Stuff to do this weekend

Palace step show arms outstretched

The annual Black History Step Show & Hyp3st Dance Competition is at The Palace this weekend. / photo: Jim Gilbert

Judges give this week high scores, but we're eagerly looking forward to a promising performance from the weekend. We've put together a rundown of stuff to do when you're not watching mixed doubles curling, luge and biathlon.

Doing something that didn't make it into our lineup? Tell us about it in the comments so everyone can see.

And whatever you're up to, we hope it's a gold medal weekend.

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The Flurry Festival
Friday-Sunday: Saratoga's annual mid-winter music and dance celebration, The Flurry Festival, returns to the Saratoga City Center and locations around the city. World music and dance, from Zydeco to blues to English country dancing. Here's the full schedule of events. Friday-Sunday, various times and prices

Lake George Winter Carnival
Saturday-Sunday: The annual Lake George Winter Carnival continues this weekend. The festival runs every weekend in February with activities such as human foosball tournaments, bonfires, polar plunges, helicopter rides, carriage rides, and kids activities on and around the lake. This weekend features 4x4 races on the ice, diving demonstrations, a chowder cook-off, snow dyed tee-shirts, a hot chocolate bar, free ice cream, s'mores on the beach, and more. Saturday and Sunday starting at noon -- free admission

Ballston Spa Winter Festival
Saturday: Ballston Spa's annual Winter Festival includes sledding on, music, games, crafts and more. Saturday, 11 am to 8 pm -- free admission

Gathering of the Farm Cideries
Saturday: Both sessions of the Gathering of the Farm Cideries at Nine Pin are sold out.

Black History Step Show & Hyp3st Dance Competition
Sunday: The annual Black History Step Show & Hyp3st Dance Competition returns to the Palace. Sunday 5 pm -- $25 / $20 for students

Stage

Paris Time
Friday-Sunday: The Capital Rep production Paris Time wraps up this weekend:

A gripping and sophisticated drama that looks behind the headlines at anti-semitism in today's France. When Deborah, the wife of a successful American executive based in Paris, becomes an activist defending a young Jewish Frenchwoman, Charles gets caught in the corporate hot seat. Company policy demands him to withdraw from the political limelight or lose his career, but if he won't get involved, he may lose his marriage.

Friday-Sunday various times -- $20 and up

They Are Waiting for You
Friday: EMPAC has a production of visual artist Laure Prouvost's They Are Waiting for You, stage performance in collaboration with Sam Belinfante and Pierre Droulers. "In this new performance, theatrical and cinematic technologies--projection, light, and haze--interact with performers, musicians, objects, and the audience in a surreal and perceptually disorientating theatrical production." Friday 8 pm -- $16

Hedda Gabler
Friday-Sunday: Albany Civic Theater presents Ibsen's Hedda Gabler. Friday and Saturday 7:30 pm, Sunday 3 pm -- $18 / $10 students with ID

Inspecting Carol
Saturday-Sunday: Home Made Theater presents <em>Inspecting Carol, the comedy about a dysfunctional community theater trying to put on a production of A Christmas Carol. Friday & Saturday at 7:30 pm, Sunday at 2 pm -- $24, $27

Private Fears in Public Places
Friday-Sunday: Confetti Stage presents a production of Alan Ayckbourne's Private Fears in Public Places, a comedy/drama following the stories of six characters searching for someone who will understand their complicated worlds. The production is at the Albany Masonic Hall. Friday and Saturday 7:30 pm, Sunday 2 pm -- $15 / $10 students

Agnes of God
Friday-Sunday: Theater Voices presents a staged reading of Agnes of God at Steamer 10 theater. Friday 8 pm, Saturday 3 pm and 8 pm, Sunday 3 pm -- free admission

Vagina Monologues
Saturday: Albany Barn hosts a production of Eve Ensler's The Vagina Monologues as part of the V-Day global movement to stop violence against women and girls. Friday 7 pm -- $10 (cash only at the door)

Bindlestiff Cirkus Cabin Fever Cabaret
Saturday: The Bindlestiff Cirkus hosts its annual Cabin Fever Cabaret at Helsinki Hudson. This show is for adults. Saturday 9 pm -- $25 in advance / $30 at the door / $20 if you show up in clown make-up or costume.

