The week ahead

dead and company john mayer

Dead and Company -- featuring John Mayer -- is at the TU Center this week.


Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather (not bad), to films, to trivia, to speakers, to Halloween, to all sorts of music...


Here's the paraphrased forecast for this week:
Monday: Sunny and 51.
Tuesday: Mostly sunny and 56.
Wednesday: Rain, upper 60s.
Thursday: Cloudy, maybe some more rain. Mid 60s.
Friday: Sun and 51.
Weekend: Sun and 50s.

Not bad for late October.


Citizen Kane
Monday: The AFI 100 series at Proctors is showing Citizen Kane in the GE Theater. Monday 2:30 pm / 5 pm / 7:30 pm - $5

Urban farming
Tuesday: The Madison is screening Plant This Movie, a documentary about urban farming, as part of a series with the city of Albany's Sustainability Advisory Committee. The doc's director will be there for introductory remarks, and there will be a panel Q&A afterward. Tuesday 7:30 pm (mixer starts at 7 pm) - $5

Silent Film Spectacular
Wednesday: The Albany Public Library's Silent Film Spectacular series concludes its season with "When an Alien Robot Crash-lands in Troy, NY, an original film and soundtrack by lastdayshining. Wednesday 7 pm, main branch - free

New York History Trivia

Wednesday: The Albany Institute is hosting a New York history trivia night mc'ed by Jack McEneny -- the museum is calling it "'competitive' philanthrophy." The competition includes food, beverages, and prizes. Teams can include up to four people. (People not part of teams can sign up and added to a team that night.) Wednesday 6 pm - $25 per person

Arts and sciences

The real, acted, and reenacted
Wednesday: The On Screen/Sound series continues at EMPAC with screenings of Hilvarenbeek by Jimmy Joe Roche and Dan Deacon ("faux documentary follows a heavy-metal cow herder, a gang of thrift-store naturalists who hunt with automatic weapons, and other imagined historical personalities") and Mishima by Paul Schrader with a score by Philip Glass ("called by Roger Ebert the 'most unconventional biopic I've ever seen, and one of the best.') Wednesday 7 pm - $6

"Do Black Lives Matter?"
Thursday: Harvard Law School professor Charles Ogletree will be at Skidmore for a talk titled "Do Black Lives Matter? Race and Justice in America Now!" Blurbage: "[Ogletree] is a prominent legal theorist who has made an international reputation by taking a hard look at complex issues of law and by working to secure the rights guaranteed by the Constitution for everyone equally under the law." Thursday 8 pm, Palamountain Hall - free

Mary Gaitskill
Thursday: Novelist Mary Gaitskill will be at UAlbany as part of the NYS Writers Institute visiting writers series. Gaitskill will be talking about her new novel, The Mare. Blurbage: "[The novel is] about the relationships among a middle-age Upstate artist, a Fresh Air Fund kid, and an abused and spirited horse." Thursday 8 pm, uptown campus, Campus Center room 375 - free

The Screwtape Letters

Thursday: A touring production of The Screwtape Letters, adapted from the C.S. Lewis book, will be on the Proctors main stage. Thursday 8 pm - $20 and up


It's this Saturday. There's a Halloween costume party at the Washington Park Lake House again this year ($35 ahead / $40 at door). And Chris Pratt is hosting a Halloween costume party under a big tent in Albany's Warehouse District ($25 ahead / $40 at door).


Monday: Dave Davies at The Egg
From The Kinks. 8 pm - $59.50

Monday: The Joe Jackson show at The Egg is sold out.

Tuesday: New Found Glory + Yellowcard at Upstate Concert Hall
Pop punk. With: Tiger Jaw. 7:30 pm - $23.50 ahead / $27 day of

Wednesday: Holly Bowling, The Music of Phish Reimagined for Solo Piano at the Massry Center
What it says on the label. 7:30 pm - $20 / $10 students

Wednesday: Dave Alvin and Phil Alvin and The Guilty Ones at The Hollow
Roots and blues. With: Dead Rock West. 8 pm - $22 ahead / $25

Thursday: Dead and Company at TU Center
Featuring John Mayer. 7 pm - $50 and up

Thursday: Grace Potter at The Palace
Solo. With: Rayland Baxter. 8 pm - $35 and up

Thursday: The Felice Brothers at Helsinki Hudson
Folk rock. 8 pm - $20 ahead / $22 day of

Friday: Rustic Overtones at Putnam Den
Alt rock. 9:30 pm - $10

Friday: Spuyten Duyvil at Caffe Lena
"[A] six piece amped-up Americana band." 8 pm - $20

Friday: Sybarite5 at UAlbany PAC
"From Mozart to Radiohead and Visconti to Akiho..." 7:30 pm - $15 ahead / $20 day of

Friday: "Moving Heaven and Earth" at Sanctuary for Independent Media
Gospel and blues from three acts. 7 pm - $10 / $5 students

Saturday: Robert DeLong at Upstate Concert Hall
Electronic. With: French Horn Rebellion. 8 pm - $17 ahead / $20 ahead

To do list

+ Carve a pumpkin, make sure you have some Halloween candy.

+ Rake those leaves.


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!

The APL advertises on AOA. And AOA is a media sponsor of the trivia night at the Albany Institute.

photo via Dead and Company FB page


time to tune up the snowblower, UGH!

Poets Speak Loud is tonight at McGearys!

Food, fun, poetry and snark!

Tickets for Dead & Company are dirt cheap on Stubhub right now. I picked up a pair in the lower bowl(100's sections) for $25 apiece, face value was $99. Scalpers are taking a bath on this show.

Hi I'm new to Albany - just to be clear, the "Chris Pratt" hosting the Halloween is the owner of the bars here, not the celebrity actor Chris Pratt, right?

@New To Albany: Correct. Though it probably can't be ruled out that someone will show up as Peter Quill or a velociraptor trainer.

Rocky Horror Picture Show shadowcast by the Whip-It Outskirts at 8pm and midnight at the WAMC Linda on Saturday Guaranteed to thrill, chill, and fulfill.

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