The week ahead

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Yo-Yo Ma is performing with the Albany Symphony this week.

Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather (winter), to holiday stuff, to business, to uncertainty, to hoops, to music...


Here's the paraphrased forecast for this week:
Monday: A little bit of snow, upper 30s.
Tuesday: Some sun, maybe a mix of rain and snow. 40.
Wednesday: Maybe rain and snow, cloudy, upper 30s.
Thursday: Repeat.
Friday: Cloudy, maybe some snow. Mid 30s.

It's winter.


The Hip Hop Nutcracker with Guest MC Kurtis Blow at Proctors
Tuesday: "A holiday mash-up for the whole family. Visually exciting and bold, The Hip Hop Nutcracker re-imagines Tchaikovsky's classic score through explosive hip hop choreography--along with rap legend Kurtis Blow to BREAK it up!" 7:30 pm -- $20 and up

The Messiah at The Cathedral of All Saints
Tuesday: The 145th year of the performance by The Cathedral Choir of Men and Boys. "The concert, conducted by Director of Music, Woodrow Bynum, will feature guest soloists Sarah Brailey (soprano), Emily Marvosh (alto), Jonas Budris (tenor) and Nathaniel Webster (baritone) and will be accompanied by a period instrument ensemble led by the concert master of Boston's celebrated Handel and Haydn Society, Aysslinn Nosky." 7 pm - $25 / $20 seniors / $15 students / $10 under 12

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer the Musical at Proctors
Wednesday-Thursday: "The beloved TV classic RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER soars off the screen and onto the stage this holiday season." 7 pm each day -- $20 and up


Tuesday-Sunday: Capital Rep continues its production of Camelot. 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

Arts and sciences

Joann Lublin
Tuesday: Pulitzer Prize-winner journalist Joann Lublin will be at UAlbany as part of the NYS Writers Institute visiting writers series. She'll be talking about her new book Earning It: Hard-Won Lessons from Trailblazing Women at the Top of the Business World. Tuesday 8 pm, UAlbany downtown campus, Page Hall -- free

Climate change and health
Tuesday: Columbia University climate scientist Radley Horton will be at the UAlbany University Art Museum to talk about "climate change, heat waves, and the impacts on health to residents of New York City, the Northeast, and the US." The talk is part of the Picturing the Anthropocene series. Tuesday 4 pm -- free

Caroline Ramersdorfer
Tuesday: Artist Caroline Ramersdorfer will be at the Opalka Gallery on the Sage Albany campus for a talk. A new exhibit of her sculpture, Gravity and Light, just opened at the gallery. Tuesday 6:30 pm -- free

Visualizing uncertainty
Thursday: FiveThirtyEight data visualization specialist Reuben Fischer-Baum will be at Skidmore for a talk about visualizing uncertainty on topics ranging from politics to weather forecasting to sports. "Conveying uncertainty is one of the most difficult tasks in data visualization. Probabilistic forecasts--especially for events that will occur only a single time--are intuitively difficult for anyone to understand, even those readers or users with strong statistical backgrounds. This puts a special impetus on visualizers to treat these topics with care." Thursday 5:15 pm, Palamountain Hall -- free

Nitty Gritty

Tuesday: The Nitty Gritty Poetry Slam series is back at The Low Beat. 7 pm

Startup Tech Valley

Wednesday: The Startup Tech Valley series is back at Revolution Hall with startup presentation ranging in topic from a non-profit to inventor management to social networks to dry erase boards. Wednesday 5:30 pm -- free (registration required)


UAlbany women
Tuesday: The UAlbany women's basketball team takes on Fairfield at SEFCU Arena. 7 pm -- $7

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


Tuesday: Torey Lanez at Upstate Concert Hall
Hip hop. With: Jacquees, Kranium, Kurt Rockmore, DJ VeeCee. 8 pm -- $20 ahead / $24 day of

Tuesday: Turkuaz at Putnam Den
Nine-piece funk band. With: New Mastersounds. 9 pm -- $17 ahead / $20 day of

Thursday: ASO with Yo-Yo Ma at The Palace
Superstar cellist playing works by Dvorak, Wagner, and others with the ASO. 7:30 pm -- $50 and up

Thursday: Hotel Books at The Low Beat
Spoken word emo. With: Bad Seed Rising, Yellowteeth. 8 pm -- $12 ahead / $15 day of

Friday: Jack DeJohnette Trio, Indo Pak Coalition at The Egg
Jazz. 7:30 pm -- $36

Friday: Kate Soper "Ipsa Dixit" at EMPAC
"Ipsa Dixit is an evening-length work of theatrical chamber music by American composer Kate Soper. Exploring the intersection of music, language, and meaning, the piece blends elements of monodrama, Greek theater, and screwball comedy to skewer the treachery of language and the questionable authenticity of artistic expression." 8 pm -- $18

Friday: Steve Wilson, George Cables, Ira Coleman at Massry Center
Chamber jazz. 7:30 pm -- $20 / $10 students

Friday: Gin Wigmore at The Hollow
Pop singer/songwriter from New Zealand. 7 pm -- $15 ahead / $17 day of

Friday: Rydvall/Mjelva at Old Songs
"Virtuosic Scandinavian folk musicians on Hardanger fiddle and Nyckelharpa." 7:30 pm -- $23 / $5 kids 12 and under

Friday: Dust Bowl Faeries at The Low Beat
Gothic folk. With: Luis Mojica. 8 pm

Saturday: Dinosaur Jr. at MASS MoCA
Grunge pioneers. With: Luluc. 8 pm -- $28 ahead / $36 day of

Saturday: Del McCoury and David Grisman at EMPAC
Celebrating their first gig together, at RPI in 1966. 8 pm -- $36 and up

Saturday: Joan Osborne at The Egg
Performing as part of an acoustic trio. (She's playing at Helsinki Hudson Friday, too.) 8 pm -- $36

Saturday: "Saratoga, Sing Us Home!" for Caffe Lena
Benefit for Caffe Lena as it prepares to move back to its renovated home. 7 pm

Saturday: Sunday Albany Pro Musica The Many Moods of Christmas at Troy Music Hall
"This year's program features Gustav Holst's beautiful "choral fantasy on old carols" and Robert Shaw's exhilarating collection, "The Many Moods of Christmas." Sing along with the voices of Albany Pro Musica in festive arrangements of favorite carols -- accompanied by the Orchestra Pro Musica. Featuring one of the most sought-after tenors of his generation, Rafael Davila." 3 pm - $25 and up

Saturday: Sunday Albany Gay Men's Chorus: "The Most Wonderful Time of the Year"
Annual chorus concert of holiday music at the First Congregational Church in Albany (on Quail near New Scotland). 4 pm -- $12 / $9 students


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 advertises on AOA.

photo via Yo-Yo Ma FB


The Albany Devils take on the Binghamton Senators Wednesday at 7pm at the TU Center. They just played there yesterday, and Albany won 3-1.

I believe Yo-Yo Ma is only playing the Elgar -- the ASO will play the others by itself.

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