Things 2 Do



Ashley Bathgate, Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, 30 Second St., Troy. 6 p.m. Wednesday. $15. 518-273-0038 or Nationally renowned cellist from Saratoga Springs.

Chromatic Fantasies and More, University at Albany, Performing Arts Center, 1400 Washington Ave., Albany. 7 p.m. Wednesday. $3-$10. 518-442-3997 or ualbany/edu/pac. Max Lifchitz performs Bach's piece, alongside works inspired by contrapuntal techniques, including music by Chopin, Ponce, Pleskow, Shulz and Toutant, as well as a recently complete work by Lifchitz.

Musicians of Ma'alwyck, Schenectady County Community Library, 99 Cinton St., Schenectady. 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Free. 518-388-4500 or


Across The Pond Fundraiser, The Strand Theatre, 210 Main St., Hudson Falls. 3 p.m. Sunday. $10. 518-832-3484 or The Beatles tribute band is heading — literally — across the pond to perform at the Kenton Theatre in Henley-On-Thames, England, as part of the Ballet Meets The Beatles show with Manhattan based dance company Chevalier Ballet.

"Afrobeats Live," Palace Theatre, 19 Clnton Ave., Albany. 9 p.m. Friday. $23. 800-745-3000 or With performances from Nigerian singer Teni and New York City rap duo the G4 Boyz.

Art D'Echo, Guilderland Public Library, 2228 Western Ave., Guilderland. 2 p.m. Sunday. Free. 518-456-2400 or Pianist David Gleason, bassist Mike Lawrence and drummer Pete Sweeney are a classic-style jazz piano trio performing jazz standards and originals.

Berkshire Musician's Tribute to Jackson Browne, Colonial Theatre, 111 South St., Pittsfield, Mass. 7:30 p.m. Saturday. $23.50-$33.50. 413-997-4444 or This onetime concert honoring the Laurel Canyon music legend will feature a mix of Berkshire musicians, including Steve Ide, Bobby Sweet, Matt Cimini, Ed Moran, Jack Waldheim, Diane Wieland, Rob Sanzone, Bruce Mandel, Jeanne Laurin, Danny Hamilton, Dave "Burnt" Bacon and more, plus a special guest appearance by legendary Northampton troubadour Ray Mason.

Forever Ray Dinner Show, Rivers Casino & Resort, 1 Rush St., Schenectady. 6:30 p.m. Thursday. $30. 518-579-8800 or A tribute to Ray Charles, along with a three-course themed dinner and signature drink. Show begins at 7 p.m.

Greensky Bluegrass, The Egg, Empire State Plaza, Albany. 7 p.m. Wednesday. $39.50-$42.50. 518-473-1845 or A five-piece American bluegrass/jam rock band from Kalamazoo, Mich.

High Noon, The Park Theater, 14 Park St., Glens Falls. 8 p.m. Saturday. $20-$25. 518-792-1150 or The East Coast's premiere tribute to Lynyrd Skynyrd and Southern rock, performing exclusively the 70s classic hits of Lynyrd Skynyrd, the Allman Brothers Band, Molly Hatchet, The Outlaws, .38 Special and the Marshall Tucker Band.

M.A.K.U. Soundsystem, MASS MoCA, 1040 MASS MoCA Way, North Adams, Mass. 8 p.m. Saturday. $15-$28. 413-662-2111 or An immigrant band formed in New York City that mashes up Colombian folklore, psychedelic rock and Caribbean grooves using traditional percussion, drums, synths, bass, guitar and sizzling horns.

Music of Pat Metheny, University at Albany, Performing Arts Center, 1400 Washington Ave., Albany. 7 p.m. Tuesday. $3-$10. 518-442-3997 or ualbany/edu/pac. Jazz pianist Bob Gluck is joined by bassist Christopher Dean Sullivan to explore a personal approach to the music of one of today's most prolific jazz composers/performers. The performers offer a sneak peek at the concert with an open rehearsal at 3 p.m.

The Resolutions, The Strand Theatre, 210 Main St., Hudson Falls. 7:30 p.m. Friday. $10-$12. 518-832-3484 or The six-piece vocal group performs "cabin fever songs."