Bizarre Magic with Brian Brushwood
Saturday: Proctors presents Bizarre Magic with Brian Brushwood, a magic show featuring the popular YouTube Scam School and National Geographic Channel's Hacking the system star. Saturday 3:30 pm and 7:30 pm -- $25

Comedy

Eddie Izzard
Saturday: Eddie Izzard brings his stand-up act to the Troy Music Hall this weekend. Saturday 8 pm -- $29.50 and up

Gender Defenders
Friday: Cohoes Music Hall hosts the Gender Defenders comedy show at Cohoes Music Hall, featuring two male and two female comedians with stand-up acts about relationships life and love. Friday 8 pm -- $25-$35

RC Smith & Thea Vidale
Friday-Saturday: The Comedy Works in Saratoga Springs hosts a double bill featuring RC Smith & Thea Vidale. Friday and Saturday, 7:30 pm & 9:30 pm -- various prices

Galentine's Night
Friday: MopCo presents Galentine's Day, an evening of improv with the women of The Mop & Bucket Company. Scenes. Songs and games all based on audience suggestions. Friday 8 pm -- $10 / $6 for students and seniors

TheaterSports
Saturday: The Mop & Bucket Company continues its run of TheaterSports at the MopCo Improv Theater. Teams of improvisors compete by creating games, stories and songs based on audience suggestion. Saturday 8 pm -- $10 / $6 for students and seniors

Film

Entre Nos
Friday: The NYS Writers Institute will screen Entre Nos, a film about the experience of a Colombian immigrant and her children, struggling to survive on the streets of New York City. Co-director Gloria La Morte will offer comments on the film. Friday 7 pm in Page Hall at the UAlbany downtown campus -- free

Oscar-nominated shorts
Both the Spectrum and The Addy at Proctors are showing the Oscar-nominated shorts -- live action and animated -- this weekend.

Academy Award nominees
The nominees have been announced, and many of them are still in local theaters, so it's a great time to catch the ones you missed.

Proctors
Proctors is screening Jordan Peele's Get Out, which has been nominated for four Academy Awards. Saturday 8 pm -- $6

Rosenwald
Saturday: B'nai Sholom Reform Congregation in Albany hosts a screening of Rosenwald, Aviva Kempner's 2015 documentary on the life of Chicago philanthropist Julius Rosenwald, the son of an immigrant peddler who became president of Sears and partnered with Booker T. Washington to build more than 5,000 schools in African-American communities in the American South. Saturday 7:30 pm -- suggested contribution $5

Music

Friday: Gregory Porter at Troy Music Hall
Winner of the 2017 GRAMMY Award for Best Jazz Vocal Album. 8 pm -- $38.50

Friday: Birdland All Stars featuring Tommy Igoe at Proctors
Jazz. 8 pm -- $20 and up

Friday: Loudon Wainwright III at Caffe Lena
Folk star/actor. 8 pm -- $55

Friday: Lespecial at The Hollow
Rock. 8 pm -- $12

Saturday: Hot Rize at The Egg
Bluegrass. 7:30 pm -- $36

Saturday: Mardi Gras Live at Cohoes Music Hall
"Starring members of Wurliday, the Chronicles, and special guest Girl Blue doing live sets of classic Zydeco Rhythm & Blues to get the party rockin'." 7 pm -- $15 and up

Saturday: Richard James' Krewe Orleans: A Mardi Gras Experience at Putnam Place
"Richard James' Krewe Orleans is a live music Mardi Gras Experience and tribute to the music of New Orleans. Rick put together a "Krewe" of musicians from bands such as the Trey Anastasio Band, Turkuaz, Pink Talking Fish and more to fulfill any and all second line duties." 9:30 pm -- $10 ahead / $15 day of

Saturday: John NĂ©meth at The Upper Room
Blues/soul harmonicist. 6 pm -- $15 and up

Sunday: The Academic The Hollow
Indie rock. With: Good Fiction. 7 pm -- $15

Sunday: CJ Chenier & the Red Hot Louisiana Band at Caffe Lena
Zydeco. 7 pm -- $25

