The week ahead

The trailer for the much praised film Winter's Bone, playing at Proctors this week.

Here are a few things to keep in mind, look ahead to, or take care of this week -- from the weather (icky then sunny), to barbecue, to music, to moral philosophy to... turkey.


The first part of week could be a bit icky, but the rest looks OK for mid-November. The paraphrased forecast:

Monday: Rain, chance of snow. High around 40.
Tuesday: Maybe some rain. High in the upper 40s.
Wednesday:Sunny. High around 50.
Thursday:More sun. High around 50.
Friday: Yet more sun. A touch warmer.
Weekend:Sun again. And even a bit warmer.


The new Dinosaur Bar-B-Que in Troy is scheduled to open on Wednesday. We got a look around the place last week and it was shaping up nicely.

The Dino's Syracuse location draws big crowds and big waits. One way to get around the wait? Takeout. It's not the same (obviously), but it's worth a shot if you're not up for a wait.

Listen, Look, Laugh

+ Wreckless Eric and Amy Rigby are at Valentine's Tuesday. Tickets are $10.

+ Winter's Bone is playing at Proctors this week. The indie film won best picture and best screenplay this year at Sundance -- and it was scored as having "universal acclaim" on Metacritic. There are two evening screenings -- on Tuesday and Wednesday at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $3.

+ Laughs on Lark is back at Elda's Wednesday night. Four local comedians are lined for the show. It's hosted by Matt Kelly, one of the comics in that Rent is 2 Damn High headquarters skit from last week.

Arts and Sciences

+ Philosopher Kwame Anthony Appiah will be at UAlbany Thursday evening as part of the New York State Writers Institute series. His latest book is The Honor Code: How Moral Revolutions Happen. Appiah was interviewed for Big Think earlier this fall.

+ The photography exhibit "Battlesight: Dispatches from Iraq and Afghanistan by International Photographers" at the Arts Center of the Capital Region in Troy is on display until December 19 (it opened October 22). But given that this Thursday is Veteran's Day, this week is a good one to check out the exhibit. From the press release for the show:

The exhibit is a powerful collection of wartime images from Iraq, Afghanistan, and beyond by three renowned photographers whose work records the realities of life for combatants and civilians alike in lands far from most Americans' view.

It's the first exhibit curated by Timothy Cahill for the Center for Documentary Arts at The Sage Colleges.

To-do list

Yonder Farms pie

Thanksgiving will be here before you know it. So this week's list is about prepping for Turkey Day.

1. Travel plans -- if you're traveling for the holiday and haven't already lined up how you're getting there, do so now.

2. Dinner plans -- if you're cooking a big dinner, mapping out a game plan helps tremendously (you can figure out what can be done ahead and what can be delegated). If you think you'll be eating out, snap up a reservation (Steve's been collecting Thanksgiving day specials at local restaurants).

3. Speaking of food -- some items (fresh turkeys and pies, for example) often need to be ordered ahead of time for Thanksgiving. So check it out and sign up, if need be.

These are just a few things to keep in mind for the week. Be sure to check out our "Stuff to do this weekend" post on Friday.

Know of something people should be looking forward to this week? Please share!


You can reserve your Thanksgiving Turkey with Franzen's Scenic Acres at the Delmar Market this weekend. There are lots of Brussle Sprouts, Squash & greens, come out and see more than 40 vendors this Sat., 9-1. Enter Bethlehem Middle School around the back for the market (we're in the cafeteria).

All Good Bakers will have bread made with only organic flour, the best upstate bialys available, handmade croissants, vegan cinnamon buns, whole-grain muffins, crispy brown rice energy treats and buttermilk scones. Local ingredients!

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