Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather (atypically typical), to tulips, to mosquitos, to silent film, to ShopRite, to an absurd amount of music...
Here's the paraphrased forecast:
Monday: Rainy. Highs in the low 60s.
Tuesday: Cloudy, cooler. Highs in the low 50s.
Wednesday: Maybe some sun. Highs closer to 60.
Thursday: Cloudy. High 50s.
Friday: Sunny. Mid 50s.
Weekend: About the same.
Tulips now... or next year
The tulips in Albany's Washington Park are in full bloom. Yep, they're early. See them now, or wait until next year.
Albany restaurant week
It's restaurant week in downtown Albany (it started this past Saturday and runs through this coming Saturday). Look for special deals. And crowds -- you'll want to call for a reservation.
Arts and Sciences
Novelist/humorist/This American Life contributor Shalom Auslander will be at UAlbany Tuesday as part of the NYS Writers Institute visiting writers series. He has a new novel, Hope: A Tragedy, in which a man living in the Catskills finds a woman claiming to be Anne Frank hiding in his attic (review). This was rescheduled from February. 8 pm uptown campus, science library - free
Acts of faith
Tuesday at Union College: a talk by Eboo Patel, president of the Interfaith Youth Core, on how he believes religion can bring about cooperation instead of division. Memorial Chapel 5:30 pm - free
Thursday at Union College: Nigerian-born photographer and performance artist Iké Udé will be giving a talk related to the "African Photography, For Whose Eyes?" exhibit currently on display at the Mandeville Gallery. Nott Memorial 5 pm - free
This week at Proctors: QFEST, a festival of LGBTQ films. This year's slate includes some well-reviewed recent films, including Weekend and Pariah. Wednesday through next Monday, check for times - $8 per movie / $30 for a festival pass
The new Albany ShopRite on Central Ave is scheduled to open this Thursday. This is either a heads-up so you can check out the new store -- or a heads-up for what probably will be a traffic zoo.
Dining Out for Life
The annual Dining Out for Life fundraiser for the Aids Council is this Thursday. How it works: eat out at one of the participating restaurants, and portion of your bill is donated to the Aids Council. That's it. AOA's restaurant this year is Mingle and we have a big table reserved -- if you'd like to dine with us, please sign up. We'd love to see you there.
We Have An Anchor
Friday at EMPAC: We Have An Anchor by Jem Cohen. "[A] documentary-based, interdisciplinary hybrid built from footage he gathered in Nova Scotia over the past decade, coupled with live music and texts ranging from poems and folklore to mundane local newspaper fragments to scientific research." 8 pm - $18
Friday: Harpsichordist Wendy Young at Skidmore
Playing Bach and Scarlatti on Skidmore's new harpsichord. Zankel Center 8 pm - free
Saturday: Festival of Polychoral Music at Union
Collegiate choirs from area schools perform music written for multiple choirs. Memorial Chapel 7 pm - free
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 and the Troy Music Hall advertise on AOA.
AOA is a media sponsor of Dining Out for Life.
photo: Justin Borucki
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