonstrations, music and a children's carnival. $15 for adults, $9 under 18.
The First Unitarian Universalist Society of Albany is holding an Iraqi Spring Festival on Sunday afternoon at 4.
The Joey Thomas Big Band is playing the Saratoga Savoy Diamond Dance is set for at the Saratoga Music Hall (top floor of City Hall) on Saturday night from 7:30-11:30. $15 gets you music, dancing, snacks and ice cream.
"Make Art Not War," the new show at The Dead Presidents Lounge Custom Tattoo & Art Gallery on Madison Avenue opens with a reception on Saturday night at 8.
Upstate Figurative, a showcase for four Capital Region figurative painters Sean Calhoun, Michael Gwozdz, Jenny Hutchinson and Deborah Morris opens on Sunday at The Fulton Street Gallery in Troy.
Seeing Ourselves: Masterpieces of American Photography from George Eastman House Collection continues this weekend at the New York State Museum. There's a free, 40 minute guided tour that meets at the West Gallery Entrance on Saturday and Sunday.
EMPAC's "Dancing on the Ceiling" exhibit includes all kinds of art based on zero gravity, and offers visitors a chance to float in an isolation tank. Free.
Music and Politics
Composer and pianist Frederic Rzewski will play a concert of many of his own political compositions on Saturday night at the concert hall at EMPAC. Rzewski will talk about his work following the performance. 8PM. $15, $10 students/seniors/faculty, $5 for RPI students.
Artists will hold demos on knitting, felting, dyeing, weaving, and all kinds of other fiber arts at The Arts Center for the Capital Region's Knit In. Sunday from 1-4. Free.
The 6th Annual Northeast Family Chocolate Festival will be at The Washington Avenue Armory on Saturday from 10-5. There'll be all kinds of kids stuff ,craft, music and chocolate vendors from all over the Capital Region. Admission benefits the Addictions Care Center of Albany.
Northeast Outdoors Show
Camping, fishing, biking, hiking and all kinds of other outdoor sports will be represented at the Northeast Outdoors Show at the Empire Plaza Convention Center today through Sunday. Today from 4-9, Saturday 9-6, Sunday 9-5. $8 for adults, kids 4-12 $4, kids under 4 are free.
Take a Hike
Take a guided hike through the Albany Pine Bush on the first day of spring. It's a 1.5 mile hike. $2 per person/$5 per family/Children under 5 yrs free. Register at 518-456-0655 albanypinebush.org
Check out the stars
The weather should be great for star gazing tonight. You can check out the Star Watch at Grafton Lakes State Park in the Main lot at 7:30.
Tomorrow night from 8-10 the Hirsch Observatory at RPI is open to the public.
Celebrate spring with the first cone of the season from one of the seasonal ice cream stands near you. Check here to find out which ones are open.
Just get out!
Find a park or a neighborhood you like and just take a walk. It's spring-- and it actually feels like it!
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