Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather (consistent), to primaries, to LarkFest, to design, to Birbigs, to bassoons, to Sundays at the museum...
Here's the paraphrased forecast for the short week:
Monday: Sunny and 71. Breezy.
Tuesday: Sunny and mid 70s.
Wednesday: Sunny and upper 70s.
Thursday: Sunny and 80.
Weekend: Party sunny, high 70s.
You might notice a trend this week.
The party primaries for this year's state and local elections are this Thursday. Thursday? Yes, Thursday. The state moved the primaries because Tuesday is September 11.
This will be an even more unusual primary election in many districts for a few other reasons, too. Redistricting has moved the lines on many districts, so the person who had been representing you may no longer be the person who could potentially be representing you. And because a trio of local state Assembly members decided to not run for re-election (Jack McEneny, Ron Canestrari, Bob Reilly), the primary slates in their (new) districts include a bunch of candidates.
Bottom line: if, for whatever reason, you don't usually turn out for the primaries, this year is a good year to do so. Don't know where to vote? Check with your county board of election.
LarkFest is this Saturday, from 10 am-5:30 pm. Lark Street will be closed from Washington to Madison for music, food, and festival whatnot. Here's the music lineup (which includes some good locals) -- headliners this year are soul singer Ryan Shaw, and World Party.
Keep in mind: No pets, coolers, or outside alcohol are allowed at LarkFest.
Laughs on Lark
The comedy showcase is back at Elda's Wednesday night. And now it starts at the more weeknight-friendly 8 pm. This month's lineup: Jaye McBride, Bob Reilly, Henry Phillips, Tony Rogers. Hosted by Kevin Marshall. $5
Designing for the Arts
Thursday at the Foundry in Cohoes: a talk by John Oberlander, of the Oberlander Group, about 25 years of doing design work for arts orgs. The Foundry currently has an exhibit of design work from the firm. 6:30 pm
Sleepwalk with Me
Mike Birbiglia's Sleepwalk with Me opens at the Spectrum Friday. The indie comedy was co-written by Ira Glass and co-produced by This American Life. Because it's an indie, Birbiglia and TAL were urging people to contact theaters this past summer to help get the film picked up -- the Spectrum said it got "a ton of requests."
Short film concert
Saturday at the Linda: a "short film concert" from the Asbury Shorts series in NYC. Among the films on the slate: The Lost Thing, the 2011 Oscar winner for best animated short; and Her Telling Heart, an adaption of Poe's The Tell-Tale Heart by local filmmaker Eli Meissner that was shot in Schodack. 8 pm - $10
Saturday at EMPAC: the world premiere of Rushes, a new work for seven bassoons from composer Michael Gordon. The piece "explores interweaving texture and timbre of a surplus of double reeds." Gordon is the founder of the Bang on a Can collective in NYC. (This is the first live performance of the season at EMPAC.) 8 pm - $18
Sunday: Florence + The Machine at SPAC
This had been a pavilion-only show, but the lawn has since been opened up. (By the way: Florence's last name is Welch. We're not sure if the Machine has a last name.) 7:30 pm - $34.00 and up
The New York State Museum is back open on Sundays starting this Sunday, from 9:30 am to 5 pm. (The museum's been closed on Sundays -- normally a busy day -- since January 2011 because of budget cuts.) The off-day for the museum will now be Mondays.
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.
Live Nation advertises on AOA. And AOA is a media sponsor of Sleepwalk with Me at the Spectrum.
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