Stuff to do this weekend

Jake Shimabukuro

Ukulele master Jake Shimabukuro is at the Troy Music Hall Saturday.

The forecast this weekend: Sunny and warm with a 100% chance of stuff to do.

After the jump a list of things we thought you might like to try. Got something planned that's not listed here? Share it with the crowd, please.

And whatever you're up to, have a fantastic weekend.

Troy Night Out
Friday is Troy Night Out. The new Uncle Sam statues are set to be officially unveiled. Wander around the Collar City tonight and pick out your favorites. Shops and galleries are open late. Here are a few things you might want to check out:

+ Brass-o-Mania will be marching through the streets to Monument Square.
+ The The Lighting Workshop studio of RPI's Lighting Research Center is hosting "Surreal Reveal," a light art show on the second floor of 16 1st Street in Troy. "Visitors can escape into a twilight dreamscape of light art."
+ The Dudley Observatory will have telescopes set up at Riverfront Park for two hours of star observing, starting at 8:30.
+ There's an opening reception for A.R.T. - American Road Trip, Italy & Rock N' Roll - Photographs at Clement Frame and Art Gallery and a closing reception at Collar Works for the Louisiana Sampler show featuring four artists currently living and working in New Orleans amidst the post-Katrina resurgence.
+ Market Block is hosting a poetry reading
+ Daisy Baker's hosts the TNO after party.

There will be art shows, performances, pop-up shops and more, all over the city. You can find details on the TNO website, or on the new TNO app.


This is opening weekend at Capital Rep for Red, the Tony-winning play about by John Logan. Blurbage:

Iconoclastic Mark Rothko, the misanthropic abstract-expressionist painter, confronts his decision to accept a lucrative commercial commission. Extolling the virtues of his art as "expressing the big emotions - tragedy, ecstasy, and doom," Rothko drills his new assistant about the dangers of selling out and as they work together, the roles of student and teacher reverse, forcing Rothko to face his own demons about reality and his ultimate place in the pantheon of great artists.

Friday at 8p.m., Saturday at 3p.m. & 8p.m., Sunday at 2p.m. The production runs through May 19. $20 and up

Marie Brassard: Trieste
EMPAC presents Marie Brassard and her Montreal-based theater company in Trieste. Developed in part during Brassard's EMPAC residency, Trieste is a fable inspired by the city on the Adriatic Sea. Saturday 8 pm - free (reservations required)

Our Son's Wedding
Curtain Call Theater in Latham presents Our Son's Wedding, the story of an Italian-American plumber and his wife who arrive at their son's wedding to another man. Friday & Saturday at 8 pm, Sunday at 3 pm - $23

Christopher Durang plays
The Two Of Us Productions is doing a pair of Christopher Durang comedies "Sister Mary Ignatius Explains it All for You," and "The Actor's Nightmare," at Valatie Community Theater this weekend. Friday and Saturday at 8p.m., Sunday at 3p.m.

Mrs. Honey B
Friday and Saturday at Proctors: Ask Mrs. Honey B., Certified Life Coach, a new audience-interactive show about a "no-nonsense" life coach from Late Night Catechism star Maripat Donovan. (LA Times review from last summer.) 7:30 pm - $25 and up

In the next room
Friday and Saturday: the UAlbany Department of Theatre's production of Sarah Ruhl's In the Next Room ends its run. The Tony-nominated play is about the early history of the vibrator. Studio Theatre, Performing Arts Center, uptown campus - $12

Shirley Valentine
Hubbard Hall in Cambridge presents Shirley Valentine. Willy Russell's Tony-nominated one-woman play about a middle-aged Liverpool housewife who changes her life. Friday & Saturday at 8p.m., Sunday at 2p.m. $25

Beautiful Girls: Celebrating Sondheim's Women
Saturday: Fort Salem Theater presents a salute to the women in Stephen Sondheim's shows. 7:30 pm - $25


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's weekly short form improv comedy show is back on Saturday night at The Comedy Works on Northern Blvd in Albany. Think Whose Line is it Anyway. 8 pm - $15-$20

Move Music Festival
The Move Music Festival is back in Albany on Saturday will a bunch of acts at a bunch of venues around the city. Here's the schedule. Noted: Sean Rowe is slated to play at the Bayou Albany at 9 pm. A festival pass is $15.


