The week ahead

lauren groff looking out of frame

Rising star author -- and Cooperstown native -- Lauren Groff will be at UAlbany this week.

Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather (snow?), to authors, fighting obesity, gnocchi, a hero, glow-in-the-dark puppets, comedy, and music...


Here's the paraphrased forecast:

Monday: Sunny, windy, and 40.
Tuesday: Sunny and 44.
Wednesday: A chance of snow in the morning, then rain later. Highs in the mid 50s.
Thursday: Sunny and low 50s.
Friday: Repeat.
Weekend: Sunny, mid 50s.

Like an actual March.

Bad News Bears

The Palace's film series is showing The Bad News Bears (the Walter Mathau version) Monday evening. 7 pm - $5 adults / $3 kids

Lauren Groff

Fiction writer Lauren Groff will be at UAlbany Tuesday as part of the NYS Writers Institute visiting writers series. At 33, the Cooperstown native already has had a NYT bestseller (The Monsters of Templeton) and her new book -- Arcadia, out this month -- has gotten much advance praise (NYT review). 8 pm Assembly Hall uptown campus - free

Arts and Sciences

Fighting obesity
Christina Economos -- an associate professor at Tufts who studies childhood nutrition issues -- will be at Sage Monday night for a talk titled "Catalyzing Communities for Change: A Systems Approach for Obesity Prevention in Children." 7 pm Bush Memorial, Troy Campus - free

Art criticism
Art critic Bob Nickas will be at the UAlbany Art Museum Monday evening for a talk about his his book Catalog of the Exhibition, a memoir of his time as an art curator (the linked page says "March 6," but the talk is March 26). 7 pm - free

The End of Growth
Richard Heinberg will be giving a talk at UAlbany Tuesday evening about his new book The End of Growth, in which he argues that "we [should] maximize happiness rather than the futile pursuit of growth at any cost." Heinberg is a fellow-in-residence at the Post Carbon Institute and frequent commenter on peak oil -- his previous books have titles such as Peak Everything and The Party's Over. 7 pm - voluntary donation

Managing the arts
Michael Kaiser, president of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, will be at Skidmore Wednesday evening for a talk about how arts organization management and marketing. Kaiser has helped the steady as the ship at a string of prestigious arts orgs. 7:30 pm Filene Auditorium - free

Victorian culture
Skidmore professor Catherine Golden, an expert on Victorian culture, will give a talk Thursday evening about "how Victorian decorative objects illuminate the politics, etiquette, communications, aesthetics, gender, and social class of 19th-century Britain" (apparently the age is "surprisingly rich in paradox.") 8 pm Gannett Auditorium - free


Korean barbecue
677 Prime chef Jaime Ortiz is teaching on a class on Korean barbecue at Different Drummer's Kitchen at Stuyvesant Plaza on Tuesday. 6 pm - $69

Thursday at Gio Culinary Studio in Vorheesville: a class on how to make gnocchi (and burgundy tomato sauce and Italian dinner rolls). 6:15 pm - $45

Theater and dance

Lord of the Dance
The Celtic dance show will be at The Palace Wednesday night. 7:30 pm - $29.50 and up

Broke People's Baroque Peoples' Theater
LA-based troupe My Barbarian will be at RPI Friday night presenting "the absurdities of the American financial crisis as a performance of wastefulness, trashiness, and class warfare" through a range of theatrical styles. 7:30 pm West Hall Auditorium - free

Next Move
The Next Move Dance Festival will be at Proctors Friday and Saturday. "Four innovative companies explore the distinct variations of modern style." Curated by Ellen Sinopoli. 7:30 pm both days - $25 / $15 students

Borscht Belt

Thursday at The Linda: film experts Audrey Kupferberg and Rob Edelman will be screening and talking about a series of film clips depicting Jewish New Yorkers vacationing in the Catskills. Among the films: Billy Crystal's Mr. Saturday Night, Dirty Dancing (of course) and Having Wonderful Time with Ginger Rogers. 7 pm - free


A glow-in-the-dark puppet show called ImaginOcean will be at Proctors Friday evening. It's from puppeteer John Tartaglia, who's worked on Sesame Street and Avenue Q. ImaginOcean is a musical kid's show. 7 pm - $20 and $25 adults / $10 and $15 for 10 and under

Daniel Hernandez and the Northeast LGBT Conference

This weekend at Sage is the Northeast LGBT Conference, a student conference focused on LGBT issues. The conference includes a handful of talks that are open to the public. Among them: Daniel Hernandez, who as an intern for Congresswoman Gabby Giffords was with her the day she was shot and helped save her life (he ran toward the shots, found her on the floor, and applied pressure to her wound to keep her from bleeding out). He's speaking at 8 pm Saturday at the Schacht Fine Arts Center -- tickets are $10 for the public.


Colin and Brad
Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood -- of Whose Line is it Anyway? fame -- will be at Proctors for an improv show on Saturday. 8 pm - $29.75 and up

Bill Burr
Stand up comedian Bill Burr will be at the Troy Music Hall Saturday. 8 pm - $25 and up


Tuesday: Joe Krown Trio at Red Square
Hammond B-3 organ jazz from New Orleans. 7 pm - $12 ahead / $15 day of

The Guster show Wednesday at The Egg is sold out.

Wednesday: Music Mobile Anniversary Benefit at The Linda
A show celebrating the Music Mobile's 34th anniversary. 6 pm - $75

Friday: Stuff Your Face with Bass at Washington Ave Armory
Three rooms, 16 DJs, and it's beach themed. 8 pm - $20 ahead / $25 day of

Friday: Foxy Shazam at Valentine's
Glam rock. 7 pm - $12

Friday: Shelby Lynne at The Egg
Country-ish, Dusty Springfield-tributing, singer/songwriter. 8 pm - $28

Friday: Enter the Haggis at Helsinki Hudson
Celtic rock. 9 pm - $20 ahead / $22 at door

Friday: David Russell at the Zankel Center
Grammy-winning classical guitarist. 8 pm - $7

Saturday: Talea Ensemble at EMPAC
Performing works by Fausto Romitelli, who "took the power of psychedelic rock and the sonic analysis techniques of the French Spectral school and twisted them together to create a deformed, artificial sound world." 8 pm - $18

Saturday: Alta Mira at Valentine's
A CD release show. With: Ben KN, Matt Durfee. 8 pm - $8

Sunday: One Night of Queen at The Palace
Gary Mullen's Queen tribute spectacular. 8 pm - $27.50 and up

Sunday: Joan Osborne at The Egg
What if Joan Osborne was just a stranger on the bus, trying to make her way home? 7:30 pm - $34.50

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.

The Troy Music Hall and Proctors advertise on AOA.

photo: Sarah McKune


Comedy of Errors at the Spectrum tonight. I saw it Sunday before last when it was live from London and it was excellent! Shakesperian comedic goodness!

Friday is Troy Night Out, and the Daily Grind will be hosting the new phenomenal funk/jazz trio Melonious Thunk from 9:00 PM to 11:00 PM.

The band's facebook page:

See you there!

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