Stuff to do this weekend

Albany Capital Center

The Albany All Stars roller derby opens its 10th season Saturday at its new home, the Albany Capital Center.

The weekend forecast calls for a high probability of chocolate bunnies and peanut butter eggs, along with a 100 percent chance of stuff to do.

After the jump, our basket of stuff we thought you might enjoy this weekend. Planning something you don't see here? Tell us about it in the comment section. Sharing is encouraged.

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

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Drink Schenectady
Saturday: The Capital Craft Beverage Trail is hosting Drink Schenectady at the Schenectady Armory. Tastings from Capital Region beer and cider producers, live music, and food. Saturday 2 pm -- $40 / $5 designated driver

CSA Fair
Saturday: Takk House in Troy is hosting a CSA Fair with representatives from farms from around the region. You'll be able to learn about local agriculture and there will be opportunities to sign up for a CSAs. The event is a collaboration between the Hudson Valley CSA Coalition, Hudson River Exchange, and Glynwood. Saturday 11 am-2 pm -- free

Roller derby
Saturday: The Albany All Stars open their 2017 season at the Albany Capital Center with a game against Port City. Concessions, beer garden, music by DJ Trumastr. Official after-party follows at City Beer Hall. Saturday, doors at 6 pm, game starts at 7 pm -- $10 in advance/ $12 a door / $5 for children under 10


Beautiful - The Carole King Musical
Friday-Sunday: A touring production of Beautiful - The Carole King Musical is at Proctors. "Beautiful - The Carole King Musical tells the inspiring true story of King's remarkable rise to stardom, from being part of a hit songwriting team with her husband Gerry Goffin, to her relationship with fellow writers and best friends Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann, to becoming one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history." Friday-Sunday various times -- $20 and up

Radiance: The Passion of Marie Curie
Friday-Sunday: The Theater Institute at Sage presents Radiance: The Passion of Marie Curie. Alan Alda's play about the Nobel Prize-winning physicist looks at her life following the death of her husband and partner Pierre Curie, and the physicist who helped her find the strength to return to the work that resulted in her second Nobel Prize. Friday and Saturday 7:30 pm, Sunday 2 pm -- $15

​The Normal Heart ​
Friday-Sunday: Curtain Call Theater opens a production of The Normal Heart, the story of a gay activist who loses his lover to AIDS. Friday and Saturday 8 pm, Sunday 3 pm -- $24​


Storytime Time
Friday: Storytime Time, Ethan Ullman's curated series of true comedic stories, returns to the Mop and Bucket Company. Friday 8 pm -- $10/ $6 seniors and students

Max Dolcelli and Guests
Friday-Saturday: Comedians Max Dolcelli, Eric McMahon and Joe Bubliewicz will be performing at The Comedy Works. Friday-Saturday -- various times and prices

Damon Williams
Friday-Saturday: Stand-up comedian Damon Williams will be performing at The Funny Bone at Crossgates Mall. Friday-Saturday various times -- $12

Chortle Kombat
Saturday: Chortle Kombat returns to the Mop & Bucket Company. Teams of improvisors compete against each other creating scenes and songs based audience suggestions. Saturday 8 pm -- $15 / $6 for students and seniors.


It Came From Schenectady: Giant monster double feature
Friday: The It Came From Schenectady series returns to Proctors with a GODZILLA KAIJU BATTLE 2017. Two films will be screened, but the titles aren't being announced before the show. The first film will be dubbed into English. Comfy couch seating and custom cocktails will be available. Friday 7 pm -- $9 adults / $6 students

Science-fiction weekend
The Madison Theater hosts a sci-fi weekend with screenings of Jurassic Park, The Fly and Invaders From Mars. Friday-Sunday various times -- $5/.35 Sunday matinee

After Spring
Friday: The First Unitarian Universalist Society of Albany is screening Jon Stewart's film After Spring -- a documentary on the Syrian refugee crises in Zaatari. Friday 7 pm -- free

The Behemoth Short Film Fest
Saturday: The Behemoth Short Film Festival returns to the Saratoga Arts Center. Films of all genres from around the world. "The first showcase will be more of a general audience showcase (around a PG-13 rating, roughly), so parents/teens should plan accordingly. Also, our later showcase (which we've dubbed EXTREMEOTH) will be a little more adult (showcasing more horror, action, language, etc.)" Saturday 6:30 pm and 8:45 pm -- $10 each


Friday: Richard Shindell at The Linda
Folk singer/songwriter. With: Jim Gaudet. 8 pm -- $20

Friday: Pierre Bensusan at Caffe Lena
Jazz/classical/folk guitarist. 8 pm -- $24

Friday: Coal Palace Kings at The Low Beat
Happy hour show. 6 pm

Friday: Zex at The Low Beat
Punk. With: Capitle. 9 pm

Saturday: The Garcia Project at Cohoes Music Hall
"The Garcia Project's performances are based on actual set lists performed by The Jerry Garcia Band." 8 pm -- $22 and up

Friday: Matana Roberts and Kamau Patton at the Tang Museum
Experimental music, art, film and poetry. 8 pm -- free

Saturday: Eastbound Jesus at The Hollow
Along with Elrod, Motherjudge, and Grassroots Rebels. 7 pm -- $12

Saturday: Adirondack Folk Night at Proctors
Dan Berggren, Dan Duggan, John Kirk, Peggy Lynn, Sara Milonovich, Ed Lowman, Trish Miller and Alex Smith. 7 pm -- $25 ahead / $30 at door

Saturday: South Carolina Broadcasters at Caffe Lena
Bluegrass. 8 pm -- $18

Saturday: Formula 5 at Putnam Den
Album release show. With: The Other Brothers. 9 pm -- $12 ahead / $15 day of

Saturday: The Albany Devils take on Rochester at the TU Center in their last regular season game as The Albany Devils. Saturday at 5 pm -- $15 and up


A Spirit of Sacrifice: New York State in the First World War
Saturday: The New York State Museum opens A Spirit of Sacrifice: New York State in the First World War -- an exhibit focused on the contributions of New Yorkers to WWI, both on and off the battlefield. (On display through June 3, 2018) (NYS Museum is closed OPEN Sunday for Easter)

Also at the State Museum: The People's Art: Selections from the Empire State Plaza Art Collection, with works by artists such as Mark Rothko, Jackson Pollock, Helen Frankenthaler, Franz Kline, David Smith, and Alexander Calder. (On display through September 3.) (NYS Museum is closed OPEN Sunday for Easter)

Branding The AfroFuture
Schaffer Library at Union College presents Branding The AfroFuture, an installation by Stacey Robinson. It includes posters, comics, and other multimedia/graphic works that shed light on how black people used music, religion, and art to express their resistance to black oppression. (On display until March 2018.)

Africa Pop Studio
Recently opened at Skidmore's Tang Museum: Africa Pop Studio. The exhibition is set in a portraiture studio and uses live models, exploring the rich traditions and variations within African studio portraiture and its impact. (On display until April 23)

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 Albany Institute is closed on Sunday for Easter.)

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.)

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.)

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.

Food classes

Wines By the Class: Intro to Food Pairing
Saturday: Peck's Arcade is hosting a wine and food paring class. Saturday 2 pm -- $35

Easter bread
Saturday: Different Drummer's Kitchen is hosting a class in making Easter bread. Saturday 11 am -- $65


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

Farmers' markets
+ 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 closed this week for Easter.

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

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The Nellies will be playing at one of the newest and coolest places in the capital district – the S&S Brewery in Nassau this Friday (tonight) from 6-9.
Bluegrass and Americana!

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