The week ahead

Capital Rep An Iliad

An Iliad, adapted from the work by Homer, opens at Capital Rep this week.

Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather (snowy and uncertain), to an epic tale, to stories, to classic films, to non-fiction, to classes, to music...


Here's the paraphrased forecast for this week:
Monday: Cloudy. Upper 20s. Snow starting overnight.
Tuesday: Snowy. Potentially very snowy. Maybe 7 inches or more. Upper 20s.
Wednesday: Cloudy, probably some more snow. Upper 20s.
Thursday: Sun, low 30s.
Friday: Sun. Upper 30s.

There's a lot of uncertainty about the snow storm Monday night into Wednesday. It's a coastal storm and the track will have a big effect on how much snow we get.

An Iliad

Tuesday-Sunday: Capital Rep's production of An Iliad opens. (It was in previews this past weekend.) Blurbage:

Thrilling storytelling explodes across the stage in this sprawling yarn based on Homer's epic poem. This Obie Award-winning adaptation spins the familiar tale of gods and goddesses, undying love and battles of The Trojan War told through an original and immediate narrator -- whose knowledge cuts across time -- to bring the past and present together for a captivating theatrical experience. Accompanied by cellist Kathleen Bowman, acclaimed actor David Barlow embodies this tale that is sure to deliver an unforgettable evening of theatre!

It runs through April 2. Tuesday-Sunday various times -- $20 and up

Front Parlor

Tuesday: The Front Parlor storytelling series is back at The Ale House in Troy. This month's theme: "Reckless." Tuesday 7:30 pm


The Sting
Monday: The Palace's movie series is showing The Sting, starring Paul Newman and Robert Redford. It won seven Oscars, including best picture, in 1974. Monday 7 pm -- $5

The Big Sleep
Monday: Proctors is showing the 1946 film The Big Sleep, starring Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall. (The script was adapted by William Faulkner from a Raymond Chandler novel.) Monday various times -- $5

Wednesday: Proctors is showing Moonlight, the winner of this year's best picture Oscar. Wednesday 4:30 pm and 7 pm -- $5

Do Not Resist
Thursday: The Food for Thought series at The Linda is showing Do Not Resist, a documentary about the militarization of police in the United States. A discussion will follow the screening. 7 pm -- $8

As You Are
The Sundance prize-winning film As You Are continues its run at the Spectrum. It was written and directed by Albany natives, and shot here in 2015.

Earlier: Talking with Miles Joris-Peyrafitte about As You Are

Ian Frazier

Wednesday: Journalist Ian Frazier will be at the Saratoga Springs Public Library as the capstone event for the Saratoga Reads season. "Reporter, Thurber-Prize-winning humorist, and The New Yorker staff writer, Ian Frazier joins us to cap off the Saratoga Reads! season with a discussion of his work, including his take on The New Yorker's 'Greetings Friends' Christmas poem." Wednesday 7 pm

Women's Suffrage Tour

Wednesday: The tours program at the state Capitol has a special women's suffrage history tour running on Wednesdays this month. "This special onehour tour will explore the connections between the Capitol and the historic fight for suffrage. It will feature an exhibit of artifacts selected to showcase the suffragists' journey from earliest ambition to success." (The tour is also running on Saturdays.) Wednesday 5:30 pm -- free


Gardening for beginners
Monday: Capital Roots has a gardening for beginners class at its urban grow center in Troy. "We will discuss key points related to basic organic garden practices including practical tips on soil building, weed suppression, and maintaining a healthy, productive plot." 6 pm -- $10

Fresh pasta from scratch
Tuesday: Gio Culinary Studio has a hands-on class about making fresh pasta from scratch. "Students will learn to make a no-fail perfect pasta dough, and create various pasta shapes. Each pasta will be paired with its own unique sauce. We will be using all scratch ingredients, along with professional and traditional techniques, that can be easily duplicated at home." Tuesday 6:15 pm -- $60

St. Patrick's Day

It's Friday. It's a big holiday in some spots around the Capital Region. Here's a roundup of some related events and whatnot.


Tuesday: The High Kings at The Egg
"Ireland's Folk Band of the year." 7:30 pm -- $34

Tuesday: Memphis May Fire at Upstate Concert Hall
Metalcore. Bless the Fall, The Color Morale, Sylar, Bad Seed Rising. 6:30 pm -- $18 ahead / $20 day of

Thursday: Hair of the Dog at Proctors
"[A] pre-Saint Paddy's Day celebration." 7:30 pm -- $30

Thursday: TobyMac at TU Center
Christian pop hip-hop. 6:30 pm -- $15 and up

Thursday: OG Maco + Young Greatness at The Low Beat
Hip hop. With: Levi Carter. 6 pm -- $20

Thursday: Cornmeal at Parish Public House
Bluegrass/Americana. With: Yarn. 8 pm -- $12 ahead / $15 at door

Thursday: Milkweed at Caffe Lena
Bluegrass/folk. 7 pm -- $15

Friday: Get Up Jack at Revolution Hall
"Get Up Jack is a joyous retro-romp by six of the most energetic and charismatic performers in Irish music today." 8 pm -- $15 ahead / $18 at door

Friday: David Lindley, Chris Smither at The Egg
Multi-instrumentalist + singer/songwriter. 7:30 pm -- $29.50

Friday: The Whiskey Treaty Roadshow at MASS MoCA
"[F]oot-stomping folk-rock." With: Sarah Lee Guthrie, Ransom Pier. 8 pm -- $16 ahead / $22 day of

Friday: Hayley Jane & The Primates at Putnam Den
"[D]raws inspiration from a variety of styles, including 60s/70s rock and pop, old musical theater, folk, blues, soul, reggae, psychedelic, funk, bluegrass, and country." 9 pm -- free

Saturday: Ms. Lisa Fischer & Grand Baton at The Egg
"Lisa will perform her mesmerizing mix of soul, jazz, rock, gospel, pop, folk and classical with her band Grand Baton." (Maybe you remember her from 20 Feet from Stardom.) 8 pm -- $34

Saturday: Lunasa at Troy Music Hall
"The hottest Irish group on the planet." 8 pm -- $34

Saturday: Consider the Source at The Hollow
"Sci-Fi Middle Eastern Fusion." With: Felix Martin, Ampevene. 8 pm -- $12

Saturday: Old Songs presents NY Women: Singing for Suffrage at State Museum
"With enlightening narrative and songs that women sang during the suffrage movement between 1848 and 1920, this dynamic concert tells the story of how American women won the right to vote." 2 pm -- free

Sunday: Barbara Nissman at Troy Music Hall
Classical pianist, playing works by Liszt, Bartok, Prokofiev, and Ginastera. 3 pm -- $25 and up


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: Douglas C. Liebig

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