Friday: Leo Kottke at The Egg
Acoustic guitar master. 8 pm - $34.50

Saturday: Jake Shimabukuro at Troy Music Hall
Ukelele master, YouTube star. 8 pm - $24 and up (students and kids $15)

Saturday: Time for Three at The Egg
String trio, "world's first classically-trained garage band." Coverers of Kanye and Daft Punk. 7:30 pm - $29.50

Saturday: Jim Brickman at Proctors
Pop pianist. 8 pm - $20 and up

Saturday: Albany Symphony Orchestra at the Palace
"Spring for Music" -- Gershwin, Gould, and Gatsby. 7:30 pm - $19 and up

Saturday: One More Time at Upstate Concert Hall
"A fully loaded salute to Daft Punk..." With: Static Groove, Mark Angelo. 8 pm - $12 ahead / $15 day of

Sunday: Opeth at Upstate Concert Hall
Swedish for progressive metal. With: Steve Wilson and Band, Katatonia. 7:30 pm - $27.50 ahead / $30 day of

Arts & Crafts Festival
The Arts Center for the Capital Region hosts its annual Arts & Crafts Festival this weekend. The juried event includes hand crafted pottery, metal,fiber, leather, glass, wood and other crafts made by some of the Northeast's top artists and craft people.Saturday ant Sunday from 10a.m. to 5p.m. $6 at the door, $5 with a postcard you can pick up early at The Arts Center.

TAP NY -- New York State's longest running craft beer and food festival -- is this weekend at Hunter Mountain. More than 200 beers from 70 craft breweries, plus food samples and cooking demonstrations. Saturday 1p.m. to 5p.m. Sunday noon to 4p.m. $70 to $105

Expo 1920s
Saturday: The Rensselaer County Historical Society and Russell Sage College present Expo 1920s, an event that uses fashion, technology and leisure items from the 1920s to explore whether the decade was that different from the one we are living in now. From the blurbage:

The program features an expo-style show that will highlight twelve different historic artifacts, from flapper dresses to home appliances, wool bathing suits to linen duster coats that highlight the themes of sexuality, consumerism, privilege and power. A multi-media presentation including historic photographs and music serves as the audio/visual backdrop for the show.

Saturday at 7 pm at Bush Memorial Hall at Sage College in Troy - $25 & $35. $10 for students.

Schoharie County Maple Festival
Celebrate maple-y goodness with maple foods, candy, demonstrations at the Schoharie County Maple Fair on Saturday at the Cobleskill Fairgrounds. Also "on tap," music, kids activities a maple parade and the crowning of maple royalty. Saturday, 8 am to 5 pm - Free Admission.

Albany Children's Book Festival
The Albany Academies host the 5th annual Children's Book Festival, featuring more than 50 children's and young adult authors and illustrators. Saturday from 10a.m. to 4p.m. Free admission.

Cirque Zuma Zuma
Young people from 16 African nations perform in Cirque Zuma Zuma at Proctors. "Acrobats, tumblers, lion dancers, contortionists, singers and gymnasts band together for the high-flying, off-the-wall spectacle of rhythmic music and pulse-pounding movement."
Friday at 8p.m. $20 - $50

Troy Little Italy hosts the 5th Annual Stickball Challenge to benefit Roarke Center and the Joseph House &Shelter. This year it's a high school challenge with teams from around the Capital Region. Spectators are welcome. Saturday 10a.m. to 5p.m. at the Hill sTreet Market Place, between Hill, Liberty and Washington Streets in Troy's Little Italy neighborhood.

GameFest 2013
EMPAC is hosting a weekend long Game Fest, with 40 student-designed video games from five game design companies, including Vicarious Visions. Students compete against their peers in a juried exhibition and the public can check out the games. Friday 8 pm to 10:30 pm, Saturday noon to 6:30 pm - free.

