Stuff to do this weekend

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The Albany Wine and Dine for the Arts festival is this weekend.

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

No need to feel unprepared. After the jump we've got a list of stuff happening over the next few days that you might want to try -- from wine and food festivals, to Martin Luther King Jr. Day events, to hockey, to a Broadway musical.

Doing something you don't see here? Let us know about it in the comment section. And whatever you're up to, have a fantastic weekend.

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Wine and Dine for the Arts
Friday-Saturday: It's Wine and Dine for the Arts weekend in downtown Albany. Chefs from all around the Capital Region compete and host demonstrations and seminars. There's a slider slam, a grand tasting, a battle of the bartenders and more. Friday- Saturday various times and prices

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Observances
Monday is Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Here are a few observances planned around the Capital Region.

The Martin Luther King Jr. Project of Saratoga Springs
Saratoga Springs has a weekend of performances, talks and service projects in honor of Dr. King.

+ Friday: Skidmore college hosts The Dr. King Challenge, an evening of music and spoken word performances by local artists reflecting on Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy. Friday at 7pm -- $10

+ Sunday: Sharon Leslie Morgan, founder of Our Black Ancestry will be at Northshire Bookstore in the morning and will host a talk at the Saratoga Springs Public Library at 2 pm.

+ Monday: The Fierce Urgency of Now: Healing America. Garland Nelson hosts an afternoon of performances, talks and service at the Saratoga Music Hall on the top floor of City Hall. Monday 2 pm

Steve Perry at Albany Community Charter School
Saturday: Educator and author Steve Perry will speak at the Albany Community Charter School (65 Krank Street). It's free and open to the public registration is required (see the link) Saturday at 2pm -- free

The Black & Gold fundraiser with Steve Perry at Kiernan Plaza on Saturday night is sold out.

Empire State Plaza Martin Luther King Jr. Observance
Monday: The Empire State Plaza Convention Center will host its annual Dr. Martin Luther King memorial observance. This year's theme is "Educate, Empower, Embrace", with talks, performances and video. Dr. Geoffrey Canada, founder of the Harlem Children's Zone, will be the keynote speakerr. Monday beginning at 8:30 am


Something Rotten!
Friday-Sunday: The touring production of Broadway's Something Rotten, the musical comedy, set in the time of Shakespeare, that satirizes musical comedy, continues its run at Proctors this weekend. Friday at 8 pm, Saturday at 2 pm and 8 pm, Sunday at 2 pm -- $20 and up

Spontaneous Broadway
Saturday: The Mop and Bucket Company opens a new season of Spontaneous Broadway. In act one improvisors make up songs based on audience suggestions. The audience votes on its favorite song and in act two the company builds a whole musical. Saturday 8 pm -- $15 / $6 for students and seniors

Friday: Helsinki Hudson hosts the Bindlestiff Family Cirkus aandCabin Fever Cabaret. The adult show is billed as "an intimate but grandly imagined variety spectacle," with clowns, jugglers, comedians, roller-scarers, daredevils and sideshow thrillers. Friday 9 pm -- $25 advance / $30 at the door ($20 if you show up in clown make-up or costume)

Dial M for Murder
Friday-Sunday: Curtain Call Theater opens the mystery classic Dial M for Murder, Friday and Saturday at 8 pm, Sunday at 3 pm -- $24


Storytime Time
Friday: Ethan Ullman's Storytime Time -- a curated evening of real life comedic stories told by the people who live them -- returns to the new MopCo theater on Jay Street in Schenectady. Friday 8 pm -- $10 / $6 for students and seniors

R.C. Smith & Brian Beaudoin
Friday-Saturday: The Comedy Works features R.C. Smith & Brian Beaudoin this weekend. Smith is the warm-up comic for Rachael Ray and The Chew. Beaudoin's standup includes improv with the audience. Friday and Saturday various times and prices

Adam Ferrara
Friday-Sunday: Adam Ferrara -- seen on Nurse Jackie, Rescue Me, and Ugly Betty -- is the headliner at the Albany Funny Bone this weekend. Friday-Sunday various times and prices


Friday: Sean Rowe at The Hangar SOLD OUT
Hometown hero. 8 pm -- $20

Friday: Lee Harvey Osmond at The Linda
Psych folk. 8 pm -- $13

Friday: The Lustre Kings at Caffe Lena
Rockabilly. 8 pm -- $20

Saturday: The Phantogram show at Upstate Concert Hall is sold out (and has been for some time).

Saturday: Club d'Elf with John Medeski at Helsinki Hudson
"Club d'Elf is a Moroccan-dosed dub-jazz collective featuring a constellation of top musicians from the jazz, DJ, rock and world music scenes of Boston and NYC who get in the groove and proceed to blow it up." 9 pm -- $20


Friday: Proctors is showing Arrival -- the movie released last year in which Amy Adams plays a linguist trying to communicate with aliens -- on the big screen in the GE Theater. It's a beautiful film. Friday 7:30 pm -- $5

Do the Right Thing
The Madison is screening Spike Lee's 1986 film Do the Right Thing this weekend. various times -- $5

Also screening at The Madison this weekend, Sigourney Weaver in the second installment of James Cameron's Aliens series , and the 1985 fantasy film Legend.

