Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather (hot), to oops, to a blood sport, to silent film, to the longest day, to documentary, to a crazy amount of music...
Here's the paraphrased forecast:
Monday: Some clouds, some sun. Maybe a thunderstorm later in the day. Highs around 80.
Tuesday: Partly sunny. Highs in the upper 80s.
Wednesday: Sunny, highs in the low 90s.
Friday: Sunny, mid 80s.
Weekend: Sunny and upper 70s.
Hot. Hot. Hot.
Before the talkies
Proctors is showing The Artist this Monday and Tuesday on its main stage. The most recent Academy Award winner for best picture is, of course, a black-and-white mostly silent movie. So seeing it in Proctors grand old theater is a good fit. Monday 2 pm, Tuesday 5 pm and 7:30 pm - $5
Proctors is also showing the Charlie Chaplin classic The Gold Rush on Monday. Depending on your schedule, you might be able to swing a silent double feature. (The Artist plays at 2 pm on Monday, The Gold Rush at 5:30 pm and 7:30 pm that same day.) Monday 3:30 pm, 5:30 pm, 7:30 pm - $5
Tuesday: The Nitty Gritty Poetry Slam is back at Valentine's. The local poetry slam team is tuning up for the National Poetry Slam in August -- and it's looking for alternates in what is promised to be "a blood sport." sign up at 7 pm, open mic at 7:30 pm, slam at 8 pm - $5 / $3 students
The longest day
The summer solstice is Wednesday (technically just past 7 pm Wednesday). It marks the moment when the northern hemisphere is most tilted toward the sun. It's the official beginning of summer.
And, of course, one product of being tilted toward the sun like that: it's the longest daylight of the year. The sun will rise that day at 5:17 am and not set until 8:36 pm, meaning daylight will stretch until well after 9 pm (if it's not cloudy).
A few activities making use of all that daylight:
+ There's a sunset hike at the Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center that evening. $3 person / $5 for a family
+ The Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy has a family-friendly event on the Helderberg Hudson Rail Trail in Delmar.
Bonus astronomical fact: There's a new moon on Tuesday, so Wednesday night's moon will be just a sliver. If you're outside, and the sky is clear, there should be good stargazing.
Thursday: The Linda is showing Brunswick, Nate Simms' documentary about the tension between preserving agricultural space and development in Rensselaer County. The doc also features a soundtrack by Matthew Carefully. 7 pm - $6
Pink Ribbons, Inc.
Thursday-Saturday: Proctors is showing Pink Ribbons, Inc., a documentary about the co-option of breast cancer for marketing purposes. From the doc's site: "In showing the real story of breast cancer and the lives of those who fight it, Pink Ribbons, Inc. reveals the co-opting of what marketing experts have labeled a 'dream cause.'" Reviews: NYT | Washington Post | NPR. multiple times - $5
Punk marching band
Friday: The 19-piece punk marching band What Cheer? Brigade will be playing a guerilla-style show under the Hoosick Street overpass in Troy Friday night. After the show, the band will march to a dance party. 9:30 pm - $5 donation encouraged
Friday: OUTPOST1 at Jillian's
5kinandbone5 joins the regulars. 11 pm - $5
Friday: The Blisterz and The Mysteios at APL
First of the Albany Public Library's Garage Band series for this summer. 6 pm - free
Saturday: Fiona Apple at
Mountain Park (Holyoke, MA) Calvin Theater (Northampton)
She's back. And this time the album's title is only 23 words long. (Show was moved from Mountain Park.) 7 pm - $35 and up
Saturday: Red Square Carnival Show
Lucky Jukebox Brigade, Skeletons in the Piano, Charmed and Dangerous Burlesque, fire spinning, fortune telling. 8 pm - $7
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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