The week ahead

steve earle and shawn colvin

Steve Earle and Shawn Colvin are playing together at Troy Music Hall this week.

Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather (warmer, eventually), to very different classics, to Walter Kirn, to Marky Ramone, to vegan baking, to music...


Here's the paraphrased forecast for this week:
Monday: Sunny, high 20s.
Tuesday: Cloudy, mid 30s. Maybe some snow, chance increasing into the night.
Wednesday: Cloudy, chance of snow. Mid 30s.
Thursday: Sunny, low 40s.
Friday: Cloudy, chance of rain. Mid 50s.
Weekend: Cloudy, rainy to start, sunny near the end. 50s.

Is it actually... warming up?

Classic films

Two of the big classic film series are offering two very different films this week:

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf
Monday: The AFI 100 series at Proctors is showing Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf, the 1966 film -- starring Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton and directed by Mike Nichols -- about a marriage gone very wrong. Monday various times - $5

The Life of Brian
Monday: The Palace's classic movie series is screening Monty Python's Life of Brian, a comedy about the next door neighbor of Jesus. Monday 7 pm - $5

Arts and sciences

Ishmael Beah
Monday: Ishmael Beah -- whose memoir about growing up in Sierra Leone, A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier, was a best seller -- will be at Skidmore to talk about his new novel Radiance of Tomorrow. Monday 7 pm, Filene Recital Hall - free

Darya Rose
Monday: Darya Rose -- founder of the health website Summer Tomato -- will be at Sage for a talk titled "Becoming a Foodist." Event blurbage:

Rose, accomplished author of Foodist: Using Real Food and Real Science to Lose Weight Without Dieting, will share a life-changing approach to healthy eating that breaks the cycle of restrictive dieting and teaches individuals how to make lifelong, healthy decisions. Her mission is to help people discover lasting weight loss through the love of food and the fundamentals of science.

In addition to being a "foodist," Rose also has a PhD in neuroscience. Monday 7 pm, Troy campus, Schacht Fine Arts Center - free

Walter Kirn
Tuesday: Author Walter Kirn will be at UAlbany as part of the NYS Writers Institute visiting writers series. Kirn has a new nonfiction book -- Blood Will Out: The True Story of a Murder, a Mystery, and a Masquerade (NYT review) -- about his relationship with a murderer and con artist. Event blurbage:

Kirn first made Rockefeller's acquaintanceship when he volunteered to deliver a crippled hunting dog from a shelter in his home state of Montana to the New York City apartment of Rockefeller, who had adopted the dog over the Internet. Over time, Kirn and Rockefeller became, in Kirn's own words, "very good friends." Throughout the narrative, Kirn investigates how and why Rockefeller succeeded in fooling him: Why, as a writer of fiction, was he susceptible to the deception of a sinister fantasist whose crimes, Kirn learns, were based on books and movies?

See also: Kirn interviewing himself in NYT.

Kirn's also known for novels such as Up in the Air. Tuesday 8 pm, uptown campus performing arts center - free

Marky Ramone
Wednesday: Marky Ramone -- you know, from The Ramones -- will be at Skidmore for a talk -- presumably about being Marky Ramone (as mentioned). Wednesday 7 pm - free

Marlen Esparza
Thursday: Marlen Esparza -- the first female US boxer to medal at the Olympics (in London in 2012) -- will be at RPI for a talk. Blurbage:

Esparza will deliver a presentation titled "Fiercely Latina: Channeling Your Heritage's Spirit in the Ring," where she will discuss "how Latinos don't have to fall prey to typical stereotypes, such as not graduating from high school, and instead should feel empowered to pursue their dreams." She plans to share her story about the trials and rewards of being a trailblazing woman and Latina in a sport traditionally dominated by men.

The talk is free, but tickets are required: 276-6505. Thursday 7:30 pm, Darrin Communications Center - free

Robert Storr
Thursday: artist/critic/Yale School of Art dean Robert Storr will be at Saint Rose for a talk. Thursday 7 pm, Saint Joseph Hall - free

The Loudest Voice in the Room
Saturday: Journalist Gabriel Sherman will be at Northshire Saratoga to talk about his book The Loudest Voice in the Room: How the Brilliant Bombastic Roger Ailes Built Fox News - and Divided a Country (New York Review of Books review). Saturday 7 pm - free


A few cooking classes this week:

Vegan baking
Monday: Nora Cronin will be leading a vegan baking basics class at Honest Weight. Monday 6 pm - free (registration required)

Mediterranean appetitzers
Tuesday: Ric Orlando will be at Different Drummer's for a class focused on "some twists on the lusty Meze-Tapas-Antipasti of the Mediterranean." Tuesday 6 pm - $65

