Stuff to do this weekend

Puddles Pity Party

Puddles Pity Party is at Troy Music Hall.

Who's up for a weekend? We certainly are.

After the jump, we've raked up a bunch of stuff to do, so dive in.

Planning something that didn't make its way to our pile? Drop it in the comments so we can all see.

And whatever you're planning, have a fantastic weekend.



Saratoga Arts Fest Friday
Friday: Falstaff's at Skidmore College hosts Saratoga ArtsFest Friday with a family-friendly 1920s cabaret event. There's a screening of Buster Keaton's The Camera Man, cabaret performances, and more. Free hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar. Tickets go quickly so reserve a space online. Friday 6-8 pm -- tickets are free ($5 donation per adult suggested)

Nine Pin Pressing Party
Saturday: Nine Pin Cider hosts its annual pressing party at the cidery in Albany. They'll be pressing more than 100 varieties of apples to make the Monster Cider blend. There will be pressed coffee, pressed panini, pressed shirts from Troy Cloth and Paper, apple jug bench presses, and more. Saturday 11 am-6 pm -- $15 advance / $20 at the door / Cider Monster Special tickets $30 (advance purchase only) and come with a bottle of the 2016 Cider Monster / designated driver tickets are $5

Saratoga Comic Con
Saturday-Sunday: The Saratoga Comic Con returns to the Saratoga Springs City Center this weekend. Vendors, panels, celebrities, gaming, a cos-play contest and more. Saturday-Sunday various times and prices

Science Festival of the Capital Region
Friday-Sunday: miSci hosts a Science Festival this weekend with workshops and events for all ages. Events include a talk by Nobel Laureate Dr. Rainer Weiss, an astronomy day, a science forum, and a variety of demonstrations. Friday-Sunday various times and prices


Nathan Lane
Friday: Proctors presents a screening of The Bird Cage followed by an on-stage conversation with Nathan Lane. Friday 8 pm -- $35 and up

Row After Row
Friday-Saturday: Creative License Theater Company presents the premiere of Row 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 continues a production of Sarah Ruhle's play Dead Man's Cell Phone. Friday and Saturday 7:30 pm, Sunday 3 pm -- $18

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

A Night in Bollywood
Friday: Siena College presents The Devi Bollywood Dance Company's A Night in Bollywood. Friday 7 pm -- $10 / free for Siena students


Make Me Laugh
Friday-Saturday: Make Me Laugh, the national search for stand-up comedians, brings its local semifinal and final competition to the Lark Tavern this weekend. Friday (semi-final) and Saturday(final) 8 pm -- $10

Storytime Time
Friday: Ethan Ullman's curated comedic story telling series Storytime Time returns to the MopCo Theater. 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


Capital Cinema Cultural Exchange
Friday-Sunday: The Linda hosts the Capital Cinema Cultural Exchange, a weekend of screenings of films from around the world, as well as panels and discussions. Friday-Sunday, various times and prices

Piece of the Dream
Friday: The Madison is hosting the debut of Piece of the Dream, a series of multimedia documentaries about low-wage workers in the modern economy around New York State. It's a collaboration between the Workforce Development Institute and the YouthFX. Friday 7 pm -- free admission

Warren Miller
Friday: The new Warren Miller film -- Line of Descent -- is playing at The Palace. Thursday and Friday 7:30 pm -- $24

The Madison
This weekend the Madison Theater is screening Fight Club, Superfly, and Edward Scissorhands.

Veterans Day

Albany parade
Saturday: The Albany Veterans Day parade starts at Partridge Street and Central Avenue and proceeds down Central. Saturday 11 am

Veterans Day at Saratoga National Historical Park
Saturday: Saratoga National Historical Park is honoring veterans, including the Continental soldiers and militiamen who served in Saratoga in 1777. Musket firing demonstrations and discussions on the Revolutionary War. Saturday 10 am-3 pm -- free

Veterans Day Aboard Slater
Saturday: The USS Slater will honor veterans with a ceremony (at 9 am) and tours of the ship. Saturday 9 am-4 pm

Lisa Ko
Friday: Novelist Lisa Ko will be in Saratoga Springs for a Northshire event at Hattie's. Ko will be talking about The Leavers, which is a finalist for the National Book Award. (Tickets includes a buffet lunch and a copy of the book.) Friday at noon -- $45 / $60 for two people and one book

Lois Lowry
Friday: Award-winning children's author Lois Lowry will be at UAlbany as part of the "Creative Life" series. She'll be talking on stage with WAMC's Joe Donahue. Friday 7 pm, downtown campus, Page Hall -- free

Chris Hedges
Friday: Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Chris Hedges will speak at the Sanctuary for Independent Media on fascism and empire in the age of Trump. (Tickets for a gourmet vegan dinner with Hedges before the event are $105 -- it's s fundraiser for the Sanctuary's radio station, WOOC.) Friday 7 pm -- $10 suggested donation / $5 for students and low income

Matthew Weiner
Saturday: Matthew Weine -- creator Mad Men -- will be at Skidmore to talk about his new novel, Heather, the Totality, with Yaddo president Elaina Richardson. It's an event organized by Northshire Bookstore. Saturday 7:30 pm, Palamountain Hall -- one seat / one book: $34, two Seats / One Book: $47, discounts for seniors/students and active military with identification

