Stuff to do this weekend

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Banjoist Jayme Stone, this weekend at The Sanctuary for Independent Media

Hey! You made it through the winter! Welcome to the first weekend of spring.

What? No plans, you say?

After the jump you'll find some things that looked promising to us.

If you've got something else planned, we'd love to hear about it.

And as always, whatever you do -- have a great weekend.

Roller Derby
The Albany All Stars have a championship bout on Saturday night at The Washington Avenue Armory. Music by The Blue Machine. Doors at 6pm, bout at 7pm$. 12, $4 for kids.

Art Night
Somehow it got to be the 3rd Friday in March already -- so it's Art Night in Schenectady. Shops and galleries in downtown Schenectady are open late with music, art and performances. There's an after party at Moon and River Cafe

+ Mop & Bucket has an improv show tonight at 8, Underground at Proctors. $14, $6 students/seniors.

+ The "Lovable Queen of Mean," Lisa Lampinelli, does two shows at The Egg on Saturday night. 7 & 10. $37.75

Rock n' Roll Burlesque
Scooter Pie at Midnight's Rock n' Roll Burlesque show comes around again on Saturday night/Sunday morning at midnight at Valentine's.

Pop Rock and Rave with New York City Ballet Dancers
It's a performance/rave. Current and former NYC Ballet dancers perform pieces in a style they call Urban Apartment Hop to the music of Bangin' Sid. The performance is followed by a rave DJ'ed by NYCB principle Sebastien Marcovici, aka DJ Tear of Manhattan. Saturday from 7:30 to midnight at the National Museum of Dance School of the Arts. The $25 ticket cost goes to support the The National Museum of Dance School of the Arts.

More dance
+The Georgie Wonders Orchestra will be playing at the Albany Elks Lodge on South Allen Street tonight at 8. $12

+ The Joey Thomas Big Band headlines the Saratoga Savoy Diamond Dance on Saturday night at the Saratoga Music Hall (upstairs at city hall). $15 gets you dancing, a lesson, snacks and ice cream. 7:30

Auto Show
If you're thinking about buying a car, or you just like looking at them, you might want to stop by the auto show at the TU Center this weekend. They'll be more than 170 new cars from 30 different manufacturers on display. $7.50 for adults/free for kids under 12.

+ Erin Harkes and Blaze are at Quintessence in Albany tonight at 8. free

+ Skeletons in the Piano is at Putnam Den in Saratoga tonight with Severe Severe and others. 9 pm - $7

+ Saturday night at 8, award-winning banjoist Jayme Stone performs at The Sanctuary for Independent Media in Troy. Stone's latest work is inspired by folk dances from around the world. $10

+ New Orleans rock/R&B band The Radiators stop at The Egg on Saturday as part of their farewell tour. $29.50

+ Jazz sax player Jeff Coffin and the Mu'tet are at the Massry Center Sunday night at 7:30. Coffin's played with Dave Matthews Band and Bela Fleck. $15

The Hidden Fortress
George Lucas has called Akira Kurosawa's The Hidden Fortress the primary influence in the creation of Star Wars. The NYS Writers Institute is screening the film tonight at 7:30 in UAlbany's Page Hall. Free.

1911 Capitol Fire
The New York State Museum is screening the WMHT film that documents what's been described as the greatest library disaster in modern times -- the fire that swept through the New York State Capitol in 1911. It opens on Saturday and runs through June 18.

The Lion King
The final weekend of The Lion King appears to be sold out at Proctors. If you're hoping for cancellations, check with the box office.

Purim Carnival
Sunday at Gavin Park in Wilton. Games, music, food, a cupcake walk and music for kids. Free admission. Game tickets $2 for 10.

3rd Annual a Games Battle of Bands Bmx Skate Competition
The Shelter Skatepark hosts this annual competition. Top skaters and BMXers compete for a $1,000 prize on Saturday night from 5-9. $10.

Nom nom nom
Here are some delicious ways to sideline those healthy resolutions.

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

Ice Cream
No, you can't take the full tour yet -- but Kurver, The Snowman are open, so go ring in the spring.

Proctors has advertised on AOA in the past. .

Photo: dayton berg,


It's Maple Weekend (two weekends actually). If you love real maple syrup, take a visit to a local sugarhouse to smell the sap boiling. We drive all the way to Kent's in Berlin for our fix.

Freshly boiled syrup tastes much better than a grocery store bottle, but I suggest you buy several small jugs, rather than one big one (the air exposure in a half-empty jug seems to really diminish the zippy maple flavor).

The Capitol Fire documentary screening is not this weekend. The exhibit opens this weekend, but the screening is on Tuesday. - I called and checked.

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