Stuff to do this weekend

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The Half Moon Market returns to Albany's Washington Park Lake House this weekend.

On your marks. Get set. Weekend.

Before you go out, be sure and have rain boots, sun screen, and a heavy sweater handy -- this weekend we'll be swinging from the 80s to the 50s and from sunshine to spring showers. Spring in the great Northeast.

On tap this weekend, music festivals, craft markets, comedy, art, theater and all kinds of other fun stuff. After the jump we've lined up a few things we thought you might enjoy. Planning something you don't see here? Drop it in the comments and share with the rest of us.

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


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Troy Night Out
Friday: Troy Night Out has an Earth Day theme this month with spring cleaning sales, plants, and other earth-friendly stuff. A few things you can expect:

+ Photo21: We Are of Time: Photographic Expressions Studio opens a new exhibit called Photo21: We Are of Time a collection of works created by local artists David Aimone, Jeanne Finley, Alex Nye, Courtney Stannard, Lawrence White, and Jennifer Wilkerson. (On view until June 30.) The Troy Night Out opening reception is Friday from 5-8 pm -- free

+ Troy Kitchen is celebrating its one-year anniversary and the grand opening of some of its new food options.

+ The Cheese Traveler is hosting a pop up night at Rare Form Brewing.

+ Superior Merchandise is hosting a Night Brunch for people who love mimosa but hate getting out of bed.

Half Moon Market
Friday-Sunday: The Half Moon Market returns to the Washington Park Lake House. The spring market includes more than 40 vendors, pop-up shops, and food trucks/carts. The offerings range from textile products to jewelry to clothing to food items to ceramics. Friday kickoff party 5-9 pm / Saturday-Sunday 11 am to 6 pm -- free admission

Collar City Craft Fest
Friday-Saturday: The Collar City Craft Fest returns to the Arts Center of the Capital Region this weekend. It's a juried, indoor showcase of original works, featuring some of the top artists and craftspeople in the Northeast. Friday noon-9 pm and Saturday 10 am-5 pm -- $5 (proceeds benefit the Arts Center of the Capital Region)

MOVE Music Festival
Friday-Saturday: The MOVE Music Festival returns, this time with events in in multiple cities:
+ Friday: Mister F, Space Carnival, Wess Meets West, Sun Voyager, Ryan Leddick Trio at The Hangar in Troy. 7 pm
+ Saturday: Many bands playing throughout the day at four venues: Stout, Fuzebox, The Hollow, and Parish Public House.

Capital Region Homebuyer Fair
Saturday: The Capital Region Homebuyer Fair will be at the Albany Public Library Washington Ave branch. You can meet lenders, realtors, home inspectors, and home ownership advisors and attend workshops on mortgage qualifying, building your credit score, and more. Saturday 10 am to 2 pm -- free admission

An Irresistible Resistance Dinner / Economic Update
Saturday: Subversive, culture jamming, comedic duo The Yes Men are hosting a dinner at the Sanctuary for Independent Media. Media activist Franklin Lopez of Submedia.TV will be sharing resistance awareness during the
6-course dinner meal. Saturday 4:45 pm to 7 pm -- $50

Saturday: That same evening the Sanctuary will host a talk by Richard Wolff, host of the radio program Economic Update. Saturday 7 pm -- $10

518 Sneaker Fest
Sunday: The 518 Sneaker Fest will be at the Polish Community Center on Washington Ave Ext in Albany. It's an opportunity buy, sell, and trade sneakers and apparel. Sunday noon-5 pm -- $20 at the door ($10 with a shoe donation)


The Foreigner
Saturday-Sunday: Home Made Theater presents The Foreigner, Larry Shue's smart comedy about a painfully shy Englishman so terrified of conversation that when he lands in a new place, he pretends that he can't speak or understand English -- a situation that allows him to overhear much more than he should. Saturday 7:30 pm, Sunday 2 pm -- $24/$27

Mary-Kate Olsen is in Love
Friday-Sunday: Confetti Stage presents Mary-Kate Olsen is in Love. Billed as "a funny play about sad people," the play follows a woman who thinks the Olsen twins are her best friends, "but maybe they only like her because she's their target demographic." Friday and Saturday at 7:30 pm, Sunday at 2 pm -- $15 / $10 for students

​The Normal Heart ​
Friday-Sunday: Curtain Call Theater closes 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​

Shen Yun
Saturday-Sunday: Proctors presentsShen Yu, a performance of classical Chinese arts. Saturday 7 pm, Sunday 2 pm -- $74 and up

Sunday: The Adirondack Shakespeare Company presents Shakespeare's Cymbeline at the National Museum of Dance in Saratoga. Sunday 3 pm -- $17 and up

