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Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2
Opens April 17

Sundays, 10am - 2pm
Inside Proctors
Schenectady Greenmarket

A festive marketplace with more than 70 vendors who produce everything they sell.

Music & Entertainment
Music n Entertainment

Bombers Burrito Bar
Wednesday : Karaoke , 9pm
Thursday Indie Rock Night, 9pm
Saturday: DJ Yosh, 9pm

Completely Different
April 16, 6:30pm
Flood Road Boys
April 17, 6:30pm

Centre Street Pub
Josh & Justin
April 16, 9pm
The Heaters
April 17, 9pm
The Deadbeats 
April 18, 9pm

Clinton Street Pub
Open Mic & Comedy Show
Hosted by: Nicholas Pazienza
April 18, 9pm

Clinton's Ditch
Patrick Sharrow
April 17, 5:30-9pm

The Grog Shoppe
Saturdays, 9pm

Katie O'Byrne's
Annie in the Water
April 17, 9:30pm
April 18, 9:30pm

Pinhead Susan's
The Rogues
April 17, 9pm
The Carboys Band
April 18, 9pm
Wii Bowling
Tuesday Nights, 7:30-9:30pm

Thai Thai Bistro
Karaoke Night
April 17, 10pm

The Stockade Inn 
Sonny & Perley
April 16, 7-10pm
Pat Andreoli
April 17, 7-10pm

The Van Dyck
Colleen Pratt  & Friends
April 16, 7pm
The Alan Payette Project
April 18, 8:30pm
The College of Saint Rose
Jazz Ensemble
April 22, 7pm

Check Out All of
Downtown Schenectady's

College Corner
April 18, 3pm
Carl B. Taylor Auditorium
Clarinets for Conservation

Union College  Union Logo
April 19, 3pm
Memorial  Chapel
Ian Bostridge, tenor
Wenwen Du, piano

The Downtown Dish
This week we have a great way to use the spring asparagus that is available at your local market.

Roasted Asparagus, Bacon & Cheese Tart 
April 16-22 , 2015
Disney's Beauty and the Beast
April 16-19
Mainstage at Proctors

The classic story of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped in a spell placed by an enchantress. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end and he will be transformed to his former self. The smash hit Broadway musical, Disney's Beauty and the Beast, is based on the Academy Award-winning animated feature film. More...

Paul Anka
April 22, 7:30pm
Mainstage at Proctors

Paul Anka is the only artist to have a CD on the Billboard Top 100 Chart for seven separate decades, and now he's coming to Proctors with a performance that attempts the impossible: summarize a decades-long phenomenal career in one evening. You won't want to miss this songwriting icon as he performs the chart-topping hits you know and love. More...

"Taking Care of Business" Raises $51,200
Total Includes $25,000 Matching Donation from Neil & Jane Golub

Area residents, businesses, and organizations contributed $51,200 toward the "Taking Care of Business" fundraising campaign to benefit Downtown Schenectady businesses that were directly impacted by the March 6 fire at 100-102 and 104 Jay St.

Businesses benefiting from the fundraising effort are Bel Cibo (96 Jay St.), City Hall Barbershop (114 Jay St.), Esmeralda Jewelry (100 Jay St.), Executive Lounge (112 Jay St.), Persian Bite (96 Jay St.), Schenectady Safe & Lock Co. (435 Liberty St.), and Tara Kitchen (431 Liberty St.). The Katbird Shop (425 Liberty St.) and Leva's News & Lottery (114 Jay St.), which were each closed for nearly three weeks, asked that their share of the proceeds be distributed among other businesses that were more directly affected by the blaze. More... 
All  Roads  Lots  Near  Jay  St.  Fire  Site  Now  Open


All roads around the Jay Street fire site across from Schenectady City Hall are now open to traffic. The Jay Street Marketplace pedestrian mall between State and Franklin Streets was unaffected and remains open and accessible. The Franklin-Liberty Parking Lot has now reopened to accommodate visitors and monthly parkers. See more parking info at Park Schenectady.

The following businesses near the fire site have reopened and would greatly appreciate your support!:

City Hall Barbershop, 114 Jay Street
The Katbird Shop, 425 Liberty Street
Leva's News & Lottery, 114 Jay Street
Schenectady Safe & Lock Co., 435 Liberty Street
Tara Kitchen, 431 Liberty Street

This Week at Proctors

On the Stage

MopCo - April 17, 8pm
Underground - Improvapalooza: One of the best up-and-coming local improv groups will open for Mopco at 8pm, performing a 20-30 minute set. Then, Mopco will take the stage to do what we are best known for: A fast-paced, raucous evening of short-form improv madness!

