Yes, we got a few flakes this week, but just a few. We're looking at a pretty typical autumn weekend.
AOA has raked a whole bunch of stuff to do this weekend into a great big pile. Go ahead, jump in.
Got something planned that you don't see in the mix? Share it with the crowd. Break out a warm sweater and have a great weekend.
The touring company of the super popular Broadway show continues its run at Proctors this weekend. It is, of course, about the witches from The Wizard of Oz and the story casts the events of the original material in a very different light (that light is probably green). And, as you also know, the book was written by Albany native Gregory Maguire. Tickets range from $35 to $165. Friday at 8 pm, Saturday at 2 pm and 8 pm, Sunday at 1 pm and 6:30 pm.
The Shape of Things
The Shape of Things continues this weekend at Albany Civic Theater. The Neil LaBute play examines how far someone might go for love, or art. Friday and Saturday at 7:30 pm and Sunday at 3 pm - $15 / Student tickets (with a valid ID) $10 / Government workers (with a valid ID) can get 2 tickets for $15.
Albany Comic Con
Comic book artists, dealers, and fans will be at the Holiday Inn on Wolf Road on Sunday for the Albany Comic Con, "the premier comic book, and collectibles show in the Capital District of upstate New York." Sunday 10 am to 4 pm - VIP tickets are sold out but general admission tickets are available for $5.
Bill Cosby will be at the Palace Saturday night. The show is being touted as "an evening with the comedic legend," so we're guessing Cosby will be doing stand up. He's 74 years old now. But a review of a stand-up show from a year and a half a go reported that "he can still bring it." Maybe it's all the pudding pops and sweaters. 8 pm - $48 and up
The Whose Line is it Anyway-style TheaterSports final smackdown is tonight at Mop & Bucket Company with celeb judge WAMC's David Guistina. Underground at Proctors on Friday at 8 pm - $14, $6 students and seniors
Laughs for Loved Ones
Local stand-up comedians Kevin Marshall, Jaye McBride, Ethan Ullman and others perform at Waterworks Friday night as part of Laughs for Loved Ones, a benefit for the Alzheimer's Association of North Eastern New York. Friday at 9 pm
The preliminary Emancipation Proclamation, written in Abraham Lincoln's own handwriting, will be on display this weekend at The New York State Museum. As part of the two-day celebration, Lincoln scholar Harold Holzer is giving a lecture at the New York State Museum Friday night at 8 pm. It's free. (And remember, the State Museum is open on Sunday again.)
Hellions of Troy Roller Derby
The Hot Rod Herculadies take on the Battery Brigade in the final Hellions of Troy Roller Derby bout of the season. Saturday at Rollarama in Schenectady. whistle at 7 pm - $12
Friday: Northeast Food Bank benefit at Valentine's
With: Charmboy, Henry's Rifle, New Red Scare, Jack Nemier & the Hobo Minstrels, Pistol Whips, Pick Your King, Ameros, Against the Grain. Presented by WEXT. 7 pm - $10 / $5 with a non-perishable food item
The "Deconstructing The Beatles: Sgt. Pepper" talk at Proctors on Friday is sold out.
The NYS Writers Institute is screening the 2011 Cannes Grand Prix winning film Once Upon a Time in Anatolia Friday night. 7:30 pm Page Hall, UAlbany downtown campus - free
Artist and Illustrator Jeremy Fish is based in San Francisco these days, but he grew up in Saratoga Springs. Fish has exhibited his work across the country and internationally, created art for murals, skateboards, worked on a book with Aesop Rock, and Robin Williams owns a pair of sneakers he designed. The artist is back in his old stomping grounds this weekend (where, back in the day he held the titles of homecoming king and prom king) for a rare show and appearance at the Spring Street Gallery. The opening party for Jeremy's "Prom King" exhibit is this Saturday from 6 pm to 9 pm -- 20 percent of the proceeds from the sale of exhibit's artwork will benefit On Deck Saratoga.
The season starts this week with the men's teams from both Siena and UAlbany in action Friday night. Siena takes on Vermont Friday night at the TU Center in its opener (7 pm). And UAlbany faces Duquesne at the SEFCU Center (6:30 pm). (Syracuse also opens its season this weekend, against San Diego State -- on a retired aircraft carrier. The game was moved to 4 pm Sunday because of rain. It will be on MSG/Fox Sports (ch 26).)
Sage College of Albany hosts a holiday art and craft show on Saturday from 10 am-4 pm.
The Menands Military Appreciation Parade steps off at noon on Saturday at the Riverview Center, heading down Broadway to the Farmers Market for a post-parade picnic with carnival games, food and music.
Take in fall
Grab a few cider donuts while there's still time. Kick up a pile of leaves on a an autumn walk or get a fall hike inbefore its too cold. Before you know it, snow and hot chocolate season will be here.
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photo: Joan Marcus
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