The Switch, The Strand Theatre, 210 Main St., Hudson Falls. 7:30 p.m. Saturday. $10. 518-832-3484 or Funk, soul, rock and blues. With special guests the Stony Creek Band.

Richard Thompson, The Egg, Empire State Plaza, Albany. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. $49.50-$59.50. 518-473-1845 or The iconic British folk rock legend performs an intimate solo acoustic concert.

The Varsity Vocals International Championship of College A Cappella, EMPAC (Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, corner of Eighth Street and College Avenue, Troy. 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday. $20-$25. 518-276-3921 or The quarterfinals feature the following groups: Partial Credit A Cappella from RPI; Pitch Please Acapella from the University at Albany; Serendipity from the University at Albany; The Buffalo Chips from SUNY Buffalo; The Girls Next Door from The College of Saint Rose; The Golden Notes from The College of Saint Rose; The Rensselyrics from RPI; The Rusty Pipes from RPI; and Understaffed from Clarkson University.



Ballroom and Latin Dance, Ukrainian American Citizens Club, 1 Pulaski St., Cohoes. 7 p.m. Thursday. $12. Enjoy the area's best ballroom and Latin music for your dancing enjoyment. Admission includes a free dance lesson.


Su Wen-Chi: Work in Progress, EMPAC (Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, corner of Eighth Street and College Avenue, Troy. 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Free. 518-276-3921 or Taiwanese choreographer and new-media artist Su Wen-Chi collaborates with physicist Diego Blas to more accurately embody the principle of gravity in dance.


"9 to 5: The Musical," Schenectady Light Opera Company, 427 Franklin St., Schenectady. 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday. $18-$28. 518-730-7370 or Based on the 1980 hit movie, three female co-workers hatch a plan to get even with their sexist, egotistical boss. Hilarity ensues as they give their workplace the makeover they've always wanted.

"Ben Butler," Curtain Call Theatre, 1 Jeanne Jugan Lane, Latham. 7:30 p.m. Thursday; 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 3 p.m. Sunday. $25. 518-877-7529 or In 1861, when a runaway slave demands sanctuary at a Union Army garrison, the hapless General Butler must decide whether to uphold the letter of the law or choose to alter the course of U.S. history.

"Forgotten," Steamer No. 10 Theatre, 500 Western Ave., Albany. 7 p.m. Friday; 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. $15-$20. 518-438-5503 or An exploration of J.M. Barrie's classic children's story "Peter Pan" that poses the question of whether it was simply a story, a figment of Wendy's imagination or a real place.

"Frost/Nixon," Schenectady Civic Players, 12 S. Church St., Schenectady. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2:30 p.m. Sunday; 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. $20. 518-382-2081 or Peter Morgan's play is based on a series of televised interviews that former U.S. President Richard Nixon granted broadcaster David Frost in 1977 about his administration, including his role in the Watergate scandal.

HMT's Benefit Murder Mystery Event, The Gideon Putnam Resort & Spa, 24 Gideon Putnam Road, Saratoga Springs. 6 p.m. Friday; 11:30 a.m. Saturday. $50-$65. or "Ghost of a Chance," Home Made Theater's annual interactive murder mystery/dinner theater involves a dead man's will and the challenges it sets up for his family.

"The Man in the Brown Suit," Saratoga Arts, 320 Broadway Saratoga Springs. 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday. $15-$25. 518-584-7780 or iTheatre Saratoga presents Mary Jane Hansen's new adaptation of Agatha Christie's early murder mystery.

"Stupid F*%king Bird," Hubbard Hall, 25 E. Main St., Cambridge. 7:30 p.m. Friday; 2 and 7:30 Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday. $10-$25. 518-677-2495 or Aaron Posner's uproarious adaptation of Anton Chekhov's "The Seagull."

"Your Best One," Capital Repertory Theatre, 111 North Pearl St., Albany. 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Tuesday; 8 p.m. Friday; 3 and 8 p.m. Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. $22-$57. 518-346-6204 or The Hoffman family rallies together — and against each other — as they battle over health insurance, child custody, inheritance and superfoods.


