Stuff to do this weekend

Tulip Festival Street Sweeping

The Tulip Festival gets underway Friday with the ceremonial sweeping of State Street.

Perhaps May hasn't gotten the memo. Or maybe it just overslept.

Whatever. Spring moves on. And so does the weekend.

This Tulip Festival weekend will be a little soggy, and a little cold, but bursting with things to do. After the jump, some stuff we thought might interest you. Planning something you don't see here? Tell us about it in the comments.

Tell your mom we said Happy Mother's Day, and whatever you're up to, have a fantastic weekend.

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Tulip Festival
Friday-Sunday: It's Tulip Festival weekend with events in and around Albany's Washington Park. Festivities kick off with the traditional scrubbing of State Street on Friday, and include the annual festival in the park with food, music and crafts, and of course the crowning of the Tulip Queen. There will bemusic on two stages, with both national and local acts, headlined by Minus The Bear.


Friday-Sunday: A national touring production of Cabaret is at Proctors. Its a revival of the Kander and Ebb classic with direction from Rob Marshall and Sam Mendes. Friday-Sunday various times -- $20 and up

Angels in America: Millenium Approaches
Friday-Sunday: The Local Actors Guild of Saratoga presents Angels in America, Part I: Millennium Approaches. It's the 25th anniversary of Tony Kushner's Pulitzer Prize-winning play about the AIDS epidemic and a world being smashed apart in preparation for a new order. Friday and Saturday at 7:30 pm, Sunday at 2 pm -- $20

A Shot in the Dark
Friday-Sunday: Albany Civic Theater continues its run of the mystery/comedy A Shot in The Dark. Adapted from the French play L'Idiote, it was the inspiration behind the Peter Sellers Pink Panther movies. Friday and Saturday 7:30 pm, Sunday 3 pm -- $18 / $10 students

How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
Friday-Sunday: Schenectady Light Opera Company closes out its season with How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Frank Loesser's musical comedy climbing the corporate ladder. Friday and Saturday 8 pm, Sunday 2 pm -- $22 and up

The Curious Savage
Friday-Sunday: Schenectady Civic Theater closes its production of The Curious Savage -- a comedy about a woman who has been left $10 million by her husband and is trying to make the best use of it, in spite of her step-children's efforts to have her committed. Friday and Saturday 8 pm, Sunday 2:30 pm -- $20

Some People Hear Thunder
Friday-Sunday: The musical Some People Hear Thunder continues 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." It runs through May 21. Friday-Sunday various times -- $20 and up

Blithe Spirit
Friday-Sunday: Troy Civic Theater presents Noel Coward's Blithe Spirit at the Arts Center of the Capital Region. Friday and Saturday 8 pm, Sunday 2 pm -- $15 / $13 students and seniors


Guy Torry
Friday-Sunday: Actor/comedian Guy Torry headlines at the Albany Funny Bone this weekend. Friday-Sunday, various times and prices

Nathan Macintosh & Roby Ryan
Friday-Saturday: The Comedy Works in Saratoga presents a double bill with comedians Nathan Macintosh (Conan, Gotham Comedy LIVE) and Rob Ryan (Laughs, Gotham Comedy LIVE). Friday and Saturday, various times and prices

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

Gilbert Gottfried
Saturday: The Comedy Works at Cohoes Music Hall presents an evening of stand-up with Gilbert Gottfried. Saturday 8 pm -- $25

Saturday: MopCo presents TheaterSports. Teams of Improvisors compete against each other to create songs and scenes based on audience suggestion (think Whose Line is It Anyway) Saturday 8 pm -- $15 / $6 for students and seniors.


The Madison
This weekend at The Madison: Easy Rider, War Dogs, Moana. various times and prices

Hedda Gabbler
Sunday: The Spectrum is screening a recorded version of the National Theater's production of Hedda Gabbler -- a modern take on Ibsen's classic story of a young newlywed's efforts to control the lives of others in her circle. Sunday 11 am -- $15

Turn up the heat in the car, drive-in season has arrived.
+ Malta: Screen 1: Guardians of the Galaxy and Born in China | Screen 2: Snatched and The Circle
+ Jericho:: Guardians of the Galaxy and Beauty and the Beast
+ Hollywood: Beauty and the Beast and Guardians of the Galaxy

Bikefest 7
Saturday: The Sanctuary for Independent Media hosts the annual Bikefest fundraiser for Troy Bike Rescue. There's a bike rodeo for kids, music, a cake auction, and more. Saturday starting at 3 pm with the kids bike rodeo in Freedom Square. Doors for events at the Sanctuary for Independent Media open at 5 pm. -- tickets are a on a sliding scale, with a $20 suggested donation


