albany1.jpgAlbany, N.Y. -- Performance venues in Albany are bustling with great shows as April arrives in New York's amazing Capital City on the Hudson River. At the Palace Theatre, children of all ages will enjoy Playhouse Disney Live!  Proctor's Theatre hosts Rogers & Hammerstein's South Pacific. At the Cohoes Music Hall, Gypsy -- Stephen Sondheim's tale of a relentless stage mother -- is on the calendar. At the New York State Theater Institute, Orphan Train tells the tales of children seeking a new destiny.  Capital Repertory Theatre opens The Lady with All the Answers, a one-woman show about the life of Ann Landers. Concert performances include Itzhak Perlman at Proctor's with Shawn Colvin, Janis Ian, Karla Bonoff and Joe Bonamassa at The Egg. In concert at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall is Dennis DeYoung with The Music of STYX. For sports fans, the new International Basketball Team, Albany Legends, begins play at the Washington Avenue Armory. And, Smucker's Stars on Ice brings the talent of Sasha Cohen, Evan Lysacek and more to the Times Union Center. For comedy, Jeff Foxworthy, Bill Engvail & Larry the Cable Guy have a night of laughter planned at the Times Union Center. The Palace Theatre will host An Evening with David Sedaris. And, at the Crowne Plaza and the Empire State Plaza Convention Center, the Empire State Book Festival has Wicked author and Albany native Gregory Maguire as its keynote speaker. For the most up-to-date information about these and other special events in New York's Capital  visit http://www.albany.org/ Angelique Kidjo 4/1/2010 Troy Savings Bank Music Hall 30 2nd Street Troy, NY 1280 (518) 273-8945 Time 8 pm Admission: Varies http://www.troymusichall.org/ Backed by her multi-talented quartet, Ms Kidjo brings here rhythmic Afro-funk fusion to The Hall. ************** The Young Victoria 4/1/2010 (Also 3/31/2010 Proctor's Theatre 432 State Street Schenectady, NY 12305 (518)346-6204 http://www.proctors.org/ Times: 2:30 pm, 5 pm, 7 pm  (on 4/1) Admission: $3.00 The movie follows Victoria's turbulent first years as Queen of England and her enduring romance with Prince Albert. ************** Classic Movie Series All About Eve Thru 5/17/2010  The Palace Theatre 19 Clinton Avenue Albany, NY 12207 (518) 465-3334 http://www.palacealbany.com/  ************** 1st Friday Albany Starting at Upstate Artists Guild 247 Lark Street Albany, NY (518) 426-3501 http://www.1stfridayalbany.org/ Times: 5-9 pm Admission: Free. Board the Albany Trolley and visit numerous gallery openings, one-night shows, local shops and restaurants.  ************* River Rats Hockey -- Final '09 Home Games 4/2/2010 & 4/3/2010 Times Union Center 51 S Pearl St  Albany, NY 12207  (518) 487-2000 http://timesunioncenter-albany.com/events/index.aspx ************** Playhouse Disney Live! 4/3/2010  Palace Theatre (Performing Arts Center)  19 Clinton Avenue Albany, NY 12207  (518) 465-3334  Contact: Mr. Sean Allen  (518) 465-3335 x111 Admission: $57.00 A | $37.00 B | $24.00 C | $17.00 D  http://www.palacealbany.com/ Event Times: Noon Celebrate with your Playhouse Disney pals You´re invited to the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse as Mickey plans a spectacular music party for all his friends. *************** Earth Day at Howe Caverns 4/3/2010  Howe Caverns, Inc. 255 Discovery Drive Howes Cave, NY 12092  (518) 296-8900 http://www.howecaverns.com/ Times: 9 am - 6 pm When April arrives, the world will note the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day. Howe Caverns will celebrate with special Kids' Geology Tours, a wildlife program, and more. *************** David Gray (Sold Out) 4/5/2010 The Egg Empire State Plaza PO Box 2065 Albany, NY 12223  (518) 473-1064 http://www.theegg.org/ Time: 8 pm Admission: $25 *************** Gypsy 4/8/2010 - 4/18/2010  Cohoes Music Hall 58 Remsen Street Cohoes, NY 12047  (518) 237-5858 http://www.cohoesmusichall.com/ Times: Thursdays, Fridays, & Saturdays at 8pm, Saturday and Sunday matinees at 3pm Admission: All seats reserved! Tickets $25-$35 Stephen Sondheim's tale of a relentless stage mother, Rose, who is traveling the vaudeville circuit with her daughters at the birth of the burlesque era. ******************** Albany Legends 2010 Basketball Season Opener 4/9/2010 Albany Legends Basketball Washington Avenue Armory 195 Washington Ave.  