Dom Chambers, Funny Bone, 1 Crossgates Mall Road, Albany. 7 p.m. Tuesday. $20-$35. 518-313-7484 or Stand-up comedy.

Nikki Glaser, The Egg, Empire State Plaza, Albany. 7 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday. 7 p.m. show, $35; 9:30 p.m. VIP show, $136.25. 518-473-1845 or The comedian, actress and Sirius Radio host peforms stand-up. The VIP event features a meet-and-greet and photo opportunity with Glaser.

Kurt Metzger and Luis J. Gomez, Funny Bone, 1 Crossgates Mall Road, Albany. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. $15. 518-313-7484 or Stand-up comedy.

Maestro: Improv Comedy Showdown, Mopco Improv Theatre, 10 N. Jay St., Schenectady. 8 p.m. Friday. $6-$10. 518-577-6726 or In this exciting, winner-take-all format, improvisers from around the Capital Region and beyond compete to escape elimination and be crowned the evening's improv comedy champion. Actors perform in a barrage of scenes and songs for the audience's delight and approval. Each round gets more intense as performers are eliminated and the stakes get higher.

Pretty Much the Best Comedy Show: Jonah Ray, Proctors, 432 State St., Schenectady. 8 p.m. Saturday. $15-$20. 518-346-6204 or Stand-up from the comedian, actor and star of "Mystery Science Theater 3000."

MicroFringe — An Evening of Odd, Quirky and Funny, Eden Cafe, 269 Osborne Road, Albany. 7:30 p.m. Saturday. $7.50. 518-977-3771 or A fringe festival with four way-out-of-the-box entertainers: Mike Cecconi, master of the loud and funny poetry-aka-one-man-voluminous stage show; Ed Smyth, proginator of Oog Son of Ahg 30,000 BC, Moe Bot the Comedy Robot, and Bronco Brad the Crooning Cowboy; Ragliacci, the hobo folk clown and his participatory musings; all hosted by Jerry "What The What" Dymond's alt-world-renowned Cheesy Pick Up Lines.

Jonah Ray, The Park Theater, 14 Park St., Glens Falls. 8 p.m. Friday. $22-$25. 518-792-1150 or Stand-up from the comedian, actor and star of "Mystery Science Theater 3000."

Robert Kelly & Guests, Comedy Works, 388 Broadway, Saratoga. 7:30 p.m. Thursday; 8 p.m. Friday; 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday. Thursday, $10; Friday and Saturday, $25. 518-275-6897 or Stand-up comedy.

Shuli and Friends Comedy Show, Rivers Casino & Resort, 1 Rush St., Schenectady. 8 p.m. Friday. $20-$30. 518-579-8800 or Stand-up comedy from Shuli Egar, Mike Feeney and Brendan Sagalow.

Spontaneous Broadway, The Mopco Improv Theatre, 10 N. Jay St., Schenectady. 8 p.m. Saturday. $6-$15. 518-577-6726 or A fully improvised musical experience inspired by the audience

Brooks Wheelan, Funny Bone, 1 Crossgates Mall Road, Albany. 7:30 and 10 p.m. Friday; 7 and 9:45 p.m. Saturday; 7 p.m. Sunday. $12-$15. 518-313-7484 or Stand-up comedy from the "Saturday Night Live" veteran.


"The Addams Family," Round Lake Library — Clark House, 31 Wesley Ave., Round Lake. 1 p.m. Saturday. Free. 518-899-2285 or (Canada/U.S., 2019) The eccentrically macabre family moves to a bland suburb where Wednesday Addams' friendship with the daughter of a hostile and conformist local reality show host exacerbates conflict between the families.

"Adopt a Highway," RCS Community Library, 95 Main St., Ravena. 5:30 p.m. Monday; 2 p.m. Tuesday. Free. 518-756-2053 or (U.S., 2019) An ex-felon (Ethan Hawke) discovers a live baby left in a dumpster.

