In anticipation of the 70th anniversary of the birth of John Lennon, The Egg, will host a John Lennon Birthday Tribute featuring The Quarrymen & Nowhere Boy Film. Albany, N.Y. -- The Capital City nestled in the Hudson Valley celebrates the arrival of autumn with fabulous festivals, magnificent foliage and great entertainment -- including some seasonal spooky fun. On stage, Capital Repertory Theatre features 33 Variations and Cactus Flower, while Hairspray plays at Cohoes Music Hall.  At Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Gordon Lightfoot and Joan Baez perform.  The Egg has popular Irish singers Maura O'Connell and Paul Brady, as well as a tribute to John Lennon. And, the Palace has the Black Crowes and STYX. The 22nd Annual Apple Festival takes place at Goold Orchards and Brookview Station Winery. In Albany, the 19th Annual Columbus Italian Festival features a traditional Italian procession and an authentic street festival throughout Washington Park. At the Empire State Plaza, the 39th Annual Festival of Nations features the parade of nations and a variety of ethnic foods. The 3rd Annual Garden of Eating Self-Guided tours features delicious local food and products, while the 1st Capital Region Vegetarian Expo will take place at the Empire State Plaza. If you dare to board the Albany Trolleys on certain evenings, you'll be going on Ghost Hunting Tours throughout the city.  Or, take a special tour of the State Capitol -- Capitol Hauntings -- to find out which two presidents have haunted this building. A Girls' Getaway Package  to Albany includes the new exhibit at the Albany Institute of History & Art, "The Perfect Fit: Shoes Tell Stories".  Add to this the very popular Restaurant Week in Downtown Albany to the never-ending list of things to do. For the most up-to-date information about these and other special events in New York's Capital City, as well as other special overnight packages, visit http://www.albany.org/ Luke Bloom 10/1/2010 The Egg Albany, NY 12223 (518) 473-1064 info@theegg.org http://www.theegg.org/ Time: 8 pm Admission: $28.00 Luka Bloom performs music from his latest release "Dreams in America" where he revisits some of the finest moments in his two decades of touring the world as a singer, songwriter and guitarist. *********************** Capitol Hauntings Throughout October New York State Capitol Albany, NY (518) 473-7582 Times: Vary Admission: Free Reservations required for these special tours where visitors discover more about the secret demon carved into stone at the Capitol, which two presidents have haunted the building and more. ***********************. 3rd Annual Garden of Eating Self-Guided, Hudson Valley Driving Tour Thru 10/3/2010  Albany, Columbia, Dutchess, Rensselaer Counties 518-434-1217 info@albany.org  http://gardenofeatingtour.com/    Self-guided, driving tour features delicious, creative, and sustainable local food and products highlighting the best independent local farms and restaurants that Albany, Columbia, Dutchess, and Rensselaer Counties have to offer. ************************** 33 Variations Thru 10/13/2010  Capital Repertory Theatre 111 North Pearl Street Albany, NY 12207   (518) 462-4531 info@capitalrep.org http://www.capitalrep.org/ Times: Vary Admission: Varies Nominated for five Tony Awards, 33 Variations tells the story of musicology professor Katherine Brandt racing against time to uncover an intriguing centuries-old mystery as much as she is struggling to come to terms with her daughter. ************************************ 1st FRIDAY Held at Various Participating Art Galleries  10/1/2010  Upstate Artists Guild {UAG} 247 Lark Street Albany, NY 12210   (518) 426-3501 http://1stfridayalbany.org/ Times: 5pm-9pm Admission: Free Held at various participating locations on the 1st Friday of every month: Upstate Artists Guild {UAG}, Albany Center Gallery {ACG}, Albany Institute of History & Art {AIHA}, Broadway Arts Center, & more... Promoting interest in the arts with numerous gallery openings, one-night shows, local shops, restaurants, and  live entertainment.  ************************************ NY´s Capital Region Vegetarian Expo 10/2/2010  Empire State Plaza Albany, NY 12242   (518) 473-0559 Convention.Center@ogs.state.ny.us  http://www.empirestateplaza.org/  Expo Contact: Richard Hamlin 518-477-9633 Times: 10:00am - 5:00pm The Expo is the first in the Capital Region area to bring together and promote the global health benefits of green sustainable living.  http://www.nyvegetarianexpo.org/  ************************************ Annual Kids Country Play Day 10/2/2010  Goold Orchards, Inc. & Brookview Station Winery 1297 Brookview Station Rd Castleton, NY 12033-3166  (518) 732-7317 sue@goold.com  http://www.goold.com/ ************************************ Adirondack Harvest Festival 10/2/2010  - 10/3/2010  Adirondack Museum Routes. 28N and 30 Blue Mountain Lake, NY 12812  (518) 352-7311 http://www.adirondackmuseum.org/ Fall into fun at the Adirondack Museum's fourth annual Harvest Festival with  wagon rides and apple pressing demonstrations. ************************************ The Wines of Australia-- Venture into the Outback   10/2/2010  La Serre Restaurant 14 Green Street (Off State Street.) Albany, NY 12207   (518) 463-6056 info@laserrealbany.com   http://www.laserrealbany.com/ Time: 7 pm Admission: $62.00 per person, exclusive of tax and gratuity. Wine tasting dinner with music by The True Tones. ************************************ Bernie Williams   10/2/2010  The Egg Empire State Plaza Albany, NY 12223   (518) 473-1064 info@theegg.org  http://www.theegg.org/ Times:8 PM Admission: $34.50, $29.50, $24.50 The retired, five-time All Star centerfielder for the New York Yankees is also a critically acclaimed guitarist/songwriter. ************************************ Downtown Albany's Annual Restaurant Week 10/3/2010  - 10/11/2010  Assisted by Downtown Albany BID 54 State St.  Suite 701 Albany, NY 12207  (518) 465-2143 info@downtownalbany.org  http://www.downtownalbany.org/   Three-course meals for $20.10, plus many other offers! ************************************ Ghost Tours on the Albany Trolleys Start 10/5/2010 and continue thru 10/31/2010 Board at the Albany Heritage Area Visitors Center Corner Broadway and Clinton Avenue'Albany, NY 12207 (518) 462-3825 info@albanyaquaducks.com http://www.albanyaquaducks.com/ Time: All departures at 7 PM Admission: Adults $20.00 | Seniors $18.00 | Children $15 Reservations: Required Get into the spirit of the Halloween season. Get on board the Trolley for a spooky, tour to experience haunting, ghosts and stories of those who have passed on. ************************************ The Egg Pays Tribute to John Lennon 10/6/2010  The Egg Empire State Plaza Albany, NY 12223  (518) 473-1064 info@theegg.org  http://www.theegg.org/ In anticipation of the 70th anniversary of the birth of John Lennon, The Egg, will host a John Lennon Birthday Tribute featuring The Quarrymen & Nowhere Boy Film. ************************************ Ceramics Lecture 10/7/2010  Albany County Historical Association-Ten Broeck Mansion 9 Ten Broeck Place Albany, NY 12210-2524  (518) 436-9826 http://www.tenbroeckmansion.org/ Times: 6 PM   Admission: Free Sarah D. Coffin, Curator of 17th and 18th Century Decorative Arts and Head of Product Design and Decorative Arts at the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, will speak on the topic of "Patterns in Collecting: Staffordshire and History in an Albany Collection." Attendees interested in determining the history of their ceramic pieces may bring them prior to the lecture for identification. (Limit two per person). ************************************ Hairspray 10/7/2010  - 10/17/2010  Cohoes Music Hall 58 Remsen St Cohoes, NY 12047  (518) 237-5858 contactus@cohoesmusichall.com  http://www.cohoesmusichall.com/ Times: Vary Admission: Varies Baltimore's Tracy Turnblad, a big girl with big hair and an even bigger heart, has only one passion -- to dance. ************************************ Straight No Chaser  10/8/2010  Palace Theatre 19 Clinton Avenue Albany, NY 12207  518) 465-3334 http://www.palacealbany.com/ Times: 8 PM Admission: Tickets: $39.50, $34.50 & $27.50 Straight No Chaser (SNC) is neither strait-laced nor straight-faced. Originally formed over a dozen years ago while students together at Indiana University, the group has reassembled and reemerged as a phenomenon, filled with sophisticated harmonies and uniquely stylized arrangements.  ************************************  An Evening with Gordon Lightfoot 10/8/2010  Troy Savings Bank Music Hall 32 Second Street Troy, NY 12180   (518) 273-0038  info@troymusichall.org  http://www.troymusichall.org/ Times: 8 PM  Admission: $50.00 | $40.00 ************************************ 22nd Annual Apple Festival 10/9/2010  - 10/10/2010  Goold Orchards, Inc. & Brookview Station Winery 1297 Brookview Station Rd Castleton, NY 12033-3166   (518) 732-7317 sue@goold.com   http://www.goold.com/  Times: 9 AM - 5 PM, Rain or shine. Admission: Adults, $8.00.  Kids 12 and under are Free  A celebration of the arts, crafts, and agriculture of the Capital Region with food and wine vendors, crafts, a Haunted House and more.  No pets allowed. ************************************ Storytelling - Spectres, Strange, Sights, and Visions 10/9/2010  Schuyler Mansion State Historic Site 32 Catherine Street Albany, NY 12202   (518) 434-0834 http://www.nysparks.com/historic-sites/33/details.aspx Times: 5:30 PM Admission:  Suggested donation, $2.00  Do you believe in ghosts?  The people of 18th century Albany did! Join us around the campfire as we examine what ghost stories and visions of "specters,' and "apparitions" tell us about beliefs during Philip Schuyler's time. Reservations required. ************************************ Sword of the Spirit 10/9/2010  Old Songs Community Art Center 37 South Main Street  Voorheesville, NY 12186   (518) 765-2815  oldsongs@oldsongs.org  http://www.oldsongs.org/  Times: 8 PM Admission: $20/adults; $5/ages 12 & under Folk duo Magpie (Greg Artzner and Terry Leonino) present their dramatic one-act play based on the life and letters of John Brown and Mary Brown.  ************************************ Albany's 19th Annual Columbus Italian Festival 10/9/2010  Washington Park Madison Avenue and Ontario Street Albany, NY 12207  (518_ 641-7518 info@columbusdayalbanyny.com http://www.columbusdayalbanyny.com/ Times: 12 Noon to 5 pm Admission: Free. A traditional procession opens the 19th annual festival In Washington Park. Music, dancing, kids' zone and Italian food specialties. Magnifico!    ********************* An Evening With The Black Crowes 10/15/2010  Palace Theatre 19 Clinton Avenue Albany, NY 12207   (518) 465-3334 http://www.palacealbany.com/ Times: 8 PM Admission: $42.50 With members not much older than the trends they revived, the Black Crowes have the look and the bluesy, boozy, two-guitar rock sound of early- ´70s Rolling Stones and Faces. ************************************ The Perfect Fit: Shoes Tell Stories 10/16/2010-1/2/2011 Albany Institute of History & Art {AIHA} 125 Washington Ave Albany, NY 12210   (518) 463-4478  information@albanyinstitute.org http://www.albanyinstitute.org/ This remarkable exhibition includes more than 120 examples of imaginative and provocative shoes made by American contemporary artists between 2004 and 2008. Materials range from clay, metal, fabric, wood, glass and paper. The shoes, while sometimes whimsical, often communicate multiple meanings and stories that speak to issues of gender, history, sexuality, class, race, and culture. ************************************ Bike the Byway-8th Annual Duathlon 10/17/2010  Contact: Mohawk Towpath Scenic Byway Coalition, Inc. P.O. Box 90 Clifton Park, NY 12065   (518) 371-7548 admin@mohawktowpath.org   http://www.mohawktowpath.org/ Times: Starting 9 a.m. at Krause´s Grove, 2 Beach Road, Halfmoon. Admission: