Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather (warmer), to Rocky Horror, restaurant week, to spillover from the natural world, to Morrissey, to all sorts of music...
Here's the paraphrased forecast for the short week:
Monday: Cloudy, warmer. Highs in the upper 60s.
Tuesday: Sunny, but mid 50s.
Wednesday: Sunny, mid 60s.
Thursday: Sunny, upper 60s.
Friday: Cloudy, chance of rain, mid 60s.
Weekend: Continuing that theme.
A bit warmer than usual.
The annual showing of The Rocky Horror Picture Show at the Palace Monday evening. The shadow cast "The Picked on Kids" will also be performing. Costumes encouraged. And we hear that prop bags -- birdseed, newspaper, card, latex glove and other items -- will also be for sale. 7 pm - $7
Downtown Albany restaurant week runs through Friday. Fourteen restaurants are offering three course meals for $20.12. (Reservations are a good idea during restaurant week.)
It's also Colonie restaurant week, through Sunday. Again, three-course set menus at participating restaurants for $20.12.
The Front Parlor storytelling series is back at the Ale House in Troy Tuesday evening. This month's theme is "blood." Get there early to grab a spot, and/or put your name in to tell a story. 7:30 pm
The Nitty Gritty Poetry Slam is at Valentine's Tuesday evening, featuring guest poets Meg Waldron and Robyn Bateman. sign up at 7 pm, slam at 8 pm - $5 / $3 students
Arts and Sciences
Director Joseph Kahn will be at Union College Tuesday for a talk. He's directed a ton of music videos for artists such as Lady Gaga, Eminmen, U2, as well as commercials and films. 7 pm Nott Memorial - free
Tech journalist Quinn Norton will be at Union College Wednesday for talk titled "When the Whole World Talks to Itself: Digital Activism in the Arab Spring and Beyond the Region." Norton's written about body modification, copyright, security (among other topics) for a bunch of outlets, including Wired. (Maybe you read her article about having a magnet implanted in her finger.) 5:30 pm Nott Memorial - free
The natural world -- and its diseases
Science writer David Quammen will be at UAlbany Thursday as part of the NYS Writers Institute visiting writers series. His new book -- Spillover -- is about how diseases crossover from the animals to humans. (Here's a recent NYT op/ed by Quammen, "Anticipating the Next Pandemic"). 8 pm Assembly Hall, uptown campus - free
Writer Anne Trubek will be at St. Rose Thursday as part of the Frequency North series. She's the author of A Skeptic's Guide to Writers' Houses, in which she "takes a vexed, often funny, and always thoughtful tour of a goodly number of house museums across the nation." She also has written for a bunch of publications, including The Atlantic, Wired, Slate, The Economist, and the NYT Sunday Book Review. She's currently working on a book about handwriting -- a project that grew out of an essay she about the possible end of handwriting. 7:30 pm St. Joseph's Hall - free
The annual film festival in Chatham starts Wednesday and runs through Sunday (as mentioned). The slate includes a bunch of films -- some small indies, other large studio films that will be in general release later this fall.
Thursday at the Palace: the one and only Morrissey -- of the Smiths, of his own solo career, of the controversial and insulting statements (search in Google for "Morrissey is a" and watch the autocompletes), of the widespread influence, of the persistent phrases, of the many dramatic emo-before-that-was-a-thing teen souls of the 80s and 90s. 8 pm - $29.50 and up
AKOUSMA @ EMPAC
Friday at EMPAC: a performance of acousmatic music from five composer/performers. "Using dozens of loudspeakers hung in a ring surrounding the listeners, composers and performers manipulate the pieces in real time for an all-encompassing experience as electronic sound is moved around the space." 8 pm - $18 / $13 students
Wednesday: Mao Omura and Erika Tazawa at UAlbany
"[A]n exploration of the French-Japanese connection in chamber music." 7:30 pm Performing Arts Center, uptown campus - $10 / $5 students
Friday: Local Legends Live at the ESP
Rescheduled from its rain out in September. Mike Doughty headlines (at 9 pm). 5-10 pm - free
Saturday: Golden Oldies Spectacular at Proctors
With: Little Anthony and the Imperials, The Duprees, The Brooklyn Bridge, David Somerville (from the Diamonds), and LaLa Brooks (from The Chrystals). 7 pm - $36.75 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.
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photo via Morrissey Facebook
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