There is so much going on this weekend that we’d totally understand if you had trouble making up your mind. But how can you not be intrigued by the Frank Zappa hologram show? The show has been moved from The Palace to The Egg due to a water main break. 

If you want to catch up with The Collaborative this weekend we’ll be at 24-Hour Drone in Hudson covering the event from a number of different angles and doing a social media takeover. So tune in Saturday to Sunday. Things are bound to get weird in the wee hours.  

If you aren’t so keen on sleep deprivation or don’t already have tickets there are plenty of other arts-centric events to get involved in. 


Open Art Studio April Canvas Painting

Come get creative at the studio where all materials are provided and it is open to all ages. No experience necessary. The class is not fully instructed but there will be professionals to help guide you.

@ Art In Mind Creative Wellness Studio, Saratoga | 2 PM | Price starting at $14

Handmade Pop-up Shop

The Entrepreneurial Artist Initiative & Tang Teaching Museum present Handmade Pop-Up, a one-day sale of art and handmade items created by students at Skidmore College.

@ Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery, Saratoga | 10 AM | Free

Art Opening and Reception

Meet Saratoga County oil painter Sharon Miller, who will be showing work at the gallery through May. Though Miller is mostly known for her Saratoga-themed works, she also explores portrait work, personal subjects, humorous pieces and social issues of importance.

@ Northpoints Gallery, Scotia | 5 PM | Free

“I WANT A BABY!” Reimagined

Angela Beallor presents this queer adaptation of Sergei Tret’iakov’s 1926 play “I Want a Baby!” in which character Milda Grignau, a cultural worker building a communal nursery, decides she wants to contribute “a new proletarian citizen to the development of the new society.” See the Soviet-era play in a contemporary light, featuring the addition of dance, experimental sound and video projection.

@ EMPAC, Troy | 7 PM | Free

Superior Rhythmz

Come chill with Beatscene Hub, Big Sister, Fuzzy Bunny Slippers, Gabe Banford, DJ Crazy Feelings and DJ Probably Sean Kenny.

@ Superior Merchandise Co., Troy | 7 PM | Free

The Weight Band

Originating in 2013, The Weight Band, featured members of The Band and the Levon Helm Band. The February 2018 World Gone Mad has been called a “Roots rock masterpiece of the Woodstock sound.”

@ Skyloft at Crossgates Mall, Albany | 7 PM | Tickets starting at $30

Ovlov, Shormey, Candy Ambulance, Full Screen Video

Come for Ovlov’s pop rock vibe, check out Virginia-based soloist Shormey (‘70s disco, soul and psychedelia) who’s first cassette project released via Citrus City Records, The Boogie Tape Vol. 1, comes out May 10.

@ CCIM Building-Studio G3 at College of St. Rose, Albany | 7:30 PM | $5-$10 suggested donation

Pass The Aux: Spell Runner and Fuzz Records

Come hang out with guest DJs Spell Runner and Josh Contrana of Fuzz Records. Spell Runner will host playback of their new record Always on the Cool at 10 PM and Contrana has curated a pop up record shop for your music needs.

@ Pint Sized Albany | 8 PM | Free

TOP nachos, Safety Meeting, Charles O’more, GR9

New Paltz’s own TOP nachos are coming to town to spread the stoner gospel–get high, and eat some vegan donuts. 

@ GZ Basement (2 Edgehill Terrace) at RPI, Troy | 8 PM | $5


Heavy Metal: Cast Iron Stoves of the Capital Region

The Capital Region was once known for some of its biggest producers of cast iron stoves. This event will showcase some of that fine work as both technological innovations as well as aesthetically pleasing decorations.

@ Albany Institute of History & Art, Albany | 10 AM | museum entry

41st Photo Regional

It’s the last day to check out this local photography exhibit, which focuses on emerging and underrepresented artists of all ages.

@ Collar Works, Troy | open 12-4 PM

Blind Art Tour

Experience pop art, video games and film depicted in 3-D in this interactive exhibit. Visitors are encouraged to touch and feel the series of sculptures and paintings inspired by SKYRIM, “The Little Mermaid,” Alien Autopsy, Monet and Van Gogh. Sighted people will be given vision-obscuring glasses to raise awareness of the blind experience.

