April  26 - May 2,  2012
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Menopause The Musical
April 28-29
Mainstage at Proctors

Menopause The Musical It's the Hilarious Celebration of Women and The Change!� Four women at a lingerie sale with nothing in common but a black lace bra AND memory loss, hot flashes, night sweats, not enough sex, too much sex and more! This hilarious musical parody set to classic tunes from the '60s, '70s and '80s will have you cheering and dancing in the aisles! See what millions of women worldwide have been laughing about for over 10 years! More... 
Classic Theatre Guild Presents: 
The Man Who Came to Dinner
 April 26 - 29
Fenimore Gallery at Proctors

The Man Who Came to Dinner During a cross-country lecture tour, notoriously acerbic radio personality Sheridan Whiteside slips on the icy steps of the house of the Stanleys, a prominent Ohio family, and is forced to recuperate in their home during the Christmas holidays. More...
Mystery Theatre Dinner
April 26, 5:30pm
The Van Dyck Restaurant & Lounge
Mystery Theatre DinnerThe acting troupe of Jest Mysteries will present The Roaring 20's themed mystery "Bullets in the Bathtub," with audience participation. Supports Habitat for Humanity's 2012 Builders Blitz. More...
This Week at Proctors
On Stage 


MOPCO - April 27, 8pm
Mop & Bucket Underground - Live improv comedy...You Never Know!




Vox Lumiere - Metropolis - April 27, 8pm

Mainstage - Vox Lumiere is the next evolution in entertainment wherein "rock concert meets silent film." Thrilling new music and breathtaking live performance meld with the beauty of the classic silent film Metropolis to transport audiences with a power and intensity that The Los Angeles Times called "ABSOLUTELY RIVETING!"


Behind the Scenes Walking tour of Proctors - April 29

Mainstage - At 10am, the free, open-to-the-public informational event will start in front of the Mainstage doors in the Golub Family Arcade and proceed to highpoints within the complex: backstage, dressing rooms, the GE Theatre at Proctors. 


8th Step - Dougie MacLean - May 1, 7:30pm

Dougie Maclean GE Theatre - Legendary Scottish songwriter, storyteller, guitarist, fiddler and magical performer, MacLean has for many years led an evolution of Scottish music and song.



On Screen


QFESTQFEST - April 25 - 30

GE Theatre - This year, for the 2nd Annual QFEST, we're back with brand new films, exciting new opportunities for discussion, and even more surprises than last year! The festival kicks off with a big celebration featuring the Capital Pride Singers.


A Dangerous Method - May 2-3

A Dangerous MethodGE Theatre - Drawn from true-life events, A Dangerous Method takes a glimpse into the turbulent relationships between fledgling psychiatrist Carl Jung (Michael Fassbender), his mentor Sigmund Freud (Viggo Mortensen) and Sabina Spielrein (Keira Knightley), the troubled but beautiful young woman who comes between them.

Schenectady Greenmarket

Sunday, April 29, 10am-2pm 
Inside Proctors


Schenectady Greenmarket

The Greenmarket moves outside around City Hall next Sunday, May 6! Vendor-produced local produce, cider, eggs, milk, cheese, baked goods, muesli, peanut butter, honey, jelly, jam, tea, meats, wine, pesto, artisanal wares, plants, flowers, pottery, prepared food, local expert demonstrations, children's activities & community groups! More...


This Week's Music                     

Market Stage: 10-2: The Dependents

Lower Level:    10-12: Terri Roben 

                      12-2: Tim Barker   

This Week at the Schenectady Museum &
Suits-Bueche Planetarium
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15 Nott Terrace Heights
Fetch Lab - Train Your Brain
April 26 -29, 1-2:30pm
National Astronomy Day
April 28
Celebrate National Astronomy Day with give-aways, a telescope raffle sponsored by Astronomy Magazine and Celestron Telescopes
Planetarium Shows
Thursday & Friday: 2pm
Saturday & Sunday: 1, 2 & 3pm
A Little Bit of Jazz and More
A Fundraiser for Schenectady Day Nursery
Thursday, May 3, 5:30-8pm
Fenimore Gallery at Proctors

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Featuring jazz vocal artist Colleen Pratt & Friends.The party features hearty hors d'oeuvres by Class� Catering and complimentary beer, wine & waters. Ron Ragucci will be honored as a "Special Friend" of Schenectady Day Nursery. Tickets are $60. For reservations, call Mary Holloway (518) 374-3092 or e-mail at maryhelen1@nycap.rr.com
All proceeds to benefit the Schenectady Day Nursery
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The Downtown Dish 
Decadent Delights from Downtown Denizens 

This week for The Downtown Dish, we present a recipe from Linda Sweet, special assistant to Schenectady Mayor Gary McCarthy. Linda has lived in Schenectady her entire life and has two college age children. With Linda's joy for family and entertaining, her recipes will be a yummy addition to your gathering. In preparation for Cinco De Mayo, these recipes should fit right into your celebration - Ol�!

