The Capital Region is climbing out of the kind of a deep freeze that makes hibernation seem like the only reasonable way to spend your free time. If you're sick of being cooped up because of the cold, we've compiled a few things you might want to check out after the jump.
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The ice skating rink on the ESP has a very high fun:cost ratio. It's open all weekend from 11 am to 8 pm, weather permitting -- be sure to check before heading out. $4 adults / $3 kids / free on Friday
A bunch of anticipated movies debut at local multiplexes this Friday: Spike Jonze's Her, the Coen brothers' Inside Llewyn Davis, and the star-filled August: Osage County. Her -- in which a character played by Joaquin Phoenix falls in love with an operating system -- has been getting great reviews.
Alfred Hitchcock's Rear Window is this week's Movies and Mimosa flick at the Saratoga Bow Tie Cinema. Saturday and Sunday at 11am - $5.50 film, $2 mimosa
The Mop & Bucket Company is back at Proctors Underground on Friday night with their TheaterSports competition -- where teams of improvisors compete based on audience suggestions. Think, Whose Line is it Anyway? Friday at 8pm - $14, $6 students and seniors
Free Day at MASS MoCA
Saturday is the annual Free Day at MASS MoCA in North Adams. "Free admission and brick-wall-to-brick-wall programming throughout the museum..." It's a good time of year to hit up the museum -- it's gotta be one of the biggest indoor spaces in the greater region. Saturday 11 am-7 pm
Sunday: Bob Brier -- a well-known Egyptologist at Long Island University/C.W. Post Campus who's apparently known as "Mr. Mummy" -- will be at the Albany Institute for talk connected to the museum's new mummies exhibit:
Brier will describe the various phases of mummification and exactly what was done to the mummy of Ankhefenmut, the 21st Dynasty mummy in the Albany Institute's collection. He will also share what was discovered from the study of Ankhefenmut's mummy and what future discoveries are possible from the study of mummies.
Sunday 2 pm - free with museum admission
Toys and Trains
You still have a couple of weeks to check out the Toys and Trains exhibit at MiSci in Schenectady.
Saturday: Andre Watts at The Palace
Famous concert pianist. As a teen, introduced to a national TV audience by Leonard Bernstein -- and then later called in by Bernstein to play with the New York Philharmonic. 7:30 pm - $30 and up
Saturday: WEXT folk DJ series at Caffe Lena
With: Tor & The Fjords, Zan Strumfeld, Ashley Sofia. 8 pm
The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told
Confetti Stage presents Paul Rudnick's The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told, a biblical satire that tells the story of Adam and Steve. Friday and Saturday at 7:30pm, Sunday at 2pm - $15
Curtain Call Theater opens a production of David Lindsay-Abaire's Good People. Friday and Saturday at 8pm, Sunday at 3 pm - $23
Saturday is Kids Get in Free Day at The Albany Devils game at the TU Center. Kids 12 and under get a free ticket when accompanied by a paying adult. The Devils take on the Manchester Monarchs. Saturday at 5pm.$13.50 to $25
Saturday: Chef Sarah Fish -- from The Hungry Fish Cafe -- is teaching a class at Different Drummer's Kitchen on different types of chili, including turkey and vegetarian. Saturday 6 pm - $65
The Fabulous Beekman Boys
The Fabulous Beekman Boys -- Josh Kilmer-Purcell and Brent Ridge, known for their Discovery Network and Cooking Channel shows as well as their appearance on the Amazing Race -- will be at the Clifton Park-Halfmoon Library on Saturday. And it's sold out.
Indoor 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).
photo: Kirk Edwards
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