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Wait, what? It's the weekend? Already.
Haven't made a plan yet? No worries.
We've pulled together our weekly (weekend-ly?) list after the jump.
Got something planned you don't see there? Drop it in the comments so the rest of us can see.
And whatever you're up to, have a fantastic weekend.
The GE Realty Plot Home & Garden Tour returns this year on Jun 6 and 7. Tickets are $25 and available at a handful of locations listed at that link.
The plot is just east of the Union College campus. General Electric bought it at the end of the 1800s and it was subdivided as a neighborhood for company executives. The design of the neighborhood was inspired by New York's Central Park.
The tour has been offered sporadically in recent years -- the last one was 2013 -- but it sounds like the plan is to now offer it biennially.
This year's tour includes six homes. A listing is after the jump.
Just a reminder that the annual Hidden City House and Garden Tour in/near Albany's Center Square neighborhood is set for Thursday, June 25 from 5-8 pm. Tickets are $15 through June 19 and are available online.
The New Pornographers are an indie "supergroup" -- sort of a Canadian indie rock Avengers -- that includes A.C. Newman, John Collins, Blaine Thurier, Dan Bejar, Kathryn Calder, Neko Case, and Todd Fancey. They first assembled in 1999 in Vancouver -- bright, pop-y rock ensued.
Neko Case (who's obviously a superhero) has since become a big indie star in her own right, which has kept her from touring with the group sometimes. We can't figure out if she'll be at the Woodstock show. (Maybe you know.)
Openers for the show are Thao and The Get Down Stay Down
photo via The New Pornographers website
Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather (very summer), to Memorial Day, to Pippin, to the Warehouse District, to art, to speakers, to music...
Congratulations, you've reached the weekend. And for many of you, it's three days long because of Memorial Day on Monday.
If you're looking for a few things to do, we've collected a few things you might like and posted them after the jump.
Doing something you don't see listed here? Drop it in the comments section so everyone can see.
And whatever you're up to, have a fabulous weekend.
Here's the lineup for this summer's Music Haven concert series in Schenectady's Central Park, which is now in its 26th season. The Sunday evening series starts up June
One of the things that sets Music Haven apart from the other summer series is that it tends to focus on world, jazz, and roots music. And this year is no different.
The Troy River Fest* is back in downtown Troy June 20, and that means the return of the Street Painting Competition organized by the Arts Center of the Capital Region. The contest, in which artists create panels on the sidewalk, is one of our favorite parts of the festival.
Registration is now open for this year's contest. It's $15 to enter, which includes a set of chalk. There are four judging categories: adult, grades 9-12, grades 6-8, and grades 1-5. The competition is limited to 40 participants, so it's a good idea to pre-register. And be sure to read the guidelines.
Here are a bunch of entries from 2013.
(* This festival has been called the Troy River Street Festival in years past. This is first time we've noticed it's now called the Troy River Fest.)
The slate of summer events at/near the Empire State Plaza is out. It includes the usual mix of concerts, festivals, and movie screenings.
One change this year: The events that typically would have been held on the State Museum end of the plaza will be on the Capitol end of the plaza this year because of the ongoing construction on the State Museum steps.
OK, let's get to the schedule...
Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather (familiar), to small town conspiracies, to sushi, to the Warehouse Districts, to hidden gardens, to music...
Of all the weekends in all the world, we walked into this one.
And we're glad we did. Lots of sunshine, temperatures around the 80 degree mark, and a long list of springtime stuff to do.
After the jump, a few items we thought might interest you. Planning something else? Tell us about it in the comments.
And whatever you're up to, have a fantastic weekend!
The lineup for this year's Alive at Five series in Albany is out. As in years past, each date has a headliner and opening, often local, act.
The Thursday evening free concert series at Jennings Landing along the Hudson River in downtown Albany starts June 11. Each shows begins at (surprise) 5 pm.
Let's get to it...
