Whatever you do this weekend we hope you’ll take the time to read our Creatives Under 40 issue somewhere comfortable. It was an honor to get to know some of the area’s most inspiring and creative people. In fact it makes us want to get out there and take in all the area has to offer and boy it has quite a lot to offer this weekend.
Friday Bike Night & Taco Bar: Cinco de Mayo
Take a ride over to the Niskayuna post and enjoy the taco buffet bar to celebrate riding reason and Cinco de Mayo. Tequila and Corona available too!
@ American Legion Niskayuna Post 1092 | 5 PM
Sage Art and Design BFA Exhibition
This annual showcase features seniors from the Sage College of Albany’s Art+Design BFA program.
Opalka Gallery, Albany | 5 PM
Run for the Rosés will feature rosé tastings, hors d’oeuvres, live music, a silent auction, and a mint julep bar featuring Albany Distilling Co. All proceeds will be donated to the Saratoga Hospital Center for Breast Care.
@ The Diamond Club at Embassy Suites, Saratoga | 6 PM | Tickets $45 in advance or at the door
Bare Mattress with Sinkcharmer
Super Dark Collective is taking over First Friday at Pint Sized, hosting Albany’s own synth-pop/post-punk experimental soloist Bare Mattress and the electro/post-punk Sinkcharmer out of Ballston Spa. The Super Dark Crew will DJ at 9 PM.
@ Pint Sized, Albany | 7 PM |
Experience the modern dance choreography of the region’s newest company, led by choreographer and artistic director Anna Pillot, presented by eba.
@ Siena College (Beaudoin Theatre), Loudenville | 7:30 PM | $5-$15
Sounds of the Solstice: the music of Gen Good
Come enjoy a mysterious journey through space and time with Gen Good. (For fans of Joan Baez and Lana Del Rey.) Enjoy dinner, tapas and drinks.
@ Eden Advisory Services LLC and Cafe, Albany | 7:30 PM | Tickets starting at $7.50
Celebrate the growing funk and soul scene in Albany with this lineup, doubling as a pre-party for next weekend’s Flyday Fest.
@ The Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Albany | 8 PM | $12
One of our favorite local singer/songwriters plays Athen’s charming Stewart House tonight. It’s worth the drive for Quillo’s voice alone but Athens has a number of compelling eateries and a river front with a breathtaking view. @Stewart House, Athens | 7 PM | Free
Come unleash your inner artist at this paint night. You’ll be guided by a “talented and entertaining artist” so no experience is necessary, and all materials will be supplied. Grab your friends and come on over.
@ Nico’s Rooftop Tavern, Schenectady | 12:30 PM
Enjoy live streaming of the 145th Kentucky Derby and a cash bar at The Adelphi Hotel.
@ The Adelphi Hotel, Saratoga Springs | 12 PM
Hudson Children’s Book Festival
Every year this festival gets larger and more compelling. Meet dozens of children’s book authors and illustrators, pick up some free books and bring the kids to some readings.
@Hudson Jr/Sr High School, Hudson | 10 AM-3 PM| Free
Celebrate the Life and Songs of Pete Seeger
Author Jesse Jarnow will talk about his book, “Wasn’t That a Time: The Weavers, the Blacklist, and the Battle for the American Soul,” which details the life of folk music singer, Pete Seeger. Artists Richie Stearns and Rosie Newton will provide the live music. Check it out in preparation for the upcoming Centennial Concert celebrating Seeger’s life’s work at The Egg in Albany May 23.
@ The Sanctuary for Independent Media, Troy | 7 PM | Free
The Nellies will feature Karen Ann on guitar, Peggy Lecuyer on mandolin, Peter Bearup on acoustic guitar, Mike McMann on electric guitar and Gene Lemme on the bass.
@ Wolf Hollow Brewing Company, Glenville | 7 PM | $5
The opening of this wellness boutique will feature free classes, live art, theater, yoga, tarot card readings and music by DJ Inell Hayesfield. @Root3d, Troy| Starts at 11:15 AM| Free.
Too Much Beauty: An evening with Eleanor Seigler
Writer and actress Eleanor Seigler–known for playing Jessica, the love interest of The Office’s Andy Bernard–will be in the Superior Merch patio this saturday to promote her new book “Too Much Beaty,” A non-traditional collection of short stories as a reflection of the human experience.
@ Superior Merchandise Co., Troy | 7:30 PM | Free
Star Wars & More: A Salute to John Williams
Albany Symphony Orchestra and David Alan Miller will pay tribute to the composer that brought us thrilling and heart-wrenching scores to film sagas such as Star Wars, Harry Potter and more.
@ Palace Theatre, Albany | 7:30 PM | Tickets starting at $25
Come enjoy an afternoon of music, craft beer, food and raffles. 20% of all beer sales go to Relay for Life of Schenectady County.
@ Wolf Hollow Brewing Company, Schenectady | 1 PM
Come sketch from original works of art in the museum’s collection and special exhibitions. Artist Carol Coogan will guide. Participants are encouraged to bring a sketchbook with them but basic drawing materials will be provided. All skill levels are welcome.
@ Albany Institute of History & Art, Albany | 1 PM | $15 for members, $20 for non-members
Come see the final concert of this Schenectady music series featuring American lyric soprano, Lisa Vroman. Vroman is a graduate of both the Crane School of Music in Potsdam and Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. She has established herself as one of the country’s most versatile voices performing music from classics to Broadway.
@ First United Methodist Church, Schenectady | 2 PM
Sunday Songwriter Series: Girl Blue
The cozy, monthly music series returns with celebrated local singer-songwriter Girl Blue. Take a load off in the garden, settle in.
@ Little Pecks, Troy | 6 PM | Free
Too Young: PhD Grad Show at Collar Works
This show sounds wild and promises to include the use of poetry, “ritual,” electronic music, computer code and data visualization.
@ Collar Works, Troy |2 PM-6:30 PM| Free