Stuff to do this weekend

sgt dunbar wearing tubas or some sort a horn

Sgt. Dunbar and the rest of the B3nson gang will be at Valentine's Friday night for the annual Funsgiving show.

It's the last weekend before the holiday crazy officially sets in, so enjoy it. Do something you really want to do. After the jump you'll find our list of options in the Capital Region this weekend.

Got something planned that isn't on the list? Share it with the rest of the crowd. And whatever you're up to, have a fantastic weekend.

Beaujolais Nouveau Wine Celebration
Friday: The AIDS Council's annual Beaujolais Nouveau fundraiser is at the Hilton Garden Inn on Hoosick Street in Troy. Sample food from top local chefs and taste/celebrate the release of the 2013 Beaujolais Nouveau vintage.Friday 6:30 pm - standard admission $75 in advance / $85 at the door

Holiday parade
Saturday: Schenectady starts the holiday season with the annual Gazette Holiday Parade. (Downtown Schenectady streets close to traffic at 4 pm). Saturday from 5-8pm


A Christmas Carol
The Dickens classic opens in previews this weekend at Capital Rep. Friday 8pm, Saturday 3pm & 8pm, Sunday 2pm - $20 and up

50 Shades
Friday: 50 Shades! The Musical, a parody of the Fifty Shades of Grey, is at Proctors. Blurbage: "50 Shades! The Musical opens with a ladies book club deciding to read Fifty Shades of Grey. Through their interpretation of the novel, the audience is lead on an uproarious roller coaster ride of this unlikely bestseller." A San Francisco Chronicle review called it "cheerfully subversive" earlier this year. 8 pm - $20 and up

Inspecting Carol
Our Own Productions presents Inspecting Carol, a very funny holiday spoof about a community theater group's effort to put on a Christmas play. Friday and Saturday at 8pm, Sunday at 2pm - $15, $13

Night, Mother
Marsha Norman's powerful, award-winning play Night, Mother closes at Albany Civic Theater. Friday and Saturday at 7:30 pm, Sunday at 3 pm

An Iliad
Capital Rep presents An Iliad, a play that examines the question: "Has anything truly changed since the Trojan War?" The show normally tours schools as part of Cap Rep's On The Go program, but will be offered in the theater Saturday morning. Saturday 11 am - free

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The College of Saint Rose Drama Department presents the musical [title of show] -- a one-act musical about two New York City writers trying to come up with a play to submit to a competition. Friday and Saturday at 7pm, Sunday at 2pm - $10


Spontaneous Broadway
The Mop and Bucket Company makes up a Broadway show at the Underground at Proctors, complete with music, props and costumes, based on audience suggestions. Friday 8 pm - $14, $6 for students and seniors

Coffee and Comedy
Friday: Local comic Vernon Payne has another Coffee and Comedy show at Hudson River Coffee House. Four local comedians including Frank Gentile, who made an appearance on Jimmy Fallon, and Michael Raive from the Boston Comedy Festival. Friday 9pm - $5

Carmen Lynch
Last Comic Standing's Carmen Lynch appears at The Comedy Works in Albany this weekend. Friday and Saturday at 7:30pm & 9:30pm


The Makioka Sisters
The New York State Writers Institute's classic film series is screening Sasame-Yuki (The Makioka Sisters), a Japanese film set in 1938 that "follows the lives of four sisters as they confront changing cultural attitudes between centuries-old Japanese tradition and encroaching elements of modern society." Friday 7:30pm - free

Auntie Mame
This week's Movies and Mimosa feature at Saratoga's Bow Tie Cinema is Rosalind Russell's Auntie Mame. Saturday and Sunday at 11am - $5.50 tickets / $2 mimosa

Saratoga Film Forum is screeningBlackfish. Described as a "psychological thriller," this documentary looks at the backstory of the SeaWorld orca who killed a trainer, and it examines questions about keeping these animals in captivity. Friday 7:30 pm and Sunday 3pm -

The Spectrum is screening the National Theater Live production of Frankenstein. Sunday at noon - adults $15, 12 and under $12

Urban Renewal
The Saratoga Film Forum brings performance artist Kyle deCamp's multi media show Urban Renewal to the Capital Region for the first time. The show "melds slide projection, live performance, and immersive sound, Urban Renewal explores the artist's experience of growing up in racially charged Chicago in the Sixties, caught in the crosshairs of history and power." Saturday 7:30 pm - $7 General Public/$5 members and students with ID


Friday: B3nson Funsgiving at Valentine's
Barons in the Attic, Sgt Dunbar and the Hobo Banned, The Parlor, Bear Grass, Rival Galaxies, Hammer Hawk, Scientific Maps. 7 pm - $10

Friday: Enter the Haggis at Putnam Den
No, you enter the haggis. With: Jamie Kent Trio. 9 pm - $15

Friday: Manuella Blackburn at EMPAC
"Acousmatic composer." 8 pm - $18

Friday: Tartan Terrors at Proctors
"North America's premier Celtic event." An 8th Step show. 7:30 pm - $28

Friday: Poor Old Shine at The Linda
Alt-Americana. With: CC Vagabonds. Also playing Helsinki Hudson Saturday. 8 pm - $15

Friday: Holly Williams at Helsinki Hudson
Country/folk. Granddaughter of Hank Sr, daughter of Hank Jr. 9 pm - $15 ahead / $18

Friday: Jim Gaudet & The Railroad Boys at Caffe Lena
Locally-grown bluegrass. 8 pm - $16

Friday: Cabinet at The Hollow
Pennsylvania bluegrass. 8 pm - $10 ahead / $13 day of

Friday: The 2013 Beatlemore Skidmania public shows are sold out, but the Friday night show will be livestreamed at 8 pm.

