The week ahead

youthfx 2017 premiere screening poster composite

The award-winning YouthFX program will be premiering its new slate of films later this week at The Spectrum.

Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather (thawing), to film, to authors, to crafting, to music...


Here's the paraphrased forecast for this week:
Monday: Rain. Upper 40s.
Tuesday: Cloudy, probably rain. Mid 50s.
Wednesday: Sun. Low 50s.
Thursday: Sun. 50.
Friday: Repeat.

Let the thaw begin.


Some Kind of Joy: The Inside Story of Grimshaw in Twelve Buildings
Monday: EMPAC is screening of Some Kind of Joy: The Inside Story of Grimshaw in Twelve Buildings, a documentary about the Grimshaw architectural practice -- the same group that designed EMPAC. The lead project architect for EMPAC will be there for a post-screening Q&A. Monday 6 pm -- free

YouthFX premiere
Thursday: The award-winning YouthFX program will be premiering its new short films at The Spectrum. The teen filmmakers will be there for Q&A after the screening. These premieres often sell out, so don't wait on getting tickets if you'd like to go. Thursday 7 pm -- $10 / $8 students

Lost Rondout
Thursday: The Madison will be screening Lost Rondout. The documentary "chronicles how a federally funded 1960s urban renewal project devastated the waterfront district of Kingston, New York, a microcosm of the urban disruption that occurred all over America." City of Albany planning director Chris Spencer will moderate a discussion following the screening. Thursday 7 pm -- $5

An Iliad

Tuesday-Sunday: This is the last week for Capital Rep's production of An Iliad continues Tuesday-Sunday various times -- $20 and up

Arts and sciences

Running with pride
Monday: Albany Law is hosting a discussion about running for elected office and identifying at LGBTQ. The panelists for the discussion include state Assembly member Daniel O'Donnell. Monday 6 pm

Eugene Mirabelli + Jo Page
Tuesday: Novelist Eugene Mirabelli and memoirist Jo Page will be at UAlbany as part of the NYS Writers Institute visiting writers series. They'll be reading from, and talking about, their latest books. Tuesday 4:15 pm, uptown campus, University Hall Room 110 -- free

Environmental justice
Tuesday: Environmental justice scholar and author Robert Bullard will be at Siena to as part of the annual Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King Lecture Series on Race and Nonviolent Social Change. His talk is titled ""Environmental Justice and the Politics of Place: Why Equity Matters." Tuesday 7 pm, Sarazen Student Union -- free

Rigoberto González
Friday: Poet/author Rigoberto González will be at UAlbany as part of the NYS Writers Institute visiting writers series. He'll be reading from, and talking about, his work as part of the English Graduate Student Conference Creative Keynote address. Friday 6 pm, downtown campus, Milne Hall -- free

Drink and craft

Punk Rock Sketch and Sip
Wednesday: The Punk Rock Sketch and Sip returns to The Low Beat. "All skill levels welcome. You may bring whatever materials you like. Some material will be provided to get you started." Wednesday 7 pm -- $15 (includes a drink) / $8 students

Craft + Draft
Thursday: Collar City Candle is hosting a Craft + Draft night at The Malt Room at Brown's in Troy. "In this fun, laid back workshop we'll help you design & create a one of a kind candle to take home." Ticket price includes all candle supplies, drinks are extra. Thursday 5-8 pm -- $15


Wednesday: August Is Ours at Parish Public House
Indie folk rock. With: Evergreen, Tyler Samuels. 8 pm

Thursday: Rocktopia Live at The Palace
"ROCKTOPIA LIVE delivers one-of-a-kind musical arrangements featuring the works of classical composers, rock bands and artists including Queen, Mozart, Journey, Handel, U2, Tchaikovsky, Heart, Beethoven, Styx, Foreigner, Rachmaninoff, Pink Floyd, Copland, The Who and more." 7:30 pm -- $45 and up

Thursday: Bryan Ferry at Proctors
From Roxy Music. With: Judith Owen. 8 pm -- $30 and up

Friday: John Mayer at the TU Center
Both with a full band and acoustic. 7:30 pm -- $35.75 and up

Friday: SFJAZZ Collective: The Music of Miles Davis and Original Compositions at The Egg
"The SFJAZZ Collective is an all-star award-winning band comprising eight of the finest performers/composers at work in jazz today." 7:30 pm -- $34

Friday: Brubeck Brothers Quartet at Troy Music Hall
Jazz. 7:30 pm -- $27

Friday: Chuck Prophet at Helsinki Hudson
"Chuck Prophet writes and sings wry, trenchant rock songs that connect the dots, musical and otherwise, between Tom Petty and Warren Zevon." With: The Bottle Rockets. 9 pm -- $20

Saturday: Songfest '17 featuring Sawyer Fredericks at The Egg
Lineup also includes The Sea The Sea, Girl Blue, Sandy McKnight, and John Davidson. 7 pm -- $30 ahead / $35 day of

Saturday: Tift Merritt at The Linda
Alt-country singer/songwriter. With: Alexandra Sauser-Monning. 8 pm -- $20

Saturday: Crystal Garden at Putnam Den
Featuring Boyd Tinsley from DMB. With: West End Blend. 9 pm -- $20

Saturday: The Darlingside shows at Caffe Lena are sold out.

Sunday: The Way Down Wanderers at Caffe Lena
Roots band from Chicago. 7 pm -- $22

Sunday: Hero Dishonest at The Low Beat
Hardcore punk from Finland. With: Gun Candy, Male Patterns. 7 pm

To do list

1. Welcome spring.

2. If you're starting seedlings indoors -- say, for backyard tomato plants -- don't wait! Get to it!


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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