Hochul: proposed health care plan would have "devastating consequences," body of Johnstown man found in suitcase in Arkansas, EBA theater building sells at auction

Hochul on health care
Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul said Wednesday that the new Republican health care plan would have "devastating consequences" for New Yorkers, particularly low-income residents. [TU]

Johnstown man's body found in suitcase in Arkansas
A elderly Johnstown man's body has been found in a suitcase in an Alabama field. An investigation is underway, but police believe the man died in Johnstown and the body was driven to Arkansas by people he knew. [Gazette][TWCN][TU]

Marquis Dixon
Marquis Dixon, the teen charged with stealing a pair of sneakers whose sentence was reduced when his case became the center of a high profile effort to gain him youthful offender status, is back in jail after two parole violations. Chris Churchill spoke with Dixon's mother, who says the violations were curfew violations.[TU][TU]


BOCES worker charged with touching teen
An Albany man and retired BOCES social worker is facing charges for allegedly forcibly touching a student. [TU]

Commisso releases financial plans for Albany
Albany Common Councilman Frank Commisso Jr. outlined some of his financial plans for the city, including a gradual reduction in Albany's full time work force. [TWCN]

EBA
The building that has housed EBA dance theater on Lark Street has been purchased at auction for $556,460, and the owner is expected to reveal plans for the space next week. [TU]

More charges in bowling alley brawl
Three more men were charged in last weekend's brawl at Spare Time Bowling Alley in Clifton Park for allegedly inciting a riot. Two DJs and a promoter are facing charges for allegedly urging people to ignore police orders and continue the fighting.[TU] [WNYT]

McCarthy to testify on infrastructure
Schenectady Mayor Gary McCarthy is slated to testify today before the U.S. House of Representatives on the challenges of improving infrastructure in cities.
[TU][Gazette]

Immigrant from El Salvador can remain in Hudson
Dozens of people supported an mother and grandmother from El Salvador outside the Latham immigration office on Wednesday, as she won the right to remain in Hudson

Troy demolition
Crews in Troy tore down a 4th Street home destroyed by fire earlier this week. [Record]

Banned from casinos
Noted: There is a New York State list that allows you to ban yourself from casinos. [TWCN]

Stuff going on today

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

Opioids
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)


Megyn Kelly
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
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

One Woman Sex and the City

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)

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

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

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

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