The week ahead

Capital Rep Camelot Arthur

Capital Rep's production of Camelot opens this week.

Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather (not wintry), to the the stage, to holiday events, to public art, to music...

Weather

Here's the paraphrased forecast for this week:
Monday: Sun and low 40s.
Tuesday: Rain, low 50s..
Wednesday: Cloudy, rain, low 50s..
Thursday: Repeat.
Friday: Some sun. Mid 40s.

Not wintry.

Stage

Camelot
Tuesday-Sunday: Capital Rep opens its production of Camelot. (It was in previews this past weekend.) Blurbage:

The four-time Tony® Award-winning musical, with one of the richest scores of the Broadway song book, tells the story of the legendary King Arthur, who rules his kingdom with new ideals, bringing peace to a troubled land. This lusty, romantic tale is sure to inspire audiences with a celebrated score that includes the classics "If Ever I Would Leave You," "The Simple Joys of Maidenhood," "How to Handle a Woman" and the title song, "Camelot."

It runs through December 24. Tuesday-Wednesday -- $25 and up

A Christmas Carol
Wednesday: A touring production of A Christmas Carol will be at The Palace. Wednesday 7:30 pm -- $32.50 and up

Hamlet
Thursday: Proctors is screening the 2015 National Theatre Live production of Hamlet starring Benedict Cumberbatch. Thursday 3 pm and 7 pm -- $15

Holiday

Albany tree lighting
Wednesday: The city of Albany tree lighting ceremony will be in front of city hall, with an open house in the city hall rotunda, a carillon concert, and refreshments. Wednesday 5-7 pm -- free

Also that evening is the Holiday Market at the Albany Visitors Center at Quackenbush Square. "Special gift shop pricing; unique Albany gift items, local artisans and specialty vendors selling their goods; music; door prizes, refreshments and craft beverage samples; discounts at nearby restaurants." There will be a trolley transporting people between city hall and Quackenbush Square. Wednesday 5-7 pm -- free admission

Saratoga Springs Victorian Streetwalk
Thursday: The annual Victorian Streetwalk returns to downtown Saratoga Springs. There will be a tree lighting, entertainment, kids activities, and shops will be open. Thursday 6-9 pm -- free admission

Breathing Lights

The Breathing Lights public art project in Albany, Schenectady, and Troy ends Wednesday night. The lights in vacant buildings around the three cities will be pulsing each night until then from 6-10 pm.

Arts and sciences

Garth Risk Hallberg
Tuesday: Novelist Garth Risk Hallberg will be at UAlbany as part of the NYS Writers Institute visiting writers series. He'll be reading from, and talking about, his bestselling debut novel, City on Fire. Tuesday 8 pm, downtown campus, Page Hall -- free

Magic Electronics
Thursday: Artist Laure Prouvost will be at EMPAC to talk about her work, including her multi-format work Magic Electronics. "Magic Electronics is a 2014 work by French artist Laure Prouvost, in which she installed moving lights and synched audio into a gallery in order to animate and narrate her exhibition of objects. In doing so, she transformed the static exhibition into a stage. Magic Electronics is exemplary of an approach that slips between formats (video, sculpture, installation) and registers (speech, image, object, light), deliberately mistranslating and misunderstanding as it goes." Thursday 7 pm -- free

Hoops

Wednesday: The UAlbany men's basketball team takes on Holy Cross at SEFCU Arena. Wednesday 7 pm -- $10 and up

Music

Monday: The Jezabels at The Hollow
Australian indie rock. 8 pm -- $10.27 ahead / $15 day of

Tuesday: WGNA Jingle Jam at Lucky Strike
Brett Young, Runaway June, and Ryan Follese. 8 pm -- $10

Thursday: I Love the 90's Tour at TU Center
Vanilla Ice, Salt N Pepa with Spinderella, Rob Base, Color Me Badd, Coolio, Tone Loc. 7:30 pm -- $59 and up

Thursday: The Moth & The Flame at Lucky Strike
A free show thanks to EQX. 8 pm -- claim ticket online

Thursday: The Mozarteum Orchestra of Salzburg at Troy Music Hall
Playing Schubert, Strauss, and Beethoven. 7:30 pm -- $45 and up

Friday: A$AP Ferg at Upstate Concert Hall
Rap. With: Playboy Carti, Rob Stone. 8 pm -- $25 ahead / $28 day of

Friday: Tim Reynolds at the Massry Center
Guitarist, longtime Dave Matthews collaborator. 7:30 pm -- $25 / $15 students

Friday: Zach Deputy at Putnam Den
Multi-instrumentalist. With: The Mallett Brothers Band. 9:30 pm -- $12 ahead / $15 day of

Friday: Bill Kirchen's Honky-Tonk Holiday Show at The Hangar
"Let Grammy nominated "Titan of the telecaster" Bill Kirchen add some honky-tonk to your holidays." 8 pm -- $20

Friday: Joey Alexander at Helsinki Hudson
Jazz piano prodigy. 8 pm -- $45 and up

Saturday: Chris Botti at Troy Music Hall
Grammy-winning jazz trumpeter. 8 pm -- $29 and up

Saturday: Mike Campese at The Madison
Guitarist from The Trans-Siberian Orchestra. 8 pm -- $10

Saturday: Internal Bleeding at Upstate Concert Hall
With: Dehumanized, Gunther, Weezul, Dissolve, Hammerfight, Ton, Begat The Nephilim, Assault On The Living, The Killing Condition, Incontinence, Disguise The Curse, Foaming at the Mouth, Before The Judge, Calamity, Apastron. 1:45 pm -- $22.50 ahead / $25 day of

Saturday: Steve Forbert at The Linda
"Romeo's Tune." 8 pm -- $25

Sunday: Sawyer Fredericks at The Egg
From American Idol -- and Fultonville. With: Gabriel Wolfchild and The Northern Light. 8 pm -- $29.50

Sunday: Front Country at Caffe Lena at The Parting Glass
Progressive bluegrass. 7 pm -- $20
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These are a just a few things for this week, not a comprehensive list. Look for out "Stuff to do this weekend" list for the upcoming weekend on Friday.

Know of something people should be looking forward to this week? Please share!

Troy Music Hall, The Madison, and ACCVB advertise on AOA.

photo: Douglas C. Liebig

Comments

Your link to the Albany city hall tree lighting goes to seriouseats.com.

Greg: Fixed. Thanks. That's what happens when I do meal planning right before work.

Can't forget the Moscow Ballet's Nutcracker at the Palace this Friday at 7pm!

Ever since I was a little girl, I have to at least have Tchaichovsky leading me into the season- it's always been my favorite Christmas album. Perfect for the night before my company's holiday party.

The Albany Devils play the Utica Comets this Friday at 7pm and then plays Binghamton Sunday at 3pm. Friday should be especially fun as Utica usually brings a bunch of their fans since it's so close, so it's always a great atmosphere.

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