An event called Ultimate Field Day will be at The Joe Saturday, June 13. It's pretty much what it sounds like: a collection of "field day" type challenges -- but for adults. Blurbage:
You and a team of three of your coworkers, friends, or family test your skills in a series of non contact sports challenges. QB 2 Minute Drill, Tug-A-War, Soccer Shootout, Obstacle Course, Hoops Shot From The Sports, Cornhole Express, Music, BBQ & Beverages. Includes T-Shirt, Medal and No Permission Slips Needed!
The day has three sessions: 9 am-11 am, noon-2 pm, and 3 pm-5 pm. Registration is currently $29 for the early and late sessions, $39 for the midday session. (And $19 for participants under age 18.)
As you know, "The Joe" is Joseph L. Bruno Stadium on the campus of Hudson Valley Community College.
Dave Isay -- the founder of StoryCorps, AKA, the Morning Edition segment most likely to make you get a little teary -- will be at The Mahaiwe in Great Barrington August 5. Tickets are on sale now -- they start at $25.
Along with Isay's appearance, there will be opportunity for people to record their own stories. Blurbage:
In conjunction with the Isay event, the Mahaiwe and Great Barrington Fair Grounds will sponsor a three-day opportunity (August 7 though 9) for local people to interview and record stories with loved ones--both through a formal StoryCorps recording process and through supported use of the newly-launched StoryCorps mobile app.
It sounds like details on how to sign up aren't quite ready, yet -- so keep an eye out for them if you're interested.
As you know, Great Barrington is just over the Massachusetts border, about an hour drive from Albany.
Singer/songwriters Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt are set to play a show at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall October 6. Tickets go on sale to the general public this Friday (May 15) -- they're $38 and up.
Lovett and Hiatt have been playing shows together for years, including stops in the Capital Region in 2008 and 2011. The upcoming show in Troy is being billed as "an acoustic evening."
Those local Lovett/Hiatt shows in past years have sold out, so if you're interested in going, it's probably a good idea to get tickets sooner rather than later.
Proctors announced a bunch of new shows Monday for the next year -- some 60 in all. (We had to admit we didn't count.) And tickets are now on sale for them.
Here are a few that caught our eye on the first scan through the schedule...
The schedule for this summer's Rockin' on the River concert series in downtown Troy is out. The free Wednesday night series starts up June 10.
And here's the lineup of acts...
Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather (turbulent start), to lions and tigers, to stories, to architecture, to cooking, to music...
The tulips are in bloom, the bands are ready to play. and all around Washington Park the scent of funnel cake and fried Oreos pervades the air.
After the jump, a list of stuff to do this weekend from tulips and chalk drawings to music and drive-in movies.
Doing something you don't see on our list? Drop it in the comment section for everyone to see.
And whatever you're up to, have a fantastic weekend.
The Upbeat on the Roof Friday evening music series returns to the Tang Museum at Skidmore this summer. And there's a strong lineup this year -- the schedule is post jump. It starts up in July this year.
The concerts are all on the roof of the Tang (thus the name). And they're free.
Drawing's closed! Winner's been emailed!
A touring production of the musical Mamma Mia! will be at Proctors May 15 and 16. We have a pair of tickets for opening night and we're giving them away. BUT WAIT, THERE'S MORE. The winner will also get a $50 gift certificate for Aperitivo Bistro, which is just down the street from the theater.
To enter the drawing, please answer this question in the comments:
The musical Mamma Mia! was a comeback of sorts for ABBA. So what's something you'd like to see make a comeback in the Capital Region?
We'll pick one winner at random. That person gets the tickets the opening night tickets and the gift certificate.
Mamma Mia! includes ABBA's greatest hits, including "Dancing Queen," "S.O.S.," "Super Trouper," "Take A Chance on Me" and "The Winner Takes It All." The production will be at Proctors for three performances: May 15 at 8 pm, and May 16 at 1 pm and 7 pm. Tickets are $20 and up.
