The week ahead

elvis costello

Elvis Costello is at The Palace this week.

Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather (big change from last week), to all sorts of film, to spooky stories, to authors and artists, to comedy, to music...


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

Quite a change from last week.


Film Columbia
Monday-Sunday: The Film Columbia film festival started this past weekend and runs all week in Chatham and Hudson. As in years past, the festival will be screening many notable films set for release this winter and into next year. There are also talks, panels, and other events. (Many of the screenings and events sell out.) Monday-Sunday various times -- $12 day films / $16 evening films.

Monday: The Palace's movie series is showing the Psycho, the Hitchcock classic. Monday 7 pm -- $5

The Exorcist
Tuesday: The Cohoes Music Hall is showing The Exorcist. Thursday 7 pm -- $5

Silent Film Spectacular
Wednesday: The Albany Public Library's Silent Film Spectacular series will be showing a handful of surrealist films along with a live, original scores performed by Scum Couch. Wednesday 7 pm, Washington Ave branch -- free

Wednesday: It Came From Schenectady is showing Halloween at Proctors, along with a 15 recorded intro by director John Carpenter. Wednesday 7 pm -- $9 / $6 kids and students with ID

Barry Bostwick's Rocky Horror Film Screening Party
Thursday: Proctors will be hosting a screening of The Rocky Horror Picture Show with a live Q&A with Barry Bostwick afterward. Also: a costume contest. Thursday 7:30 pm -- $20 and up

Thursday: Charles Atlas will be presenting "a program of films that were influential in the development of his work-in-progress 3D video and performance work, Tesseract, which will be premiered at EMPAC in January 2017 in collaboration with choreographers Rashaun Mitchell and Silas Riener." Thursday

Punk Rock Sketch and Sip

Monday: The Punk Rock Sketch and Sip series is back at The Low Beat. "A different kind of art event. Learn or practice drawing with live, alternative figure models with local artist and educator, Robert B. Eaton. Enjoy a complimentary drink while you sketch. All skill levels welcome. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own materials, but limited materials will be provided to get you started." Monday 7 pm -- $15 / $8 students with valid ID


Haunted History Pub Crawl
Tuesday and Thursday: The Albany County Historical Association and Historic Albany Foundation are hosting ghost hunt tours of the Ten Broeck Mansion followed by a ghost story pub crawl in downtown Albany. Tuesday and Thursday various times -- $25

Twilight Cemetery Tour
Wednesday: The Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation has a twilight tour of Greenridge Cemetery. "Volunteer docent Jan Klassovity will navigate the tombs and monuments of Greenridge Cemetery, discussing the historical and architectural background of the American rural cemetery movement while unearthing tales of Saratoga's most notable residents." Wednesday 5 pm -- $10

This is Not a Test

Wednesday: Marquise Productions, the contemporary circus company based in Troy, is presenting a one-person clown show at Revolution Hall called This is Not a Test:

A mix between theater and a French-style of clowning, "This is Not a Test" is about an isolated clown who finds shelter in a desolate theater. With only inanimate objects as his friends, he attempts to live out the end of times, trapped between the music of yesterday and the disaster of tomorrow.

The show stars Aaron Marquise, a graduate of the National Circus School in Montreal. Wednesday 7:30 pm -- $12

Arts and sciences

Majora Carter
Thursday: Urban revitalization strategist Majora Carter will be the keynote speaker at the first Troy Small Business Summit at the Tech Valley Center of Gravity, an event organized by the city of Troy and Troy Local Development Corporation. Thursday 1-4:30 pm -- free (registration required)

Maya Lin
Thursday: Artist Maya Lin will be at Union to talk about her work. Lin is most famous for her design of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Thursday 5 pm, Nott Memorial -- free

Meg Wolitzer
Thursday: Novelist Meg Wolitzer will be at Universal Preservation Hall in Saratoga Springs for an event organized by Northshire Bookstore. She's author of novels such as The Interestings and The Uncoupling. The event is a benefit for Universal Preservation Hall and Yaddo. Thursday 7:30 pm -- $17.50

Anne Fadiman
Friday: Journalist Anne Fadiman will be at UAlbany as part of the NYS Writers Institute visiting writers series. She'll be talking about her 1997 book The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down. "Fadiman's book reflects on the clash between Western medicine and the holistic healing traditions of a Hmong refugee family from Laos over the care of their epileptic child." The talk is part of the "New Americans" series. Friday 7:30 pm, downtown UAlbany campus, Page Hall -- free


Tuesday: Dweezil Zappa at The Egg
The "DWEEZIL ZAPPA Plays Whatever The F@%k He Wants" Tour. (This show looks like it's very close to a sell out.) 8 pm -- $34.50 and up

Wednesday: Elvis Costello at The Palace
Playing with The Imposters. 8 pm -- $49.50 and up

Wednesday: Warsaw Philharmonic at Troy Music Hall
Playing works by Weinberg, Chopin, and Brahms. 7:30 pm -- $45 and up

Wednesday: Elizabeth Cook at Helsinki Hudson
Country singer. With: Derek Hoke. 8 pm -- $20 and up

Thursday: Carrie Underwood at TU Center
With: Easton Corbin,The Swon Brothers. 7 pm -- $46 and up

Thursday: Chris Smither at Caffe Lena at Saratoga Arts Center
Folk. 7 pm -- $28

Friday: Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds at The Egg
"[F]iery brass- and gospel-infused R&B." 8 pm -- $29.50

Friday: Archie Fisher at Old Songs
Traditional Scottish ballad singer. 7:30 pm -- $20 / $5 12 and under

Friday: MIRK at Parish Public House
With Sirsy and Erin Harkes. 8 pm -- $10

Friday: Helga Davis at MASS MoCA
"Helga Davis ... responds to Nick Cave's Until with an intimate performance, solo with her loop station, inside the exhibition." 8 pm -- $20 ahead / $26 day of

Saturday: Gov't Mule at The Palace
Rock. 8 pm -- $32.50 and up

Saturday: Patti LaBelle at Proctors
"[T]he legendary queen of rock and soul." 8 pm -- $25 and up

Saturday: Eileen Ivers at The Egg
"[O]riginal musical star of Riverdance, and nine time All-Ireland Fiddle Champion." 7:30 pm -- $34

Saturday: Vijay Iyer and Craig Taborn at EMPAC
"Two of the most progressive voices in American jazz piano join forces for a performance that blurs the line between composition and improvisation."

Saturday: Clutch at Upstate Concert Hall
Rock. With: Zakk Sabbath (Zakk Wylde performing all Black Sabbath set), Kyng. 8 pm -- $29 ahead / $32 day of

Saturday: Upstate's Alright at Pauly's and The Low Beat
Punk and underground bands from all over upstate New York. Also: a punk flea market. starting at noon -- $15

Saturday: Eastbound Jesus Halloween Hoedown at The Hollow
With: The Good Time Charlies. 8 pm -- $12

Saturday: The Jazz Ambassadors at Troy Music Hall
"The official touring big band of the U.S. Army." 7:30 pm -- free, but ticket required

Saturday: River City Slim & the Zydeco Hogs at Old Songs
Cajun-zydeco dance. 7 pm -- $15

Sunday: Albany Pro Musica at Troy Music Hall
A cappella show. 3 pm -- $25 and up

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: Andy Gotts

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