TUESDAY OCT. 29
CALL FOR PARTICIPATION: Arts Letters & Numbers group show
The Averill Park arts space is now accepting registrations for their 3rd-Thursday November edition. All ages, disciplines and levels of experience are invited to submit work by Nov. 17. Register in the link above.
Halloween Cookie Decorating
Kids and parents are invited to take part in this workshop with Pooky Amsterdam, a craft baker known for her highly imaginative, beautiful and delicious cookies of PookyStudio. All materials will be provided.
@ Hudson Area Library | 3:30 PM | Free
Make Your Own Mask
Umana will host a craft session on masquerade masks along with mulled wine and drink specials, it just might be the perfect finishing touch to your costume this year! Call to reserve yours at (518) 915-1699.
@ Umana Restaurant and Wine Bar, Albany | 5 PM | $15
Art Talk: ‘Earth Diplomacy: Diné Arts of Reciprocity, 1966–1968’
“From 1966-68, the United States government commissioned Diné (Navajo) artists Bertha and Fred Stevens to demonstrate weaving and sandpainting across Eurasia and Latin America, ostensibly as an exercise of Cold War ‘soft power.’ Drawing upon Indigenous knowledge, International Relations theory, and the methods of ecocritical art history, this talk reframes the Stevens’ tour as a creative instance of what Clark Fellow Jessica Horton calls ‘earth diplomacy.’”
@ The Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, MA | 5:30 PM | Free
Spooky Halloween Potluck Party
Live music, ranging from pop and dreamy folk to noise and whimsical compositions, art exhibition, blanket forts and more. Bring your own plate to share and label if it contains nuts.
@ Water Street Studio, Catskill | 5:30 PM | Free
An introduction to the Tarot
Jeannie Thomma has been reading cards and teaching the Tarot for more than a decade and is currently at work on a book about using the Tarot as a tool for growth and self-reflection. Join her in Schenectady’s oldest home to reconnect with your wisdom.
@ Brouwer House, Schenectady | 7 PM | $50
WEDNESDAY OCT 30
Artside Chats: ‘Artists of the Mohawk Hudson Region’
A gallery discussion alongside the artworks of this exhibit (on display through Dec. 4) with the artists themselves. New artists will cycle out each week.
@ The Hyde Collection, Glens Falls 10:30 AM | free with museum admission
Glens Falls at Work: Photo & Audio Exhibit and ‘LIVE!’ storytelling
An exhibit showcasing photos of work in Glens Falls from the 1800s to the present with listening stations where you can hear work stories from people in the community. At 7 PM, all are invited to listen, laugh along and share their funniest, craziest or most meaningful work stories to a live audience.
@ Folklife Center at the Crandall Library, Glens Falls | 5:30 PM
Ashon Crawley: ‘Quantum Mechanics, Quantum Sound, Quantum Love’
“Drawing upon the relationship of Black Pentecostalism to performance studies, as well as the relationship of quantum mechanics to the human experiences of loneliness and love,” Ashon Crawley, Associate Professor of Religious Studies, African American, and African Studies at the University of Virginia, will present a lecture on “his action painting practice as well as performative modes of breath, including shouting, noise and speaking in tongues.”
@ EMPAC, Troy | 6 PM | Free
Open Studio Night
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or (518) 338-8464 with a painting choice and arrival time between 6-10 PM to reserve your spot. Canvas and paints will be provided, as well as wood if that is preferred.
@ The Shirt Factory, Glens Falls | 6 PM | $20
“It’s the middle of the night. You have a dream. It is beautiful. It is terrifying. But somehow, it is not your dream. You know it is not your dream and now you must find the true dreamer.” Troy Foundry Theatre and Die-Cast are once again teaming up to create a new, immersive experience inspired by classic horror stories from the Victorian era, directed by Brenna Geffers. Audiences will prowl through interwoven tales of dread, using the physical space to bring the unimaginable to life. Tickets are available to purchase by credit card online, or cash or check only at the door pending availability.
@ Trojan Hotel, Troy | 8 PM, runs through Nov. 9 | $10-$18
THURSDAY OCT 31
Fidelio: a masquerade halloween party
Attendees are encouraged to bring their own masks for this dinner party featuring a live musical score by local artist Dan Paoletti. Masks will be provided to those who don’t have their own.The attendee with the most creative mask will be awarded a restaurant gift certificate for $100. Call (518) 621-7889 or stop in to reserve your spot.
@ Post, Albany | 7 PM | $50
Whispering Bones: An evening of Ghost Stories
Prof. Betterov-Underhill & his Cult of Storytellers will share classic legends, folklore and all new stories to scare you right out of your skin.
@ Eighth Step at Proctors, Schenectady | 7 PM | $7-$15
Super Dark Collective Halloween Prom III
A “ spooky death dance” DJ set by SUPER DARK COLLECTIVE kicks off the third annual prom at 7 PM with host Bobby Carlton of Dryer taking votes for the Prom King & Queen, Queen & Queen and King & King to be announced at midnight. The 9 PM show includes Dryer (Saratoga indie rock), William Hale Vs. Willian Hate (Glens Falls artist’s dark, twisted, heavy-psych alter-ego face off), Ghoul Poon (the audio/visual brainchild of Super Dark’s Shane Sanchez from 2007-12 back for a good time). Wear your costumes!
