The week ahead

The trailer for "extended play" at EMPAC.

Here are a few things to keep in mind, look ahead to, or take care of this week -- from the weather (in between), to restaurant criticism, to Maureen Dowd, to film, to comedy, to music...


Here's the paraphrased forecast:

Monday: Colder with a chance of snow. The morning could be messy thanks to a mix of ice/sleet/snow over night. Highs in the low 30s.
Tuesday: Sunny and a bit warmer.
Wednesday: Sunny and even warmer. Highs around 40.
Thursday: Cloudy. Chance of rain. Highs in the low 40s.
Friday: About the same as Thursday.
Weekend: Sunny. Mid-40s.

We're in between seasons.

Sam Sifton

Sam Sifton, the New York Times restaurant critic, will be giving a talk at Skidmore Monday evening at 7 pm. free (Though space may be limited.)

maureen dowd

Maureen Dowd

Pulitzer prize-winning NYT columnist Maureen Dowd will be at UAlbany's Page Hall (downtown campus) Thursday night for a talk as part of the NYS Writers Institute visiting writers series. free (Though you may want to show up a bit early -- we seem to remember her last appearance here was packed.)


+ Duchess and the Afro Dub Rebels are playing a Mardi Gras show at Savannah's/The Dublin Underground Tuesday night. It sounds like a funky time. $2

+ The Leipzig String Quartet will be performing with jazz saxophonist Steve Wilson and jazz pianist Pete Malinverni at St. Rose's Massry Center Wednesday evening as part of a special Ash Wednesday concert that's a mashup (if that's the word) of Haydn's The Seven Last Words of Christ and selections from Duke Ellington. $20

+ Sgt Dunbar and the Hobo Banned is playing a tour kick-off show Wednesday evening at Valentine's with Beware! The Other Head of Science and Ashley Pond. Dunbar is heading out on a tour across the country, including a stop at SXSW. They're also celebrating a new album.

+ Composer and music theorist Larry Polansky will be at RPI Wednesday evening. Here a recent piece about Polansky at The Awl.

+ Longtime "new wave a cappella" group The Bobs is at Caffe Lena Wednesday night. $22 ahead/$24 day of

+ Looking to Friday: Mike Doughty is playing Helsinki Hudson. $25

O Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo?

Proctors is showing a broadcast on its "giant" screen of Romeo and Juliet from the Globe Theatre in London. There are two screenings on Tuesday, at 2 pm and 7 pm (it runs almost three hours long). $20

Proctors is also showing a Bolshoi ballet performance of Don Quixote on Monday. $20

Looking ahead to Friday: Proctors is showing two Godzilla movies. $12

Adventures in motion

The onedotzero_adventures in motion festival at EMPAC has two screenings lined up Thursday night: extended play 10, "eclectic and engrossing range of shorts"; and nightfall, which ranges "from gaming-edged horror and sci-fi weirdness to trippy psychedelia." $5 each

Also at EMPAC this week: an artist-in-residence showing of Down The Rabbit-Hole, a video/music piece inspired by Alice in Wonderland, on Monday. free


+ Laughs on Lark is back at Elda's this Wednesday night. Six comics for $5.

+ Comedian Gabriel Iglesias is playing not one, but two, shows at The Egg Friday night. By the way: Iglesias is not fat -- he's fluffy. $37.25

These are a just a few things for this week. Know of something people should be looking forward to this week? Please share!

Look for our "Stuff to do this weekend" post on Friday.

EMPAC advertises on AOA.

Dowd photo: New York Times


A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant and A Prayer will be presented at The Women’s Building (373 Central Avenue, Albany) on March 10, 11, & 12. The cost is $ 10 per person and $ 8 for students and seniors. Reservations are recommended, but not required. Reservations can be made by contacting (518) 788-5254. The proceeds from this event will benefit The Women and Girls of Haiti and The Women’s Building.

This show is culled from Eve Ensler's book of the same name, made up of personal and often powerful essays by celebrities (Kathy Najimy, Eve Ensler), literati (Nicholas D. Kristof, Edwidge Danticat) and feminist luminaries (Maya Angelou, Alice Walker). Ensler made her taboo-breaking reputation with her stage production The Vagina Monologues; here, she continues in that spirit, calling violence against women "an issue that lives smack in the middle of the world and is still not spoken, not seen, not given weight or significance."!/event.php?eid=173990295970288

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