Albany, NY 12210  (518) 439-6707 http://www.iblhoopsonline.com/albany_legends/ Time: 7 pm Admission: Varies Opening game for Albany's new team in the International Basketball League. *************** The Empire State Book Festival  4/9/2010 - 4/10/2010  Crowne Plaza Hotel on Lodge Street and the Empire State Plaza Convention Center Albany, NY 12242  (518) 474-0538 http://empirestateplaza.org/ Times: April 9th at the Crowne Plaza - 6:30 -10:30 pm April 10th at the Empire State Plaza Admission: Free. Join us in Celebration of New York State's Great Literary Heritage Friday at the Empire State Book Festival Gala (cost $75 pp) at the Crowne Plaza. On Saturday, the Book Festival moves to the Empire State Plaza Convention Center Keynote Speaker: s Wicked author Gregory Maguire. Exhibits, author panels, storytelling, children's activities, author signings, and more!  **************** 2010 Annual Albany Auto Show 4/9/2010 - 4/11/2010  Sponsored by the Eastern New York Coalition of Automotive Retailers Times Union Center 51 South Pearl Street Albany, NY 12207  (518) 452-0584 info@enycar.org Times: Friday 12 Noon - 9 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. - 9 p.m., and Sunday 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.  Admission: Adult admission is $7.50 and children under 12 are free when accompanied by an adult. Special discounted admission on Friday from 12 - 3 p.m. at the box office only for only $3. Over 170 new vehicles (cars, trucks, SUVs and minivans) representing more than 30 manufacturers. Exhibitor booths feature auto-related products and services. ************* Polish-American Buffet 4/9/2010 Polish Community Center 225 Washington Ave Ext  Albany, NY 12205  (518) 456-3995 http://www.albanypcc.com/ Times: 4-8pm *************** Trans-Siberian Orchestra - Beethoven´s Last Night 2010 4/10/2010 Palace Theatre 19 Clinton Avenue Albany, NY 12207  (518) 465-3334 Tickets are $58.50 & $48.50  http://www.palacealbany.com/ Time: 8 pm TSO is debuting songs that have never been performed live. *************** Itzhak Perlman 4/10/2010 Proctor's Theatre 432 State Street Schenectady, NY 12305 (518)346-6204 http://www.proctors.org/ Times: 8 pm Admission: Varies Beloved for his charm and talent, Itzhak Perlman is treasured worldwide for his remarkable artistry. *************** An Evening with David Sedaris 4/12/2010  The Palace Theatre 9 Clinton Avenue Albany, NY 12207  (518) 465-3334 Time: 8 pm http://www.palacealbany.com/ David Sedaris' sardonic wit and incisive social critique have since made him one of America´s pre-eminent humor writers and a master of satire.  ****************** Justin Roberts & the Not Ready for Naptime Players 4/11/2010 The Egg Empire State Plaza PO Box 2065 Albany, NY 12223  (518) 473-1064 http://www.theegg.org/ Time: 1 pm Admission: $10 Singing songs for children. *************** The Turtle Island String Quartet with Mike Marshall 4/11/2010 The Egg Empire State Plaza PO Box 2065 Albany, NY 12223  (518) 473-1064 http://www.theegg.org/ Time: 7:30 pm Admission: $28 Creators of bold, new trends in chamber music for strings. ***************  South Pacific 4/14/2010 - 4/18/2010 Proctor's Theatre 432 State Street Schenectady, NY 12305 (518)346-6204 http://www.proctors.org/ Times: Vary Admission: Varies This stunning reinvention by Lincoln Center Theater, this Rogers & Hammerstein classic swept the 2008 Tony Awards. *************** Duck Season Opens 4/14/2010 - 10/31/2010  Albany Aqua Ducks & Trolleys P.O. Box 446  Albany, NY 12201  (518) 462-3825 (518) 436-1103 http://www.albanyaquaducks.com/ Make your reservations now for your time to SPLASHDOWN! The Albany Aqua Ducks begin their 7th season of great water and land tours of historic Albany. ****************** In The Mood 4/14/2010 The Egg Empire State Plaza PO Box 2065 Albany, NY 12223  (518) 473-1064 http://www.theegg.org/ Times: 2 pm and 7 pm Admission: Varies. The 1940s Big Band Theatrical Swing Dance revue that celebrates America's Greatest Generation. *************** Orphan Train 4/16/2010 - 4/25/2010  New York State Theatre Institute {NYSTI} 37 First Street Troy, NY 12180   (518) 274-3200 Times:  Vary Admission: Varies. Recommended ages 12+ http://www.nysti.org/ Beginning in the middle of the 19th century and continuing for 75 years, orphans and ´surplus´ children from the streets of New York City were given a chance for a new life aboard the orphan trains arranged by the Rev. Charles Loring Brace and his Children´s Aid Society. This haunting new musical examines some of the many stories of children sent west to be adopted and discovers their destiny: from inspiring success to dismal failure.  *************** Carbon Leaf (New Date) 4/16/2010 The Egg Empire State Plaza PO Box 2065 Albany, NY 12223  (518) 473-1064 http://www.theegg.org/ Time: 7:30 pm Admission: $24 The Virginia-based band plays their brand of Celtic-influenced rock. *************** The Lady With All The Answers 4/16/2010 - 5/9/2010 Capital Repertory Theatre 111 North Pearl Street Albany, NY 12207  (518) 462-4531 Times: Hours vary. Admission: Varies http://www.capitalrep.org/ A touchingly comic portrait drawn from the life and letters of Ann Landers, this one-woman show brings to light the life of the beloved advice columnist. ******** Shawn Colvin 4/17/2010  The Egg Empire State Plaza PO Box 2065 Albany, NY 12223  (518) 473-1064 http://www.theegg.org/ The three-time Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter will performs her insightful and compelling original songs along with fresh takes on a variety of cover tunes in this intimate, solo concert. **************** Rubber Stamp & Scrapbook Expo   4/17/2010 - 4/18/2010  Altamont Fairgrounds 129 Grand Street Altamont, NY 12009   (518) 861-6671 http://www.rubberstampandscrapbookexpo.com/ Shopping and new product selection; Educational opportunities; ************** Jakob Dylan and Three Legs 4/17/2010 The Egg Empire State Plaza PO Box 2065 Albany, NY 12223  (518) 473-1064 http://www.theegg.org/ Time: 7:30 pm Admission: $33.o Grammy winning singer-songwriter and front man of The Wallflowers, *************** Sleeping Beauty (For School Groups) 4/18/2010  The Egg Empire State Plaza Albany, NY 12223   (518) 473-1064 http://www.theegg.org/ Time: 3 pm Admission: $20 (adult), $15 (child) In a tiny and magical fairy kingdom beneath the roots of a great tree, a cast of 14 New York Theatre Ballet dancers bring to life the magical story of Princess Aurora and her noble Prince. ***************** Janis Ian, Karla Bonoff 4/18/2010 The Egg Empire State Plaza PO Box 2065 Albany, NY 12223  (518) 473-1064 http://www.theegg.org/ Time: 7:30 pm Admission: $28 Two of the most influential songwriters of the folk-rock era play their classics. *************** Joe Bonamassa   4/20/2010  The Egg Empire State Plaza Albany, NY 12223  (518) 473-1064 Time: 7:30 pm Admission: $59.50, $34.50, $29.50  http://www.theegg.org/ A child prodigy who was opening shows for B.B. King at the age of 12, Joe Bonamassa is considered one of the world's greatest guitar players. **************** Jeff Foxworthy, Bill Engvall, Larry the Cable Guy 4/23/2010  Times Union Center 51 South Pearl Street Albany, NY 12207   (518) 487-2000 Times: 8 pm Admission: $59.50 http://timesunioncenter-albany.com/events/index.aspx One historic night of comedy! **************** Albany Symphony Orchestra: Tchaikovsky Spectacular  4/23/2010  The Palace Theatre 19 Clinton Avenue Albany, NY 12207  (518) 465-4755 Time: 7:30 pm http://www.palacealbany.org/ Admission: $49.00 A; $40.00 B; $25.00 C; $44.00 Senior A; $35.00 Senior B; $20.00 Senior C  An opportunity for listeners to immerse themselves in the life and works of Russia´s most romantic and best-loved composer. It is also a chance to hear the newest American cello sensation, Joshua Roman, in one of his first East Coast orchestral appearances.  *************** Dennis DeYoung: The Music of STYX 4/23/2010 Troy Savings Bank Music Hall 30 2nd Street Troy, NY 1280 (518) 273-8945 Time 8 pm Admission: Varies http://www.troymusichall.org/ A founding member of the rock group, STX, Dennis DeYoung comes to The Hall for one night only. *************** Smucker´s Stars on Ice  4/24/2010  Times Union Center 51 South Pearl Street Albany, NY 12207   (518) 487-2000 Time: 4:30 pm Admission: $131, $76, $46, $26  http://timesunioncenter-albany.com/events/index.aspx 2010 Tour featuring Sasha Cohen, Evan Lysacek, Tanith Belbin, & Benjamin Agosto, and many more skaters. ************** Isadora Duncan Salon Concert 4/24/2010 - 5/1/2010  eba Dance Theater 351 Hudson Avenue Albany, NY 12210  (518) 465-9916 Admission: Tickets: $25 general, $15 student/senior, $12 current eba Center student Times: Saturday, 7 pm | Sunday, 4 pm | Friday, 7 pm., Saturday (May 1) 7 pm The Company's annual Spring Salon will feature an entire concert of dances choreographed by legendary artist and visionary Isadora Duncan. *************** Woodwind and Brass Chamber Ensembles 4/28/2010  Schenectady County Community College -- Lally Mohawk Room 78 Washington Ave  Schenectady, NY 12305  (518) 381-1336 Contact: Mr. Stan Strauss  (518) 381-1320 straussh@gw.sunysccc.edu Time: 7:30 pm Admission: Free. SCCC Woodwind and Brass Chamber Ensembles: Wednesday, April 28, 2010, 7:30 p.m., Lally Mohawk Room. Free. 

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