"The Art of Racing in the Rain," Bethlehem Public Library, 451 Delaware Ave., Delmar. 1 p.m. Sunday. Free. 518-439-9314 or (U.S., 2019) Through his bond with his owner, aspiring Formula One race car driver Denny, golden retriever Enzo learns that the techniques needed on the racetrack can also be used to successfully navigate the journey of life.

"The Art of Racing in the Rain," William K. Sanford Town Library, 629 Albany Shaker Road, Loudonville. 1 and 6 p.m. Monday. Free. 518-458-9274 or (U.S., 2019) Through his bond with his owner, aspiring Formula One race car driver Denny, golden retriever Enzo learns that the techniques needed on the racetrack can also be used to successfully navigate the journey of life.

Bootleggers and Rum Runners Film Series: "The Public Enemy," Guilderland Public Library, 2228 Western Ave., Guilderland. 2 p.m. Friday. Free. 518-456-2400 or (U.S., 1931) A young hoodlum (James Cagney) rises up through the ranks of the Chicago underworld, even as a gangster's accidental death threatens to spark a bloody mob war.

"Coda," Proctors, 432 State St., Schenectady. 2, 4:30 and 7 p.m. Friday. $6-$9. 518-346-6204 or (Canada, 2019) A famous pianist struggling with stage fright late in his career finds inspiration with a free-spirited music critic.

"Farmsteaders" screening and panel discussion, Carey Institute for Global Good, 63 Huyck Road, Rensselaerville. 7 p.m. Thursday. Free. 518-797-5100 or (U.S., 2018) The documentary follows Nick Nolan and his young family on a journey to resurrect his late grandfather's dairy farm as agriculture moves toward large-scale farming. Director Shaena Mallett will be on hand. This event is a collaboration with the award-winning PBS documentary series "POV."

"Five Feet Away," Brunswick Community Library, 4118 Route 2, Brunswick. Noon Friday. Free. 518-279-4023 or (U.S., 2019) A pair of teenagers with cystic fibrosis meet in a hospital and fall in love, though their disease means they must avoid close physical contact.

"Great Composers: In Search of Mozart," Proctors, 432 State St., Schenectady. 2 and 7 p.m. Wednesday. $12. 518-346-6204 or (U.K., 2006) A biography narrated by Juliet Stevenson and featuring interviews and performances with more than 70 of the greatest exponents of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's music.

"In America," Irish American Heritage Museum, 370 Broadway, Albany. 7 p.m. Monday. 518-427-1916 or (Ireland/U.K./U.S., 2002) A family of Irish immigrants adjust to life on the mean streets of Hell's Kitchen while also grieving the death of a child.

"Legend of the Demon Cat," Proctors, 432 State St., Schenectady. 7 p.m. Thursday. $6-$9. 518-346-6204 or (China/Japan, 2017) Taking place in the Tang Dynasty, a demon cat appears and breaks the peace of Chang'an City, causing a series of strange events. Poet Bai Letian and Monk Kukai join hands to investigate the death of the emperor's concubine, Lady Yang, by following the trail left by the cat.

"Little Women," Proctors, 432 State St., Schenectady. Noon and 6:30 p.m. Thursday. $6-$9. 518-346-6204 or (U.S., 2019) Jo March reflects back and forth on her life, telling the beloved story of the March sisters — four young women each determined to live life on their own terms.

"Phantasm," Proctors, 432 State St., Schenectady. 7 p.m. Tuesday. $6-$9. 518-346-6204 or (U.S., 1979) A teenage boy and his friends face off against a mysterious grave robber known only as the Tall Man, who keeps a lethal arsenal of terrible weapons with him. As with other It Came From Schenectady events, expect prizes, surprises, themed drinks and comfy couches.

"Saturday Morning Cartoon Cereal Bowl: Squad Goals!," Proctors, 432 State St., Schenectady. 10 a.m. Saturday. $6-$9. 518-346-6204 or Prepare your appetites for two hours of classic cartoons, toy commercials, music videos, and, of course, an all-you-can-eat cereal buffet. And it wouldn't be the Saturday Morning Cartoon Cereal Bowl without prizes, surprises, comfy couches and beanbags. Admission includes all the breakfast cereal you can eat.