80s Valentine's Dance: Pretty in Pink
Saturday: The Fuze Box hosts an 80s-themed Pretty in Pink Valentine's dance. Saturday 9 pm -- free admission

Hoops

Patroons
Saturday: The Albany Patroons take on the Ohio Cardinals at the Washington Avenue Armory. Saturday 7 pm -- $10.00 and up

Siena
Sunday: The Siena men's team takes on Monmouth at the TU Center. Sunday 2 pm -- $10 and up

Albany Knickerbocker Indoor Touch Rugby Tournament
Saturday: Afrim's Sports in Glenmont hosts the Albany Knicks annual indoor touch ruby tournament. Saturday 9 am-noon -- $100 per team to play

Try Curling
Friday-Sunday: You've seen it on the Olympics, now try it for yourself. The Albany Curling Club is hosting a curling open house this weekend. Friday 6-9 pm, Saturday & Sunday 10 am-4 pm

Skating
Winter's running out. Here's a big list of places around the Capital Region to ice skate.

Islamic Center open house
Saturday: The Al-Hidaya Islamic Center in Latham is hosting a breakfast, tour and Q & A session for the public. It's "an opportunity for people in the community to learn about Islam from Muslims who live and work in the community."Saturday, 9am - noon -- free

Classes

Saturday: Different Drummer's Kitchen hosts a baking class with chef Gail Sokol for all abilities. You'll make pesto and parmesan pastry crisps and pecan praline sticky buns. Saturday 1 pm - -- $65

Seedy Social: Winter Seed Swap and Potluck
Sunday: Nature Lab and Collard City Growers are hosting a winter seed swap and potluck at the Sanctuary for Independent Media. "Learn seed keeping methods from local gardeners, acquire seeds to grow, bring your own seeds to show and share. Bring food and stories to share." Sunday 1-4 pm -- free admission

Maple Sugarhouse tour and tasting
Sunday: Riverside Maple Farms in Glenville hosts a tour and tasting. Sunday 10 am-6 pm -- free

Sigrid Nunez in conversation with Jay Rogoff
Friday: Northshire Bookstore hosts Whiting Award-winning author Sigrid Nunez in conversation with poet & Skidmore professor Jay Rogoff. Nunez will discuss her new novel, The Friend. Friday 7:30 pm -- free

Museums/galleries/talks

State Museum
This weekend the museum hosts a Rock & Fossil Fun Fair at which families can dig for fossils, see meteorites, get a look at the real rocks of Minecraft, and more. Saturday & Sunday-- Free

The State Museum continues its Votes for Women, about the women's suffrage movement. And the first phase of its new Enterprising Waters: New York's Erie Canal exhibit is open.

The Tang
This weekend the Tang Museum opens Along the Border, an exhibit featuring instruments made from discarded objects found along the 2000-mile national divide between Mexico and the United States. "These works made from discarded cans, animal bones, shoes, bicycle wheels, leather, children's toys, and more, reveal the human impact of the evolving economic, social, and political relationships between the two nations over the past several years." On view through April 22

University Art Museum
The University Art Museum at UAlbany has two recently-opened exhibits:
+ This Place is a photography exhibit that "explores the rifts and paradoxes of the highly contested spaces of Israel and the West Bank."
+ Hank Willis Thomas: Black Righteous Space is a "sound reactive video installation exploring issues of identity, race, and popular culture."

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.

Wheels at Work
The Saratoga Auto Museum hosts a Wheels at Work exhibit featuring tractors, tow trucks, taxi cabs and other vehicles that went to work.

Hyde Collection
The Hyde Collection recently opened Alphonse Mucha: Master of Art Nouveau. And the new Feibes & Schmitt Gallery is also now open.

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

The Clark
The Clark has a good permanent collection.

Rockwell
The Norman Rockwell Museum is just over the Massachusetts border in Stockbridge.

Baseball Hall of Fame
Baseball fans could probably spend most of the day at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.

History of urban development in Schenectady
The Schenectady County Historical Society recently opened a new exhibit called Changing Downtown: The Rise, the Raze, and the Revitalization of Schenectady.

Farmers' markets
+ The Troy Waterfront Farmers Market is indoors at the atrium. Saturday 9 am-2 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 inside the Lincoln Baths. Sunday 10 am-2 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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