Stuff to do this weekend

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The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Saturday at the Massry Center at Saint Rose

Update: Not surprisingly, cancellations are rolling. For example: Proctors has cancelled all its events for Friday night. Be sure check before you head out.

Shovels? Check? Boots? Check. Gloves? Check.

Stuff to do this weekend? You'll find that after the jump.

Of course anything you've got planned this weekend is subject to the whims of the impending snowmageddon, so be sure and check to see if what you're planning to do
is actually still on, start out early, go slow and be careful. Whoa... we were just channeling your Mom for a sec there.

Whatever you're up to, be safe and have a great weekend.

Wine festival
Update: Tonight's cooking show and wine dinner has been cancelled due to the storm, but Saturday's Grand Tasting will go on as scheduled.

The annual Capital Region Wine Festival starts Friday at Proctors. The two-day event includes a "cooking show dinner" with Angelo Mazzone, and a grand tasting. Friday and Saturday various times - various ticket prices

Winter Carnival
It's weekend number two of the Lake George Winter Carnival with snowmobile races, a barbecue cook off, a bonfire and more. Starts at 10:30 am on Friday and Saturday.


Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
The musical version of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, based on the Steve Martin movie of the same name opens this weekend at Schenectady Light Opera. Friday & Saturday at 8 pm and Sunday at 2 pm - $18-$28

The 39 Steps
Molly McGrath stars in Home Made Theater's presentation of The 39 Steps this weekend. Friday & Saturday at 8 pm - $26, $29

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 -- finishes its run this weekend at Capital Rep. The production stars local actor/director Kevin Craig West. Friday at 8 pm, Saturday at 3 pm and 8 pm, and Sunday at 3 pm - $20-$60

The Last Five Years
The Last Five Years is a two person song cycle musical explores a five year relationship between a novelist and a struggling actress. One tells the story backward and the other forward. Troy Civic presents the show this weekend at The Arts Center of the Capital Region. Two shows on Saturday. -- 2pm & 8pm $15, $13 students/seniors

Director Steve Fletcher's Dracula closes this weekend at Curtain Call Theatre. Friday at 8 pm, Saturday at 8 pm, and Sunday at 3 pm - $23

The Laramie Project

Update: Friday's performance of "The Laramie Project" is canceled due to the weather.The opening night champagne reception and meet-and-greet with the actors will be pushed back to Saturday.

Albany Civic presents The Laramie Project, Moisés Kaufman's play about the the 1998 kidnapping and murder of Matthew Shepard. Friday & Saturday at 7:30 pm, Sunday at 3 pm - $15

The Zoo Story
Schenectady Civic presents a free staged reading of Edward Albee's absurdist one-act The Zoo Story. Sunday at 2:30 pm - free

La Traviata
Update: The Friday night performance of LaTraviata is cancelled due to the snowstorm .
Friday and Sunday at Proctors: a Hubbard Hall production of Verdi's La Traviata, with a 22-piece orchestra and projections on the GE's theater's screen. various times - $40 / $30 students


Spontaneous Broadway

Update: Mopco's Spontaneous Broadway show is canceled tonight because of the storm.

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-style musical. Friday 8 pm - $14 adults, $6 students and seniors

Improv at The Comedy Works
Mop & Bucket opens a weekly short form improv comedy show on Saturday night at The Comedy Works on Northern Blvd in Albany. Think Whose Line is it Anyway. 8 pm - $15-$20.

Step show

The Step Show at The Palace has been postponed due to weather. The show has be rescheduled for Sunday, February 17 at 5p.m.

Friday at The Palace: the annual step show celebrating Black History Month. Friday 7:30 pm - $15


Friday: Black Francis at Helsinki Hudson
Or, you know, Frank Blank, from the Pixies. With: Reid Paley. 9 pm - $25
This show has been moved to February 24th because of the weather.

