Congratulations. You've made it to spring. The real spring. Honest. This weekend that large orange orb in the sky will be making an appearance and temperatures will flirt with the 70 degree mark. It's been a long time.
There are lots of indoor and outdoor options this weekend, from Sean Rowe to Hudson Valley Hops to a Hitchcock film festival to Kathy Griffin.
After the jump, you'll find a few things we thought might interest you. Doing something you don't see there? Drop it in the comments. And whatever you're up to, have a fantastic weekend.
Last night of restaurant week
Friday is the last night for Downtown Albany restaurant week. Seventeen downtown restaurants will be offering special three-course menus during that span. Restaurant week tends to be popular, so reservations are a good idea.
Hudson Valley Hops
Saturday: The Hudson Valley Hops event returns to the Albany Institute Saturday.
America's Test Kitchen
A live stage show of the popular PBS program America's Test Kitchen will be at the Palace Sunday afternoon.
Roller derby double header
The Albany All Stars and the Capital District Mens Roller Derby are at the Washington Avenue Armory Saturday for a double header. Doors open at 5 pm, bout at 6 pm - $10 ahead / $12 at the door / $4 kids under 12
Friday: The Mop & Bucket Company is back at Proctors Underground on Friday night with a new season of TheaterSports -- in which teams of improvisors compete based on audience suggestions. (Think Whose Line is it Anyway?) Friday at 8pm - $14 / $6 students and seniors.
The Sondheim/Arthur Laurents musical based on the life of Gypsy Rose Lee finishes its run at Capital Rep (TU review, Nippertown review). The show features Broadway veterans and a number of talented actors from the Capital Region, including Benita Zahn and George Franklin. various times - $20 and up
Confetti Stage is hosting a gala at the Albany Masonic Hall, with an Exquisite Corpse -- which is not what it sounds like. It's a short play written by several different playwrights -- one picks up where the last one left off. Saturday 7:30 pm - $20
This weekend at at C-R Productions at Cohoes Music Hall: Sweeney Todd. With kids. Yep, watch sweet, freckle faced pre-teens and teens sing about turning each other into meat pies in Stephen Sondheim's Tony Award winning musical drama about man's inhumanity to man. It's challenging material, but previous youth productions from C-R have included some very talented young people. Friday and Saturday 8pm, Sunday 2pm - $15/$20
A...My Name Will Always be Alice
The Not So Common Players closes its production of A... My Name Will Always Be Alice, a musical review starring some fabulous women, include Dashira Cortes. Friday and Saturday 8 pm, Sunday 2 pm - free
Friday: Novelist and screenwriter Francesca Marciano will be at UAlbany as part of the NYS Writers Institute visiting writer series for a screening her film Miele, and a discussion afterward. Friday 7 pm, downtown campus, Page Hall - free
"So let it be written, so let it be done"
Proctors is screening Cecil B. DeMille's 1956 three-and-a-half-hour epic The Ten Commandments, starring Charlton Heston and Yule Brenner. Rotten Tomatoes calls it "Bombastic and occasionally silly but extravagantly entertaining." Saturday 2:30 pm - $5
Friday: Gospel Jubilee at Proctors
Third annual gospel music show on the main stage. 7 pm - $20
Slavery and the Underground Railroad
Friday-Sunday: The Underground Railroad History Project 2014 conference "Slavery and the Underground Railroad: The Larger Context, The Lingering Legacy" runs through the weekend with speakers, workshops, and exhibits at multiple locations. various event prices
Sunday: Wordfest, Albany's week long celebration of the arts and the spoken word, starts Saturday night at McGeary's with a cocktail party and a reading from Up The River, the Albany Poets new literary journal.
Saturday Sunday 7 pm
Mummifying Animals in Ancient Egypt
One of the world's foremost experts on animal mummies (yep, there is such a thing), Salima Ikram, will give a talk at The Albany Institute of History and Art about animal mummies and what they show about how ancient Egyptians interacted with the animal world. Friday 6 pm - free with museum admission
Ansel Adams: Early Works
The Hyde Collection is exhibiting early works of Ansel Adams for one more week.
You have one more week to catch the indoor butterfly house at miSci.
Easter egg exhibit
More than 5,000 elaborately hand-decorated Easter Eggs will be exhibited this weekend in Schoharie to benefit the rebuilding of the Schoharie Free Library from damage done by Hurricane Irene. (It will also be open next weekend.) Friday through Sunday 10 am to 5 pm - $10 family, $5 individual
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).
Troy Music Hall, The Palace, Proctors, miSci, Saint Rose, Capital Rep, MopCo, and the Downtown Albany BID advertise on AOA.
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