The week ahead

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Garth Brooks will be taking over the TU Center later this week.

Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather (very March), to conference tournaments, to film, to social movements, to a one-woman show, to a classic re-imagined, to music...

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Here's the paraphrased forecast for this week:
Monday: Sun and 42.
Tuesday: Cloudy, probably rain. Low 50s.
Wednesday: Some sun, maybe some rain. Low 50s.
Thursday: Sun and low 40s.
Friday: Some sun, maybe some rain or snow. Upper 30s.

Very March.


Monday: The Times Union Center hosts the championship games for the MAAC men's and women's basketball tournaments. (The MAAC is Siena's conference.) The winners get a spot in the NCAA tournament. Monday, women's final at 5 pm, men's final at 9 pm -- $18.50 and up


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


Becoming Warren Buffett
Monday: Skidmore is hosting a screening of Becoming Warren Buffett, a new documentary about the investor and philanthropist. Producer Teddy Kunhardt -- a Skidmore alum -- will be there for a post-screening Q&A. Monday 7 pm, Tang Museum -- free

Film Hawk
Wednesday: Proctors is hosting a screening of Film Hawk -- "the documentary feature chronicles the remarkable life of Bob Hawk, the legendary film and theater guru whose assistance was vital to the careers of Kevin Smith (Clerks), Edward Burns (The Brothers McMullen) and numerous others in the world of cutting edge independent cinema." There will be a Q&A with Hawk following the screening. Wednesday 7 pm -- $10

The Son the Sheik
Thursday: The Pine Hills Film Colony's "The Thrill of Romance!" series at the Madison Theater continues with the 1926 Rudolph Valentino film The Son of the Sheik. Thursday 7 pm -- $10

As You Are
The Sundance prize-winning film As You Are, which was written and directed by Albany natives and shot here in 2015, is at The Spectrum now as part of a regular theatrical run. (There was a special premiere event this past Friday).

Arts and sciences

+ Monday: UAlbany will be screening the documentary Chasing the Dragon, followed by a panel discussion in which "experts will explore the path to addiction and discuss prevention, treatment, and resources." Monday 6:30 pm, downtown campus, Husted Hall -- free

+ Thursday: Albany Law is hosting a day-long event called "Script to Street: Opioids and the Law in the Capital District." It includes a panel discussion about alternatives to incarceration and another about treatment programs. Thursday 10 am-3 pm -- free (registration required)

Black Lives Matter in the Trump Era
Tuesday: Princeton professor Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor will be at Albany Law to talk about the Black Lives Matter movement. She's studied the the social movement's response to police violence and and the role of race in public housing policy. Tuesday 4, 1928 Building - free (registration required)

Diane Ackerman
Tuesday: Diane Ackerman will be at the State Museum to talk about her nonfiction bestseller The Zookeeper's Wife, which was recently adapted into a film. "The book and film tell the little known true story of a Warsaw zookeeper's family that saved 300 Jews during the Holocaust." Tuesday 8 pm, Clark Auditorium -- free

The Catskills
Tuesday: The Brainfood for the Curious series of short lunchtime talks at the State Museum continues with Chuck Ver Straeten talking about the 400 million-year-old history of the rocks that make up the Catskills. Tuesday 12:10-12:30 pm, Huxley Theater -- free

Nick Flynn
Wednesday: Nick Flynn -- author of the memoir Another Bullshit Night in Suck City and other works -- will be at Skidmore for a reading and discussion. Wednesday 8 pm, Palamountain Hall -- free

Megyn Kelly
Thursday: NBC News host Megyn Kelly will be at Albany Law for a signing of her book Settle for More. (We hear the event will not include a public talk.) Kelly is, of course, a Bethlehem native and Albany Law grad and became famous for her work at Fox News. Thursday 6-8 pm -- free

The Great Migration
Thursday: The Albany Institute is hosting a community event called "Footprints of Our Ancestors." "Join us for a delightful evening of stories and presentations that will bring to life the journey and struggles of families that made the transition from the rural South to the Capital Region during the Great Migration." (The museum currently has a traveling exhibit on display about African-American migration experience.) Thursday 6:30 pm -- free