See below The Duathlon is a 2.2-mile run, a 16-mile bike and a 2.2-mile run to the finish. The entry fee is $25 for registrations made before October 8, 2010 and $30 for day-of-race registrations made before 8:30 a.m. The Mohawk Towpath National Scenic Byway is a network of local, county, state and federal highways that follow the historic route of the Erie Canal from Waterford and Cohoes to Schenectady. ************************************ Young Frankenstein 10/19/2010  - 10/24/2010  Proctors Theatre 432 State Street Schenectady, NY 12305  (518) 382-3884 groupsales@proctors.org  http://www.proctors.org/  Times :Vary. The classic Mel Brooks movie. ************************************ Rioult   10/22/2010 The Egg Empire State Plaza Albany, NY 12223  (518) 473-1064 info@theegg.org  http://www.theegg.org/ Times: 8 PM Admission: Adults $ | Seniors $22( | Child $13   The modern dance company, led by choreographer Pascal Rioult, performs sensual, and exquisitely musical works ************************************ Cactus Flower 10/22/2010 - 11/14/2010  Capital Repertory Theatre 111 North Pearl Street Albany, NY 12207  (518) 462-4531 info@capitalrep.org  http://www.capitalrep.org/  Times: Vary Admission: Varies  This farce, one of Broadway's biggest hits by two-time Pulitzer Prize-winner Abe Burrows, will have you laughing from beginning to end. ********************* Albany Symphony Orchestra: A Midsummer Night´s Dream 10/22/2010  Troy Savings Bank Music Hall 30 Second Street Troy, NY 12180  (518)273-0038 http://www.troymusichall.org/ Time: 7:30 PM ************************************ Sports Card Show   10/23/2010  - 10/24/2010  Ramada Plaza (Formerly Clarion Hotel of Albany) 3 Watervliet Avenue Ext. Albany, NY 12206   (518) 438-8431 http://www.albanyramada.com/  Contact (518) 399-3570 ************************************ Northeast Fine Craft Festival 10/23/2010  - 10/24/2010  Proctors Theatre 432 State Street Schenectady, NY 12305   (518) 382-3884 groupsales@proctors.org  http://www.proctors.org/  Times: Starts at 9 AM ************************************ Robert Randolph & The Family Band 10/23/2010  The Egg Empire State Plaza Albany, NY 12223   (518) 473-1064 info@theegg.org  http://www.theegg.org/ Times: 8 PM, Hart Theatre Admission: $29.50 Pedal steel guitar virtuoso Robert Randolph performs his high-powered blend of gospel, blues, funk, rock and soul. ************************************ Maura O´Connell & Paul Brady 10/23/2010  The Egg Empire State Plaza Albany, NY 12223    (518) 473-1064 info@theegg.org  http://www.theegg.org/  Time: 7:30 PM Admission: $29.50 An evening with two contemporary Irish singers. ************************************ Louis C.K.: WORD 10/23/2010  Palace Theatre 19 Clinton Avenue Albany, NY 12207   (518) 465-3334 http://www.palacealbany.com/ Time: 8:00 PM Admission: $44.50 A | $34.50 B | $27.50 C | $24.50 D  Get ready for jaw dropping, fall-out-of-your-chair funny when comedian Louis C.K. hits the Palace. ************************************ Fall Concert - Musicians of Ma´alwyck 10/24/2010  Schuyler Mansion State Historic Site 32 Catherine Street Albany, NY 12202  518) 434-0834   http://www.nysparks.com/historic-sites/33/details.aspx Times: 3 PM MA'ALWYCK The Musicians will present "Agreeable Musick at the City Tavern, 1788," a program for violin and cello and will include music heard by George Washington in 1788 during a performance at the City Tavern in Philadelphia. For further information, or to purchase tickets, please call the Musicians directly at (518) 377-3623. Limited seating. ************************************ Albany Symphony Orchestra: Sunday Symphonies for Families 10/24/2010  Palace Theatre 19 Clinton Avenue Albany, NY 12207   (518) 465-4755 info@albanysymphony.com  http://www.palacealbany.com/  Times: 3 PM Admission: Adults $11.00 | Children 14 and Under, $5.00. ************************************ 39th Annual Festival of Nations 10/24/2010  Empire State Plaza Convention Center