Above: Cardi B performs at SPAC on Friday night. Photo: Rich Taylor
FRIDAY, SEPT. 6
Bring those babies to the museum! Little ones and their caregivers are invited to explore and play in the art space that includes activities planned especially for the children.
@ The Hyde Collection, Glens Falls | 10:30 AM | Free
Schenectady & Me Human Mosaic Event
Show up and grab a mosaic tile to hold over your head while a drone captures this community artwork overhead in the hopes of creating the largest human mosaic in the region. Afterwards, a new community sculptural bench will be unveiled.
@ Schenectady City Hall | 10:30 AM
Karene Faul Alumni Show 2019 Reception
Rachel Baxter ’11 and Daesha Devón Harris ’02, graduates of the studio art program, are featured in this exhibition. The two artists will show work consisting of mixed media works, photography and a site-specific sculpture.
@ Esther Massry Gallery – College of Saint Rose | 5 PM | Free
Open Gallery Garden Party
Get to this launch party for Open Gallery, the new placemaking and public art program presented by the Downtown Albany Business Improvement District and Albany Center Gallery. ACG will curate local art to transform Albany’s side streets and alleyways into vibrant, active connective corridors.
@ Liberty Park, Albany | 5:30 PM | $40-$500
Pop-Up Craft Beer Garden
Peruse the “In-faux-structure” exhibit reception in Opalka as Joe Barna’s Sketches of Influence will perform with special guest Stacy Dillard and Druthers will be pouring the brews. Food trucks onsite include Market Pops small batch popsicles and Slidin’ Dirty gourmet sliders and apps.
@ Opalka Gallery | 6 PM | Free
AUDITION: ‘Pride & Prejudice’
The RPI Players are holding an open audition for their production of “Pride and Prejudice,” running Nov. 11-23. Non-binary actors and actors of color are encouraged to come out for their favorite role in the classic story. Please prepare a two-minute comic monologue and come dressed for movement. For more information, please email email@example.com. For more information visit players.rpi.edu/prideauditions. To sign up, fill out this form: https://forms.gle/ojbvDQqqz7ySbtec6
@ RPI Playhouse, Troy | 6:30 PM
The one and only Cardi B is taking over SPAC with her “Femme It Forward” show. The chart-topping rapper will be joined by Nicole Bus and Teyana Taylor.
@ SPAC, Saratoga Springs | 7:30 PM | Tickets start at $33
Journalist and author Dan Rather will discuss his new book a collection of essays called “What Unites Us: Reflections on Patriotism.”
@ SEFCU Arena, University at Albany | 7:30 PM | Free
The Californian jazz trombonist, composer, arranger,and educator (as well as a pioneer of using seashells as instruments) has been active in jazz, rock, and Latin jazz for 55 years. Turre has performed and produced work in live venues, recording studios, television and film. He has been a member of the Saturday Night Live Band since 1984.
@ Unitarian Universalist Society of Schenectady – A Place for Jazz | 7:30 PM | $20 adults, $10 students, 16 years or younger with an adult get in free
Exhumanity Presents: The Exyversary feat. Worms of the Earth
Celebrate two years of the gothic, industrial and electronic dance parties at the Fuze Box. All 21+ year olds born in September get in free all night.
@ Fuze Box, Albany | 9 PM | $10 18 and older, $5 21 and older
Not to be confused with the HBO show “Eastbound and Down,” this rockin’ festival features some of the region’s best folk-minded talent, including: The Mallet Brothers Band, Driftwood Yarn, Zan & The Winter Folk, The Ghost of Paul Revere and Girl Blue.
@ The Spot, Salem, NY | Sept. 6-7 | $65 for a weekend pass
SATURDAY, SEPT. 7
Art & Yoga at The Hyde
Stretch out and find that inner focus in the company of the beautiful exhibition “From the Rooftops: John Sloan and the Art of a New Urban Space” at The Hyde. Maybe you’ll find a moment of inspiration within your morning meditation while being led by a Summit Yoga certified instructor. Bring your yoga mat and make sure to RSVP to Kayla at (518) 792-1761 ext. 310 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
@ The Hyde Collection, Glens Falls | 9 AM | $10 members, $12 non-members
68th Annual Stockade Villagers’ Outdoor Art Show
Stroll the historic, beautiful Schenectady neighborhoods while you admire and/or purchase works by artists from around the region.
