The week ahead

dirty dancing touring production

A touring production of the stage adaptation of Dirty Dancing is at Proctors this week.

Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather (autumnal), to Election Day, to Dirty Dancing, to climate change, to Veterans Day, to all sorts of music...


Here's the paraphrased forecast for this week:
Monday: Sun, mid 50s.
Tuesday: Sun, low 60s.
Wednesday: Cloudy and 50.
Thursday: Sun, low 50s. .
Friday: Sun, low 50s.

Back to autumn.

Election Day

It's Tuesday, of course. You might have heard that our country is electing a new president. But there are also elections this year for the US Senate, the House of Representatives, and the state Senate and Assembly.

Polls open Tuesday at 6 am and close at 9 pm. Don't know where to vote? Check with the state board of elections website.


The French Connection
Monday: The < ahref="">Palace's movie series is showing The French Connection, which was the first R-rated movie to the win the Oscar for best picture. Monday 7 pm -- $5

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
Tuesday: The Cohoes Music Hall is showing the Frank Capra/Jimmy Stewart classic film Mr. Smith Goes to Washington. Tuesday 7 pm -- $5

Dirty Dancing

Tuesday-Sunday: A touring production of the stage adaptation of Dirty Dancing will be at Proctors. Remember: No one puts Baby in the corner. Tuesday-Sunday various times -- $30 and up

Startup Tech Valley

Wednesday: The Startup Tech Valley series will be at back at Revolution Hall with a focus on startup funding, specifically funding through Empire State Development. "You'll learn about funds available for commercializing new technologies and launching new companies. Hear from successfully funded startups, early stage investors and ESD..." Wednesday 6:30 pm (registration and networking starting at 5:30 pm) -- free (registration required)

Arts and sciences

Talking about changing the climate
Thursday: The NYS Writers Institute visiting writer series has two authors lined up for an evening of talking about the environment at the University Art Museum at Albany:
+ Journalist Jeff Goodell, author How to Cool the Planet: Geoengineering and the Audacious Quest to Fix Earth's Climate.
+ Novelist Jennifer Haigh, author of Heat and Light, which "explores the allure of fracking for residents of a ravaged coal mining town."
Thursday 7 pm, University Art Museum, UAlbany uptown campus -- free

The Unreliable Narrator
Thursday: Artist Martine Syms will be at EMPAC for a talk about her residence at the venue -- she's working on a feature-length film shot with a 360-degree camera rig. "For this event, Syms will introduce a program of videos by herself and others, alongside a discussion of moving images that have been influential to her work." Thursday 7 pm -- $6

Marissa Meyer
Friday: Marissa Meyer -- author of the best-selling Lunar Chronicles series -- will be at the Embassy Suites Saratoga Springs to talk about her book, Heartless, which is about the Queen of Hearts from Alice in Wonderland. The event is organized by the Northshire Bookstore. Friday 6 pm -- $28 for 1 seat and 1 book / $40 for 2 seats and 1 book / $48 for 3 seats and 1 book

Veterans Day

Friday 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.)


Monday: Jane Bunnett and Maqueque at Sanctuary for Independent Media
"Her exploration of Afro-Cuban melodies expresses the universality of music and her ability to embrace and showcase the rhythms and culture of Cuba has been groundbreaking." 7 pm -- $15

Monday: Fraternal Twin at The Low Beat
Indie rock. With: Pine Sheets, Another Michael. 7 pm

Tuesday: Sonata Arctica & Dark Tranquility at Upstate Concert Hall
Metal. With: Swallow the Sun, Leaves Eyes, Omnium Gatherum, Enforcer, Starkill. 5 pm -- $30 ahead / $35 day of

Tuesday: Anna & Elizabeth at Caffe Lena at Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Saratoga Springs
"[T]raditional mountain tunes, tales and ballads..." 7 pm -- $18

Wednesday: The Ani DiFranco show at The Egg is sold out.

Wednesday: Trio Da Kali at Sanctuary for Independent Media
"Trio Da Kali is a group of outstanding musicians from the Mande culture of southern Mali who come from a long line of distinguished griots (hereditary musicians)." 7 pm -- $20

Thursday: The Amanda Palmer show at The Egg is sold out.

Thursday: The T.I. / Gucci Mane show at the TU Center has been canceled

Thursday: Tower of Power at Cohoes Music Hall
"For close to 50 years, Tower of Power has been creating their own kind of soul music." 8 pm -- $59 and up

Thursday: The Orbiting Human Circus feat. Julian Koster and The Music Tapes at The Hangar
"[W]alk into the world of The Orbiting Human Circus [podcast]. Featuring Julian Koster (Neutral Milk Hotel) and The Music Tapes." 8 pm -- $15

Thursday: The Heavy Pets at The Hollow
Jam. With: Gang of Thieves. 9:30 pm -- $15

Thursday: AJ Croce at Troy Music Hall
Singer/songwriter. 7:30 pm -- $27

Thursday: Omar Sosa at Helsinki Hudson
Latin jazz. 8 pm -- $25 ahead / $30 day of

Friday: NRBQ at The Egg
Rockabilly/jazz fusion/roots rock. With: The Whole Wheat Horns. 8 pm -- $29.50

Friday: Eric Paslay at Upstate Concert Hall
Country. 8 pm -- $20 ahead / $23 day of

Friday: Heather Maloney at Caffe Lena at Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Saratoga Springs
Progressive indie folk. 8 pm -- $20

Friday: Wayne "The Train" Hancock at The Hangar
"[U]ndisputed king of Juke Joint Swing." 8 pm -- $20

Friday: Baby Soda at Helsinki Hudson
"With an eclectic set of influences ranging from 1930s-era swing, New Orleans jazz, and Southern gospel..." 9 pm -- $15

Saturday: Laurie Berkiner at Troy Music Hall
"Queen of children's music." 11 am -- $25 and up

Saturday: The Sea The Sea at The Hangar
Indie folk pop. With: Michaela Davis. 8 pm -- $10

Saturday: Kim Simmonds and Savoy Brown at The Upper Room
Blues rock. 7 pm -- $20 and up

Saturday: Highly Suspect at Upstate Concert Hall
Rock. With: Slothrust. 8 pm -- $15 ahead / $18 day of

Saturday: Eisa Davis at MASS MoCA
"[A]n intimate evening of intense, minimalist soul." 8 pm -- $16 ahead / $22 day of

Saturday: Saint Rose Camerata at Massry Center
Performing works by Italian, French and Russian composers of the 19th and 20th centuries. 7:30 pm -- free

Sunday: K.Flay at The Hollow
Genre-crossing hip hop. 9 pm -- $17

Sunday: Bloodshot Bill at The Low Beat
One-man band. With: Megan The Runt. 3 pm

Sunday: What Moon Things at The Low Beat
Indie rock. With: Pecas, Jack Toft, Slowshine. 7:30 pm

Sunday: Dust Bowl Faeries at Helsinki Hudson
"Ethereal gothic­folk ensemble with a dark cabaret twist." With: Luis Mojica 8 pm -- $10

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!

Troy Music Hall advertises on AOA.

photo: Matthew Murphy


"The Sea The Seat" ?

Editors: Fixed. Thank you.

Gotta plug Trio Da Kali at The Sanctuary for Independent Media on Wednesday! (

Thank you AOA for the Jane Bunnett and Maqueque listing as well.

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