Stuff to do this weekend

francis and the lights

Francis and the Lights -- Friday and Saturday at EMPAC.

The weather is on its way to frightful, but luckily, there's plenty to do on this spooky Halloween weekend. After the jump, a few things we thought seemed fun.

Got something else in mind? Let us know about it.

And have a fantastic weekend!

Troy Night Out
Put on your scarf and take a stroll through the Collar City for tonight's Troy Night Out. Shops and galleries are open late with art, music, treats and a haunted house at Pi Cappa Phi Castle. Collar Works gallery in Troy will feature Justin Baker and Kyra Garrigue, who create disparate works using the theme of memory. William Kennedy will be reading from his new book at Market Block and the Swing Syndicate celebrates its grand opening. free

TNO Halloween Afterparties
+ The TNO after party at Daisy Baker's includes an extra dose of the spookies. 9pm Friday - free

+ The Rensselaer County Historical Soceity is throwing a Halloween party from 6-8:30 at 57 Second Street. The Boston band Rock Club is headlining. $10.

Roller Derby
The Albany All Stars B Squad takes on the Watertown Black River Rollers on Saturday night at The Washington Avenue Armory. Music by Slick Fitty. Doors open at 6, whistle at 7. $12, $4 for kids under 12.

Saratoga Fall Festival
The Spa City celebrates fall on Saturday with music, trolley rides, bumper cars, a pumpkin roll down Caroline Street and more. Saturday from 10 -5

Washington Park Lakehouse Costume Party
The annual costume part for adults at the Washington Park Lakehouse -- this year being hosted by Chris Pratt and the Lark Street BID -- is Friday. 9 pm - $20 (it looks like presale tickets are sold, but The BID says tickets will be available at the door)

Haunted Mansion
The Albany County Historical Association & Tri-City New York Paranormal Society are hosting a Haunted House party fundraiser at the Ten Broek Mansion. Tonight from6pm -9pm, Saturday 4pm-9pm, Sunday 1pm-4pm $5 ($3 for kids)

Haunted History Tour
+ The Historic Albany Foundation and the University Club have teamed up to create Haunted History Tours: The Dark Side of Center Square, which will cover some of the more grim moments the neighborhood's history. The tour will start at the University Club at 141 Washington Avenue and continue throughout the area. 6 pm Friday - $15

+ You can also get a haunted tour of the Schenectady Stockade this weekend. Tours Start at Clinton's Ditch. $10 covers the tour and a drink.

Thriller World Record attempt
The Boys and Girls Club of Albany is participating in Thrill the World, an attempt to set a world record by having the most people simultaneously around the world dance to Michael Jackson's Thriller. The Albany chapter of the dance will happen Saturday night at the clubhouse on Delaware Avenue. Party starts at 7pm, dance is at 10pm. free

The Scariest House in the Northeast
The Headless Horseman Hayride and Haunted Houses has been called the scariest haunted house in the Northeast and one of the best haunted houses in the country, and it's just over an hour from Albany in Ulster Park. It includes a midway and eight attractions. $37.95

Spooky Ooky Pooky Two
MopCo celebrates Halloween with a spooky improv comedy show Underground at Proctors. Tonight at 8 $14, $6 for students and seniors.

Do the Time Warp
+ The Linda is screening The Rocky Horror Picture Show with a shadowcast performance by the Whip-it Outskirts. Two showings tonight 8pm and midnight. $8

+ You can also catch Rocky Horror tonight in Saratoga at 9 at Universal Preservation Hall. Doors open at 8p.m. $12, $16

Bravura of Brahms
The Skidmore Orchestra will perform Brahms' Academic Festival Overture and Symphony No. 2 in D Major. The orchestra is led by music director Anthony G. Holland and includes Skidmore students and top players from regional professional orchestras such as the Albany Symphony, Berkshire Symphony, Schenectady Symphony and Glens Falls Symphony Orchestra. Friday at 8pm - $3-$7


+ Francis and the Lights at EMPAC
A pop music spectacle created in residence at EMPAC. Friday at 8:30pm, Saturday at 10:30pm. $6-$18

+ Matt Durfee and Rosary Beard at Design It Together
Rosary Beard = Matthew Loiacono and Hunter Sagehorn (Alta Mira). Friday at 8:30pm. free

+ Yonder Mountain String Band at Northern Lights
Bluegrass and roots music. Friday at 9pm. $17.50-$20

+ Peter Wolf at the Egg.
The blues master turned Freezeframer plays. Saturday at 7:30. $34.50
Postponed due to weather.