Act 1
Sunday: Lincoln Center Local offers a free screening of Act I at The Voorheesville Library. The Tony-nominated play starring Tony Shaloub as Moss Hart chronicles the story of Hart's rise from poverty in the Bronx to the toast of Broadway. Sunday 2 pm -- free


Friday: The Albany Devils take on Springfield at the TU Center. Friday 7 pm -- $15 and up

Friday-Saturday: RPI meets Harvard on Friday and Dartmouth on Saturday at Houston Field House. The game against Dartmouth is the annual autism awareness night. Friday and Saturday 7 pm -- $12 / $9 kids and seniors

Friday-Saturday: Union takes on Dartmouth Friday and Harvard Saturday at Messa Rink. Friday and Saturday 7 pm -- $12


Empire State Plaza
The ice skating rink at the ESP is open this weekend (weather permitting). Friday-Sunday 11 am-8 pm (closed 3-4 pm for maintenance). It's free to skate. Skate rentals are $4 / $3 for kids / free on Fridays.

Swinburne: The city of Albany's Swinburne Skating Rink is also open for the season. see the link for hours -- $1 admission / under 18 is .50 / skate rental $3


MiSci Trains
Friday-Sunday: This is the last weekend for miSci's annual Holiday Train Show. Friday-Sunday -- free with museum admission

New York State Great Places and Spaces
Saturday: The State Museum is hosting NYS Great Spaces and Places, in which representatives from more than 20 organizations around the state will host tours, crafts and other educational experiences. Saturday at noon -- free

State Museum
The State Museum recently opened a new exhibit about ice ages in New York. And the The People's Art: Selections from the Empire State Plaza Art Collection continues with works by artists such as Mark Rothko, Jackson Pollock, Helen Frankenthaler, Franz Kline, David Smith, and Alexander Calder. (On display through September 3, 2017.)

Also at the State Museum: Hudson Valley Ruins. (On display through the end of 2017.)

Rock & Roll Icons
The Albany Institute has an exhibit of 1970s and 1980s rock and roll act photography by Capital Region resident Patrick Harbron. "The exhibition features many photographs that have never been published or exhibited. Harbron photographed artists such as Blondie, Rush, Stevie Ray Vaughan, The Police, Bruce Springsteen, Madonna and Elvis Costello early in their careers." (On display through February 12.)

Nick Cave Until
MASS MoCA is exhibiting Until, a new immersive installation by artist Nick Cave. Blurbage: "Through exuberant, politically charged materials, Cave probes issues relating to gun violence, race, and gender inequality. Wrapped in bright glitter, the work is sharp and also painfully beautiful." (On display through August 2017.)

The Clark
In addition to its permanent collection, The Clark also has the exhibits Japanese Impressions: Color Woodblock Prints from the Rodbell Family Collection (on display through April 2) and Photography and Discovery (on display through February 5).

Norman Rockwell Museum
The Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge has an exhibit of Rockwell's holiday cover illustrations for the Saturday Evening Post (on display through January 29), along with Hanna-Barbera: The Architects of Saturday Morning. (On display through May 29.)

Gravity and Light
The Opalka Gallery has Gravity and Light: Caroline Ramersdorfer Sculpture, 1985-2016. "Starting with huge blocks of marble, granite and other stone, Ramersdorfer carves intricate interiors as if from the inside out, harnessing light and the material's innate properties." (On display through March 5.)

The Tang has Sixfold Symmetry: Pattern in Art and Science. "Patterns, systems, and networks are all around us, and in this digital age we are increasingly aware of their influence on our lived experience. This exhibition explores some of the ways in which human beings create and manipulate patterns, and why we are intrinsically driven to do so." (On display through March 12.)

Day trips
Explore New Paltz, head for The Berkshires, the Catskills, or Columbia County.

Farmers' markets
+ Troy Waterfront Farmers Market is in the Atrium for the season. Saturday 9 am-2 pm
+ The Saratoga Farmers' Market is in the the Lincoln Baths in Spa Park. Saturday from 9 am-1 pm
+ The Schenectady Greenmarket is indoors at Proctors. Sunday from 10 am-2 pm.
+ The Spa City Farmers' Market is indoors at the Lincoln Baths. Sunday from 10 am-3 pm

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Perhaps you can add the performances of A Lion A Witch and a Wardrobe at Steamer 10 to your list

FYI - As of earlier this week, Adam Ferrara has cancelled all of his shows at the Funny Bone. Alingon Mitra is replacing him.

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