Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather (strangely warm), to Zadie Smith, to critics, to nutcrackers, to speedo sprinting, to all sorts of music...
WeatherHere's the paraphrased forecast for this week:
Monday: Foggy, cloudy, highs near 50.
Tuesday: Cloudy. Highs near 60.
Wednesday: Cloudy, maybe some rain in the morning. Highs in the mid 40s.
Thursday: Sunny and 40.
Friday: Cloudy and a touch warmer.
Weekend: Cloudy, maybe some rain and snow. Highs in the low 40s.
Why the strange warm temps? The jet stream is shifted to the north.
Writer Zadie Smith will be at Skidmore Thursday for a lecture, "The Writer in the World." Smith is, of course, the author of novels such as White Teeth and, most recently, NW (review). Her short stories often appear in The New Yorker, and she's also writes non-fiction pieces for outlets such as the New York Times (example: recent profile of Jay-Z).
Smith's talk starts at 8 pm in Palamountain Hall. It's free and open to the public.
Arts and Sciences
United in Anger
Tuesday at the Sanctuary for Independent Media: a screening of United in Anger: A History of ACT UP, a documentary about the influential advocacy group for people with AIDS (review). The doc's filmmaker -- Jim Hubbard -- will also be there to talk about it. 7 pm - $10 suggested, $5 student/low-income
Tuesday at The Foundry in Cohoes: a screening of The Battery, a small budget indie zombie film -- or, as it tags itself on Twitter: "A $6k zombie movie. That doesn't suck." (Ain't It Cool interview with the director.) The soundtrack includes music by The Parlor. Director Jeremy Gardner will be there for a post-screening Q&A. 6:30 pm - $2
Film critic J. Hoberman will be at UAlbany Friday as part of the NYS Writers Institute visiting writers series. He'll be talking about this recent book, Film After Film (review), and the future of cinema. 8 pm performing arts center, uptown campus - free
Choreographer and director Dimitris Papaioannou will be presenting two-person work at EMPAC Saturday. Blurbage: "Primal Matter is an optical illusion created by two isolated bodies on stage, which are used as the starting point in this exploratory journey of balancing our physical existence (body) with our second nature (soul), at a time when the issue of paramount concern is, ultimately, what is indispensable--what constitutes the essence." Papaioannou was the creative director for opening ceremony of the 2004 Olympics in Athens. 8 pm - free (but seating is limited)
The end, again
PhD and MFA students from RPI's electronic arts program will be presenting newest works Sunday from 4-7 pm. Exhibitions and performances start at 4 pm, screenings at 6 pm. West Hall, RPI - free
Nutcrackers, Christmas music
Santa Speedo Sprint
The annual Santa Speedo Sprint is this Saturday on Lark Street. The sprint is one of our favorite events of the year. It's turned into a fun afternoon -- a big crowd, lots of smiles. And the Albany Society for the Advancement of Philanthropy raises a bunch of money for the Albany Damien Center and the AIDS/HIV programs at Albany Medical Center. As the event's website notes: "It turns out running through the streets in your underwear is a surprisingly socially acceptable activity." Here are photos from last year's sprint.
Registration on sprint day starts at 11 am. The sprint down and back Lark Street is at 2 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.
The Troy Music Hall advertises on AOA. And AOA is a media sponsor of the Santa Speedo Sprint
Zadie Smith photo via her Facebook page
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