Friday: The College of Saint Rose Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Guitar Ensemble at The Massry Center for the Arts. 7:30 pm

Saturday: MaryLeigh Roohan at The Linda
A show celebrating her new album. (See also: AOA interview this week.) With: Cuddle Magic. 8 pm - $15

Saturday: Milkshake at MASS MoCA
Indie rock turned kids rock. 11:30 am - $8

Saturday: Sixties Rock Experience at Proctors
Icons of 60s music "recreated" on stage. 7:30 pm - $20 and up

Saturday: Driftwood at Caffe Lena
Americana/roots. 8 pm - $14

Saturday: Matt Durfee at Red Square
Album release show. With: Alta Mira, Henry's Rifle. 8 pm

Saturday: ASO at The Palace
Performing Brahms' first symphony, and other works. 7:30 pm - $19 and up

Sunday: Once Upon a Dream Starring the Rascals at The Palace
"A hybrid of a rock 'n' roll concert and a Broadway show." 7:30 pm - $32.50

Speakeasy Revue
Saturday: Roxxi Tart's 1920s Speakeasy Revue is at Franklin's Tower. Special guest host: Scooter Pie. 9 pm - $15

Hudson-Mohawk Weavers' Guild 35th Annual Show & Sale
Weaving and spinning demos, handwoven fashions and holiday gifts made by local artisans at the Hudson-Mohawk Weavers' Guild's annual show and sale at the Pruyn House in Colonie. Friday 10 am to 9 pm, Saturday 10 am to 5 pm, Sunday noon to 4pm - free admission and parking.

Local holiday shopping

The Shop at The Arts Center
The Arts Center of the Capital Region has opened it's annual holiday shop. You can shop gifts from local artists and crafters at The Arts Center. Saturday, 11am - 3pm

Christian Brothers Academy 16th Annual Craft Fair
Over 140 craft vendors with clothing, wood, fiber arts, paintings candles and other locally made holiday gifts at Christian Brothers Academy Saturday 9am to 4 pm. Free admission.

Colonie Central High School
Over 75 local vendors and crafters at Colonie Central High School. 9am to 4pm Free admission.

40 Years after Roe v Wade
Saturday: The Carey Institute for Global Good hosts International Planned Parenthood chair Alexander Sanger for a discussion titled "40 Years After Roe v. Wade: Women's Health and Freedom in the 21st Century." Saturday 7 pm - $20 (reservations requested)

The American Craft Beer Cookbook
Sunday: Craft beer writer John Holl will be at the Spotty Dog in Hudson for a food and beer tasting and a book signing for his new American Craft Beer Cookbook.4 pm - free admission

Archer Mayor
Novelist Archer Mayor will be signing his new book Three Can Keep a Secret: A Joe Gunther Novel at Northshire Bookstore in Saratoga. Saturday 7pm

Saturday, Saturday, Saturday: The Kicker Arenacross and Freestyle Motorcross Show is at the TU Center. Saturday 7:30 pm - $20 and up / $12 kids

The UAlbany men are at home against Bucknell on Saturday. 7 pm

Farmers' markets
The farmers markets are a good place to find something interesting to make or bring to Thanksgiving. Markets are open in Troy (Saturday at the Atrium), Saratoga (Saturday at the Lincoln Baths in Spa State Park), Schenectady (Sunday at Proctors), and the Spa City Farmers Market -- at the Lincoln Baths in Saratoga Springs (Sunday at the Lincoln Baths).

Thanksgiving prep
It's this Thursday. Get cracking! If you want to bring some fun local delicacies to the Thanksgiving table, this weekend is a great time to get them ordered. A few years ago we compiled this list of some good local items to add to your Thanksgiving feast.

The Mop and Bucket Company, the Arts Center for the Capital Region, and Hudson-Mohawk Weavers' Guild advertise on AOA. And AOA is a media sponsor for The AIDS Council's Beaujolais Nouveau event.

photo via Sgt. Dunbar Facebook


Panache Quartet, "Four fiery fiddlers!", will be at Old Songs Community Arts Center in Voorheesville Saturday night, Nov. 23, at 8 pm.

Tickets available at
$20/adults; $5/children 12 & under

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V Salon is having a Cut-a-Thon this Sunday from 12-3 to benefit victims of Typhoon Haiyan. haircuts will be $25 on a walk-in basis and all proceeds will go to the Philippines Red Cross. Please join us!
1168 Western Avenue

Let The Fire Burn
TONIGHT @ 7pm Sanctuary For Independent Media
3361 6th Avenue in Troy, NY
$5-10 suggested donation

Highly acclaimed documentary film, Let The Fire Burn, chronicles the 1985 bombing of black liberation group MOVE by Philadelphia police.
Followed by a Q & A with filmmaker Jason Osder.

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