The eerily warm winter continues. Things should dry up a bit by Saturday and we're expecting a fair amount of sunshine as well, so you may want to get out and make a little vitamin D.
If you haven't made your plans for the weekend yet, we've got a few suggestions for you after the jump. Got something planned that we haven't mentioned? Share, please.
And whatever you're up to, have a great weekend!
It's the first Troy Night Out of 2012. There are art openings, workshops and performances all over the Collar City tonight. Here's the schedule. Don't forget the after-party at Daisy Baker's with DJs and dancing starting at 10.
The It Came From Schenectady series at Proctors is showing The Toxic Avenger Friday night. The film's director will also be there. There will also be a bonus screening of the Trey Parker (of South Park fame) film Cannibal the Musical. 7 pm - $9 ($6 students)
Tonight is your last chance to catch Mop & Bucket Company's Spontaneous Broadway for a while. The improv company will create a Broadway show on the spot, based on audience sugestions. Underground at Proctors, 8PM $14, $7.
Exit Dome 5
Saturday is WEXT's Exit Dome 5 show. It's a benefit concert featuring Sgt Dunbar, MaryLeigh & the Fauves, Rosary Beard, The City Never Sleeps, Mother Judge, and M.R. Poulopoulos. 7:30 pm - 2 tickets for a $50 pledge
Friday: Thurston Moore at Helsinki Hudson
It's sad that he and Kim Gordon split up. Love his story about meeting her: "Believe me, she was unbelievable when I first met her. She wore this sort of hip prison-stripe outfit and flip-up shades on her glasses. She had a ponytail, a little ponytail that was sort of center at the back of her head and I thought, 'That's the coolest f------ person I've ever met.'" 9 pm - $18 ahead / $20 at door
Sunday: Carolina Chocolate Drops at The Egg
A string band of musicians who "play in the older tradition, but we are modern musicians." They won a Grammy in 2010 for best traditional folk band. 7:30 pm - $29.50
Skating with the champs
World-class bobsled and skeleton athletes will be on hand for an open skate at the Empire State Plaza rink on Saturday from Noon to 3.
It hasn't been very frosty, but the Saratoga Battlefield is open on Saturday for its annual Frost Faire. They're planning tubing on the "Big Hill" (provided there's enough snow), a bonfire, nature hikes,horse-drawn carriage rides and other events. 10:30AM to 3PM.
Take the snow train out to North Creek to do some skiing,tubing, snowboarding, or just hanging out.
+ The Albany Devils play the Adirondack Phantoms on Saturday at the TU Center. 5 pm - $15-$30
The nominations are out. How many can you see before Oscar night? The Artist, My Week With Marilyn, The Descendents, The Iron Lady, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Hugo and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close are playing locally.
Museums are warm. And full of interesting stuff.
+ The Clark has an exhibit that examines the influence Rembrandt's work had on Degas. There's lots of Degas and some beautiful impressionist work in the museum's permanent collection as well.
+ MASS MoCA has a number of exhibits open, including "The Workers" -- a look at labor through the eyes of 40 different artists, the really-long-running Sol LeWitt Wall Drawing Retrospective, and an installation about internet memes that closes at the end of the month.
+ Lots of good (and free) stuff to see at the NYS museum, including the Shadow and Substance photo exhibit.
+ 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. You can also stop by and visit the mummies.
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.
photo via Diego Garcia Facebook
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