This weekend looks chilly, but awesome.
After the jump, a few things that looked good to us. Got something else in mind? Tell us about it.
And have a great weekend!
Put on your Wellies and wander the shops and galleries of Albany for 1st Friday. Be sure and check out the Marketplace Gallery's "Ready or Not" show , featuring artists from NYC and Albany. It's followed by an after party with Dj TrueMastr and projection art by V3 1983. Dovecote (306 Hudson Ave. -- the former Amrose + Sable) is featuring Christina Kincade's first solo show and The Albany Art Room is holding a fundraiser for The Wishi Project.
The post 1st Friday Capital Swing Dance starts at 8:30 tonight at the Albany Elks Lodge (25 South Allen Street). Headliners are Patti-O and the Hip Hooligans.
+Our Friends at WEXT are bringing Peter Case and Ashley Pond to Valentine's tonight.
+Pretty Lights is at The Washington Avenue Armory in Albany on Saturday night at 8. $26.
+Man at work, Colin Hay performs a benefit concert tonight at 7:30 at the Troy Music Hall. It's a fundraiser for the Capital Region Coalition Against Homelessness. $15- $50
Dave Matthews is at the TU center tonight at 7.
+Boston Pops conductor Keith Lockhart leads England's BBC concert orchestra in a program of Russian Composers tonight at Proctors. $20 -$75.
To Kill a Saturday
A marathon reading of To Kill a Mockingbird starts at 9AM on Saturday at The Book House at Stuyvesant Plaza goes until 9PM -- or until the book is finished. Drop by and listen to members of the AOA crowd and local media folks read this Harper Lee classic. The event is free but donations to Literacy Volunteers will be accepted.
+Kathy Griffin does her stand-up act on Sunday at The Palace Theater.
+Mop and Bucket have a Spontaneous Broadway show tonight at 8 Underground at Proctor's
+Steven Wright is at The Egg on Saturday night at 8. $29.50, 39.50, $50.
Latitude 14: Red Fly/Blue Bottle
Part concert, part video installation Latitude 14:Red Fly/Blue Bottle " explores the mediating effects of memory and how we use imagination to surmount that which we have lost." It's described as a "sonic web that traces a young woman's discovery of her companion's deployment to a secret war and the steps she takes to make sense of his absence." Tonight and Saturday at 8 at EMPAC.
Best Practices in Banana Time
The Sanctuary for Independent Media presents this "mixed reality talk show that takes place in a real life physical venue and simultaneously in the 3D virtual environment of Second Life... the talk show explores new forms of online labor in the global, digital workplace." Suggested donation $10, $5 for students and low income.
Get earth friendly tips that make it easier to be green as the Eco Show --the largest environmentally friendly trade show in Upstate New York. Tonight through Sunday at HVCC $3
Start your shopping
Halloween and election day have come and gone. Time to get going on holiday shopping. If you're looking for something a little out of the ordinary here are a few places to check out:
+The Tight Knit Market is back at the Troy Farmers Market in the Uncle Sam Atrium on Saturday from 9-1.
+There's a Holiday Craft show at The Woman's Club of Albany this weekend. Friday 5-9 and Saturday 10-5
+The Arts Center for the Capital Region has opened their Handmade for the Holidays shop. You can browse on Saturday from 11-3.
If you're excited about the coming winter, you might want to check out the Albany Ski & Snowboard Expo at the Empire State Plaza. It starts today and runs through Sunday. $8, $7 for kids 7-12. Kids 6 and under are free.
The Albany Devils are at the TU Center tomorrow night at 7 and Sunday at 4.
Other road trips
Spend 12 hours in Columbia County . You can also try Ulster or Schoharie county. Or head over to Bennington. Or you could do a little fall shopping in Northampton or Woodstock. And if you're up near Glens Falls, swing through town.
Make your house smell really good
Head to the winter farmers markets and pick up some apples or root vegetables. Then go home and roast or bake something yummy. Bonus points if you share it.
Have a donut
Not just any donut -- a cider donut. Heck, have a bunch. There's still time to try Daniel B.'s Tour de Donut. Don't forget to pace yourself.
Or a burger
Craving a good burger? Here are some spots to try.
Go chasing waterfalls
All the rain we've had recently should mean pretty good flows for local waterfalls. Here are a few good ones to check out.
Sure, this doesn't sound like fun at first -- but since you have to do it, get some friends to help. Rake the leaves into a big giant pile. Then jump in. Your inner 5 year old will thank you.
*AOA is a media sponsor of To Kill a Saturday
*EMPAC has advertised on AOA in the past. The Troy Music Hall and The Palace are currently advertising on AOA.
Photo: Flickr user RBerteig
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