Friday: Eytan and the Embassy at Bayou Albany
Indie pop. With: Engloria, Vontus 8 pm - $10

Friday: Robert DeLong at Putnam Den
"8-bit warrior," EQX fave. 9 pm - $13 ahead / $15 day of

Friday: The Grand Slambovians at Caffe Lena
Gandalf Murphy's band. Yep, Gandalf. 8 pm - $32

Saturday: Milo Greene at The Linda
Folk pop. A band, not a person. With: MaryLeigh Roohan. 8 pm - $15

Saturday: Yefim Bronfman with the ASO at Troy Music Hall
World-famous pianist. Also performing the next day. 7:30 pm - $19 and up

Saturday: Dirty Dozen Brass Band at the Massry Center
New Orleans brass. 7:30 pm - $30

Saturday is free day at MASS MoCA -- admission to the galleries is free. And there's a "psychedelic Latin dance party" with Chicha Libre that evening (it is not free -- $10 ahead / $14 day of).

More museums

Gordon Parks photography at the NYS Museum
The New York State Museum's exhibit of photos by Gordon Parks continues this weekend. Gordon Parks: 100 photos -- a collection of work by the famous photographer/director and Life magazine's first African American staff member -- highlights photos taken in Harlem and Washington DC during the early 1940s, "when both cities were going through significant changes--arising from post-WW II urban migration, the expansion of the black press, concern for children's education, and entrenched segregation and economic discrimination."

This is your last weekend to gawk at the moon rock at the NYS Museum.

Currier and Ives
The Albany Institute of History and Art's new Currier and Ives exhibit, "The Legacy of Currier & Ives; Shaping the American Spirit," opens on Saturday. The exhibition of 64 Currier and Ives prints "introduces the visitor to the firm of Currier & Ives and illustrates, through interpretive and educational materials, how their imagery became ingrained in the national consciousness."

While you're there you can also check out the exhibit of work from the Hudson River School. It includes works from the institute's collection as well as works from private collections. The exhibit runs through August 18.

Someday is Now
A new exhibit featuring work by Corita Kent is currently at the Tang Museum at Skidmore. The Tang is open noon-5 pm on Saturday and Sunday.

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.


The NYS Writers Institute event Friday night -- "The Future of Film Series: Russian Ark" -- has been cancelled because of weather.

The Magistrate
The Spectrum is screening the National Theatre's production of the The Magistrate, a Victorian farce starring John Lithgow. Sunday at noon.

Northeast Home Show

The Northeast Home Show will close a few early on Friday --at 7p.m instead of 9p.m. -- due to the weather.

Builders, remodelers decorators, home experts and other exhibitors will be at the TU Center all weekend for the Northeast Home Show. Friday 3pm - 9pm, Saturday 10am - 6pm & Sunday: 10am - 5pm $8.

Ice skating
Weather permitting, there's ice skating at the rink on the ESP. Regular hours are 11 am-8 pm. Here are other ice skating spots around the Capital Region. Be sure to dress for the weather.

Comfort food
Find delicious things that keep you warm. Like hot chocolate, dukbokki, or mac & cheese.

Do a good deed
Surprise someone by digging out their car or shoveling their walk or driveway. It will keep you warm in more ways than one.

Proctors, Capital Rep, The Albany Institute of History and Art and Troy Music Hall advertise on AOA.

photo: Dirty Dozen Brass Band


Troy Shares is sponsoring a free skill share and time bank orientation for the public. Talented members will lead the following activities. Join the fun on Sunday, February 10 from 3 pm to 6 pm at Oakwood Community Center, 313 Tenth Street at Hoosick, Troy. See or 518-308-8097 for more information.

• Review of Time bank Offers & Requests
• Healthy Cooking on the Cheap
• How to Bike in the Winter
• Choosing & Maintaining Garden Tools
• Intro to Community Organizing
• Health Panel - Nutrition, Herbs, Reiki, Homeopathy, Intuitive Counseling & More!
• New Practices for Better Financial Health

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