The week ahead

week ahead 2011-10-09

Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather (not bad at all), to economics, to architecture, to hair bands, to Andrew Bird, to all sorts of music...

Weather

Here's the paraphrased forecast:

Monday: Sunny, with highs in the upper 70s.
Tuesday: Sunny, with highs in the mid 70s.
Wednesday: Mostly cloudly, with highs in the low 70s.
Thursday: Chance of showers with highs in the upper 60s.
Friday: Mostly cloudy, with highs in the mid 60s. .
Weekend: Sunny and in the low 70s.

October's been very nice to us.

Sylvia Nasar

Journalist Silvia Nasar -- the author of A Beautiful Mind, the biography of economist John Forbes Nash (the book that was the basis for the movie) -- will be at UAlbany Tuesday as part of the the NYS Writers Institute visiting writers series. She'll be talking about her new book, Grand Pursuit: The Story of Economic Genius. (Bonus fact: she had a residency at Yaddo a few years back.) At the performing arts center's main theater on the uptown campus. 7 pm - free

Arts and Sciences

+ There's a screening of A Suitcase Full of Chocolate, a documentary about the life of pianist Sofia Cosma, Monday at The Egg. The screening will also feature live piano and commentary by film producer Lincoln Mayorga. 7 pm - $10

+ The Albany Sonic Arts Collective is hosting a drone-making event at the Arts Center for the Capital Region Wednesday where people with all levels of musicianship can come grab an instrument to learn how to make "hypnotic and meditative sonic art." 7 pm - free

+ Wednesday at RPI: a talk by architect Karl Chu. He's "involved in the research and development of genetic architecture and the ontology of the architecture of possible worlds." At EMPAC. 6 pm - free

+ The Capital District Permaculture Guild will meet Thursday at 382 Morris Street in Albany. Members of The Invisible Sun Collective will talk about their work with soil testing, soil remediation, and mapping Albany's vacant lots for heavy metal content. 7pm - free

+ Thursday at the Arts Center there's a reading of David Mamet's Race, followed by a panel discussion asking the question, "Is it possible, in America today, NOT to be even a little bit racist?" The reading and discussion are part of "The Firestorm Series," a collaboration between the Arts Center and Capital Rep. 7 pm - $12

The Albany Barn

The Albany Barn is hosting its first annual fundraising party on Friday at the Washington Park Lakehouse. The money will go to support the operating costs of Stage 1 as well as the continued renovation of St. Joseph's Academy. 7 pm - $40

Hair bands

The touring version of Rock of Ages, the Broadway jukebox musical about 80s rock (example: Twisted Sister), opens at Proctors on Friday and runs through the weekend. $20 and up

Art nights

Yes, we know it isn't actually the first Friday of the month, but it's First Friday this Friday. And Troy Night Out. And Art Night Schenectady. The nights were all moved to this Friday because MoHu.

Music

Monday: Punk Rock Columbus Day Show at Valentine's
with Tex Railers Doomtown, Boxer Brown, The Black Tie Operation. 8pm - $7

Tuesday: Stephen Stills at the Egg
The folk-rock great will perform with his band. 7:30pm - $34-$39

Wednesday: Hanson at Northern Lights
The boy band is all grown up now. 8pm - $25-$28
Cancelled.

Thursday: Andrew Bird at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall
Bird mixes classical, jazz, gypsy folk and rock to make haunting, melodic bliss. 8pm - $33.50

Thursday: Sophie Shao at Union College
The college's annual festival of chamber music at Memorial Chapel opens with the cellist Sophie Shao (and friends). 8 pm - $20

The Boyz II Men show at the Saratoga Casino on Thursday is sold out.

Friday: Josh Ritter at the Egg
The singer-songwriter brings his literate work to the stage. 8pm - $34.50

Friday: Around the World and Back at Valentine's
With: Severe Severe, Alta Mira, The Lights Out. 8 pm

Saturday: The Silos at Valentine's
Alt-country from before that was a label. With: Grainbelt. 8:30 pm - $10

Saturday: Yuja Wang at the Massry Center
This clip of her playing "Flight of the Bumbebee" is crazy. 8 pm - $35

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.

Proctors advertises on AOA, as does the Troy Music Hall.
AOA is a media sponsor of the Albany Barn.

Andrew Bird photo: Cameron Wittig | St. Joseph's Academy photo: Sebastien Barre | Sylvia Nasar photo via her website | Josh Ritter photo via his website

Comments

When will the Halloween party at the Washington Park Lakehouse be?

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And speaking of Mr. Ferraro, he and Fernando Orellana have their opening reception at Albany Center Gallery on Saturday 10/15 from 5-9pm. With beer catering (yes BEER catering) by Chatham Brewery.

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