albany.jpgAlbany, N.Y. -- The Capital City on the Hudson River has a November that's packed with special events and great performances. The celebration of the 400th anniversary of Albany's discovery by explorer Henry Hudson continues with special lectures, art displays and more. At the Empire state Plaza, the 38th Annual Festival of Nations takes place on November 1, with the site of the nation's first Shaker settlement holding its annual Christmas Craft Fair. Throughout November, The Egg welcomes performances by Lyle Lovett, John Prine, Arlo Guthrie and other fabulous performers. The Palace features the Dark Star Orchestra and The Wiggles as they "Go Bananas". At the Times Union Center, Metallica and PHISH are  in concert, while River Rats' hockey settles in for a long stretch on home ice. My Fair Lady opens at Capital Repertory Theatre, and while Michael W. Smith brings his New Hallelujah World Tour to the Washington Avenue Armory. At the end of November, the 13th Annual Capital Holiday Lights opens in Albany's Washington Park with more than 100 new illuminated display and scenes that are "Celebrating Our Differences". For the most up-to-date information about these and other, special events in New York's Capital City visit http://www.albany.org/ Please Note: Events in italics denote a Hudson 400 Event

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38th Annual Festival of Nations 11/1/2009  Empire State Plaza Convention Center Empire State Plaza Concourse Level, Room 130 Albany, NY 12242  Convention.Center@ogs.state.ny.us Times: Noon-5pm Admission: $5.00 Adults | $1.00 Children (3-12) Celebrating art and culture in the Capital District since 1972. The festival is presented by ethnic groups from Argentina, Bangladesh, China, Columbia, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Ethiopia, Greece, Hungary, India, Israel, Italy, Korea, Liberia, Lithuania, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Pound, Puerto Rico, Russia, Scotland, Sweden, Taiwan, Turkey, and Ukraine. More information by calling 518-371-373. ****************** Celebrating Hudson 400 11/1/2009, 11/8/2009 & 11/15/2009 New York State Museum Cultural Education Center Huxley Theater 3023 Cultural Education Center Empire State Plaza  Albany, NY 12230  518) 474-5877 Times: 2- 3:15 pm Admission: FREE Co-sponsored by UAlbany, the University at Albany Foundation, and the New York State Museum; Part of a series of UAlbany Hudson 400 events funded by the New York Council for the Humanities 11/1/2009 Picturing History: The Artwork of Len Tantillo. Len Tantillo's paintings capture the dynamic life and look of the Hudson River from pre-Colonial days to Dutch settlement, through the era of steamboat travel and commerce. Tantillo discusses his interpretation of the past through research and the creative process as well as his exhibition of 60 works in Hoorn, Holland, for the Hudson Quadricentennial. 11/8/2009 The Hudson River on Film: Commerce, Nature, and the American Horizon. William Husson, a lecturer in the Department of Communication at UAlbany, discusses the ways in which documentary and fiction films have explored the Hudson River-not only as a commercial waterway and environmental treasure but also as a symbol of American values, dreams, and aspirations. 11/15/2009 Beauty, the Boss, and the River: Planning Albany's Riverfront, 1900-1920. John Pipkin, Distinguished Service Professor in the Department of Geography and Planning at UAlbany, talks about the political struggle over Albany's riverfront in the early 20th century. Civic pride was affronted by the visual squalor of the river basin, and Boss Barnes began a modest beautification program. The project moved from a brief flirtation with City Beautiful ideology to a modern style of urban policy and planning. ************* Irish Good Times in Albany   11/1/2009  Albany Aqua Ducks & Trolleys P.O. Box 446 Albany, NY 12201  (518) 462-DUCK info@albanyaquaducks.com A full day of all Irish laughter is planned aboard the Albany Trolley. We´ll start the day by enjoying the matinee performance of the Irish play, The Seafarer, at Capital Rep. Then, we board the Trolley for a tour of Irish sites while singing along to Irish tunes with singer/songwriter Bert Mayne. Last stop: The Albany Pump Station for an Irish