The week ahead

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Wicked starts a run at Proctors this week.

Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather (still oddly warm), to Wicked, to science, to changing minds, to hoops, to music...


Here's the paraphrased forecast for this week:
Monday: Sunny, windy low 50s.
Tuesday: Cloudy, maybe some rain. Low 50s.
Wednesday: Cloudy, rainy, upper 50s.
Thursday: Some sun, maybe some rain. Upper 40s.
Friday: Sunny and 35.

Still oddly warm.


Monday: The Palace's movie series is showing Selma, Ava DuVernay's film about Martin Luther King Jr. and the 1965 civil rights march from Selma to Montomgery. Monday 7 pm -- free

As You Are
Looking ahead to Friday: As You Are -- the Sundance prize-winning film that shot in this area in 2015 -- will make its local premiere at the Spectrum. The event will feature a post-screening Q&A with the Albany natives behind the film: writer/director Miles Joris-Peyrafitte, writer Madison Harrison, and producer/colorist Joseph Mastantuono. Friday 7 pm -- $20


Wednesday-Sunday: A touring production of Wicked starts a week-and-a-half run at Proctors. It is, of course, the massively popular Broadway show adapted from the book by Albany native Gregory Maguire. Wednesday-Sunday various times -- $38 and up

Arts and sciences

Science on Tap
Tuesday: A new drink-and-discuss series -- Science on Tap -- starts up at the Albany Pump Station with a panel of UAlbany professors talking about "what science is, why it is important, why it should be funded, and if it should inform public policy": atmospheric scientist Kristen Corbosiero, biologist Gary Kleppel, sociologist Beth Popp Berman, and anthropologist Adam Gordon. Tuesday 7 pm -- free admission

How to Change Attitudes about LGBT Rights
Wednesday: Political scientists Brian Harrison and Melissa Michelson will be at Skidmore to talk about their book Listen, We Need to Talk: How to Change Attitudes about LGBT Rights. "They conducted randomized experiments all over the United States, many in partnership with equality organizations. They found that people are often willing to change their attitudes about LGBT rights when they find out that others with whom they share an identity (for example, as sports fans or members of a religious group) are also supporters of those rights - particularly when told about support from a leader of the group, and particularly if they find the information somewhat surprising." Wednesday 6 pm, Palamountain Hall -- free

The Other Mozart
Wednesday: The UAlbany Performing Arts Center hosts a performance of The Other Mozart. "[T]he show tells the true and untold story of Nannerl Mozart, the sister of Amadeus - a prodigy, keyboard virtuoso and composer who performed throughout Europe with her brother to equal acclaim but her work and her life faded away, lost to history due to overwhelming restrictions and prejudice of the time." Wednesday 7:30 pm -- $15 ahead / $20 day of ($10/$15 for students

Pauline Boudry and Renate Lorenz
Wednesday: Artists Pauline Boudry and Renate Lorenz will be at EMPAC to talk about the moving image work they're developing during a residency at EMPAC. "Their staged films and film installations often start with a song, a picture, a film, or a script from the past. They produce performances for the camera, staging the actions of individuals and groups living--indeed thriving--in defiance of normality, law, and economics. Their films upset normative historical narratives, as figures from across time are staged, projected, and layered." Wednesday 7 pm -- $6

Startup Tech Valley

Wednesday: The Startup Tech Valley series returns to Revolution Hall. It's an "open mic" month open to any business for three-minute pitches and audience Q&A. Wednesday 5:30 pm -- free (registration required)


Wednesday: The UAlbany men's basketball team opens its campaign in the America East conference tournament with a matchup against Hartford at SEFCU Arena. The winner of the conference tournament goes to the NCAA tournament. Wednesday 7:30 pm -- $15 and up

MAAC tournament
Thursday-Monday: The MAAC -- Siena's conference -- opens its men's and women's tournaments at the TU Center, with games running through Monday. The winner of the conference tournament heads to the NCAA tournament. Thursday-Monday various times -- single session tickets $18.50 and up

MAAC-n-Cheese: To go along with the MAAC tournament, there's the MAAC-n-Cheese Fest at the new Albany Capital Center. "Fans of all ages will have the opportunity to sample gourmet mac-n-cheese dishes from numerous Capital Region restaurants; as well as varietals of craft beer from New York breweries." Friday 4-6:30 pm -- $8 ahead / $10 at door


Tuesday: Colony House at Lucky Strike
Indie rock. With: Deep Sea Diver. 7 pm -- $15

Tuesday: Mardi Gras Soiree at Parish Public House
With two sets of music from Hartley's Encore. Tuesday 8 pm -- free admission

Wednesday: Tommy Emmanuel at Troy Music Hall
Acoustic guitarist. With: Joe Robinson. 7:30 pm -- $29 and up

Thursday: Slothrust at The Hollow
Indie rock. With: Ian Sweet. 9 pm -- $10.27 ahead / $12 day of

Friday: Rhiannon Giddens & Dirk Powell at Helsinki Hudson
"Together, the duo forge a unique blend of American music drawing on a multiplicity of traditions." 9 pm -- $45 and up

Friday: Electric Guest at The Hollow
Indie pop. With: Chaos Chaos. 9 pm -- $10.27 ahead / $12 day of

Friday: The Mohammad Reza Mortazavi concert at EMPAC was cancelled because of complications related to the Trump administration immigrant order.

Saturday: Ja Rule at Upstate Concert Hall
Hip hop star. With: D3V, Three Kings Entertainment, Nemesis, DJ IROC. 8 pm -- $25 ahead / $28 day of

Saturday: Dar Williams at Proctors
Singer/songwriter. With: Trevor Gordon Hall. 7:30 pm -- $26 and up

Saturday: BarrelFest at The Barrel Saloon
A day of music headlined by Skeeter Creek. Saturday starting at 1 pm -- $18 ahead / $20 at door

Saturday: Lee Reh at The Linda
From the Young Noble Gentlemen. EP release show with dinner, live band, DJ, and guest performances. 6 pm -- $49.99 ahead / $59.99 at door / $24.99 students

Saturday: Rain on a Conga Drum: The Songs of Townes Van Zandt at Caffe Lena
Featuring The Sea The Sea, Cloud Lifter, John & Orion Kribs, John Kruth, Michael Eck. 8 pm -- $20

Sunday: St. Paul & The Broken Bones at The Egg
Soul band. With: Aaron Lee Tasjan. 8 pm -- $35 and up

Sunday: Pierce the Veil at Upstate Concert Hall
Rock. With: Falling In Reverse, Crown The Empire. 7 pm -- $32 ahead / $35 day of

Sunday: The Barefoot Movement at Caffe Lena
Up-and-coming bluegrass band. 7 pm -- $20

Sunday: Ice Cream at The Low Beat
Garage rock. With: The Rechorduroys. 7 pm -- $10


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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