Insane Clown President
Friday: Rolling Stone journalist Matt Taibbi will be at the Sanctuary for Independent Media to talk about his new book, Insane Clown President. "Matt Taibbi tells the full story of the Trump phenomenon, from its tragi-comic beginnings to the apocalyptic election." Friday 7 pm -- $10 suggested donation

Women on Wheels
Saturday: Author/historian Ellen Gruber Garvey will be at the Schenectady County Historical Society for a talk about the contentious early history of bicycling and women. Saturday 2 pm -- free


Friday: Dwight Yoakam at The Egg
Country icon. With: Elliot Root. Friday 8:30 pm -- $59.50

Friday: David Bromberg Quintet at Cohoes Music Hall
"A musician's musician, his mastery of various stringed instruments and multiple styles is legendary..." 8 pm -- $42 and up

Friday: Tom Paxton & The DonJuans at Proctors
Folk icon. 7:30 pm -- $30 and up

Friday: Kingston Trio at Troy Music Hall
Folk. 7:30 pm -- $29 and up

Friday: Tom Chapin at Caffe Lena
Three-time Grammy winner. 8 pm -- $25

Friday: The Adrian Belew Power Trio show at The Egg is sold out.

Saturday: The Manhattan Transfer at the Zankel Center
Longtime a cappella jazz/fusion group. 8 pm -- $45 and up

Saturday: BoDeans at The Egg
30th anniversary tour. 8 pm -- $29.50

Saturday: Super 400 at The Hangar
Hometown heroes. 8 pm -- $10

Saturday: State Champs at Upstate Concert Hall
Pop punk. With: Against the Current, With Confidence, Don Broco, Young Culture. 6:30 pm -- $20 ahead / $23 day of

Saturday: Slaid Cleaves at The Linda
Singer/songwriter. 8 pm -- $22

Saturday: Marshall Crenshaw at The Upper Room
Rock singer/songwriter. 6 pm -- $20

Saturday: Hollis Brown + Lost Leaders at The Hollow
Rock. 9 pm -- $12

Saturday: Spring into Uke at Old Songs
A day-long intensive for ukulele players ($45), with a concert in the evening. concert at 6:30 pm -- $15

Baby animals

The baby animals have arrived at Indian Ladder Farms and they're accepting audiences. Now through May 21. $6

Flowers and plants

Fort Orange Garden Club Annual Plant Sale
Saturday: The annual Fort Orange Garden Club Annual Plant Sale is at the Pruyn House in Colonie. "Annuals, perennials, baskets, & more." Saturday 10 am-2 pm

Delaware Avenue Neighborhood Association plant sale
Saturday: The annual DANA plant sale in the St. Francis parish parking lot (formerly St. James). Saturday 9-11:30 am

Berkshire Botanical Garden
The Berkshire Botanical Gardens in Stockbridge are now open for the season. every day from 9 am-4 pm -- $15 / $14 seniors / $12 students / kids under 12 are admitted free

Winter Raptor Fest
Saturday: The annual Winter Raptor Fest returns to the Washington County Fairgrounds. See and learn about owls, hawks, falcons and other birds. Saturday, 10 am to 4 pm -- adults $12 / $6 for ages 6 to 12 / under 6 free

Saratoga Springs Horse Show
Saturday-Sunday: The annual Saratoga Horse Show is at the Yaddo Show Grounds (across the street from the flat track on Union Avenue). The show includes hunters and jumpers. Saturday and Sunday starting at 8 am -- $4 / under 12 free

Historic Homes Tour
Saturday: The Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation hosts its annual Historic Homes Tour. It's a self-guided walking tour of some of the historic homes in the Spa City. Saturday 10 am to 4 pm -- $40

Cohoes Proud Car Show
Saturday: The Cohoes Proud Car Show has been postponed because of weather.

NCAA lacrosse
Saturday: UAlbany faces off with North Carolina in the first round of the NCAA men's lacrosse tournament at Casey Stadium. Just a handful of tickets remain for the game. Saturday 7:30 pm -- $15 adults / $10 kids


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.)

Wampum World/Captured Moments
The Albany Institute's continues Wampum World, a multimedia exhibit that sheds light on the Dutch and Native American cultures. (On display through June 18.) There are only a week left to see 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.)

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.)

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.)


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.

Farmers' markets
It's May, and the area farmers' markets are outdoors for the season.
+ Troy Waterfront Farmers Market is on River Street around Monument Square. Saturday 9 am-2 pm
+ The Delmar Farmers Market is Bethlehem Central Middle School (332 Kenwood Ave). Saturday 9 am-1 pm
+ The Saratoga Farmers' Market is outdoors at High Rock Park Saturday 9 am-1 pm
+ The Schenectady Greenmarket is at its outdoor location around city hall. Sunday 10 am-2 pm
+ The Spa City Farmers' Market is on the lawn of the the Lincoln Baths. Sunday 10 am-3 pm.

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. Saturday 9 am to noon

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