Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this short week, from the weather (not bad at all), to holy days, to food and wine, to lots of music...
WeatherHere's the paraphrased forecast for this week:
Tuesday: Some sun, maybe some rain. Upper 70s.
Wednesday: Sunny and 77.
Thursday: Sunny and 72.
Weekend: Sunny and mid 70s.
Not bad at all.
The Jewish New Year -- Rosh Hashanah -- starts at sunset on Wednesday and ends at nightfall on Friday (it's unusually early this year). It's one of the holiest days of the year for Jews, and marks the start of the High Holy Days -- which conclude with Yom Kippur (sunset September 13 this year).
A traditional Rosh Hashanah greeting or message is to wish someone a good year.
Tuesday: The Nitty Gritty Poetry Slam returns to Valentine's for a new season in its traditional format. Want to compete? Sign up is at 7 pm. Open at mic at 7:30 pm. Slam at 8 pm. $5 / $3 students
The Restoration Festival returns Friday and Saturday at a new location -- the Contemporary Artists Center at Woodside in Troy. The festival includes two days of music on two stages. The headliner this year is Man Man -- they play Saturday night. (But don't sleep on Friday night, which includes a bunch of good locals.)
Tickets are $32.50 for both days / $15 Friday only / $27.50 Saturday only.
Albany Riverfront Jazz Festival
Saturday: The annual Albany Riverfront Jazz Festival is lined up at Jennings Landing in the Corning Preserve. The slate includes six acts, including: Sensemaya, Arch Stanton Quartet, Charlie Hunter, Oleta Adams, and Foreworks. Music starts at 1 pm -- it's free.
Friday: The night before in downtown Albany jazz acts will be competing for a spot in the Saturday lineup. Ten acts will be playing at venues in the State/Pearl/Broadway part of the downtown from 5-9 pm.
Saratoga Food and Wine Festival
The annual Saratoga Food and Wine Festival is Friday-Sunday at SPAC. The headlining "personalities" this year: funny person/TV host Mo Rocca, chef Zak Pellacio (Food & Game in Hudson, and spots in NYC), wine expert Kevin Zraly. They'll be appearing at various events throughout the festival.
The festival includes a bunch of different events, some of which require different tickets. But the big event of the festival for most people is the grand tasting on Saturday -- tickets are $85. (And if you'd like to partake of the wine and not have to worry about driving, The Giddy Up will be offering rides between Albany/Clifton Park and Saratoga for $25.)
Cooking competition class
Friday: Gio Culinary Studio in Vorheesville has a mystery basket cooking competition class lined up:
Student teams will be asked to recreate 3 dishes, an appetizer, entree and dessert from a mystery "basket". After a quick demonstration of each dish by Chef Gio, teams will be assigned to their own kitchen stations and given a time limit to duplicate the demonstrated dish. After each dish, teams will be scored on Flavor, Technique and Appearance. When all three dishes are complete, the scores will be tallied and the winning team announced.
The winners get a gift certificate for a free cooking class. Friday 6:15 pm - $75
The US Men's National Soccer Team is playing a qualifier for the World Cup Friday night at Costa Rica (kickoff 10 pm). Because it's an away game, the match will be shown on the beIN Sport -- a channel most people do not get. (Yes, it's ridiculous.) If you're looking for a place to catch the game, you can bet Wolff's will be jammed with fans -- including the Albany chapter of the American Outlaws.
Saturday: Mayer Hawthorne at the Empire State Plaza
Modern soul singer. Part of the New Music Festival that also includes: Graham Tichy, They Mysteios, Superhumanoids, Robert Randolph and the Family Band. music starts at 2 pm / Mayer Hawthorne at 7:45 pm - free
Saturday: Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion at Helsinki Hudson
Folk rock duo. (And they're married. And she's Arlo's daughter.) Their latest album was produced by Jeff Tweedy. They're also playing Sunday night at Caffe Lena. 9 pm - $15 ahead / $18 day of
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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