The week ahead

john oliver the daily show

Not only is John Oliver pointing at you, he'll also be at The Egg this week.

Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this holiday week, from the weather (not bad), to stories, to ravioli, to comedy, to Yo-Yo, to music...

Weather

Here's the paraphrased forecast for this week:
Monday: Sunny, low 30s.
Tuesday: Sunny, high 30s.
Wednesday: Sunny, mid 40s.
Thursday: Sunny, upper 30s.
Friday: Cloudy, maybe some rain and snow. Low 40s.
Weekend: More of the same, a bit warmer.

For January, that is not bad at all.

Front Parlor Series

The Front Parlor storytelling series is back at the Ale House in Troy Tuesday evening. This month's theme is "fresh." 7:30 pm

Movies

AFI 100
Proctors' AFI 100 series starts back up with Sophie's Choice on Monday. multiple times - $5

Zero Dark Thirty
Kathryn Bigelow's film about the hunt for Osama Bin Laden opens locally on Friday. But the Spectrum has a sneak preview lined up at 10 pm on Thursday. Zero Dark Thirty has gotten very strong reviews, though many critics -- both of film and otherwise -- have noted its take on the events don't necessarily match up with how things went down.

Ravioli

Thursday at Gio Culinary Studio in Vorheesville: a two-hour, hands-on class about making ravioli. "Students will learn how to make three delicious ravioli each with its own delicious sauce." 6:15 pm - $60

John Oliver

Comedian John Oliver will be at The Egg Friday night. You probably know him from The Daily Show. He also co-hosts a satirical news podcast about US and UK events called The Bugle. 8 pm - $32.50

Yo-Yo Ma

The famous cellist will be playing with the Albany Symphony Orchestra at the Palace Saturday night . Works on the slate are from Dvorak, Brahms, John Williams, and Clint Needham. 7 pm - $45 and up

Music

Thursday: Tyler Farr at Proctors
Part of the WGNA "Rising Star Country Series." 7:30 pm - $17.50

Friday: The Gibson Brothers at The Egg
Bluegrass. Also on the bill: Noam Pikelny and Friends -- which includes two members of the Punch Brothers. 7:30 pm - $24

Friday: Emily Asher's Garden Party at Helsinki Hudson
Jazz -- and a swing dance. workshop at 7 pm, lesson at 8:30, music at 9 pm - workshop and dance $25 / dance only $15

Friday: Mike and Ruthy at Caffe Lena
Folk. 8 pm - $15

Friday: Adam Ezra at Bayou Albany
Roots rock. 8 pm - $10

Friday: Charlie Morris at More Bread and Jam
Singer songwriter. 7 pm - free

Saturday: Solas at The Egg
Irish-American band. With: The Duhks. 7:30 pm - $24

Saturday: Juelz Santana at Upstate Concert Hall
Hip hop. 8 pm - $20 ahead / $23 day of

Saturday: Beau Soleil at Helsinki Hudson
Cajun, Prairie Home favorite. 9 pm - $25

Saturday: Eastbound Jesus at Red Square
Americana/bluegrass. 8 pm - $10
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These are a just a few things for this week. Know of something people should be looking forward to this week? Please share!

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