Stuff to do this weekend

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Mel Brooks is at Proctors for a screening of Blazing Saddles and a talk with the audience.

Wait, what? It's the weekend? Already?

Well, alright then.

After the jump, a few events we thought you might enjoy. Planning something you don't see here? Share them in the comments so everyone can see.

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


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Mel Brooks
Friday: Mel Brooks will be at Proctors for a screening of Blazing Saddles followed by a conversation and Q&A with the director/writer/actor. Friday 7:30 pm - $50 and up

Albany Barn Fusion
Friday: The Albany Barn's annual Fusion event returns with art, food, and music. Open artists studios and music, food and cocktails from chef Mark Graham, beer from Druthers, desserts from the Cookie Factory, coffee from Stacks, and more. Friday 6 pm - $75

Food Fight - Pickle(d) Edition
Saturday: This year's Downtown Albany Food Fight involves pickles. Restaurants, food trucks, caterers, and food compete to see who has the best pickles. Tastings on North Pearl Street and throughout Downtown Albany. Saturday noon to 3pm - free admission, $1 per sample

Nancy Kerrigan's Halloween on Ice
Saturday: Olympic skating stars perform in a Halloween themed ice show at the TU Center. Saturday 7 pm - various prices

Fall Fun

Fall Foliage Festival
Sunday: The Schenectady County Fall Foliage Festival is at the Mabee Farm Historic Site. Music, hayrides, all sorts of animals, blacksmithing and woodworking, and a "Taste of Schenectady" farmers' market. Sunday 11 am-4 pm - free admission

Liberty Ridge Farm's Fall Festival
Friday-Sunday: Pumpkin patch, cornfield maze, and other fall farm adventures at Liberty Ridge Farm's ongoing fall festival.

Schuyler Farms Corn Maze
Saturday-Sunday: Schuyler Farms is offering its annual corn maze with hayrides, a petting zoo and gemstone mining a corn maze and more. Saturday and Sunday starting at 10 am - $8 per person

Freak yourself out

Saratoga Scare Fair
Friday & Saturday: The Saratoga Scare Fair is open for the season. It's a spooky teen/adult haunted house at the Saratoga County Fairgrounds. Friday and Saturday nights through October 6:30-10 pm - $10

Haunted corn maze
Friday-Saturday: Schuyler Farms has a haunted corn maze. Friday and Saturday 7-10 pm (last ticket sold at 9:15 pm) - $14

Haunted Hayrides
It's Haunted Hayride season at Double M Haunted Hayrides.

Field of Horrors
The Field of Horrors in Brunswick continues its season this weekend with four haunted attractions. Friday-Sunday 6-11 pm - $25

Haunted Albany Tales
Saturday: The Henry Hudson Planetarium at the Albany Heritage Area Visitors Center is hosting two Albany ghost story sessions under the planetarium stars. Saturday at 11 am and 1 pm - $3


Friday-Sunday: The Not So Common Players presents Violet, starring Brittany Leigh Glenn. The award winning off-Broadway musical, based on the short story The Ugliest Pilgrim, tells the story of a young disfigured woman who journeys from her North Carolina farm to Tulsa, Oklahoma in a quest for a televangelist to heal her and make her beautiful. Friday & Saturday at 8 pm, Sunday at 2 pm - free

A Chorus Line
Friday-Sunday: Home Made Theater continues its production of A Chorus Line at the Spa Little Theater. Friday & Saturday at 8pm - $26 & $29

Little Shop of Horrors
Friday-Sunday: Ghent Playhouse continues its production of Little Shop of Horrors this weekend. Friday and Saturday at 8pm, Sunday at 2pm - $20

Wait Until Dark
Friday-Sunday: The Theater Institute at Sage presents Wait Until Dark. Frederick Knott's thriller about a con man who lays a trap for a blind woman and it becomes a terrifying game of cat and mouse. Friday and Saturday at 7:30pm, Sunday at 2pm - $15

