Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this holiday week, from the weather (January-ish), to Harry Potter, to health care, to monster trucks, to food and wine, to music...
WeatherHere's the paraphrased forecast for this week:
Monday: Cloudy, rainy, windy. Highs in the upper 40s.
Tuesday: Sunny, colder, upper 30s.
Thursday: Some sun, also small chance of snow. Mid 30s.
Friday: Sunny, low 30s..
Weekend: And so on.
Well, OK, then.
The sound of... motorcycles
Both the Palace and Proctors have classic movies on Monday:
+ The Palace is showing The Sound of Music. 7 pm - $5 adults / $3 kids
+ Proctors' AFI 100 series is showing Easy Rider. various times - $5
Potted Potter takes on the ultimate challenge of condensing all seven Harry Potter books (and a real life game of Quidditch) into seventy hilarious minutes. This fantastically funny show features all your favorite characters, a special appearance from a fire-breathing dragon, endless costumes, brilliant songs, ridiculous props and a generous helping of Hogwarts magic!
A NYT reviewer said the show's "flavor is Monty Python meets vaudeville." Tuesday-Sunday various times - $45 and up
Arts and Sciences
Monday at Different Drummer's at Stuyvesant Plaza: a class on seafood, "from the hunt to the plate," with chef Mark Graham (of Max London's) and fishmonger Doug Freeman. "Doug will discuss the current fishing practices and sustainability of commercial markets, while Chef Mark will share cooking techniques, fabrication skills, and storage suggestions." 6 pm - $75
Surgeon and New Yorker writer Dr. Atul Gawande will be at The Egg Wednesday at 5 pm for a talk and panel discussion. Gawande has pushed for improvements in the American health care system through the use of practices such as checklists and standardization. Gawande's talk is sponsored by the The University at Albany School of Public Health, and panel discussion of local health care and business leaders will follow the talk.
Admission is free, but registration is required. And there's already an overflow crowd registered. Seating will be first-come, first-seat in The Egg's Hart Theatre. There will be a video stream for the overflow crowd in the Swyer Theatre. Doors open at 4 pm.
Wednesday at the State Museum: a talk by Siena historian Bruce Eelman about the 44th New York Infantry that served during the Civil War. 7 pm - free
Wine and Dine for the Arts
The Albany Chefs' Food and Wine Festival starts Thursday and runs through Saturday. Events include tastings, a rising star chefs event, the slider slam, and a barista competition. Tickets are available on online -- and some events are already sold out.
The popular From Scratch Club food swaps are starting back up for the new year. There's a swap in Schenectady Wednesday evening at 7 pm. And the next Troy swap is this
Saturday Sunday -- it's already full for people looking to swap, but if there are still a few spots available if you're "swap curious." There's a $4 suggestion donation to help cover event costs.
The Albany All Stars open a new season Saturday against the Assault City Roller Derby (Syracuse) at the Washington Ave Armory. Hot Cousin will be playing during intermissions. first whistle at 7 pm - $10 ahead / $12 at the door / kids under 12 $4
These are a just a few things for this week. Know of something people should be looking forward to this week? Please share!
photo: Geraint Lewis
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