Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this holiday week, from the weather (@##$%^& cold), to Martin Luther King, to Mars, to puppets, to Star Wars, painting, hockey, to music...
WeatherHere's the paraphrased forecast for this week:
Monday: Cloudy, cold, maybe some flurries. Highs in the mid 20s. Near-zero wind chills overnight.
Tuesday: 50-50 chance of snow showers. Highs in the upper teens.
Wednesday: Cloudy. High: 15.
Thursday: Sunny. High: 12.
Friday: Cloudy, maybe some snow. Heat wave: low 20s.
Weekend: Still really @#$%^& cold.
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
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
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
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)
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 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
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
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
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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