Winter may be making a bit more of an effort this weekend with some snow showers and cooler temperatures. For those of you making an effort to reject the default hibernation urge that often kicks in at this time of year, there's wine, food, caffeine, theater, comedy, movies, museums and music to help you out.
We've compiled our weekly list after the jump. Doing something you don't see listed here? Tell us about it. And whatever you're up to, have a fantastic weekend.
Wine & Dine for the Arts
Friday & Saturday: Wine & Dine for the Arts -- the Albany Chefs Food & Wine Festival -- returns with a range of events over the three days in downtown Albany. Among them: a cocktail party at City Hall, grand tastings, and competitions. Ticket prices vary by event, and many events are already sold out (or will be soon).
Friday, Friday, Friday and Saturday, Saturday, Saturday: Monster Jam returns to the TU Center. Monster trucks, crushed cars, and "high-horsepower acrobatic chaos." Friday and Saturday 7:30 pm - $22 / $12 kids, and up
As World War One begins, Joey, young Albert's beloved horse, is sold to the cavalry and shipped from England to France. He's soon caught up in enemy fire, and fate takes him on an extraordinary journey, serving on both sides before finding himself alone in no man's land. But Albert cannot forget Joey and, still not old enough to enlist, he embarks on a treacherous mission to find him and bring him home.
So how do you stage a play about a horse without an actual horse? A very complicated -- and remarkable -- puppet. Friday-Sunday various times - $20 and up
The Mountaintop, Katori Hall's fictional play about the last night in the life of Martin Luther King Jr, opens in previews this weekend at Capital Rep. Friday at 8pm, Saturday at 3pm & 8pm, Sunday at 2pm - $20-$60
Troy Civic Theater opens its new production of Wit at The Arts Center of the Capital Region. Margret Edson's one-act play about an English teacher diagnosed with ovarian cancer won the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for drama. Friday and Saturday at 8pm - $15 & $13
The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told
Confetti Stage closes its production of 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 presents David Lindsay-Abaire's Good People. Friday and Saturday at 8pm, Sunday at 3 pm - $23
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
90s Throwback Night
Friday: The Fuze Box in Albany is hosting a 90s Throwback night with MTV-style music sets, VJs dropping old-school visuals and video games from Pastime Legends. Friday 9pm - $10 under 21, $5 over 21
Friday: The Madison Theater in Albany re-opens under new ownership -- and a few upgrades -- with screenings of Paul Newman movies this weekend: Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Slapshot, Cool hand Luke and The Sting. various times - $5
In a World...
The Saratoga Film Forum is screening the comedy In A World, the Sundance 2013 Best Screenplay winner that takes place in the world of movie trailer voiceover actors. Friday at 7:30 pm, Sunday at 3pm
"Fasten your seat belts, it's going to be a bumpy night."
This weekend's Movies and Mimosa flick at the Bow Tie in Saratoga is the Bette Davis classic All About Eve. Saturday and Sunday at 11am
Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice
The Bow Tie Saratoga's Insomnia Theater feature this weekend is Beetlejuice. Friday and Saturday at 11:30 pm
Lego Building Challenge 2014
The Albany Institute of History and Art is hosting its annual LEGO building challenge this weekend. This year's theme is "Egypt: Past, Present, and Future," in conjunction with "The Mystery of the Albany Mummies" exhibition. Basic building blocks will be supplied, but contestants may also bring their own. There is a $5 per person registration fee. Space is limited and registration is required. Teams can be 1-4 people (all ages). Building challenges take place on Saturday, Sunday and Monday at various times. Also, on Monday the museum is open free of charge for Martin Luther King Day.
Albany During the Civil War
Sunday: Author Dennis Gaffney will be at the Irish American Heritage Museum in Albany for "an in-depth look at the City of Albany and its involvement during the American Civil War." Sunday 1 pm - free
Toys and Trains
The Toys and Trains exhibit at MiSci in Schenectady closes on Monday.
Jewels of the Sea
Discovery Hall in Troy has its "Jewels of the Sea" exhibit on display this weekend, with 800 species and 1000 variations of seashells. Saturday 10am to 4pm, Sunday noon to 4pm, Monday 10am to 4pm
East Greenbush WinterFest
East Greenbush hosts its annual Winterfest this weekend with a pancake breakfast, chili contest, rock n' bowl, and fireworks. Events throughout the weekend. Check the schedule for details.
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
Farm to Glass
The Carey Institute for Global Good is hosting a farm-to-glass workshop on craft brewing with speakers and panelists. The workshop is billed as "for novice and intermediate hop farmers, brewers looking for hop suppliers, and anyone interested in hop and craft beverage production." Saturday 10 am-1 pm - $20 per person at the door
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).
AOA is a media sponsor of Wine & Dine for the Arts. The Albany Institute of History and Art, MopCo, and Capital Rep advertise on AOA.
photo via Monster Jam media guide
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