Stuff to do this weekend

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It's B3nson Funsgiving with The Parlor (nee We are Jeneric), Barons in the Attic and more local favs.

This is it -- the last weekend before the holiday crazy sets in. Relax and enjoy it. After the jump, you'll find a few things we thought might be fun.

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

And have a fantastic weekend!

Roller Derby
The Albany All Stars face off with the Beasts of the East on Saturday night at the Washington Avenue Armory. Music by Hot Cousin. Doors at 6, whistle at 7. $10 in advance, $12 at the door, under 12 $4

Pumps and Punchlines
This ladies' comedy night at Proctors features send ups of topics such as gossip, men, sex and family. Friday at 8pm, $20-$35

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

Holiday Parade
Kick off the holiday season a little early on Saturday at the 43rd Annual Gazette Holiday Parade. It steps off at 5 pm from Schenectady County Community College and goes up to Lafayette Street.


+ The ASAP and the ASAP Daisies (the people who bring you the Santa Speedo Sprint and the Awesomely Adult Prom) are throwing a Fall Ball at The State Room. Dress to impress. Open bar with wine, beer and light hors d'oeuvres. Saturday from 8 pm-11 pm - $50

+ The Joey Thomas Big Band headlines the Saratoga Savoy Diamond Dance on Saturday night at the Saratoga Music Hall (top floor of City Hall) 7:30-11:30, $15 gets you music, dancing and snacks.

Winter Sports/Health and Fitness Expo
Over 100 exhibitors from ski resorts, ski shops and health and fitness orgs will gather at the Saratoga Springs City Center this weekend for the Adirondack Sports and Fitness Winter Sports and Healthy Living Expo. Saturday 10-6, Sunday 10-4. $5, under 18 free.


Temple of Fancy
A new exhibit at the Albany Institute looks at Pease's Great Variety Store, which was one of the first five-and-dime stores in the city. Opens Saturday. Museum admission ranges from free to $10.

Katharina Grosse
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


Warren Miller's Like There's No Tomorrow
The Palace will show yet another extreme sports movie from the ski guru. Friday and Saturday nights at 8pm - $22

8 1/2
The NYS Writers Institute screens Federico Fellini's Oscar wining semi-autobiographical film 8 1/2 tonight at UAlbany's Page Hall. 7:30 - free


Man of La Mancha
The Capital Rep production of the Cervantes tale continues its five-week run this weekend. 7:30 pm - $40-$70

Faith Healer
The Albany Civic show Faith Healer is in its final weekend. Friday and Saturday at 8pm, Sunday at 3pm, $10-$15

Les Miserables -- kids version
The classic French Revolution-era tale, performed entirely by students from around the Capital Region, wraps up this weekend at the Cohoes Music Hall.8 pm - $15-$20

Fashion for the People
A fashion show intended to promote conversation about sustainable/green clothing, sweat-free/worker friendly production, and gender expression. The fashion show/dance party/silent auction benefits The Social Justice Center. Tonight at The Linda. 7 pm - $10


Friday: B3nson Family Funsgiving at Valentine's
Featuring Barons in the Attic, The Parlor (formerly We Are Jeneric), Matthew Carefully, Pinguinos and Littlefoot. 8 pm - $7

Friday: Asleep at the Wheel at the Egg

Boogie-woogie and country.8pm, $29.50

Friday: Stuff Your Face with Bass at Washington Ave Armory
Three rooms and 20 DJs -- including gLAdiator (headliner), DJ Trumastr, and DJ Milkdud. "If a dj spins it in the capital region, it will be there." 8 pm - $8 ahead

Friday: OUTPOST1 at the Fuze Box
This month with: Wheez-ie, Doctor Jeep, Looney, Party With Tina, Knomad. 10 pm - free before 11 pm, $5 after

Friday: Infected Mushroom at Northern Lights
Israeli psychedelic trance. With Karate and Gunslinger. 9pm - $20-$25

Friday: Bearfoot at Caffe Lena
"New-timey" "post-bluegrass." 8 pm - $20 ahead / $22 at door

Friday: Jazz at EMPAC
Presented by the Rensselaer Music Association. 7 pm - free

Saturday: Sam Amidon at MASS MoCA.
"This London based singer has a cult following for his ability to re-invent traditional songs and R. Kelly covers alike on guitar, banjo and fiddle and deliver them with eerily deadpan vocals that both charm and unsettle." 8 pm - $12 in advance, $16 day of, $10 students