4000 Miles
Friday-Sunday: This is the last weekend for Capital Rep's production of the dramatic comedy 4000 Miles. "Seeking solace at the end of his cross-country bike trip, 21-year old Leo arrives unannounced at the Greenwich Village apartment of his 91-year old Jewish grandmother, Vera. Instead, he gets a big life lesson from his former outspoken, activist grandma. Over the course of a single month, these two outsiders infuriate, bewilder, and ultimately change one another forever." Friday and Saturday at 8pm, Sunday at 2pm - various prices


Wanda Sykes
Saturday: Comedian Wanda Sykes brings her stand-up show to The Palace Theater. Saturday 8 pm - $20-$75

Bombers Belly Laughs Mini Comedy Festival
Friday: Seven local comedians share their stand-up acts at Bombers in Troy in a mini comedy festival. Friday 8-10 pm - $10

Friday: Think Whose Line is it Anyway? The Mop & Bucket Company returns to Proctors Underground to compete in improv games, creating scenes and songs based on audience suggestions. This week MopCo is on the main stage at Proctors. Friday 8 pm - $14 / $6 students and seniors


Friday: Craig Finn at The Hollow
Of The Hold Steady. 9 pm - $15 ahead / $18 day of

Friday: Oneohtrix Point Never at EMPAC
Electronic. 8 pm - $18

Friday: The Arturo O'Farrill Septet Latin Jazz Night at The Massry Center
Latin jazz. 7:30 pm - $25 / $15 students

Friday: The Bouncing Souls at Upstate Concert Hall
Punk. With: Left Over Crack, Beach Slang, All Torn Up. 7:30 pm - $20 ahead / $22 day

Friday Two Cow Garage at The Low Beat
Alt-country. With: The Mutts. 8 pm - $10

Friday: Loreena McKennitt at The Egg
"[E]clectic Celtic blend of pop, folk and world music..." 8 pm - $49.50 and up

Saturday: Sean Rowe at Newberry Music Hall
The one and only. 9 pm - $10 ahead / $15 day of

Saturday: The Front Bottoms at Upstate Concert Hall
Indie rock. With: The Smith Street Band, Elvis Despressdly. 8 pm - $16 ahead / $20 day of

Saturday: Collective Soul at The Egg
Old-school alt-rock. 8 pm - $44.50 and up

Saturday: The Subdudes at The Egg
Roots rock. 8 pm - $34.50

Saturday: Mikaela Davis at The Hollow
Just another indie harpist/singer/songwriter. 9:30 pm - $12 ahead / $15 day of

Saturday: Melvin Seals at Putnam Den
Pianist/organist, longtime member of Jerry Garcia Band. Also playing a show there Sunday. 9 pm - $25

Sunday: Tony Bennett at The Palace
With: Antonia Bennett. 7 pm - $59.50 and up

Sunday: Motionless In White + The Devil Wears Prada at Upstate Concert Hall
Metalcore. With: Upon a Burning Body, The Color Morale, Artisan. 6:30 pm - $20 ahead / $23 day of

Monsters' Ball
This month's Saratoga Savoy Diamond Dance at the Saratoga Music Hall (upstairs at City Hall) is a Monsters' Ball, with costumes, music by the El Dorados, dance lessons and snacks. Friday 7:30 pm - $16


Strange Brew - Craft Beer and a Movie
Saturday: The Madison Theater is hosting a screening of Strange Brew, the 1983 Bob and Doug McKenzie comedy starring Dave Thomas and Rick Moranis, including a beer tasting with samples from local breweries. beer tasting from 4-7 pm / film at 7:30 pm - $20

Despicable Me
Saturday: The Palace hosts a free screening of Despicable Me. Saturday at 11 am - free

Yep, you can still see a drive-in movie this year. Here's what you can see this weekend:
+ Jericho: Goosebumps / Hotel Transylvania II
+ Malta: Screen 1: Goosebumps / The Intern | Screen 2: The Martian / Pan


