Stuff to do this weekend

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Lewis Black is at The Palace.

And just like that, it's November. Though at times this weekend, it may feel more like September. Still, we've raked up a big pile of stuff to do, so jump in and have some fun.

Planning something that didn't make our list? Share it in the comments so everyone can see.

And whatever you're up to, have a great weekend.



1st Friday
Friday: Shops and galleries in Albany are open late for 1st Friday. Here are a few things happening:
+ Fort Orange General Store is featuring the art of Mark Gregory
+ Capital Wine & Spirits is hosting a wine tasting from 5 pm to 9 pm
+ Upstate Artists Guild presents a college show with work by area students and faculty.
+ Graham Tichy & the New Lowdown headline the 1st Friday swing dance.

Here's the full listing of events.

Saturday: Historic Albany's popular BUILT fundraiser is being held at the NYS Museum this year. It's an art exhibit and silent auction by artists inspired by the local built environment. Saturday, 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm --tickets are $85, $55 for ages 35 and under and available online.

Northeast Ski & Craft Beer Showcase
Friday-Sunday: The Albany Capital Center hosts the annual Northeast Ski & Craft Beer Showcase. Ski resorts along with apparel and equipment companies will be represented. There will be music, and beer and wine tasting. Friday 4-9 pm, Saturday 10 am-7 pm, Sunday 10 am-5 pm -- tickets $10 ahead / $12 at the gate (cash only) / 3 day pass $25

Albany Auto Show
Friday-Sunday: The Times Union Center hosts the annual Albany Auto Show More than 150 vehicles and booths with auto-related products and services. Friday 3-8 pm, Saturday 10 am-7 pm, Sunday 10 am-5 pm -- $10 / kids under 12 free when accompanied by an adult

Capital Region Wing Wars
Saturday: The Franklin Terrace Ballroom presents the Capital Region Wing Wars. Sample wings from 16 Capital Region restaurants and vote for your favorite. Saturday 5 pm -- $25 (ticket includes two wings from each participating restaurant)

Albany Lantern Parade
Sunday: The Washington Park Conservancy is hosting a lantern parade. Volunteers will parade with homemade lanterns around Washington Park Lake. Sunday 4:30 pm-6 pm -- free


Fun Home
Friday-Sunday: The touring production of the Tony-winning musical Fun Home is at Proctors. It's based on Alison Bechdel's best-selling graphic memoir. Tuesday-Sunday various times -- $20 and up

Row After Row
Friday-Saturday: Creative License Theater Company presents the premiere of Row After RowRow After Row, a contemporary comedy about a trio of uncivil Civil War re-enactors staged in the historic Frear Building with the ornate wrought iron staircase as a "time hopping backdrop." Friday and Saturday 7:30 pm-- $15

Dead Man's Cell Phone
Friday-Sunday: Albany Civic Theater opens a production of Sarah Ruhle's play Dead Man's Cell Phone. Friday and Saturday 7:30 pm, Sunday 3 pm -- $18

I Love You Because
Friday-Sunday: Not So Common Players presents I Love You Because, a modern musical twist on Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. Friday and Saturday 8 pm, Sunday 2 pm -- free

The Legend of Georgia McBride
Friday-Sunday: Curtain Call Theater continues a production of The Legend of Georgia McBride."A small-time Elvis impersonator comes under the wing of a self-proclaimed grand dame of drag." Friday and Saturday 8 pm, Sunday 3 pm -- $25

Black Underwear
Saturday: The National Museum of Dance hosts a production of Black Underwear. "Half Stage Play - Half Interactive Opportunity, Black Underwear explores the challenges and dynamics of women in today's world, while providing avenues for Feminine Discovery, Empowerment, Community, Support, and Inner Fulfillment." Saturday 7 pm -- $20 ahead / $25 at door

Phoenix Rising: A Capital Celebration of the NEW Albany Damien Center
Saturday: Phoenix Rising is an evening of music to raise funds for the Albany Damien Center building that's replacing the one destroyed by fire four years ago. Saturday 6:30 pm -- $75

Friday: The YWCA of the Greater Capital Region is hosting its annual Brava! fundraiser . Local artists will perform monologues, songs, poems, and essay readings on the topic of bras in their lives. Friday 5 pm -- $35 + a bra to donate


Lewis Black
Friday: Lewis Black brings his Rant, White & Blue show to The Palace. Friday 8 pm -- $26.50 and up

Improv Ladies Night
Friday: The women of MopCo are joined by a handful of other female improvisers for an all-female improv show. Friday 8 pm -- $10 / $6 for students and seniors

Spontaneous Broadway
Saturday: MopCo Improv Theatre presentsSpontaneous Broadway. Act one is a mock backers audition, in which the company invents songs based on audience suggestions. The audience votes on a favorite, and in act two, the company makes up the full musical, including costumes, sets and a reprise of the first act song. Saturday 8 pm -- $10 / $6 for students and seniors


Bringing Out The Dead
Friday: The NYS Writers Institute Classic Film Series presents a screening of Martin Scorsese's 1999 film, Bringing Out the Dead, with a discussion by author Joe Connelly and student volunteers from Albany's Five Quad Ambulance Service. Friday 7 pm, Page Hall, downtown UAlbany campus -- free

"Leave the gun, take the cannoli"
The Madison is screening the original Godfather this weekend.


