Above: Entréband who will be playing Jupiter Hall in Albany on Sunday 

Here are our tips for having a great spring weekend. Shake off the cobwebs and get yourself some vitamin D. If you’re feeling like a road trip check out our “Rambling On” columns about Catskill, Manchester, and Northampton



Carlos Casas’s “Sanctuary” is an immersive cinematic experience that employs the sounds, textures, and hues of the jungle to tell the story of an elephant’s journey. The film will be projected on EMPAC’s “mega-screen” and employ Ambisonics, Wave Field Synthesis and infrasound to create a “unique sensorial experience that collapses the boundaries between, art nature and documentary.” Get hype! @EMPAC, Troy | 7:30 PM | $6

Lucid Pop up Show

Artists including William Fillmore, Frida Foberg, Becca Johnson Grozinsky, Natasha Holmes, Melinda McDaniel, Matt McElligott, and Fernando Orellana will show their work for one night only.

@255 New Scotland Ave., Albany | 7-10 PM.


Saratoga Record Riot

Dig into stacks upon stacks of vinyl representing a multitude of genres and artists. If that isn’t enough for you there will also be CDs and memorabilia.

@City Center, Saratoga | 8 AM for early birds, 10 AM for regular admission | $10 for early birds, $3 for others.

Family Art Day: Time Travel

Create artwork inspired by the concept of time explored in the Tang’s “The Second Buddha: Master of Time” exhibit in the form of a time capsule. Share depictions of our present day and throw in some keepsakes you want to share with future generations.

@ Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery, Saratoga Springs | 2 PM | Free, registration required

Open Mic Night For Youth

Youth FX and Girls Inc. present an evening for creative teens to get together and share their talent.

@Youth FX, Albany | 6 PM | Free

Fourth Annual Troy Dance Factory Choreo Ball

Troy Dance Factory presents their fourth annual show consisting completely of student-choreographed routines. All additional donations (a $5 option offered during ticket purchase) go to the Domestic Violence program at Unity House of Troy, Inc .

@ The Arts Center of the Capital Region, Troy | 7 PM | $10


Souly Had with Entréband

Entréband has been on their first tour with the recently signed Souly Had throughout the northeast over the past few weeks. They’ll wrap with a hometown show at Jupiter Hall in Crossgates’ Lucky Strike Social this Sunday along with local artists Johnny 2 Phones, B. Chaps, D3V and Apollo Rai.@ Jupiter Hall, Albany | 7 PM | $10-$15

Oakwood Benefit Show

Secret Drum Band, Great Mutations and Joan Kelsey’s Silver Lining will play Oakwood to help raise funds for the community center, which hopes to bring in “two brilliant strategic planners to help us build for long-term sustainability using a racial justice lens.”

@ Oakwood Community Center, Troy | 7 PM | $8-$12, suggested donation

Music in the Stacks: Patrick Higgins

Patrick Higgins, experimental music composer hailed by The New Yorker magazine as one of the “prime movers of the local avant-garde”, will play the first event The Hudson Area Library’s Music in the Stacks Series.

@Hudson Area Library, Hudson | 4-5:30 PM | Free


Capital District Garden & Flower Show

Embrace spring with the garden show’s full scale gardens, themed floral exhibits, lectures, workshops and demonstrations.  The marketplace will feature 190 outdoor living and garden themed retail exhibits and tastinging will occur throughout the weekend.

@HVCC, Troy | Fri 10-9, Sat 9-7, Sun 10-5 | $12 for one day, $33 for a weekend pass.  

Film: “Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin”

Explore the amazing and brave career of pioneering feminist science fiction writer Ursula K. Le Guin. Her story is brought to life by animation and the words of Margaret Atwood, Neil Gaiman, David Mitchell, Michael Chabon, and more.

@Time and Space Limited, Hudson | Showings, Thurs,Sat, Sun | $7 and $9

Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin Official Trailer from Arwen Curry on Vimeo.

Peter and the Starcatcher

Our resident theater columnist Patrick White directs Rick Elice’s fun prequel to Peter Pan.

@Beaudoin, Loudonville | Thurs, Friday, Saturday, 8 PM | $15


The Hyde Collection is looking for entrants for its Plein Air Festival

The juried Plein Air Festival runs August 7-11, culminating with The Hyde’s annual Community Day, a free admission day filled with art activities and fun at the Museum inspired by the permanent collection and special exhibition From the Rooftops: John Sloan and the Art of the New Urban Space.

Community Day will feature a pop-up art show of juried Plein Air artists’ artworks, a plein air “Art Battle” activity open to all creative community members, and an award ceremony honoring juried Plein Air artists and Art Battle participants.

Interested artists should read the Artist Entry Form Guidelines and submit the Entry Form by April 15.

Read: Plein Air Festival Artist Entry Guidelines

Application: ENTRY FORM

If you have questions, contact Jenny Hutchinson, Curator of Education and Programming, jhutchinson@hydecollection.org, 518-792-1761, ext. 327