Stuff to do this weekend

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Improvisers Brad Sherwood and Colin Mochrie of Whose Line are making things up at Proctors this weekend.

March seems to have its lions and lambs mixed up. Last weekend it was 80 degrees and this weekend it may snow a little. So reach back into the closet, remove the coat and you'll be ready for the weekend.

Got plans? After the jump, a list of stuff we thought looked interesting. If there's something else you're planning to do, add it to the list.

And have a fantastic weekend!

Troy Night Out
Collar City shops and galleries are open late tonight. This month it's Kids Night Out so there are lots of family events at The Arts Center of the Capital Region and throughout the city including treasure hunts, cookie decorating, student art shows, kids performances and demonstrations in stained glass, digital arts, drawing. Lots of stuff going for big kids, too. Annmarie Lanesey will screen her documentary Sittin' on a Million, about the myth surrounding Troy madame Mame Faye, at the Rensselaer County Historical Society, and there's a reception at The Photo Center for their College Student photo exhibition. There's also a closing reception tonight for Claire Sherwood and Emma Copley's exhibit at The Arts Center. Copley and Sherwood use different textures, colors, structures and materials to explore one word -- icing. Here's the full schedule of Troy Night Out events. Later you can catch the after-party at Daisy Baker's with DJs Il Young and Properly Chilled.

Roller Derby
The Honey Bees take on the Tenacious Tulips in Albany All Stars Roller Derby on Saturday night at the Washington Avenue Armory. Door at 6, Whistle at 7. $10 in advance, $12 at the door, under 12 $4


Broke People's Baroque Peoples' Theater
LA-based troupe My Barbarian will be at RPI Friday night presenting "the absurdities of the American financial crisis as a performance of wastefulness, trashiness, and class warfare" through a range of theatrical styles. 7:30 pm West Hall Auditorium - free

Black Pearl Sings
The regional premier of Black Pearl Sings continues this weekend at Capital Rep. Friday 8 pm, Saturday 3pm & 8pm, Sunday 2pm - $20-$60

Plays in progress
Staged readings based on workshops by UAlbany students and Alumni will be featured at UAlbany's Plays in Process weekend. Performances on Friday and Saturday at 7 and 2pm on Saturday and Sunday. $4

Staged readings
Schenectady Civic's free staged reading series wraps up on Sunday with a reading of A Body of Water followed by a reception. Sunday at 2:30. Free.

Next Move
The Next Move Dance Festival will be at Proctors Friday and Saturday. "Four innovative companies explore the distinct variations of modern style." Curated by Ellen Sinopoli. 7:30 pm both days - $25 / $15 students

A glow-in-the-dark puppet show called ImaginOcean will be at Proctors Friday evening. It's from puppeteer John Tartaglia, who's worked on Sesame Street and Avenue Q. ImaginOcean is a musical kid's show. 7 pm - $20 and $25 adults / $10 and $15 for 10 and under

Daniel Hernandez and the Northeast LGBT Conference
This weekend at Sage is the Northeast LGBT Conference, a student conference focused on LGBT issues. The conference includes a handful of talks that are open to the public. Among them: Daniel Hernandez, who as an intern for Congresswoman Gabby Giffords was with her the day she was shot and helped save her life (he ran toward the shots, found her on the floor, and applied pressure to her wound to keep her from bleeding out). He's speaking at 8 pm Saturday at the Schacht Fine Arts Center -- tickets are $10 for the public.

Saratoga Reads - Danny Hakim
Danny Hakim, Albany Bureau Chief for The New York Times, will offer a behind the scenes look at his work as a NYT reporter on Saturday at Skidmore's Emerson Auditorium. Part of the Saratoga Reads program. 2 pm - free


+ MopCo.: You never know. The Mop and Bucket improv company has a new show Underground at Proctors. It's a mix of short-form scenes and improv games, and it's different every week. Friday at 8 pm - $14, $6

+ Kevin Marshall headlines a night of local stand up comedy at Waterworks Pub tonight to benefit the Lukemia and Lymphoma Society. Doors open at 8:30pm, show at 9pm $15

+ Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood -- of Whose Line is it Anyway? fame -- will be at Proctors for an improv show on Saturday. 8 pm - $29.75 and up

+ Stand up comedian Bill Burr will be at the Troy Music Hall Saturday. 8 pm - $25 and up

Louie Anderson
does his stand up act at The Egg on Saturday night with special guest Mary Mack. 8PM $29.50 - $99.50


+ The Writer's Institute's Classic Film Series presents Daddy Long Legs, Marshall Neilan's 1919 silent starring Mary Pickford in a rags-to-riches tale. 7:30 at Page Hall. Free.

+ The Saratoga Film Forum is screening the documentary Brunswick, with music by Matthew Carefully at the Saratoga Arts Center on Sunday. Matthew and filmmaker Nate Simms will be on-hand to discuss the film afterwards. 7:30 pm - $7


Friday: Stuff Your Face with Bass at Washington Ave Armory
Three rooms, 16 DJs, and it's beach themed. 8 pm - $20 ahead / $25 day of

Friday: Foxy Shazam at Valentine's
Glam rock. 7 pm - $12

Friday: Shelby Lynne at The Egg
Country-ish, Dusty Springfield-tributing, singer/songwriter. 8 pm - $28

Friday: Enter the Haggis at Helsinki Hudson
Celtic rock. 9 pm - $20 ahead / $22 at door

Friday: David Russell at the Zankel CenterGrammy-winning classical guitarist. 8 pm - $7

Saturday: Talea Ensemble at EMPAC
Performing works by Fausto Romitelli, who "took the power of psychedelic rock and the sonic analysis techniques of the French Spectral school and twisted them together to create a deformed, artificial sound world." 8 pm - $18

Saturday: Alta Mira at Valentine's
A CD release show. With: Ben KN, Matt Durfee. 8 pm - $8

Saturday:Onra and Teengirl Fantasy at Skidmore College.
The Student Entertainment Committee presents French hip hop beatmaker Onra with electronica dream band Teengirl Fantasy. The small gym at Skidmore College. 8 pm - $5

Saturday:Ensemble Congeros' DVD Release concert and party at The Arts Center RPI based Afro-Cuban, African and New World percussion group led by Dr. Eddie Knowles. 8pm, $15, $12 for Arts Center Members

Sunday: One Night of Queen at The Palace
Gary Mullen's Queen tribute spectacular. 8 pm - $27.50 and up

Sunday: Joan Osborne at The Egg
What if Joan Osborne was just a stranger on the bus, trying to make her way home? 7:30 pm - $34.50

Ice cream
Kurver Kreme, The Snowman,Jack's Drive In in Wynantskill, and Jumpin' Jack's and lots of other seasonal joints are now open. Go to it!

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

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.

The Arts Center of the Capital Region advertises on AOA
MopCo. is an AOA advertiser
Troy Music Hall advertises on AOA
Capital Rep, also an AOA advertiser
Proctors advertises on AOA as well
AOA is a media sponsor for the Albany All Stars Roller Derby

photo: Brad Sherwood & Colin Mochrie


Second Annual Summer Camp Fair at HVCC. Saturday, 3/31 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Free admission, and stuff for the kids to do while you talk with reps from 40 (!) different summer camp programs from around region.

Saturday night is Pucks & Paws at the TU Center! It's hockey + dogs!

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