Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather (Marchward), to recent classics, to abolitionists, to backyard parables, to spies, to QFest, to all sorts of music...
WeatherHere's the paraphrased forecast for this week:
Monday: Sunny, high 30s..
Tuesday: About the same, a bit warmer. Rain and snow overnight.
Wednesday: Cloudy, some snow and rain. Generally wet. High 30s.
Thursday: Cloudy, damp. High 20s.
Friday: Cloudy, high 30s.
Weekend: Mid 30s.
Two recent classics at the Palace and the Proctors on Monday.
Proctors' AFI 100 series is showing Titanic on the main stage -- which seems fitting given the film is basically an old-school Hollywood melodramatic spectacle. Also, a reminder if you decide to go: the movie is about 10 hours long (OK, not exactly... it's 3 hours and 14 minutes long). Monday 3:30 pm and 7:30 pm - $5
Monday at Russell Sage College: a screening and community of discussion of the recent PBS program The Abolitionists. On the panel moderated by the Rensselaer County Historical Society's Ilene Frank:
+ Andor Skotnes, Professor of History and Chair, Department of History and Society, The Sage Colleges
+ Paul Stewart, co-founder, Underground Railroad History Project of the Capital Region
+ Tiffany S. Powell-Lambright, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Help Yourself Academy, Director, Esteves Graduate School of Education
+ Isabel Pottinger, sophomore at Albany High School and member of the Young Abolitionists
Monday 6:30 pm Bush Memorial - free and open to the public
Arts and sciences
Ann Hood and Eugene Mirabelli
Authors Ann Hood and Eugene Mirabelli will be at UAlbany Tuesday as part of the NYS Writers Institute visiting writers series. Hood is the author of the new novel The Obituary Writer. Mirabelli is a UAlbany professor emeritus and author most recently of the novel Renato, the Painter. Tuesday 8 pm assembly hall uptown campus - free
The Supreme Court
Tuesday at Albany Law: author Marjorie Heins and Albany Law professor Stephen Gottlieb will be talking as part of an event titled "Supreme Court: Priests or Devils?" Heins is the author of the book Priests of Our Democracy: The Supreme Court, Academic Freedom, and the Anti-Communist Purge -- and Gottlieb is the author of the upcoming Unfit for Democracy: The Roberts Court and the Breakdown of American Politics. Tuesday 7 pm West Wing Classroom - free and open to the public
University of New Haven professor of management Anshuman Prasad will be at Skidmore Tuesday for talk: "Plural Futures: A Brief Look at the Emerging Contours of the 21st-Century World." Among the questions he'll address: "Are we standing at the threshold of the much-anticipated Asian century?" Tuesday 7 pm Palamountain Hall - free and open to the public
Katrina Kenison and Margaret Roach
Thursday at the Arts Center: writers Katrina Kenison and Margaret Roach will be talking about their new books. Kenison: Magical Journey: an Apprenticeship in Contentment. Roach: The Backyard Parables: a Meditation on Gardening, and Life. Thursday 7 pm - $10
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Tim Weiner will be at the Carey Center for Global Good Saturday to talk about "the secret workings of American intelligence at home and overseas." His most recent book is Enemies: A History of the FBI. Saturday 6 pm - $5 (RSVP: 797-5100)
Spotting a liar
University of Derby (UK) criminologist David Walsh will be at UAlbany Saturday for talk: "Who can spot a liar? Are police officers expert lie catchers?" -- about interrogations, lying, and false confessions. Saturday 3:30 pm Husted Hall 106A (downtown campus) - free and open to the public
Proctors' annual LGBT film festival starts Thursday and runs through Sunday. The festival includes films (of course) such as Hedwig and the Angry Inch, How to Survive a Plague, Keep the Lights On, and Cat on a Hat Tin Roof. Also: events that include the Capital Pride Singers, discussions, and food. Thursday-Sunday various times - $9 / $7 students per event / $40 all festival pass
The Machine Starts
Thursday-Saturday at EMPAC: The Machine Starts. Blurbage:
The Machine Starts is based on E.M. Forster‚s 1909 sci-fi novella The Machine Stops, an eerily prescient tale that predicts the internet, television, global environmental ruin, social isolation and the impact of technology on the human experience.
Under the Renssealer leadership of artists Shawn Lawson and Michael Oatman, professors in HASS and the SoA respectively, this student run performance features A Capella singing group, The Rusty Pipes, The Parkour Club, and Center Stage, a spoken word group, as well as interactive media, new music and architectures designed to transform EMPAC.
various times - $10 / $6 students
Friday: No Further Instructions at the Zankel Center
Musician Howard Fishman and travel journalist Michael Benanav in a program that "combines original music, historical memoir, storytelling and compelling photography to share the duo's exploits and experiences as American Jews in rural Romania." 8 pm - $8 / free for students and kids
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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