Stuff to do this weekend

crocus in bloom 2013-03-29

Spring is starting to spring. It's a good weekend to enjoy it.

With Passover and Easter this weekend, pickings for stuff to do are a little more limited than usual, but there's still some good stuff going on.

After the jump, a holiday weekend basket of stuff you might want to try. We've picked out the spiced jelly beans and left you the marshmallow peeps and peanut butter eggs.

Got something else planned? Share it with the rest of the crowd. And whatever you're up to, have a great weekend.

Troy Night Out: Kid's Night Out
Tonight's Troy Night Out is a special Kids Night Out with games, music, toys and games set up at locations around the Collar City. The Arts Center of The Capital Region will have kid-friendly activities and demonstrations throughout the building in pottery, glass beads, circus yoga, drawing, and digital photography. They're also hosting a participatory performance of "Join the Circle of the Drums: Ensemble Congeros" from 7-8:30 pm.

Russell Sage College is hosting its annual Easter egg hunt for kids (free) with hundreds of eggs are hidden. Circus performers will be strolling River Street and a group of CAC Woodside artists are holding a pop-up show at 16 1st Street to showcase some of the work they've been doing over the winter. Also, stop by Anchor No. 5 and you can check out William Gill's night photos of trains. If you want to see what's happening and where, you can try out the new Troy Night Out mobile app.

Hoops for Hope
The Harlem Ambassadors basketball show team take on the HD Ballers -- a group of local community hoops players -- in Hoops for Hope at the Troy High School Gym Saturday. Admission goes to support the Huntington's Disease Society of America. Saturday 7 pm - $9

The Intergalactic Nemesis
The Intergalactic Nemesis -- a sort of live graphic novel/radio show "period-sci-fi-horror-suspense-comedy-romance" -- is back at Proctors. Blurbage: "Three actors, one Foley artist, and one musician perform all the voices and sound effects, while overhead, an illustrated outer-space graphic novel unfolds on our GIANT screen." The production includes two "books" -- the company will perform Book 1: Target Earth on Friday (this was the show at Proctors last year). Book 2: Robot Planet Rising will be performed Friday, and Saturday. various times - $15 and up

The Canstruction show -- large structures built with canned goods -- is on display the New York State Museum. The show is up through April 11. Here's a preview.


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 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


Single Girls Guide
The Single Girls Guide closes at Cap Rep this week (TU review, Nippertown review, Daily Gazette review). $20 and up


Friday: Peter Evans Quintet at EMPAC
Trumpet player who specializes in improvisation and avant garde jazz. 8 pm - $18

Friday: Mason Jennings at Helsinki Hudson
Folk rock singer/songwriter. 9 pm - $25 ahead / $28 day of

Friday: Graham Alexander at The Linda
Former lead in the Broadway production of the Beatles tribute show Rain. With: Stellar Young. 8 pm - $15

Friday: Kodo at Proctors
"Exploring the limitless possibilities of the traditional Japanese drum..." 8 pm - $20 and up

Friday: Nine Votes Short at Valentine's
Album-release show for the local punk band. 8 pm - $5

Friday: Adam Ezra Group at Bayou Albany
Sort of Springsteen-like. 8 pm - $10

Saturday: Todd Snider at Helsinki Hudson
Americana/alt-country. 9 pm - $28 ahead / $32 day of

Saturday: Consider the Source at Valentine's
"SciFi Middle Eastern fusion." With: Panzerballet, Timbre Coup. 9 pm - $12

Saturday: M.R. Poulopoulos at Caffe Lena
Singer/songwriters. With: Caitlin Canty. 8 pm - $14

Egg hunts
+ Green Eggs And Ham Hunt at the Albany Public Library's Howe Branch. Saturday 10 am
+ Midway Fire Station, Colonie. Saturday 11 am-1 pm
+ Mamatoga has a list of more egg hunts, including a handful in Saratoga County.

The Albany Devils are at home this weekend at the TU Center. Games on Friday and Saturday night at 7p.m. $13.50 - $25

NCAA tournaments

+ Syracuse basketball: The Orange take on Marquette Saturday in DC for a trip to the Final Four. 4:30 pm on CBS

+ Union hockey: The Dutchmen face Boston College in the first round of the NCAA hockey tournament Saturday in Providence. 9 pm on ESPNU

Cake Decorating
Different Drummers Kitchen is hosting a class in cake decorating on Saturday. noon - $65

MiSci, The Albany Institute and the NYS Museum are all closed on Easter Sunday.

Butterflies @ MiSci
The butterfly house inside MiSci (formerly the Schenectady Museum) continues this weekend. Saturday 11 am-5 pm, - Free with museum admission

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.

Take a walk
It's actually starting to feel like spring, and with temperatures in the 50s this weekend, it's a good time to find a friend, stretch your legs, and get a little fresh air.

Get some ice cream
Cold? If you're eating ice cream you won't notice so much. Jumpin' Jack's, The Snowman, Tastee Freez in Bethlehem, Bumpy's in Schenectady and many of the other seasonal ice cream stands are open.

Proctors, Cap Rep, and Troy Music Hall advertise on AOA.


Heard there's going to be a convention at UAlbany with board game events, video games, card games, a Magic draft, and a number of awesome vendors and artists. Here's a facebook event URL:

I would go, but I have to see my parents this weekend.

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