NOTE: We continue to accept recipes for our column. Email your recipe and why you chose it, contact info and downtown affiliation to gail@downtownschenectady.com. Entrees, appetizers, dips, desserts, etc...all are fair game for the The Downtown Dish!


Explore Downtown Schenectady Magazine

Spring 2012
Spring Downtown Magazine 
The Spring 2012 issue of Explore Downtown Schenectady magazine is now available for FREE at a location near you. Produced in partnership by the Downtown Schenectady Improvement Corporation and the Gazette Newspapers.
Download PDF - To request magazines, email Becky Jarczynski or call 377-9430.
Merchant Mash Up

Merchant Mash Up Logo - NEW 
Thanks so much to the many businesses and visitors who made our 2nd Downtown Schenectady Merchant Mash Up another success this past Friday, April 20!

Click here for photos from the event.

Schenectady Dining Guide


2011 Dining GUideThe Schenectady Dining Guide features information on dozens of restaurants in downtown and throughout Schenectady County. A joint project of the DSIC and Chamber of Schenectady County


Click here to download a PDF copy.

Click here  to request print copies


Look for the new 2012-13 edition coming soon!

Invest in Downtown Schenectady


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Check out the DSIC's Available Property Database for buildings and retail/office spaces for lease or purchase. 


To list your downtown properties, contact Gail White at gail@downtownschenectady.com
or 518-377-9430.

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April 27



2012 Jazz on Jay Concert Series Lineup
Jazz Graphic Organizers gathered on Jay Street today to announce the lineup for the
2012 Jazz on Jay
concert series, which begins Thursday, June 7.
Live Music & Events

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Jeanine Marie Quartet

April 27

Vocalist Chris Dollard

April 30

Lee Shaw Trio

May 2


Sandy Menzer, Spiritual Intuitive
Space is limited - call 357-8628 for reservations
April 26, 8pm
Big Creek
April 28, 7pm
Big Creek
May 2, 6pm


Clinton's Ditch


April 27, 10pm - 2am


Open Mic Night  

April 26
Happy Comedy Night
April 27, 7pm


Katie O'Byrne's

T. S. Ensemble

April 28, 10pm


M.R. Poulopoulos,
Deborah T. and
Heather M. 
April 27, 8pm
Nightly Entertainment


Pinhead Susan's 

Band of Gold

April 27, 9pm

The Heaters

April 28, 9pm


The Inimitable Beverley D

April 26

Azzaam Hameed Duo
April 27


Christine Santelli
April 27, 8:30pm
Keith Pray Big Band
May 1, 8pm
TuesdayLive Band
Wednesday: Karaoke
Thursday: Trivia
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Schenectady County Library
April 26, 7pm
99 Clinton Street
Chasing Madoff
Reels Film Series
Chasing Madoff
Documentary Feature 


April 26

Dine out at participating restaurants and 25% of the price of your meal will be donated to help the AIDS Council of Northeastern New York provide essential services to people living with HIV/AIDS in your community. All you have to donate is your appetite. Downtown Schenectady's participating restaurants are: Aperitivo Bistro,  Ambition Coffeehouse & Eatery and Bombers Burrito Bar.


Schenectady YMCA

It's a Play Date!

April 28

433 State Street

   The Capital District YMCA will encourage kids and parents to visit the Y for a play date, and commit to being active every day. It's all part of the YMCA's Healthy Kids Day,  the nation's largest health day for families. 


Saturday, April 28

Grems-Doolittle Library

   Introduction to Genealogy Resource:  Discover the resources available for genealogical research in our library. This workshop will also include time to conduct research in the library. Cost: $5.00; free for Schenectady County Historical Society members. Registration is required; limit of 16 participants. Call 518-374-0263 or email librarian@schist.org to register. 


Union College

U-Care Day

April 29, 12-3pm

Memorial Field House

   Union College is holding a FREE community carnival at the Memorial Field House. More...

After Hours Block Party
May 2, 5-7pm
Lower Union Street (600 block)
   Join the Chamber for their first-ever Business After Hours "BLOCK PARTY" at businesses on Lower Union Street. Join in a "Poker Walk" -- best hands will win gift certificates for lunches and dinners!     
May 3
600 Union Street 
    Day long celebration for their 10 year anniversary! 
 Refreshments, prizes & coupons! 
Don't forget  the Spring Book Sale at the Main Library on May 5, 9am-4pm & May 6, 1-3pm! 

All proceeds benefit Sch'dy Co. Public Library.


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SCCC Players Present:  

Love's Fire: Seven New Plays
Inspired by Seven Shakespearean Sonnets
April 26-28, 8pm
Taylor Auditorium
   These plays are written in modern language about love now, but each of them responds to the language and concerns of one of Shakespeare's sonnets. Not suitable for children. Tickets: $5 general admission, $3 seniors and non SCCC students. Please call (518) 381-1250 for tickets  
Musicians of Ma'alwyck
May 2, 11:30am
Taylor Auditorium. Free.
SCCC Concert
Percussion Ensemble, SCCC Jazz Combo and SCCC Jazz Ensemble
May 2, 7:30pm
Taylor Auditorium. Free.
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