Stuff to do this weekend

Zombies expected this weekend in Schenectady

Thanksgiving is only a few days away, making this the last weekend before the holiday madness sets in -- so enjoy it. There's plenty of stuff going on: shows, theater, film, elves, zombies -- you name it.

Got something planned that isn't on the list? Share with the crowd. And whatever you're up to, have a great weekend.

The annual Zombie Film Feast/Walk/Prom is at Proctors this weekend:
+ The zombie prom -- "complete with booze and ooze and finger foods" -- is Friday at 9 pm. Tickets are $10.
+ This year's zombie walk -- in which people dress up as zombies for a parade -- will stagger from Proctors to Schenectady city hall on Saturday. The undead processional starts at 4:45 pm. It's free to participate.
+ The annual festival of zombie flicks is that same Saturday in the GE Theater at Proctors. There will be two blocks of films -- 11 am - 5:30 pm, and 5:45 pm - midnight. Tickets are $25 for the whole festival, or $15 for one block.

Schenectady Holiday Parade
Schenectady's annual kick-off to the holiday season could prove particularly interesting this year, since it coincides with the annual Zombie Walk. Yep, Santa meets the undead. There's a film in this. Or at least a television episode. If things get out of hand, will they need to call the city's zombie police? Saturday night from 5 pm-8 pm on State Street in Schenectady.

Friday and Saturday at EMPAC: 4Walls, "a live multimedia dance installation that provides four points of view on one dance, giving a new shape to a 'dance with no form'" from choreographer Ralph Lemon. 8 pm (Friday) and 4 pm (Saturday) - $18


Louie Anderson
Actor and comedian Louis Anderson is at The Comedy Works in Albany on Friday and Saturday. shows at 7:30 pm and 9:30 pm - $30, $35 / with dinner - $55, $60

MopCoTheaterSports -- The finals
The Whose Line is it Anyway-style TheaterSports final smackdown is tonight at Mop & Bucket Company. Underground at Proctors on Friday at 8 pm - $14, $6 students and seniors


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 closes this weekend at Albany Civic Theater. The Neil LaBute play examines how far someone might go for love, or art. This production has received some pretty nice reviews. 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.

An Adult Evening of Shel Silverstein
Home Made Theater presents a reading of An Adult Evening of Shel Silverstein. Yeah, the guy who wrote "The Unicorn Song" and Where the Sidewalk Ends. Silverstein also wrote adult material (like the song "A Boy Named Sue") and this show consists of ten short plays about the darker side of parenthood. Seriously, don't be fooled by the fact that its Silverstein and bring you kids. One play involves a guy trying to become the best daddy by giving his daughter a dead horse. Sunday at 3 pm - free

Jump in a lake
The Lake George Polar Plunge For Special Olympics is Saturday at 9 am. You can join in or, you know, just watch from the beach with a hot cup of coffee. It's free for spectators.

The two public shows of this year's Beatlemore Skidmania are sold out.


Friday: Big Bad Voodoo Daddy at Troy Music Hall
Swing, daddy-o. 8 pm - $29 and up

Friday: 5th Annual B3nson Family Funsgiving at Valentine's
The annual tradition. With: The Parlor, The B3nson Family Band, The Boston Celtics, Bear Grass, Goldtooth, The Bum Ditties (CD release). 8 pm - $10

Friday: Club d'Elf with John Medeski at Helsinki Hudson
"[A] night of Moroccan-dosed dub-trance-jazz and draws upon electronica, Moroccan Gnawa music, dub, free jazz, hip-hop & funk." Well, OK. 9 pm - $18

Friday: Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds at Upstate Concert Hall
A 9-piece. With: Sirsy, Wild Adriatic. 8 pm - $12 ahead /$15 day of

Friday: Rustic Overtones at Putnam Den
With: Stone Revival Band. 9 pm - $10 ($15 under 21)

Saturday: Arlo Guthrie at The Egg
Folk royalty, playing a tribute to his dad. 7:30 pm - $34.50