Important: All comments must be submitted by 11:59 pm on Thursday, May 7, 2015 to be entered in the drawing. You must answer the question to be part of the drawing. (Normal commenting guidelines apply.) One entry per person, please. You must enter a valid email address (that you check regularly) with your comment. The winner will be notified via email by noon on Friday and must respond by noon on May 11.
photo: Kevin Thomas Garcia
The annual Hidden Garden Tour in Troy returns Thursday, May 21 from 4-7:30 pm. Tickets are currently available online -- they're $10.
This is the 16th year for the event, which is self-guided walking tour of backyard gardens in the districts around the Sage and Washington Park in downtown Troy. The tour is rain or shine.
Proceeds from the tour benefit the Friends of Prospect Park. There will also be a dinner benefit for the org at Carmen's that evening from 6-8:30 pm. It's $33 for a prix fixe menu.
The annual Hidden City House and Garden Tour in/near Albany's Center Square neighborhood is set for Thursday, June 25 from 5-8 pm. Tickets are currently $15 and will be available online soon.
photo via Friends of Prospect Park
The live show MythBusters Jamie & Adam UNLEASHED! will be at Proctors November 24. Tickets go on sale this Friday (May 8) -- they're $20 and up.
So, obviously, this show is based on the popular Mythbusters TV series, and Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage are the hosts. Show blurbage:
MythBusters Jamie & Adam UNLEASHED! presents a fantastical evening of on-stage experiments, audience participation, exciting videos, and behind-the-scenes stories. With this show, fans join Jamie and Adam onstage to assist in their mind-blowing and mind-twisting approaches to science. MythBusters Jamie & Adam UNLEASHED! brings you face-to-face with the curious world of Jamie and Adam as the duo matches wits on stage with each other and members of the audience. Jamie Hyneman has announced that he will end touring with the live show this year.
The Proctors show is at 7:30 pm on Tuesday, November 24.
Another opportunity to see David McCullough next month: The famed historian will be at the State Education building in Albany for a public event June 3 presented by the New York State Archives Partnership Trust. Tickets for the event are $15 and available via The Egg box office.
McCullough will be receiving the 2015 Empire State Archives and History Award. And he'll talking about "his career as a writer, historian, lecturer and narrator" with Harold Holzer (who is, of course, also a noted historian).
The event is Wednesday, June 3, 2015 at 7:30pm in the Chancellors Hall of the State Education Building, just across Washington Ave from the Capitol. (There's also a VIP reception ahead of the event for a $75 ticket.) We would not be surprised if this event sells out, so gets tickets sooner rather than later if you'd like to go.
Saratoga Springs: David McCullough will also be appearing at an event June 2 at the Saratoga City Center to talk about his new book about the Wright brothers (as mentioned last week). Tickets for that event are $40 (one seat, one book) and $50 (two seats, one book).
photo: William B. McCullough
Famed author/historian David McCullough will be at the Saratoga City Center June 2 for a talk about his new book The Wright Brothers. Tickets are $40 (one seat, one book) / $50 (two seats, one book) and on sale now.
The event is part of the Off the Shelf series organized by Northshire Bookstore and WAMC. McCullough will be talking on stage with WAMC's Joe Donahue.
In this thrilling book, master historian David McCullough draws on the immense riches of the Wright Papers, including private diaries, notebooks, scrapbooks, and more than a thousand letters from private family correspondence to tell the human side of the Wright Brothers' story, including the little-known contributions of their sister, Katharine, without whom things might well have gone differently for them.
The event at the City Center is Tuesday, June 2 at 7 pm.
Another Northshire author event coming up: Pulitzer Prize-winner Jane Smiley will be at the Saratoga Springs store June 5 for a conversation with Issac Pulver, chair of the Saratoga Springs Public Library. Tickets are $5 and redeemable for a $5 discount on Smiley's novel Early Warning.
photo: William B. McCullough
Did someone order a perfect spring weekend?
Well, you order is up -- along with a heaping side of stuff to do.
Throw open your windows, let some fresh air into the house, and check out our list of weekend options. Planning something you don't see here? Share it in the comments so the rest of us can see.
And whatever you're up to, have a fantastic weekend!