The week ahead

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The architect whose firm designed this Apple store -- and 13 others -- will be at RPI this week.

Here are a few things to keep in mind, look ahead to, or take care of this week -- from the weather (backsliding), to vaccines, to art, to architecture, to music...


Here's the paraphrased forecast:

Monday: Snow and sleet from overnight Sunday into Monday morning. Rain in the afternoon. Highs in the mid-40s. Blech.
Tuesday: Sunny. Highs in the mid-40s.
Wednesday: Cloudy. Chance of snow. Highs in the upper 30s.
Thursday: About the same.
Friday: Sunny. Highs in the mid-30s.
Weekend: Sunny. Mid-30s

Spring, we hardly knew ya.

Oh, right, about spring...

It's officially started on Sunday.


Journalist Seth Mnookin will be giving a talk about the panic over autism and vaccines at the UAlbany School of Public Health Tuesday night as part of the NYS Writers Institute visiting writers series. Mnookin's recent book, The Panic Virus, is about the anti-vaccine movement in the United States, and how the myth of a connection between autism and the MMR vaccine lives on despite a series of evidence against it. free - 8 pm


+ A new installation at EMPAC -- The Confidence Man by Graham Parker -- opens Monday and runs through the end of April. From the blurbage:

Parker has long been interested in spectrality--the concealing of one set of operations behind the appearance of another. His 2009 book Fair Use (Notes from Spam), explored spam emails as the latest manifestation of a longstanding mode of deception that has accompanied nearly all new developments in human transport and communication networks (the book touched on such phenomena as Nigerian spam, 19th century railroad cons and medieval beggar gangs). The Confidence Man features work that has grown out of that research--including hacked ATM machines, rogue WIFI networks, monologues drawn from spam emails and a tribute to the 1973 film The Sting.

It's free and open to the public. You can book a tour with the artist by calling the EMPAC box office at 276-3921.

+ Bull's-eye, a exhibit of photographs by Union College professor of visual arts Martin Benjamin, opens at the college's Mandeville Gallery Thursday. free


Architect Peter Bohlin will be giving at talk titled "Soft Modernism and the Nature of Circumstance" in EMPAC's concert hall Wednesday evening as part of RPI's School of Architecture lecture series. Among the structures designed by Bohlin's firm, Bohlin Cywinski Jackson: 14 Apple stores, including the glass cube location on 5th Ave in Manhattan. free - 6 pm


Dog "whisperer" Cesar Millan will be at The Palace Sunday. If you use the code "ANIMAL" when buying tickets, 20 percent of the proceeds will go to the Animal Protective Foundation in Scotia. tickets start at $35.75 - 7 pm


+ The Boston Symphony Orchestra Strings will be at the Massry Center at St. Rose Monday night. $40 - lecture at 7:30 pm / concert at 8 pm

+ The Macpodz -- not an Apple accessory, but rather a jazz rock band -- is at Red Square Tuesday night. $10 (over 21) / $15 (18-20) - 8 pm

+ Celtic Woman, that favorite of PBS pledge drives, is at The Palace Wednesday night. $32 and $62 - 7:30 pm

+ There's a fundraiser for The Egg Thursday night at (where else) The Egg. The show will celebrate the 10 year anniversary of The Egg's "American Roots and Branches" series. Among those on the slate: Greg Haymes and Michael Eck with the Ramblin' Jug Stompers, Tim Coakley with Clarinet Marmalade, and David Malachowski with the Acoustic Woodstock Allstars. Tickets start at $45 - 5 pm

+ Moody South African alt rock band Civil Twilight is at Putnam Den Thursday night. Here's a review of a recent show in Seattle. $10 - 9 pm

+ Severe Severe is at Valentine's Thursday night with Patrons of Sweet and Life Among the Trees. 8 pm

+ Band name of the week: Dangermuffin, which is at Jillian's Thursday night.

Looking to the weekend

+ Welsh indie "shoegaze-grunge hybrid" band The Joy Formidable is at Valentine's Saturday night. They sound like the 90s. Here are a bunch of tracks. With The Lonely Forest, Mona, Around the World and Back. 7 pm - $10 ahead / $12 day of

+ Saturday at Putnam Den: Prima, with Pillowhead and The Red Lions. $7 - 9 pm

+ CBS6's Jerry Gretzinger will be performing his homage to Frank Sinatra at The Linda Saturday night. He'll be backed up by the Swing Docs. We hear they also cover a Kermit the Frog song. $23 - 8 pm

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. So does the Palace.

photo: Ed Uthman via Wikipedia


One more for parents and educators:

Parker School will be hosting a panel discussion, "Educating for 21st Century Success" on Wednesday, 3/23/11, 7:00-8:30p.m.

For details, see

The Arts Center in Troy is having an Open House on Thursday from 5:30 - 7:30. I think you have to be on their mailing list to be "invited", but if someone is interested in learning more about the classes at the Arts Center, then you could probably crash.

I also heard about this cool party happening on Wednesday...

Albany Sunspot Cafe is having their official Grand opening Monday night, with live Music from Doc Scanlon Trio at 8:30 pm:!/event.php?eid=191467270891326

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