Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather (eh), to beer, to George Saunders, to mediated matter, to internal clocks, to women and sex, to photography, to acrobats, to all sorts of music...
WeatherHere's the paraphrased forecast for this week:
Monday: Sunny, windy, high 20s.
Tuesday: Rain and snow, highs around 40.
Wednesday: Cloudy, low 30s.
Thursday: Sunny, upper 20s.
Friday: Sunny, mid 30s.
Weekend: Maybe some rain and snow. Upper 30s
February doesn't always feel like the shortest month.
It's Monday, so stuff like banks will be closed. Presidents' Day is pegged to George Washington's birthday -- though that is actually February 22.
It's Saratoga Beer Week. All week there will be beer-related events, specials, and whatnot. And there's a "beer summit" at the City Center Saturday with tastings from a bunch of breweries ($40 ahead / $50 at door).
Author George Saunders will be at UAlbany Wednesday as part of the NYS Writers Institute visiting writers series. Saunders has won a bunch of awards and praise. His new book is Tenth of December: Stories, of which the NYT Mag said, in the title of a feature about Saunders, is "the best book you'll read this year." Wednesday 8 pm, performing arts center uptown campus - free
Arts and sciences
Designer Neri Oxman will be at RPI Wednesday as part of the architecture program's lecture series. Oxman is an assistant professor at the famous MIT Media Lab and founder of the MaterialEcology lab. She's known for her bio there: "Her group explores how digital design and fabrication technologies mediate between matter and environment to radically transform the design and construction of objects, buildings, and systems." She was named to CNN's Next List in 2012, and here's Wired (UK) feature about her work. 6 pm EMPAC - free
Skidmore geneticist Bernard Possidente will be giving a talk Wednesday: "Circadian Biological Clocks: How Flies Time When They're Having Fun." He'll be discussing related research on internal clocks in fruit flies, mice, and humans. Wednesday 8 pm Palamountain Hall - free
Women, Sex and Desire
Thursday at UAlbany: Women, Sex and Desire. Blurbage: "Part dance, part theatre and part talk show, the performance is a multi-media investigation on how women navigate sex, desire, choice and perception. It challenges stereotypes, assumptions and conventional wisdom along with reflecting the struggle, humor and pleasure we encounter as sexual beings." Thursday 7:30 pm and 10 pm - $15 / $10 students
Photographer Gregory Crewdson will be
Thursday at Proctors: a performance by The Peking Acrobats -- "treacherous wire-walking, trick-cycling, precision tumbling, somersaulting and gymnastics." (The guy who played Yen in the Ocean's 11 movies is an alumnus of the group.) Thursday 8 pm - $20 and up
Friday: Thruway: A Sing Off at Proctors
An a cappella show featuring groups from Union College, Bates College, and Connecticut College. 7:30 pm - $15
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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