The week ahead

nasa mars curiosity rover

A selfie by the Mars Curiosity rover. RPI dean of science Laurie Leshin -- who's a member of the science team for the mission -- is giving a talk about Mars and the mission this week.

Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this holiday week, from the weather (@##$%^& cold), to Martin Luther King, to Mars, to puppets, to Star Wars, painting, hockey, to music...


Here's the paraphrased forecast for this week:
Monday: Cloudy, cold, maybe some flurries. Highs in the mid 20s. Near-zero wind chills overnight.
Tuesday: 50-50 chance of snow showers. Highs in the upper teens.
Wednesday: Cloudy. High: 15.
Thursday: Sunny. High: 12.
Friday: Cloudy, maybe some snow. Heat wave: low 20s.
Weekend: Still really @#$%^& cold.

Bundle up.


Monday is Martin Luther King, Jr Day, a federal holiday and a designated national day of service.

There's an event commemorating Martin Luther King, Jr at the ESP Convention Center from 10-11:30 am on Monday. The lineup includes speakers and music.


Tuesday at Proctors: RPI dean of science Laurie Leshin will be giving a talk about Mars and the Curiosity rover mission. Leshin is part of the science team for the mission (she's an expert in cosmochemistry). "This lecture will provide an insider view of the mission, the results to date, and plans for future Mars exploration with Curiosity and beyond." The talk is part of the Dudley Observatory Skywatch Lectures. 7:30 pm - $15 / $5 students

Million Dollar Quartet

The touring production of the Broadway show Million Dollar Quartet starts a week-long run at Proctors on Tuesday. The musical is a dramatization of the 1956 recording session that brought together Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, and Johnny Cash. Tuesday-Sunday various times - $20 and up

Arts and Sciences

The Front Parlor storytelling series is back at the Olde English in Albany Monday evening. This month's theme: "I Had a Dream..." 7:30 pm

Wednesday at Union College: Nobel Prize-winning chemist (and playwright and poet) Roald Hoffmann will be giving a talk about the intersection of chemistry and culture, "Indigo: A Tale of Craft, Religion, History, Science and Culture." 5:30 pm Nott Memorial - free

Exit/Head Swap
EMPAC's spring slate starts with two experiences:
+ Exit, in which "artist Kris Verdonck and choreographer Alix Eynaudi steer the audience's perception by playing with basic theatrical elements such as light, sound, movement, language, and scenography" -- and, perhaps, make you fall asleep (pillows provided). Friday 7 pm - free, reservations required
+ HeadSwap, in which "participants can navigate and choose their individual point of view within omni-directional footage from Japan and New York City, while 'swapping their heads' and simultaneously seeing what another person chooses to see." Saturday 7 pm - free

First Presbyterian
Sunday at the Albany Institute: historian (and now-retired Assemblyman) Jack McEneny will be giving a talk about the First Presbyterian Church in Albany, "the story of the intersection of the rich history of the church and its relationship to the city of Albany." 2 pm - free with museum admission

One Man Star Wars

The stage show One Man Star Wars Trilogy starts a three-day run at Proctors Friday. It's pretty much what it sounds like: one guy -- Charlie Ross -- performing the original three movies, "all the ships, planets, characters," by himself over 60 minutes. The show has been running for more than a decade. Friday-Sunday various times - $25


Masked Marvels
Saturday at Troy Music Hall: puppeteer and mime Michael Cooper will be performing his show "Masked Marvels and Wondertales." Blurbage: "a one-man extravaganza featuring handcrafted masks, stories of courage and wonder, and a physical repertoire ranging from the madcap to the sublime." 2 pm - $14 and up ($10 students)

Jeff Dunham
Sunday at the TU Center: comedian/ventriloquist Jeff Dunham and his puppets -- "Walter the Grumpy Retiree, Achmed the Dead Terrorist, the beer-fueled redneck Bubba J, the manic purple creature Peanut, the spicy pepper from south of the border José Jalapeño, and Peanut's own ventriloquist dummy Little Jeff." 3 pm - $47.50

The Hudson River School

The Albany Institute of History and Art opens a new exhibit of work from the famous Hudson River School movement Saturday: More than the Eye Beholds. From the blurbage:

The exhibition More than the Eye Beholds examines the American landscape and the making of the Hudson River School through selected topics that bring together significant paintings and drawings from such well-known artists as Thomas Cole, Frederic Edwin Church, Asher B. Durand, and others. The works of engravers and photographers, printers and publishers, surveyors and scientists will accompany the Hudson River School paintings and drawings to broaden the historical narrative of America's first school of art.

The exhibit includes work from the institute's own collection, as well as "several private collections." It runs through August.

Union vs. RPI

The men's hockey teams from Union and RPI face off Saturday at the TU Center. 7:30 pm - $15 / $10 students


Monday: Sunny Side of the Street Band at Bayou Albany
Americana. 6-9 pm - $5

Thursday: Spiritual Rez at Red Square
"Reggae funk dance experience." 8 pm

Thursday: John Brown's Body at Putnam Den
"Future roots music." 9 pm - $15

Friday: Two Cow Garage at Valentine's
"[A] muscular but kinda unhinged straight-ahead rock four piece ... that's got all the best parts of Lucero, Deer Tick, The Hold Steady, Gaslight Anthem and The Replacements fused together." With: Nightmare River Band, Todd May. 9 pm

Friday: Loudon Wainwright III at The Egg
Folk singer, actor. Father of Rufus, Martha, and Lucy (at the Egg February 15). With: The Nields. 8 pm - $29.50

Friday: Floodwood at Putnam Den
"Progressive string band" + Al Schnier and Vinnie Amico from moe. With: Rebel Darling. 9 pm - $12 ahead / $15 day of

Friday: Nigel Hall Band at Red Square
Soul. 8 pm - $8 ahead / $12 day of

Saturday: Trey Anastasio at The Palace
Did you know he wrote the music for an adaptation of the documentary Hands on a Hardbody -- and it's going to play on Broadway? 7:30 pm - $42.50

Saturday: Manhattan Transfer at The Egg
"The world's most popular jazz vocal group." 8 pm - $39.50

Saturday: Turkuaz at Red Square
A 10-person "funk army." With: The Chronicles. 8 pm - $7 ahead / $10 day of

Saturday: Hot Day at the Zoo at Bayou Albany
"Genre-bending American roots string band." With: Blind Owl Band. 8 pm - $10 ahead / $12 day of

Saturday: Spuyten Duyvil at Caffe Lena
"Amped up Americana." With: Loves It! 8 pm - $15

Sunday: Home Bass at Helsinki Hudson
Habitat for Humanity benefit featuring: Melissa Auf der Mauer, Melora Creager, Meshell Ndegeocello, Tommy Stinson. 7 pm - $20 and up

Sunday: Alfie Boe at The Egg
Tenor. PBS fave. 3 pm - $34

Sunday: Rick Rourke at The Egg
Album release show for longtime local blues/roots man. $20 - 2 pm

Sunday: Jeremy Denk at Union College Memorial Chapel
Pianist. (He also blogs, about stuff such as Wagner, Nietsche, and pink underwear.) 3 pm - $25 / $20 students

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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photo: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Malin Space Science Systems


Art silent auction Friday the 25th, 5:30-8pm at the Albany Public Library Delaware branch, to benefit The Friendship Garden of the Delaware Community School. See you there!

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