Hi, welcome to April. What? You didn't order snow?
Well, maybe we can help you turn snowflakes into lemonade... frozen lemonade. After the jump, our list of stuff happening this weekend -- including art, movies, hockey, comedy, and a gazillion bubbles.
Pick one. Pick a few. Then bundle up and go have some fun. Doing something you don't see here? Share it with the rest of us in the comment section.
And whatever you're up to, have a fantastic weekend!
Troy Night Out
Friday: March wraps up tonight with Troy Night Out. Here are a few things they have planned:
+ The Hudson Valley Seed Company's Art of the Seed 2017 exhibit, featuring its beautiful seed packet art, opens at the Arts Center of the Capital Region.
+ The Arts Center also hosts At First Glance, a showcase for local modern dancers and choreographers. 6 pm and 7:30 pm -- free
+ Collar Works Gallery is opening a new photography show, Material Witness: The Object of Photography, with a reception from 5-8 pm.
+ The artist Rosy Sunshine has a new exhibit at 455 Broadway -- Ancestral Vessels of Feminist Resistance: An Immersive Healing Experience for Survivors -- that explores "the power to reclaim the physical realm and thrive after acts of gender-based violence." 5-9 pm
Here's a TNO map with more details.
Arts Fest Friday: Gotta Dance
Friday: The National Museum of Dance is this month's Arts Fest Friday venue in Saratoga. The evening features a mix of tap, ballet, swing salsa and other types of dances. The Joey Thomas Big Little Band will perform and with be a dance film screening after the event. Friday 6-8 pm -- free admission
Graeme of Thrones
Friday-Sunday: Graeme of Thrones, a parody of Game of Thrones, is at Proctors in the GE Theater. Friday-Sunday various times -- $35
Girls Night: The Musical
Friday: A touring production of Girls Night: The Musical is at Proctors. This jukebox musical tells the story of a group of female friends in the 80s and 90s using pop music from the period. Friday 8 pm -- $20 and up
Pilobolus Dance Theatre
Friday: The Pilobolus Dance Theatre company is at The Egg. "Pilobolus Dance Theatre offers a spectacular, colorful display of movement, collaboratively creating, and continually exploring new ways of using the human body as a graphic and expressive medium." Friday 8 pm -- $34
Golden Dragon Acrobats
Saturday: The Egg hosts the Golden Dragon Acrobats. The troupe showcases Chinese tradition through acrobatics, dance, and music. Saturday 7:30 pm -- $20 adult / $12 child
Friday-Sunday: This is the last weekend for An Illiad, an award winning play based on Homer's epic poem, at Capital Rep. Friday-Sunday various times -- $20 and up
The Picture of Dorian Gray
Friday-Saturday: Creative License theater company presents a stage version of The Picture of Dorian Gray, based on the Oscar Wilde novel. Friday and Saturday 7:30 pm -- $15
Friday-Sunday: Steamer No. 10 Theatre presents The Women, Clare Booth Luce's fast-paced dark comedy about womanhood. Friday-Saturday 8 pm, Sunday 3 pm-- $20 / students and seniors $12
Wait Until Dark
Friday-Sunday: The Sand Lake Center for the Arts presents a production of the thriller, Wait Until Dark. Friday and Saturday 8 pm, Sunday 2 pm -- $18 / $10 under 18
The Gazillion Bubble Show
Sunday: The Gazillion Bubble Show comes to Proctors. Lasers, lighting, and lots and lots of bubbles combine for a bubble magic show for kids and adults. Sunday 3 pm -- $20 and up
High Mud Comedy Fest with Phoebe Robinson
Friday-Saturday: The High Mud Comedy Festival returns to MASS MoCa this weekend. The two-day festival includes comedy workshops, funny museum tours, and performances by stand-up artists, including headiner Phoebe Robinson from 2 Dope Queens. Friday and Saturday various times and prices
MopCo: Maestro: One Improviser to Rule Them All
Friday: The Mop and Bucket Company hosts Maestro: One Improviser to Rule Them All. Actors compete against each other in various scenes and improv games inspired by audience suggestion. Friday 8 pm --- $15 / $6 for students and seniors
Saturday: Chortle Kombat continues at the Mop & Bucket Company. Teams of improvisers compete against each other creating scenes and songs based audience suggestions. Saturday 8 pm -- $15 / $6 for students and seniors.
Could Be Worse Comedy Show
Friday: Shmaltz Brewery Company in Clifton Park hosts Could Be Worse Comedy Show, featuring local acts Cody Montanye, Dee Watson, Seth Carr, Frank Gentile, and Tony Rogers. Friday 9 pm -- $15 advance / $20 day of
Owen Benjamin, Craig Carmean and Cooter Douglas
Friday-Saturday: Stand-up comedians Owen Benjamin, Craig Carmean, and Cooter Douglas will be performing at The Comedy Works. Friday-Saturday -- various times and prices
Friday-Sunday: Actor/comedian Kevin Pollak (A Few Good Men, The Wedding Planner) headlines at The Funny Bone this weekend. Friday-Sunday various times and prices
Downtown Albany Restaurant Week
Friday-Sunday: Downtown Albany Restaurant Week kicks off this weekend. Participating restaurants are offering three course meals for $20.17. (Continues through April 7.)
