8th Annual Party & Sammy Awards

Robanic Reggae Band will play Caribbean tunes as you chow down on tropical goods from Quang’s Vietnamese Bistro, Famous Lunch and more. Raffle prizes have been donated by several downtown Troy businesses. Wear festive attire, florals and bright colors. The annual Sammy Awards honors New Business of the Year, Established Business of the Year and the Sammy Spirit Award. 

@ Brown’s Revolution Hall, Troy | 5 PM | $40


CapCity Slam: Women of the World Poetry Slam Qualifiers

CapCity Slam will send the winner of this Femme-centered slam to the Dallas WOW competition. All poets who identify with and represent the feminine are welcome to perform. To compete in the qualifier to go to Dallas you must have competed in at least two CapCity poetry slams in the past year. The slam will mimic the official WOW structure and have a 4,1,2, and 3 minute round, in that order.  

@ Waterworks Pub, Albany | 8 PM


Black History Month Celebration

Jazz pianist Sharp Radway will provide entertainment for this celebration of black history. Arts and crafts vendors and food from The Dutch Pot will be available. 

@ Empire State Plaza, Albany | 10 AM – 2 PM | Free

Art Factory

Bring young artists (K-12) to learn, experiment and create art with local artists in a gallery setting – inspired by the exhibitions and artists connected to Collar Works, such as the currently running “Northern Lights.”  

@ Collar Works, Troy | 5 PM

Writing with Goya

Join author Johannah Davies Spero for an interactive writing workshop inspired by the symbolism of creatures and characters in Francisco Goya works. The workshop is open to all skill levels and no formal writing experience necessary. RSVP by contacting (518) 792-1761, ext. 350 or

@ The Hyde Collection, Glens Falls | 5:30 PM | $10 members, $15 non-members


Comedy on Caroline with Jaye McBride 

Capital Region darling Jaye McBride has a set you can’t miss. 

@ Gaffneys, Saratoga | 8 PM | Call (518) 877-7359 for reservations i

Zan & The Winter Folk, Julia Rose, Wild Weeds

This folk-country twinged Super Dark Thursday features Troy’s folk/indie pop crew Zan & The Winter Folk, Rutland, Vt.’s folk-pop soloist Julia Rose and Wild Weeds, alt-country out of Columbia County. 

@ Desperate Annie’s, Saratoga | 9:30 PM | Free


Tour: JoAnne Carson: Rise Up & Shine Exhibition

Let the artist behind Rise Up & Shine guide you through her brilliant exhibition at Opalka Gallery.  

@ The Opalka Gallery, Albany | 5 PM 

John Anthony Frederick: ‘Paris Streets and Sky’ Exhibition

Frederick’s photography has “the allure of Paris while recognizing the connection among everyone on planet Earth.” The artist aims to capture the attraction, mystique, joy, grittiness and  magic that is Paris to evoke for you that same sense of mystery and wonder.

@ Pride Center of the Capital Region, Albany | 6 PM 

Members & Friends Exhibition 

The African American Cultural Center of the Capital Region kicks off Black History Month by sharing unseen work from their archive in creative new exhibitions. Wine, food and entertainment will be provided. 

@ The African American Cultural Center of the Capital Region, Albany | 6 PM 

‘The Meeting’

The Black Theatre Troupe of Upstate NY presents “The Meeting” by Jeff Stetson, directed by Aaron Moore, about an imaginary meeting between Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X in 1965 in a hotel in Harlem during the height of the Civil Rights Movement.

@ The Armory at Sage College, Albany | 6:30 PM | Free

Book Talk: The Hudson Valley: The First 250 Million Years 

From the dinosaurs to the Dutch David Levine chronicles the Hudson Valley in a funny and sometimes personal manner. He’ll read from the book and sign copies. A light reception will be provided after. 

@ Albany Institute of History and Art, Albany | 6-7 PM | Free

Annie In The Water featuring Hayley Jane

Hosted by WEQX, Annie in the Water will be performing Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours, with a solo and collaborative performance from soloist Hayley Jane. 

@ Frog Alley Brewing, Schenectady | 7 PM | $15


24-Hour Play Fest

In this special theatrical event, 70 volunteers (with some or no theatrical experience) will gather  Friday Feb. 7 to form nine teams – each with one writer, one director and three to four actors. A theme will be announced and each team will be responsible for producing a 10-minute play by 5 AM Saturday. Directors and actors rehearse all day for an 8 PM performance as the audience votes on  the best play, actor and actress.

@ Art in the Public Eye, Glens Falls | Feb. 8, 8 PM | $20


‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ and other Eric Carle Favorites

Enjoy this vibrant production of a collection of the famed children’s author’s most popular works.

@ The Egg Performing Arts Center, Albany | 3 PM | $22, adults free with child

The Wood Brothers 

One third of Medeski Martin and Wood and his Chris Wood and his brother Oliver bring their brand of sweet folk to Albany with the help of drummer Jano Rix. It’s a chill way to spend your Sunday night. @ The Palace Theatre, Albany | 8 PM 


Handcrafted: The Folk and Their Art

The designs of regional folk artists are celebrated in “Handcrafted.” The exhibited works, made primarily in and around Schenectady, include personal items, paintings, utilitarian objects and community items.

@ Schenectady County Historical Society Museum & Library | Feb. 1-Nov. 16

Mary Weatherford: Canyon–Daisy–Eden

This exhibit presents a collection of Weatherford’s career works exploring the personal and historical human experience, drawing from several distinct pieces made between 1989 and 2017. 

@ Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery, Saratoga | Feb. 1-July 20

6th Annual Winter Salon

It’s your last chance to admire works by local artists Elizabeth Apgar Smith, Robert Bootier, Tom Clement, Karen Cummings, John Connors, George Durolf, Jon Gernon, Susan Lunow, Willie Marlowe, Robert Moylan, Susan Story, Shelley Valachovic, Gordana Vukovic, Marlene Wiedenbaum, Ken Wilson, Kristin Woodward and Leslie Yolan. 

@ Clement Art Gallery, Troy | Feb. 1-6