The week ahead

San Fermin and NOW Ensemble

Ellis Ludwig-Leone of San Fermin + NOW Ensemble will be at Troy Music Hall this week.

Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather (messy start), to lies, to coffee, to hoops, to music...


Here's the paraphrased forecast for this week:
Monday: Cloudy, rain, probably ice later in the day. Highs in the upper 30s. Snow overnight.
Tuesday: Snow from overnight could total 3 inches. Morning will probably be messy. Rain and snow continue. Upper 30s.
Wednesday: Some sun, low 40s.
Thursday: Cloudy, maybe some rain, low 40s.
Friday: Repeat, but a bit colder.

This part of January is typically the coldest time of the year. But the highs are running 8-10 degrees warmer than the 30-year normals.

Arts and sciences

Criminal justice reform
Monday: Albany Law is hosting a discussion about reforming the criminal justice system, organized by Albany County exec Dan McCoy's office. "A community conversation on improving the criminal justice system from community policing to criminal justice reform." The panel:
+ The Honorable Victoria A. Graffeo, Harris Beach PLLC (moderator)
+ The Honorable Stephen Herrick, Albany County Public Defender
+ Antony Haynes, Albany Law Associate Dean for Strategic Initiatives & Information Systems
+ Aaron Mair, National President, Sierra Club
+ Gwen Pope, Albany Vice President, NAACP
+ Robert Sears, Acting Chief, Albany Police Department
+ Mickey Bradley, Chairman, Albany Citizens Police Review Board
+ Michael P. McDermott, Esq., O'Connell and Aronowitz
+ Brianna Vaughan, President, Albany Law Black Law Students Association

Monday 5:30 pm, Dean Alexander Moot Courtroom -- free (it looks RSVP date passed, but if you'd like to go it's worth seeing if there's still space)

(Dis)Honesty - The Truth About Lies
Thursday: The Museum of Political Corruption and Albany Law has a screening of the documentary (Dis)Honesty - The Truth About Lies. A discussion will follow with the film's director, Yael Melamede, along with Blair Horner of NYPIRG, state Assembly member John McDonald III, Albany Law professor Michael Hutter, and former state Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk. Thursday 6:30 pm -- free (see link for RSVP)

Thursday: Mike Brown -- the founder of the Round Lake-based Death Wish Coffee Co. -- is the speaker for the next Startup Grind event, which is at Pat's Barn in the Rensselaer Technology Park. Brown started the brand -- "the world's strongest coffee" -- out of the Saratoga Coffee Traders location in Saratoga Springs. And then got a huge boost last year when Death Wish won a contest for a free TV spot during the Super Bowl. Business has been booming since. Thursday 6 pm -- $20 ahead (or two for $30) / $25 at door


Wednesday: The UAlbany men's basketball team takes on Vermont at SEFCU Arena. Wednesday 7 pm -- $12 and up


Thursday: The Rock/Docs film series at The Madison is showing A Band Called Death, about the 1970s punk group Death and its recently renewed popularity. The series is in conjunction with the Albany Institute's Rock & Roll Icons exhibit. Thursday 7 pm -- $10 / $8 students and seniors


Monday: JT Woodruff at The Low Beat
From Hawthorne Heights. With: In Her Own Words, Woven In Hiatus, Hazing. 6 pm -- $13 ahead / $15 day of

Tuesday: The Kris Kristofferson show at The Egg is sold out.

Wednesday: Twenty One Pilots at TU Center
Chart-topping alt-rock duo. With: Jon Bellion, Judah & The Lion. 7 pm -- $39.50 and up

Thursday: NOW Ensemble + San Fermin at Troy Music Hall
Chamber pop/rock collaboration. 7:30 pm -- $25

Thursday: Rubblebucket at The Hollow
Art pop. With: Sam Evian. 9 pm -- $15 ahead / $18 day of

Thursday: Hubby Jenkins at Caffe Lena
From The Carolina Chocolate Drops. 7 pm -- $22

Friday: Fabolous + Jadakiss at Proctors
Veteran hip hop stars. With: Young M.A., Dave East, Phresher. 8 pm -- $49 and up

Friday: 1964: The Tribute at Troy Music Hall
Beatles tribute act. 7:30 pm -- $29 and up

Friday: 90s Grunge Revival at Proctors
Four 90s tribute acts playing the music of Pearl Jam, Nirvana, Stone Temple Pilots, and Foo Fighters. 7:30 pm -- $27.50

Friday: Joan Shelley at The Linda
Folk singer/songwriter. 8 pm -- $15

Friday: Driftwood at Parish Public House
"[L]eaning alternately into folk, old-time, country, punk, and rock, depending on their personal moods and their songs' needs." 8 pm -- $12 ahead / $15 day of

Friday: Overcoats at Helsinki Hudson
"Their sound captivates, combining electronic backdrops with soaring, harmonic intimacy - a sort of Chet Faker-meets-Simon & Garfunkel." 9 pm -- $15

Friday: Night of Music and Dance with Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company at Massry Center
"The Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company and Saint Rose, working together, have fashioned a performance featuring dances choreographed to original works of music by student and faculty composers and performers. All ofthe music for this unique event will be performed live on stage with the dancers." 7:30 pm -- $20 / $10 students

Saturday: Umphrey's McGee + Jonathan Redman at The Palace
Jam band + jazz saxophonist. With: Spafford. 7:30 pm -- $25 and up

Saturday: Livingston Taylor + Tom Chapin + EVA at Cohoes Music Hall
Folk collaboration. 7:30 pm -- $37.50 and up

Saturday: Zeppelin Complete at The Egg
Led Zeppelin tribute act. 8 pm -- $29.50 and up

Sunday: Los Lobos at The Egg
Roots rock. 7:30 pm -- $34.50 and up

Sunday: Old Salt Union + Twisted Pine at Caffe Lena
Jazz/blues/bluegrass + string band. 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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