Concourse Level, Room 130 Albany, NY 12242   (518) 474-0538  Convention.Center@ogs.state.ny.us http://www.empirestateplaza.org/ Times 11 AM-5 PM http://festivalofnations.net/ Activities include a parade of nations, ethnic foods, arts and crafts, the crowning of Miss Festival of Nations and continuous entertainment. ************************************ Joan Baez 10/26/2010  Troy Savings Bank Music Hall 32 Second Street Troy, NY 12180   (518) 273-0038  info@troymusichall.org  http://www.troymusichall.org/ Joan Baez is a true force of nature whose musical and social voice has shaped a generation. ************************************ Je´Caryous Johnson´s "Cheaper to Keep Her" 10/27/2010  Palace Theatre 9 Clinton Avenue Albany, NY 12207  518) 465-3334 http://www.palacealbany.com/ Times: 8 PM Admission: $42.50/$37.50 Cheaper to Keep Her is the story of a seemingly perfect marriage in the midst of collapse. ************************************  288th  Annual Halloween at Howe Caverns 10/29/2010 Howe Caverns 255 Discovery Drive Howes Cave, NY 12092 (518) 296-8900 fun@howecaverns.com http://www.howecaverns.com/ Times: 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM Admission: Adults $10 | Children $5.00 912 and under) This night only, the great cave turns into the haunted cave with a heart for a benefit for the Marathon for a Better Life,  Schoharie County cancer walk. Take the self-guided tour throughout the cave with more than 20 scary scenes. Because this is a benefit, no discounts or coupons apply. ************************************ Nikki Yanofsky (TSBMH) 10/29/2010  Troy Savings Bank Music Hall 2 Second Street Troy, NY 12180   (518) 273-0038  info@troymusichall.org  http://www.troymusichall.org/ Sixteen-year-old Canadian prodigy Nikki Yanofsky is on a roll! The Montreal Gazette says "There is a richness and a maturity and heart and an effortlessness that divas twice her age would kill for." ********************* Shaker Christmas Craft Fair 10/30/2010 - 12/18/2010  Open Monday-Saturday. Closed Sunday. Shaker Heritage Society Heritage Lane Albany, NY 12211   (518) 456-7890 shakerwv@crisny.org  http://www.shakerheritage.org/ Times: 10am-4pm Admission: Free Holiday gifts for everyone with more than 50 regional crafters are represented  ********************* STYX:  "The Grand Illusion/Pieces of Eight" Tour 10/30/2010  Palace Theatre  19 Clinton Avenue Albany, NY 12207   (518) 465-3334 http://www.palacealbany.com/ Times: 7:30 PM Admission: $69.50, $55.50, $39.50 Along with the classic hits, the band will be performing THE GRAND ILLUSION and PIECES OF EIGHT in their entirety. ************************************ Trick or Treat on the Aqua Ducks 10/30/2110 - 10/31/2010 Departing from Albany Heritage Area Visitors Center Corner Broadway and Clinton Avenue Albany, NY 12207 (518_ 462-3825 info@albanyaquaducks.com http://www.albanyaquaducks.com/ Times: Vary Admission: Adults $28.00 | Seniors and Active Military $25 | Children (4-12) $ 16 Wear your costume and maybe you'll get the Ducks' award for the best. This Duck adventure features treats aboard and more at some stops along the way as the Duck tours Albany and then splashes into the Hudson River. ************************************ Richard Thompson 10/30/2010  The Egg Empire State Plaza Albany, NY 12223   (518) 473-1064 info@theegg.org  http://www.theegg.org/ Times: 8 PM, Hart Theatre Admission: $34.50  Iconic British folk rock legend Richard Thompson, one of the world´s most critically acclaimed and prolific songwriters and admired guitarists, appears with his band in support of his new recording "Dream Attic." ************************************ Final Day for 2010 Schuyler Mansion Season 10/31/2010  Schuyler Mansion State Historic Site 32 Catherine Street Albany, NY 12202   (518) 434-0834 http://www.nysparks.com/historic-sites/33/details.aspx Times: 11:00 AM. to 5:00 PM. Guided tours of the mansion are available. . CONTACT: Michele Vennard (518) 434-1217 x300 mvennard@albany.org