The week ahead

passion pit

Passion Pit is at Northern Lights this week.

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...

Weather

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.

Atypically typical.

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

Shalom Auslander
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

Mosquitos
Wednesday at EMPAC: a talk by biologist Leslie Vosshall on humans' sense of smell, the history of perfume making, and why mosquitos bite some people and not others. 6 pm - free

Photography
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

QFEST

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

ShopRite

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.

Vox Lumiere

Friday at Proctors: Vox Lumiere's live action/silent film mashup of Metropolis. A "rock concert meets silent film." 8 pm - $20 and up

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

Music

Monday: Passion Pit at Northern Lights
Electropop. As mentioned. 7:30 pm - $25 ahead / $30 day of

Monday: Andy Gibson at Proctors
Rising country singer songwriter (he wrote the Jason Aldean/Kelly Clarkson duet "Don't You Wanna Stay") with good hair . 7:30 pm - $17

Tuesday: Kottonmouth Kings at Northern Lights
Cali rap rock. 7:30 pm - $18 ahead / $20 day of

The Fun. show at Northern Lights on Friday is sold out (and has been for a long time). Yep, a lot of people really like that song.

Friday: Masquerave at Washington Ave Armory
What it sounds like: a bunch of DJs (more than 10) and a bunch of people (a couple thousand) wearing masks. 8 pm - $15

Friday: Spampinato Brothers at Valentine's
From NRBQ. 8 pm - $10

Friday: Pete Francis at Valentine's
Of Dispatch. With: The City Never Sleeps. 8 pm - $15

Cancelled. Apparently Pete Francis has some sort of medical issue.

Friday: Wild Adriatic at Putnam Den
An album release show. With: MaryLeigh & The Fauves, Mirk, Closer. 9 pm - $5 ahead / $8 at door

Friday: Harpsichordist Wendy Young at Skidmore
Playing Bach and Scarlatti on Skidmore's new harpsichord. Zankel Center 8 pm - free

Saturday: Rakim at Northern Lights
Of Eric B. & Rakim. One of the all-time great MCs. 8:30 pm - $25 ahead / $28 day of

Saturday: Wreckless Eric & Amy Rigby at Valentine's
Two artists who have been kicking around for a while. Now they're kicking around together. 8 pm

Saturday: The Feelies at Helsinki Hudson
Reunited.

Saturday: Ikebe Shakedown at Red Square
"Plays with elements of cinematic soul, Afro-funk, deep disco, and boogaloo in all the right ways." With: Oobleck. 8 pm - $10

Saturday: Festival of Polychoral Music at Union
Collegiate choirs from area schools perform music written for multiple choirs. Memorial Chapel 7 pm - free

Saturday: Riders in the Sky at Troy Music Hall
Been playin' cowboy music for long time. 8 pm - $20 and up

Saturday: Gary Sinise and the Lt Dan Band at Washington Ave Armory
Yep, that Gary Sinise. It's a fundraiser for a wounded veteran who lives in Rensselaer County. 7 pm - $30 and $50

Sunday: The Features at Jillian's
Indie rock from Tennessee. 7 pm

Sunday: Borromeo String Quartet at the Massry Center
Renowned. 3 pm - $35

Sunday: Daughtry at The Palace
As in Chris, the guy from American Idol. 8 pm - $30.50 and up


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

Say Something!

We'd really like you to take part in the conversation here at All Over Albany. But we do have a few rules here. Don't worry, they're easy. The first: be kind. The second: treat everyone else with the same respect you'd like to see in return. Cool? Great, post away. Comments are moderated so it might take a little while for your comment to show up. Thanks for being patient.

The Scoop

Ever wish you had a smart, savvy friend with the inside line on what's happening around the Capital Region? You know, the kind of stuff that makes your life just a little bit better? Yeah, we do, too. That's why we created All Over Albany. Find out more.

Recently on All Over Albany

Breathing Lights begins this weekend

The much-anticipated Breathing Lights project opens this weekend in Albany, Schenectady and Troy. For the next two months hundreds of vacant buildings in the three... (more)

Stuff to do this weekend

It's the weekend! Wake up and smell the cider donuts. So much stuff to do, and only two days to do it. No worries --... (more)

Morning Blend

Crime numbers + A look at 2015 crime numbers for Capital Region municipalities out this week from the FBI. [Daily Gazette] + Troy had a... (more)

Today's moment of autumn

It's insect week, apparently.... (more)

Art Spiegelman at Skidmore

Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Art Spiegelman will be at Skidmore October 4 for a talk about the history of comics. Blurbage: His lecture, titled "What the... (more)

Recent Comments

... Getting away from the neighborhood for the day is well and good if you don't want to attend the event, but you can't get away from non-residents' vomit, urine, dog feces, trash, and illegal park jobs in and around our homes. I saw several men urinating on one of my neighbors' carefully maintained floral displays. Cars were parked dangerously and illegally on the wrong sides of several streets, making it dangerous or impossible to drive home. There was garbage all over my front steps. The trash cans in the neighborhood were overflowing with stinking garbage after a day. These are quality of life issues that should not be dismissed, whatever the solution may be. ...

A good hair stylist in the Albany area?

...has 32 comments, most recently from JOTeepe

Drawing: Albany Barn Fusion 2016

...has 14 comments, most recently from Jenna

Thoughts on LarkFest in the future?

...has 15 comments, most recently from Ray

Morning Blend for Sep 30

...has 1 comment, most recently from s

Stuff to do this weekend

...has 1 comment, most recently from Dan Roesser