buffet dinner and more laughter. ********************* Guy Clark, Elizabeth Cook 11/1/2009  The Egg Empire State Plaza PO Box 2065 Albany, NY 12223  (518) 473-1064 info@theegg.org Time: 7:30 pm Admission: $28 Guy Clark helped define the sound of Texas country music in the 1970s, writing classic songs such as "Desperadoes Waiting for a Train" and "L.A. Freeway". Hip, hillbilly singer/songwriter Elizabeth Cook opens the show. **************************** Herb Albert and Lani Hall 1/1/2009 Troy Savings Bank Music Hall 30 Second Street Troy, NY 12180 (518) 273-8945 Time: 7 pm Admission: $55, $42, $36, $29 Herb Alpert's work with The Tijuana Brass helped propel Latino music into the limelight. Lani Hall rose to fame as lead singer for Sergio Mendes and Brazil 66. *********************** Lyle Lovett & His Large Band 11/3/2009  The Egg Empire State Plaza PO Box 2065 Albany, NY 12223   (518) 473-1064  info@theegg.org Time: 7:30 pm Admission: $74.50, $64.50, $59.50 One of the day´s most sophisticated singer/songwriters, Texan Lyle Lovett and his large band perform a surprising blend of folk, country and jazz that has earned multiple Grammy awards and a widespread, diverse audience. *********************** The Wiggles "Go Bananas" 11/4/2009  Palace Performing Arts Center 19 Clinton Avenue Albany, NY 12207  9518) 465-3334 Time: 6:30 pm Admission: Varies. The most beloved family entertainment band in the world, The Wiggles, are setting out on their wildest adventure to date. ********************* River Rats Hockey 11/4, 6, 7, 12, 13, 14, 18 & 25/2009 Times Union Center 51 S Pearl St Albany, NY 12207   (518) 487-2000 info@timesunioncenter-albany.com http://timesunioncenter-albany.com/ Times: Vary Admission: Varies ********************* The Wizard of Oz 11/5/2009 - 11/8/2009 Cohoes Music Hall 58 Remsen Street Cohoes, NY 12047 (518) 237-5858 Times: Thurs.-Saturday, 8 p.m.; Sat. & Sun., 3 p.m. matinees. Admission: $15 Adults | $10 Students The classic story of Dorothy of Kansas and how she dreams of what lies over the rainbow. ********************* 1964 The Tribute 11/6/2009 30 Second Street Troy, NY 12180 (518) 273-8945 Time: 8 pm Admission: $36, $31, $26, $20 Described by Rolling Stone Magazine as the "Number One Beatle Tribute Show on Earth." ****************** Empire State Youth Orchestra 11/6/2009 Troy Savings Bank Music Hall 30 Second Street Troy, NY 12180 (518) 273-8945 Time: 7 pm Admission: $18 Helen Cha-Pyo, Music Director ********************* The Empire State Plaza Auto Show 11/6/2009 - 11/8/2009  Presented by Eastern New York Coalition of Automotive Retailers 4 Pine West Plaza Albany, NY 12205  518) 452-0584 info@enycar.org Times: Friday 9 am-9 pm; Saturday, 11 am - 7 pm; Sunday, 11 am-6pm Admission: FREE. More than 170 new vehicles (cars, trucks, minivans, & SUVs, representing 31 manufacturers and exhibitor booths featuring auto-related exhibitor products and services. *********************** Plaza Ski & Snowboard Expo  11/6/2009 - 11/8/2009  Presented by Ed Lewi Associates 6 Chelsea Place Clifton Park, NY 12065   (518) 383-6183 Times: Friday, 4-9 pm; Saturday, 10 am to 6 pm, Sunday, 11 am to 5 pm. Admission: $8.00 Adults | $4.00 Children (7-12) | Free Children 6 and under) Equipment, services and demonstrations of winter sports at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center, downtown Albany. *************************** Dark Star Orchestra 11/6/2009  Palace Performing Arts Center 9 Clinton Avenue Albany, NY 12207  518) 465-3334 Time: 7:30 pm Admission: $31 Using entire shows from the Grateful Dead´s 30 years of extensive touring as a launching pad, Dark Star Orchestra recreates the original song-for-song performance set list for an entirely new generation of Deadheads. ************************** John Prine 11/7/2009  The Egg Empire State Plaza PO Box 2065 Albany, NY 12223  (518) 473-1064 info@theegg.org Time: 8 pm Admission: $75, $50 The iconic American songwriter and Grammy-winner John Prine brings his treasure trove of classic folk songs. ********************* Darius Rucker 11/7/2009  Palace Performing Arts Center 19 Clinton Avenue Albany, NY 12207   (518) 465-3334 Times: 8:00 pm Admission: $39.50, $49.50 It´s a voice that needs no introduction - Darius Rucker´s soulful, rich baritone is instantly recognizable. As the front