The week ahead

musician ben frost

Ben Frost is at EMPAC this week.

Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather (February-ish), to secrets, to writers, to stepping, to wine, to music...

Weather

Here's the paraphrased forecast for this week:
Monday: Maybe a little bit of snow. Breezy. Highs in the upper 20s.
Tuesday: Sunny, mid 20s.
Wednesday: Cloudy, maybe some snow, highs in the low 30s.
Thursday: Sunny and mid 30s.
Friday: Cloudy, maybe some snow, mid 30s.
Weekend: Sunny, mid 30s.

So... it's February.

Movies

The Wiz
The Palace is showing The Wiz Monday evening as part of its classic movie series. Monday 7 pm - $5 / $3 kids

Mutiny on the Bounty
On Monday Proctors' AFI 100 series is showing Mutiny on the Bounty (the 1935, Clark Cable version). Monday 7:30 pm - $5

PostSecret

PostSecret founder Frank Warren will be at UAlbany Tuesday for "a multi-media presentation" and book signing. PostSecret is, of course, the popular online project that collects secrets people send in on postcards. (Maybe you saw the traveling exhibit at UAlbany in 2011.) Warren's talk is part of UAlbany's sexuality month. Here's a TED talk by Warren from last year. It's open to the general public. Tuesday 8 pm, campus center ballroom -- free, but seating is first come, first serve and a large crowd is expected... so if you'd like to go, you should show up early

Writers Institute

The New York State Writers Institute visiting writers series starts its spring slate this week with two events:

Colman Domingo
Stage and screen actor/director/playwright Colman Domingo will be at UAlbany Monday for a talk about his life and career. Domingo was nominated for a Tony in 2011 for his role in the musical The Scottsboro Boys. Monday 8 pm Performing Arts Center, uptown campus - free

Jorgen Randers
Dynamic systems expert, professor of climate strategy, and futurist Jorgen Randers will be at UAlbany Wednesday for a talk about his recent book, 2052: A Global Forecast for the Next Forty Years. Randers was one of the authors of the 1972 book The Limits to Growth. Wednesday 7:30 pm Lecture Center 7, uptown campus - free

American Idiot

Opening Tuesday at Proctors: Green Day's American Idiot, for a three day run. The musical is based on -- surprise -- the Green Day album of the same name. Tuesday-Thursday 8 pm - $20 and up

Arts and sciences

Photojournalism
Alison Morley, chair of the documentary photography and photojournalism program at the International Center of Photography, will be at Union Thursday for a talk: "The Role of Photojournalism Today." It's in connection with the Art or Evidence: The Power of Photojournalism exhibit currently on display at the Mandeville Gallery. Thursday 5 pm Nott Memorial - free

Civil society for sale
On Thursday a panel of Skidmore professors will be discussing the question: "Can anything hold back the overwhelming power of the market?" The discussion is part of the Tang Museum's "We The People" series. Thursday 7 pm - free

Drama

Race
This is the last week for Capital Rep's production of the David Mamet play Race. It's gotten good reviews. Tuesday through Sunday various times - $20 and up

La Traviata
Opening Thursday at Proctors: a Hubbard Hall production of Verdi's La Traviata, with a 22-piece orchestra and projections on the GE's theater's screen. various days and times - $40 / $30 students

Step show

Friday at The Palace: the annual step show celebrating Black History Month. Friday 7:30 pm - $15

Wine festival

The annual Capital Region Wine Festival starts Friday at Proctors. The two-day event includes a "cooking show dinner" with Angelo Mazzone, and a grand tasting. Friday and Saturday various times - various ticket prices

MASS MoCA

Saturday is free day at MASS MoCA -- admission to the galleries is free. And there's a "psychedelic Latin dance party" with Chicha Libre that evening (it is not free -- $10 ahead / $14 day of).

Music

Monday: Matt Pond at Helsinki Hudson
Indie singer songwriter. 8 pm - $15

The Grace Potter show at The Egg on Wednesday is sold out.

Thursday: Ben Frost at EMPAC
Experimental composer, lives in Iceland. 7:30 pm - $18

Friday: Black Francis at Helsinki Hudson
Or, you know, Frank Blank, from the Pixies. With: Reid Paley. 9 pm - $25

Friday: Eytan and the Embassy at Bayou Albany
Indie pop. With: Engloria, Vontus 8 pm - $10

Friday: Robert DeLong at Putnam Den
"8-bit warrior," EQX fave. 9 pm - $13 ahead / $15 day of

Friday: The Grand Slambovians at Caffe Lena
Gandalf Murphy's band. Yep, Gandalf. 8 pm - $32

Saturday: Milo Greene at The Linda
Folk pop. A band, not a person. With: MaryLeigh Roohan. 8 pm - $15

Saturday: Yefim Bronfman with the ASO at Troy Music Hall
World-famous pianist. Also performing the next day. 7:30 pm - $19 and up

Saturday: Dirty Dozen Brass Band at the Massry Center
New Orleans brass. 7:30 pm - $30

Looking ahead to next week: Passion Pit and Matt & Kim are at the RPI Field House next Monday. 8 pm - $35 ahead / $38 day of

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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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