Tweed Ride
The Albany Tweed Ride is Sunday, departing at 9:30 am from All Good Bakers on Delaware Ave. There's still time to get your gentlemanly and lady-like riding attire assembled.


Once Were Warriors
The NYS Writers Institute's Classic Film Series wraps up its season with Once Were Warriors, the story of a modern-day family in a public housing project in New Zealand-- From an Austin Chronicle review: "Harrowing.... both culturally specific and broadly universal.... the film's searing performances are matched by the lovely camerawork of cinematographer Stuart Dryburgh (The Piano)." Friday at 7:30p.m. at UAlbany's Page Hall. Free.

Citizen Kane
The Saratoga Film Forum's Spring Street Classic series is screening Orson Welles, Citizen Kane on Saturday night at the Spring Street Gallery Saturday, 7:30 p.m. Free.

Xu Bing
Friday: Chinese artist Xu Bing will be at MASS MoCA to talk about his work, including the massive Phoenix sculpture currently at the museum. 5 pm - $8

Performance artist and "mentalist" and comedian Aaron Rabkin performs on Saturday night at The Saratoga Arms. Saturday 9p.m. $10. Reservations required.

Huyck Preserve Annual Bird Festival
Saturday the Huyck Preserve will host its annual Bird Festival with presentations on birds of prey by a wildlife rehabilator, bird walks, kid-friendly crafts and advice on building a bird friendly garden. Saturday 1p.m. to 5p.m. Free admission.

The Saratoga Invitational Regatta is this weekend on Saratoga Lake. Spectators can view races from Friday through Sunday between 7a.m. and 5p.m. Free.

Housing Fair
The Albany Public Library is hosting a housing air for homeowners and prospective home buyers with tips on hiring contractors, reducing utility bills, downpayment programs and opportunities available to homeowners. More than 20 exhibitors including banks, mortgage lenders, home inspectors and realtors.Saturday at the main branch of the Albany Public Library (Washington Avenue) 10a.m. to 7p.m. Free.

Visit baby animals
Yep, it's that time of year. You can visit the baby animals at Hancock Shaker Village in Western Mass. Behind the scenes tours are also available. Admission: Adults - $17, kids 13 and up- $8, kids 12 and under-Free.

Capital Rep, Troy Music Hall, The Arts Center for the Capital Region and Proctors advertise on AOA.


Capital Concert Opera: Verdi's Rigoletto
Sunday, April 28, 2 pm
Emmanuel Baptist Church, 275 State St, Albany
Free (free will donation appreciated)

Since we're discussing the arts I think we should mention how the same week the Mayor and his BZA shut down an opportunity for a new music venue in Albany, the Mayor of Cohoes is working to expand the music offerings there.

Soon you'll be able to grab a bite to eat at the Raven's Head brewery and then maybe catch a nice bluegrass show at the Music Hall. The stark contrast would be funny if I lived in Cohoes. But since I live in Albany it's just depressing.

Albany - Where we hate old buildings and new ideas.

Albany Sonic Arts Collective's 2nd Annual Benefit for UAG

Saturday April 27, 2013
Upstate Artists' Guild 247 Lark St. Albany, NY
4:00PM - ???

$5 as a minimum suggested donation, but everything you can do to help out UAG will be tremendously appreciated!

Buddhist Methods for Creating Health, Happiness and Abundance

A Public Talk in Troy, New York with
Mahayana Dzogchen Dharma Teacher Erik Jung

Saturday, April 27, 2013
Noon - 5:30pm
43 Pinewoods Avenue
Troy, New York12180

At this session, learn:

• Understand karma, what it really is, how it works, and how it affects your day-to-day life.

• Learn the Buddhist way of creating beneficial abundance and well-being in your life.

• Learn how to change your thinking to create more happiness & peace, and decrease stress & anxiety.

Donations are graciously accepted but not required to participate.

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