The week ahead

Circus 1903 touring show elephant puppets

A show called Circus 1903 -- featuring elephant puppets made by the same people who did the horse puppet for War Horse -- is at Proctors this week.

Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather (May approaches), to stories and crafts, to the cosmic, to circus, to dance, to science and history, to all sorts of music...


Here's the paraphrased forecast for this week:
Monday: Sunny, upper 60s.
Tuesday: Cloudy, rainy, mid 50s.
Wednesday: Cloudy, maybe some rain. Upper 60s.
Thursday: Sun, 70s...
Friday: Some sun, maybe some rain, mid 70s.

May is near.

Words and crafts

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 (This had been mistakenly listed with a date for last week.)

Craft + Draft
Wednesday: Collar City Candle is hosting another Craft + Draft night, this time back at Nine Pin in Albany. "In this fun, laid back workshop we'll help you design & create a one of a kind candle to take home. The process is fairly quick so feel free to come at any time after 5 & Nine Pin is offering Happy Hour Pricing for the entire event." Wednesday 5-8 pm -- $15

Neil deGrasse Tyson

Monday: Astrophysicist/science communicator/pop culture figure Neil deGrasse Tyson will be at Proctors for a new show titled "The Cosmic Perspective." Blurbage: "There is no view of the world as emotionally potent as the one granted by a cosmic perspective. It's one that sees Earth as a planet in a vast empty universe. It profoundly influences what we think and feel about science, culture, politics, and life itself." Monday 7:30 pm -- $20 and up

Circus 1903

Tuesday-Wednesday: A touring show called Circus 1903 will be at Proctors. Blurbage:

In a world premiere event, the producers of the world's biggest magic show, The Illusionists, have teamed up with the award-winning puppeteers from War Horse, to present a thrilling turn-of-the-century circus spectacular. CIRCUS 1903 -The Golden Age of Circus has all the thrill and daredevil entertainment one would expect from the circus, with an exciting new twist.
Sensational puppetry puts Elephants back in the ring as never seen before by introducing the largest ever performing African elephant and her baby, along with a huge cast of the most unique, amazing and dangerous circus acts from all four corners of the world, from strong men to contortionists, acrobats to musicians, knife throwers, high wire and much more!

Note: The show does not include live elephants. Tuesday-Wednesday 7:30 pm -- $20 and up

Move - Beyond

Tuesday: The Julianne and Derek Hough dance show Move - Beyond will be at The Palace. "The Hough siblings are promising fans their biggest and best show yet, with brand-new stage production inspired by the elements - earth, wind, fire, and water - which the duo have infused into fresh, high impact choreography that only they can deliver." Tuesday 7:30 pm -- $49.50 and up

Arts and sciences

What we Left Unfinished
Monday: Artist Mariam Ghani will be at EMPAC to present films from the state film institute in Kabul, Afghanistan. "These films and her archival research gesture towards the possibility of reconstructing hidden and parallel narratives that draw on both what the images of state propaganda tell us about the political and social upheaval during a specific moment in a time..." Monday 7 pm -- $6

The Return of La Argentina
Tuesday: Choreographer Trajal Harrell will be at EMPAC to present The Return of La Argentina, which draws on Harlem voguing, post-modern choreography, and Japanese theater. Tuesday 5 pm -- free

Science on Tap
Tuesday: The Science on Tap series will be at The Ruck in Troy for a discussion about conservation. "Panelists will include Susan Beatty (Provost, The Sage Colleges), Daniel Bogan (Professor of Environmental Studies and Sciences, Siena College), Maureen Cunningham (Director, Hudson River Watershed Alliance), and Meg Phillips (NY Department of Environmental Conservation). We will have the 2nd and 3rd floors of The Ruck for what will certainly be a lively and informative discussion!" Tuesday 6:30 pm -- free admission

International Space Station
Wednesday: EMPAC's theater will be showing the first 4k video stream from the International Space Station. "The EMPAC Theater and Concert Hall recently got upgraded with two of the highest-quality video projectors currently available, the Christie Mirage 304K. Capable of projecting 3D and 4K (four times the resolution of HD) with a 30,000-lumen output, these projectors are some of the few capable of properly presenting the NASA stream." Wednesday 1:30 pm -- free

Facing the Truth: Lessons from Post-Apartheid South Africa
Wednesday: The Albany Pro Musica-organized series of Reconciliation and Peace will be at the Albany Institute for a discussion the the history and significance of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in South Africa. "A panel discussion following the talk, moderated by Bishop Emeritus Howard Hubbard and including Dr. Bosman, Barbara Smith, the City of Albany's Special Community Project Coordinator and Dr. Stephen Stohler, Assistant Professor, University at Albany Department of Political Science, will examine how the lessons, language and theories of reconciliation can be valuable tools to help established democracies (e.g., Canada, Australia, USA, etc.) deal with their own historical legacies of injustice." Wednesday 6 pm -- free admission

