Stuff to do this weekend

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Lumberjacks, this weekend in Cobleskill

Whoo-hooo! 70 degrees and sunny! The first real weekend of spring is here!

What are you going to do with it?

After the jump, a few thoughts. Got something else in mind?

You know what to do.

And whatever you're up to, have a great weekend.

Shops and galleries in Troy are open late tonight for Troy Night Out. The Lighting Research Center of RPI is presenting 'visibleINvisible', a one-night only light art show in the vacant storefront at 29 Third Street. At Collar Works gallery on River Street, there's an exhibition of art work exploring the concepts of country culture and geography with local, national and regional artists. Don't forget the after-party at Daisy Baker's from 9 pm to 2 am.

Check out 150 works by local artists, inspired by works of well known artists. Tonight's Albany Center Gallery Knock-it-Off event is free, but you can purchase your favorite piece in a silent auction to benefit Albany Center Gallery.

Roller Derby
The Albany Allstars B-Squad is at the Washington Avenue Armory on Saturday against the New Jersey Hellrazors. Music by The Big Kahuna Surf Band. Doors open at 6, whistle at 7. $12, $4 for kids under 12.

Rocco DeFazio has organized another stickball competition to benefit local food pantries. It's too late to sign up to play, but you can watch on Saturday from 11 am to 5 pm at the Little Italy Marketplace.

+ MopCo has held over its Chortal Kombat show. You can catch it tonight at 8 pm Underground at Proctors. $16, $6 students/seniors.

+ The SUNY Comedy Show, featuring Brian Posehn (and friends), is Saturday at the Palace at 2 pm. Tickets for the general public are $17.

+ Greg Aidala, Nate Bargatze and Dave Cox headline the Brew Ha-Ha Comedy Showcase at The Linda on Saturday night at 8. $15.

Sound artist Francisco Lopez is premiering his new work, "Hyper-Rainforest," at EMPAC this week. From the blurbage:

Hyper-Rainforest is a monumental sound piece, both in duration and in how the sounds are projected to the Concert Hall. All music in this performance stems from field recordings--but it does not simulate the natural reality of the original locations. Instead, the work creates a sonic hyper-reality, a virtual world of sound and music that goes beyond a trip to a rainforest. The original materials are observed, analyzed, and composed to create a piece that surrounds the audience, moving deep into the sounds themselves and toward new sounds still rooted in their origins. This world premiere, commission was developed in residence at EMPAC.

Three of the performances this weekend have already sold out. As of Friday morning, EMPAC's website said there were still tickets available for the 9:30 pm performance on Saturday. Tickets are $15.

The Tang Party
Skidmore's ProArts student visual art club hosts "outrageous" outdoor installation student art work and music on the grounds of the Tang Teaching Museum. From 10 pm - 1 am tonight.

+ Before Rent, Jonathan Larson wrote a little three person show called Tick, Tick...Boom. Matlana and Adrien Gleason star in a production this weekend at Columbia High School. Tonight at 8, Saturday at 2 and 8. $15.

+ The Not So Common Players are performing the first-ever local production of Stephen Sondheim's absurd musical Anyone Can Whistle at Shenendehowa High School East Little Theater. Friday and Saturday at 8 pm, Sunday at 2 pm.

The NYS Writers Institute winds down its classic film series with the German Expressionist silent film, Jealousy. Tonight at 7:30 at Page Hall on the UAlbany downtown campus. Free.

Baby Animals on the Shaker Farm
You can visit the new baby animals on the Shaker Farm at Hancock Shaker Village on Saturday from 10-4.

Selected Shorts
Selected Shorts host Isaiah Sheffer, Keir Dullea and Mia Dillon read Edgar Allen Poe on Saturday night at The Egg. 6 pm - $50

+ Jazz great Ramsey Lewis will be at the Massry Center at St. Rose Friday night. The solo show will be a tribute to Billy Taylor. 7:30 pm - $25

+ Rickie Lee Jones is at The Egg Friday night. 8 pm - $34.50

+ The Albany Symphony Orchestra will be performing Aaron Copland's "Appalachian Spring" Friday evening at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall. The performance features baritone Nathan De'Shon Myers. 7:30 pm - tickets start at $19

+ Joy Kills Sorrow -- described as a "bold young Boston-based string" bluegrass band -- is at Helsinki Hudson Saturday night. 9 pm - $15

+ "Contemporary" a cappella group Rockapella is at The Egg Saturday night. 8 pm - $29.50

Mardi Gras
Yep, it's a week after Easter, but it's Mardi Gras in Saratoga. There's a parade, a festival on Beekman Street, with crafts and kids games, and music. Saturday 11-4:30.

Climbing, splitting wood, rolling logs -- this weekend ESPN comes to SUNY Cobleskill again for the nation's premier lumberjack competition, the Stihl Timbersports Series Northeast Qualifier. You can watch them compete on Saturday at the Cobleskill Fairgrounds.

Beakman's World
Beakman -- of Beakman's World, the old kids science show (the one with the talking rat) -- will be at Proctors Saturday for a show about "Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About the Brain but Were Thinking too Much to Ask." 1 pm - $9 adults / $7 kids

Capital Region Guitar Show
The Capital Region Guitar Show comes to the Saratoga City Center and Knights of Columbus Hall tonight until 9 and Saturday from 10 to 4.

Drive in
The Hollywood is showing Hop and Fast Five and The Malta Drive in will screen Rio and Hop on one screen and Fast Five and The Adjustment Bureau on the other.

Schenectady Greenmarket
The market is back outside Sunday for the first time this season. (Troy and Saratoga are both outside starting next weekend.)

Hang out on a patio
It should be prime patio weather this weekend. Check out the AOA outdoor dining map and pick your favorite.

Here are a few boozy brunch spots and great diner breakfast.

Take a day hike
If weather permits, get outdoors and get a little fresh air. Here are a few suggestions.

Ice Cream
Take Daniel B.'s Tour de Soft Serve, make a stop on AOA's Ice Cream Tour, or stop in to your favorite seasonal ice cream stand.

Proctors, The Palace, EMPAC and The Troy Savings Bank Music Hall have advertised on AOA.


There's always the MotoGiro-East taking place this weekend. It starts at Jiminy Peak. Motogiro USA is a USCRA-managed, AMA-sanctioned, vintage motorcycle road time/distance event loosely based on the famous Motogiro d’Italia in Italy. The event is two days of riding small-displacement vintage bikes on state, town and seasonal roads through some of the most beautiful countryside you've ever seen. Some people enter and get competitive, while others enter and enjoy a great ride.

There's a community bike ride Friday at 5:15pm. Meet in Washington Park at Henry Johnson and State. You may want lights if the clouds stick around.

Rumor has it there's a Bike Expo on Sunday, at the boat launch in the Corning Preserve. 9am to 4pm.

The Washington County Antiques Fair is this weekend! We go every year... always a bunch of interesting stuff!

There's a town-wide garage sale in Fort Edward on Saturday morning/afternoon

The RPI Players present their spring musical:1776!

Performances will be held in the RPI Playhouse on 15th Street in Troy on
April 29, 30 and May 5, 6 & 7 at 8 pm &
May 1 at 2 pm

$10 General Admission
$8 Students and Seniors
$5 with an RPI ID

We are lucky to have so many Drive-Ins here in the Capital Region.
Just don't forget about The Jericho in Glenmont.

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