"Selma," Voorheesville Public Library, 51 School Road, Voorheesville. 1:30 p.m. Thursday. Free. 518-765-2791 or (U.K./U.S./France, 2014) A chronicle of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s campaign to secure equal voting rights via an epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Ala., in 1965.

"Suffragettes in the Silent Cinema," Oldcastle Theatre Company, 331 Main St., Bennington, Vt. 2 p.m. Saturday. Free. 802-447-0564 or Following the movement into the "modern age," this documentary, which contains clips from a variety of silent films is a time capsule from the dawn of women's suffrage as a mass movement. Director, historian and novelist Kay Sloan will introduce the film via Skype; the discussion afterwards will be led by Jyotika Virdi, professor of Cinema Studies at the University of Windsor in Ontario, Canada.

"Twelve Angry Men," Bethlehem Public Library, 451 Delaware Ave., Delmar. 1 p.m. Tuesday. Free. 518-439-9314 or (U.S., 1957) A jury holdout attempts to prevent a miscarriage of justice by forcing his colleagues to reconsider the evidence.

Weird Al's "UHF," plus "Mystery Science Theater 3000"'s Jonah Ray Live, Proctors, 432 State St., Schenectady. 4 p.m. Saturday. $18. 518-346-6204 or It Came from Schenectady welcomes "MST3K"'s Jonah Ray, plus Dave & Ethan's 2000 Weird Al podcast for a 30th anniversary screening of Weird Al's "UHF" (U.S., 1989) An unemployed visionary becomes the manager of a local public station. The station becomes a success, with all sorts of hilarious sight gags and wacky humor. The film is preceded by a live and in person 45-60-minute interview between Ray and the hosts of the podcast. And, of course, no screening of "UHF" would be complete without Twinkie Wiener Sandwiches and Yank-a-ritas at the bar.


Capital District Genealogy Society: "The Anti-Rent War: 1839 to 1869," William K. Sanford Town Library, 629 Albany Shaker Road, Albany. 1 p.m. Saturday. Free. 518-810-0314 or For more than a half-century following the American Revolution, more than 10 percent of the New York state population lived on leasehold property that they could not purchase from members of the landed aristocracy. These owners jealously guarded their rights to perpetual ownership, which traced from original Dutch or Royal land grants, and would allow only rental leases, often on onerous terms, to their farming tenants. Presented by Michael P. Barrett.

"Comedy Educates: #SocialJustice," Saratoga Springs Public Library, 49 Henry St., Saratoga Springs. 7 p.m. Wednesday. Free. 518-584-7860 or Beck Krefting, Skidmore professor and former stand-up comic, discusses the role of charged humor in the service of social justice — historically and now — in addition to exploring contemporary writings that use charged humor to educate.

Community Event: Adelia Moore at Parent University, Maple Avenue Middle School, 515 Maple Ave., Saratoga Springs. 6:30 p.m. Thursday. Free. 518-682-4200 or As part of the Saratoga Springs City School District's Parent University program, the author and clinical psychologist will present findings from her book "Being the Grownup: Love, Limits, and the Natural Authority of Parenthood." The presentation will be followed by a book signing.

Lawrence Dudley, Northshire Bookstore, 424 Broadway, Saratoga Springs. 7 p.m. Saturday. Free. 518-682-4200 or The author reads, discusses and signs his new thriller "The Hungry Blade."

Historical Society of the Town of Colonie: "Baum's Journey to Bennington," William K. Sanford Town Library, 629 Albany Shaker Road, Albany. 2 p.m. Sunday. Free. 518-810-0314 or This talk is about that aspect of the Saratoga Campaign of 1777 in which Lt. Col. Baum and about 800 German, British, Canadian, American and native troops sought supplies believed to be vulnerable in Bennington. Presented by Patrick Niles, a public school teacher of American history and related subjects and author of "Baum's March to Disaster" in the 2014 Journal of the Washington County Historical Society.

John A. Miller, Schenectady Trading Company, 609 Union St., Schenectady. 5 p.m. Thursday. Free. 518-280-3036 or The local author signs copies of "Historic Theaters of New York's Capital District."

