Stuff to do this weekend

empire state plaza ice skating 2012

Sunshine, 20 degrees -- time for a little skating?

Another winter weekend with not much snow. Celebrate or lament accordingly.

After the jump, a few things you won't really need snow to do this weekend. Got other plans? Share the with the rest of the crowd.

And have a great weekend.

All the tickets for the Albany Chefs' Food and Wine Festival at the Hotel Albany (formerly Crowne Plaza) have been sold out.

Bebe Neuwirth
Bebe Neuwirth -- who apparently doesn't age -- will be at Proctors Saturday night for an "intimate evening of cabaret-style entertainment ... performing pop songs alongside some of the greatest Broadway hits, from Sondheim to Weill, with her signature vibrato style." 8 pm - $20 and up

Comedy

+ Comedian Brian Regan is at The Palace Friday night. 8 pm - $37.50

+ Mop and Bucket Company continues its Spontaneous Broadway run Underground at Proctors Friday night. Each week MopCo. makes up a new Broadway show based on audience suggestions. 8 pm - $14 / $6 for students

The Intergalactic Nemesis

Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at Proctors: The Intergalactic Nemesis. From the blurbage:

This period-sci-fi-horror-suspense-comedy-romance is presented in a whole new format: while three actors, one Foley artist, and one keyboardist perform all the voices, sound effects and music, more than 1,000 hand-drawn, full-color, hi-rez, blow-your-mind comic-book images blast from the screen, all performed LIVE.

7:30 pm on Friday and Saturday, 2 pm on Saturday and Sunday - $15 and up

Next Fall
The Tony nominated play Next Fall opens tonight at Curtain Call Theater. Tonight and Saturday at 8PM and Sunday at 3PM. $22.

Tony n' Tina's Wedding
Tickets are nearly sold out for this interactive show about, well, the wedding of Tony and Tina. The show takes place all around the audience as they take part in the wedding reception. Friday at 7:30 pm, Saturday at 2 pm and 7:30 pm, Sunday 2 pm and 6:30 pm. $65-$75.

College Hockey
The men's hockey teams from Union and RPI face off Saturday night at Union. 7 pm

Cirkus
The Bindlestiff Family Cirkus performs their cabaret show on Friday as part of their winter residency at Helsinki Hudson. Leave the kids home for this one. 9. $20 ($15 if you're brave enough to wear clown make-up or a costume.)

Music

Friday: Everclear at Northern Lights
Art Alexakis and some other guys. 7:30 pm - $13 ahead / $15 day of

Friday: Pony in the Pancake with Neversink, downstairs at Valentine's.
9 pm

Friday: Bassfix at Red Square
Ten DJs. 8 pm - $6 before 11 pm, $9 after

Saturday: Johnny Winter, Savoy Brown at The Egg
Blues guitar. 7:30 pm - $29.50

Saturday: Khin Maung Toe at Washington Ave Armory
Apparently one of Myanmar/Burma's most successful singer songwriters. 4 pm - $30 and $50

Saturday: Public Noise Concern at Valentine's
Punk. With Charlie Don't Surf, New Red Scare, Society High, White Trash Picnic. 9 pm

Saturday: Jeff and Jane Hudson at MASS MoCA's Club B-10
80s electronic music duo opened for The Clash and Duran Duran and other big names back in the day. 8 pm - $12 advance / $16 day of / $10 student

Ice skating at the ESP
Sunshine and 20 degrees -- this looks like a perfect weekend for some outdoor skating. The ice skating rink at the Empire State Plaza has reopened. The rink is open from 11 am - 8 pm every day, but it closes from 3-4 pm for maintenance. Skating is free. Need to get your skates sharpened first? Or you can rent skates there, $3 for children under 12 and $4 for adults. Here are a few other places you could try.

Dark Girls
Sunday at the Palace: Dark Girls, a documentary looking at "the deep-seated biases and attitudes about skin color particularly dark skinned women, outside of and within the Black American culture." Here's a short review. The directors of the doc will be at Palace for a Q&A following the film. 7 pm - $25

Kid Stuff: Great Toys From Our Childhood
All those great old toys you grew up with, are at the "Kid Stuff" exhibit at The Albany Institute of History and Art this weekend.

Movies
It's Oscar season. Be decadent -- treat yourself to a double feature. Put extra butter on the popcorn.

Bake some cookies
It's cold out. Bake cookies. They're yummy and they'll make the house smell good. Here are two of the best chocolate chip cookie recipes you're likely to find (at least until the year 2040) and some interesting info to go along with them.

Farmers' markets
Winter farmers' markets are open this weekend : Saturday in Troy and Saratoga, and Sunday in Schenectady.

Road Trip
Some people are looking at a three day weekend, which is always a good time for a day trip. Maybe a drive to MASS MoCA to catch The Workers or the Sol LeWitt wall drawing retrospective, with a little shopping detour in Northampton or spend a few hours in Bennington, Vermont or Columbia County.

Brunch
It's one of the best ways to spend a lazy weekend morning. Here are a few fun brunch options and some great diner breakfast stops.

Comments

Don't forget to include what most people will be doing this weekend: watching the Giants (hopefully) knock off the Packers.

Jazz singer Dee Dee Bridgewater at The Troy Savings Bank Music Hall - this Saturday at 8 PM. She's amazing!

This weekend is a free entrance weekend for the National Parks, which means the Martin Van Buren site in Kinderhook, and the Roosevelt and Vanderbilt homes in Hyde Park are all free.

http://www.nps.gov/findapark/feefreeparksbystate.htm

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