Stuff to do this weekend

my morning jacket

My Morning Jacket is at MASS MoCA Saturday.

It's Friday! It's the weekend! And it's a list of things to do in the Capital Region!

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Philadelphia Orchestra
It's the second weekend of the Philadelphia Orchestra's residency at SPAC. This week's schedule:
+ Friday: American Classics Day 3
+ Saturday: Raiders of the Lost Ark -- the film with live score

Albany I Spy
Saturday: Albany I Spy is this Saturday. Hunt for clues to Albany's history on your own or with a team. Bring your pictures back to City Beer Hall by noon and compete with other teams to name what they are. More details here.

The Track
The season continues this weekend at Saratoga Race Course.

Saratoga Pinball Show
Saturday: The Saratoga Pinball Show features 50 pinball machines from the past and present will be at the Saratoga YMCA -- all set on free play for one ticket price. Play for an hour or all day. Saturday 11 am to 9 pm -- $10 per person, free for kids under 6. (Cash only)

Hudson Crossing Park Cardboard Boat Race
Saturday: Hudson Crossing Park in Schuylerville hosts its annual 8:00Cardboard Boat Race. Registration at 8 am, Races begin at 1 pm -- free for spectators

Friday- Sunday: The annual Festa at Our Lady Queen of Peace in Schenectady includes Italian foods, baked goods, games and carnival rides. Friday and Saturday from 5 pm to 11 pm, Sunday 3 pm to 9 pm -- free admission


The Williamstown Theatre Festival continues the production of A Legendary Romance. And its production of Actually, starring Alexandra Socha and Joshua Boone, just opened. Friday-Sunday various times - various prices

Friday: EMPAC is hosting a production of Andrew Schneider's "mind-bending" YOUARENOWHERE. It apparently includes a few twists. Thursday-Friday 8 pm -- $18 / $13 students and seniors

Saturday: The Ajkun Ballet Theater presents the ballet, Carmen at The Egg. Saturday at 7:30 pm -- $29

Friday-Sunday: Barrington Stage presents Stephen Sondheim's Company. Friday and Saturday are sold out , Sunday at 5 pm -- $15 to $58 (limited tickets, call ahead)

Friday-Sunday: The MacHaydn Theater in Chatham presents Spamalot, the musical based on Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Friday at 8 pm, Saturday at 4 pm and 8 pm , Sunday at 2 pm and 7 pm -- $15 to $36

Tales from Sleepy Hollow
Friday-Sunday: Confetti Stage presents The Legend of Sleepy Hollow -- an adaptation of Washington Irving's stories -- in the gardens at the Ten Broeck Mansion. Friday and Saturday at 7:30 pm, Sunday at 2 pm -- $15, $8 for students, with ID

Park Playhouse
Friday-Saturday: Park Playhouse in Albany's Washington Park presents a youth production of The Music Man, with some of the Capital Region's most talented young people. Tuesday-Saturday 7:30 pm -- $16 and up / free lawn seating

Mamma Mia!
Friday-Sunday: Mamma Mia! wraps up its run at Capital Rep. Friday-Sunday various times and prices (limited seating)

Berkshire Theater Festival
Saturday-Sunday: Berkshire Theater Festival continues its productions of The Music Man and Edward Albee's Zoo Story . Friday-Sunday various times and prices


Tracy Morgan
Saturday: The Tracy Morgan shows at The Funny Bone are sold out, except for the Saturday 10 pm show.

Janeane Garofalo
Saturday: The Berkshire Theater Group hosts a stand-performance by Janeane Garofalo at the Colonial Theater. Saturday at 8 pm -- $39.50

Eddie Brill
Friday-Saturday: The Comedy Works in Saratoga presents stand-up comedian Eddie Brill. Brill is a former warm-up comedian and stand-up talent coordinator for The Late Show With David Letterman.
Friday-Saturday, various times and prices

Storytime Time
Friday: The MopCo Theater hosts Storytime Time, Ethan Ullman's monthly night of curated funny stories, told by the people who lived them. Friday at 8 pm -- d

MopCo Family Show
Saturday: MopCo hosts a comedy show for all ages. All acts are based off audience suggestions. Saturday 8 pm -- $9.50 adults / $3 children and seniors

Late Night Improv Comedy
Saturday: "Cheaper than counseling, and a whole lot funnier." MopCo's late night improv show takes deepest, darkest truths and turns them into comedic songs and stories. Saturday 10 pm -- $9.50

Paul Hockenos - Berlin Calling
Friday: Northshire Books in Saratoga hosts a conversation with Paul Hockenos, author of Berlin Calling: A Story of Anarchy, Music, the Wall and the Birth of the New Berlin. Hockenos will talk with Skidmore College philosophy professor William Lewis. Friday at 7 pm -- free admission

Friday & Sunday: Saratoga Polo Association hosts the Barrantes Cup Tournament at Whitney Field in Greenfield Center. Friday and Sunday at 4 pm -- various prices

Freedom Park
The schedule for the summer concert series at Freedom Park in Scotia has Sirsy, Funk Evolution, and The Lustre Kings this week.