Saturday: Atlas Sound at Skidmore
Deerhunter's Bradford Cox under his solo moniker. With Laura Stevenson and The Cans. The show, at Skidmore's Zankel Music Center, is open to the public 7 PM - $12

Saturday: Michael Feinstein and Marvin Hamlisch at Proctors
The singer and composer performing "The Great American Songbook." 8 pm - $20 and up

Saturday: MaryLeigh & The Fauves at Saratoga Arts Center
As mentioned. 8 pm - $8

Saturday: Albany Symphony Orchestra at Troy Savings Bank Music Hall
The ASO will play Beethoven's 7th Symphony. Saturday at 7:30 - $19-$66

Sunday: The Schenectady Symphony Orchestra at Proctors
The SSO will play selections from Mozart and Kurt Weill. 3 pm - $12 Adults, $8 Students, free for 7 and under

Sunday: Either/Orchestra at the Sanctuary for Independent Media

Presenting the pentatonic modes and triple rhythms of Ethiopian music. 3 pm - $10

Sunday: The Jupiter String Quartet at Union College
The string quartet will play Beethoven, Bartók and Schubert. 3 pm - $20, $10 for students

Sunday: Dan Zanes and Friends at The Egg
A family show. 3 pm - $15

Sunday: Shonen Knife at Valentines
Japanese pop-punk from way back. 7 pm - $14

Rock and roll burlesque
Scooter Pie at Midnight, the Rock and Roll burlesque show, returns to Valentine's on Saturday night/ Sunday morning at midnight.

Order your Thanksgiving favorites
Yep, we've got less than a week to turkey and pie. If you're going to bring something local and delicious to the table, you need to order it pronto. Here are some of our favorites.

Take a walk
The weekend weather doesn't look bad. Saturday will probably be the nicer day. Grab a friend and take an autumn walk while you still can. Here are some of our favorite places for a fall stroll.

Get ready for winter
Before the snow flies again go shopping this weekend for cat litter, Yak Trax and all the other stuff you'll need to own winter.

Farmers' markets
Many of the farmers' markets are now inside: Troy, Saratoga, Delmar and Schenectady.

Living Walls
Before winter sets in, take a self guided tour of the new Living Walls murals. This might be the last week that you can do it by bike. Here's a map of the mural locations.

Road trips
Maybe it's time for a 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.


Life Among the Trees is playing at the hudson river coffee house tonight!!

Alta Mira, Mad Mule, Life Among The Trees & More at Hudson Rive Coffee House tonight!

The Hudson-Mohawk Weavers' Guild 33rd Annual Show and Sale continues through Sunday. Today (Friday) 10-9, Saturday 10-5 and Sunday 12-4. Free and open to the public. At the historic Pruyn House, 207 Old Niskayuna Road, Colonie. Demonstrations, fashion shows and beautiful handwoven items from rugs and home goods to shawls, bags and jackets.

Paranoid Social Club, Black Taxi and My Pet Dragon play at Jillian's tonight!

Friday Night Live at Red Square TONIGHT featuring Skadee & more!

For folks closer to the Berkshires, the Albany Berkshire Ballet's performance of The Nutcracker will be at Simon's Rock of Bard College, Great Barrington, MA on Sunday, November 20
1:30 & 4:30 p.m. The annual performance here at The Egg will be December 18.

Rock for Tots, Saturday at Costanzos Restaurant in Waterford.

12pm to 2:30pm Fun for kids, lots of activities. Admission: one unwrapped toy.

3pm to midnight, 7 bands, raffles, food...Admission $10 plus an unwrapped toy. Benefits the Toys for Tots program.

This Sunday, November 20th - 6:00 – 7:00 – The Nellies will play at the Hudson River Music Hall as part of the Hudson River Music Hall Hayride along with The Lazy Suns and Bel Air. The music hall has been expanded in a new location in the recently renovated historic Bell Telephone Company Building at 10 Maple Street in Hudson Falls, NY. 518) 321-9652. Admission $8.00.

Before the Snow Flies at Russel Sage College tonight and tomorrow night at 8. See RSC dance majors perform as well as Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company. What's better is that tickets are cheap!

This weekend is our show and sale - Holiday Delmar Open Studios
November 19 &20.10 a.m. - 5 p.m., 9 Keith Road, Delmar, New York (518) 438-4751.

Holiday Delmar Open Studios link

"See the latest handcrafted pottery of Liz Vigoda and artisinal jewelry of Loretta Fontaine at Liz Vigoda's home/studio. New work will be debuted, and special sales held. Drinks and snacks served. Wonderful Holiday shopping, please bring a friend and buy local!"


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