The week ahead

music duo Black Violin

The duo Black Violin is at the Troy Music Hall later this week.

Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather (regular spring), to words and figures, to stooges, to activists, to showcase showdown, to all sorts of music...


Here's the paraphrased forecast for this week:
Monday: Sunny, upper 50s.
Tuesday: Sun, low 60s.
Wednesday: Cloudy, maybe some rain. Upper 50s.
Thursday: Cloudy, upper 50s..
Friday: Cloudy, maybe some rain. Mid 50s.

Regular spring.

Words and figures

Front Parlor
Monday: The Front Parlor storytelling series returns to The Olde English in Albany. This month's theme is "Scars." Monday 7:30 pm

It's next week, Monday, April 24. The Front Parlor website had the wrong date and is being updated.

Punk Rock Sketch 'n Sip
Monday: The Punk Rock Sketch 'n Sip is back at The Low Beat. "A D.I.Y sketching event with local artist and educator Robert B. Eaton. Enjoy a complimentary drink while you sketch. All skill levels welcome. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own materials, but we have we have limited materials to get you started." Monday 7 pm -- $15 / $8 students

Nitty Gritty
Tuesday: The Nitty Gritty Poetry Slam is back at The Low Beat. Tuesday 7 pm


Three Stooges
Monday: The Palace will be a screening a handful of Three Stooges films as part of its annual festival. Monday 7 pm -- $5

National Bird
Monday: The Sanctuary for Independent Media is hosting a screening of the documentary National Bird. "National Bird follows the dramatic journey of three whistleblowers who are determined to break the silence around one of the most controversial current affairs issues of our time: the secret U.S. drone war." A discussion following the film will include Sonia Kennebeck, who made the film. Monday 7 pm -- free

FAN-tastic women
Tuesday-Wednesday: The It Came From Schenectady Series at Proctors has two nights of films in "which we celebrate the FAN-tastic women who make horror, sci-fi and fantasy cinema." Tuesday's film is The Love Witch. Wednesday's lineup includes Raw and Born of Woman. Tuesday and Wednesday 7 pm -- $9 / $6 students

Arts and sciences

Bill McKibben
Monday: Author/activist/environmentalist Bill McKibben will be at Union for a talk titled "The Adirondacks: Refuge in a Warming World." Monday 5:30 pm, Nott Memorial -- free

Julie Casper Roth
Tuesday: Artist Julie Casper Roth will be at The Opalka Gallery on the Sage Albany campus for a talk. "Julie Casper Roth is an award-winning filmmaker and video artist interested in underdogs, paradox and the oft-unseen. ... She is at work on a documentary about indigent burial in the United States." Tuesday 6:30 pm -- free

Dread Scott
Wednesday: Artist/activist Dread Scott will be at Union for a talk. "Scott is widely known for his involvement in the Supreme Court case, 'U.S. v. Eichman et al,' which was instrumental in securing legislation for freedom of speech as opposed to legislation that would have outlawed criticism of the American flag." Wednesday 5:30 pm, Nott Memorial -- free

Eric Fair
Thursday: Eric Fair will be at the State Museum to talk about his memoir Consequence as part of NYS Writers Institute visiting writers series. "Eric Fair, an Army veteran, worked in Iraq as a contract interrogator in 2004. His 2012 Pushcart Prize-winning essay "Consequence," which was published first in Ploughshares and then in Harper's Magazine, detailed some of his experiences. Fair expanded the essay into his 2016 book, also titled Consequence." Thursday 8 pm, Clark Auditorium -- free

Albany Wordfest

Monday-Saturday: Albany Wordfest returns with events at sites in Albany and Troy. It's a celebration of National Poetry Month and includes readings, open mics, and poetry slams.

Albany Craft Beer Week

Monday-Sunday: The first Albany Craft Beer Week includes a handful of events and specials at locations around Albany. And Saturday is the first Albany Craft Beer Festival at the Washington Ave Armory.

Dyngus Day

Monday is Dyngus Day, a traditional day-after-Easter celebration in many Eastern European cultures, as well as cities here in the United States (such as Buffalo) with large populations of people who hail from those cultures. Here in the Capital Region, the Hill at Muza in Troy is having its annual celebration.

