The week ahead

The 7 Person Chair Pyramid High Wire Act

The 7 Person Chair Pyramid High Wire Act, making a stop at CAC Woodside in Troy this week, looks like it could be charmingly weird.

Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather (cold), MLK, to a flux capacitor, to sassy drink 'n drawing, to chicken wings, to Lord of the Rings, to music...


Here's the paraphrased forecast for this week:
Monday: Cloudy, maybe some snow. Low 30s.
Tuesday: Sunny and maybe 13 degrees.
Wednesday: Repeat.
Thursday: Cloudy and 17.
Friday: Sunny and 20.
Weekend: Cloudy and upper 20s.

Back into the freezer.


Monday is Martin Luther King, Jr Day, a federal holiday commemorating the civil rights leader. The holiday is pegged to the Monday near his birthday, January 15 (this year would have been King's 85th birthday).

Empire State Plaza and Albany
There is a memorial observance at Empire State Plaza Convention Center Monday from 10-11:30 am. The keynote speaker is Rev. Nicholas Stuart Richards, Assistant Minister of Global Outreach at the Abyssinian Baptist Church in New York City. And Albany Law dean Penelope Andrews will present a tribute to Nelson Mandela. After the program, there will be a Beloved Community March from the ESP to the King Monument in Lincoln Park. Monday 10 am

Union College
Monday: Union College has a program commemorating the holiday, include a community-wide video recreating King's "I Have a Dream" speech. Monday 12:45 pm

1.21 gigawatts

Monday: The Palace's classic movie series is showing Back to the Future, which is now almost 30 years old. (It was first released in 1985.) Monday 7 pm - $5

Stories and drawings

Front Parlor
Monday: The Front Parlor storytelling series returns to the Olde English in Albany. This month's theme: "Resolutions." Monday 7:30 pm

Pasties, Pencils & Pints
Thursday: Pasties, Pencils & Pints -- the "sassy figure drawing-drink-n-draw" -- returns to 51 3rd in Troy. The model is burlesque performer Heather Whatever. It is BYOB and bring your own drawing supplies. Thursday 8:30 pm - $10

The Mountaintop

Starting Tuesday at Capital Rep: Katori Hall's The Mountaintop, a play imagining a conversation from the last night of Martin Luther King, Jr's life. From the description: "On the eve of his assassination, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. cools down in a lonely Memphis hotel room after delivering the speech of a lifetime--when an unexpected visit from a feisty, young hotel maid pushes King into a confrontation with his doubts, fears, and haunting premonitions." runs through February 9 - $20 and up

Arts and sciences

The 7 Person Chair Pyramid High Wire Act
Tuesday: The 7 Person Chair Pyramid High Wire Act, a production by the Der Vorführeffekt Theatre, will be at the CAC Woodside in Troy. It sounds strange and potentially fun. Production blurbabe: "a DIY hodge-podge of experimental theater, puppetry, dance, the history of science, and an ingeniously nomadic set design that all fits into the back of a car." From a review at Milwaukee Theater Examiner last fall: "The themes, including isolation, risk-taking, lying, miracles, and inevitably, love, magically come together in a series of events that, while not conventionally logical, ring with emotional truth and, like ripples in a pond, seem to expand out into the universe." Tuesday 8 pm - $7

Tuesday: EMPAC's spring season starts up with a screening of Mika Taanila's Futuro: A New Stance for Tomorrow, about the story behind the Futuro House. Blurbage: "This film expresses and encapsulates the optimism of the post-war era in a joyful but melancholic study on the perceived failure of the 1960s vision of the future." Preceding Futuro will be a screening of Patricia Lennox-Boyd's film Carl dis/assembling w/ self. Tuesday 7:30 pm - $6

Tuesday: The Linda will be hosting a screening of a short documentary about the Berkshire Bird Sanctuary in Petersburgh. Sanctuary founder Pete Dubacher will be there with birds for a Q&A afterward. Tuesday 6 pm - free

