The week ahead


A camera obscura photograph of Central Park by Abelardo Morrell. He'll be at St. Rose this week talking about his work.

Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather (sunny), to Gandhi, to camera obscura, to collapsible spheres, to wine and global warming, to the Frozen Four, to Passover and Easter, to music...


Here's the paraphrased forecast:

Monday: Sunny and 50.
Tuesday: Sunny, high 50s.
Wednesday: About the same. Breezy.
Thursday: Sunny and low 50s.
Friday: Repeat, a bit warmer.
Weekend: Sunny, 60s.

Well, OK, then.

Joseph Lelyveld on Gandhi

Pulitzer Prize-winning author and former NYT executive editor Joseph Lelyveld will be at UAlbany Tuesday as part of the NYS Writers Institute visiting writers series. Lelyveld will be talking about his recent biography of Gandhi (< a href="">review), which set off controversy and was banned in parts of India. 8 pm Recital Hall uptown campus - free

Camera obscura

Photographer Abelardo Morell will be at St. Rose Wednesday for a talk about how he creates beautiful works using camera obscura. His work was featured last year in National Geographic. 6 pm St. Joseph's Hall Auditorium - free

Arts and Sciences

Transformable design
Designer and inventor Chuck Hoberman will be at RPI Monday evening for a talk about "transformable design." He's the inventor of the Hoberman sphere, a collapsable structure that's been used in architecture and toys. His firm does work ranging from "inventing a rapidly deployable shelter, re-defining portability for children's products, or collaborating with architects to develop next-generation adaptive buildings." 6 pm EMPAC - free

Saving the grape
Andrew Sturman -- a climatologist from New Zealand -- will be at UAlbany Tuesday night for a talk about global warming is affecting vineyards and the wine industry. 8 pm CESTM building - free

Robert Castillo -- a storyboard artist for films and TV -- will be at The Linda Tuesday evening talking about his work. Presented by Upstate Independents. 6 pm - free

"A guided tour of my life"
Author Wayne Koestenbaum will be at Skidmore Thursday evening for a talk about memoir and non-fiction. He will "reveal how and why he writes, advise others on how and why they might write, and discuss such topics as the relation between personal essays and memoir, the meaning of "greatness" in non-fiction, and the role of models and masters in creating a personal style." 8 pm Surrey Williamson Inn - free

Dutchmen in the Frozen Four

The Union College men's hockey team is playing in the Frozen Four Thursday -- it's the semifinals of the NCAA tournament (like the Final Four... but on ice, thus frozen). The Dutchmen will face Ferris State at 4:30 pm in Tampa, Florida. The game will be on ESPNU/ESPN3.


There's a lot at EMPAC this week:

John Zorn
The avant-garde composer/saxophonist is playing a concert. (Last we heard there were just a few tickets remaining.) Tuesday 7:30 pm - $18

Peter Edwards and Sabisha Friedberg
Edwards (Casper Electronics in Troy) and Friedberg present a sonic composition "influenced by the audience's movement through space." Wednesday 8:30 pm - free

Colin Stetson and Tyshawn Sorey with Sarah Neufeld
Saxophonist Stetson and percussionist Sorey will be performing their own works "drawing from jazz, classical, and pop with equal measure." Neufield (who plays with Arcade Fire) opens with her own works on violin. Thursday 7:30 pm - $18

fluid hug hug: (glowing)
Choreographer Kota Yamazaki presents a work that "draws on his own deep background in butoh, a dance form developed in Japan after WWII that embraces darkness, and connects it with traditional African dance and contemporary movement to mine the inherent similarities between these forms." Friday 8 pm - $18

Young Frankenstein

The touring production of the Broadway musical of Mel Brooks' Young Frankenstein makes a one-day stop at Proctors on Saturday. 2 pm - $20 and up

Easter and Passover

The Jewish commemoration of Passover begins at sundown Friday and runs through April 13. Matzoh at the ready.

The holiest day of the year for Christians -- Easter -- is this coming Sunday. And, of course, that means Good Friday is this Friday.


The Chick Corea show at the Massry Center Wednesday is sold out.

Thursday: Los Lobos at MASS MoCA
Playing an acoustic set. 8 pm - $29 ahead / $35 day of

Thursday: The Moody Blues at Proctors
Still kicking (softly). 8 pm - $20 and up

Thursday: opera singer Angela Brown at the Zankel Center
Soprano singing Opera... from a Sistah's Point of View and a work created in part by Maya Angelou. 8 pm - free (tickets required)

Friday: pianist Jeremy Denk at the Zankel Center
Playing Mozart, Liszt, Liget, and Brahms. (He also blogs about his glamorous life.) 8 pm - $7

Friday: Conehead Buddha at Valentine's
They're back. 8 pm

Friday: MotherJudge at Caffe Lena
Playing with Sten Isachsen and Bob Buckley. 8 pm - $12

Friday: Kevin Costner and Modern West at Northern Lights
Noted: Kevin Costner has a band. 8 pm - $23 ahead / $25 day of

Saturday: The Parlor at Valentine's
A show celebrating the release of their new album Our Day in the Sun. With: Sgt Dunbar, The Red Lions. 7:30 pm - $7

Saturday: BritishMania at The Egg
Beatles tribute band playing the group's early songs (in costume). 8 pm - $35 and $45

Saturday: Lucy Kaplansky at Caffe Lena
Alt-country/folk. With: Harpeth Rising. 7 pm - $22 ahead / $24 at door

Saturday: Michael Daves at The Linda
"Punk-infused roots" guitar. With: Whit Connah and Barbara Panter. Hosted by Dan Johnson and his Expert Sidemen. 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: Abelardo Morrell

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