The week ahead

the band Young The Giant

Young the Giant will be at The Palace later this week.

Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather (wut), to eating and drinking, to poems and stories, to hip hop, to digital news, to farming, to music...

Weather

Here's the paraphrased forecast for this week:
Monday: Sunny, low 40s.
Tuesday: Some sun, maybe rain later in the day. Low 40s.
Wednesday: Some sun, mid 50s.
Thursday: Partly sunny, almost 60.
Friday: Cloudy, around 50.

Wut.

Eating and drinking

Schenectady Restaurant Week
Monday-Sunday: Schenectady Restaurant Week returns to downtown Schenectady and nearby spots. Participating restaurants will be offering three-course dinners for $25. As with any restaurant week, reservations are a good idea.

Saratoga Beer Week
Tuesday-Saturday: Saratoga Beer Week returns with tastings, dinners, and other events around Saratoga Springs. The cap to the week is the Saratoga Beer Summit at the Saratoga City Center on Saturday. Tuesday-Saturday various times -- various prices

Chefs for Success
Tuesday: SCCC's School of Hotel, Culinary Arts and Tourism is hosting "Chefs for Success," an evening of gourmet food tastings made local chefs (many of them SCCC grads). It's a benefit for the culinary arts program at SCCC. Tuesday 6 pm -- $75

Words

Stories
Monday: The Front Parlor storytelling series is back at The Olde English in Albany. This month's theme: "The First Time." Monday 7:30 pm

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

Best picture

The Regal movie theater at Crossgates is showing all the films nominated for this year's best picture Oscar on rotating schedule through Sunday. And there's a $35 pass for admission to all the films.

Arts and sciences

Community policing
Tuesday: The Albany Community Policing Advisory Committee is hosting a forum -- "The Future of Community Policing" -- at the Albany JCC. Topics on the slate include community policing, traffic safety, and senior communities. Acting APD chief Robert Sears will give a presentation and take questions. Tuesday 6 pm

Hip hop as protest
Tuesday: Jermaine Wells and Ill Funk Ensemble will be at Union College for Hip Hop as Protest, "a lecture/presentation/performance exploring and illustrating the ways in which hip hop has been used as protest over the years." Tuesday 5 pm, Reamer Campus Center Auditorium

Voices of History
Tuesday: Rachel Fidler from the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust will be at Skidmore to talk about a program focused on preserving the stories of Holocaust survivors. Tuesday 6 pm, Zankel Center -- free

The Future of Digital News
Tuesday: Outspoken Media is hosting a panel discussion -- "The Future of Digital News" -- at its offices in Troy with UAlbany journalism professor Rosemary Armao, Politico's Jimmy Vielkind, Ian Pickus from WAMC, and Greg Dahlmann from AOA. (Proceeds will go to support Pro Publica.) Tuesday 6:30 pm -- $10 / $5 students

Schuyler Flatts
Tuesday: The Brain Food for the Curious series of lunchtime talks at the State Museum continues with a look at the research into the enslaved people who lived at local sites such as Schuyler Flatts, the Nicoll House, and the Van Schaick Mansion. Tuesday 12:10-12:30 pm, State Museum, Huxley Theater -- free

The Last Crop
Thursday: The Madison is screening The Last Crop, a documentary about small family farms. After the screening there will be a Q&A with the doc's director and local family farmers. Thursday 7 pm -- $10 / $8 students and seniors

Modern Living
Thursday: Choreographers Gerard & Kelly will be at EMPAC to talk about their work in progress, Modern Living, which aims "to explore themes of queer intimacy and domestic space within legacies of modernist architecture." Thursday 7 pm -- free

Bill Engvall

Thursday: Comedian Bill Engvall will be at Proctors for a stand-up show. Thursday 8 pm -- $35 and up

The Bridge Jazz Festival

Looking ahead to the weekend: The Bridge Jazz Festival returns to the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall (Friday) and the Massry Center at Saint Rose (Saturday). This year's lineup includes The Dirty Dozen Brass Band and Eldar Djangirov (Troy Music Hall) and Maceo Parker, Cryille Aimee, and The Chronicles (Massry Center). Friday and Saturday 7:30 pm - festival pass $60 / Friday only $28 and up / Saturday only $40

Music

Thursday: Young the Giant at The Palace
Alt rock. With: Lewis Del Mar. 8 pm -- $24.50 and up

Thursday: TroyBoi at Upstate Concert Hall
Electronic. With: Ekali, Morillo. 8 pm -- $18 ahead / $20 day of

Thursday: Glen David Andrews at Parish Public House
New Orleans jazz/funk trombonist -- "The Crown Prince of Treme." 8 pm -- $20

Thursday: John Doe at Helsinki Hudson
Performing songs from this "psychedelic soul" album. 8 pm -- $20

Thursday: The McKrells at Caffe Lena
Celtic. 7 pm -- $18

Friday: KT Tunstall at The Egg
Singer/songwriter. With: Kelvin Jones. 8 pm -- $29.50

Friday: African-American History Month Celebration at The Palace
Featuring the Gospel Gala Choir. 7 pm -- free

Friday: Robb Banks at The Low Beat
Hip hop. With: Dash, Wifisfuneral, Warhol & Slump God, Ronny J, Ill Chris. 6 pm -- $20

Friday: Lordi at Upstate Concert Hall
Finnish metal. With: Steve Noir, More Human. 8 pm -- $22 ahead / $25 day of

Friday: Jim Gaudet & The Railroad Boys at Caffe Lena
Bluegrass. With: Susan Cattaneo. 8 pm -- $20

Saturday: Sam Cohen at MASS MoCA
Singer/songwriter. 8 pm -- $16 ahead / $22 day of

Saturday: Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams at Helsinki Hudson
Americana. 9 pm -- $20

Saturday: Spiritual Rez at The Hollow
Reggae fusion. With: Annie In The Water. 8 pm -- $12

Saturday: The Whiskey Treaty Roadshow at The Linda
Americana. 8 pm -- $15

Sunday: The Beth Hart show at The Egg is sold out.

Sunday: Lolo at The Hangar
Singer/songwriter. 6 pm -- $12

Sunday: Winds of Love at Troy Music Hall
Featuring the Canadian Brass. 3 pm -- $35 and up

Sunday: Dylan Perrillo Orchestra at Caffe Lena
Playing 1920-1940 jazz. 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!

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photo: Kelly Kenney

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