@ Charles R. Woods Theatre, Glens Falls | 1 PM | $15 general admission, $10 18 and under, free 6 and under

Grand Challenges of Art History

Academics leaders and experts from across the country–as well as Belgium and Germany–will gather at The Clark to discuss the issues surrounding “digital and computational methods and social art history.”  This public conversation will take on the possibilities of a digital art history and the effects of technology in the field. A reception will follow.

@ The Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Mass. | 3 PM | Free

The Write Situation: Poetry Clinic

Close out National Poetry Month with this crash course in poetry led by local poet D. Colin. Hone in on your poetry skills and explore new ways to work with words.

@ Albany Social Justice Center | 3 PM | $15-$30

Spontaneous Broadway

In Spontaneous Broadway performers audition Broadway-style songs recommended by the audience–who then votes for their favorite and watch the performers improvise an hour-long show around it.

@ The Mopco Improv Theatre, Schenectady | 7:30 PM | Tickets starting at $6


This multisensory dance experience featuring live performance and multimedia explores the connection between the human body and the analog world.

@ The Egg Performing Arts Center, Albany | 8 PM | $38

Food Truck with Fin

Join Fin in tasting some fresh lobster rolls, sweet potato salmon burgers, lobster mac-n-cheese and soup.

@ Great Flats Brewing, Schenectady | 4 PM |


The Bizarre World of Frank Zappa (relocated) 

This live-music hologram production company Eyellusion brings their audiovisual experience featuring the former ZAPPA bandmates Ray White, Mike Keneally, Scott Thunes, Robert Martin, Ed Mann and Joe “Vaultmeister” Travers–and a hologram version of Zappa and his album art elements–to Albany.

@ The Egg, Albany | 8 PM | Tickets starting at $34.50

Juilliard Spring Quartet presented by Friends of Chamber Music

“The Juilliard String Quartet can plausibly be called the most important American quartet in history… Some groups seem to wrestle with their past and legacy; the Juilliard seems completely revitalized. …It may be just hitting its stride, ”The Boston Globe writes.

@ Friends of Chamber Music Inc., Troy | 3 PM | Free

Workshop: Hooked on Blacksmithing

Learn blacksmithing basics of blacksmithing with professional John Ackner, who has been making historically accurate and restored hardware, decoration and weaponry since 1985. Students will build a coal fire, learn about the various shop tools and how to hand forge functional objects. Get creative and head home with a finished product.
@ Mabee Farm Historic Site, Rotterdam | 9 AM | $150, includes materials


Collar City Craft Fest

Some of the area’s top artists and exhibitors selling their work. There will also be raffles and an Art’s Bar.

@ The Arts Center of the Capital Region, Troy | April 26, 5PM; April 27, 10 AM; April 28, 11AM  | Prices starting at $5

Half Moon Market

Check out more than 40 handmade vendors, vintage clothing & furniture pop-ups as well as a beer/cider/wine bar by Pint Sized & the new wine bar and tapas spot Pōst. Plus, enjoy coffee from 3Fish Coffee, hot food from La Empanada Llama and Be Golden Farms, homemade ice cream from Farmers Cone Creamery and more.

@ Washington Park Lake House, Albany | April 27-28, 11 AM – 6 PM | Free

Saratoga Comic Con

Meet Johnny Yong Bosch (Black Ranger) and Catherine Sutherand (Pink Ranger) of  “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers,” actor and wrestler Tyler Mane (Sabretooth in “X-Men” and “X-Men: The Official Game”, Michael Myers in the remake of “Halloween” and “Halloween 2”), Martin Klebba (Marty in “Pirates of the Caribbean”) and more!

@ Saratoga Springs City Center, Saratoga Springs | April 27, 10 AM-6 PM; April 28, 10 AM- 5 PM | Tickets start at $20



ONGOING: The Collaborative magazine call for art and columnist submissions

The Collaborative is always looking for submissions of art in any medium (but ultimately digitally scanned or photographed to be featured in the print issue) for our full-page gallery feature of the magazine. Artists can send their work with a short artist bio and their best point of contact to

If you are an artist living and working in the Capital Region, we want to work with you. The columnist section of the magazine covers writing, music, food, film, visual arts, style, theatre, dance and the creative economy. If you would like to share a recent discovery of artistic methods or resources, an anecdote about overcoming creative challenges, a “how-to” or epiphany, send a column submission of roughly 500 words to or The columnist section is a resource for artists to learn from and connect with one another, come be a part of it.