Saturday: Shmaltz Brewing Company hosts Jerky Fest, featuring beef jerky makers and a tapping of 2017 Circum Session Ale. Saturday 2 pm -- free admission
Sunday: Different Drummer's Kitchen is hosting a hands-on class about making Easter cookies. Sunday noon to 2:30 pm -- $65
Friday: John Mayer at the TU Center
Both with a full band and acoustic. 7:30 pm -- $35.75 and up
Friday: SFJAZZ Collective: The Music of Miles Davis and Original Compositions at The Egg
"The SFJAZZ Collective is an all-star award-winning band comprising eight of the finest performers/composers at work in jazz today." 7:30 pm -- $34
Friday: Brubeck Brothers Quartet at Troy Music Hall
Jazz. 7:30 pm -- $27
Friday: Chuck Prophet at Helsinki Hudson
"Chuck Prophet writes and sings wry, trenchant rock songs that connect the dots, musical and otherwise, between Tom Petty and Warren Zevon." With: The Bottle Rockets. 9 pm -- $20
Friday: Elsa Nilsson at The Madison Theater
Swedish improvisational jazz flute. With jazz pianist Robert Lindquist. Friday 7 pm -- $15
Saturday: Songfest '17 featuring Sawyer Fredericks at The Egg
Lineup also includes The Sea The Sea, Girl Blue, Sandy McKnight, and John Davidson. 7 pm -- $30 ahead / $35 day of
Saturday: Tift Merritt at The Linda
Alt-country singer/songwriter. With: Alexandra Sauser-Monning. 8 pm -- $20
Saturday: Crystal Garden at Putnam Den
Featuring Boyd Tinsley from DMB. With: West End Blend. 9 pm -- $20
Saturday: The Darlingside shows at Caffe Lena are sold out.
Sunday: The Way Down Wanderers at Caffe Lena
Roots band from Chicago. 7 pm -- $22
Sunday: Hero Dishonest at The Low Beat
Hardcore punk from Finland. With: Gun Candy, Male Patterns. 7 pm
There's no crying in baseball
The Madison Theater is screening A League of Their Own this weekend. Also showing: the animated Princess Mononoke; and a free screening of the documentary She's Beautiful when she's Angry -- a look at the women who started the feminist movement of the 1960s.
Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?
Saturday-Sunday: The Bow Tie Cinema is screening the classic Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, starring Sidney Poitier, Katherine Hepburn and Spencer Tracey, as this month's movies and mimosa film. Saturday and Sunday at 11am.
The Friday and Saturday Insomnia Theater feature at the Saratoga Bow Tie is Purple Rain. Friday and Saturday at 11:30 pm
Saturday-Sunday: The Albany Devils are at home at the TU Center. Saturday 5 pm, Sunday at 3 pm -- $15 and up
Friday-Sunday: The Great Upstate Boat Show returns to the Adirondack Sports Complex in Queensbury. Friday until 8 pm, Saturday 10 am to 7 pm, Sunday 10 am to 5 pm -- $8 / under 12 free
Friday: Poet/author Rigoberto González will be at UAlbany as part of the NYS Writers Institute visiting writers series. He'll be reading from, and talking about, his work as part of the English Graduate Student Conference Creative Keynote address. Friday 6 pm, downtown campus, Milne Hall -- free
Historic Cherry Hill
Saturday: Historic Cherry Hill Mansion opens for the season on Saturday with tours of the final stage of the restoration of the house. Saturday 1-3 pm -- $1
Wampum World/Captured Moments
The Albany Institute recently opened Wampum World, a multimedia exhibit that sheds light on the Dutch and Native American cultures. (On display through June 18.)
And the new Captured Moments, an exhibit of photos from its large photography collection continues at the Albany Institute. (On display through May 21.)
The People's Art
The The People's Art: Selections from the Empire State Plaza Art Collection continues at the NYS Museum with works by artists such as Mark Rothko, Jackson Pollock, Helen Frankenthaler, Franz Kline, David Smith, and Alexander Calder. (On display through September 3.)
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.)
Norman Rockwell Museum
The Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge Hanna-Barbera: The Architects of Saturday Morning. (On display through May 29.)
The Mandeville Gallery at the Nott Memorial is exhibiting Radical Kingdoms -- a medieval perspective on arts and nature by contemporary artists from the 18th and 19th centuries including John James Audubon. (On display until June 18.)
Together Until the End: Schenectady in the First World War
The Schenectady County Historical Society recently openedTogether Until the End: Schenectady in the First World War, an exhibit on Schenectady during WWI. (It's at 32 Washington Ave in Schenectady.) This Saturday the SCHS hosts a talk on Black Soldiers of New York State. The talk is at 2pm -- $5
Ice cream season has started
Test the totally non-scientific theory that eating ice cream in the cold warms you up, by making your inside as cold as your outside, so you don't notice. It may not work, but it's still delicious.
Troy Makers Market
Saturday: Local craft vendors will display and sell wares at the Troy Makers Market in conjunction with the Troy Waterfront Farmers Market at the Troy Atrium. Saturday 9 am to noon
+ Troy Waterfront Farmers Market is in the Atrium for the season. Saturday 9 am-2 pm
+ The Saratoga Farmers' Market is at the Lincoln Baths 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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