Princess + Hero Luncheon - April 18, 12:30pm  
Visit with some of your favorite princesses, along with a special superhero visit! Lunch will include a kid-friendly buffet, goody bags, coloring activities, and table visits from all the characters.

8th Step - April 18, 7:30pm
Underground - Brooks Williams & Beaucoup Blue: Great music ranging from blues & classic blues to contemporary blues & Americana.

It Came From Schenectady Presents: Super Troopers - April 18, 8pm
GE Theatre - Join Broken Lizard in their breakout film, filled with hilariously ruthless shenanigans and pranks, as they play a gang of Vermont State Troopers.

On the Screen

Lawrence of Arabia - April 20, 2:30 & 7pm  
Mainstage - Part of Film 100 - The American Film Institute Essentials. David Lean's epic true story of how a WWI British army officer (Peter O'Toole) united rival Arab tribes in their war against the Turks, and in the process became a living legend.

Broad Old River! - April 22, 7:30pm
GE Theater - The story of Sloop Clearwater and the Hudson River Sloop Singers as told by Pete Seeger, with input from veteran Sloop Singers.
Q&A and a Sloop Singers concert.


New York Solar Energy Society 
April 17, 11:45am-1pm
Edison Tech Center
136 N. Broadway
New York Solar Energy Society Meeting. Bring your own lunch; this month's presentation is "Getting It Right: The Real Story on Energy Efficient Lighting."

Show Your Colors!
April 18, 12pm
Union College, Memorial Chapel
The Schenectady County Human Rights Commission's LGBT Committee and Union College invite you to an awareness walk to celebrate Pride within the community. After an approximately two mile walk, there will be a rally and live performances. 

The Open Door Bookstore
April 18, 1-2:30pm
128 Jay Street
Patricia O'Gorman will sign  Girly Thoughts 10-Day Detox Plan. Jane Collen will sign  What More Can a Fairy Be?

Empty Bowls Fundraiser  
April 19, 5-7pm
GE Theatre at Proctors
Coordinated by student volunteers through the Kenney Community Center at Union College, the event will feature dinner, entertainment, and a celebration of community. All proceeds from the event will benefit local charities, such as the Bethesda House, Schenectady City Mission and Concern for the Hungry. More...

Jay Street Sunday Market
Sundays, May 3-October 27
There is still time to be part of the The Jay Street Market! The Jay Street Business Association, in conjunction with Schenectady County, is looking for vendors for the Jay Street Sunday Market. This growing and popular event is now in its fifth year! The Sunday Market is held along the Jay Street Marketplace, right in the heart of Downtown Schenectady. The juried market will be happening at the same day/time as the extremely popular Schenectady Greenmarket.

Schenectady Today Show
Tuesdays, 10-11am
Underground at Proctors
Be part of the audience for the filming of the Schenectady Today Show. Meet host Ann Parillo and the show's guests.

2015 Times Union Best of the Capital District
On Line Voting Ends April 17

Cast your vote for your favorite Downtown Schenectady establishments! The 19th Annual Times Union Best of the Capital District voting is now open. For your vote to be counted, you must cast your vote on line by April 17 or complete a paper ballot by April 13.  There will be a random drawing and one lucky person will win an iPad.  Vote Here

miSci (museum of innovation and science)
Museum Hours: Mon - Sat: 9am - 5pm, Sun: 12 - 5pm  

Last Weekend to See the Butterflies!
Last chance to discover brilliantly colored native butterflies at miSci's indoor butterfly house, as it will close April 19 for this year. Monarchs, Black Swallowtails, Buckeyes, Painted Ladies, Tiger Swallowtails and Spicebush Swallowtails flying about and possibly landing on you!

Schenectady County Public Library Notes
Library ExpansionCentral Library
99 Clinton Street
Monday - Thursday: 9am - 8pm
Friday - Saturday: 9am - 5pm 
Sunday: 1 - 5pm
Library Calendar of Events

Two Hungarian Dames
April 19, 2pm
McChesney Room
Poetry reading by Michele Battiste and Barbara Ungar, poets of Hungarian ancestry, whose most recent books explore the lives of those who came before them and the legacies they left.

The Whitney Book Corner
600 Union Street
Gardening & cookbooks - $1.00
All proceeds support Schenectady Co. Public Library

Trivia in Downtown
Bombers Burrito Bar
Tuesdays, 9pm
Wednesdays, 8:30pm
Centre Street Pub
Tuesdays, 7pm
Katie O'Byrne's 
Tuesdays, 8pm
Nico's Rooftop Tavern
Wednesdays, 7pm
Pinhead Susan's
Thursdays, 8pm
Thank you to Our Generous Sponsors!

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