Above: Jadakiss plays Skyloft in Albany this Friday, Nov. 30.
MONDAY, NOV. 25
‘Contemporary Classic Portraits’ recent work by Corey Pitkin
It’s the last week to stop by and see Corey Pitkin’s paintings and drawings at Arlene’s, which “celebrate the forgotten things that live on the outskirts of memory. The insubstantial thoughts that shift every time you try to hold them for longer than a second. Ideas that we don’t have words for anymore.”
@ Arlene’s Artist Materials, Albany | on display through Nov. 30
Shoppe & Share
Through Dec. 21, you have an opportunity to purchase an item(s) (or an exact dollar amount) for those in need at Hippies, Witches & Gypsies. The item(s) or dollar amount will stay at the shop for registered shoppers to be able to provide a gift for their loved one despite a lack of funds. Nothing is too small.
In need of a gift to give? Drop into the shoppe to register to receive from those that have purchased on your behalf–anonymously. You will not be able to register for anything specific. Anyone over the age of 18 can register. Items will be drawn for at the closing of business on Saturday, Dec. 21 to be picked up on Dec. 22-24 during business hours. Hippies, Witches & Gypsies will do their best to ensure everyone that registers receives a gift.
@ Hippies, Witches & Gypsies, Troy | Through Dec. 21, 11 AM-5 PM
African Drumming and Dance
A public performance of Skidmore professor Ruth Opara’s African Drumming and Dance course, which explores the vibrant culture and rhythmic stylings of African drum and dance.
@ Arthur Zankel Music Center, Saratoga | 7 PM | Free
A Magical Cirque Christmas
If you’re one of those folks who like to skip right to the very end of 2019, go right ahead with this magical display. The dazzling performers and breathtaking cirque artists from all corners of the world will perform accompanied by live holiday music.
@ Palace Theatre, Albany | 7 PM | $40-102.50
Matt Valentine Preserves with Schoemer/Griffin/Donnelly Trio
The Matt Valentine Preserves pay tribute to the musician with their multigenre- and era-spanning set plus poet Karen Schoemer performs with members of with the pych rock crew Sky Furrows.
@ Desperate Annie’s, Saratoga | 9:30 PM | Free
TUESDAY, NOV. 26
Power Breakfast Club #141: Story Time – Leap of Faith
You have five minutes to take the floor and share a quick anecdote. Why is this important? How has taking a leap of faith changed your life, your path, your community, or helped you align with your purpose? For everyone, whether you share or not, be ready to share your goals and intentions for the week.
@ Albany Barn | 6:30 AM
2019 Shaker Holiday Market
Over 90 local vendors are posted up at the nonprofit to help you get that holiday shopping done ahead of time.
@ Shaker Heritage Society, Albany | 10 AM
Art Exhibition: ‘Memory As Process Revisited’ by Ken Ragsdale
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. This collection of work is on display through Dec. 6.
@ The Courthouse Gallery, Lake George | 12-5 PM
Night at the Discovery Center
See the Discovery Center exhibits come to life on this very special evening. Meet the historic Pine Bush characters and enjoy live local wildlife, interactive exhibits, storytelling, games and more. Light refreshments will be served and all ages are welcome.
@ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center | 4:30-7:30 PM | Free
WEDNESDAY, NOV. 27
Spa City Thanksgiving Mini-Market
Stop by for farm fresh, last minute pick-ups. Plus, take a moment to enjoy a cup of coffee or hot cider around the cozy fire to break up the madness of holiday shopping.
@ Saratoga Warming Hut | 10 AM
Film screening: Scorsese’s ‘The Irishman’
In his latest tough guy romp, a mob hitman recalls his possible involvement with the slaying of Jimmy Hoffa. The film stars Robert DeNiro, Al Pacino, Joe Pesci, Harvey Keitel, Jesse Plemons, Anna Paquin, Bobby Cannavale and Ray Romano.
@ Proctors, Schenectady | 1 PM & 7 PM | $10
Thanksgiving Eve Party with Guest Host Snooki
Famed “Jersey Shore” star Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi will guest host this banger with a lineup of DJs starting at 6:30 PM.
@ Gaffney’s, Saratoga | 8 PM
Gug’s Opening Night with Chestnut Grove
What better night to start off a season of rock shows in the popular Glens Falls haunt then a raucous Thanksgiving Eve with Chestnut Grove? You know the drill, be there or be square. DipEater will open the show.
