The forecast for the last weekend of winter: lots of clouds, temperatures hovering around 40, a high probability of people in green. And lots of stuff to do -- from parades and Celtic celebrations to comedy, poetry and butterflies.
After the jump, a few things we though might interest you. Doing something you don't see there? Share it with the crowd. And whatever you're up to have a great weekend.
St. Patrick's Day
The annual Albany St. Patrick's Day parade is Saturday at 2 pm. St. Patrick's Day itself is Sunday. A few ways to celebrate are lined up here. Also, you can check out Albany's Irish history.
Five Guys Named Moe
Cohoes Music Hall presents the Louis Jordan review Five Guys Named Moe. This Tony-winning musical review is just plain fun. Friday at 8 pm, Saturday at 3 pm and 8 pm, Sunday at 3 pm - $25/$30/$35
Casino Royale-meets-Weekend at Bernie's in the musical comedy Lucky Stiff, this weekend at the Schacht Fine Arts Center at Russell Sage in Troy. Friday and Saturday at 8 pm, Sunday at 2 pm
Woman in Mind
Schenectady Civic Players present Alan Ayckbourn's black comedy Woman in Mind. "After stepping on the tooth end of a garden rake, Susan experiences hilarious hallucinations in which her boring and oppressive everyday life is replaced by a fantasy. Now she is the ideal wife with the ideal family! But is this really bliss or has she merely let her sanity lapse?" Friday and Saturday at 8 pm and Sunday at 2:30 pm, $15
Sound of Music
The Captain, Maria and the seven singing Von Trapps, complete with nuns, Nazis and whiskers on kittens, this weekend at Schenectady Light Opera's production of the Rogers and Hammerstein classic, The Sound of Music. Friday and Saturday at 8 pm and Sunday at 2 pm $22 & $28.
Comedian Demetri Martin will be at The Egg Saturday for a standup show/book tour. His new book is Point Your Face at This. Saturday 7 pm - $39.75 UPDATE: You may want to call ahead. When we checked last there were only a handful of single tickets left.
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.
The Upper Hudson Maple Producers Association is hosting an open house this weekend at a number of participating local farms. Watch and learn about maple sugar production.
Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 4 pm
Old is New
The Old is New consignment sale -- for "women's, men's and junior's clothing and accessories, as well as furniture and home decor" -- is back at the Albany Academy Field House Saturday-Monday (the last day is half-price day). We checked out the first sale last summer.
Albany Auto Show
The largest indoor car show in the Capital Region --The Albany Auto Show--is at the Times Union Center this weekend, with 31 manufacturers, exhibitors, entertainment and more. Friday noon to 8 pm Saturday 10 am to 8 pm, Sunday noon to 5 pm $7.50. Under 12 Free.
Farm Film Fest V
The Crandell Theater in Chatham is screening Brunswick, Milk, Off-Season and The Last Shepard -- four documentaries about farming. 1 pm to 4 pm Free admission with a non-perishable food item for the Chatham Silent Food Pantry.
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.
Wait, what? Yep. Learn the ancient craft of making your own chainmail at the Tech Valley Center of Gravity . Saturday at 2 pm
Get some ice cream
Cold? If you're eating ice cream you won't notice so much. The Snowman in Troy and many of the other seasonal ice cream stands are open!
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