The week ahead

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Chef/restaurateur/cook book author/television host Lidia Bastianich will be at Proctors later 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 Veterans Day, to stories, to illustrating, to grains, to all sorts of music...


Here's the paraphrased forecast for this week:
Monday: Sunny and 54.
Tuesday: Some sun, maybe some rain. Mid 50s.
Wednesday: Cloudy, mid 50s.
Thursday: Cloudy, rainy. Mid 50s.
Friday: Some sun, mid 50s.
Weekend: Some sun, mid 40s.

Again, not bad for November.

Veterans Day

Wednesday is Veterans Day. It's a federal holiday so some things will be closed. The roots of Veterans Day are in Armistice Day, which was declared to commemorate the end of WWI. The holiday was officially changed to Veterans Day in the 1950s. Veterans Day is intended to honor all veterans of the armed forces. (Memorial Day honors those who died while serving.)

There's a Veterans Day Parade in Albany. It starts at Central Ave and Ontario Street at 11 am and proceeds down Central to Washington Ave to Hawk Street by the Capitol.


Tuesday: The Front Parlor storytelling series is at the Ale House in Troy. This month's theme is "Leftovers." Tuesday 7:30 pm

Arts and sciences

Brain Food for the Curious
Tuesday: The State Museum opens its "Brain Food for the Curious" series of short lunchtime talks with State Paleontologist Lisa Amati talking about how scientists reconstruct environments that existed millions of years ago. Tuesday 12:10-12:30 pm - free

Mad Scientist Academy
Tuesday: Matt McElligott -- author and illustrator of many books for kids, including the new series Mad Scientist Academy -- will be at the Opalka Gallery on the Sage Albany campus for a talk about his work. Tuesday 6:30 pm - free

"What Will It Take to Make a Woman President?"
Wednesday: exec director Marianne Schnall will be at the Sage Troy campus to talk about her book What Will It Take to Make a Woman President?: Conversations about Women, Leadership and Power.Wednesday 7 pm, Sage Troy campus, Bush Memorial - free

The New Bread Basket
Thursday: Amy Halloran will be at The Sanctuary for Independent Media in Troy to talk about her new book, The New Bread Basket: How the New Crop of Grain Growers, Plant Breeders, Maltsters, Bakers, Brewers, and Local Food Activists Are Redefining Our Daily Loaf. Blurbage:

In "The New Bread Basket" Amy Halloran channels her four-decade obsession with pancakes into an exploration of regional grain production, and she introduces readers to dozens of people who are reconnecting us to local grains: From a couple in Massachusetts who opened the first malthouse in New England in 100 years to a researcher at Washington State University developing a model to support grain growing outside of the traditional wheat belt.

Thursday 7 pm - $10 / $5 students

Lidia Bastianich

Looking ahead to Friday: Chef/restaurateur/cook book author/television host Lidia Bastianich will be at Proctors Friday for An Intimate Conversation with Lidia Bastianich. It's billed as "an evening of conversation and storytelling celebrating our love of Italian food." Friday 8 pm - $20 and up


Monday: Melissa Ferrick at Caffe Lena
Folk rock singer/songwriter. 7 pm - $25

Tuesday: Civil Twilight at The Hollow
Alt rock. With: Knox Hamilton. 8 pm - $15 ahead / $18 day of

Wednesday: Buddy Guy at The Egg
Blues icon. 7:30 pm - $49 and up

Wednesday: Jonathan Richman at The Low Beat
With Tommy Larkins on drums. 6 pm - $12

Wednesday: Yefim Bronfman at Union College
Concert pianist. 7:30 pm - $25

Thursday: Gordon Lightfoot at Troy Music Hall
"Featuring his well known hits and deep album cuts, all woven together with some of Lightfoot's own behind the scenes stories and personal anecdotes." 8 pm - $44 and up

Thursday: Jessica Lea Mayfield at Helsinki Hudson
Rock. With: The Suitcase Junket. 8 pm - $15

Thursday: Tragedy: All Metal Tribute to the Bee Gees and Beyond at The Hollow
"This band of flamboyant men dressed in spandex, leather and sequins, takes your favorite Bee Gees, disco and soft-rock classics and reinvents them in a Heavy Metal fashion." 9 pm - $12 ahead / $15 day of

Friday: Tim Hecker at EMPAC
"[H]is works have been described as 'structured ambient,' 'tectonic color plates,' and 'cathedral electronic music.'" 9 pm - $18

Friday: Quiet Company at The Hollow
Indie rock. 9 pm - $15

Friday: Boz Scaggs at The Egg
Performing "a full evening of hits." 8 pm - $69.50 and up

Friday: Joe Krown Trio at Parish Public House
New Orleans organ jazz. 8 pm - $15

Friday: Popa Chubby at The Hangar
Blues rock. 7 pm - $17

Friday: Iris Dement at The Egg
Country/folk. With: Pieta Brown. 7:30 pm - $29.50

Friday: The Suitcase Junket at Caffe Lena
One-man band. 8 pm - $18

Friday: Big Sandy and His Fly-Rite Boys at Helsinki Hudson
Rockabilly. 9 pm - $15 ahead / $18 day of

Saturday: Cole Swindell at Upstate Concert Hall SOLD OUT
Country. 8 pm - $30 ahead / $32 day of

Saturday: Hot Club of Saratoga at The Linda
Gypsy swing quintet. 8 pm - $12

Sunday: Joseph Arthur at Helsinki Hudson
Singer/songwriter. With: Jonah Tolchin. 8 pm - $15 ahead / $18 day of

To do list

1. You're going to need that winter coat soon. So you might want to get it cleaned.

2. Thanksgiving will be here soon, so get those plans set.


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: Diana DeLucia Photography

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