Saturday: Joe Krown Trio at Red Square
New Orleans organ jazz. 8 pm - $12 ahead / $15 at door

Saturday: RUNA at Caffe Lena
Contemporary Celtic. Step dancing might break out. 8 pm - $16 ahead / $18 at door

Saturday: Anberlin at Upstate Concert Hall
Alt-rock. With: Morning Parade, IAMWE. 7:30 pm - $16 ahead / $18 day of

Saturday: "Cage/Gould: Several Silences" at EMPAC
A talk from philosopher Elie During about Glenn Gould and John Cage, followed by Gould/Cage performance by the Rensselaer Contemporary Music Ensemble. 6:15 pm talk, 8 pm concert - free

Saturday: The Nields at The 8th Step at Proctors. Singer/songwriter sisters celebrate the release of a CD. Say that three times fast. Saturday at 7:30p.m. $24

Sunday: Victor Wooten Band and Jimmy Herring Band at The Egg
Ace bass player with guitarist from Widespread Panic. 7 pm - $34.50

The Turtle Island Quartet with Tierney Sutton show at Troy Music Hall has been re-scheduled for next year.

Hudson-Mohawk Weavers' Guild Show & Sale
Friday through Sunday at the Hudson-Mohawk Weavers' Guild Annual Show and Sale at The Pruyn House in Colonie: Handwoven fashions, furnishings and holiday gifts made by local artisans plus fashion shows and weaving and spinning demos. Friday 10-9, Saturday 10-5, Sunday 12-4 - free admission


Steven Levy
Ace tech writer Steven Levy will be at UAlbany Friday for a talk about his recent book about Google, In the Plex. 8 pm campus center, uptown campus - free

Mobile phones
Saturday at Albany Nanotech: a talk about nanoelectronics and the rise of smartphones by UAlbany professor Vincent LaBella. Also: a speed texting competition. noon - free


Warren Miller
The latest ski film from Warren Miller -- Flow State -- is at the Palace Friday and Saturday. 8 pm both days - $22

Vegetarian Expo
The New York Vegetarian Expo is at the Polish Community Center in Albany on Saturday. It's a day of food, lectures and discussion to "demonstrate and promote the global health benefits of green sustainable living, environmental awareness, compassion for animals and all beings." There's no admission fee but donations of $5 are being accepted.

Prep for Thanksgiving
You've only got a few days. Here are a few local delicacies you might want to pick up to serve for the holiday or bring to a holiday party. Or you could check out the farmers' markets in Troy (Saturday), Delmar (Saturday), Saratoga (Saturday), and Schenectady (Sunday).

Road trip
Fall is a great time of year for a road trip. Try a shopping trip to Northampton . But who needs new clothes when you have good beer and cheese -- maybe a visit to a brewery or cheese farm.

The Troy Music Hall, Mop & Bucket Company, and the Hudson-Mohawk Weavers Guild advertise on AOA.


Can't wait for the vegetarian expo, they have a lot of great speakers lined up this year!

Before the Snow Flies at Russell Sage. Dance. Students during the first half and then Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company for the 2nd. Fri & Sat @ 8.

The RPI Players Present…

Much Ado About Nothing
By William Shakespeare

When a 17th century Italian governor’s estate is visited by a prince and his soldiers, his daughter Hero is soon courted by one of the gallant young men named Claudio. However, the prince’s half-brother Don John, the Common Enemy of all Happy Endings, is determined to stop the wedding. With the nuptials set, and with the estate unaware of Don John’s plans, Claudio and the genial prince turn their attention to igniting a romance between Beatrice and Benedick, both resolutely single and constantly engaged in a war of wits. Scheming, eavesdropping, and mischief ensue.

Performance Dates: November 9, 10, 16, 17 at 8:00pm
November 11 at 2:00pm
Only at the RPI Playhouse, 15th Street, Troy, NY, 12180
Prices: $10.00 General Admission,
$8.00 for students/seniors,
$5.00 with Student ID

For reservations: email
For questions: email

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