Mastering seafood
Friday: Gio Culinary Studio has a hands-on class lined up about cooking seafood: scallops, fish fry, stuffed sole. Friday 6:15 pm - $65


Tuesday: Masters of Tradition at The Egg
"Celebrate Irish music in its purest form." 7:30 pm - $28

Wednesday: The Irish Rovers at The Egg
Traditional Irish music. 7:30 pm - $34

Wednesday: Mindless Self Indulgence at Upstate Concert Hall
Punk electronica. 8 pm - $20 ahead / $23 day of

Thursday: Steve Earle & Shawn Colvin at Troy Music Hall
"Songs and Stories, Together Onstage." 8 pm - $29 and up

Thursday: Asking Alexandria at Upstate Concert Hall
Metalcore. With: August Burns Red, We Came As Romans, Crown The Empire, Born Of Osiris. 6:30 pm - $25 ahead / $30 day of

Thursday: Rhythm of the Dance at Proctors
"Featuring traditional Irish stepdancing, songs, instruments and brilliant costumes..." 8 pm - $20 and up

Thursday: Mikaela Davis at Red Square
Indie pop harpist from Rochester. With: Banshee Tree. 8 pm - $10 ahead / $12 day of

Thursday: Turkuaz at Putnam Den
"A funk army of multi-instrumentals and singers that is part freight train and part tyrannosaurus rex..." With: Alan Evans Trio. 9:30 pm - $8 ahead / $12 day of

Friday: Experience Hendrix 2014 at The Palace
"[A] diverse group of musical greats paying homage to the abiding genius of Jimi Hendrix." Including: Dweezil Zappa, Buddy Guy, Bootsy Collins and others. 8 pm - $39.75 and up ("not many left")

Friday: Moscow Festival Ballet at Proctors
Ballet company formed by a former Bolshoi principal performing Giselle. 8 pm - $20 and up

Friday: Cris Williamson at Proctors
Singer/songwriter/activist. An 8th Step show. 7:30 pm - $26 ahead / $28 day of

Friday: The Lucky Jukebox Brigade at The Low Beat
With: Oobleck. 9 pm

Friday: Joshua Black Wilkins at The Linda
Alt-country/roots. 8 pm - $12

Saturday: Action Bronson at Upstate Concert Hall
Rapper/chef. 8 pm - $20 ahead / $22 day of

Saturday: Regina Carter at The Egg
"A violinist with unbridled artistry and imagination." 8 pm - $29.50

Saturday: Sixties Spectacular at Proctors
The Righteous Brothers' Bill Medley, Gary Puckett, The Vogues, The 1910 Fruitgum Company. 7 pm - $39.75 and up

Saturday: Super Sized Sirsy at Putnam Den
Sirsy as a four piece. With: Citizen's Treasure. 9:30 pm - $7

Saturday: Hot Club of Saratoga at Caffe Lena
Gypsy jazz. 8 pm - $15

Sunday: Trio Solisti at Troy Music Hall
"[H]ailed as 'the most exciting piano trio in America'." A Troy Chromatics concert. 3 pm - $25 and up

Sunday: Jake Shimabukuro at The Egg
"[R]egarded as the world's foremost ukulele player." 7:30 pm - $34

Sunday: The Devil Wears Prada at Upstate Concert Hall
Melodic metalcore. With: The Ghost Inside, I Killed The Prom Queen, Dangerkids. 7 pm - $20 ahead / $23 day of

To do list

1. Plan the garden. Order from the seed catalog. Hope for spring.

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!

Troy Music Hall and Honest Weight advertise on AOA.

Shawn Colvin photo: Michael Wilson | Steve Earle via Steve Earle website


The Empire Golf Expo is coming to the Empire State Convention Center on March 28-30th.

By now you are certainly sick of this blistering winter and are thinking about warmer weather and getting on the golf course! Mark your calendars because golf is coming back into your life sooner than you expected!

The Empire Golf Expo is featuring golf clubs & courses, seminars, Re/Max World Long Drive Championship Qualifier, putting contest, and 19th Hole featuring NY beer, wine, and food all included with your ticket. If that wasn't enough, with every ticket purchased you will receive a free 2014 membership to the Empire Golf Club, a free subscription to Golf Digest magazine, a free greens fee for any course in Greene County, and a free ticket to the Symmetra Tour at Capital Hills! Tickets are just $6 on Friday and $8 on Saturday and Sunday. Bring your junior golfer along as all kids 12 and under are free.

See you at the Expo!

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