Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather (sliding), to Bon Iver, to Phantogram, to classic film, to children's books, to cooking, to all sorts of music...
Here's the paraphrased forecast for the short week:
Monday: Sunny, upper 70s.
Tuesday: Rainy, low 70s.
Wednesday: More rain, upper 60s.
Thursday: Sunny, upper 60s.
Friday: Sunny, low 70s.
Weekend: Cloudy, maybe some rain.
The slide toward the cold is starting.
Rosh Hashanah -- the holiday celebrating the Jewish new year (the year 5773) -- starts at sundown Sunday and ends at sundown on Tuesday. It's one of of the Jewish high holidays. The other -- Yom Kippur -- is September 25-26.
Indie folk act Bon Iver is playing at Brewery Ommegang in Cooperstown Monday night. Advance tickets for the outdoor, rain-or-shine show are $39.50 / $45 day of (kids 12 and under free). Gates open at 5:30 pm. Show starts at 8 pm. Anais Mitchell opens.
Bon Iver started, somewhat famously now, with singer songwriter Justin Vernon holing up in a cabin Wisconsin. The resulting album -- For Emma, Forever Ago -- was first released in 2007 and went on to all sorts of critical acclaim. A second, self-titled album in 2011 continued to draw high praise. Because of the odd ways these things work, Bon Iver won the Grammy for "Best New Artist" in... 2012. (Much to the confusion of seemingly many people.)
Proctors' "Film 100" series starts on Monday. It will be showing 100 films from the American Film Institute's Top 100 films lists over the next two years. First up: Yankee Doodle Dandy (GE Theater) and Ben Hur(being shown on the Proctors main stage ). The films will be screened at multiple times on Monday. Tickets are $5. There's also a Film 100 pass -- which gets you into every movie -- for $100.
The future of film
On Saturday Proctors will be showing Side by Side, a documentary about the past and future of filmmaking in the digital age from director Christopher Kenneally and Keanu Reeves. It features a bunch of big-name directors, and has gotten very good reviews. various times - $5
Arts and Sciences
Tuesday at EMPAC: Triptych 0811, a dance performance by a Norwegian dance company in which "the audience is invited to view multiple realities through the lives of the characters on stage." 7:30 pm - free
The Eye as I Can See
Wednesday at EMPAC: Dutch artist Melvin Moti will be talking about nuances of visual perception. Part of the continuously interesting Observer Effects series of talks at EMPAC. 6 pm - free
NYS Writers Institute
The fall slate for the NYS Writers Institute's visiting writers series starts Thursday with readings from the New York's new state author -- Alison Luries -- and state poet -- Marie Howe. 8 pm Page Hall (downtown UAlbany campus) - free
The Art of Children's Books
Children's book author and artist Elisha Cooper will be at Skidmore Thursday for a talk. Cooper has created 19 books -- his most recent is Homer, about a dog who watches the day go by from a porch. 5:15 pm Palamountain Hall - free
Cocktails and three lovely ladies
Tuesday at Taste in downtown Albany: As part of a fundraiser Susan Arbetter, Lydia Kulbida, and AOA's Mary Darcy will be guest bartending. Twenty-five percent of the food and bar proceeds will go to support The Legal Project. 5:30-7:30 pm
Wednesday: Culinary Boot Camp | Gio Culinary Studio
A "comprehensive crash course in the basics of real cooking": knife skills, making stock, taking apart a chicken. There's a second class the next day on braising, sauteing, roasting, and sauces. $90 each
See also: A sampling of cooking classes, fall 2012
Pearl Palooza -- the downtown Albany music fest organized by WEQX -- is Saturday. Among the headliners: Phantogram, playing their first show in the area since May 2011. They're scheduled to play at 5:30 pm.
Other national acts on the slate: Matt & Kim (7:30 pm), Robert Delong (3:45 pm), Oberhofer (2:15 pm), The Royal Concept (12:45 pm). Local acts: Barons in the Attic (noon), Eastbound Jesus (1:30 pm), MIRK (3 pm), Wild Adriatic (4:30 pm), Conehead Buddha (6:45 pm).
The festival is on North Pearl Street between Sheridan and Pine. Music starts at noon. No outside coolers or alcohol. It's free.
Local Harvest Festival
The Local Harvest Festival in Washington Park, organized by the Honest Weight Food Co-op, is Sunday. More than 45 local vendors will be there. Also: music from Secondhand Roses, Barons in the Attic, and Matthew Carefully. noon-4 pm
Friday-Sunday: Fresh Grass at MASS MoCA
A new bluegrass festival. Currently sold out. "Depending on weather forecast, more festival and day passes may be available beginning Thursday, September 20." $46 festival pass ($26 students) / $25 day pass ($15 students)
Saturday: Albany Symphony Orchestra at the Palace
The ASO will be playing works from Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff. Playing with the orchestra: virtuosa pianist Valentina Lisitsa (her YouTube videos have racked up millions of views). 7:30 pm - $19 and up
Saturday: Riverfront Rocktoberfest in Troy
In Riverfront Park in Troy. Rich Ortiz, Conehead Buddha, Funk Evolution, Darik and the Funbags. noon-8 pm - $10
Saturday: Electric City Ukefest at Proctors
An afternoon of ukulele lessons, workshops, and vendors, followed by a concert in the evening. afternoon and concert $25 / concert only $15
Saturday: Four Seasons, Four Years at Universal Preservation Hall
The story of the Civil War, through song and spoken history. 7 pm - $22 ahead / $25 at door
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.
The Arts Center advertises on AOA. And AOA is a media sponsor of the Local Harvest Festival.
photo: Doron Gild
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