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!
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
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 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'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
Man of La Mancha
The Capital Rep production of the Cervantes tale continues its five-week run this weekend. 7:30 pm - $40-$70
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: 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: 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: Albany Symphony Orchestra at Troy Savings Bank Music Hall
The ASO will play Beethoven's 7th Symphony. Saturday at 7:30 - $19-$66
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.
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.
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