The week ahead

wynton marsalis

Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra are the Troy Music Hall Monday.

Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather (like May), Wynton, a modern take on Jane Eyre, culinary boot camp, flowers, tournament madness, and music...


Here's the paraphrased forecast:

Monday: Cloudy, rainy. Highs around 70.
Tuesday: Mostly sunny. A bit cooler.
Wednesday: Sunny and 78.
Thursday: Sunny and 76.
Friday: Sunny and 71.
Weekend: Cooler, in the 60s.

It's like May.

Wynton Marsalis

Famed trumpeter and jazz band leader Wynton Marsalis will be at the Troy Music Hall Monday night with a 15-piece Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. They'll be playing some of Marsalis' music written for big bands, as well as modern renditions of works from a group of jazz masters that include Thelonious Monk and Herbie Hancock. 7:30 pm - $49 and up / students and kids $22

Arts and Sciences

A modern Jane Eyre
Margot Livesey -- author of the new The Flight of Gemma Hardy, a modern take on Jane Eyre (NYT review) -- will be reading and talking about her book at the Albany Public Library Tuesday evening as part of the NYS Writers Institute visiting writers' series. Fiction and non-fiction writer Jo Page -- from Metroland's "Reckonings" column -- will also be there. 7:30 pm - free

The Lives of Margaret Fuller
Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer John Matteson will be reading and speaking at the State Museum Thursday evening as part of the NYS Writers Institute visiting writers series. His new biography is about Margaret Fuller (NYT review), a 19th century writer and social critic ("perhaps the most famous American woman of her generation"). 8 pm - free

Stained glass
Sunday afternoon at the Albany Institute: an illustrated talk about the thousands of pieces of stained glass in St. Peter's Church in Albany. The talk will be followed by a tour of the church to see the windows. 2 pm - free with museum admission


Culinary boot camp
There's a culinary boot camp -- "a comprehensive crash course in the basics of real cooking" -- at Gio Culinary Studio in Vorheesville this week. Part 1 -- knife skills, chicken stock, soups, veloute -- is Wednesday. Part 2 -- braising, sauteing, roasting, sauces -- is Thursday. starts at 5:30 pm each day - $90 each class

New World chef Ric Orlando's "Traveling Around the Globe" cooking class series at Different Drummer's Kitchen at Stuyvesant Plaza makes a stop in Greece on Thursday. 6 pm - $69

Friday at Gio Culinary Studio: "Perfect Risotto," a class that will show how to make three different varieties of risotto. 6:15 pm - $45

Jewish food
The annual Jewish Food Festival at Congregation Gates of Heaven in Schenectady is this Sunday. Unlimited samples of all sorts of traditionally Jewish foods such as brisket, blini, latkes, matzoh ball soup, challah, lox, and rugelach. noon - 3 pm - $15 / $5 for teens / free under 12 and under

Dutchmen! Orange! Madness!

The Syracuse men's basketball team will be playing Wisconsin in the Sweet 16 in Boston on Thursday. Time TBA.

The Union men's hockey team is a #1 seed in the NCAA tournament and will face Michigan State in the first round of the tournament Friday at 3 pm in Bridgeport, Connecticut. The game will be on ESPNU and ESPN3 (so you can watch online).


The annual Capital District Garden & Flower Show is this weekend at HVCC. The show includes exhibits of flowers, garden landscapes, a plant sale, soil testing, and gardening tips. Friday, Saturday, Sunday check for times - $10 at the door / children under 15 free

Shirley MacLaine

Friday at Proctors: a "frank and provocative evening" with Shirley MacLaine combining "a montage of memorable film moments with private revelations about her extraordinary life, career, and spiritual journey." Apparently there were times in her life when she was very busy. There's also a Q&A afterward. (And she's playing Cora's mother on the next season of Downtown Abbey, you know.) 8 pm - $20 and up


Tuesday: Dr. Dog at Northern Lights
Weird indie rock. In a good way. 8 pm - $15 ahead / $17 day

Tuesday: Joseph Bowie/Adam Rudolph Duet at Sanctuary for Independent Media
"Free jazz and electronica unite with the rhythms of the world..." 7 pm - $10

Thursday: Gaelic Storm at The Egg
"Rock-tinged Celtic music." 8 pm - $25 and $35

Friday: Wild Adriatic and The City Never Sleeps at Jillian's
With: Heart Foundation. 8 pm

Friday: Spirit of Uganda at The Egg
"[A] company of young people from Uganda, bring the sounds and movements of East Africa to the stage with the melodic pulse of standing drums, traditional dances, and call-and-response vocals." 7:30 pm - $18 / $12 kids

Friday: Vox Audio at Troy Music Hall
A cappella. "A theatrical powerhouse of vocal acrobatics where the human voice is every instrument in the band." 8 pm - $25 and up / $15 students and kids

Saturday: Behemoth Music Festival at The Lower Parlor
An afternoon-evening affair in Troy (313 10th St) with Around The World And Back, Swamp Baby, Mr. Owl, Rawhead, Ben Karis-Nix, Orphan Legs, Le Sphinxx. starts at 4 pm - $7

Saturday: Dead Cat Bounce at Proctors
Part of the Party Horns NYC series. 7:30 pm - $15

Saturday: Sixties Spectacular at Proctors
The Turtles, BJ Thomas, Ronnie Spector, and Gary U.S. Bonds. 7:30 pm - $36.75 and up

Saturday: Sirsy at Putnam Den
With: Chasing Moira. 9 pm - $5 ahead / $10 at door

Saturday: The Rob Skane 3 at The Arts Center
"Rock & roll for grown-ups." With: The Sandy McNight Fiasco. 8 pm - $8

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.

photo: Eric Delmar via Wikipedia

The Troy Music Hall, Proctors, and the Arts Center advertise on AOA.


Don't forget Front Parlor Storytelling at the Olde English Pub, 7pm on Monday!

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