Intuition & the Power of Play
Saturday: Master improv educator Gary Schwartz teaches a class on how to unleashing your intuitive self through improv at the MopCo Improv Theater. Saturday, two sessions: 10 am-1:30 pm and 2:30-6 pm -- $65

Startup Weekend
Friday-Sunday: The Armory at Sage College hosts aStartup Weekend for technical and non-technical entrepreneurs. It starts with pitches and brainstorming on Friday, moves on to business plan development and basic prototype creation, and wraps up with demonstrations and presentations. Friday-Sunday -- $25-$99


Friday-Saturday: The RPI men's hockey team takes on Quinnipiac on Friday and Princeton on Saturday at the Houston Field House. Friday and Saturday at 7 pm -- various prices

Friday-Saturday: The Union men's hockey team takes on Princeton on Friday and Quinnipiac on Saturday at Messa Rink. Friday and Saturday 7 pm -- various prices


Friday: The UAlbany men's team starts the regular season against Iona at SEFCU Arena. Friday 7 pm -- $15 and up

Sunday: Siena's women's team is at home agains St. Bonaventure. Sunday 2 pm -- $5-$10


Friday: Tiësto at TU Center
EDM DJ star. 8 pm -- $33 and up

Friday: Shawn Colvin at The Egg
20th anniversary tour of A Few Small Repairs. With: Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams. 7:30 pm -- $37.50 and up

Friday: Puddles Pity Party at Troy Music Hall
The "sad clown with the golden voice." 8 pm -- $29.50 and up

Friday: Mark Mulcahy at The Linda
From Miracle Legion, and the music for The Adventures of Pete & Pete. 8 pm -- $16

Friday: Lydia Loveless at Helsinki Hudson
Alt country. With: Sarah Borges. 9 pm -- $15

Friday: Max Creek at Cohoes Music Hall
Now in its fourth decade. 8 pm -- $22 and up

Saturday: A Perfect Circle at TU Center
Rock. 8 pm -- $39.50 and up

Saturday: Dark Star Orchestra at The Palace
Playing the music of the Grateful Dead. 8 pm -- $35.50 ahead / $38.50 day of

Saturday: Harry Belafonte at The Egg
Harry. Belafonte. 7:30 pm -- $40

Saturday: Dirty Heads at Upstate Concert Hall
Reggae. With: The Unlikely Candidates, Tyrone's Jacket. 8 pm -- $27 ahead / $30 day of

Saturday: Lee Ann Womack at The Egg
Country. 8 pm -- $29.50

Saturday: Tim Reynolds at The Linda
Frequent Dave Matthews collaborator, with his trio. 8 pm -- $30

Saturday: Tab Benoit Trio at Cohoes Music Hall
Blues. With: Eric Johanson. 8 pm -- $28.50 and up

Saturday: Alexis P. Suter Band at Helsinki Hudson
Blues. 9 pm -- $18 ahead / $22 at door

Saturday: Golden Oldies Spectacular at Proctors
"Will bring the audience back to the wonderful era or the late 1950s/early 1960s..." 7 pm -- $39.75 and up

Saturday: Emile Naoumoff at Troy Music Hall
Classical pianist. 7:30 pm -- $25 and up

Saturday: Old Songs "Forward into Light" at Sand Lake Center for the Arts
"A concert of New York State's hidden history in a performance of authentic songs used to persuade, rally and celebrate as sung by women and men during the American Women's Suffrage Movement." 8 pm -- $20

Sunday: Rodrigo y Gabriela at The Egg
Heavy metal flamenco acoustic guitar. 8 pm -- $49.50 and up

Sunday: Hal Ketchum at Caffe Lena
Two shows. 3 pm and 7 pm -- $55


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

Wheels at Work
Friday: The Saratoga Automobile Museum hosts an opening program and reception for its new Wheels at Work exhibit, which includes work vehicles from a Grand Union tea wage to a checker cab to Jeeps and civil defense trucks. Friday 6 pm-8 pm -- $20

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.

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.)

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

Museum Yoga
Saturday: The UAlbany art museum is offering pop-up yoga classes in the gallery. Classes are suited for all levels. Saturday noon-1 pm -- free

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

Farmers' markets

+ 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

German Christmas Market at Wolff's
Saturday: The Wolff's in Troy is hosting a European-style Christmas market. "Take a stroll upstairs to our indoor Christmas Market filled with rare, imported holiday treasures as well as German candy. Our local artisans and vendors have handmade jewelry, signs and home/holiday decor, clothing and accessories, bier coasters, baby products, pottery, as well as soaps, oils and vintage finds." noon-8 pm

Holiday Art Show
Saturday-Sunday: The National Museum of Dance hosts its annual Holiday Art Fair with fine arts and crafts and art. Saturday and Sunday 10 am-4 pm -- free admission

Fair Trade Sale
Sunday: B'nai Sholom Reform Congregation in Albany hosts a fair trade market and Judaica sale with merchandise from Capital Region fair trade vendors. Sunday 10 am-3 pm

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

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