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
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: 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
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
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 Tech Mobile phones Film Vegetarian Expo Prep for Thanksgiving The Troy Music Hall, Mop & Bucket Company, and the Hudson-Mohawk Weavers Guild advertise on AOA.
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
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
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.
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).
Hudson-Mohawk Weavers' Guild Show & Sale
Prep for Thanksgiving
The Troy Music Hall, Mop & Bucket Company, and the Hudson-Mohawk Weavers Guild advertise on AOA.
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