Douglas Brinkley
Thursday: Historian Douglas Brinkley will be at the State Museum as part of the NYS Writers Institute visiting writers series. He'll be talking about his latest book, Rightful Heritage: Franklin D. Roosevelt and the Land of America. Thursday 8 pm -- free

Alone in this Remote Place: The Pioneering Women Biologists of New York's Raptor Recovery Programs
Thursday: Journalist Darryl McGrath will be at the Albany Institute to talk about the preservation efforts that helped save the bald eagle and peregrine falcon. "A small group of largely forgotten women scientists played a critical role in the two projects that restored these birds to the wild, often under extremely hazardous conditions in isolated settings. These pioneers were often the first people ever to undertake certain critical tasks in this historic work." McGrath is the author of Flight Paths: A Field Journal of Hope, Heartbreak, and Miracles with New York's Bird People. Thursday 6 pm -- free

Dining Out for Life

Thursday: Dining Out For Life returns for 2017. The event is a fundraiser for the Alliance for Positive Health (formerly the AIDS Council of Northeast New York). And it's just about the easiest way to contribute. Here's how: You go out to eat at one of the participating restaurants. That's it. The participating restaurants will donate a portion of their checks from that day to the Alliance. (You can also make an additional donation -- ask for an envelope from one of the ambassadors.)

MOVE Music Festival

Thursday-Saturday: The MOVE Music Festival returns, this time with events in Albany, Troy, and Cohoes:
+ Thursday: Sawyer Fredericks, Jocelyn and Chris Arndt, and C.K. Flach at the Cohoes Music Hall. 7 pm
+ Friday: Mister F, Space Carnival, Wess Meets West, Sun Voyager, Ryan Leddick Trio at The Hangar in Troy. 7 pm
+ Saturday: Many bans playing throughout the day at four venues: Stout, Fuzebox, The Hollow, and Parish Public House.

various prices


Tuesday: Aimee Mann at The Egg
With: Jonathan Coulton. 7:30 pm -- $34.50

Tuesday: Timothy B. Schmit at Cohoes Music Hall
From The Eagles. 7:30 pm -- $45.50 and up

Tuesday: BUNCH at Parish Public House
Rock. With: Girl Blue. 8 pm

Wednesday: Brian Wilson at The Palace
Pet Sounds 50th Anniversary tour. 8 pm -- $39.75 and up

Thursday: Branford Marsalis Quartet with special guest Kurt Elling at Troy Music Hall
The annual music hall gala. 7:30 pm -- $29 and up

Thursday: Eleanor Ellis, Bill Ellis, Andy Cohen at Caffe Lena
Acoustic blues. 7 pm -- $22

Thursday: The Kitchen Dwellers at The Hollow
"Bluegrass, Newgrass, Jamgrass, Yamgrass, Sam'sgrass, Wheat grass, Galaxygrass." With: Let's Be Leonard. 8 pm -- $12

Friday: The Suitcase Junket at The Linda
One-man band. 8 pm -- $22

Friday: Thursday at Upstate Concert Hall
Post-hardcore. With: Touche' Amore', Basement, Cities Aviv. 7:30 pm -- $25 ahead / $29 day o

Friday: Rustic Overtones at Putnam Den
With: Angels on Fourth. 9 pm -- $12 ahead / $15 day of

Friday: Greg Brown at Helsinki Hudson
Folk. 9 pm -- $40 ahead / $45 day of

Friday: Dr. Jah and the Love Prophets at The Hollow
Part 3 of Greg Bell's 25th anniversary party. 7 pm -- $12

Saturday-Sunday: 24-Hour Drone at Basilica Hudson
Many, many acts across 24 hours of sound. Saturday noon to Sunday noon -- $32

Saturday: The Fab Faux: Psychedelic Summer of Love at The Egg
Beatles tribute. 7:30 pm -- $39 and up

Saturday: Eilen Jewell at The Linda
"Queen of the Minor Key." 8 pm -- $20

Sunday: Kosha Dillz at The Low Beat
Rap. With: AMJ, Mike Arson, Ozymandias.

Sunday: Commander Cody and his Modern Day Airmen with John Tichy at The Hangar
With: The Lustre Kings. 6 pm -- $25

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 via Circus 1903 website

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