+ Swordpaw and B3nson Present the Fourth Annual Halloween Freakout at Valentines
Disposable Rocket Band, the Loom, Goldtooth, Sea of Trees, Walking X-Ray, Cosmonauts. Costumes are encouraged. Saturday at 7 pm - $7

+Soulive Presents the Beatles at the Massry Center.
The funky jazzmen send up the Beatles. Sunday at 7:30pm. $25


La Cage Aux Folles
The award-winning musical comedy starring George Hamilton hits the Proctors stage this weekend. Known for being sexy and glamorous, full of camp and glitz. 8pm Friday, 2pm and 8pm Saturday, 2pm Sunday. $20-$70

The Crucible
Proctors Classic Guild Theater is presenting Arthur Miller's beloved play The Crucible, about the Salem witch trials in the 1600s. 7:30pm Friday and Saturday, 2pm Sunday. $17.50 for adults, $14.50 for students and seniors

Great American Trailer Park Musical
The Local Actors Guild of Saratoga is presenting David Nehls and Betsy Kelso's play about agoraphobia, adultery, '80s nostalgia, spray cheese, road kill, hysterical pregnancy, kleptomania, strippers, flan and disco. At the Saratoga Arts Center. Saturday at 2pm and 8pm, Sunday at 2pm. $20.

Dancing Henry Five
UAlbany presents a multimedia take on Shakespeare's Henry V using dance, music, narration -- including the voices of Olivier and Christopher Plummer from the 1940s film. Friday at 8 pm. $20, $15 Seniors, $10 students.

The NYS Writer's Institute Film Series screens Lon Chaney's silent classic The Hunch Back of Notre Dame at UAlbany's Page Hall Friday. 7:30 pm - free

Fight Night
A night of ARES boxing, featuring seven bouts between all weight classes of local and regional fighters, will be held at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center on Friday. Among the fighters will be Sarah Kuhn, Javy Martinez, Shawn Miller and the undefeated Chris Fitzpatrick. 7pm. $40-$75

Farmers' markets
The farmers' markets will be moving indoors before you know it -- so get out and enjoy the open air markets in Troy, Saratoga, Delmar and Schenectady.

Pick some apples
The season is almost over, so get to it while you can. Here's a list of places where you can pick your own. Don't forget the cider donuts!

Living Walls
Take a self guided tour of the new Living Walls murals. Here's a map of the mural locations.

More road trips
Take a shopping trip to Northampton or spend 12 hours in Ulster County, Bennington, Vermont and Columbia County.

One of the great things about the weekends are lazy mornings. over brunch or enjoy a great diner breakfast.

image: screenshot from the Francis and the Lights music video "The Top," directed by Jake Schreier.


Last weekend for the Albany Haunted Trolley Tour! So far, only one good Samaritan from Center Square has tried to revive Leggs Diamond on the corner of Dove Street

* Saturday Morning, October 29th - 9:00/9:30 – 10am – Join The Nellies live on the radio on WRPI. Tune into 91.5 FM Troy, NY. You can also listen live from your intenet at We’ll be spinning some songs from the new CD and playing live!

* Saturday, October 29th - 8:00 pm – The Nellies CD RELEASE PARTY! At Jose Malone’s in downtown Troy. Come see what we’ve been doing since we started recording in December of 2010. Jose Malone’s is located at 405 River Street, Troy, NY. It’s located a few doors down from Revolution Hall/Troy Brew Pub, right next door to Ryan’s Wake. Their phone number is 273 2196.

40th annual Festival of Nations
Sunday 30th October 2011
Empire State Plaza – Convention Center
From 11:30 AM to 5:00 PM
with the parade of Nations begining at 11:45 PM

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