man of Hootie & the Blowfish, Darius Rucker changed the face of mainstream pop/rock in the mid-´90s. *********************** 1609 Gallery Tour 11/7/2009  New York State Museum Cultural Education Center 3023 Cultural Education Center Empire State Plaza Albany, NY 12230  (518) 474-5877 Time: 1 pm Admission: FREE Michelle Stefanik, senior exhibition planner, shares information about Henry Hudson and his crew's exploration of the river 400 years ago. She also discusses the Mohican and other Native Peoples who were living along the shores and their relationships with the Dutch settlers. ***************************** Dinner Lecture Series at the Ten Broeck Mansion (see select dates) 11/11/2009 & 11/13/2009   Albany County Historical Association-Ten Broeck Mansion 9 Ten Broeck Place Albany, NY 12210-2524   (518) 436-9826 Wednesday, November 11, 5:30 pm, Professor Philip DiNovo, Executive Director of the American Italian Heritage Museum, will speak on the topic "Italian American History Unknown and Untold" including little known insights on American history. Free. Friday, November 13, 5:30 - 8:30 pm, Savor a sumptuous and elegant Italian dinner served family-style. Admission: Dinner seating limited to 12 adults. $75/person. Reservations Required. 518-436-9826. ************************* Veterans Day Parade 11/11/2009 Steps off from Central Avenue and Ontario Street Albany, NY Time: 11 am *********************** A Veterans Salute with the Albany Trolleys 11/12/2009 Boarding at the Albany Heritage Area Visitors Center 25 Quackenbush Square (corner Broadway and Clinton Avenue) Albany, NY 12207 (518)462-3825 Time: 10:45 am Cost: $45 (all inclusive) Join the Albany Trolleys as they salute Veterans with a special tour of Albany's War memorials, followed by lunch at the Albany Pump Station and a tour of the Governor's Mansion. Reservations required. http://www.albanyaquaducks.com/ ************************* Music at Noon: The Cumming Duo 11/12/2009 Troy Savings Bank Music Hall 30 Second Street Troy, NY 12180 (518) 273-8945 Time: 12 Noon Admission: FREE Classic piano and violin. ********************* Troy Chromatics Concerts Presents: Michelle DeYoung 11/12/2009 Troy Savings Bank Music Hall 30 Second Street Troy, NY 12180 (518) 273-8945 Time: 12 Noon Admission: $35, $30 Michele DeYoung is widely regarded as one of the most exciting artists f her generation. With pianist Kevin Murphy. ********************* Skip Parsons Jazz Various Locations. 11/13/2009 & 11/14/2009 10: pm - 1 am Skip Parsons' Riverboat Jazz Band plays The Fountain Restaurant. 283 New Scotland Avenue 11/19/2009 6: to 9: pm. Skip Parsons' Clarinet Marmalade Quartet at Mercato's Pizzeria and Restaurant, 155 Delaware Ave., Delmar 11/27/2009  7:30- 11:30 pm Skip Parsons Clarinet Marmalade at Nine Maple Avenue, Saratoga Springs. ************************ Voices of the Capital Region, Featuring Rockapella Presented by Vanderheyden 11/14/2009 Troy Savings Bank Music Hall 30 Second Street Troy, NY 12180 (518) 273-8945 Time: 7 pm Admission: $22 Adults | $ $17 Children, Seniors Welcoming Rockapella, the Russell Sage College a capella Sagettes and the Empire State Youth Chorale. ********************* Evening at the Tavern 11/14/2009 & 11/21/2009 Fenimore Art Museum 5798 State Hwy 80 Lake Road Cooperstown, NY 13326  info@nysha.org Times: 5 pm-8 pm Admission: $60 non-members/$55 members Enjoy a dining experience featuring a four-course candlelit meal, period music and games, and old-fashioned hospitality in the museum´s historic Bump Tavern. The menu is designed and based on foods that were served in rural 19th-century New York taverns.  For registration and additional information please call 607-547-1452. ************************ Metallica 11/12/09 Times Union Center 51 S Pearl St Albany, NY 12207   (518) 487-2000 info@timesunioncenter-albany.com http://timesunioncenter-albany.com/ Time: 7 pm Admission: Varies. ******************** Harvest Maple Festival 11/12/2009  Empire State Plaza Albany, NY 12242   (518) 474-0538 Times: 10 am to 2 pm Admission: Free. Maple pancake breakfast and lunch, Maple producers and crafters. ********************* Spalding Gray - Stories Left To Tell 11/13/2009 & 11/14/2009  The Egg Empire State Plaza PO Box 2065 Albany, NY 12223   (518) 473-1064  info@theegg.org Times: 8 