Stuff to do this weekend

state museum from plaza

Music on the plaza, a night at the museum, and new 9/11 exhibits at the State Museum.

The day star returns just in time for a beautiful weekend so get your plans in order.

After the jump, you'll find a few of our suggestions. If you've got something else planned, add it to the list.

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

Help someone out
There are lots of ways to help victims of the recent flooding in and around the Capital Region. If you've got a little time or some extra stuff, here are a few things you can do. Know of any others? Pass them along.

September 11th
+ The NYS Museum opens a new exhibit, Reflecting on September 11, 2001
tonight. The exhibit includes submissions from the public. free
+ The World Trade Center: Rescue, Recovery, Response is also open. This ongoing exhibit "details the history of the World Trade Center, the September 11 attacks, the rescue efforts, the evidence recovery operation at the Fresh Kills facility, and the public response to the September 11th events." free
+ The State Museum will be open this Sunday.

Wine and Food Festival
The annual Saratoga Wine & Food Festival at SPAC is Friday through Sunday. The festival includes a bunch of wine and food exhibitors, as well as seminars. The weekend's big event is the grand tasting on Saturday. Also: there's kids cooking demo with chef Marcus Samuelsson.

The weekend also includes a Ferrari festival at the Saratoga Automobile Museum.

Hudson Valley Wine & Food Fest
The Dutchess County Fairgrounds in Rhinebeck is hosting a festival with wines and foods from the region, and all over the world. Music and entertainment throughout the weekend. Saturday 11-6 and Sunday 11-5. $15-$50

More festivals
+ The annual St. George Greek Festival gets underway today and goes through Sunday in Schenectady. Greek food, music and culture. Today and Saturday 11-11, Sunday 12-5. Free.

+ Little Italy in Schenectady's annual Italian Street Festival is Saturday on North Jay Street. There's a wine tasting and an Italian cookie baking contest. Noon to 9. Free Admission.

Discard Avant Garb
The Grand Street Community Arts Center hosts the Discard Avant Garb recycled fashion show tonight at 6. Among the designers represented tonight are Katie Pray, Amy Orr, and Mischel Nivens .$20

Night at the Museum
This benefit for the Living Walls project is a costume dance party at the State Museum tonight (Friday). "Dress up as your favorite historical figure, whether that be a politician or a superstar. Get creative. Props to the best costume!" DJ, free food, cash bar. 7 pm - $15 or $10 with a can of paint

The Burden Letter Project
A "moving portrait" of South Troy that stems from the love letters of industrial giant Henry Burden to his wife Helen tonight and Saturday at the Burden Ironworks Museum. Free.

Uncle Sam Tour
The Rensselaer County Historical Society is hosting a history walk on Saturday morning to some of the sites associated with the real Uncle Sam, meat packer and businessman Sam Wilson. The tour meets up at the Waterfront Farmers Market. 10:30 am - $7, $5 seniors and students, RCHS members free.

The touring "short film concert" from the Asbury Shorts series in NYC will be playing at The Linda tonight. 8 pm - $10

Handmade Nation
Collar Works in Troy is screening the documentary Handmade Nation, a look at the crafting and design movement in the US. The "in - organic" exhibit, curated by Jennifer Hunold, will be on view before and after the film.

9 bands at the ESP
The first "Local Legends Live" all-day show is today at the Empire State Plaza. A lineup of nine local bands will be playing from noon into the evening. Among the lineup: The City Never Sleeps, Severe Severe, Charlie Watts Riots, and Sgt. Dunbar and The Hobo Banned. Music starts at noon. free

Local 518 Rock 'n Relief
WEXT has lined up a bunch of local bands for an Irene relief benefit show tonight at Valentine's. The huge lineup includes more than 19 acts. 8 pm - $7

+ Also tonight, Red Square has a Hurricane relief benefit show featuring Drew Landry and Palatypus and other guests. 8 pm

+Hudson River Coffee House is hosting a benefit show for Irene victims tonight. Olivia Quillio, the Midnight Society, Rebecca Angel & the Subs, Andy Baker and the Sunny Side of the Street Band are on the bill. Show starts at 7pm. $5.

Jazz downtown
The Albany Riverfront Jazz Festival is Saturday at the Riverfront Park amphitheater. Six acts will be playing from noon until the evening. The headliner is Kevin Eubanks. free

The first "Downtown Albany Jazz Fest Contest" is tonight. Ten bands will be performing downtown and the public will have the chance to vote on its favorite. The winner will be the first act to play on Saturday.