Friday: J Collin at The Low Beat
With: Wovoka, Creepy Club, Grab Ass Cowboys, Brooks Strause, Extravision. 8 pm

Saturday: Old Dominion at The Palace
Country. With: Morgan Evans. 8 pm -- $29.50 and up

Saturday: The Cowboy Junkies at The Egg
Alt country. 8 pm -- $38

Saturday: Flogging Molly at Upstate Concert Hall
Celtic rock. With: Anti-Flag, John Snodgrass. 8 pm -- $33.75 ahead / $36 day of

Saturday: The Weepies at MASS MoCA
Folk. With: Benjamin Jaffe. 8 pm -- $26 ahead / $34 day of

Saturday: John Primer & The Real Deal Blues Band at The Upper Room
Blues. 7 pm -- $15 and up

Saturday: The Fleshtones at The Hangar
Garage rock. With: Big Frank and The Bargain Binger, The Va Va Voodoos. 3 pm -- $10 ahead / $15 at door

Saturday: Lucy at The Hollow
With: The Boobies, Good Fiction, Bad Mothers. 9 pm -- $10

Saturday: Jeffrey Biegel and ESYO Youth Orchestra at Troy Music Hall
Performing a new composition by P.D.Q Bach. 7:30 pm -- $20

Saturday: Community "Barn" Dance with Fennig's All-Stars at Old Songs
"Fun, simple dances from the U.S. and around the world. For every age and ability. All dances will be taught and will include circles, contras and squares." 7 pm -- $8 / age 12 and free

Sunday: GRiZ at The Palace
DJ/producer/saxophonist. With: Opiuo, Muzzy Bearr. 8 pm -- $25 and up

Sunday: Bruce Cockburn at The Egg
Backed by a full band. 7 pm -- $29.50 and up

Sunday: Acoustic Alchemy at The Egg
Smooth jazz. 7:30 pm -- $29.50

Sunday: Benjamin Grosvenor at Union College
Classical pianist. 3 pm -- $30


State Museum
The State Museum opens Votes for Women -- its new exhibit about the women's suffrage movement -- this Saturday. It also recently opened the first phase of its new Enterprising Waters: New York's Erie Canal exhibit.

Ain't Got Time to Die
Saturday: 2 Depot Square in Chatham hosts an exhibit by street artist Scout/Pines that incorporates folk-art portraits of people whose stories have been overlooked or marginalized, including WWI hero Henry Johnson. Gallery is open Saturday and Sunday

The Tang
The Tang Museum at Skidmore College recently opened an exhibit of work by Njideka Akunyili Crosby this weekend. She was awarded one of the MacArthur Foundation "genius grants" this year. (On display through December 31.)

Albany Institute
Well-Dressed, an exhibit of high fashion from the 19th century, continues at the Albany Institute of History and Art, along with an exhibit about the the anti-suffrage movement in Albany. Also almost its entire collection of Hudson River School works is on display.

Hyde Collection
The Hyde Collection recently opened a a touring exhibit of folk art (on display through the end of 2017). And the new Feibes & Schmitt Gallery is open.

MASS MoCA has a bunch of exhibits on display that make use of its huge gallery expansion.

USS Slater
This is the last month of the current season at the USS Slater, the destroyer escort historical museum in Albany. Wednesday-Sunday 10 am-4 pm -- $9 / $8 for seniors / $7 for kids 6 to 14 / free for kids 5 and under

Cider donuts
It's cider donut season. Try one, or try a lot. Here are a few places to try.

Farmers' markets
Farmers' markets move indoors this weekend.

+ Troy Waterfront Farmers Market is indoors at the atrium. Saturday 9 am-2 pm
+ The Delmar Farmers Market is at Bethlehem Central Middle School (332 Kenwood Ave). Saturday 9 am-1 pm
+ The Saratoga Farmers' Market is indoors at the Lincoln Bathhouse Saturday 9 am-1 pm
+ The Schenectady Greenmarket is indoors at Proctors. 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

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

The Albany Institute, the Mop & Bucket Company, Troy Music Hall, and Live Nation advertise on AOA.


The Spring Street Gallery at 110 Spring Street in Saratoga Springs, New York is hosting an art show, "I Know A Place" to benefit Camp Little Notch, a non-profit children's camp in the Adirondacks. The show features art, paintings, digital art, and photography inspired by the beauty and magic of Camp Little Notch.

It is a breathtaking jewel of a show and should not be missed!

The show will be up until November 25, 2017.

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