Stuff to do this weekend

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UAlbany Alum and Tonight Show regular, Dion Flynn is at Proctors Sunday with his one-man show.

We hate to be the ones to say it, but it's the last weekend in August. If there are any items remaining on your summer to do list, we suggest you get cracking.

For those of you looking for stuff to do, you'll find our weekend round-up after the jump.

Mix them, match them, trade them with your friends.

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

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Travers weekend at The Track
Friday-Sunday: The season continues at the Saratoga Race Course. Saturday is Travers Day -- featuring the biggest race of the season (admission is already sold out) -- so there's a lot going on in in and around Sararoga Springs. If you want to watch the race in town, here are some Saratoga viewing parties.

Troy Night Out
Friday: It's the last Troy Night Out of the summer. Stroll the Collar City and check out the art, music and shops. Stores will be hosting sidewalk sales, and the Arts Center of the Capital Region will run a Digital Arts Lab "Interactive Showcase" at which you can try out interactive art and locally-created games. Also, MASS MoCA is hanging upside-down trees in Monument Square -- so there's that.

Washington County Fair
Friday-Sunday: The Washington County Fair continues this weekend at the fairgrounds in Greenwich. It bills itself as "New York's #1 Agricultural County Fair."


Albany LatinFest
Saturday: The Albany LatinFest returns to Washington Park for its 20th year. The family-oriented festival includes music, food, children's activities, craft vendors and more. Saturday 11 am to 6 pm - free admission

Caribbean Day In The Park
Saturday: Troy's Prospect Park will host a Caribbean Day celebration with Caribbean music, food and cultural activities. Saturday, noon to 7pm -- free admission.

Sunday: The Tri-City ValleyCats take on the Brooklyn Cyclones at Joe Bruno Stadium. It's NFL night and Wingfest, and there will be fireworks following the game.

Saratoga Polo
Friday/Sunday: The Saratoga Polo season continues with matches at Whitney Field, just outside of Saratoga Springs. Friday and Sunday, matches begin at 5:30 pm - $15 and up


The Only Brown Kid in the Trailer Park
Sunday: Dion Flynn -- a UAlbany alum who's appeared in sketches multiple times with Jimmy Fallon on Late Night and the Tonight Show -- will be at Proctors for his one-man show The Only Brown Kid in the Trailer Park, presented by MopCo. Sunday 7 pm - $15 and $25

Angel Street
Friday-Sunday: Albany Civic Theater is opening a new production of Angel Street -- the victorian thriller that was the basis for the film Gaslight. Friday and Saturday at 7:30pm, Sunday at 3pm - $10 to $18.


Friday: The Figgs at Putnam Den
Hometown show. 9 pm - $10

Friday: Roomful of Teeth at MASS MoCA
Vocal group. 8 pm - $16 ahead / $22 day of

Friday: Slam Allen at Helsinki Hudson
Blues. 9 pm - $18 ahead / $20 day of

Friday: Chris Brown at SPAC
Hip hop. With: Kid Ink, Omarion, Fetty Wap, Teyana Taylor. 7 pm - $30 and up

Friday: The Piano Guys at Tanglewood
Of YouTube fame. 7 pm - $20 and up

Friday: M.R. Poulopoulos & Zak Trojano at the Caffe Lena
Blues/folk. 7 pm - $18

Friday: Annie and the Hedonists at Upbeat on the Roof
The last Upbeat on the Roof show at the Tang this season. 7 pm - free

Saturday: An Evening with Idina Menzel at Tanglewood
Broadway superstar. 7 pm - $24.50 and up

Saturday: Chicago + Earth, Wind, and Fire at SPAC
A GE Kids in Free show. 7:30 pm - $25 and up

Saturday: Saint Asonia at Upstate Concert Hall
Rock. 8 pm - $10.30 ahead / $15 day of

Saturday: Ian Hunter & The Rant Band at Helsinki Hudson
British rock veteran. 9 pm - $45

Saturday: The Anticompetition at Parish Public House
"The Rock & Roll Anticompetition is a traveling opposite sketch of band battles, held by & for musicians in protest of talent competitions, pay to play events, and American Idol." 8 pm

Sunday: Lil Durk at Upstate Concert Hall
Rapper. With: Gun Play, Hypno Carlito. 8 pm - $20 ahead / $25 day of


Who ya gonna call?
Ghostbusters is the Friday/Saturday late night Insomnia Theater feature at the Saratoga Springs Bow Tie Cinema. It's also the early morning Saturday/Sunday Movies & Mimosa flick. That's four times the Venkman.