pm both days Admission: $28 Spalding Gray, one of the most revered and irreverent storytellers of our time, delivers hilarious and moving monologues. ********************** Arlo Guthrie 11/13/2009  The Egg Empire State Plaza PO Box 2065 Albany, NY 12223  (518) 473-1064 info@theegg.org Times: 7:30 pm Admission: $39.50, $34.50, $29.50 Three generations of Guthries perform Arlo´s standards, Woody´s classics and other family favorites. ****************** Frank Sinatra, Jr. in "Sinatra Sings Sinatra" 11/14/2009 Troy Savings Bank Music Hall 30 Second Street Troy, NY 12180 (518) 273-8945 Time: 8 pm Admission: $65, $53, $48, $39 In song and style, Frank Sinatra, Jr. pays homage to his father and the music that defies the Sinatra legend. ********************* The Del McCoury Band 11/15/2009  The Egg Empire State Plaza PO Box 2065 Albany, NY 12223  (518) 473-1064 info@theegg.org Time: 7:30 pm Admission: $28 The authentic, high, lonesome vocals of Del McCoury have been a fixture in bluegrass music for 50 years. The Del McCoury Band is the most highly awarded traditional bluegrass group ever. ****************** Artie Lange 11/19/2009  Palace Performing Arts Center 19 Clinton Avenue Albany, NY 12207  (518) 465-3334 Time: 8 pm Admission: $95 (limited Gold Circle), $55, $45 & $25 One of the most sought- after comedians today, Artie has been a regular on "The Howard Stern Show" since 2001. ********************* My Fair Lady 11/20/2009 - 12/20/2009  Capital Repertory Theatre 11 North Pearl Street Albany, NY 12207   (518) 462-4531 info@capitalrep.org The enduring story the cockney flower girl, Eliza Doolittle, who is transformed into a high society debutante by the gruff British linguist, Henry Higgins. ************************ Jeremy Kittel World Band 11/21/2009  Old Songs Community Art Center 37 South Main Street Voorheesville, NY 12186   (518) 765-2815  oldsongs@oldsongs.org Time: 8: pm An electrifying fusion of Celtic, bluegrass, world and jazz styles led by a US National Scottish fiddle Champion. *********************** Hal Ketchum 1/21/2009  The Egg Empire State Plaza  PO Box 2065 Albany, NY 12223   (518) 473-1064 info@theegg.org Time: 8 pm Admission: $20  One of country music´s finest singer/songwriters, Greenwich, New York native Hal Ketchum returns for a homecoming concert of his classic hits, country rockers, heartfelt ballads and brand new music. ********************* Michael W. Smith 1/21/2009 Washington Avenue Armory 195 Washington Avenue Albany, NY 12210 (518) 512-5203 Time: 7 pm. Admission: Varies Grammy Award-winning singer Michael W. Smith brings his New Hallelujah World Tour to Albany. 11/12/2009 Troy Savings Bank Music Hall 30 Second Street Troy, NY 12180 (518) 273-8945 Time: 12 Noon Admission: FREE Classic piano and violin. ********************* Livingston Taylor "help for the Homeless" Concert Presented by Capital Region Coalition to End Homelessness 11/22/2009 Troy Savings Bank Music Hall 30 Second Street Troy, NY 12180 (518) 273-8945 Time: 7 pm Admission: $50, $25, $20 Livingston Taylor is an accomplished musical storyteller. Proceeds from the concert benefit local homeless shelters and supportive housing programs. ********************* Crailo State Historic Site Lecture Series - Hudson 400 11/25/2009  Crailo State Historic Site 9 1/2 Riverside Ave Rensselaer, NY 12144   (518) 463-8738 Time: 2 pm Laurence Hampton, PhD, will present a lecture, "American Indians in the Time of Henry Hudson - The Munsee and Mahican." ********************** 13th Annual Capital Holiday Lights 11/27/2009 Thru 1/2/2010 Washington Park Enter New Scotland and Madison Avenues Albany, NY Times: Sunday thru Thursday from 6 to 9 pm.; Friday and Saturday, 6 to 10 pm Admission: $15 per car | $25 per limousine or 15-passenger van | $75 per bus New lights show with more than 100 illuminated scenes with the theme, Celebrating Our Differences. After the drive through the lights, the Lakehouse has crafters, refreshments and lots of surprises. A benefit for the Albany Police Athletic League (PAL) ********************** PHISH 11/27/2009 & 11/28/2009 Times Union Center 51 S Pearl St Albany, NY 12207  (518) 487-2000 info@timesunioncenter-albany.com http://timesunioncenter-albany.com/ Time: 7:30 pm both days Admission: Varies. ********************** Thanksgiving at The