Stuff to do this weekend


The After Dark series for adults at miSci has Butterflies and Brews Saturday.

Passover starts on Friday evening and it's Easter weekend, so our list is a little thinner than usual, but there are things going on this weekend, from Butterflies and Brews to comedy to Troy Night Out.

Below we've put them all into a spring weekend basket. Doing something you don't see on our list? Share it in the comment section so everyone can see.

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


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Troy Night Out
Friday: Troy Night Out has a shop-and-sip theme this month, with cocktails and a Downtown Troy Shopping Passport. A few things going on:
+ There's a pop-up art show at 23 2nd St. with painting, prints, mixed media, and sculpture made by local artists
+ Troy Innovation Garage hosts its first birthday party.
+ Juice Factory VII will host an exhibit of contemporary photographically-based works, featuring local, regional and national artists

Butterflies & Brews
Saturday: miSci hosts a Butterflies and Brews event as part of its After Dark series for adults. Full access to the museum, alcoholic beverages, board games, planetarium shows and science demonstrations. (It's an age 21+ event.) Saturday 5:30 pm -- $10.50


Chasing Charles
Friday-Saturday: Troy Civic Theater presents Jeremy Buchner's Chasing Charles -- a comedy/drama examining the life of Schenectady's Charles Elsen, a world class wig designer and makeup artist who died from AIDS complications in the early days of the epidemic. Friday 7:30 pm, Saturday 2 pm and 7:30 pm at the Arts Center for the Capital Region -- $20 / $18 students and seniors

Poetry in Motion
Saturday: Proctors hosts Poetry in Motion, "a unique event that allows all who attend a chance to ride a rollercoaster of spoken word." Poets from around the country will perform. Saturday 7:30 pm -- $29

Star Trek Burlesque
Friday: TwoPenny Burlesque presents Beam Me Up Hotty: A Burlesque Tribute to Star Trek at the MopCo Theater. Friday 8 pm -- $10 / $6 for students and seniors


Pretty Much the Best Comedy Show: Julie Kottakis
Saturday: Lawyer, writer, single mom -- and comedian -- Julie Kottakis headlines Pretty Much the Best Comedy Show at Proctors. The performance is being recorded for a comedy live album. Saturday 8 pm -- $15 ahead / $20 at door

Nathan MacIntosh and Jeff McEnery
Friday-Saturday: The Comedy Works in Saratoga hosts a Canadian double bill with Nathan MacIntosh from The Late Show with Steven Colbert and Jeff McEnery of the Canadian Comedy Awards. Friday and Saturday -- various times and prices

Nick Chambers
Friday: The Savoy Taproom hosts Laughs on Lark, with headliner Nick Chambers. Saturday 9 pm -- $15

Saturday: The Mop & Bucket Company continues its run of TheaterSports -- two teams compete against each other to create songs, stories and games based entirely on audience suggestions. Saturday 8 pm -- $15 / $6 kids, students, seniors

Egg hunts

Downtown Troy egg hunt for adults
Saturday: Rare Form Brewing has organized Easter egg Hunt for adults in downtown Troy with candy and prize filled eggs at restaurants and bars from around the city. Buy a beer, get an egg. Saturday 1-8 pm

Afrim's Sports Easter Egg Hunt
Saturday: Afrim's Sports is hosting five egg hunts throughout the day. Easter-themed kids activities, music, face painting and more. Saturday 9 am-3 pm -- $10 per child

Honest Weight Easter Egg Hunt
Saturday: Kids can search for treat-filled eggs throughout the store at the Honest Weight Easter egg Hunt. Saturday, 10 am to noon (arrive by 9:45)


Friday: Mike Doughty at The Linda
Performing "Soul Coughing's legendary album Irresistible Bliss in its entirety alongside a rotating selection of songs spanning Mike's entire career." (It's the album with "Super Bon Bon.") 9 pm -- $20

