The week ahead

The Lion King tour Mufasa

A little show called The Lion King will be at Proctors.

Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather (typical), to The Lion King, to productivity, to poetry, to film, to music, to Easter...


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



The Lion King
Tuesday-Sunday: A touring production of The Lion King opens a month-long run at Proctors. It is, of course, the hugely-popular musical based on the Disney movie. Tuesday-Sunday various times -- $20 and up

The Blue-Sky Boys
Tuesday-Sunday: Capital Rep's production of The Blue-Sky Boys, about "the maverick engineers who stopped at nothing to get a man to the moon and back," continues this week. Tuesday-Sunday various times - $20 and up

Arts and sciences

Charles Duhigg
Monday: Charles Duhigg -- author of Smarter, Faster, Better, about the study of productivity -- will be at UAlbany as part of the NYS Writers Institute visiting writers series. Duhigg is a business reporter for the New York Times and was part of a team that won a Pulitzer for its coverage of Apple. Monday 8 pm, downtown campus, Page Hall -- free

Juan Felipe Herrera
Wednesday: US poet laureate Juan Felipe Herrera will be at Skidmore for a poetry reading and Q&A. Herrera grew up in California, the son of migrant farm workers, and much of his work has explored the Mexican-American experience. Wednesday 7 pm, Palamountain Hall -- free

Mary Mattingly
Wednesday: Artist Mary Mattingly will be at RPI for a talk titled "Co-creative Encounters: Ecosystems, Place, and the Political." Blurbage: "Working with community members ranging from scientists to engineers, students, neighbors, and (occasionally) lawyers, she creates sculptural ecosystems in urban spaces. Conceived as human habitats inspired by patterns of global human migration, her projects explore how humans interact with the environment, machines, and corporate and political entities." Wednesday 7:30 pm, Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies -- free

Len Tantillo
Thursday: Artist Len Tantillo -- who's painted many scenes Albany's history -- will be at the Albany Institute for a talk about his career. Thursday 6 pm -- free


The Brothers
Monday: UAlbany will be hosting a screening of The Brothers: The Forgotten Struggle for Civil Rights in Albany, with a Q&A with two members of the activist group following. Monday 7 pm, Science Library - free

Thursday: YouthFX will be premiering its new batch of films at The Spectrum. The Albany-based program helps teens learn media production skills and produce their own works. Many of the films produced as part of the program have played at festivals around the country and won awards. (It's worth getting tickets ahead because these screenings tend to sell out.) Thursday 6:30 pm - $10 adults / $5 students

On Screen/Sound
Thursday: The On Screen/Sound series at EMPAC continues with a look "at the importance of incidental music and Foley sound effects in the horror movie genre." Thursday 7 pm - $6


Easter, the Christian holiday celebrating the resurrection of Jesus, is this Sunday. Good Friday, which is commemorates the crucifixation of Jesus, is Friday. Easter is the biggest holiday of the Christian religious calendar.


Monday: Performance and Talk on Hip-Hop with Stephen Tyson, Jr. at Caffe Lena
On the origins and principles of of hip hop. 7 pm - free

Tuesday: Carly Rae Jepsen at Upstate Concert Hall
Did you ever see that clip of Jepsen playing "Call Me Maybe" with Jimmy Fallon and the Roots on kids instruments? With: Cardiknox, Fairground Saints. 8 pm - $25 ahead / $28 day of

Wednesday: Titus Andronicus + Craig Finn at The Hollow
Punk rock + the guy from The Hold Steady. 8 pm - $15 ahead / $18 day of

Thursday: Toshi Reagon and BIGLovely at Troy Music Hall
"Toshi Reagon is a one-woman celebration of all that's dynamic, progressive and uplifting in American music." 7:30 pm - $34

Thursday: Bonerama at Parish Public House
Funk. With: Oobleck. 8 pm - $17

Thursday: Turkuaz at Putnam Den
Funk. 9 pm - $10 ahead / $15 day of

Thursday: The Lustre Kings + Lara Hope & the Ark-Tones at Helsinki Hudson
Rockabilly. 8 pm - $15 ahead / $19 day of

Friday: The Joan Baez show at The Egg is sold out.

Friday: David Wax Museum at The Linda
Folk pop/rock. 8 pm - $18

Friday: Charlie Hunter Quartet at Parish Public House
Jazz guitarist. 8 pm - $15 ahead / $20 day of

Friday: The Orange + Dryer + Gobhi at The Low Beat
"Come and party like it's literally 1999..." 8 pm

Friday: Brian Melick with Studio Stu at Caffe Lena
He of the LEGO drum kit. 8 pm - $16

Saturday: Yo La Tengo at Helsinki Hudson
Only standing-room tickets remain. 9 pm - $35

Saturday: Enter the Haggis at The Egg
Celtic rock. 8 pm - $28

Saturday: DMA's at The Hollow
Britpop via Australia. 8 pm - $10.27 ahead / $12 day of

Saturday: Parmalee at Upstate Concert Hall
Country. With: Jordan Davis + Adam Craig. 8 pm - $20 ahead / $22 day of

Saturday: M is Black Enough at MASS MoCA
"Cellist Jeffrey Zeigler, of Kronos Quartet fame, teams up with composer and percussionist Andy Akiho, poet Roger Bonair-Agard, and drummer Sean Dixon for a work-in-progress program of spoken word and music, both complex and aggressive." 8 pm - $12 ahead / $18 day of

Saturday: Eastbound Jesus at Caffe Lena
Northern rock. 8 pm - $16

Saturday: Moondance at The Linda
"The Ultimate Van Morrison Tribute Concert." 8 pm - $20

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: Matthew Murphy


Front Parlor Storytelling
Monday, March 21 @ The Old English Pub

March Theme: "Altered States"

For more information on FPS or about tonight's theme, check the FB invitation.

Abraham Ferraro’s “Every Which Way”

March 25th – April 24th
The Arts Center of the Capital Region
265 River Street, Troy, NY 12180

Friday March 25th, 2016 from 5pm-9pm.

ARTISTS TALK: Sunday April 24th, 2016 at 1PM (in collaboration with International Sculpture Day)

For more information on this event, visit:

I just want to say a couple words in support of Youth FX.

A sampling of their work was presented at the "Short Winter" program [shorts by young film makers] at Saratoga Film Forum this past Saturday and they were amazing in story lines,acting and technical execution. Look forward to seeing more. The program on Thursday looks like an excellent opportunity!

In honor of Women's' History Month and hammer-swinging ladies everywhere, we are hosting our first LadySmith pop up shop!

Featuring one of a kind jewelry designs by local artists; Moon & Bone, Aurora Shadow and Sawtooth Studio. Stop by to tour the studio, enjoy some refreshments and meet the women behind these beautiful, handcrafted creations.

Where: Sawtooth Jewelry Studio, 1915 5th Ave, Troy, NY

When: Friday March 25, 5pm-9pm

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