PechaKucha Night
Friday: The Opal Gallery hosts another PechKucha event -- an evening of talks in which speakers give presentations on a wide range of subjects, each using 20 slides for 20 seconds each. Here's a look at the line-up of speakers. Friday 6:30 pm - free

LGBT Law Day
Saturday: Albany law hosts its annual LGBT Law Day. "At LGBT Law Day, Albany Law students and volunteer attorneys will provide attendees with free legal assistance on such issues as: name changes, adoptions, child custody, immigration, employment discrimination, gender marker changes, and upgrading dishonorable discharges under 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell.'" Saturday 10 am to 3 pm - free

William Kennedy + Michael Oatman
Sunday: William Kennedy and artist Michael Oatman will be at the Albany Institute for a conversation "about the creative process and how they have used the Capital Region as inspiration and basis for their work." It's part of the exhibit The Capital Region in 50 Objects. Sunday 2 pm - free with museum admission (get a ticket at the front desk)

In a Coach and Four: Eliza Jumel in Saratoga Springs
Sunday: The Saratoga Springs Public Library hosts a talk by Margaret Oppenheimer, author of a new biography of Saratoga's famed Madam Jumel. Sunday 2pm - free admission


National Chemistry Day
Saturday: The New York State Museum celebrates National Chemistry Day with hands-on chemistry demonstration and experiments that highlight color in chemistry. Saturday 10 am to 4 pm - free admission

The Capital Region in 50 Objects
The new Capital Region in 50 Objects exhibit continues at The Albany Institute of History and Art. It's a look at 50 iconic objects and images that help tell the story of the Capital Region.

Local Eats: What Does Your Food Say About You? and
The Schenectady County Historical Society continues its exhibit called Local Eats: What Does your Food Say About You? at the Mabee Farm. It examines how the food we eat relates to politics, technology, and where you come from. $5 / free for students

Also at the Mabee Farm: An exhibit called #schenectadydoesntsuck, featuring a look at the Electric City through the lens of the popular local Instagram account #schenectadydoesntsuck.

Local Yokel Fall Festival
Saturday: The City Beer Hall hosts a Local Yokel Fall Festival with local food, beer, liquor, art, and music. Saturday 3 pm - free admission

Road trip
Spend 12 hours in The Berkshires, The Catskills or visit one of the many state parks in the Capital Region. Or take a hike.

Farmers' markets
Farmers' markets are outside for a another few weekends.
+ Troy Waterfront Farmers Market has moved indoors at The Atrium is still outdoors. (It moves inside the Atrium in November.) Saturday 9 am-2 pm
+ The Saratoga Farmers' Market will be outdoors in High Rock Park. It will be outdoors until October 31. Saturday from 9 am-1 pm
+ The Delmar Farmers Market is open for the season at Bethlehem Central Middle School. It's outdoors until November 7. Saturday 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

Albany Institute, Capital Rep, Troy Music Hall, and The Mop & Bucket Company advertise on AOA. And AOA is a media sponsor of Albany Barn Fusion.


The Troy market is usually outdoors until the end of October. Are you sure it will be inside this weekend?

Editors: No, we just plain got it wrong. It's fixed now. Thank you.

Saturday - come to the first annual Anne's Quest Foundaiton Cornhole Tournament from 1-6pm.

I hear "A Chorus Line" is wonderful. As is "Violet".

Surprised you guys missed this one! East Bound Jesus performing too!

8th Annual Oktoberfest Fundraising Event at Revolution Hall in Troy, NY on Saturday, October 17. All proceeds from ticket sales benefit the Rensselaer Land Trust’s mission to conserve the open spaces, watersheds, and natural habitats of Rensselaer County for the benefit of our communities and future generations. - See more at:

FREE - Friday and Saturday! We're still giving Ghost Tours of RPI!

Is there any way we can get these updates before Friday so we can ol better plan our weekend?

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