@ Desperate Annie’s, Saratoga | 7 PM
Hip Hop & All That Jazz 3: A Nightmare on Lark Street
Beat•Shot Productions and Just Because Entertainment present this evening of genre bending performances and collaborations featuring JB AKA Dirty Moses, Victory Soul Orchestra, Mike Larry Draw, Sibie LaVoz and Jermaine Wells & the Ill Funk Ensemble. Costumes strongly encouraged.
@ Savoy Taproom, Albany | 9 PM
Northeast Theatre Ensemble Presents: ‘A Stockade Seance’
This original production is a unique, original piece of site-specific historic theatre taking place at the Brouwer House. The hostess characters will chill and tantalize you with haunting accounts of lost love, longing & murder.
@ Brouwer House, Schenectady | 9 PM | $20
FRIDAY NOV 1
Artist Reception: ‘Creations: Connections & Collections’
This show brings together over 60 works by ACG members and their artist friends, returning for the second year to continue promoting and commemorating the ability artists have to inspire other members of the local community. The exhibit will also feature over 40 works from the private collections of local arts patrons.
@ Albany Center Gallery | 5 PM | Free
Artist Reception and Curator Tour: ‘Chew: Food as Muse’
A thought-provoking show that explores the many ways contemporary artists represent food in their work. Artists included are Caren Alpert, Jennifer Coates, Isabel Chun, Frida Foberg & Natasha Holmes, Sang Wook Lee, Portia Munson, Mimi O Chun, Brent Owens, Dana Sherwood and Mie Yim.
@ Opalka Gallery, Albany | 5 PM | Free
The Collaborative & Ira Marcks present Weird Night Out!
A wild lineup of poetry, storytelling, film, live music, performance art, burlesque and comedy make up Ira Marcks whacky variety show you definitely gotta see. Plus, check out open studios with The Church artists, food from Sunhee’s, drinks from Rare Form, Tarot readings from Karyn Dyer, a photo booth and more.
@ The Church, Troy | 7 PM | $10
Classic improv with a film noir twist, you know the type.
@ The Mopco Improv Theatre, Schenectady | 8 PM | $10
SATURDAY NOV 2
Troy Makers Market 2019-2020 Indoor Season
As the hub of the local makers movement and home to one of the best farmers markets in the region its no surprise the city also hosts a compelling makers market.
@ Troy Atrium | through April, Saturdays 9 AM – 2 PM
Reclaim Your Healing | Day Retreat
A day-long retreat of healing workshops developed by people of color for people of color: RECLAIM Your Narrative with “a workshop on the impact of trauma and healing tools to move through trauma facilitated by two social workers of color, Gordon Collier, LMSW, and Rachelle Pean, LCSW. RECLAIM Your Health: a workshop to identify triggers that hold us back from attaining health and wellness by connecting nutrition and life, holistically; providing nourishment for the mind, body, and soul. Facilitated by: Shawn Mack, Holistic Health Coach. Plus, dinner served by Umana Restaurant & more.
@ Root3d, Albany | 2 PM | $30-$40
Artist Reception: ‘Ken Ragsdale – Memory as Process Revisited’
Visual artist Ken Ragsdale’s work is constructed from his childhood memories, particularly of camping in the Pacific Northwest, and his current reflections on the growth of America as a nation.
@ Lake George Arts Project | 4 PM
BUILT: Albany’s Architecture Through Artist’s Eyes
With 50 percent of the proceeds of this exhibit benefiting artists and 50 percent going to support Historic Albany Foundation’s mission, there is no good reason to stay home.
@ Historic Albany Foundation | 6:30 PM | $55 under 35, $95 general public
So, You Think You Can Choreograph?
Nacre Dance Group’s annual competition is designed to highlight the local and visiting talent in modern and contemporary choreography. This is a great opportunity for career choreographers and new artists breaking into choreography to present before a large audience of the Capital Region. The Junior competition will take place Sunday.
@ Spa Little Theatre, Saratoga | 7:30 PM and Nov. 3, 4:30 PM | $15-$20
This nine-piece crew out of Brooklyn blends funk, alternative, rock, R&B, and psychedelia have come to bring you a vibrant, grooving, can’t-miss dance party.
@ Putnam Place, Saratoga | 9 PM | $22
SUNDAY NOV 3
Annual Holiday Open House
All day refreshments, prize drawings, and 20 percent off all holiday items.
@ Open Door Bookstore, Schenectady | 10 AM
‘HERE & THERE’ by Roxanne Macmod
Completing her five-week residency at ALN, Roxanne Macmod invites you to her show of oil paintings. “Macmod learned her techniques in Playa del Carmen, Mexico under the renowned Russian Modern Impressionist artist Leonid Afremov in the Spring of 2012. In the summer of 2013, she spent it in the streets of Paris for an Impressionism cityscape workshop with Atelier Alupi.” Enjoy drinks, canapes and a raffle during the exhibition.
@ Arts Letters & Numbers, Averill Park | 12 PM | Free
Albany Lantern Parade 2019
A celebration of light at community. In the weeks preceding the parade, local establishments will be hosting free lantern-making workshops where participants can create lanterns out of recycled bottles. Check the schedule at the link above. Can’t make a workshop? Feel free to make a lantern at home. Battery-operated tealights will be available for use during the walk.
@ Washington Park, Albany | 4 PM