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="http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/30/books/in-great-soul-joseph-lelyveld-re-examines-gandhi.html?pagewanted=all">review), which set off controversy and was banned in parts of India. 8 pm Recital Hall uptown campus - free
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
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
"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:
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
Easter and Passover
The Jewish commemoration of Passover begins at sundown Friday and runs through April 13. Matzoh at the ready.
The Chick Corea show at the Massry Center Wednesday is sold out.
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.
Proctors advertises on AOA.
photo: Abelardo Morrell
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