Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather (March-like), to leaping, to John Sayles, to Office Space, to cooking classes, to Go, Dog. Go!, to Godzilla, to a lot of music...
Here's the paraphrased forecast:
Monday: Some sun. Maybe some rain. Highs in the upper 40s.
Tuesday: Sunny and 40.
Wednesday: Probably some snow and rain. Highs in the mid 30s.
Thursday: Cloudy. Chance of rain and snow. Highs in the mid 30s.
Friday: Some sun, highs near 40.
Weekend: Maybe some snow and rain. Warmer. Highs in the 40s.
Actually kind of March-like.
It's a leap year, so there's a February 29 this year -- and it's Wednesday. Why the need for the extra day? Because the calendar year (365 days) is about six hours shorter than a solar year. So every four years we add a day to the calendar to make up for it. (It's actually more complicated than that -- for example, 2100 will not be a leap year. Such is the universe.)
Much-admired writer and director John Sayles will be at UAlbany Monday as part of the NYS Writers Institute visiting writers series. His latest work is A Moment in the Sun, a novel about America at the beginning of the 20th century (review). And if you didn't know: Sayles is from Schenectady. 8 pm uptown campus recital hall - free
The touring company of the Broadway show Jersey Boys starts a two-and-a-half week run at Proctors on Tuesday. It's jukebox musical about Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. various show times - tickets start at $20
A few potentially interesting/fun cooking classes this week:
Monday: Larry's Southwest at Different Drummer's
A class on classic Mexican sauces, taught by Larry Sombke. He's been jarring his sauces to be sold in the supermarkets. We've had the chipotle sauce it -- was good. 6 pm - $65
Wednesday: Korean BBQ at Different Drummer's
677 Prime chef Jaime Ortiz on how to make various Korean-style barbecued meats, and kimchi. 6 pm - $69 (it looks like just a few spots remain)
Arts and Sciences
A close reading of Go, Dog. Go!
Shakespeare scholar Stephen Booth will give a talk at Union Monday evening about the classic children's book Go, Dog. Go! by P.D. Eastman -- specifically, we're guessing, about the words used by Eastman and how those choices could be compared to Shakespeare. For what it's worth, a former student says the Go, Dog. Go! lecture was the highlight of a class taught by Booth. (Also: this is not from The Onion.) 5:15 pm at the Nott - free
Novelist/humorist/This American Life contributor Shalom Auslander will be at UAlbany Thursday as part of the NYS Writers Institute visiting writers series. He has a new novel, Hope: A Tragedy, in which a man living in the Catskills finds a woman claiming to be Anne Frank hiding in his attic (review). 8 pm uptown campus, science library - free
University of Southern California professor Judith Halberstam will be at Skidmore Thursday for a talk titled "Gaga Feminism: Sex, Gender, and the End of Normal." From the blurbage: "Halberstam is a professor of English, gender studies, and American studies and ethnicity at USC who researches and writes on popular culture, subcultures, and queer theory." 5:30 pm Gannett Auditorium - free
Saturday at EMPAC: a work by Jean-François Peyret "using voice and movement, the performer influences, triggers, and interacts with the complex web of sonic and visual elements at play to create a multi-layered interpretation of Thoreau's revolutionary musings of Walden Pond." 8 pm - $18
adventures in motion
The onedotzero_adventures in motion series at EMPAC has two screenings lined up Thursday: wow + flutter 11 ("forecasting the future of moving image") and wavelength 11 ("radical new takes in music video"). 7 and 8:30 pm - $6 each
WCDB music festival
The UAlbany student radio station is celebrating its 34th anniversary with a two-day concert at Valentine's, Friday and Saturday, featuring locals (such as Sgt. Dunbar) and national acts (such as Titus Andronicus). Tickets are $25 for a two-day pass -- $10 for Friday only ($12 day of), $17 for Saturday only ($18 day of).
Sunday: Albany Symphony Orchestra "Super Orchestra Man" at The Palace
"Join the greatest Superhero Orchestra and its Superheroic Conductor to find the perfect Superhero music for you." Also: an "instrument petting zoo." 3 pm - $12 adults / $6 kids
These are a just a few things for this week. Know of something people should be looking forward to this week? Please share!
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