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.
Weekend: Sunny, mid 50s.
Like an actual March.
Bad News Bears
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
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 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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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photo: Sarah McKune
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