"The Myth & Lure of Beekeeping," Galway Public Library, 2112 East St., Galway. 11 a.m. Saturday. Free. 518-882-6385 or Galway resident and beekeeper, Farial English, takes us back through time for a look at man's relationship with the honey bee and its most desirable products, honey and wax. There will be honey for tasting during the break.

A Tribute to Toni Morrison: Film Screening and Remembrance, University at Albany downtown campus, Page Hall, 135 Western Ave., Albany. 7 p.m. Friday. Free. 518-442-5620 or The New York State Writers Institute presents a tribute to Toni Morrison, giant of American literature, Nobel laureate, University at Albany professor (1984-89), and the subject of the film, ''The Pieces I Am.'' A discussion of Toni Morrison's life and work featuring members of the University at Albany community will immediately follow the screening. Toni was a member of the Writers Institute's office family during the early years of our organization. While in residence, she wrote "Beloved," one of the landmark novels of 20th-century literature, premiered her first play "Dreaming Emmett," about the murder of Emmett Till, and produced The Birth of Black Cinema symposium.

"Wicked Albany: Lawlessness & Liquor in the Prohibition Era," Guilderland Public Library, 2228 Western Ave., Guilderland. 7 p.m. Wednesday. Free. 518-456-2400 or University at Albany professor Frankie Bailey gives a presentation on Albany during the 1920s, when crime already proliferated in the capital of the Empire State.


35th Annual Grafton Lakes Winter Fest, Grafton Lakes State Park, 254 Grafton Lakes State Park Way, Grafton. 10:30 a.m. Saturday. 518-279-1155 or Snow, ice and outdoor fun, plus the option to warm up in the welcome center with our exhibitors. Polar plunge at 10:30 a.m. for pre-registered folks.

Great Nor'easter Winter Beer Fest, Saratoga Springs City Center, 522 Broadway, Saratoga Springs. 2 p.m. Saturday. $45. 518-400-0235 or More than 20 breweries will convene with their brewers, owners or top brewery staff to pour and talk beer with you in picturesque downtown Saratoga Springs. Plan to meet, and chat with some of the industry's top brewers. Area artisans and food vendors will be on hand to sell you their hand crafted goods and products.

North Bennington Winter Festival, Village of North Bennington, Main St., North Bennington, Vt. 9 a.m. Saturday. Various costs. The day kicks off with a continental breakfast and registration for the "penguin plunge" at Lake Paran. Following that, you'll find more than a dozen venues and fun, interactive events throughout the village, including a chili fest, a book sale, craft table and Penguin Storytime for children, an indoor Winter Carnival, a bounce house, mini-golf, carnival food, a community snowshoe/hik, pony rides, bonfires, and much more.


Cirque du Soleil, Times Union Center, 51 S. Pearl St., Albany. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. $29-$129. 800-745-3000 or Discover a tiny world teeming with colorful insects, nonstop energy and fantastical acrobatic feats in the circus troupe's latest show, "OVO."

Haudenosaunee Stories of Winter with Perry Ground, New York State Museum, 222 Madison Ave., Albany. 11 a.m. Saturday. Free. 518-474-0575 or Perry Ground (Turtle Clan, Onondaga) shares tales from the Longhouse. He will share traditional legends, the clan's customs and traditions in the winter months, and history of the Haudenosaunee people.

"National Geographic Live — Spinosaurus: Lost Giant of the Cretaceous," Proctors, 432 State St., Schenectady. 7 p.m. Thursday. $30. 518-346-6204 or With amazing video recreating the lost world of the Cretaceous-era Sahara, paleontologist Nizar Ibrahim will tell the story of Spinosaurus' discovery, loss, and rediscovery, and explain what — other than its size — makes this ancient monster unique.

Road, Proctors, 432 State St., Schenectady. 7 p.m. Saturday. $30-$75. 518-346-6204 or Introducing another level of performance with a convert and varied new form of demonstration that incorporates acting, culture and art. You will witness the team's endless effort to go beyond the traditional, challenging new territory of standards that have not yet been seen and which have contributed tremendously to the advancement of tae kwon do culture as a whole.