Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather (full spring ahead), to spring holidays, to Chris Rock, to stories, to Night Vale, to writers, to hockey, to music...
WeatherHere's the paraphrased forecast for this week:
Monday: Sunny, upper 70s.
Tuesday: Sun, small chance of rain in the afternoon. Almost 80.
Wednesday: Cloudy, low 60s.
Thursday: Sun, low 60s.
Friday: Some sun, maybe some rain. Upper 50s..
Full spring ahead.
Passover and Easter
Passover, the Jewish holiday commemorating the exodus of the Israelites from Egypt, begins at sundown on Monday and runs through April 18.
Easter, the Christian holiday celebrating the resurrection of Jesus, is this Sunday. Good Friday, which is commemorates the crucifixion of Jesus, is Friday. Easter is the biggest holiday of the Christian religious calendar.
Monday: Chris Rock will be at The Palace for a stand-up show. The stop at the Palace is part of a Rock's current tour, which is being touted as his first in nine years. Monday 8 pm -- $49.50 and up
Welcome to Night Vale
Monday: The touring live show of the popular podcast Welcome to Night Vale is at The Egg. The date at The Egg is part of the tour for a new Nightvale live show -- "All Hail" -- that includes narrator Cecil Badlwin and guests, music by Disparition, and Erin McKeown as the weather. Monday 8 pm -- $30
Tuesday: The Front Parlor storytelling series returns to The Ale House in Troy, and Abby Lublin is back to host. This month's theme is "Reckless." Tuesday 7:30 pm
Arts and sciences
Baratunde ThurstonWednesday: Writer/comedian/critic Baratunde Thurston will be giving a talk at Skidmore (it's the spring keynote for the college's speakers bureau). Bio blurbage:
Baratunde Thurston has told jokes professionally on five continents, worked for The Onion, produced for The Daily Show, advised the Obama White House, and cleaned bathrooms to pay for his Harvard education. He co-founded Cultivated Wit and the About Race podcast and wrote the New York Times bestseller How To Be Black.
Wednesday 7 pm, Palamountain Hall -- free
Wednesday: Gregory Pardlo -- winner of the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry -- will be at RPI to read from, and talk about, his work as part of the NYS Writers Institute visiting writers series. Wednesday 8 pm, Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies Building -- free
From Feldenkrais to GoPro
Wednesday: Choreographer Mary Armentrout is leading a movement workshop at EMPAC. "The workshop begins with an awareness-through-movement sequence based on the Feldenkrais Method of Somatic Education. It consists of a series of gentle movement exercises that bring individual attention to the bodily experience, thus cultivating embodied awareness. The artists will then lead participants in compositional exercises using technology such as GoPro cameras to explore electronic mediation from a consciously embodied state." Wednesday 5 pm -- free (space is limited)
Thursday: Novelist Ruth Gilligan will be at the State Museum as part of the NYS Writers Institute visiting writers series. She'll be talking about her new novel Nine Folds Make a Paper Swan. "The narrative gradually weaves together three main characters whose stories are set in 1901, 1958, and 2013 to reveal the unknown history of Ireland's Jewish community." Thursday 8 pm, Huxley Theatre -- free
Famine and plague
Thursday: Anthropologist Sharon DeWitte will be at the Sage Troy campus to talk about her research into the spread of the plague -- "The Black Death" -- in medieval Europe. "Dr. Dewitte will highlight how bioarchaeological research on past epidemics such as the Black Death can improve our understanding of emerging diseases and human-pathogen coevolution in general, and its relevance for living people." Thursday 5 pm, Bush Memorial -- free
Beautiful - The Carole King Musical
Wednesday-Sunday: A touring production of Beautiful - The Carole King Musical is at Proctors. "Beautiful - The Carole King Musical tells the inspiring true story of King's remarkable rise to stardom, from being part of a hit songwriting team with her husband Gerry Goffin, to her relationship with fellow writers and best friends Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann, to becoming one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history." Wednesday-Sunday various times -- $20 and up
This is the last week of the last regular season for Albany Devils while they're still the Albany Devils. They face Hartford Wednesday (7 pm) and Rochester Saturday (5 pm) at the TU Center.
Wednesday: The Districts at The Hollow
Rock. With: Abi Reimold. 9 pm -- $13 ahead / $15 day of
Thursday: The Felice Brothers at Cohoes Music Hall
Folk/roots rock. 8 pm -- $25
Thursday: DADA PEOPLE at Troy Music Hall
"French pianist Frank Woeste collaborated with American trumpeter Dave Douglas on a new repertoire for jazz quartet, with trumpet, bass, piano, and drums. The project is inspired by the life and work of Man Ray and his colleagues in the Dada and Surrealist movements of the 20th century." 7:30 pm -- pay what you will
Thursday: Dan Navarro and Darden Smith at Caffe Lena
Folk rock guitarist + folk singer/songwriter. 7 pm -- $20
Thursday: The Kane Brown show at Upstate Concert Hall is sold out.
Friday: Richard Shindell at The Linda
Folk singer/songwriter. With: Jim Gaudet. 8 pm -- $20
Friday: Pierre Bensusan at Caffe Lena
Jazz/classical/folk guitarist. 8 pm -- $24
Friday: Coal Palace Kings at The Low Beat
Happy hour show. 6 pm
Friday: Zex at The Low Beat
Punk. With: Capitle. 9 pm
Saturday: The Garcia Project at Cohoes Music Hall
"The Garcia Project's performances are based on actual set lists performed by The Jerry Garcia Band." 8 pm -- $22 and up
Saturday: Eastbound Jesus at The Hollow
Along with Elrod, Motherjudge, and Grassroots Rebels. 7 pm -- $12
Saturday: Adirondack Folk Night at Proctors
Dan Berggren, Dan Duggan, John Kirk, Peggy Lynn, Sara Milonovich, Ed Lowman, Trish Miller and Alex Smith. 7 pm -- $25 ahead / $30 at door
Saturday: South Carolina Broadcasters at Caffe Lena
Bluegrass. 8 pm -- $18
Saturday: Formula 5 at Putnam Den
Album release show. With: The Other Brothers. 9 pm -- $12 ahead / $15 day of
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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