The week ahead


Railbird is a releasing a new EP and playing a show at Valentine's this week.

Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather(cold), to Stooges, to streetwalks, to DIY gifts, to Ira Glass, to John Waters, to crosstown hoops, to music...


Here's the paraphrased forecast for this week:
Monday: Sunny and 41.
Tuesday: Cloudy to start, with maybe some snow midday. Highs in the upper 30s.
Wednesday: Cloudy, maybe some rain. Highs in the upper 30s.
Thursday: Sunny, mid 30s..
Friday: Sunny, low 30s.
Weekend: Cloudy and a bit warmer.

Hey, it's almost December.

Three Stooges

The Palace's classic movie series has its annual Three Stooges festival lined up for Monday evening. It'll be rolling six of the Stooges' shorts. 7 pm - $5 / $3 kids

Arts and Sciences

Alain Kaloyeros
UAlbany nano emperor Alain Kaloyeros will be giving the final public talk of this year's NANOvember Monday evening. Blurbage: Kaloyeros "will discuss the emergence of nanotechnology, its growing impact on all facets of society, and the growing global leadership of CNSE and New York State in the science that is 'leading to the next Industrial Revolution.'" 6:30 pm - free (pre-registration)

The Ken Burns event at the Egg Monday evening is sold out. (as mentioned)

Two views on the election
Tuesday at the Tang at Skidmore: two national political/polling consultants -- Benjamin Clarke and Erica Seifert (both alumni) -- will discuss the recent election. (The blurbage doesn't say this specifically, but based on their clients, we're guessing one of the speakers is a Republican and the other a Democrat.) 7 pm - free

Holiday stuff

Capital Holiday Lights in Washington Park
The annual drive-along holiday lights display in Albany's Washington Park is open for the season (it runs through January 4). It's open 6-9 pm Sunday-Thursday, and 6-10 pm Friday and Saturday. Admission is $15/car.

This Wonderful Life at Capital Rep
Based on the film. "All the pleasure of Frank Capra's classic movie - in only 70 minutes!" It opens Tuesday and runs through December 22. $20 and up

Thursday: Victorian Streetwalk in Saratoga Springs
Broadway in downtown Saratoga Springs will be closed Thursday from 5-10 pm for the annual Victorian Streetwalk: food, entertainment and all sorts of holiday stuff. And the downtown Saratoga tree lighting is the night before, November 28.

Saturday: Hudson Winter Walk
Warren Street in Hudson will be closed off for the city's annual holiday walk. The closed-street festiveness is from 5-8 pm.

Sunday: Troy Victorian Stroll
All sorts of holiday whatnot in downtown Troy Sunday for the annual Victorian Stroll from 11 am-5 pm, including music, food, decorated store windows, and people in costumes.

Sunday: ESP Holiday Tree Lighting
The tree lighting for the Empire State Plaza, which also includes music, performances, and fireworks. And during the day is the annual train show (10 am-4 pm - $7 / kids free) and chocolate expo.

Holiday cooking

DIY gifts
Two From Scratch Club classes at the Arts Center this week that could help you make gifts for people:
+ "Edible Gifts: A DIY Sampler," with Christina Davis. Monday 6:30 pm - $53
+ "Holiday Gifts: DIY Home and Body," with Deanna Fox. Saturday 1 pm - $53

Gingerbread houses
Saturday at Different Drummer's Kitchen at Stuyvesant Plaza: a hands-on gingerbread house class with Kathy Saso. noon - $65 adults / $40 kids

Ira Glass

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This American Life host/producer/creator Ira Glass will be at the Troy Music Hall Saturday for "Reinventing Radio: An Evening with Ira Glass." Blurbage: "Onstage, Glass will combine his live narration with quotes and music from "This American Life", mixing them to re-create a radio segment before your eyes, explaining memorable, funny, and serious excerpts from the show from his point of view at the heart of public radio." 8 pm - $25 and up

UAlbany vs. Siena

The basketball teams from UAlbany and Siena will square off Saturday at the TU Center. UAlbany's has already pulled off a upset this season, beating Washington on the road. And Siena's O.D. Anosike is again one of the nation's top rebounders -- he was #2 in the nation at 13.2 per game coming into this week. (The women's teams from both schools tip off at 5 pm at the TU Center.) 7:30 pm - $16 and up

John Waters

The filmmaker will be at the Egg Sunday for "A John Waters Christmas." And what does that involve? Blurbage:

Like a wayward Santa for the Christmas obsessed, legendary filmmaker and raconteur John Waters rides into town on his sleigh full of smut, spreading yuletide cheer... Waters's rapid-fire monologue explores and explodes traditional archetypes as he shares his compulsive desire to give and receive perverted gifts, a religious fanaticism for Santa Claus, and an unhealthy love of true crime holiday horror stories.

Here's an interview with Waters from last November in the Baltimore Sun about the show and his apparently unconditional, un-ironic love of Christmas. 8 pm - $35 and up

The Cake Boss
Another holiday tour: Buddy Valastro -- the "Cake Boss" on TLC -- will be at Proctors Friday night for "a special live holiday show the entire family will enjoy." 8 pm - $35.75 and up


Back in town, Railbird is playing an EP release show at Valentine's Friday night. Their new EP -- Lucky -- comes out on Tuesday. Openers for the Valentine's show: Hand Habits, Sun Burdens. 8:30 pm - $7

Wednesday: Supersuckers at Valentine's
Punk/southern rock. With: The Pistolwhips, Mordwolf. 8 pm

Wednesday: Darlingside at Caffe Lena
Hard to categorize. Also on the slate: Alexis Haluska. 7 pm - $5

Friday: Jennifer Koh at EMPAC
Violin star. Plays a Stradivarius. 8 pm - $18 / $13 students

Friday: Joy Kills Sorrow at Helsinki Hudson
Bluegrass from a "bold young" band. 9 pm - $15

Saturday: Albany Symphony Orchestra at the Palace
The ASO will be playing Beethoven's 5th symphony -- which you know even if you don't know it. Also on the program: clarinetist David Shifrin will join the orchestra for Mozart's clarinet concerto, and Joan Tower's "Made in America." 7:30 pm - $19 and up

Saturday: Marco Benevento at Red Square
Pianist and "sound sculptor." With: Way Down. 8 pm - $14 ahead / $16 day of

Saturday: Enter the Haggis at Putnam Den
Celtic rock. With: the Kevin McKrell Trio. 9 pm - $15

Sunday: Tedeschi Trucks Band at the Palace
Grammy-winning blues rock group. They sold out a show at the Egg a year ago. 7:30 pm - $39 and up

Sunday: It's a Jazzy Christmas! at The Massry Center
Popular show featuring Christmas music by Vince Guaraldi (you know, from the Peanuts specials). This has sold out in the past. 3 pm and 5 pm - $20 / $10 students / kids 5 and under free

Sunday: Helsinki on Broadway at Helsinki Hudson
Cabaret with Alan Cumming. 7 pm


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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Railbird photo via Railbird's website | Ira Glass photo: Stuart Mullenberg


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The Hamagrael Handcrafted Craft Fair will be held on SATURDAY, Dec. 1, 2012, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Hamagrael Elementary School, 1 McGuffey Lane, Delmar, NY. Admission is free.
This annual Delmar Craft Fair will feature more than 90 vendors offering a wide variety of handcrafted gifts. Lunch is available for purchase. A Bucket Auction featuring vendor items will take place during the fair. Winners need not be present to win. Proceeds will benefit PTA-sponsored school programs.

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