The Price is Right Live

Thursday: The Price is Right Live -- a touring stage version of the TV game show -- will be at The Palace. Here's the process for applying to be a contestant, which does not require buying a ticket. Thursday 7:30 pm -- $32.50 and up


Tuesday: Anne Akiko Meyers at EMPAC
"A superstar of the violin world, Anne Akiko Meyers presents an evening featuring repertoire works by Ravel and Beethoven as well as new pieces by Jakub Ciupinski and Morten Lauridesen." 8 pm -- $18 / $6 students

Wednesday: In This Moment at The Palace
Metal. With: Motionless In White, Avatar, Gemini Syndrome. 7 pm -- $25 and up

Wednesday: Brit Floyd at Proctors
"The Brit Floyd show has truly become a phenomenon, widely regarded as the world's greatest live tribute to Pink Floyd." 7:30 pm -- $49.50 and up

Wednesday: David Gans at The Low Beat
Guitarist. With: The Deadbeats. 9:30 pm --

Thursday: Black Violin at Troy Music Hall
"Black Violin is the blend of classical, hip-hop, rock, R&B, and bluegrass music." 7:30 pm -- $20 and up

Thursday: Danny Barnes with Grant Gordy & Joe K. Walsh at Caffe Lena
Roots. 7 pm -- $20

Thursday: Candy Ambulance, Hospital Corners, Better Pills at The Low Beat
Trio of locals. 8 pm

Friday: The Chainsmokers at TU Center
Pop. With: Kiiara & Emily Warren. 7 pm -- $39.50 and up

Friday: Citizen Cope at Troy Music Hall
Singer/songwriter. 8 pm -- $36 and up

Friday: John Pizzarelli Quartet at the Massry Center
Jazz. 7:30 pm -- $30 / $20 students

Friday: Sixth Annual Gospel Jubilee at Proctors
Lineup includes Yvette C. Williams featuring the Capital Region Jubilee Mass Choir. 7 pm -- $25

Friday: Willie Nile at The Linda
Rock singer/songwriter. 8 pm -- $20

Friday: Sofia Talvik at Caffe Lena
Pop folk from Sweden. 8 pm -- $18

Friday: Maple "Sugaring Off" Party at First Congregational Church of Albany
"The evening starts with a short concert by Set Americain, followed by some yummy maple snacks and then a Quebecois-style dance." 7 pm -- $8 / $5 students / $2 under 12

Friday: The Barenaked Ladies show at The Egg is sold out.

Saturday: Robert Randolph and The Family Band at Upstate Concert Hall
Funk/soul. 8 pm -- $25 ahead / $28 day of

Saturday: Sixties Spectacular at Proctors
Lineup includes six acts. 7 pm -- $39.75 and up

Saturday: Bumper Jacksons at The Linda
"[H]ot and sweet, painting America's story from New Orleans' brothels to Appalachian hollers." 8 pm -- $15

Saturday: Spiritual Rez at Putnam Den
Reggae/funk. With: Gang of Thieves. 9:30 pm -- $10 ahead / $15 day of

Saturday: Chandler Travis Three-O at Caffe Lena
"The Chandler Travis Three-O is a delicious little ensemble..." With: Rabasi Joss. 8 pm -- $20

Sunday: Melissa Etheridge at Troy Music Hall
The one and only. 7:30 pm -- $59 and up

Sunday: Home Free at The Egg
Country a cappella. 7:30 pm -- $22.50 and up

Sunday: Sabaton at Upstate Concert Hall
Swedish metal. With: Leaves Eyes, Battle Beast, DJ Alex Kane. 7 pm -- $25 ahead / $30 day of

Sunday: Willy Porter & Carmen Nickerson at Caffe Lena
With: Ryanhood. 7 pm -- $22

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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I believe the Front Parlor night at Old English is the 24th, or so the Facebooks tells me.

Editors: Hmm. The website lists Monday, April 17. We'll try to figure out what's up.

OK, heard back from the host. It is next week, April 24. And the Front Parlor website is being updated. Thanks for the heads up.

Saturday: Low Lily at Old Songs
The string and vocal trio Low Lily explores the roots and branches of American folk music with traditional influences and modern inspiration that weaves together a unique brand of acoustic music. 7:30 pm -- $23

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