@ Stockade Historic District, Schenectady | 10 AM – 4 PM (Rain date: Sunday, Sept. 8 12 PM – 4 PM)
Put your game face on and prepare for the third annual regional tabletop gaming convention, including a collection of board games, role-playing games and more for all ages and skill levels helping to raise money for Extra Life.
@ Charles R Wood Theater, Glens Falls | 10 AM, through Sunday | Passes: $20 Saturday, $15 Sunday, $30 weekend
The Architecture of Downtown Troy – Walking Tour
The Rensselaer County Historical Society leads this tour, exploring the select buildings that are featured in the book “The Architecture of Downtown Troy: An Illustrated History.”
@ Troy Waterfront Farmers Market – Monument Square Information Booth | 10:30 AM | $5-$10, children 5 and under free
14th Annual Little Italy StreetFest
Live music, cooking tutorials, children’s activities, performances and plenty of vendors to shop from make up this 14th year of Little Italy’s street festival.
@ Union Street at N Jay Street, Schenectady | 12 PM | Free
Albany Riverfront Jazz Festival
The 18th annual jazz fest features performances from The Bad Plus, Dizzy Gillespie All Stars, Black Tie Brass, Skip Parsons Riverboat Jazz Band, Charlie Apicella & Iron City and more.
@ Jennings Landing, Albany | 12 PM | Free
Caribbean Day In The Park
Celebrate the Caribbean diaspora in the Capital Region with this festival featuring delicious food, live reggae, soca, African and Latin music as well as family activities.
@ Prospect Park, Troy | 12 PM | Free
Arabic Calligraphy Workshop
Nada Odeh will lead this workshop with a presentation about Arabic calligraphy and its styles, a demonstration of how it is written and what materials are used. Participants will be able to practice writing the Arabic calligraphy. This workshop is a companion to NY Folklore’s current exhibit of traditional Turkish paper marbling by ebru artist and Buffalo resident Hatice Erbas-Sorkunlu.
@ New York Folklore, Schenectady | 1 PM | $10 members, $15 non-members
Five Kill Birthday Bash
The local, independent record label Five Kill Records has spent the year releasing albums by fantastic Capital Region artists (and beyond) like Bear Grass, Blue Ranger, The Abyssmals, Pony and the Pancake and more. To celebrate, they’re throwing a show featuring label artists an other local favorites Front Biz, Laveda, Full Body, Greens and Bruiser and Bicycle.
@ The Hollow, Albany | 8 PM | $7
KATANI & Sunny War
The spellbinding raptivist duo and warriors of truth, KATANI, will take on Caffe Lena with singer songwriter Sunny War, who blends blues, folk and punk in her guitar and vocal stylings. This isn’t one you want to miss.
@ Caffe Lena, Saratoga | 8 PM | $6-$12
SUNDAY, SEPT. 8
Albany VegFest 2019
The longest running vegan festival in upstate New York, hosted by Capital Region Vegan Network (CRVN), will feature nearly 100 exhibitors, as well as expert speakers, vegan food, a children’s zone and more.
@ Albany Cap Center | 10 AM | Free, $5 suggested donation
Free Day at World Awareness Children’s Museum
The museum is open until 5 PM and free, thanks to donations and a special contribution from Stewart’s Shops Holiday Match. Bring the kiddos to explore the various cultures of the world without leaving the region.
@ World Awareness Children’s Museum, Glens Falls | 12 PM | Free
Balún, Dark Honey, Laveda
The rescheduled Rockin’ on the River gig lives again, led by the Brooklyn-based electronic indie band Balún, Troy rock band Dark Honey and the dream pop crew Laveda.
@ Riverfront Park, Troy | 5 PM | Free
Sunday Songwriter’s Series: Amani O+
The raptivist, poet and storyteller is known for weaving her influences of music, film, speech and poetry into art that addresses social injustice, honors the ancestors and inspires transformation. The night’s performance will be hosted by Michael Gregg.
@ Little Peck’s, Troy | 6 PM | Free
Hellions Roller Derby Recruitment Night
The Hellions of Troy are in search of referees, skaters and non-skating officials over 18 years old to join their team. There is no experience (or any skating skills for that matter) necessary, you’ll learn everything you need to know in training. Dress in comfortable clothes, the team will be demonstrating derby skills, providing information about the league and teaching basic skating. For questions or more information, contact email@example.com.
@ Rollerama, Schenectady | 7 PM