The Madison is screening Ghost. There's a 50/50 chance that Everly Brothers song is playing in your head now.

Drive ins
+ Jericho: The Gift / Train Wreck
+ Hollywood:Shaun the Sheep / Inside Out
+ Malta: Screen 1 - Jurassic World / Straight Outta Compton / Train Wreck | Screen 2 - The Man From U.N.C.L.E./ Hitman: Agent 47 / Vacation


Swimming pools
Municipal pools continue their season this weekend, though time is running out. (Some have already closed for the season.) Here's a list.

The beaches at Moreau Lake State Park and Grafton Lakes State Park continue their season. Or you could try the beach at Cherry Plain State Park.

Steal a summer day
Summer is waning. Steal a day outside, enjoying summer food, orjust wandering.

You could also spend 12 hours in The Catskills or visit one of the many state parks in the Capital Region.


Seeing Double
The Albany Institute of History and Art has just opened a new exhibit called Seeing Double, with anaglyphs -- stereoscopic images that appear to be 3D when viewed through special glasses.

Van Gogh and Whistler
The Clark's very popular exhibit of Van Gogh nature paintings continues. The exhibit runs through September 13. This weekend the Clark is hosting a Starry Night drawing event. Instructors will guide visitor through night of drawing under the stars, offering tips for capturing a night scene while you draw by the light of the moon.

Also at The Clark: Whistler's Mother: Grey, Black, and White. "The painting serves as the centerpiece of the exhibition Whistler's Mother: Grey, Black, and White, which also features a selection of Whistler's prints and drawings, Japanese woodblock prints that inspired the artist, and ephemera that explore the image's role in popular culture." It's on display through September 27.

MASS MoCA is exhibiting the large scale landscape paintings of Clifford Ross. The exhibit is open through September 7.

The Late Drawings of Andy Warhol
The Hyde Collection continues its exhibit featuring some of Andy Warhol's drawings created between 1973 to 1987, one of Warhol's most prolific periods. Many of the drawings are on view to the public for the first time. (On display through through September 27.)

Pelts & Prosperity
Saturday: Mabee Farms hosts a senior thesis talk entitled Pelts & Prosperity -- a look at how Schenectady residents bartered in furs in the 18th Century. Saturday 2 pm - $5


Friday night cookout
Friday: The Cheese Traveler in Albany has been hosting regular Friday night cookouts. This week's featured chef will be City Beer Hall's Dimitrios Menagias. Friday 5-8 pm - $4-$16

Troy Flea
Sunday: Troy Flea has a craft market every Sunday through October 4 in Riverfront Park. Sunday 11 am to 4 pm - free admission

Farmers' markets
It's one of the best times of year to visit the farmers' markets:
+ The Troy Waterfront Farmers Market will be on River Street Saturday from 9 am-2 pm.
+ The Saratoga Farmers' Market will be in High Rock Park. Saturday from 9 am-1 pm
+ The Delmar Farmers Market is open for the season at Bethlehem Central Middle School. Saturday 9 am-1 pm
+ The Colonie Farmers Market is at the Crossings. Saturday from 9 am-1 pm
+ The Schenectady Greenmarket will be around Schenectady City Hall. Sunday from 10 am-2 pm.
+ The Spa City Farmers' Market will be outside the Lincoln Baths Sunday from 10 am-3 pm

MopCo and Helsinki Hudson advertise on AOA.

photo courtesy of Dion Flynn


I tried to get into The Clark last weekend. They open at 10am. I got there a little after noon. Cars were parked along the side of the road for miles before & after the entrance to the museum, & police were directing traffic. I'd never seen anything like it, except Phish at SPAC. If you're planning to go, be prepared.

A whole lotta summer going on!

If you're headed to The Clark and don't mind a nice 15 min walk, park in the municipal lot on Water Street and take a nice stroll.

Visitors with mobility issues may be dropped off at the circle near the Orientation Center, adjacent to the main entrance of the Clark Center. Drivers can park at the circle in designated handicapped parking spaces or in main lot P1. For more information, contact Visitor Services at 413 458 0592.

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