More music
+ Tonight at the Sand Lake Center for the Arts in Averill Park: the Red Lions. 7:30 pm - $12 adult, $8 under 18

+ Tonight at EMPAC: EARBRAINS: Sonic Research Underground --A night of experimental music from Fat Worm of Error, Keith Fullerton Whitman, David Shively, Caboladies, and Jason Lescalleet and Graham Lambkin. 8 pm - $18

+ Joy Kills Sorrow plays Helsinki Hudson tonight. Bluegrass from a "bold young Boston-based string band." 9 pm - $15

+ Roger McGuinn from The Byrds is at The Egg tonight. 8 pm - $29.50

+ Saturday: Donna the Buffalo plays Putnam Den 9 pm - $20

+ The Lucky Jukebox Brigade is at Hudson River Coffee House Saturday night. starts... sometime

+ Sunday: Dropkick Murphys at Altamont Fairgrounds. Part of the "Shamrock 'N Roll Festival" at the fairgrounds. Also among those scheduled to appear: Micky Ward -- the guy played by Mark Wahlberg in the The Fighter. $30.50 ahead / $35 day of

+ Stone Temple Pilots at The Palace on Sunday. Part of the ongoing Capital Region Tour of Somewhat Nostalgia-inducing Music. 8 pm - $39.50 and up

Silent Music. 99 Times
99 musical acts in a row will give their interpretations of John Cage's classic experimental work "4'33" at the Arts Center of the Capital Region. The concert will celebrate what would have been the composer's 99th birthday.

+ War of the Worlds, a play based on the H.G. Wells novel and the Orson Wells radio play, opens tonight at Shakespeare and Company.

+ Birthday Boy is at the Berkshire Theater Festival.

+ Albany Civic's production of George Bernard Shaw's Mrs. Warren's Profession continues Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. $15

Mop & Bucket is back and Proctors this week. The improvisational comedy show is new every week. Tonight at 8, Underground at Proctors. $14, $6 for students and seniors.

60th Annual Stockade Art Show
The 60th annual Stockade Villagers' Art Show is still on in the Schenectady Stockade. The show is scheduled for Saturday from 10-4 (rain date is Sunday). Front and Ferry Streets.

Broadway Meets The Circus
A mix of burlesque, drag, cabaret, fire arts and sideshow. The performance at Rocks on Central Avenue in Albany benefits the AIDS Walks Team A. Saturday at 7. $3

The Albany Society for the Advancement of Philanthropy -- the folks behind the Santa Speedo Sprint -- host the 4th annual Festival of Meat this Saturday at the Albany Elks Club at 25 South Allen. Saturday from 4-11. $25

Farmers' markets
Get some good stuff and support a local farmer in a tough time.
The farmers' markets in Troy (grab a waffle to munch on while you shop) , Saratoga, Delmar and Schenectady will be open this weekend in their regular spaces. There will be a collection point at the Delmar market for items to help farmers affected by the all recent flooding.

Ice Cream!
Take a trip to Chatham to try some Golden Organics ice cream, head over to The Snowman for a Boston Milkshake. If you're up for a challenge, take the AOA Ice Cream Tour or make a stop on Daniel's Tour de Soft Serve.

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.

Yep, the Saratoga Wine & Food Festival advertised on AOA.


does anyone know if the Palace will be doing their classic film series this year? I think it usually starts up around this time.

ADK Nationals!

We checked with The Palace and the film series is on, but they're reworking the list a bit. They expect to announce the full slate of films in a couple of weeks. Their Facebook page ( lists a few of the ones they've selected so far, including a Grease sing-a-long, It's a Wonderful Life, and Mary Poppins. They're starting with The Rocky Horror Picture Show on October 24th.

We will again be collecting supplies for the victims of Hurricane Irene. Collection will be at the market (332 Kenwood Ave, Delmar) Saturday 9/10 9am-1pm. Donations will be given to the Schoharie County Community Action Program. Some items needed are bleach, heavy garbage bags, fans, shovels, bug spray, flash lights, batteries, baby supplies, personal hygiene items, school supplies, eat on the go items (granola bars, bottled juice...) ground coffee, hand sanitizer


Don't forget the yes! reading series kicking of the year this eve at the Social Justice Center at 33 Central Ave. Poetry and sound shaping!

Washington County Cheese Tour:

Looking for delicious brews and a fun time?
Altamont Fairgrounds is having a craft beer festival on Saturday from 4-9pm:

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