Sketch and slam

Sketch 'n sip
Monday: The Punk Rock Sketch 'n Sip returns to the Low Beat. "A different kind of art event, Learn or practice figure drawing with live, alternative figure models, with local artist and educator Robert B. Eaton. Enjoy a complimentary drink while you sketch. " Monday 7 pm -- $15 / $8 students with ID

Nitty Gritty
Tuesday: The Nitty Gritty poetry slam series is back at The Low Beat. Tuesday 7 pm

One Woman Sex and the City

Thursday: The touring show One Woman Sex and the City will be at Proctors. "This loving tribute and send-up takes audiences through a laughter-infused version of all six seasons of the beloved show. TJ Dawe - (Director and co-creator of One Man Star Wars Trilogy, One Man Lord of the Rings and PostSecret: The Show) has comedic whirling dervish Kerry Ipema (PostSecret: The Show) bringing all our favorite characters to life as they brunch, banter, argue, support each other and swoon over men and Manolos." Thursday 7:30 pm -- $30 ahead / $35 day of

Our Town: a New Media Theatrical Experience

Thursday-Saturday: EMPAC is hosting a production of "a new media re-imagining" of the Thornton Wilder classic Our Town. "Using new technologies, this production will reinvigorate this play for contemporary audiences by incorporating a responsive gesture-based interactive system for actors to control commissioned artworks projected on a large-scale 360-degree immersive screen environment, and a new directional audio score. In a radical departure from common approaches to media in performance, which often risk potentially alienating audiences unfamiliar with avant-garde traditions, this project utilizes a mainstream play in a way that invites audiences members in to experience a new connection with an American classic." Thursday-Saturday 8 pm -- free (reservation required)


Tuesday: Maroon 5 at TU Center
Rescheduled from last fall. With: R. City. 7:30 pm -- $30.50 and up

Thursday: Sarah Jarosz at The Egg
"A gifted multi-instrumentalist, insightful songwriter, and singular vocalist." 7:30 pm -- $29.50

Thursday: Overkill at Upstate Concert Hall
Thrash metal. With: Amorphis, Nile, Swallow the Sun, Winter's Burden. 7 pm -- $26 ahead / $30 day of

Thursday: Adam Ezra Group at Caffe Lena
Roots. 7 pm -- $18

Friday-Sunday: Garth Brooks at TU Center
Country superstar. With: Trisha Yearwod. 7 pm -- $70.98

Friday: The Trey Anastasio show at Troy Music Hall is sold out.

Friday: Alexis P. Suter Band at The Linda
Blues. With: Andrew Wheeler. 8 pm -- $15

Friday: Lord Electro at The Hollow
Album release show. With: Normal Instruments, Solaris. 8 pm -- $12

Saturday: Red Baraat at The Egg
"[A] high energy, gut-busting fusion of jazz, world-beat, hip-hop, rock, and funky go-go rhythms." 7:30 pm -- $25

Saturday: Melvin Seals at Putnam Den
Hammond B-3 organist. With: Jamie McLean Band. 9 pm -- $20 ahead / $25 day of

Saturday: Lucy Kaplansky at The Linda
Folk. 8 pm -- $20

Saturday: The Drunken Hearts at Parish Public House
Americana. With: Cobblestone. 8 pm -- $12 ahead / $15 day of

Sunday: Cosy Sheridan + Sloan Wainwright at Proctors
Folk singer/songwriters. 7:30 pm -- $24 ahead / $27 day of

Looking ahead to the weekend...

This weekend will be St. Patrick's Day (observed) at many spots in the Capital Region. There will be plenty to do.

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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The UAlbany Women will host the America East final at SEFCU Arena against #4 Maine on Friday, March 10 at 4:30 p.m.

This week at Old Songs:

March 9: Téada
"One of Irish traditional music's leading export, Téada is driven by a fascination for the timeless, expressive force of music inherited from previous generations of musicians." 7:30 pm -- $25 / $5 age 12 and under

March 10: Joe Jencks, Si Kahn & Maria Dunn
Songs of hope, courage, love and triumph! 7:30 pm -- $23 / $5 age 12 and under

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