Legendary entertainer (actor, comedian, author, playwright, producer & musician) Steve Martin will make an exclusive appearance at the Palace Theatre on Wednesday, March 30th at 8 PM for “A Conversation with Steve Martin”.Albany, N.Y. - March in Albany has huge happenings to interest anyone with events ranging from St. Patrick's Day celebrations and fabulous performances to super celebrity chats to great children's entertainment! For those looking to celebrate Irish heritage and culture, there are a wide array of festivities to choose from! With the Riverdance performances at the Palace Performing Arts Center, the annual St. Patrick's Day Parade in downtown Albany and the Celtic Woman show at the Palace, the Irish and Irish at heart will not be disappointed! There are also great events for the whole family starting with the Hannaford Kidz Expo at the Empire State Plaza the first weekend of March and a performance of "Jack and the Beanstalk" by Opera to Go at the New York State Museum later in the month. In addition, Albany will have several celebrity appearances this month with both Cesar Millan: The Dog Whisperer, and Steve Martin, each giving an exclusive Palace performace at the end of the month! For the most up-to-date information about these and other special events in New York's Capital Region, as well as special overnight packages, call the Albany County Convention and Visitors Bureau at 800-258-3582 and/or visit www.albany.org.  Albany - An Amazing Discovery! *********************** 3/4/2011-4/3/2011 Crowns Capital Repertory Theatre 111 North Pearl St. Albany, NY 12207 (518) 445-SHOW http://www.capitalrep.org Get ready for some soul-stirring, funny and powerful stories from church elders- Crowns is an exploration of history and identity.  This incredible story of one young woman's return to the South dramatizes her exposure to the role of hats in expressing cultural identity.  Crowns is a gospel-infused musical featuring soulful, joyful music from freedom song to hip hop. ********************** 3/4/2011-3/5/2011 Riverdance Palace Performing Arts Center 19 Clinton Ave. Albany, NY 12207 (518) 465-3334 http://www.palacealbany.com Riverdance, the thunderous celebration of Irish music, song and dance that has tapped its way onto the world stage thrilling millions of people around the globe, will play 3 performances at Albany's Palace Theatre! ******************* 3/5/2011 Hannaford Kidz Expo 2011 Empire State Plaza Albany, NY 12242 877-659-4377 http://www.ogs.state.ny.us/plaza/CCE/KidzExpo.asp Time: 10 AM - 5 PM Cost: FREE An exciting and interactive festival full of entertainment, activities and many great surprises for kids! From toddler to teen, there's something for everyone at the 5th Annual Hannaford Kidz Expo featuring Jigsaw Jones: The Case of the Class Clown, "What's So Funny?" by Circus Theatricks, music by Uncle Brothers, Reptile Adventures, Afrim's Sports SoccerTots, Poppytown Puppets & Music, bounce rides, video games, characters, arts & crafts and more! ************************** 3/12/2011 61st Annual Albany St. Patrick's Day Parade Starts at Quail St. & Central Ave. Reviewing Stand is located on N. Pearl St. Time: 2 PM http://www.albanystpatricksdayparade.com ***************************** 3/18/2011-3/20/2011 2011 Annual Albany Auto Show Times Union Center 51 S. Pearl St. Albany, NY 12207 (518) 487-2000 http://www.timesunioncenter-albany.com Admission: $7.50 for adults, children under 12 FREE when accompanied by an adult Featuring more than 170 new vehicles (cars, trucks, SUVs and minivans) representing more than 30 manufacturers and exhibitor booths featuring auto-related products and services. ************************ 3/19/2011 "Jack and the Beanstalk" Presented by Opera to Go New York State Museum Albany, NY 12207 (518) 474-5877 http://www.nysm.nysed.gov Time: 2 PM Admission: FREE Opera to Go, Lake George Opera's program for children, presents "Jack and the Beanstalk".  This retelling of the beloved fairy tale by John Davies, set to the music of Sir Arthur Sullivan, is for young audiences of all ages.  Join us on a musical adventure to find out how the Giant realizes that you should treat people the way you'd like them to treat you! This performance is full of "Fe, Fi, Fo, FUN!" Please arrive early.  There is no admittance to the theater after the performance begins. ******************************** 3/23/2011 Celtic Woman: Songs from the Heart Palace Performing Arts Center 19 Clinton Ave. Albany, NY 12207 (518) 465-3334 http://palacealbany.com Celtic Woman, a smash hit around the globe, returns with their most recent live show! The awe-inspiring vocalists along with the mesmerizing Celtic violinist continue to capture the hearts of fans across the country.  Their Emmy-nominated television special, Celtic Woman-Songs from the Heart, filmed live from Powerscourt House and Gardens in Ireland, is a blockbuster on PBS.  Come see Celtic Woman with their 6 piece band and the Aontas Choir perform unique renditions of Irish standards, classical favorites and contemporary hits.  Celtic Woman-Songs from the Heart promises to be a live concert event that you and your entire family will never forget! ****************************** 3/25/2011-3/27/2011 Capital District Garden & Flower Show Hudson Valley Community College 80 Vandenburgh Ave. (Rt. 4) Troy, NY 12180 (518) 786-1529 http://www.gardenandflowershow.com At the Capital District Garden & Flower Show experts are available every day to answer your questions and fill you with inspiration. ************************* 3/27/2011 An Evening with Cesar Millan: The Dog Whisperer Palace Performing Arts Center 19 Clinton Ave. Albany, NY 12207 (518) 465-3334 http://palacealbany.com Dog lovers this is your show! It's an evening of inspirational storytelling, helpful training tips & a special Q&A with one of the most engaging personalities in the world of animal behavior, the star of Nat Geo's "The Dog Whisperer": Cesar Millan. ************************** 3/30/2011 A Conversation with Steve Martin Palace Performing Arts Center 19 Clinton Ave. Albany, NY 12207 (518) 465-3334 http://palacealbany.com Legendary entertainer (actor, comedian, author, playwright, producer & musician) Steve Martin will make an exclusive appearance at the Palace Theatre on Wednesday, March 30th at 8 PM for "A Conversation with Steve Martin".

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Contact: Michele Vennard, President/CEO Albany County Convention & Visitors Bureau (518) 434-1217 x 300, mvennard@albany.org