The week ahead

Ron Chernow with Hamilton book cover

Ron Chernow, who wrote the best-selling biography of Alexander Hamilton (it was adapated for the musical Hamilton), will be at the State Education Building this week.

Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather (back to autumn), to Halloween, to volunteering, to drones, to Alexander Hamilton, to music...

Weather

Here's the paraphrased forecast for this week:
Monday: Sun, upper 40s.
Tuesday: Sun, mid 50s.
Wednesday: Sun and mid 60s.
Thursday: Cloudy, maybe some rain. Mid 60s.
Friday: Sun, mid 50s.

Back to autumn.

Halloween

It's Monday, so a reminder to stock up on some candy for for trick-or-treaters. (And keep an eye out for them if you're driving in the evening.)

If you're around Albany and looking for an indoor place to trick-or-treat, Albany Law has its annual Trick or Treat Street event at its campus gym. Monday 5-8 pm -- free

Serve Albany

Wednesday: The Serve Albany initiative has event at the Albany Elks Lodge (25 South Allen St) that's like a job fair for local volunteer opportunities. More than 25 non-profits from the Albany area will there with info about volunteering. There will also be a talk by Albany mayor Kathy Sheehan, food from New World Catering, and music. Wednesday 5:30 pm -- free (registration encouraged)

Arts and sciences

Frank Mosher
Tuesday: Novelist Frank Mosher will be at the State Museum as part of the NYS Writers Institute visiting writers series. "Howard Frank Mosher, acclaimed author of ten novels set in Vermont's Northeast Kingdom, will discuss and read from God's Kingdom (2015), his most recent book. Author Stephen King calls God's Kingdom 'American fiction at its very best, a rip-roaring story full of hilarity and heartbreak...honest and emotionally resonant,' and added 'don't miss it.'" Tuesday 8 pm, Huxley Theater -- free

Drones
Tuesday: UAlbany's College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security & Cybersecurity is hosting a series of events looking at the opportunities -- and challenges -- presented by drones. Events include a drone demonstrations and an expert panel. Tuesday various times -- free (registration required)

Rock music photography
Tuesday: Photographer Jay Blakesberg will be at Skidmore to talk about his 35-year career photographing popular rock acts. Tuesday 7 pm, Palamountain Hall -- free

Alexander Hamilton biographer Ron Chernow
Wednesday: Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer Ron Chernow will be at the State Education Building in Albany for a conversation with Harold Holzer. He'll be receiving the 2016 Empire State Archives and History Award from the New York State Archives Partnership Trust. Chernow is famous for his 2004 biography of Alexander Hamilton. It was a best seller when it was released -- and it became one again more recently because Lin-Manuel Miranda adapted it to become the Broadway megahit Hamilton. (He also served as a historical advisor to the show.) Chernow won the Pultizer Prize for this 2011 biography of George Washington, and he's currently working on one about Ulysses S. Grant. Wednesday 7 pm -- $20

Presidential Campaigns: From TR to FDR
Thursday: The State Museum Presidential Campaigns series will be focusing on campaigns spanning the period from Teddy Roosevelt to Franklin D. Roosevelt. Thursday 6 pm, Huxley Theater -- free (registration requested)

Producing The Band
Thursday-Sunday: Record producer John Simon will be at a series of venues around the region talking about his work producing recordings for The Band. It's part of the New York Living Legacy series associated with The Egg. Venues: Schenectady Public Library Thursday at 6 pm, Albany Public Library Friday at noon, Bethlehem Public Library Saturday at 1 pm, Guilderland Public Library Saturday at 3:30 pm, Saratoga Springs Public Library Sunday at 12:30 pm, Clifton Park-Halfmoon Library Sunday at 3 pm. free

The lives of contemporary Mohican Indians
Thursday: Shannon Holsey, president of the Wisconsin Stockbridge-Munsee Band of Mohican Indians, will be at Albany City Hall for a talk about the state her about her community of people. They trace their roots to the Native Americans who lived in this region for many centuries. Thursday 5 pm -- free

Underwater Dreams
Friday: The NYS Writers Institute film series will be showing Underwater Dreams, a documentary "about a group of high school students, sons of undocumented Mexican immigrants, who enter a sophisticated underwater robotics competition and take on engineering students from MIT." The doc's director, Mary Mazzio, and one of the students, Lorenzo Santillan, will be there for a discussion after the film. Friday 7 pm, downtown UAlbany campus, Page Hall -- free

Restoring Alexander Hamilton's home
Friday: Architect Douglas Bucher will be at the Albany Institute for a talk about moving and restoring Alexander Hamilton's NYC home. Friday 6 pm -- free

Music

Tuesday: Indigo Girls at The Egg
Almost 30 years since their first album release. With: Becky Warren. 8 pm -- $39.50

Tuesday: Shonen Knife at The Low Beat
Pop punk from Japan. With: Bare Mattress. 7:30 pm -- $15

Wednesday: Frank Turner and The Sleeping Souls at Upstate Concert Hall
Folk rock. With: Arkells, Will Varley. 8 pm -- $22 ahead / $25 day of

Wednesday: Henry Rollins at The Egg
On a spoken word tour. 8 pm -- $25

Thursday: Big Bad Voodoo Daddy at Troy Music Hall
Hey, daddy-o. 7:30 pm -- $29 and up

Thursday: Ethel's Documerica at UAlbany PAC
"This wildly popular post-modern, indie-classical quartet presents a multimedia concert melding multiple screen video projections with original music by some of today's top composers." 7:30 pm -- $15, $10 for students ahead / $20, $15 day of

Friday: Jlin + Qrion at EMPAC
"Jlin and Qrion each create dance music perfectly suited to the contemporary moment, when regional flavors and the tension between sampled material and self-composed sounds are finding common other-worldly ground." 9 pm -- $18 / $6 students

Friday: Steve Vai at The Egg
Rock guitarist. 8 pm -- $39.50 and up

Friday: Beartooth at Upstate Concert Hall
Metalcore. With: Everytime I Die, Fit For a King, Old Wounds. 7 pm -- $19.50 ahead / $23 day of

Friday: Tom Hamilton's American Babies at The Hollow
Americana. With: Hayley Jane and the Primates. 8 pm -- $12

Friday: Garnet Rogers at Caffe Lena at Universal Preservation Hall
Folk. 8 pm -- $22

Saturday: Golden Oldies Spectacular at Proctors
Headlined by Darlene Love and Bobby Rydell. 7 pm -- $39.75 and up

Saturday: Arlo Guthrie at The Egg
Folk royalty. 7:30 pm -- $39.50 and up

Saturday: Big Thief at MASS MoCA
Indie rock. 8 pm -- $12 ahead / $18 day of / $10 students

Saturday: Albert Cummings at The Linda
Blues. With: Andrew Wheeler Band. 8 pm -- $20

Saturday: Micah Schnabel at The Low Beat
From Two Cow Garage. With: The Goat Stingers. 8 pm

Saturday: Blind Owl Band at The Hollow
Psycho bluegrass. With: Black Mountain Symphony. 8 pm -- $12

Sunday: Pat Donohue at Caffe Lena at Universal Preservation Hall
Grammy winner, longtime guitarist on Prairie Home Companion. 7 pm -- $22
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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: Sigrid Estrada

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Friday: GX3+ at Old Songs
Guitar trio featuring Fiery flamenco, classical, Baroque, Latin & Appalachian sounds. 7:30 pm -- $20


Friday: Brava event - fundraiser that will provide new bras to women at YWCA of the Greater Capital Region and those in need in the community.

Happening from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at The Arts Center of the Capital Region. $45 + a new bra to donate.

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