Music Haven
Sunday: The Music Haven series in Schenectady's Central Park wraps up its season with Yemen Blues with Ravid Kahalani, with Ahmed AlShaiba. Sunday 7 pm -- free admission


Friday: Suzanne Vega at Helsinki Hudson
With: The DuPont Brothers. 9 pm -- $45 and up

Saturday: My Morning Jacket at MASS MoCA
Outside at the museum. 7:30 pm -- $46 ahead / $56 day of

Saturday: Banjo Revelry VI at Caffe Lena
"Enjoy the amazing versatility of banjo as four master level players give us a dynamic night of Old-Time, Folk, Celtic and Bluegrass of every variety." 8 pm -- $20

Sunday: North By North at The Low Beat
Rock. With: Good Fiction, Dad Djokes. 7 pm

Sunday: Roosevelt Dime at Caffe Lena
Americana. 7 pm -- $16

Sunday:RetroFutura Tour at the T.U. Center. 80s throwback show with sets by Howard Jones, The English Beat, Men Without Hats, Modern English, Paul Young and Katrina (from Katrina and The Waves). Doors at 6 pm, Show at 7 pm -- $25 to $75


Second Saturday Cinema at the Troy Gasholder Building
Saturday: There will be a free screening of The Princess Bride at the Troy Gasholder building at 5th avenue and Jefferson Street. Saturday, 8:30 pm -- free

Saturday Morning Cartoon Cereal Bowl
Saturday: Proctors hosts another Saturday Morning Cartoon Cereal Bowl, a screening of Saturday morning cartoons that are kid friendly. Includes all you can eat breakfast cereal. Saturday at 10 am -- $9, $6 for kids 12 and under

The Bird Cage
The Madison Theater is screening the Robin Williams/Nathan Lane comedy, The Bird Cage. Also showing this weekend at The Madison: Death to Smoochie and A Night at the Museum.

Drive-in season continues:
+ Malta: Screen 1: Anabelle: Creation and Atomic Blonde | Screen 2: The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature and The Dark Tower
+ Jericho:: Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature and The Mummy
+ Hollywood: Anabelle: Creation, and Dunkirk


Other Side: Art, Object, Self
The Tang Museum at Skidmore College opens a new exhibit called Other Side: Art, Object, Self. This group show features contemporary art that examines ways in which artists use materials, found objects, or even their own bodies to explore questions of national, cultural, and self-identity. (Through December 30)

Albany Institute
+ The Albany Institute recently opened a new exhibit of its Hudson River School works -- more than 80 pieces, almost the entire collection.
+ The Artists of the Mohawk-Hudson Region exhibit, an annual exhibit highlighting the work of the visual artists in the region, continues. (On display through September 3.)

The Clark
The Clark has a Picasso exhibit, Picasso: Encounters (on display through August 27). Also now on display is an exhibit of work by Helen Frankenthaler (through October 9).

Hyde Collection
The Hyde Collection recently opened its new Feibes & Schmitt Gallery. It includes 40 works of modern art donated by Schenectady residents Werner Feibes and the late James Schmitt. The exhibit includes works by Josef Albers, Jean (Hans) Arp, Ellsworth Kelly, Sol LeWitt, Louise Nevelson, George Rickey, Bridget Riley, and Andy Warhol.

MASS MoCA recently opened its new B6 space, adding 106,000 square feet to the already massive museum. And Nick Cave's Until is still on display until the end of August.

The Arkell Museum in Canajoharie has an exhibit of paintings marking the 200-year anniversary of the Erie Canal, and an exhibit of portraits of suffragists. (Both on display through September 3.)

Fields Sculpture Park
The Fields Sculpture Park at Omi in Ghent has a summer exhibition.

Arts Center of the Capital Region
The Arts Center of the Capital Region recently opened this year's Fence Select, an exhibition composed of 78 pieces selected from the Fence Salon by Michael Oatman. (On display until August 26.)

UAlbany Art Museum
Friday: The University Art Museum has Abstracts, "a large-scaled landscape exhibit where the paintings represent the relationship between communities and reality," and Gloves Off, "a video, photography and sculpture to create an kaleidoscopic view of contemporary culture." (On display until September 29)

State Museum
The People's Art: Selections from the Empire State Plaza Art Collection, continues at the New York State 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.)

USS Slater
The USS Slater, the destroyer escort historical museum in Albany, is open for tours. Wednesday-Sunday 10 am-4 pm -- $9 / $8 for seniors / $7 for kids 6 to 14 / free for kids 5 and under

Berkshire Botanical Garden
This weekend is the annual Grow Show, an opportunity for local growers to show off their plants and flowers. The Berkshire Botanical Gardens in Stockbridge are open for the season. every day from 9 am-4 pm -- $15 / $14 seniors / $12 students / kids under 12 are admitted free

Public pools and spray pads are open for the season.


Markets at Round Lake
Saturday-Sunday: Round Lake Village hosts the Markets at Round Lake, with crafts and food by local artists and makers. Saturday , 9 am to 5 pm , Sunday noon to 3 pm -- free admission

Third Street Flea
Saturday-Sunday: Third Street Flea is part multi-family garage sale, part makers market, with antiques, plants, records chocolates, pastries and more. 38 3rd Street in Troy. Saturday 9am to 4 pm, Sunday 10 am to 3 pm -- free admission

Farmers' markets
+ 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

Troy Flea
Sunday: Troy Flea returns to Riverfront Park in the Collar City, with local makers, vintage items and more. Sunday, 10 am to 3 pm -- free admission

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

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The Perseid Meteor Shower is peaking this weekend!

Caribbean Day in the Park at Prospect Park in Troy!

How come you don't list the farmers mkt. at the Crossings Park in Colonie?

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