Farmers' Museum 11/27/2009 & 11/28/2009  Fenimore Art Museum 5798 State Hwy 80 Lake Road Cooperstown, NY 13326  (607) 547-1400 info@nysha.org Times: 10 am to 4 pm Admission: $9 adults, $8 visitors age 65 and over, $4 children age 7-12, free for children 6 and under and members of the New York State Historical Association. The Farmers' Museum will re-open its doors on Friday and Saturday following Thanksgiving for a specially-designed program offering visitors a glimpse of how Thanksgiving was celebrated in 1845. Visitors will see a traditional Thanksgiving Day meal prepared over the open hearth at the Lippitt Farmhouse. ********************** Holly Trolley Fun 11/30/2009 Presented by the Albany Trolleys P.O. Box 446 Albany, NY 12201 (518) 462-3825 info@albanyaquaducks.com Time: 5:30 pm Admission: $50 per person. The holiday trolley is off for a season of fun, with dinner and trips through Capital Holiday Lights This night, one trolley will start from the Hollywood Brown Derby on Clinton Avenue for appetizers, the lights and dinner at the Brown Derby.  A second trolley meets passengers at Dale Miller Restaurant with appetizers, followed by a trip through the Lights and returning for dinner Reservations required by calling 518-462-3825 or visiting http://www.albanyaquaducks.com/. On-Going Events ********************************** Hudson River Panorama: 400 Years of Historic Art and Culture Thru 1/3/2010 Albany Institute of History and Art 125 Washington Ave.nue  Albany, NY 12210 (518) 463-4478 Times: Wed.-Sun. 10 AM-5 PM; Sunday, Noon-5 PM. Tuesday, Registered Groups only. Closed Monday and major holidays. Admission:  Adults $10| Seniors $8|. Students w/ID $8.| Children 6-12, $6 | Children under 6, free. This unprecedented, year-long exhibit commemorates Henry Hudson's 1609 exploration of the river that bears his name, and the remarkable narrative of the people, events and ideas that shaped the Capital Region. Features hundreds of artworks, artifacts and rare archival from the Institute's renowned collection. ************************************ 1609 Exhibit -- Hudson 400 Thru 3/31/2010 New York State Museum Cultural Education Center Madison Avenue Albany, NY (518) 474-5877 http://www.nysm.nysed.gov/ This new exhibition re-examines Henry Hudson's voyage, myths that surround it and the legacies of Hudson's unexpected discovery. In addition to artifacts from throughout the NYS Office of Cultural Education, the exhibit features paintings by the Capital Region's expert historical artist L. F. Tantillo. ************************************* Shaker Christmas Craft Fair 10/31/2009 Thru 12/19/2009  Shaker Heritage Society 875 Watervliet-Shaker Road Albany, NY 12211   (518) 456-7890 shakerwv@crisny.org Times: 10am-4pm Admission: Free Find perfect holiday gifts for everyone on your list at our annual Christmas Craft Fair. Over 50 regional crafters are represented. *********************** Downtown Albany Bike Tour Thru 12/31/2009 Albany Heritage Area Visitors Center 25 Quackenbush Square  Albany, NY 12207   (518) 434-0405  accvb@albany.org http://www.albany.org/  Two tours encompass downtown from Quackenbush Square to the New York State Capitol and Washington Park to the Empire State Plaza. Brochures available at Visitors Center. ****************************** Art Meets History - Celebrating 400 Years  Thru 12/31/2009    Location: Albany Heritage Area Visitors Center   25 Quackenbush Square   (Corner of Broadway & Clinton Ave.) Albany, NY 12207   (518) 434-0405 http://accvb@albany.org Times: Monday - Friday, 9:00am - 4:00pm Saturday - Sunday, 10:00am - 4:00pm The 300-member Colonie Art League will present approximately 100 original works of art featuring themes and scenes celebrating Albany´s Quadricentennial. ****************************  "Uncharted" Art Exhibition and Talk  Thru 12/13/2009  University at Albany Art Museum 1400 Washington Ave Albany, NY 12222   (518) 442-4035 Admission: Free. Set against the larger context of travel and discovery, this exhibition considers the potentialities and perils of navigating unfamiliar waters. Featuring work by Radcliffe Bailey, Olaf Breuning, Anna Conway, Mark Essen, Adam Frelin, Valerie Hegarty, David Herbert, Emre Huner, Matt Leines, and Cameron Martin.

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