Odds & Ends at the End of the Week

Guitarist-vocalist Joel Marshall is parting company with the local rock cover band What She Said. He’ll be making his farewell performance with the band at 9pm tonight at Pinhead Susan’s in Schenectady.

Congrats go out to the Center for Photography at Woodstock, which was honored with the Spotlight Award for significant contributions to the field of photography at the eighth annual Lucie Awards held at Lincoln Center in New York City on Wednesday.

Also down in Woodstock, the VARGA Gallery is hosting its “Ha Ha Halloween” celebration from 8pm til 12midnight on Saturday. Featuring face painting by Lydia, spoken word by Tripsy the Faerie, tarot readers, psychics, costume contests, food, drink and a cabaret performance by the one and only Phoebe Legere. Costumes a must. $20 suggested donation at the door; $5 minimum donation.

Looking for a more family-friendly – and earlier – Halloween celebration? Check out Art Omi in Ghent, which is hosting a free Trick or Treat Open House from 4:30-6:30pm on Saturday. Dress up in costume and search for treats among the sculptures, participate in various art activities and enjoy free cookies, popcorn and cider.

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