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     Opens April 15

Join our loyalty rewards program created to enhance your movie going experience. The club is free to join and rewards our loyal patrons with frequent offers. Present your Criterion Club® card with each purchase and earn valuable points every time!

Sundays, 10am - 2pm
Inside Proc tors  

Vendors, shoppers, musicians and friends gather at and enjoy the festive marketplace with more than seventy vendors.
Schenectady Greenmarket
NOTE: Due to increased visitor traffic,  Greenmarket patrons and vendors are asked to park in the Broadway Garage during the run of The Lion King at Proctors through April 17. Thank you!

Music & Entertainment
Music n Entertainment

Yankee  Holler
April 15, 6:30pm
Big Creek
April 16, 6:30pm

Mia Scirocco Trio
April 13, 6-9pm

Josh & Justin
April 14, 7pm
Big Johnson Blues Band
April 15, 9pm
Funk Evolution
April 16, 9pm

Clinton Street Pub
Live entertainment with
Calypso Breeze and more!
April 16 
The Heaters
April 15, 9:30pm
The Blue Line Express
April 16, 9:30pm
Patrick Sharrow
April 20, 7pm

Mad Jack Brew Pub
@The Van Dyck
College of St. Rose
Jazz Ensemble
April 13, 7pm
Bobbie Van Detta & The Split
April 14, 7pm

Pinhead Susan's
Bent Rail Blues
April 15, 9pm

Allen Halstead & Azzaam Hameed
April 14, 7-10pm
Bronte Roman
April 15, 7-10pm

Check Out All of
Downtown Schenectady's

The Downtown Dish
This week, with warm weather moving back in, we have a "springy" lemon cake that is not too lemony and not too sweet!

April 14-20,   2016
Disney's The Lion King
Final Days! Ends April 17
Mainstage at Proctors

Giraffes strut. Birds swoop. Gazelles leap. The entire Serengeti comes to life as never before. This is Disney's The Lion King, making its triumphant return to Proctors! Come and experience the awe-inspiring visual artistry, the unforgettable music, and the uniquely theatrical storytelling of this Broadway spectacular. Roar!...

To accommodate the opening scene, patrons must be in their seats at least 5 minutes prior to the start of the show.

Lion King Visitor Tips
If you are coming downtown for the show, these helpful VISITOR TIPS will make your visit as enjoyable as possible.

FREE Parking - April 14
In appreciation of the month-long run of The Lion King, Metroplex has announced that parking this Thursday, April 14, in the surface lots and at the Broadway garage will be FREE OF CHARGE for both the 1pm matinee and the 8pm evening performance. More...

2016 Hometown Heroes Banner Program
Downtown Schenectady
Honoree Nomination Deadline: April 22

The Downtown Schenectady Improvement Corporation (DSIC) and City of Schenectady are partnering for a second year to present the 2016 Hometown Heroes Banner Program. This program proudly recognizes active duty and veteran servicepersons from the City.

Nominate an Honoree!
A number of corporate sponsors are looking for honorees to be featured on their banners. Do you know someone who meets the criteria? Submit the required information to Colleen Merays at the DSIC by April 22. All nominees will go into a lottery to be selected for a banner.

This Week at Proctors
On The Stage  

Before & Beyond - April 15, 6pm  
GE Theatre - A diverse program of six contemporary choreographers, showcasing Northeast Ballet Co. & two guest artists from The Dance Theatre of Harlem.

MopCo: Real LIfe - April 15, 8pm
Education Center - Features interviews with local celebrities, interspersed with improvised responses by the company.

Poetry In Motion - April 16, 7:30pm  
GE Theatre - This one-of-a-kind poetic powerhouse is infused with great music and stimulating visual displays.

Roy Zimmerman - April 16, 7:30pm
Education Center - Presented by the Eighth Step - Hilarious,
rhyme-intensive original songs poking fun at almost anything politically 

Fenimore Gallery - Presented by the Adirondack Shakespeare Company.

Recycled Percussion - April 20, 7:30pm
Mainstage - Since Justin Spencer formed Recycled Percussion in 1995, the band has been unstoppable. Their junk rock music became a national phenomenon week after week during their smash hit performances on America's Got Talent in 2009.

On The Screen   

Roxy: The Movie - April 20, 7pm
GE Theatre   - Over 40 years in the making, and never before screened theatrically, this legendary 1973 concert tour captured the Mothers at the height of their creative powers. Presented by It Came From Schenectady.

School of the Performing Arts
Registration is now open for the summer programs at Proctors.

April 18, 4:30-7:30pm, GE Theatre
In conjunction with the the summer performing arts program, an audition will be held on April 18 for the performance of All Shook Up. Ages 14-19. The show will be performed on the Mainstage at Proctors in August.


April 15 & 16
Schenectady Armory
The Empire State Sports Council (ES Sports), a Nonprofit 501(c)(3) Organization based in Clifton Park, is kicking off the first year of its newest annual event, the Empire State Corporate Challenge, with a Dodgeball Tournament at the Schenectady Armory.  Registration Ends April 14.

Octavo Singers Fun-Raiser    
April 17, 11am-4pm
Key Hall at Proctors
Food, fun, and festivities for the whole family! Enjoy live performances, try your luck with a lottery board and raffle drawings, and bid on exciting silent auction items.

Empty Bowls  
April 17, 5pm
GE Theatre at Proctors
A fundraiser to help three organizations that help fight food insecurity in Schenectady: City Mission of Schenectady, Bethesda House, and Concerned for the Hungry. Every participant receives a delicious dinner donated by local restaurants, and their choice of a hand made ceramic bowl, which serves as a symbol of the many people in our community who go home to "empty bowls" at meal time.

April 26, 10am-12pm
32 Washington Avenue
Spring Break Workshops: Climbing Your Family Tree - Jump start your young  genealogist, where he or she will learn the basics of exploring and preserving the family tree. Pre-registration is required.

Save the Date! April 28
Dine out for breakfast, lunch, or dinner at any of the participating restaurants have 25% or more of your food and beverage purchase donated to the Alliance for Positive Health! Participating downtown Schenectady restaurants: Ambition Coffee House & EateryBel Cibo Bistro Bombers Burrito Bar and  Mexican Radio.

Sunday, May 7
Mohawk River & Mohawk Hudson Bike Path
Registration Open!  Join us for a fun, family friendly, yet competitive event that provides an exciting adventure  on the Mohawk River and the Mohawk Hudson Bike Path. For individuals, teams, or families!

Through May 20
44 Washington Avenue
Shoe Drive: Clean out your closet and help the programs of the YWCA. Shoes must be wearable with no holes or rips. May be dropped off at the YWCA.

2016 Times Union Best of the Capital Region
Online Voting Ends Friday

Cast your vote for your favorite Downtown Schenectady establishments! The 20th Annual Times Union Best of the Capital Region voting is now open. Online voting ends at 3pm on Friday, April 15.  Vote Here
miSci (museum of innovation & science)
Museum Hours: Mon-Sat: 9am-5pm, Sun: 12-5pm  

April 25-29
Looking for something for the kids to do over spring break? Check out these great classes at the museum. 

Through May 1
Escape winter's chill and discover hundreds of brilliantly colored native butterflies at miSci's indoor butterfly house, flying about (and possibly landing on you!) as miSci 
re-creates their habitat - the edge of an open field with flowers and trees. Be sure to stop at the chrysalis chamber to see the butterflies as they emerge.

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

The Whitney Book Corner
600 Union Street
Throughout April: Gardening & Cookbooks
All proceeds support Schenectady County Public Library

Thank You to Our Generous Sponsors!


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