@ Gug’s, Glens Falls | 9 PM | Free
FRIDAY, NOV. 29
Basilica Farm & Flea Holiday Market
This blockbuster flea market is as much as an EXPERIENCE as it is a shopping experience. Check it out for yourself.
@ Basilica Hudson | 12 PM – 7PM, Nov. 30 – Dec. 1, 10 AM – 5 PM | $5 entry for the weekend
WMHT’s 50th Anniversary Celebration of ‘Sesame Street’
The local public media station will celebrate the beloved children’s show’s 50 years and counting and invite you to join in on the festivities.
@ New York State Museum, Albany | 1-4 PM and Saturday, Nov. 30 at 1 PM
Annie & The Hedonists
“From the gospel-rock of Sister Rosetta Tharpe to the high-lonesome bluegrass of Claire Lynch and the irresistible swing of Fats Waller, the torchy, honey voice of Annie Rosen takes center stage, with super-tight, expert backing provided by husband Jonny Rosen on guitar, multi-instrumentalist Peter Davis on clarinet, tenor guitar, piano, and vocals and Don Young on bass.”
@ Caffe Lena, Saratoga | 8 PM | $11-$22
Chloe Hilliard – Comedy After Dark
The writer, comedian, podcaster and former journalist has appeared on NBC’s “Last Comic Standing”, “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” Comedy Central, MTV and VH1. Her book, “F*ck Your Diet,” out in January, is a collection of “laugh-out-loud insightful essays that explore race, feminism, pop culture, and how society reinforces the message that we are nothing without the perfect body.” Hilliard will headline tonight’s two-hour show of comedy, food, drinks and fun.
@ Park Theatre, Glens Falls | 8 PM | $22
Jadakiss with Lola Brooke
Throwing it back for your Black Friday. Performers Cafe Ole, Jack Hunter, & Pnal “The Mayor” as well as DJs TGIF, Ketchup, DJ King Bully, & DJ Show will also be performing.
@ Skyloft, Albany | 10 PM | $45-$50
SATURDAY, NOV. 30
Saratoga Holiday Craft Marketplace
Featuring over 145 vendors, all proceeds go to Saratoga Center for the Family.
@ Saratoga Springs City Center | 10 AM-4:30 PM | $5 entry
More than 30 vendors are preparing their craft goods for you to poke through.
@ Polish American Citizen’s Club of Albany | 1-4 PM
Let the deep and rumbling sounds of singer-songwriter Sean Rowe’s tunes lull you into the rest of your holiday weekend.
@ The Hangar on the Hudson, Troy | 8 PM | $20
Kulton The Maker, Moon Fruit, STONE
Singer-songwriter and producer Kulton The Maker has his hand in every aspect of the music business and his performance is really something to see. Hudson’s Moon Fruit will bring the Groovy/trippy/electronic music and Botswana-born DJ STONE, who has since made a home in Hudson, will bring the eclectic world music to peak new interests.
@ The Avalon Lounge, Catskill | 8:30 PM | $5
SUNDAY, DEC. 1
The Shirt Factory’s 18th Annual Open House
Explore the studios and spaces of all four floors of the Glens Falls arts space and check out the guest vendors lining the halls. It’s the perfect opportunity to support local makers and check things off your gift list.
@ The Shirt Factory, Glens Falls | 10 AM-5 PM
First Sunday Free: Hands On
Practice the creative techniques used by artists like Auguste Rodin, Albrecht Dürer and Pierre-Auguste Renoir to create their most iconic artworks as you carve, print or paint your own works. Take a tour of the galleries with museum curators to learn more about the artists and how the museum cares for the collections. Visit the Manton Study Center for Works on Paper between 11 AM and 3 PM to see a pop-up display of prints that explore the specialized tools and techniques for creating etchings, engravings, lithographs and woodcuts. Plus, get 25 percent off at the gift store for the art lover in your life.
@ The Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, MA | 1 PM – 4 PM
Sunday Songwriter Series ft. Josh Coletto
The Brule County Bad Boys singer will serenade the Sunday crowd with some country tunes, hosted by the series MC, Michael Gregg.
@ Little Pecks, Troy | 6 PM | Free