Today and Saturday look like the best days of the weekend, so if you decide to cut out of work early this afternoon, we won't tell.
As with most summer weekends in the Capital Region, there's plenty of stuff going on to keep you busy -- rain or shine. You'll find our list after the jump. If you've got other plans,
share them with the crowd. Everything is more fun when you share.
Whatever you're up to, have a fantastic weekend!
Hudson Music Festival
The Hudson MusicFest begins today and runs through the weekend. Through out the city of Hudson the organizers are promising to "have music in every possible indoor venue and outdoor public space the organizers can conjure--jazz brunches, a Blues, Brews and BBQ tent, buskers on street corners, dueling DJs, dance parties, country bands, classical music concerts, singer/songwriter contests, new age music and old time Dixieland, salsa and soul." Here's the lineup of acts.
+ The Sean Rowe show at at the Marketplace Gallery in Albany tonight is SOLD OUT.
+ The Farewell Drifters are at Valentine's tonight. They're from Nashville. They have haircuts make them looks sort of like latter day Beatles. They sound a bit like the combination of those things. With: The Landlines, Dan Johnson and the Expert Sidemen. 9 pm
A Stonehenge in danger of being trampled by a dwarf
MASS MoCA is screening This is Spinal Tap tonight. Before the show comedians Dan Schilling and Rob Gorden do an opening act. The fake rock stars replace the cancelled M.Ward show that was originally scheduled at Mass MoCA tonight.) $7
The Philadelphia Orchestra wraps up its season at SPAC this weekend. The weather should be perfect for tonight's salute to Hollywood. The Tchaikovsky Spectacular is Saturday, closing night.
Proctors' animation festival wraps up this weekend. Tonight: Megamind, Corpse Bride and The Triplets of Bellville. Tomorrow the festival starts at 10 am with Despicable Me. The Oscar nominated shorts start at 6 pm and Nine Nation Animation starts at 8 pm. Tickets are $3 per screening, or you can buy a $15 pass that gets you into 10 screenings.
By the way: There's a behind-the-scenes tour of Proctors Saturday morning at 10 am. It's free.
+ The Producers closes at Park Playhouse this weekend, so if you've been meaning to get to it, this is your last chance. The show starts at 8 pm. Tickets are free, but you can reserve seats for $11-$14.
+ The newly-married Matlana stars in Rent this weekend at Schenectady Light Opera Company. It's the same production that was at The Egg this spring, with the addition of musicians Daniel Weiss -- who was part of the original Rent in NYC and and Dave Malachowski who's been playing for the current national tour of the show with original cast members Anthony Rapp and Adam Pascal. Tonight and Saturday at 8 pm and Sunday afternoon at 2 pm. $18-$38
+ A production of Wine Lovers: The Wine Tasting Musical continues this weekend at Universal Preservation Hall. The touring show gives audience members the chance to "See, Swirl, Smell, Sip and Savor Six Wines while watching a hilarious musical comedy." Maybe it gets funnier the more you drink. $59
Earlier on AOA: A quick guide to summer theater festivals.
A day at the races
Grab your hat and a few extra dollars and spend an afternoon at the Saratoga Racecourse. If you win, celebrate with a Sloppy Track Shake from Shake Shack. If you lose, console yourself with a Sloppy Track Shake from Shake Shack.
Take a swim
Pool season is ticking away. Grab your sunscreen and head fora local beach or pool.
Watch people race self-constructed cardboard boats Saturday at Schuylerville's Hudson Crossing Park. The first launch is at 1 pm (photo ops start at noon). free
Caribbean Festival and Carnival Parade
Caribbean food, music and, culture on Saturday in Schenectady Central Park. The festival starts at noon with a carnival parade. Then from 2pm-8pm there'll be food, music and crafts in the park. free
The Tri-City Valley Cats are playing home games all weekend with a double-header starting at 5 tonight with post-game fireworks Saturday's game starts at 7PM and Sunday's is at 5PM.
+ Union College has a new exhibit of pulp fiction paintings at the Mandeville Gallery in the Knott Memorial.
+ The Albany Institute of History and Art has started up its Free Fridays and Half Price Saturday admissions for the summer. You could chill with the mummies or check out new work by artists of the Hudson-Mohawk region.
+ Pissarro's People, portraits by impressionist Camille Pissarro, is the big exhibit this summer at The Clark, but while you're there, be sure and check out Spaces: Photographs by Candida Hofer and Thomas Struth. The large scale photographs kind of bent our minds recently. The photos examine how people interact with spaces, history and the passage of time.
+ The Malta: Smurfs and The Planet of the Apes on one screen, The Change Up and Friends with Benefits on the other.
+ Jericho: Planet of the Apes / Harry Potter
+ Hollywood: Zookeeper and Transformers
Local farmers' markets are overflowing with seasonal goodness right now. Here are a few you can visit this weekend:
Saturday: Troy, Saratoga, Delmar. Sunday: Schenectady and the new Malta Drive-in Market.
Relax with a nice cold mimosa or Bloody Mary over brunch (one of our current favs is The Iron Gate on Washington Ave in Albany. Get a table outside if you can) or enjoy a great diner breakfast.
photo via Farewell Drifters
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