The week ahead

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RPI and Union renew their rivalry in the Mayors Cup at the TU Center this week. / photo: Flickr user Doug Kerr (CC BY-SA 2.0 cropped)

Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather (not too much like winter), to MLK Jr. Day, to film, to activism, to history, to hockey, to music...


Here's the paraphrased forecast for this week:
Monday: Sunny, upper 30s.
Tuesday: Cloudy, probably rain, maybe something frozen. Mid 30s.
Wednesday: Cloudy, rain. Around 40.
Thursday: Cloudy, low 40s.
Friday: Some sun, low 40s.

Almost not like winter.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

It's Monday, of course. The date of the holiday is associated with the birthday of King, which is January 15. It's federal holiday.

ESP memorial
The annual memorial event at the Empire State Plaza includes a keynote speech by Geoffrey Canada, founder of the Harlem Children's Zone. Music starts at 8:30 am, and the speakers and other programming at 9:30 am.

Saratoga Springs
The Saratoga Music Hall -- on the top floor of Saratoga Springs city hall -- is hosting "The Fierce Urgency of Now: Healing America," an afternoon of performances, talks and service. It starts at 2 pm.


Metropolis with live score
Monday: Proctors will be showing the 1927 classic Metropolis on the main stage with live score performed Avery Tunningley on theater's Wurlitzer organ. Monday 7 pm -- $10

John Cleese and the Holy Grail
Thursday: John Cleese will be at Proctors for a talk and Q&A about Monty Python and the Holy Grail. There will be a screening of the classic comedy ahead of Cleese's talk. "Absurd and/or ridiculous questions only are requested, please. John will tell stories of his life and career and you just may finally find out the air-speed of an unladen swallow." Thursday 7:30 pm -- $50 and up


Monday: The Front Parlor storytelling series will be back at the Olde English in Albany. This month's theme: "Enough is Enough." Monday 7:30 pm

Tuesday: The Nitty Gritty Poetry Slam returns to the Low Beat in Albany. Tuesday 7 pm

Arts and sciences

In Defiance
Monday: The authors of In Defiance: Runaways from Slavery in New York's Hudson River Valley 1735-1831 will be at the Albany Institute for a talk and book signing. Monday 2 pm -- free (museum admission is also free that day)

Digital Tribalisms
Tuesday: The new season at EMPAC opens with a talk by UC-Santa Barbara professor Anna Everett about digital media and activism. Blurbage:

What do Pokemon GO and Black Lives Matter have in common? Anna Everett will look at how Millennials simultaneously negate and nurture contemporary moral panics about the dangers of excessive computer use. From fears of violent video game addiction, distracted driving, sexting by minors, online terrorist radicalization, to charges of arrested basic social skills and more, stereotypes of selfie-obsessed youths abound. And yet, there is an important sociocultural recalibration occurring among youth of the 21st century who have harnessed the power of ubiquitous computing to transform interactive media culture and reinvent participatory democracy.

Tuesday 7 pm -- free

Moving an apartment building
Wednesday: Architect Harris Sanders and city of Albany historian Tony Opalka will be at the APL's Pine Hills branch for a talk about how the Fort Frederick Apartments building was moved across a a city block, the city's geology and how it affects the way buildings are constructed, along with a bunch of other local architecture bits. Wednesday 6:30 pm -- free


Tuesday: The Siena men's basketball team takes on Rider at the TU Center. Tuesday 7 pm -- $10 and up

Great Danes
Thursday: The UAlbany men's basketball team faces Binghamton at SEFCU Arena. Thursday 7 pm -- $12 and up

Mayor's Cup

Thursday: The men's hockey teams from Union and RPI face off at the TU Center in the annual Mayor's Cup. Thursday 7 pm -- $15 / $10 students and kids

Wednesday: The Albany Devils take on the Syracuse Crunch at the TU Center. 7 pm -- $15 and up


Wednesday: Stephen Lynch at The Egg
"Stephen Lynch will always consider himself 'a musician trapped in the body of a comedian.'" 8 pm -- $35

Wednesday: Pat Metheny at The Egg
"Pat will perform a range of music from throughout his career accompanied by bassist Linda Oh, pianist Gwilym Simcock and drummer Antonio Sanchez." 7:30 pm -- $35 and up

Friday: The Mallett Brothers Band at The Hollow
Americana. With: Becca Frame and the Tall Boys. 8 pm -- $12

Friday: Beaucoup Blue at Caffe Lena
"This smooth, deep Philadelphia duo blends folk, R&B, jazz and country blues together in songs that might be classics, or might just sound like it." 8 pm -- $18

Friday: Stockade Kids at Proctors GE Theater
"Join Stockade Kids for a one-night-only concert experience combining their original music with popular songs for a live-mashup concert never before heard or seen." 7:30 pm -- $15

Saturday: Gaelic Storm at The Egg
"[O]ne of the world's foremost Celtic fusion bands." 8 pm -- $34

Saturday: Tinsley Ellis at The Linda
Blues rock. With: 2 Blue with Amy Ryan and Richard Green. 8 pm -- $15

Saturday: Amy Helm at Cohoes Music Hall
Singer/songwriter, daughter of Levon. 8 pm -- $25 and up

Saturday: The Heart of Saturday Night: Songs of Tom Waits at Caffe Lena
Local artists performing the work of Tom Waits, headlined by Sean Rowe. 8 pm -- $20

Saturday: Elvis Birthday Bash at Helsinki Hudson
Featuring Mark Gamsjager and The Lustre Kings. 9 pm -- $20

Saturday: Old Songs Sampler Concert
A benefit for this year's Old Songs Festival. 7:30 pm -- $23

Sunday: Nellie McKay at Helsinki Hudson
Performing the musical biography "A Girl Named Bill: The Life and Times of Billy Tipton." 8 pm -- $25

Sunday: High School Choral Festival at Troy Music Hall
Local high school choirs with Albany Pro Musica. 5 pm -- $15

Sunday: Ramblin' Jug Stompers at Caffe Lena
" New York States premier jug band fuses the ragtime sounds of the 1920s with the bluegrass edge of the '40s; mines the manic energy of '60s folk revival acts; and adds a contemporary comic sensibility all its own." 7 pm -- $18


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!

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