Chicken wings
Wednesday: The Spectrum will be screening The Great Chicken Wing Hunt, a documentary about the search for the world's best Buffalo chicken wing. It includes scenes from Albany. Associate producer and Albany native Melinda Person will introduce the film. And director Matt Reynolds will Skype in for a Q&A. 7 pm - $10

Albany Rural Cemetery
Thursday: Times Union writer Paul Grondahl and photographer Will Waldron will be at the Albany Institute of History and Art for a discussion of their book about the history of the Albany Rural Cemetery, These Exalted Acres. A large portion of anyone who was everyone in Albany history is buried in Albany Rural. Thursday 6 pm - $25

Grand Central
Sunday: The New York Times' Sam Roberts will be at the State Museum to talk about Grand Central Station, including "conception, amazing history, and the far-reaching cultural effects of the station that continues to amaze tourists and shuttle busy commuters." Roberts is the author of Grand Central: How a Train Station Transformed America. Sunday 2 pm, Huxley Theater - free


Great Danes
Monday: The UAlbany men's basketball team takes on Binghamton at SEFCU Arena. Monday 7 pm - $5 and up

Thursday: The Siena men's basketball team takes on St. Peter's at the TU Center. Thursday 7 pm - $12 and up

One actor to rule them all

Friday-Sunday: Charles Ross -- of the One Man Star Wars Trilogy -- will be back at Proctors with... One Man Lord of the Rings. From a 2012 San Jose Mercury review: "Watching the affable actor bop from hobbits to elves is a bit like watching an overcaffeinated toddler re-enact his favorite cartoon. You don't get all of the details, but you get the gist, and it's all terribly endearing." Friday-Sunday various times - $25

Union vs. RPI

Looking ahead to the weekend: The men's hockey teams for #6 Union and RPI face off at the TU Center for Mayor's Cup. Saturday 7:30 pm - $15 / $10 students and kids


Thursday: Classic Albums Live: Dark Side of the Moon at Proctors
A tribute performance of the Pink Floyd album on the Proctors main stage. 8 pm - $20 and up

Thursday: Cedric Burnside Project at Red Square
Blues. Co-headlining with The Chronicles. 8 pm - $10

Friday: Garland Jeffreys at The Linda
Veteran rock singer/songwriter. 8 pm - $18

Friday: Black Mountain Symphony at The Hollow
With: The Lucky Jukebox Brigade, Accents.

Saturday: The Stepkids at MASS MoCA
Psychedelic. 8 pm - $12 ahead / $16 day of / $10 students

Saturday: Vance Gilbert at Caffe Lena
Folk/soul singer/songwriter. With: Kayla Ringelheim. 8 pm - $18

Saturday: Old Songs Sampler Concert
Acts playing bluegrass, traditional Irish, reel and jug, and other styles of music. A benefit for the 2014 Old Songs Festival. 8 pm - $20 / $5 for kids 12 and under

Sunday: Zach Deputy at Helsinki Hudson
"Island-infused drum n' bass gospel ninja soul." 8 pm - $18

These are a just a few things for this week, not a comprehensive list. Know of something people should be looking forward to this week? Please share!

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photo via CAC Woodside FB


The Great Chicken Wing Hunt screening has great timing. People can do their own search at Wing Wars 10 in Troy on Saturday.

St. Jude the Apostle School's Wing Wars 10 will be held 5-9 p.m. Jan. 25 at the Franklin Terrace Ballroom, 126 Campbell Ave., Troy. Admission, $20. Tickets available at the school, 283-0333.

Tuesday night at Jose Malones in Troy, there is a Bluegrass Jam run by the Nellies. Hot Bluegrass on a cold night! Bring your instrument and join in!

J Roddy Walston and the Business are playing at The Hollow, on Saturday night as well! Its an EQX show so its only $10.27 for tickets!

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