It's hard to believe by looking out the window, but this weekend is chock full of harbingers of spring: Forecasts calling for sunshine and temperatures in the high 40s, the opening of The Snowman, and on Sunday morning we push the clocks ahead for daylight savings time.
After the jump, a few suggestions for how to spend the next to last weekend of winter. If we're missing something you've got planned, share it in the comments.
And whatever you're up to, have a fantastic weekend.
The Irish Comedy Tour
In preparation for St. Patrick's Day the Irish Comedy Tour comes to Proctors this weekend. "The party atmosphere of a Dublin pub combines with a boisterous, belly-laugh-inducing trio for The Irish Comedy Tour, featuring irreverent comedians with their roots firmly planted in the Emerald Isle - Mike McCarthy, Derek Richards and Derrick Keane. Friday at 7:30 p.m. - $30
MopCo: You Never Know
The Mop & Bucket Company's You Never Know show is back. Think Whose Line is it Anyway -- a night of short form improv games where talented improvisers make up scenes and songs based on audience suggestions. Underground at Proctors. Friday at 8 pm - $14 Adults, $6 Students & Seniors.
Five Guys Named Moe
Cohoes Music Hall presents the Louis Jordan review Five Guys Named MoeThis Tony winning musical review is just plain fun. Friday at 8p.m., Saturday at 3p.m. and 8p.m., Sunday at 3p.m. $25/$30/$35
The Single Girls Guide
The Single Girl's Guide continues this weekend at Capital Rep. Blurbage:
In the stylish world of 1964 Manhattan, beloved newspaper columnist Emma Woodhouse is still single and about to turn 30. As her father urges her to marry the first available man - and her editor urges her to toe the line, she begins to transform her household advice column into a platform for change, encouraging readers to drop their casseroles, question the nature of marriage and demand sexual freedom.
Emma Woodhouse? (There's also a character named Knightley. And Harriet. And Elton.) The show runs through March 30. Tuesday-Sunday various times - $20 and up
Friday and Saturday at Proctors: Fela!, the Broadway musical about the story of Nigerian musician and activist Fela Kuti. This production includes Michelle Williams from Destiny's Child. Friday and Saturday 8 pm (2 pm matinee on Saturday) - $20 and up
The Albany All Stars take on Shoreline Roller Derby at the Washington Avenue Armory on Saturday night. Music from Uncle Joel's Comb. Doors open at 6 pm, first whistle at 7 pm - $12, $4 for kids.
Saturday: Celebration of Joni Mitchell's Blue at The Linda
Featuring a lineup women singer/songwriters from NYC. 8 pm - $20
The NYS Writers Institute film series continues tonight with the Irish film Hunger, about political prisoners who go on a hunger strike to protest inhumane prison conditions. Friday at 7:30 pm, Page Hall on the UAlbany downtown campus - free
Friday and Saturday at UAlbany: "Harriet Tubman: A Legacy of Resistance," a symposium celebrating the 100th anniversary of the passing of the abolitionist and Underground Railroad conductor (among many other roles). On the slate: talks, panel discussions, workshops, and performances. open to the public - $30 / $5 students
The Irish American heritage Museum is hosting an Irish soda bread bake-offon Saturday at noon. On Sunday they're hosting an with a tour of the museum by Jack McEneny along with a tour of Troy and Cohoes locations and a canal lock with Rensselaer County Historian Kathy Sheehan.
The America East men's and women's basketball tournaments are at the SEFCU Center at UAlbany this weekend. The UAlbany men take on Maine Saturday at about 8 pm in the quarterfinals. And the UAlbany women -- the tournament's #1 seed -- play Sunday at 1 pm.
The Albany Devils are at home at the TU Center this weekend. They take on Bridgeport on Friday at 7 p.m., Bridgeport on Saturday at 5p.m. and the Adirondack Phantoms on Sunday at 3 p.m.
Summer Sports and Fitness expo
Because summer is coming -- at some point. The annual Summer Sports and Fitness expo is this Saturday and Sunday at the Saratoga City Center. 125 exhibitors, sales, demos, clinics a 25 foot climbing wall and family activities. Saturday 10a.m. to 5p.m., Sunday 10a.m. to 4p.m. Free admission.
The NYS Museum is closed on Saturday for maintenance. It will be open on Sunday as usual.
Gordon Parks photography at the NYS Museum
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."
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," continues. 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 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.
Get some ice cream
Cold? If you're eating ice cream you won't notice so much. The Snowman in Troy opens on Saturday and some of the other seasonal ice cream stands have begun opening their doors.
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