Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather (better than a usual February), to spelling, to milk, to authors, to comedy, to wine, to music...
Here's the paraphrased forecast:
Monday: Sunny and 45.
Tuesday: Sunny and high 30s.
Thursday: Some sun. Chance of snow. Highs around 40.
Friday: Sun and 40.
Weekend: Cooler, highs in the low 30s.
Rather great for February.
The Last Five Years
This week at Caffe Lena: a production of The Last Five Years, starring Molly McGrath (recently on AOA) and Nick Abounader. It tells the story of a five-year relationship, from beginning to end -- and end to beginning. Monday, Tuesday at 7:30 pm / Saturday, Sunday at 2 pm - $15
The Greater Capital Region Spelling Bee is Tuesday evening at Proctors. More than a hundred students will be competing for the a spot in the National Spelling Bee in DC. 5 pm
Evolution, milk, cheese, cheesecake
The popular Cooking the Tree of Life series is back at the State Museum Wednesday with an evening about milk, cheese, and cheesecake. The program about the evolution of milk production will include a tasting of cheese from Honest Weight, cheesecake from Cheesecake Machismo, and milk from Meadowbrook. 7 pm - $5
Arts and Sciences
Better than a thousand words
Physicist John D. Barrow will be at EMPAC Wednesday evening for a talk about the way images have influenced the development of science, from Van Gogh's "Starry Night" to the Hubble Telescope. Barrow is the 2006 winner of the Templeton Prize. 6 pm - free
Personal Story, Historical Event
National Book Award author Ha Jin will be at Skidmore Thursday evening for a talk titled "Personal Story, Historical Event." His most recent book is Nanjing Requiem, which is set during the Japanese occupation of Nanjing, China (review). 8 pm - free
Author and street photographer Teju Cole will be at UAlbany Friday evening as part of the NYS Writers Institute visiting writers series. Cole's debut novel, 2011's Open City, was much praised. 8 pm, Performing Arts Center uptown campus - free
Young Frederick Douglass
Author Lesa Cline-Ransome and illustrator James Ransome will be at the State Museum Saturday afternoon to talk about their new children's book Words Set Me Free: The Story of Young Frederick Douglass. The couple lives in the Hudson Valley and create books that highlight the stories of African-American champions and other historical figures. 1 pm - free
Laugh. It's funny.
National College Comedy Festival
The National College Comedy Festival is this weekend at Skidmore. The annual festival is a showcase for up-and-coming comedy writers, performers, and improv troupes -- and many past performers have gone on to great success (example: the festival's founder, David Miner, is a producer for 30 Rock and Parks and Recreation). Here's a good piece on the festival and its history over at Splitsider.
There are performances Friday and Saturday night featuring college (7 pm) and professional (10 pm) groups. $5 for college performances, $7 for professional, $20 for the whole weekend
The Capital Region Wine Festival is this coming weekend at Proctors. It opens with a dinner featuring "The Singing Chef" Friday night ($75), continues with two free seminars on Saturday, and concludes with the grand tasting Saturday afternoon ($55 / $25 for designated drivers).
The Arts Center of the Capital Region is throwing a Valentine's Day-themed speakeasy party Saturday night. There are dance lessons at 7 pm. Music from Doc Scanlon's Deja VooDoo Boys starts at 8 pm. It includes a costume and dance contests. Cash bar, as well as desserts and coffee available from the Sunspot Cafe. 7 pm - $15
1. If you're looking to go out somewhere for Valentine's Day, make a reservation now. There's only about a week to go, and spots will fill up fast.
The Troy Music Hall advertises on AOA, as does Proctors.
photo: Teju Cole
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