The week ahead

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Give thanks, Sean Rowe's back for another show.

Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather(be thankful), to Thanksgiving, a Wicked end, movies, museums, Sean Rowe, music, to do...


Here's the paraphrased forecast for this week:
Monday: Sunny and 50.
Tuesday: More like that.
Wednesday: And again.
Thanksgiving: And... yep, more like that.
Friday: Hey, about... sunny and 50.
Weekend: Maybe some rain, a bit cooler to start. Cold by the end, in the 30s.

Travel weather: good.


Yep, it's this week. Feels early, right? Because it is! November 22 is the earliest date for Thanksgiving -- at least, in the United States, where it's always the 4th Thursday in November. Canada celebrated Thanksgiving in October.


The multi-week run at Proctors for the touring company of Wicked ends this coming Sunday. There are eight more performances this week. There are no performances on Thanksgiving -- but there are matinees Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.


There aren't a lot of events this week because of the holiday. So if you're looking to get out of the house, it's a good week to see a movie. There are a bunch in theaters now that have gotten good reviews: Spielberg's Lincoln, Flight with Denzel, Argo, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Skyfall (a bit different for a Bond pic, but good). And Ang Lee's The Life of Pi (based on the book) and Silver Linings Playbook open Wednesday. (By the way: the Spectrum is open only for evening shows on Thanksgiving.)

AFI 100
Proctors' AFI 100 series is showing Martin Scorsese's Goodfellas on Monday. 1:30 pm, 4:30 pm, 7:30 pm - $5

Take them to a museum

If you feel the need to take relatives and friends visiting for the holiday somewhere -- or if you just need to get away from them -- many museums around the region are open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. The State Museum (close, free, new Civil War exhibit), the Albany Institute (close, half-price, holiday gift fair), miSci (close, kids) MASS MoCA (unusual, big spaces, good for kids), The Clark (good for art lovers, darling), and the Baseball Hall of Fame (a whole day trip with Cooperstown) are all open.

Sean Rowe

A high-quality show Friday night at Putnam Den: Sean Rowe, with Matthew Carefully. Rowe's been on tour around the US lately, getting good reviews (and, you know, becoming famous). This is a good time to catch him back home in the Capital Region. And Mr. Carefully always puts on an interesting show. 9 pm - $8 at door


Wednesday: Charlie Watts Riots at Valentine's
A happy hour show with 5 Alpha Beatdown. 6 pm

Wednesday: Eastbound Jesus, Wild Adriatic at Putnam Den
Americana, rock. 9 pm - $5

Friday: De La Soul at Upstate Concert Hall
Old school hip hop. Rescheduled from November 9. With: Mirk, DJ Playground. 8:30 pm - $22.50 ahead / $25 day of

Friday: Who's Who at Valentine's
(At least) 7 acts playing songs by The Who. 8 pm - $10

Saturday: The Felice Brothers at Helsinki Hudson
With: The Hunger Mountain Boys. 9 pm - $20 ahead / $22 day of

Saturday: Katie Haverly at The Foundry
She's back! (For a night.) With: Rosary Beard. 7:30 pm - $5

Saturday: Thanksgiving Soul Jam at the Palace
Multiple helpings of soul, 70s style. 8 pm - $39

To do list

1. Finalize travel plans, if you're leaving town for the holiday. If you need a train ticket, bus ticket, whatever -- and you don't have it, yet -- get on that.

2. Take that turkey out to thaw in the fridge. Seriously, dude. Turkeys take a long time to thaw.

3. Knock out the grocery list for Thanksgiving, because you know what's not fun? Going to the supermarket three times in the 24 hours leading up to Thanksgiving. (We speak from experience, unfortunately.)

4. Spend time with your family and friends.

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.

photo: Marius Bugge.


The USS Slater will be open until November 25th! If you're looking for a place to take the visiting grand kids, bundle up and visit the last destroyer escort still afloat in America!

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