Some People Hear Thunder
Friday-Sunday: Some People Hear Thunder is in previews this weekend at Capital Rep. "Some People Hear Thunder is a powerful musical love story - an uplifting tale of a young reporter, his true love in America, and Armenians fighting for dignity and survival in the face of brutality." Friday-Sunday various times -- $20 and up


Kathy Griffin
Friday: Comedian Kathy Griffin brings her stand-up show to Proctors. Friday 8 pm -- $20 and up

Gary Vider
Friday-Saturday: Comedia Gary Vider is headlining at The Comedy Works this weekend. Friday-Saturday -- various times and prices

Drew Lynch
Friday-Sunday: Drew Lynch -- first runner-up on season 10 of America's Got Talent -- is performing at Albany Funny Bone this weekend. Friday-Sunday various times and prices

MopCo: Maestro: One Improviser to Rule Them All
Friday: The Mop and Bucket Company brings back its monthly Maestro show, in which improvisors compete against each other to create scenes and improv games inspired by audience suggestions. Friday 8 pm -- $15 / $6 for students and seniors

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.


Friday: The NYS Writers Institute presents a screening of the Korean film Mother at Page Hall on the UAlbany downtown campus. A mother attempts to solve the brutal murder of a young girl for which her mentally-challenged son has been accused. Friday 7:30 pm -- free

Turn up the heat in the car, drive-in season has arrived.
+ Malta: Screen 1: The Fate of the Furious and Logan | Screen 2: The Boss Baby and The Smurfs
+ Jericho:: Boss Baby and Kong: Skill Island
+ Hollywood: Boss Baby and Fate of the Furious

The Madison Theater is screening four films about ghosts, possession, and the paranormal this weekend: 1981's Possession, Casper, the 1956 film, The Tingler, and M. Night Shyamalan's Split.


Friday: The Suitcase Junket at The Linda
One-man band. 8 pm -- $22

Friday: Thursday at Upstate Concert Hall
Post-hardcore. With: Touche' Amore', Basement, Cities Aviv. 7:30 pm -- $25 ahead / $29 day o

Friday: Rustic Overtones at Putnam Den
With: Angels on Fourth. 9 pm -- $12 ahead / $15 day of

Friday: Greg Brown at Helsinki Hudson
Folk. 9 pm -- $40 ahead / $45 day of

Friday: Dr. Jah and the Love Prophets at The Hollow
Part 3 of Greg Bell's 25th anniversary party. 7 pm -- $12

Saturday-Sunday: 24-Hour Drone at Basilica Hudson
Many, many acts across 24 hours of sound. Saturday noon to Sunday noon -- $32

Saturday: The Fab Faux: Psychedelic Summer of Love at The Egg
Beatles tribute. 7:30 pm -- $39 and up

Saturday: Eilen Jewell at The Linda
"Queen of the Minor Key." 8 pm -- $20

Sunday: Kosha Dillz at The Low Beat
Rap. With: AMJ, Mike Arson, Ozymandias. 7 pm -- $10

Sunday: Commander Cody and his Modern Day Airmen with John Tichy at The Hangar
With: The Lustre Kings. 6 pm -- $25


The Arkell
Saturday: It's Community Day at the Arkell Museum in Canajoharie. "Come see the wild side of the Arkell Museum and Canajoharie Library and celebrate the animal kingdom! Explore the wide range of animals on display, from daring bronze sculptures to vivid illustrations, then try your hand at making your own animal artwork." There will also be guided tours of exhibits. Free admission.

A Spirit of Sacrifice: New York State in the First World War
Saturday: The New York State Museum recently opened 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.)

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.)

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.)

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 Captured Moments, an exhibit of photos from its large photography collection continues. (On display through May 21.)

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 presents Together Until the End: Schenectady in the First World War, an exhibit on Schenectady during WWI. SCHS is at 32 Washington Ave in Schenectady. (On display through November 2017.)

Pate a Choux
Sunday: Different Drummer's Kitchen hosts a class in making French pastry. Sunday noon-2:30 pm -- $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 indoors at the Lincoln Baths. Sunday from 10 am-3 .

Ice cream season has started
It's spring, it's local ice cream stand season.

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

The Mop & Bucket Company, The Albany Institute, The Downtown Troy BID, and the Capital Region Homebuyer Fair advertise on AOA. And AOA is a media sponsor of the Halfmoon Market

Multiple farms... free
Link for more details

The March of Dimes is holding a Walk For Babies in Albany at the Empire State Plaza on Sunday April 30th. Registration starts at 9:00, the three mile walk starts at 10:00. More info at

I have no involvement in this whatsoever, but have learned from coworkers that this weekend a number of fire stations are holding open houses as a part of a "Recruit NY" initiative. Many are holding demonstrations with refreshments.

Here's a link with local listings.

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