Stuff to do this weekend

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What's the deal with Albany?

Hey the good news is, you get an extra hour of weekend! The bad news is, if you forget to set your clock back you may be really early for stuff on Sunday. Which is really not that bad at all.

Looks like this is going to be a pretty fabulous autumn weekend -- lots of sunshine and temps in the high 50's and low 60's. So enjoy it before the cold is no longer a snap. 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!

First Friday
Tonight is First Friday in Albany. There's plenty to check out, including the K-12 show at the Upstate Artists Guild gallery, which features student art. Ashley Pond is at The Irongate Cafe with new art by Christina Kincade, Sean Mahoney and Ryan Moore. Afterward, Sonny and Pearly are playing The University Club and the Capital Swing Dance is back at the Albany Elks Lodge. Friday at 6 pm - free

Jerry Seinfeld
Jerry Seinfeld's stand-up tour makes a return stop at the Palace Friday. He's been talking about Pop Tarts recently. 7 pm - $48 and up

MOPCO Spontaneous Broadway
Mop and Bucket Co. is Underground at Proctors tonight with their Spontaneous Broadway show. They'll improvise a complete Broadway musical based on audience suggestions. 8 pm - $14 for adults, $6 for students and seniors

Capitol Steps
The Capitol Steps bring their musical political satire to Proctors on Saturday night. 8pm, $20-45

DANCE MOViES premier
Last year EMPAC asked people to submit ideas for films related to dance, and then commissioned three pieces. The results will be shown Saturday night, followed by a procession by punk marching band Mucca Pazza. 7 pm - $6

Also: There are currently two sound installations running through EMPAC's lobby spaces.
Céleste Boursier-Mougenot includes the sounds of floating bowls and glasses in several pools of floating water. Through Saturday evening - free

Paradiso Burlesque
Ristorante Paradiso is holding a 1920s burlesque show hosted by Roxy Tart. A light menu will be available. 9pm - $12

Salsa Dura Dance Party
On Saturday, MASS MoCA is hosting the Salsa Dura Dance Party with La Excelencia. 8pm, $10-$19

Also: Katharina Grosse's exhibit, One Floor Up More Highly, has been extended at MASS MoCA through the end of the year, so you can still go see her large scale installations merging painting, sculpture and architecture. All weekend, $5-$15, free for members

Ski Expo
The 50th Annual Ski and Snowboard Expo comes back to the Empire State Plaza this weekend with ski equipment, fashions and giveaways. $8. Children 9 and under are free with an adult. Today from 4 - 9, Saturday- 10-9, Sunday 10 - 5.

A Highland Evening
Proctors is hosting "A Highland Evening," a night of Scottish entertainment. Friday at 7:30 pm, $25


+ Tonight at Valentine's: happy hour with the Knyghts of Fuzz, and then later Neversink, with Pony in The Pancake and Intelligent Television. 9pm - $5

+ Fiesta Honoring the Ancestors w/ Taina Asili y la Banda Rebelde at The Sanctuary for Independent Media
Afro-Caribbean, reggae, rock, and hip hop fusion. Friday at 8pm, $10

+ Palatypus, Black Mountain Symphony & Breaking News at Red Square
Prog-bluegrass fusion. Saturday at 8pm, $7

+ The Misfits at Northern Lights
The classic horror-punk band returns. Saturday at 7 pm, $16-$18

+ Gretchen Parlato and Gregoire Moret at the Egg
Two modern jazz and bossanova greats. Saturday at 7:30pm, $24

+ Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings at Helsinki Hudson
A soul voice to match the great band. Saturday at 9 pm, $35 ahead / $45 day of

+ Bobby Long at The Linda
Folksy and bluesy and British. 8 pm, $17

+ Interpreti Veneziani at Troy Music Hall
The music of Vivaldi and other Baroque masters. Saturday at 8, $29-$38

+ Bela Fleck and the Original Flecktones at the Egg
The master of the bluegrass jam brings back the original lineup. Sunday at 7, $39.50-$49.50

+ Jillian's Battle of the Bands
The finalists are Haliday, Headband Jack, Wild Adriatic, and Garden Variety. Saturday at 8:30pm - free


+ The Writers Institute screens Catherine Deneuve's 1967 French film, Belle De Jour tonight at Page Hall on the SUNY downtown campus. 7:30pm - free

+ Sunday afternoon The Spectrum presents the London National Theater production of The Kitchen. The show takes place in the kitchen of a West End restaurant in the 1950s and the actors are using real food, cooking and preparing dishes on stage as part of the play. Noon - $15, $12


+ HMT presents a staged reading of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream in Saratoga. Tonight and Saturday at 8. $20, $15 for students/seniors

+ Albany Civic opens its new show, Faith Healer this weekend.

+ Classic Theater Guild's production of The Crucible continues at Proctors.

Chango's Beads
William Kennedy will read from and discuss his new book Chango's Beads and Two-Tone Shoes on Sunday afternoon at The Open Door Bookstore in Schenectady.

Happy birthday, mummy
The Albany Institute is throwing a party to celebrate the 102nd anniversary of when the museum's collection of mummies arrived in Albany. Sunday at noon, $6-$10

FETCH Lab: Eat Like a Bird
The next edition of the Schenectady Museum's FETCH Lab for kids -- this Friday and Sunday -- will discuss the biology of bird beaks and how that relates to what they eat and how they live. 3 pm - free with admission to the museum

Farmers' markets
Many of the farmers' markets move inside this weekend, but there's still plenty of good stuff to be had. Troy, Saratoga, Delmar and Schenectady.

Living Walls
Before the snow flies for real, take a self guided tour of the new Living Walls murals. Here's a map of the mural locations.

More road trips
Maybe it's time for an early holiday shopping trip to Northampton. Or you could 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.


Don't forget Albany Pro Musica's "Beat! Beat! Drums" at St Paul's in Albany on Saturday at 7:30pm and at The Zankel Center at Skidmore on Sunday at 3pm!

Fall Craft Beer Festival at the Washington Ave Armory tomorrow, 4-8pm.

"BUILT: Albany's Architecture Through Artists' Eyes" is Saturday night. I know this sounds dorky but this really is my favorite night of the year. Getting to see Albany in so many different ways is exciting and enriching. (And the people who go are nice and the food is tasty.)

7-10pm at the Cathedral of All Saints on South Swan Street near Washington Avenue...cocktail reception, art show and auction.

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