Stuff to do this weekend

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Verdensteatret: And all the Question Marks Started to Sing -- tonight at EMPAC. Thursday night's performance sold out.

OK, the bad news is -- it's still February. The good news is there's about four more weekends until spring.

After the jump, a few ideas to keep you warm and happy this cold winter weekend.

Got other plans? Drop them in a comment and share.

And have a wonderful weekend!

Artwalk
Tonight is the Art Walk in Schenectady. Shops and galleries are open late with music, art and performances. On the list of things to see, glass artist Cheryl Gutmaker at Sow's Ear. Here's the full schedule of events.

Roller Derby
The Department of Public Hurts takes on the Capital Legislayers this Saturday night in an Albany All Stars Roller Derby bout. Music by Slick Fitty. $12 at the door, $10 in advance, $4 for kids. Doors open at 6. The bout starts at 7.

Dance Flurry
Saratoga is wall to wall music and dance this weekend. The annual Dance Flurry starts tonight and runs through Sunday. Here's the full schedule with ticket prices.

Verdensteatret: And all the Question Marks Started to Sing
The concert/sculpture/performance "And All the Questionmarks Started to Sing," by Norwegian art collective Verdensteatret is at at EMPAC tonight. Actors and machinery interact to produce imagery and sounds. $15

Slavic Soul
Saturday night is the last of Proctors' Party Horns series. This time out Slavic Soul Party headlines with "fiery Balkan brass, hip-grinding American grooves, and anthems both new and old."

Oh, Canada
The Canadian Tenors are four dreamy neighbors to the north who know their way around an aria. They'll be at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall on Saturday night at 8. $29-$42.

Dunbar and The Loom
Sunday night at Valentine's, Sgt. Dunbar is joined by Brooklyn-based The Loom. Also on the bill, Life Among Trees and Wailing Wall.

Music
+ Alta Mira, Ashley Pond Band, Ben Karis-Nix, Holly and Evan are at Valentine's Friday night.
+ Tern Rounders are at Caffe Lena Friday night. $14 ahead, $16 day of
+ The Pink Floyd Experience is at The Palace Friday night. It's a Pink Floyd tribute with a big light show. Tickets start at $27.
+ Talking Heads fans might want to give Start Making Sense a try. The Talking Heads tribute band is playing Jillian's on Friday night at 9. $10 ahead, $12 at the door
+ The Trey Anastasio show at the Palace on Saturday is sold out. Phish phans might want to swing by the Book House at Stuyvesant Plaza on Sunday at 2 pm for a signing with Pete Mason, the local author of Phanfood, a cookbook made up of recipes from Phish fans.

Eat Mac & Cheese
Sample up to 30 different Mac & Cheese recipes on Saturday at the Albany Marriott at the annual Times Union Mac & Cheese Bowl to benefit The Northeast Regional Food Bank. 11-2:30, $15, $5 for kids 5-12

Firehouse chili
Brown's is hosting a firehouse chili cook-off on Saturday -- firehouses will be competing to see who has the best chili. It's $10 for "endless" samples. 2-5 pm

SPAM
Scooter Pie at Midnight brings her rock 'n roll burlesque show back to Valentine's on Saturday night/Sunday morning at midnight.

Hockey
Tonight is GE Kids-In-Free Night at the Albany Devils game at the T.U. Center. 7:00 Kids under 12 get in free when accompanied by an adult. Grown up tickets are $5 and $10. The Devils are also playing the Adirondack Phantoms on Sunday afternoon at 4 at the TU Center.

Certifiably Jonathan
Certifiably Jonathan is a mockumentary that looks at bi-polar comedian/artist Jonathan Winters. It stars Winters, Sarah Silverman, Tim Conway, Robert Klein, Howie Mandel and others. You can Catch it at Proctors on Sunday at 4 and 5:45. (If you can't make it, it's also being screened on Monday.)

Do something crafty
Here are some places where you can get help, crafting space and supplies.

Get outdoors
Give snowshoeing or cross country skiing a shot.

Brunch
Linger over a boozy brunch with friends or start your weekend with a great diner breakfast.

The sweet life
Have the best glazed donut in the Capital Region. Or go candy shopping.

AOA is a media sponsor of the Albany All Stars. Both the Palace and the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall advertise on AOA. And EMPAC has in the past.

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Condom Week pub crawls!

Friday, 2/18- Lark Street: Kicking off from Bombers on Lark Street at 9pm, volunteers and staff from Upper Hudson Planned Parenthood (UHPP) will visit Waterworks Pub, Lionheart, Cafe Hollywood, Oh Bar, Rocks, Susies, and Elda's.

Saturday, 2/19- Pearl Street: Kicking off from Jillian's at 9pm, UHPP will visit Envy, Blue 82, Bayou, Wolff's Biergarten, McGeary's and Franklin's Tower.

During our Condom Week pub crawls in Albany, our outreach teams will visit local establishments, distribute “safer sex kits” and engage patrons in a fun “Fact-or-Crap” trivia game.

National Condom Week is a week long effort to emphasize the importance of condom use. The campaign often uses humor as a tool to help educate young adults about serious risks involved with unprotected sex.

Four more weekends of winter?! Egad - Thats bad news. There are too many winter adventures to be had!
If you haven't yet seen wintering Bald Eagles on the Hudson River this year, the DEC site has some suggestions for where to go, while there's still ice for them to land on!
http://www.dec.ny.gov/animals/9382.html

"Proof" at Albany Civic Theater continues this weekend - tonight and tomorrow at 8, Sunday at 3. The TU, Gazette and Record all gave it glowing reviews, and audience response has been extremely positive!

http://www.albanycivictheater.org/nowplaying.html

Friday, February 18th - 8:00 – 11:30 pm - The Whoa Nelly Band will be playing at the Brunswick Barbeque and Brew. Karen Gilpin, Tim Barker, Gene Lemme and Peggy Lecuyer will be joined by special guests Chris Lane on guitar and Jeff Dooley on the banjo. We are psyched! The BBB is on Rt. 2, just up the street from Tamarac school. The address and phone are: 3925 State Highway 2. Troy, NY 12180 (518) 279-9993.

Steve says the Mac and Cheese Bowl is sold out so if you don't have tickets, you'll have to remember to buy them early next year. You can still make a donation to the Food Bank, but you're out of luck when it comes to cheesy goodness.

Stay warm and happy inside by participating in the Great Backyard Bird Count! Count the birds coming to your feeders.

http://www.birdsource.org/gbbc/whycount.html

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