Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather(warm, then cool), to pulsars, to stories, to a (former) dominatrix, to animation, to Google, to zombies, to all sorts of music...
WeatherHere's the paraphrased forecast for this week:
Monday: Sunny. Mid 60s.
Tuesday: Rainy. Colder. Highs in the upper 40s.
Wednesday: Sunny. Mid 40s.
Weekend: More of the same, but a touch warmer.
For mid November, that's not bad. At all.
Veterans Day was Sunday (it's always November 11, tracing back to World War I), but it will be observed as a federal holiday on Monday -- so, no mail and some businesses -- including banks -- will be closed.
Albany's Veterans Day parade starts at 11 am at Central Ave and Partridge, and heads down Central to Washington Ave, to Hawk Street.
Arts and Sciences
Monday at UAlbany: a staged reading of National Book Award-winning novelist Denis Johnson's new play-in-progress, Des Moines. Afterward he'll talk and take questions. 7 pm performing arts center, uptown campus - free
Astrophysicist Jocelyn Bell Burnell -- she discovered the radio pulsar (and from the sound of it, was wrongly excluded from winning the Nobel Prize for it) -- will be at Proctors Monday for a Skywatch talk. 7:30 pm - $15 / $5 students
Monday at Skidmore: patent attorney Susan Bragdon will give a talk titled Who owns what you eat: Why the use and control of biological diversity matters to global food security." 7 pm Palamountain Hall - free
The Storytelling Animal
Wednesday at Skidmore: literary scholar Jonathan Gottschall will be talking about his recent book, The Literary Animal: Evolution and the Nature of Narrative (NYT review), in which he argues that stories are inherent part of being human. 5:30 pm Palamountain Hall - free
To Inform and Delight
Wednesday at Sage College: a screening of the Milton Glaser documentary To Inform and Delight by Wendy Keys -- the filmmaker will be there for discussion. 6 pm Opalka Gallery Sage Albany campus - $5
The Frequency North series is back at St. Rose Thursday with visiting writers Melissa Febos and Eduardo C. Corral. Febos is the author of Whip Smart: The True Story of a Secret Life (that secret life: dominatrix). And Corral is a prize-winning young poet. 7:30 pm Saint Rose Events and Athletics Center - free
The Civil War
Thursday at the State Museum: Yale historian David Blight will give a talk about "the nature of Civil War memory" and "why and how the Civil War and emancipation continue to have such an enduring and conflicted hold on our collective memory in America." Part of the Researching New York Conference. 7:30 pm - free and open to the public
Friday and Saturday at EMPAC: 4Walls, "a live multimedia dance installation that provides four points of view on one dance, giving a new shape to a 'dance with no form'" from choreographer Ralph Lemon. 8 pm (Friday) and 4 pm (Saturday) - $18
The onedtozero series is back at EMPAC Thursday with two screenings:
+ Code Warriors: A Decade of Processing: a celebration of ten years of the Processing visual programming language. 7 pm - $6
+ Future Cities: "An eclectic selection of short films, animations, and motion graphics presenting evocative visions of future cities and urban destinies." 9 pm - $6
Saturday at Albany Nanotech: a talk about nanoelectronics and the rise of smartphones by UAlbany professor Vincent LaBella. Also: a speed texting competition. noon - free
The annual Zombie Film Feast/Walk/Prom is at Proctors this year:
+ The zombie prom -- "complete with booze and ooze and finger foods" -- is Friday, November 16 at 9 pm. Tickets are $10.
+ This year's zombie walk -- in which people dress up as zombies for a parade -- will stagger from Proctors to Schenectady city hall on Saturday, November 17. The undead processional starts at 4:45 pm. It's free to participate.
+ The annual festival of zombie flicks is that same Saturday in the GE Theater at Proctors. There will be two blocks of films -- 11 am - 5:30 pm, and 5:45 pm - midnight. Tickets are $25 for the whole festival, or $15 for one block.
Friday: 5th Annual B3nson Family Funsgiving at Valentine's
The annual tradition. With: The Parlor, The B3nson Family Band, The Boston Celtics, Bear Grass, Goldtooth, The Bum Ditties (CD release). 8 pm - $10
Friday: Club d'Elf with John Medeski at Helsinki Hudson
"[A] night of Moroccan-dosed dub-trance-jazz and draws upon electronica, Moroccan Gnawa music, dub, free jazz, hip-hop & funk." Well, OK. 9 pm - $18
Saturday: "Cage/Gould: Several Silences" at EMPAC
A talk from philosopher Elie During about Glenn Gould and John Cage, followed by Gould/Cage performance by the Rensselaer Contemporary Music Ensemble. 6:15 pm talk, 8 pm concert - free
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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