The week ahead

david wax museum tift merritt

David Wax Museum (left) and Tift Merritt are at The Linda this week.

Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather (moment of spring), to comedy, to smart meters, to owls, to the Harlem Renaissance, to chowder, to music...


Here's the paraphrased forecast for this week:
Monday: Snow, 1-3 inches, before changing over to the every-popular "freezing drizzle" in the late afternoon/evening. High (and low) around 32.
Tuesday: Cloudy, chance or rain. Highs (and lows) in the mid-low 40s.
Wednesday: Cloudy, rainy, mid 50s.
Thursday: Cloudy, breezy, high in the low 30s.
Friday: Some sun, mid 20s.
Weekend: More of that.

Mid-week moment of spring

Marx Brothers, Graduate

Marx Brothers
Proctors' AFI 100 classic film series continues Monday with a screening of the Marx Brothers film A Night at the Opera shown on theater's main stage (where it very well could have screened almost 80 years ago). 7:30 pm - $5

The Graduate
The Palace's classic movie series is showing The Graduate Monday evening. 7 pm - $5

Arts and sciences

Physicians and torture
Monday at Union College: bioethicist -- and medical doctor -- Steven Miles will give a talk about physicians and torture. Olin Center 7:30 pm - free

Wednesday at Albany Law: a presentation on the American patent system and how recent legislation affects it. Part of a series of seminars on issues related to entrepreneurialism. 5:30 pm - free

Smart meters and privacy
Thursday at Union College: a talk by Allen Gilbert, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Vermont, about smart utility meters and privacy. "The collection of electrical usage data through smart meters is a new piece of such collection, and few people realize what the data can reveal about people's lives." Nott Memorial 7 pm - free

Mythic past
Sunday at the Albany Institute: Northeastern University historian Harvey Green on "how Americans created a vision of our nation's birth and history rooted in fact, the artifacts of daily lives, and popular fiction." 2 pm - $10 / $8 students and seniors

Owl prowl

Thursday at the Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center: an evening hike to listen for owls, which are currently in their breeding season. 6 pm - $3 / $5 per family

Vignettes of the Harlem Renaissance

Thursday at UAlbany: "Of Ebony Embers: Vignettes of the Harlem Renaissance," performed by the Core Ensemble. Blurbage: "a chamber music theatre work for actor and trio (cello, piano & percussion) celebrates the lives of three great African-American poets -- Langston Hughes, Countee Cullen and Claude McKay -- as seen through the eyes of the great muralist and painter Aaron Douglas to a musical score which includes works by Duke Ellington, Jelly Roll Morton, Billy Strayhorn, Thelonius Monk and Charles Mingus as well as concert music by Jeffrey Mumford and George Walker." Performing Arts Center (uptown campus) 7:30 pm - $15 / $12 seniors and university faculty/staff / $10 students


Marc Maron
Comedian Marc Maron will be at The Egg Friday for a stand-up show. In addition to his standup, Maron has gotten a lot of attention in recent years for his popular podcast WTF with Marc Maron. 8 pm - $27.50

Lisa Lampanelli
Comedian Lisa Lampenelli will be at The Egg Saturday for two shows. Lampanelli is an insult comic and self-described "queen of mean" (the url for her website: 7 pm and 10 pm - $37.75


The annual Saratoga Chowderfest is this Saturday from 11 am - 4 pm in downtown Saratoga Springs. There are more 70 establishments scheduled to compete. Each sample is $1.


Sunday at the TU Center: the Harlem Globetrotters, the lineup for which includes former Siena star Tay Fisher. 1 pm - $24 and up


This weekend at the Zankel Center at Skidmore: a brass festival featuring New York Philharmonic Principal Brass Quintet. Multiple events on Saturday and Sunday, including a performance by the quintet Saturday night at 8 pm ($8), a performance Sunday at 3 pm featuring the quintet and students ensemble (free)


David Wax Museum

Wednesday: Heart at Proctors
Ann and Nancy Wilson. 8 pm - $20 and up

Thursday: Good Neighbor, Skinny White Folk at Valentine's
Two Skidmore bands, one jazz/funk, the other folk. 8:30 pm

Friday: Tift Merritt, David Wax Museum at The Linda
Alt country, roots/indie rock/"Mexo-Americana." 8 pm - $18

Friday: Company of Thieves at Bayou Albany
Playing acoustically. With: von Grey. $20 ahead / $25 day of

Friday: Martin Sexton at Helsinki Hudson
Folk/soul rock. BriWi fave. 9 pm - $45 dinner tables available

Friday: Albany Pro Musica's High School Choral Festival at Troy Music Hall
Albany Pro Musica, the Empire State Youth Orchestra Repertory Orchestra, and high school choirs from around the Capital Region. 7:30 pm - $10

Friday: Kung Fu at Red Square
Funk. "Imagine 70's funk-fusion meets a modern dance party." 8 pm - $12 ahead / $15 day of

Friday: Cliff Eberhardt at Caffe Lena
Folk veteran. With: Louise Mosrie. 8 pm - $18

Saturday: Beat*Shot Spins for JDilla at Red Square
An annual tribute to the influential producer, featuring a bunch of DJs. 8 pm - $10

Saturday: Superhuman Happiness at MASS MoCA
"Physical, cinematic, dance rock." 8 pm - $12 ahead / $16 day / $10 students

Saturday: Jack Landron at Caffe Lena
The first act to ever headline Caffe Lena. 8 pm - $18


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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photos: Tift Merritt photo via Tift Merritt website | David Wax Museum via David Wax Museum website


Albany Poets will celebrate the 8th anniversary of Poets Speak Loud at McGeary’s on Monday, January 28, 7:30 PM. The event will also commemorate Tom Nattell, local poet and community activist, who died the same day the poetry open mic began, January 31, 2005. Tom had been scheduled to be the first featured reader at the new series, but died of cancer earlier that day. The open mic was held that night and was a celebration of his life, work and performances.

This very special event will begin with the annual “beret toss” at the Robert Burns statue in Washington Park in Tom’s memory at 6:00pm.

It would be helpful if there were dates, rather than just times and cost, for all the items other than the music...

@Hmm..well, the title of the post is "the week ahead"


So, if you and I were making plans of "the week ahead" and I said how about 8pm, you'd have all the info you needed?

@k, Hmm: Every item should include the day of the week (and after checking again, it appears every item this week does). If it doesn't, that's a mistake on our part.

If people would prefer the day of the week to be included at the end of each item with the time and price, we can do that.

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