The week ahead

the pains of being pure at heart

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, part of the lineup for WCDB's 35th anniversary show.

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...

Weather

Here'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.

Goodbye, February.

Classic movies

Two recent classics at the Palace and the Proctors on Monday.

The Princess Bride
The Palace's classic movie series is showing The Princess Bride. Inconceivable! Monday 7 pm - $5 / $3 kids

Titanic
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

The Abolitionists

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

Plural futures
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

Spies
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

QFest

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

Music

Monday: Looka Looka Looka at Valentine's
Americana -- with a kazoo. With: The Pistolships. 7:30 pm

Tuesday: The Dirty Heads, Shiny Toy Guns at Upstate Concert Hall
California reggae/ska, synth pop. With: Midi Matilda, Oh No Fiasco! 7:30 pm - $20 ahead / $22 day of

Wednesday: Neil Rolnick at EMPAC
iEAR founder joined by violinist Todd Reynolds and pianist Vicky Chow -- "music for various combinations of violin, piano and laptop computer." 7:30 pm

Friday: WCDB 35th Anniversary Show at Valentine's
Featuring: The Pains of Being Pure of Heart, Oberhofer, Blotto, Dirty Face, and Barons in the Attic. 7 pm - $18 ahead / $23 day of

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

Friday: Cinnamon Chasers (Abakus) at Red Square
Electronic, with a popular video. With: Organik Time Machine, Digital Dharma. 8 pm - $10

Friday: Jim Gaudet & The Railroad Boys at The Linda
Releasing a new album. 8 pm - $15

Friday: Amy Helm at Helsinki Hudson
Levon's daughter. 9 pm - $25 ahead / $28 day of

Saturday: Enter the Haggis at The Egg
Eclectic world roots rock. 8 pm - $24

Saturday: Cowboy Junkies at The Egg
Both Enter the Haggis and Cowboy Junkies are from Canada. On the same night at the Egg? Obviously some sort of maple leaf conspiracy. 7:30 pm - $24

Saturday: Miranda Lambert at the TU Center
Big country star. With: Dierks Bentley. 7:30 pm - $28 and up

Saturday: The Wood Brothers at Helsinki Hudson
They were just at The Egg. With: Rayland Baxter. 9 pm -

Sunday: Frank Turner at Upstate Concert Hall March 3
Punk rocker turned toward folk. With: The Sidekicks, Steve Layman. 7:30 pm - $15 ahead / $17 day of

Sunday: James McMurtry at Helsinki Hudson
Americana. 8 pm - $25

Sunday: Container, Unicorn Hard On, Timeghost at 51 3rd Street
Three electronic acts. Unicorn Hard On obviously wins this week for best name. 7:30 pm - $5
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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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photo: Pavla Kopecna

Comments

Fun fact about POBPAH, Alex, the bass player, went to (and graduated from) Skidmore.

The EMPAC event is just called "The Machine Starts" not "Time Machine Starts."

I was super excited about EMPAC having a time machine. :-)

Editors: Erf. You're right. It's fixed. Thanks.

Thursday at 6pm there is a free lecture at Ten Broeck Mansion. Frankie Bailey will be lecturing on her book, "Wicked Albany: Lawlessness and Liquor in the Prohibtion Era."

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