Friday: The Gangstagrass show at Caffe Lena is sold out

Friday: Dark Honey + Stellar Young at The Hollow
With: Summer Legs. 8 pm -- $15

Friday: Ryan Montbleau Band at Putnam Place
Singer/songwriter with full band. With: Goose. 9 pm -- $17 ahead / $20 day of

Friday: Mickey Avalon at Lucky Strike Jupiter Hall
Rap. With: Dirt Nasty. 7 pm -- $20 ahead / $25 day of

Saturday: The Sylvan Esso show at MASS MoCA is sold out (and has been for a long time)

Saturday: The Revelers at Helsinki Hudson
Grammy-nominated "swamp-pop." 9 pm -- $20 ahead / $25 day of

Saturday: Maswick & Brown at Caffe Lena
Folk pop. 8 pm -- $20


Proctors is screening two films this weekend:
+ Friday: Discover Arts: Hitler vs Picasso and the Others. "In 1937 the Nazi regime held two exhibitions in Munich: one to stigmatize 'degenerate art,' and one, personally curated by Hitler, to glorify 'classic art.' ... Hitler vs Picasso is an incredible journey through five exhibitions, displaying masterpieces by Botticelli, Klee, Matisse, Monet, Chagall, Renoir, and Gauguin. Linked to each exhibition are moving stories of those who witnessed the systematic destruction and looting of the day..." Friday 3 pm and 7 pm -- $12
+ Friday-Saturday: Proctor is showing Game Night in The Addy. Friday and Saturday various times -- $6


Almost Full Moon Hike at the Pine Bush
Friday: The Albany Pine Bush Preserve is offering a one-hour guided moonlight hike with intermittent stops for night vision and sound observations. Friday 6:30 pm -- $3 (registration required)

Automating Inequality
Saturday: Virginia Eubanks will be at Market Block Books to talk about Automating Inequality: How High-Tech Tools Profile, Police, and Punish the Poor. Eubanks is an associate professor of political science at UAlbany and a Troy resident. Her new book has rolled up a string of high-profile national coverage and strong reviews. Saturday 11 am -- free

The History of Here
Saturday: Akum Norder will be at the Book House to talk about The History of Here, her new book about the history of her home and the Pine Hills neighborhood in Albany. Saturday 3 pm -- free

40th Annual Photo Regional
The 40th Annual Photo Regional is open at the Opalka Gallery on the Sage Albany campus.

Hudson Mohawk Regional Invitational
Friday: The Hudson Mohawk Regional Invitational continues at Albany Center Gallery. The exhibit runs through April 6

State Museum
The State Museum continues 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. Open Easter Sunday.

MiSci's butterfly exhibit is back. "Watch butterflies at every stage of life - from egg to the chrysalis chamber to adulthood." Closed Easter Sunday.

The Tang
The Tang Museum has 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. Closed Easter Sunday.

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. Closed Easter Sunday.

The Clark
The Clark now has Drawn to Greatness: Master Drawings from the Thaw Collection. (On display through April 22.) Open Easter Sunday.

There are a bunch of exhibits on display that make use of its huge gallery expansion. Open Easter Sunday.

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.

Mapping Schenectady
The Schenectady County Historical Society opens a new exhibit this weekend called Mapping Schenectady, with prominent and interesting maps.

The Art of Childhood
The Rensselaer County Historical Society hosts The Art of Childhood, an exhibit of selected images of children from babies and toddlers to teenagers on the edge of adulthood selected from their collection. (Through August 21.)

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 they'll host s spring festival with workshops and family friendly activities. Saturday 9 am-1 pm
+ The Schenectady Greenmarket is indoors at Proctors. Sunday 10 am-2 pm Closed this week for Easter
+ 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

The Albany Institute, Troy Music Hall, Honest Weight, and the Mop & Bucket Company advertise on AOA. And AOA is a media sponsor for Butterflies and Brews at miSci.


Indian Ladder Farms is open the whole weekend. They have lots of fun activities - bunny exebit and petting, egg hunt for all ages. Check their website or fb page for details.

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