ONGOING: Call for muralists: Albany Center Gallery

Always on the hunt for talented artists for mural painting and teaching around the Capital Region. The aim is to create beautiful, thoughtful and educational paintings to uplift and inspire local communities.

Submit resume and artwork samples with the artist contact information, resume, artwork samples (up to 10 digital images), mock-up images of your murals (if you have them, not required), a summary of your interest and passion about this mural program and a description of our previous experiences in the arts.

Troy Foundry Theatre: Film-themed play submissions for May’s Dark Day Monday Series

The Troy theatre company is also calling for film-themed play submissions (dealing with or based within the world of filmmaking, the art of filmmaking or having to do with the life of filmmakers and/or film actors). Submissions for the May 2019 session will be accepted until Friday, April 26, 5 PM.


To submit your work email info@troyfoundrytheatre.comwith the subject line “2019 MAY SESSION _FIRST NAME LAST NAME_ TITLE OF PLAY.” Please include a short playwright’s bio, a production history of the piece, and the play in a PDF or Word document. You will only hear back from Troy Foundry if your play is selected for reading. There is no submission fee.

Win a co-working membership by applying for an Electric City Barn exhibition

Fill out an application for exhibiting work in Schenectady’s Electric City Barn gallery in the month of April, you could win a free general membership with three months of co-working membership. Show an existing work or apply to “Tunnel Vision:

The Tunnel Gallery at Electric City Barn (24 cubic ft. long, 13 cubic ft. wide, and 8 cubic ft. tall) is looking to be transformed into an immersive art experience and needs the help of local artists working with paint, sculpture, draping, hanging, textures, sounds, lights and more. The Electric Barn team is looking for clever uses of each medium. Visit the link above for submission guidelines.

Ideas should be sent to and the application can be found here. The deadline is April 29.

WMHT is taking submissions of your local music memories

The local media outlet is working on a documentary and digital storytelling project, “THE SCENE,” set to premiere this summer. The film will look back on the music scene of the Capital Region during the ‘60s and ‘70s, pulling from local experience. Stories, photographs and memories of local music venues and bands can be submitted at

Albany Barn: Local arts zine submissions

The Artistic Betterment Committee wants fill a new zine with pages with your art! Submit drawings, photography, poetry, short pieces, comics, photos of installations and 3D works of art and just about anything else.

Please digitally submit your work and any questions to with your name, the title of your submission and a description if appropriate. The deadline for submissions is May 15.

The Arts Center of the Capital Region: Fall class proposal submissions

The Arts Center in Troy is currently accepting class proposals through June 1 in the arts genres of painting, drawing, mixed media, fiber arts, woodworking, jewelry, printmaking, dance/movement, performing arts, digital arts, specialty workshops, culinary, photography and more.

Classes should take place between September 9 and December 31, 2019. Proposal acceptance is based on studio availability, student need and proposal strength. Both short format and long format classes accepted (ex. Single day workshops or 2-10 week classes based on your curriculum.) All public classes scheduled are enrollment-based and must meet minimum enrollment in order to run.

Sand Lake Center for the Arts announces One Act Play Festival 2020 submissions

The Sand Lake Center for the Arts in Averill park is calling for submissions of one-act plays to their One Act Play Festival (January 9-12, 2020) by July 1.

Typed entries must be unpublished, not professionally produced and run from 10-15 minutes with a front page featuring your name, address, phone number(s) and email address. Do not include personal identification on other pages. Setting should be made clear in the exposition or the dialogue of the play. Fewer than five characters are recommended and minimal set pieces and costumes are essential. All themes and subject matters are welcome, from G to PG-13 ratings. No more than two submissions per playwright. All playwrights will be notified of decisions by Sept 2019.

Residents of one of the following counties are eligible to submit: Albany, Columbia, Fulton, Greene, Montgomery, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, Washington or the areas of Bennington, North Adams, and Pittsfield. There is no entry fee. Royalties will not be paid.

To submit by post, send four hard copies of each play to:

SLCA One Act Play Festival

PO Box 179

Averill Park, NY 12018

By email:, Subject line: SLCA One Act Play Festival

For additional questions regarding the One Act Play Festival, please email Managing Director Brian Sheldon at with SLCA One Act Festival in the subject line.