The week ahead

MC Sha Rock

Pioneering female rapper MC Sha Rock is the keynote speaker for Siena's Hip-Hop Week, which includes a handful of talks and events open to the public.

Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather (sunny), to words, to film, to hip hop, to gardens, to music...

Weather

Here's the paraphrased forecast for this week:
Monday: Sun. Mid 40s.
Tuesday: Sun. Mid 40s.
Wednesday: Sun... mid 20s.
Thursday: Sun. Mid 30s.
Friday: Cloudy, maybe some rain or snow. Mid 40s.

Sun says spring. Temperatures... maybe not.

Words

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

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

Film

The Who: The Kids are Alright
Monday: The Palace's movies series is showing The Who: The Kids are Alright. Monday 7 pm -- $5

The Red Shoes
Monday: Proctors is showing the influential 1948 film The Red Shoes. Monday various times -- $5

I Am Not Your Negro
Wednesday: Proctors is showing I Am Not Your Negro, a new documetary about James Baldwin. It has gotten very strong reviews. Wednesday various time -- $5

An Iliad

Tuesday-Sunday: Capital Rep's production of An Iliad continues.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

Arts and sciences

Siena Hip-Hop Week
Monday-Wednesday: The annual Hip-Hop Week returns to Siena with a handful of programs open to the public, including
+ Monday: Pioneering female rapper MC Sha-Rock will be giving a keynote lecture. 7 pm
+ Tuesday: Screening of hip-hop documentary Artifaxual and Q&A with Khalid El-Hakim & Professor Griff 6 pm
+ Wednesday: Women of Hip-Hop panel discussion, local creatives, rapper, poet. 6 pm

All events are in the Sarazen Student Union. They're free and open to the public.

Russia and the US
Wednesday: Washington Post journalist Will Englund -- a former correspondent in Russia and a winner of some of journalism's most prestigious prizes -- will be at Skidmore to talk about his new book March 1917: On the Brink of War and Revolution. "he book tells parallel stories about the US and Russia leading up to World War I, arguing that in these were the foundational months for our current relationship." Wednesday 5:30 pm, Palamountain Hall -- free

Restorative justice
Wednesday: Fania Davis -- director of the Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth program -- will be at Skidmore for a talk titled "Restorative Justice, Racial Justice, and the School-to-Prison Pipeline." Wednesday 7:30 pm, Palamountain Hall -- free

Ian Frazier
Tuesday: 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." (This was rescheduled from last week because of snow.) Tuesday 7 pm

Why Your Five Year Old Can't Paint That
Wednesday: The State Museum has a "Lunch Bite" tour of The People's Art: Selections from the Empire State Plaza Art Collection. "Overcome your issues with abstraction! Come find out why artists like Jackson Pollock were so innovative and what drove them to create original style." Wednesday noon -- free

David Salle
Thursday: The Creative Life series at UAlbany continues with painter and writer David Salle. His most recent book is How to See: Looking, Talking, and Thinking About Ar. Thursday 7 pm, uptown campus, Performing Arts Center -- free

Transgender people and the law
Thursday: The LBGT Law Series at Albany Law continues with a program about legal issues facing transgender people. Thursday 6 pm -- free (advance registration appreciated)

Capital District Garden and Flower Show

Friday: The annual Capital District Garden and Flower Show opens at HVCC and runs through the weekend. The show includes displays, demonstrations, and sales of plants, bulbs, and seeds. Friday 10 am-8 pm / Saturday 9 am-7 pm / Sunday 10 am-5 pm -- $12 ahead / $14 at the door / kids 12 and under free

Music

Thursday: August Alsina at Proctors
R&B star. HOT99.1 Spring Break show. With: A Boogie, PNB Rock. Thursday 8 pm -- $35 and up

Thursday: Liz Longley at Caffe Lena
Folk singer/songwriter. With: Brian Dunne. 7 pm -- $20

Friday: Aoife O'Donovan + Julian Lage & Chris Eldridge at Massry Center
Americana. 7:30 pm -- $30 / $20 students

Friday: Gilberto Santa Rosa at The Egg
Salsa star. (SOMOS Conference show.) 9 pm -- $100

Friday: Guy Davis at Caffe Lena
Acoustic blues. 8 pm -- $22

Friday: John Brown's Body at The Hollow
Reggae. With: Dr. Jah and the Love Prophets. 8 pm -- $15

Friday: Moondance - The Ultimate Van Morrison Tribute Concert at The Linda
As it says on the label. 8 pm -- $20

Friday: The Slaughterhouse Chorus at The Low Beat
With: Bridge Under Fire, Spirit of Violence. 8 pm

Friday: Elise Testone at Helsinki Hudson
From American Idol. 9 pm -- $12

Saturday: Mavis Staples at MASS MoCA
Powerhouse R&B/soul/gospel singer singer. 8 pm -- $35 ahead / $45 day of

Saturday: Driftwood at Caffe Lena
Americana. 8 pm -- $22

Saturday: Cajun-Zydeco Dance with Zydeco Connection at Old Songs
Evening starts with dance instruction, music starts an hour later. 7 pm -- $15

Sunday: Langhorne Slim at Helsinki Hudson
Alt-country singer/songwriter. 8 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!

photo via MC ShaRock Facebook

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