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...
WeatherHere'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
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 Palace's classic movie series is showing The Graduate Monday evening. 7 pm - $5
Arts and sciences
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
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
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
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
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: insultcomic.com). 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.
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)
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
Saturday: Beat*Shot Spins for JDilla at Red Square
An annual tribute to the influential producer, featuring a bunch of DJs. 8 pm - $10
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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