The weekend kind of snuck up on us this week, but it's Friday already.
Got plans? After the jump, a few things going on this weekend from Oscar nominated flicks to theater and comedy.
Got plans that are missing from our list? Let us know what you're up to. And however you're spending it, have a great weekend.
John Oliver sold out
If you thought getting last minute tickets to see The Daily Show's John OliverJohn Oliver at The Egg Friday night, would be easy peasy lemon squeezy, you fannied about for too long. Blimey! Oliver's show is sold out.
Mop and Bucket Company's Spontaneous Broadway season opens on Friday night, underground at Proctors. Using only suggestions from the audience, the improv company makes up an entire Broadway musical. Friday 8 pm - $14 Adults, $6 Students & Seniors
Stand-up comedian,writer and actress Sherry Davey, named one of the top ten comedians in New York City, will be playing the Comedy Works in Albany and Clifton Park this weekend. Friday and Saturday at 7:30 &9:30 in Albany and Saturday at 6p.m. in Clifton Park. $20.
Race -- David Mamet's drama about three attorneys, two black and one white, charged with defending a man accused of a crime against a black woman -- begins in previews this weekend at Capital Rep. The production stars local actor/director Kevin Craig West. Friday at 8p.m., Saturday at 3p.m. and 8p.m. and Sunday at 3p.m. $20-$60
Director Steve Fletcher presents Dracula at Curtain Call Theatre. Friday at 8p.m., Saturday at 8p.m and Sunday at 3p.m.$23.
Yo-Yo Ma, sold out
You can wait out the rainy weekend wandering around one of the local museums. Here are a few things you can see now.
The State Museum has a "New York's Great Places and Spaces" day lined up for Saturday, featuring "an array of New York state historic sites and cultural institutions" with hands-on activities.
If you go to the State Museum, be sure to go through the "1934: A New Deal for Artists" exhibit. The group of 50 Public Works of Art Project paintings are from the Smithsonian's collection, and worth a look. The exhibit closes at the State Museum January 20 -- so this is a good chance to see it before it's gone.
The holiday train display is still up at MiSci (formerly The Schenectady Museum) and you can catch a planetarium show while you're there. You can only see the trains from noon to 3 pm.
If you go to MASS MoCA, look for the new exhibit "Xu Bing: Phoenix," which opened in late December.
Art or Evidence
This show at the Mandeville at Union College features the work of international photojournalist Gilles Peress, from the conflicts in Northern Ireland, Iran, Rwanda and Bosnia. Here's more on the exhibit. 10 am to 6 pm Friday through Sunday. Free.
See the Oscar nominees
All the Best Picture nominees -- with the exception of Beasts of the Southern Wild (on DVD) and Amour (opens here in February) -- are playing locally this weekend, so if you want to brush up on your Oscars, it's a great time to get started. Maybe there's even time for a double feature.
The Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center is leading snowshoe adventures this weekend. It's a good opportunity try out snowshoeing because snowshoes will be provided. It's a one-mile hike and if there isn't enough snow, they'll just lead a basic hike without snowshoes instead. $3 Saturday from 11am-12:30 p.m, Sunday 1 p.m - 2:30 p.m
It's going to be a little warm and rainy this weekend, but weather permitting, the ice skating rink at the ESP is open this weekend (conditions permitting) for its regular hours (11 am-8 pm). Here are other ice skating spots around the Capital Region.
UAlbany has men's and women's basketball doubleheader against Maine Saturday at SEFCU Arena. (SEFCU -- the credit union, not the arena -- is giving away free tickets to both the men's and women's game, while supplies last.) Both teams are having pretty good seasons -- the men are 13-4 and the women are 9-3. women's game at 5 pm, men's game at 7:30 pm - $12 adults / $3 kids
The Albany Devils are the TU Center Sunday. 5 pm - $13.50-$25.
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